Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How did I get here?

I used to tell people that I was constantly building my CD collection for the rest of my life when, truth be told, I never listened to 95% of it with any regularity. Sure, it provided comfort food to fall back on but for the most part, I preferred the hunt for who or what was next. Y'see for me, falling in love musically has always been more intoxicating than simply being in love. Still, since WOXY went down in March, I retreated to the oft-neglected collection for refresher courses in all things Kate Bush, along with servings of Kraftwerk, The Joy Formidable, The Cult and so on. Mostly though, I missed the steady stream of new releases delivered to the station on a daily basis, providing a fresh opportunity to fall in love again. Call it a perk of the biz but if you want to know why I loved my job so much, if that wasn't Exhibit A it's close behind. In short, gimme the new shit.

This is The Big Beat.

Part of the reason for launching the blog was to reconnect with all of the music that's out there. I'll seek out, listen, and if it's worth mentioning, I'll do so. Also, I'll flat out tell you what I think. One of the things that's bugged me about the indie blogosphere is that too many scribes seem to want to play nice: everyone seems to get a pass. Not surprisingly then, I've tended to gravitate towards blogs and writers who were more inclined to put strong opinions out there, or as Jim Rome puts it, "have a take and don't suck". If The Big Beat starts to read like a series of cut-and-paste press releases, you have my permission to take your business elsewhere. Better yet, tell me about it.

This is The Big Beat.

At WOXY, I was a big proponent of the DJ-as-champion of artists. If you find a band or a song you love, let your listeners know. Repeatedly. Someone like Mumford & Sons or The Answering Machine were two bands from last year that I felt strongly enough about to spin over and over again. Mumford - which I first played on WOXY in early 2009 - a full year before their US release, is now one of the unquestioned success stories of 2010. I hope to be able to replicate the same passion for new music on the blog as I was over the air.

This is The Big Beat.

One, however, cannot exist on new music alone, so we'll plan to augment the space with pertinent music news, discussion, recollections and features about bands and music from throughout the history of the Future of Rock & Roll. (I made copies of all of the 97 Best lists. That oughta be fun to dig into…). Feedback and interaction is hoped for and encouraged. I'll try to make this a place you'll bookmark and check into often.

It's from the Doors song.

This is The Big Beat.

9 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read more. The lack to access to genuine real new music (and commentary on it) was one of the saddest parts of losing WOXY (and all of you that were there).

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  2. Sounds exciting, Mike. I can't wait to read this blog on a regular basis.

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  3. Good to see you here, Mike. I look forward to reading your posts and seeing your music recommendations.

    Will
    Will's Band of the Week podcast:
    http://www.willsband.net

    (Mike, feel free to delete if you'd rather I not list the podcast here.)

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  4. So glad to hear you'll be sharing your thoughts on what's new. WOXY opened me up to more artists than I can count, so there is a big void since it's death. Can't wait to hear more from you...RSS feed subscribed! Keep it comin!

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  5. Glad I can still get my Mike Taylor fix on tunes, new and old and maybe a comment or two on F1 {grin}. Best wishes and thanks for still keepin' in touch with the masses!

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  6. hi mike,
    the Woxy DJs and the music you played made by work day (and life) so much better ... I'm so sorry it's ended but I'm excited about this blog

    Funnily enough I was just at Sasquatch watching Mumford and Sons for the first time, amazed at how popular they seem to have become and how long it had been since I'd discovered them on Woxy

    So thanks so much for the great job you did at Woxy and can't wait for the next update

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  7. Mike, I truly miss listening to you in the mornings and having you introduce me to new music, there's a big hole in my heart where WOXY used to live. BEST WISHES for your blog & all your future endeavors.
    Zowie

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