I typed out a few more notes on 12/9, but they are now deleted, as they turned out to be quite dated. I’ve already changed my mind about various albums, songs, and artists at least three times since then. I also tried pulling together a list of faves of the year, and posted it on a friend’s band’s message board, but it seems that the few people who read it weren’t interested in anything other than that band, as only two other folks had any opinions in the matter. In reading other people’s lists on blogs and boards, i’m finding a lot of similarities, so i’m abandoning my list.
I’ve actually been listening to a comp tape that my friend Darryl made a few years ago, Plastic Flower Radio, which is Nuggets 2 before there was yet a Nuggets 2, full of Smoke, The End, the Idle Race, the Move, July, and all of those other odd little British psych bands. There’s something about their childish dreaminess that makes it feel even more like Christmas, even though none of it is all that Christmas, like someone set off a bunch of sparkling wind-up toys at once.
Part of me wants to cheat, and grab up Chips from the Chocolate Fireball, but while that’s a fave album of mine, that’s sort of missing the whole point. Of those old ’60s bands, i only have half of the albums, and they are all in Husser. This tape supplants the comp tape i made for myself filled with Wire, the Only Ones, Magazine, and other stuff from that era, but i have all of those albums in Baton Rouge. I don’t know if this is a problem with me simply wanting to listen to more albums that i don’t have readily available, because of mine delusional belief that British psych has something akin to Christmas, or my mood has changed.
the Bollywood Funk comp has already been popping up lately, as i think it’s absolutely perfect fit for Darryl’s tastes, and i’ve been listening to it over and over making sure that i’m not wrong…. not that he’d very much care if i was wrong.
Aside from that, i finally got a reaction from one of the people that i gave some comp CDs a couple months back. Reaction is never necessary, but i was a bit weirded out that he decided that the bulk of my taste of music falls firmly into “Folky”. I bristled at the label, because while it might actually be true, those CDs would not have supported that allegation. Just because i didn’t weigh down those disks with noise-rock and hardcore doesn’t make me a Folky. It’s the same nonsense that the Republicans do in labelling everything liberal when it doesn’t fall into the lockstep of the new fascism, moving the line of moderatre further and further to the right. So it seems to be with the “folky” label with this guy wih calloused eardrums.
And the Pitchfork 2002 list…i noticed that it’s up last night. While i don’t expect everyone to want Tom Waits in their BEst of lists, i find it peculiar that Pitchfork would let him drop down to #48 while hyping a whole bunch of stuff that i wager shall date quite poorly in five years. As for the Top 10, that Liars album came out in 2001 according to the AMG, including ..Trail of Dead is just foolish wishing, Murray Street was nice but in the long run uneventful for me, and uh….. oh, uck it. I’m kinda curious about the Books, and Max Tundra. Those slipped right past me.
Damn. I miss writing, even if it’s crap writing.