I have actually managed to buy and listen to a lot of new music this year, although there seems to be a surfeit of it around at present. As usual, every magazine end-of-year list has been deeply unimaginative and chart-based, so here's mine, albeit similarly unimaginative and chart-based (but at least subjectively quirky and personal, hmm - there's something oddly homo-erotic in list-making; what with all the phalocentric boastful comparisons etc)
- Flaming Lips - At War with the Mystics Try Free radicals mp3
- Thunderegg - Open Book Try I'm A Fool Again mp3
- Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
- Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
- Kelley Stoltz - Below The Branches Try Memory Collector mp3
- Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
- Bob Dylan - Modern Times
- Dresden Dolls - Yes Virginia Try Dirty Business mp3
- Viva Voce - Get Yr Blood Sucked Out
- Holden - Chevrotine
- Archie Bronson Outfit - Derdang Derdang Try Cuckoo mp3
- Howe Gelb - 'Sno Angel Like You
- Martha Tilston - Rope Swing
- Circulus - The Lick on the Tip of an Envelope Yet to be Sent Try Swallow mp3
- Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
- Decembrists - The Crane Wife
- Jenny Wilson - Love and Youth
- Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
- Vetiver - To Find Me Gone
- Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Compilations and reissues? I suppose Thunderegg's Open Book tops the list, but also enjoyed the Nigeria '70 compilation tho' can't recall if that was this year and if anyone fancies buying me the Forever Changing: the Golden Age of Elektra 1963-1973 box set, well, please don't restrain yourself...But it's a bad idea to write these lists in early December, as I would now want to include the Jarvis Cocker 'Jarvis' (Xmas present), Snowglobe's 'Oxytocin' (Recent recommendatino from Will and Jen) and Destroyer 'Destroyer's Rubies' (Recent random web purchase) in the list.
And the track of the year? This was the one that captured my heart in about week three, and then stayed there....
with the Charlotte Gainsbourg (& Air) 'the song that I sing', Flaming Lips 'the WAND', Raconteurs 'Steady as she goes' and Belle & Sebastian's 'For the price of a cup of tea' fleshing out my top five.