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.
Yeow – Sleep Over, Grouper, Young Marble Giants, Angel Olsen, TV Girl, Which Magic, Julianna Barwick, Mountain Man, Castanets, The Corsairs, Cate Le Bon, Valerie June, Sam Prekop, Autopilot is for Lovers, Bosque Brown, Family Band, First Aid Kit, Willie Williams, Eisley, Veronica Falls and Lazer Zeppelin.
Two songs about the end of the world, one about bad teeth, another about digging, someone with a death wish and a miscellany of songs that appear to focus on unrequited love. Hmm.
Valerie June is a delightful find. I have NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast to thank. She featured in their year end ‘best of’. Valerie looks like she should be rapping but sounds like Dolly Parton. Excellent.