I wanted to add commentary for all my selections (like I’ve aspired to every year previous) but the time just hasn’t been there lately with all the holidays and whatnot. This year provided equal amounts of musical pleasure as 2009, as evidenced by the uncanny amount of scrill I’ve spent on my record collection this year. Speaking of vinyl – I’m watching it become the format of choice in ‘our circles’, handily trumping CD’s and even the recent explosion of cassette releases. I estimate that I’ve listened to about 500 new releases in 2010 and there’s a stack of about 150 I haven’t even touched yet. I won’t argue the obsessive tone (read: insanity) behind that statement so my intentions for the upcoming year are to spend more time honing my writing skills (or lack thereof) and less time poring over music. I should be absorbing myself in the music and at the same time trying to avoid the fleeting process of one-album-to-the-next just so it can become a means to an end (the below list of albums, for example). I’d like to take BTID in the direction of a true interweb music magazine as opposed to an mp3 blog repository focusing on hype-of-the-moment artists. It’s a tough sell, even for myself, as I quite like the format of my website – little bit of this, little bit of that, here’s a monthly mix of great tracks, short/pointed reviews and so forth.
I’ll be featuring my year-end list of albums in two parts. Next week I’ll post a long-list (50-75) of my favorite tracks from 2010 that aren’t found on any of the albums below. And last, but by no means least, I’ll dedicate a wink and a nod to Daytrotter by featuring 15 of my favorite sessions from this past year. DT continues to provide a bottomless playlist of talent year in and year out for us to indulge in and somehow without demanding any financial support from its users. Daytrotter have become part of a small group of essential cogs needed to fuel our thriving music community (Bandcamp, Free Music Archive & Kickstarter anyone?) and, for that, I will continue to promote and support them in any way I can.
For the handful of you who follow the site on a regular basis (ok, so maybe it’s a few more than that…) – I hope I’ve turned you onto something this past year that you wouldn’t have heard otherwise. Please don’t hesitate to offer up back-pats, *coughpromovinylcough* and opinions – I’d like to keep y’all on-board through 2011.
36. Boundary Jim / Fifty Miles From Vancouver – Beko Digital Single Series Vol. 57 (BEKO-DSL) (download for free)
Fifty Miles From Vancouver – eternal youth/eternal fun