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Music of 2009

Along with Goodreads and Listal I have the wonder of Last.fm to track my music related activities. I like lists and numbers, they make me happy. There’s a cut here as there’s a pile of music and videos after it.


So, this year’s top artists:

1
574
2
552
3
517
4
400
5
389
6
377
7
358
8
340
9
331
10
329
11
311
12
269
13
259
14
253
15
236


A couple of new discoveries have leaked into that pile, as well as Midget, an old favourite: Aphex Twin (part of the ‘music I missed first time round’ list that also includes The Crystal Method), Pixelh8 (who showed me that chiptune music can be beautiful and that sampling old computers to make music makes me jealous), Jonathan Coulton (who is great, despite my previous dismissal of him), Eluveitie (because singing folk metal in old gaulish is cool) and The Billy Nayer Show (because Cory McAbee not only makes great films, but also top tunes).


This tune makes me a bit teary

Jonathan Coulton – Re: Your Brains
:http://www.jonathancoulton.com/mp3/Re

And the top tracks of the year:

1
59
2
46
3
43
4
42
5
41
5
41
7
40
8
39
9
38
9
38
11
37
11
37
11
37
14
36
15
35


A couple of those are sort of cheating, as My Own Worst Enemy, What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? and Lay Down are three of the tracks that I practise my drumming to, kicking them a bit further up the chart than they otherwise would be. However, the rest looks good to me, although Mars might be my favourite track of the year (with GOTO 1980 giving it a run for its money). Shaimus are still up there (hello Evan, if your google alerts are still working) and the only random one is The Low Anthem’s Charlie Darwin, which is a great tune.

Last.fm doesn’t stop there though. It helps me organise my life and as such my gig going has gone into it as well. I went to 19 gigs this year, a healthy 1.5ish per month, with only two bands repeated – Hundred Reasons and Canterbury (playing together on both occasions).

  • The Grateful Dads, with The Old Gits Blues Band and Black Sun Down (I didn’t stay long enough to see the headliners – my bros band were on first and I was ill. And being stalked by a scary drunk lady in a beret).
  • Nightwish (I missed the support bands)
  • Hundred Reasons, with Johnny Foreigner and Canterbury
  • Bob Log III, with Mayor McCa (Bob Log is still great and Mayor McCa is clinical)
  • Ben Kweller, with The Low Anthem
  • Shonen Knife, with 少年ナイフ, No Cars and The Debutante Hour
  • AC/DC (I ignored the support – it was AC/DC)
  • Spinal Tap, with The Folksmen (who are also Spinal Tap…)
  • Camille O’Sullivan
  • Pearl Jam, with Gomez (I think I preferred Gomez, although Pearl Jam were very good)
  • Pixies (again with the missing/ignoring the support – this was the Pixies playing Doolittle)
  • Hundred Reasons, with Canterbury and Scholars (I was recommended Scholars when I bought a Hundred Reasons live album online – I got a note with the CD saying ‘check these guys out, they’re awesome’. They’re really quite good)
  • Jonathan Coulton, with Paul and Storm
  • Alice in Chains (ignored the support. They were shouty and I stayed in the pub for most of their set. Apart from when I ranted about copyright on camera to a Guardian journalist outside the venue. I suspect I won’t be included on their website…)
  • Ash, with Panama Kings (in the quite small Worcester Student Union. I got told off by the bouncers for bouncing too much)
  • Black Sun Down, with [a bunch of random battle of the bands bands] (My bro’s band didn’t win the competition. The band headed by the boyfriend of the head judge did).
  • Little Boots and Gary Numan (as mentioned here before)
  • A, with Stars of The Search Party, This City and Kids in Glass Houses (SOTSP were great, as were A. The others – meh)
  • Local Natives, with [random girl in a meringue like dress] and The Bridport Dagger

Gig of the year was definitely Ash, as it was small venue and full of a combination of amusingly drunk people and those, like me, who wanted to jump up and down to one of their favourite bands of all time even though we may normally be classified as too old for such activities. Tim Wheeler is a year older than me and still looks younger. Bastard.

The Old Gits Blues BandAshJonathan Coulton
Mayor McCABob Log IIIHR2
O2
Black Sun DownBlack Sun DownBlack Sun Down

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Comment from bangla song
Time 3rd January 2010 at 11:15 am

owowow what’s a collection

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