Music is important to me. I don't play an instrument, but I like to listen.
At varsity in Dunedin the gigs kept me warm.
Over the years I built up my record collection, boxes and boxes of LP's, EP's and 7 inch singles, only to lose everything in a burglary.
Travel and family commitments intervened. Time passed. CD's replaced records, and records gave way to MP3's.
I miss records.
A disk crash deleted the MP3 collection, and I started again from scratch.
Starting again was difficult. I found myself buying the same music. Boring. I read music magazines to find out what I might like, but I didn't learn much. The radio wasn't much better. I visited record stores but just got lost, rows of bands I had never heard of.
I resolved to spend 12 months listening to as much music as I could; where possible avoiding bands that I knew, trying to find out what was out there, and what I liked.
By 2007 there was no shortage of music to listen to. Music blogs share the tastes of 1000's of music lovers. I joined Emusic.
To keep track I burn MixCd's, 21st Century mixtapes. The CD's catalogue my exploring. I give them to friends. Sometimes they email me back with comments and suggest other bands to listen to.
Nine years on (good grief) here is a website to share my love of music.
It takes me a couple of weeks to finish a mix, sometimes longer. Nuggets 207 is nearly cooked with jangle pop tunes from all over. Check back in a couple of days.
I had my Archers rush a few mixes back, but I have been saving this track. Excellent. Click on the funny arrows to the bottom right to make the video big. If its running too slow, click the HD symbol to turn it back to plain ol’ normal res.
Another road trip to Hamilton. I had new music from A.A. Bondy, Sennen, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, La Sera, Beach House and others to listen to. I caught on to a 2/4 chugging vibe among some of the tracks, and hence this chug, chug mix.
I had coffee by the banks of the mighty Waikato, and then holed up in a hotel all day mediating….
Heading down country I listened to Sennen and their new album, Lost Harmony. They are English (Norwich) and make serious guitar driven music; a touch shoegaze, a touch folk with some Can influences. I enjoyed most of the tracks. Wonderful.
Heading back I listened to A.A. Bondy and his latest album – Believers. I enjoyed his first album, American Hearts, and I was looking forward to this 2011 release. It’s an excellent album with the guitar and voice up front, clean sounding but not over produced. Kinda alt-country late night’ish with an indie sensibility and krautrocky tendencies. I don’t often like a whole album, but here I enjoyed every track. Perfect for my trip home in the dark.
Aufheben from the Brian Jonestown Massacre was an unexpected treat. I haven’t listened to a whole album from this band before. I enjoyed the documentary, DIG!, covering their rivalry with The Dandy Warhols where they were portrayed as total wasters – particularly main man Anton Newcombe. I approached the album with no expectations and enjoyed every track. Whimsical psychedelia.