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The Marathon Wrap-Up

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Given the time elapsed between this and my last post, one might reasonably conclude that I’m a fairly terrible blogger. There’s probably some truth to this; however, I’m also a superb producer of excuses. I’ll spare you the full list, but a certain Mr. Pynchon has occupied a lot of my non-working, non-music-making hours, and I’ll get to that in more depth in my next post. But the biggest reason is music marathon-related burnout.*

Yeah, the music marathon always seems like a great idea in November. I’ve got my piles of CDs all ready to go, potential rough spots scouted out (Fiery Furnaces into Fountains of Wayne is probably up there with the immortal Dan Deacon/Deerhunter double-bill), got my general strategy down (listen with as few distractions and necessary repeats as possible). By the end of January, I’ve just about had it with last year’s music. I don’t need to listen to that whole Marnie Stern album to tell you that it makes one second-guess the values of hearing. I don’t have to, once again, make a case for the brilliance of John Vanderslice. I don’t need to dedicate part of my lunch hour to starting a post instead of getting to page 500 in Against the Day. But I do. I’m committed like that.

(By the way, I’m still amazed that no one caught Jason Lee as the mysterious fifth member of Grinderman. Okay, not that amazed.)

As every grand venture like this requires a sort of rite to commemorate its finish, I always cap the marathon off with the ceremonial making of year-oriented mix CDs. While a music fan of lesser vision and greater decision-making ability might go with one disc, I lean toward a pair, with one typically more “pop” and accessible, and the other more diverse, experimental, and less dependent on melodrama and overt hooks. They also have to flow and not come off like one of those Paste sampler discs, so theme and even great songs are sometimes sacrificed for that (I had to cut tracks by Bright Eyes and Sunset Rubdown at the last minute for time, and Isbell’s “Grown” ended up on 2007A instead of “Magician” on 2007B). So here are this year’s discs.

2007A
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb – Spoon
Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse – Of Montreal
Breakin Up – Rilo Kiley
I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You – Black Kids
Take Me To The Riot – Stars
The Con – Tegan & Sara
Who Do You Love? – Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
That’s What You Get – Paramore
Borne On The FM Waves – Against Me!Real Long Distance – Josh Ritter
Girls In Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen
Unguided – The New Pornographers
Phantom Limb – The Shins
The Opposite Of Hallelujah – Jens Lekman
Missed The Boat – Modest Mouse
Grown Jason – Isbell
Goodnight Rose – Ryan Adams
No One’s Gonna Love You – Band of Horses
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Markéta lrglova
1234 – Feist

2007B
Plus Ones – Okkervil River
Keep The Car Running – The Arcade Fire
Heretics – Andrew Bird
Mistaken For Strangers – The National
When Under Ether – PJ Harvey
All I Need – Radiohead
The Minaret – John Vanderslice
White Tooth Man – Iron & Wine
Walking For Two Hours – The Twilight Sad
Burgundy Shoes – Patty Griffin
Take Your Medicine – Cloud Cult
Hatchet – Low
The Day I Would Bury You – Nina Nastasia And Jim White
Impossible Germany – Wilco
Leyendecker – Battles
Boyz – M.I.A.
Plaster Casts of Everything – Liars
Depression – Dirty Projectors
Rise – Eddie Vedder
Goin To Acapulco – Jim James & Calexico

* One kerosene-covered log underlying my blog burnout is that I tend to be overambitious when it comes to pictures and layout, and this leads to no small amount of problems and swearing. I’m new to designing minus halfway-decent HTML software, and our graphics programs at home pretty much amount to the chintzy software that came with the camera and friggin’ Paint. I’m reluctant to do too much of this stuff at work where I have much better tools, but downloading the cover of a Yeasayer album probably isn’t such a great idea, so instead I’m resigned to spending way too much of my time jerking around with this stuff at home and cursing our PC’s paltry lack of graphics features.

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Written by Dave

February 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Posted in Music

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  1. Still, your marathons are always appreciated, and useful.

    Nice work.

    Martin Savage

    February 25, 2008 at 10:14 am


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