My year in audio was mostly predictable. Here’s a rambling recap at 3:30am.
- I was slightly surprised to see Weezer at the top, but then I remembered just how many times I listened to Pinkerton this year (19.5 times, apparently).
- You may as well combine Pedro The Lion and David Bazan, which would result in 571, which is much more realistic in terms of what I listened to most this year (and in 2011… and 2010… etc.)
- As previously discussed… I listened to a lot of WTF with Marc Maron.
- Junip and The Milk Carton Kids were my two major discoveries. I fell deeply in love with both and the timing is perfect because now I can eagerly await new releases from both in 2013.
- Nada Surf, Superdrag, TMBG, The Cardigans, Ben Folds Five, Queens of the Stone Age, Toadies… yup… that’s a 100% accurate list of my favorite bands (plus weezer and Bazan/PTL). It’s obvious that ‘94-99 were the formative years of my musical taste.
- Steve Reich made the list based on number of individual pieces/movements I listened to, but surely Philip Glass earned more actual airtime, seeing as each complete listen of Einstein On The Beach clocks in at a hefty 3:20:42. Far fewer “tracks,” but each is significantly longer than most of Reich’s music.
- I also spent the most time seeing Glass’ music performed live than anyone else, by a wide margin. Just the two performances of Einstein alone totalled approximately 9 hours and 15 minutes.
- I’m happy to see “steelopus” on the list. Most of those 241 plays were not from listening back to songs from 40 in 40, but were from playback of voice memos… that became scratch tracks… that became demos of the new songs that I’ve been writing throughout the year. Slow and steady progress.
- I feel no shame or guilt for not listening to very many new bands or new music. I spend a lot of time listening to the local indie and college radio stations (which are great) and most of the newer music turns me off quite quickly. I’ll happily continue to gorge myself on my favorites.
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