my year in lists

November 26, 2009

You’d be forgiven at the moment for thinking we were nearing the end of a decade. The interwebs have been awash of late with more countdowns, best ofs, top tens and general reminiscences of the 2000’s then you could poke a digital stick at. Suddenly everybody is a critic, and while some of the countdowns have been insightful and thought-provoking, others have been….well, like this one. For the nostalgic, these countdowns are practically memory-heaven. But for those who don’t buy into that sort of stuff, it gets a little tiring. So, what better than to list some of the best (and worst) ‘best-of’ lists currently clogging up cyber-space?

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It’s fairly easy to see that there will be two types of reactions to the New Moon soundtrack. One one hand you have the ‘mainstream’ media that will probably rate it highly, calling it something along the lines of ‘a great collection songs from of up-and-coming artists’. Then there’ll be the more indie crowd, who will undoubtedly slam it for encouraging screaming teenage girls to listen to the likes of Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear and Muse, thereby destroying any credibility these artists ever had in the process. But while it is very, very tempting to just scream ‘sellout!’, after a proper listen the soundtrack actually is…good. Shock horror!

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When Rock goes Electro

October 13, 2009

In music news this week, British indie quartet Editors have just dropped their third LP, In This Light and on This Evening. Over the years, the band has continuously drawn criticism for being too similar to seminal post-punk outfit Joy Division. Well, on this album they’ve tackled these criticisms head on, and turned down the road that so many indie bands seem to go down- by ditching the rock and turning electro. But why is it that bands feel they must give up playing real instruments and experiment so early on? And is it a career-ender, or can it be a positive thing? This post looks at some case studies, both good and bad, to find out…

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Quite self-explanatory really. There’s been a lot of whispering going round lately that Radiohead (coincidentally one of my all-time favourite bands) are about to drop some new material. And they have.

You can download ‘All My Twisted Words’ for free (yeah, that’s right) here.

That is all.

For the past month or so I’ve been interning with Musicadium, a digital distribution company based in the Valley. They were kind enough to feature me as a guest writer on their blog, so naturally I thanked them by writing a post about why music piracy can be a good thing. Oops. But, contrary to my expectations they liked it, and it’s now gone live. Head on over to http://blog.musicadium.com for the read, or check out a full copy after the jump.

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