My name is TJ, and I'm a Death Cab-aholic.
On May 13th, my most anticipated release for 2008 will be hitting shelves. It will probably be all over the internet way before that. For the first time in a long time, I have decided to wait until release date to go to the store and buy the record. Even if the band leaks it on Myspace beforehand.
When the single hits, I will be doing everything in my power to not let it reach my ears.
Most people probably won't understand how hard this is, but ask yourself:
"Self, When was the last time I actually waited all the way until release date to properly hear an album?"
Self: "The last time the Bee-Gees released a record."
You see, not only will this be an extremely difficult task for yours truly, but I'm hoping it will inspire some music-enthusiasts, like myself, to fully anticipate a record and take it all in at once, the way it was meant to be heard. Bands go into the studio to write a full album, and craft it to be heard that way. With the internet, fans can hear singles way before release day, along with misnamed tracks, faulty track listings and demos the band never intended to release.
This is my favorite band, and I intend to wait until May 13th to hear Narrow Stairs.
So alas, this is my promise:
I vow not to listen to the single upon release.
I vow not to stream any 30 second clips (damn you Amazon for tempting me...)
I vow not to read any reviews from here on out.
And most importantly, I vow not to download the album illegally (or legally, I suppose) before it hits retail.
Oh, and I'll be blogging about it through the entire grueling, godforsaken process.
I sense a mockumentary mini-series coming on?
--TJ Foster, The Cast Before the Break