Ever heard of those stories about commercial radio stations where right in the middle of an alternative rock song, they announce they're doing a format shift, say, to pop-country or top 40 or rock or Latin music? We're not going to do that here at Respect is Due, but I'd like to try something a little different.
On my show, I tend to play lots of '90s indie rock that's either out of print or really hard to find, and I'd like to have a way that you can introduce yourselves to these bands.
At WRCT, we at one point had the idea of doing a WRCT blog, where each of the station members wrote a column about something music-related every month or couple months, and it got posted. My idea for a column was to take an obscure and out-of-print indie or alt-rock album that can be found on the cheap (as in, for one penny) in the online cut-out bins that are the Amazon Marketplace and write about it, possibly even linking to a download of the music. The idea of focusing on "cut-out" records would be to highlight themes of forgotten, ignored, and underrated music: bands that have been neglected to the "cut-out" part of the virtual record store (I'd say brick-and-mortar record store here, but sadly, these are going the way of the dinosaur) but are worth more than their 99-cent price tag.
In the column, I would have focused more on the history and context of the album: for example, if it was from Louisville, try to explain why Louisville was big shit during the early Nineties, and how the band may have fit in along the Chicago-Louisville greats like Slint and Rodan. I would have focused on '90s indie albums, but there would be no reason why I couldn't highlight an album from the Noughts or the Eighties once in a while (in fact, you will be seeing one from the Noughts soon!).
Well, I'll be trying this for a while, linking to some downloads of this obscure and out-of-print music, and hoping someone out there wants to hear these bands as much as I enjoy listening to them.
[For the record, the title of this post is a bit of foreshadowing towards the first record I plan to post.]