and so is the blogosphere. Just finished Retromania which although flawed and pretty depressing has some interesting arguments and got me thinking. Is hyping bands on the basis of often a handful of tracks healthy for a) these bands before they have a chance to sometimes even put an album together b) for music as a whole? I don't know.
It's great when you discover a band that excite and live up to the expectations but so often they don't. Most of the stuff I buy now sadly is from American bands that have had time to tour extensively and develop over a few albums.
Living in Brighton we have the Great Escape and loved Lanterns on The Lake and Still Corners last year. They both released strong debuts and I hope they are still around in a few years and develop and don't get ignored when their second albums come out like a lot of bands.