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’s Christmas! We have shared the family rituals, waffles on Christmas day followed by a screening of Galaxy Quest. We have finished our Christmas dinner and are about to start a DVD marathon. Bliss.
Highlights in this mix include Cat Power from her slo-core album Moon Pix recorded in Melbourne in eleven days with backing musicians Mick Turner and Jim White of the Dirty Three, True Widow with some heavier slo-core, Molly Hamiliton from Widowspeak, and Karianne from The Whines who have a similar snooty shtick with grungy guitar, Youth Castles / Sight Seeing with more 90’s grunge, Shoegaze from Seam, Flying Saucer Attack, Still Corners, Cosmicdust, and Ceremony, then Dee Dee giving it her all with Coming Down before Trevor Powers aka Youth Lagoon sings us out.