Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
So. Those of you who’ve been around for a while – or at least a year – may recall that last November, I instigated a massive contest-slash-reader’s poll wherein I solicited everyone who cared to enter’s picks for their top five records of the year and from that pool, I gave away something like a dozen padded mailers of various sizes crammed full of music blogger promotional detritus. Perhaps some of you were hoping I’d do something like that again.
No and yes. As far “no”, last year’s little exercise was a nightmare in bookkeeping (as far as logging who wanted and might like what based one their submissions), cost me way more than expected to send all that stuff out – and a few packages were hand-delivered – and didn’t clear out my shelves nearly as much as I’d hoped it would. But to “yes”, I still have loads of promo stuff cluttering up my office and a closet full of padded mailers so I’m doing it again, but on a smaller and more manageable scale.
And so this year’s reader’s poll will work like this. You, the reader, leave me a comment down below there listing off your top six albums of the year, ranked and in order. Why six? Because. To be eligible, the record has to have been released in some form for retail, be it physical or digital. So yes, In Rainbows counts but that leak you’ve got of the new Magnetic Fields record – no, I don’t know if it’s actually leaked you can close your torrent clients – does not. Anyways, you submit me your year-end list and feel free to throw in whatever 2007-esque commentary you see fit and when I close this sucker in a few weeks – say, midnight, December 19 – then I’ll randomly select six names from the submissions, gather their mailing addresses and send out six more loot bags. They won’t be quite as industrial-sized as last year’s but I’ll make sure they have some good stuff, based loosely on your picks, to entertain you come Boxing week. And I’ll post the final results of your aggregate top records of the year before we all break for the holidays.
So send ’em in. As always, you can leave your spam-proofed email address in the “E-mail/HTTP:” field with an “AT” instead of the “@” and it won’t be displayed on the site, but I will have it on my end via the generated email (so as I can contact you, y’see). And if you were curious about last year’s results, check them out here.
…And I am hoping to have my year-end post up by next week. Note the operative word, “hope”. Also note the absence of the word “list”.
Okay, enough of that. Have some links.
Thanks to Reveille for pointing out that Songs: Illinois has got the first sample of the solo album from ex-Jayhawk Gary Louris. You can download that track and stream a few more on his MySpace. Vagabonds is out on February 19.
Super Furry Animals will tour their latest, Hey, Venus!, across North America this Winter and into the Mod Club on February 20. Full dates at BrooklynVegan. Have you heard any of the new record yet? No? Me neither. Let’s listen together. And also, on Christmas Day the Super Furries will stuff your stocking with a free holiday download – details at Uncut.
Heckler Spray Q&As British Sea Power in advance of the release of Do You Like Rock Music?, out February 12. They also chat with Prefix and acknowledge the existence of Hot Hot Heat. And thanks to Torr for pointing out that the first single from the record is streaming at the band’s MySpace. That is some grandiose-sounding shit, man.
Chart pays tribute to The Horseshoe, sixty years young this weekend. Don’t forget that the Lowest Of The Low free show, which kicks off the birthday festivities, is tonight and if you are/were a Low fan, then you owe it to yourself to be there, if for no other reason than to salute some true local heroes and say goodbye. Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like.