431: New Genres
   

This is pretty much what happened to me.  When people started sending me band recommendations, a lot of them were from genres/styles that I wasn't particularly fond of yet.  But since I wanted to let the person know how much I appreciated their email, I would always look for something that I could use to praise the music on.  You know that old saying "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?"  I did that.  I made sure I had something nice to say, which meant finding anything, no matter how small it was, that I enjoyed about the music.  And then every time I'd hear another band from that genre, I'd look for that same thing I enjoyed.  The more I heard it, the more I enjoyed it, and the more I grew accustomed to that genre.  Pretty soon I started enjoying everything else about it as well, and I was officially a new fan of the genre.  That happened for... a LOT of genres.  Except, of course, for the ones that you just instantly enjoy.  I mean, who can hear pirate metal and not immediately love it?  That's not something you really need to grow accustomed to.

So do you guys think it's time for some good old-fashioned shoutouts?  Because I THINK IT IS.  I want to thank some super special awesome people I've heard from lately, because these folks are totally way cooler than all of us, for sure.  I am in no way exaggerating my ass off.  Because people like Ian from Norway, Jim from Canada, Zir from France, Chris from Australia, Audrey from Canada, Ryan from Pennsylvania, and Eldar, Son of Elthar, from the Norwegian region of Middle Earth, (HA "Norwegian region" is fun to say) are all WAY too awesome for us to even HANDLE them.  You think you can handle them??  Because you can't.  It's scientifical fact.

Also BOOM.  Music.  Weren't expecting that without pretense, were ya?  That song was by a famous Argentinian rock band called Divididos.  Over the course of their career, the band has received numerous awards and nominations for their music, which often blends rock with more traditional Argentinian music.  They've got a lot of slower songs like that one, as well as some awesome hard-hitting riffs like in their song "Hombre En U."  Man, Eric from Argentina was right, the bass in that song really does blow your mind.  Thanks for the kickass rec, Eric!  You have earned your place as the king of recs for the day.  Cherish this coveted seat with your life.

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