The New Classics

About The New Classics

The New Classics

I am not an expert on music. I don’t know shit about musical structure, or the creation of songs. I have never played a musical instrument, never taken a music class, and never before written music reviews. But I listen to a lot of it. And when I say a lot, I don’t just mean in that terms of quantity, but variety as well. My tastes stretch beyond the barriers of genres, where classic rock, hip hop, metal, indie, and all subgenres in between live in the melodic melting pot of my iTunes. Does any of this qualify me for telling you what to like? Probably not. All I know is what I like.

The mission of this blog is twofold. One is to broaden horizons, in every sense of the phrase. Hopefully you will discover something that you wouldn’t have even thought of giving a listen to had you not come across this site. To be able to introduce a hip hop fan to a certain indie rock band that I enjoy, or vice versa, is like opening an entirely new world. The second mission is to document music as it is born to the web, and follow it as it grows, along with my ever-changing tastes. I find it interesting that initial reactions to music often greatly differs from how you feel about the song or album weeks, or months later.

This is where the comments come in. Like I already said, I am no music expert and I don’t claim to be, so I have nothing at all to back up my reviews besides my own personal tastes. Everybody has opinions; if you agree or disagree, I would love to hear it. I am hoping to strike up at least semi-intelligent conversations about everything I post to the site, and steer away from the half-retarded derogatory comments and in-fighting that you can find on any other mainstream music website out there.

The downloadable content of The New Classics is 100% taken from other websites from around the web, but credit is always given where it is due. What is unique is the delivery and presentation. I’m sure you have been to blogs and websites who post new music without even listening to it, just shilling anything that is thrown their way and unknowingly promoting a lot of garbage. I plan on giving you my instant reaction and reviews as quickly as possible, and then let it up to you whether you think the music will be worth your time. I have chosen to keep the color scheme a basic black on white, and opted for limited images; eventually I will be providing each post with custom-designed images, but I am all about simplicity.

I really only have 3 qualifications for featured music:
• New Music – The name of the site is ‘The New Classics’. We are going from 2009 forward, and mostly everything I feature on here will be new to the internet by less than 24 hours.
• Artist Wikipedia Page – I support underground music and all, but I am extremely uninterested in reviewing material from people selling albums out of backpacks. There is just too much out there, and I intend for now to only focus on what is front and center (well, a little left of center). Wikipedia is neutral ground for telling me if an artist has a certain degree of notoriety, and it also gives me information that I can use in reviews.
•Official Release – I do not have the time or the urge to review every single demo track, freestyle, live recording, mashup, blend or whatever else gets bootlegged around the internet. Every feature will be off of an official label released album, mixtape, or single.

Site Features:
• Daily New Music
• Song Reviews & Initial Reactions
• Album Reviews, upon album release date
• Weekly Top 5 Tracks List
• Monthly Top 10 Albums List
• Monthly Mixtapes (custom-made from the best reviewed music of the month, and ready for download)
• Late Pass Music (music that I may have missed upon release, or older music that I have just recently discovered, and enjoy)
• Opinion Articles on the state of modern music

Think of The New Classics as a filter – unbiased recommendations for the most subjective artform in the world. This site exists to determine the lasting effects of new music, and to enhance the discussion of what deserves to one day be labeled a “classic”.

gM, 2009

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