The tradition ends here, though. Over the course of the last couple of years I have worked to unclutter my life, to clear out the things that aren’t paying dividends (in one way or another) so that I might focus on what does matter. Sadly, the past few series have felt like more and more work with fewer and fewer people giving a happy damn. Looking at the stats for the Best of 2013 series was just gut-wrenching. Never have so many people cared so little about a guy with so much to say about so many incredible artists.
This is an incredible bummer – seriously, I wish I had a huge audience, because I certainly have a lot of great CDs that I’d love to tell everyone about.
I will continue being a rabid fan of talented musicians everywhere, and you can expect me to write the occasional article about a new disc, or a new artist discovery, or a new insight I’ve had about the place of popular music in our culture. But the labor of love that has been the annual list … I guess you’d say that the labor:love ratio tilted too far in the wrong direction.
That said, I’m not leaving those who care with nothing. I have been compiling, throughout the year, a playlist of stuff I like, and if you have a Spotify account you can click to hear it in its entirety.
And I’d take a second to especially call out these for particular attention:
- Aline, Regarde Le Ciel
- Black Sabbath, 13
- Dead Soul, In the Darkness
- Doco, The Freeway Camping Life
- Editors, The Weight of Your Love
- Eels, Wonderful, Glorious
- Fish, Feast of Consequences
- Fitz & the Tantrums, More Than Just a Dream
- Matthew Grimm, Songs in the Key of Your Face
- Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go
- Hey Marseilles, Lines We Trace
- Hot Nun, Hot Nun
- Adam Marsland, The Owl and the Full Moon
- Jason Isbell, Southeastern
- London Grammar, If You Wait
- The Lost Patrol, Driven
- Frankie Rose, Herein Wild
- Veronica Falls, Waiting for Something to Happen
Happy New Year, and may your 2014 be full of music.
Categories: Music/Popular Culture