The Byrds. They were called "The American Beatles" which is the equivalent of calling a young singer-songwriter "The New Bob Dylan." Just not fair. Knowing about the Byrds as long as I can remember, I always regarded that statement as a critic's way of saying, "These guys are good, really good."
I don't remember the first time that I heard Yo La Tengo -- sometime in the early '00s -- but I do recall spending the next several months digging up the band's back catalog one record at a time, and looking forward to each subsequent release with heightened anticipation.
If you grew up in Missouri or have lived here for a reasonable number of years, it's likely you've experienced the joys of a float trip.
I consider myself an album guy, but this year it just didn't work out that way. Actually, it didn't work out that way last year either. My god, does the MP3 generation have its hooks in me, too?