This post only comes under the Bins Project banner because I yanked it there and slapped the label on it. Aim for the stars, hit the ceiling, etc.
It started with a bad premise - listening to albums related to a CD I picked up at a wedding over a decade ago - and listening to albums by four different artists (wound up being three artists; Maria McKee fell by the wayside) served only to blur the focus. Because I learned about those three new artists, the week wasn’t a total loss…then again, I only really liked one of them, Centro-matic. Then again, again, that band gave my curiosity a pretty serious tickle, so…bonus!
Brief thoughts on Centro-matic and Unit 4 + 2 went up earlier this week, so that leaves only Bishop Allen, the band featured without fanfare (or even acknowledgement) this past Thursday. All in all, Bishop Allen presents as an either/or proposition - i.e., you’ll either like them or you won’t, and without much in between. I only spent time on Charm School, their debut, and EP Collection Vol 1. The latter, along with its Volume 2, has a cool back-story, or one I thoroughly relate to at least (if I could play an instrument, that is totally something I’d do), but I found Bishop Allen too cute, muted and mousy for my tastes, Quirk Factor Plus, etc. “Busted Heart,” from Charm School, made a good impression (also, Modest Mouse, right?), and I found myself getting sucked into “The Bullet & Big D,” from the EP Collection Vol. 1 - but I’m also a sucker for conspiracy-kitsch, so natural fit. Oh, and looking into these guys got me wondering about their specific genre. As I was grasping at names, I landed on Tweecore, which is sort of a thing, but there’s also “Twee Pop,” which is totally a thing (a very specific thing, as it happens). Now you know…
At any rate, I can see dipping back into those EP Collections, but that’s it with Bishop Allen. I don’t count time spent on music wasted, even when the connection misses, because music is awesome and learning is the best. Speaking of, after 50 Bins Project posts, 25 New to Me Posts, a bunch of Pop Backstory, and at least one other aborted project, what have I learned since starting A Project of Self-Indulgence? A few things. In no particular order: