Thursday, December 2, 2010

Maybe Next Year: Albums I Didn't Get to in 2010

You know, it strikes me that this might be the most useless post of the whole End of 10 series. "Wow, thanks. Fascinating information about things you didn't do." Might as well do a list of "States I Didn't Travel To", or "Tragedies That Did Not Befall Me". In fact, let's do that second one:
  • Clipped by Vespa
  • Excommunicated for making racy music video
  • Crushed by cartoonishly large weight with 1000 LBS painted on the side
  • Drank a Capri Sun contaminated with SARS
  • Killed by roundhouse kick after being mistaken for time by Chuck Norris. (Because when Chuck Norris kills time, he literally kills time.)

See, none of these things came to pass. Hypothetically, that list could have gone on indefinitely...just as my music list probably could. Let's face it: a lot of new music comes out every year, and I probably hear about 1% of it. I suppose there should be a parenthetical qualifier following the title of this post, something along the lines of "(that I Probably Should Have)".

Does it make the information any more pertinent? Not really. Although it might explain some gaps in coverage. I hope it provides some answers to readers who lay awake at night, wondering, "How could he have gone a whole year and not mention ________, for Chrissakes!" I'm sure that's a pretty common problem. Anyway, I can't really validate my efforts here, so let's just get on with the post:


LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

I don't have much of an interest in LCD, but does that mean I should ignore a critically glorified album? No, no it doesn't. But it came out in the midst of Indie Music MAYhem, so it was lost in the fray.

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

This album recently dropped, and made waves when Pitchfork awarded it a rare 10.0 rating. This would be an appealing prospect if I listened to Kanye West, but sadly I don't. I'm only really addressing this because some folks asked me why his album wasn't on my poll. Moving on!

Alejandro Escovedo - Street Songs of Love

While I have the utmost respect and admiration for the legendary Texan songwriter, I thoughtlessly overlooked his 2010 release, Street Songs of Love. Honestly, this will probably be one of those records I'll find in a used bin in the next year or two.

Girl Talk - All Day

See Kanye's entry. Look, I think Girl Talk is great novelty music, but as far as real artistic substance, it does nothing for me. This is me being a quasi-purist grouch, and I should be judged harshly for it. I'll play my dusty instruments and listen to ragtime over in the corner while everyone else goes and parties with Gregg Gillis.

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So there's that. I assure you that will be the most useless of any of the posts this month. (Probably.)

1 comment:

Adam J. said...

You've inspired me to catch up on the (much longer list of) music that I missed out on this year. I've got about 30 new albums currently on my playlist. A bit overwhelming, but also exciting.