It's the time of the season for...
It's winter. I'm hibernating. I'm not outside running around. I'm here, on my couch, with headphones on, searching for new music. Of course, when the winter ends, and I come out of hibernation, I'll stop my hunting/gathering of music until the winter forces me indoors again. Oh sure, I'll listen and I might find something here or there, but I won't be obsessed like I am now. I'll be obsessed with cycling or photography, but not music. Summer is when I recharge for the fall.
Of course, it's easy to discover new music this time of year. Starting in November, every music related web site began posting lists of their favorite songs, or albums, or albums by women over the age of 45, or videos.
I'm trying not to get too pissy about Paste Magazine posting their year end list in November, but, well, I think it's rather sad. That and the fact that they have Okkervil River in the top 10, TV on the Radio at number 50, and Portishead nowhere on the list. Ridiculous.
Actually, I shouldn't get mad. It's not some egregious injustice. You need the Grammys for real egregious injustice.
Despite how misguided some of the rankings are, these lists do allow me to notice bands I missed during the year and reconsider bands I might have consciously ignored. I'll come out with my own list, probably in January, but until then, I'll just post some of the interesting tracks I find.
The first is a low-key collaboration between Lykke Li and Bon Iver in a park in LA, performing Lykke Li's "Dance Dance Dance." I don't know if I'm firmly on the Lykke Li bandwagon yet, but I do love this.
And now, for something completely different, we have The BPA, a project of Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), that produced this extremely catchy tune featuring David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal. The song is good, but the video is brilliant.
I have a lot more to post, but I've rambled enough for tonight. Until next time...