The Barr Brothers: Guilty Pleasure?
I don’t go to Starbucks often, but I know when a certain friend of mine asks for help with a house project I will definitely need the extra boost of a delicious Frappuccino. A couple weeks ago, I was delegated with the very important task of decorating his plastic, pre-lit Christmas tree (I’m Jewish). While waiting for the magic to happen – Pumpkin Spice Frapps don’t just appear – I noticed at the counter that Starbucks was giving away cards for a free download of a single from a band I hadn’t heard of before (or as they call it, their “Pick of the Week”). Granted, I don’t listen to the radio, but from the few times I’ve gone in and browsed the “Pick of the Week,” I’ve known the artists they were displaying.
I’m huge into the folk/folk rock genres, and yes, I judged. The band on the card looked like Mumford and Sons or The Avett Brothers, so needless to say, I took a card. A week later I searched YouTube for the single Starbucks was giving away (“Beggar in the Morning”) and decided almost immediately that I wanted to hear more. I previewed their only album, which was released in September of this year, and shortly thereafter it was purchased and in my library.
I’m thoroughly embarrassed that the newest album I have on repeat is by a band I discovered thanks to Starbucks, but should I be? It seems that liking a band that gets air time, or even an “underground” band that gets a lot of attention have become taboo, so discovering your next favorite artist in a popular coffee shop chain may just be the ultimate no-no.
I call bullshit. A good band is a good band, and I’m glad to have come across The Barr Brothers and their September 27, 2011 debut self-titled album.