Is there anything harder than taking ALL of the music you listened to that came out this year and whittling it down to 20 AND putting them in order? I avoid doing this every year because it takes more thought and effort than I usually like giving…well, anything.
#1 is never hard, it’s 2-20. The first spot for me this year goes to Akron/Family. S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT really didn’t get a lot of pub this year and I’ve been amazed all year. It was my favorite when it came out and nothing was able to dethrone it. Just a fantastic album in my opinion.
All my picks(22….I couldn’t keep it to 20) are below the fold. Also, I decided this was a great opportunity to use Spotify for the first time, so a sample of my list is available here.
In what’s certainly one of the more intriguing tours I’ve heard about in quite some time, Will Johnson (Centro-Matic, Monsters of Folk, South San Gabriel, solo) and Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron, solo) are just dying to fill fans’ living rooms with some organic alt-country rock come the end of March.
You can find out more details at Centro-matic’s site, but here’s the gist: If your house has an indoor space capable of comfortably hosting about 30-45 people (and you have a couple of chairs for Will and Anders to sit on), there’s a chance you could be seeing these two modern indie troubadours, in the flesh, from the comfort of your own home .
It’s not a contest or anything. You just need to contact them to let ’em know you’re interested. If your humble abode is deemed worthy, you get 5 free tickets; the rest are twenty bucks a pop, sold and marketed only via the artists’ websites. So yeah, you may have a few strangers in the house that evening, but you’ll know their names beforehand, and at least you’ll all have the unequivocal bond of shared musical taste to help break the ice.
If this is the first time you’ve heard of Will Johnson or any of his related projects, make the jump for a couple, whistler wetting, cuts. Oh, and who knows…maybe we’ll meet in some stranger’s living room some time over the next couple months…