To Die By Your Side

You can’t take it anywhere

December 8th, 2010

I really need to pull my finger out. Everywhere I look, I’m seeing End of Year lists popping up left, right and centre. On blogs, in magazines and now on Facebook feeds. Yet I’m no closer to shortlisting mine than I was at the beginning of the month. At this rate, I should be ready to publish it sometime in March. Not that I’ve any kind of valid excuse. It’s just that this year is proving to be something of a mammoth task. To date, I’ve spent the last week or so listening back to potential inclusions, re-evaluating records I’d previously dismissed and questioning those I’d assumed would be dead certs. The result is that I’m adding just as many as I’m crossing out. Not because there are so many amazing records, more that there are so many balanced on the great/mediocre divide and I can’t quite decide on which side some actually lie.

I swear there’s never been a year like this before. Where so many big hitters have released albums that I can’t quite decide on. That in itself should tell me something I guess. Looking back at the numerous potentials I’ve scribbled down, I get the feeling that some are included out of some weird sense of loyalty. I can’t help but feel I need to be a tad more honest with myself about a few of the records I’m umming and ahhing about. I swear I’m considering them purely because I love what the bands have done before, as opposed to what they’ve done this year. As though I feel they should be on the list, rather than actually deserving a place. The thing is, I don’t want to end up doing a huge list, as top 100s or top 50s always seem a little redundant and lacking in any real decision making. Even a top 25 seems a little indulgent to me. When eventually it is complete, my list will be somewhere around a the 10-15  mark. A concise selection of my favourite albums of the year. That’s the plan anyway. Time to start swinging the axe a little wider methinks.

All of which is just a long winded way of saying that I will eventually start posting my Favourite Records Of 2010 but I’m not quite ready yet. So for the time being here are three songs that have nothing to do with 2010 whatsoever to keep you amused. And if that’s not enough, then why not get yourself hot under the collar agreeing/disagreeing with the Record of the Year Lists over at Drowned In Sound and NME

Bright Eyes – waste of paint (live acoustic session version) : original version available on ‘Lifted Or the Story Is in the Soil Keep Your Ear to the Ground

Low – Canada (live session version) : original version available on ‘Trust

Placebo – teenage angst (live session version) : original version available on ‘Placebo

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Rach posted the following on December 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm.

I am right there with you. Filling time and feeling pressure because people are doing it weeks early. I find the first week of December is too early for my liking… As far as I am concerned we are right on time.

Get to work! 🙂


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