Well, it’s 2014.
Every year I seem to flutter into a new approach to how to write about music, as one of my driving instincts is to share music, but an audience that is attuned to such a thing is not something I’ve yet grasped how to acquire (indeed, most of my traffic–what isn’t spam–is folks looking at something they already like). Of course, I understand–even my wide splatter of taste is informed more at random than it is by seeking out explicit and continual sources of new material, barring those cases where it comes as a by-product of what I’m doing otherwise, as is most readily seen in my affection for Nevermind the Buzzcocks and much of the music it exposed me to.
So, all I can do is type out words into the ether, maybe here and there actually clicking with someone, and maybe not. This format still seems logical to me, as it has that “hook” of the familiar, surrounded by things that aren’t.
I may relax the alphabet, or otherwise change up the progression (as facing Album X, Y, or Z would often leave me faced with forced listening), but I think I’ll stick with the overall theme of my own collection, unless I can again wrangle in some of my good friends to include their own thoughts.
What I think should start the year is a countdown of the top 10 albums–for me personally, of course, not necessarily as definitive answers–of 2013, as I own most of them on vinyl as well as CD. There’s at least one exception, and that would be number ten, hence this very entry.
It skirts the line for me on a multi-medium purchase, but it’s Neko Case’s record from last year–I haven’t got anything against it, obviously, but also no overriding instinct to double up on it, for whatever reason. I suppose, then, that’s why it comes in at ten. I do, however, own all 9 of the others on vinyl, so if I can manage around work, you can look forward to them (or down on them, if you so choose!) over the next nine days.
Cheers to anyone still here to see this!