Mark Richardson: A Proposed New Year's Resolution... →
marathonpacks: markrichardson: Maybe we could spend extra time in 2012 thinking about how we, as individual listeners, respond when the music of the present seems especially connected to the music of the past. To figure out when and why we forgive artists that seem only the sum of very clear influences and when and why we actually seek out such artists. And maybe we could articulate a set of...
This should be obvious... →
nialler9: “So if your job is to report upon popular music and you are unable to find ten incredible things in the past year to share with those of us who still read what you have to say, then that makes you a failure. I’m sorry – but there it is. You’re a lazy, complacent, boring failure.” — http://andrewdubber.com/2011/12/music-journalism-is-the-new-boring/ So spot-on it hurts.
Dark Turn Of Mind: The Timeless Gillian Welch
“The man who knows what time it is is knocking at the door.” Gillian Welch has always been an outsider. She certainly doesn’t fit with the rest of what I’m writing about in this look back over the year. Despite being a million miles away from the majority of what I spent the last twelve months listening to, I would hazard a guess that The Harrow And The Harvest was my...
Landings: The Landscape Renewed
Every year I get asked by various people for top-10 lists of songs and albums and all the usual things. I spend no time on these things, often just picking the first ten to come to mind or tailoring the out-come so as few of my choices as possible will end up in the final, published list. Either way, like most sensible people, the lists are not something I put any major stock in. Still, one of...
Misery Beat: My Year In Techno
So I woke up this morning to read this article by Rory Gibb for the Quietus. It touches on what has been one of the primary threads in my own listening habits over the course of 2011 and it seems like as good as place as any to start a little end-of-year look over one’s shoulder. I don’t know exactly where it started, probably somewhere in 2010, but this year the big change in my...
The Wire's End-Of-Year process explained. →
Really interesting look at how exactly James Ferraro ended up making the Wire’s number one record of the year. Democracy is over-rated.