Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Mermaid Parade (2010 as a mix-tape)

Hopefully copies should be arriving around now, so it must be time for the track listing of 2010s best-of CD. Seemed to be a fairly easy selection to make this year, although I did start out with a list of about 40 tracks. Not quite as many completely new bands as last year, but still a majority were unheard before the start of the year. 

The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
Rose Elinor Dougall – Carry On
Metric – Sick Muse
Bettie Serveert – The Pharmacy
The Concretes – Good Evening
British Sea Power – Living Is So Easy
Three Mile Pilot – Still Alive
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Don't Haunt This Place
Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore – Something, Somewhere, Sometime
The Soft Pack – C'mon
Kathleen Edwards – In State
Blitzen Trapper – Heaven and Earth
Stornoway – I Saw You Blink
Laura Marling – Rambling Man
Phosphorescent – The Mermaid Parade
Sambassadeur – Stranded
Darkstar – Deadness
For a Minor Reflection – Fjara

Let me know in the comments what your favourites are, which ones you can't stand and anything else that you think should have been on the list. If you would like a copy all you need to do is ask nicely ...


Katy said...

Great mix tape this year. I liked everything and having driven down from Balquhidder to Edinburgh with it on the car stereo today thought it flowed really well. I also discovered Soft Pack, Phosphorescent and Darkstar this year. But apart from those, and The National & British Sea Power, the artists are new to my collection. Surprisingly the one artist I had heard of and thought about buying is the track that appealed least - Laura Marling.

I think my favourite is Metric, but also plan to follow up and download Rose Elinor Dougall, Bettie Serveert, Three Mile Pilot and Rural Alberta Advantage. And maybe some of the others too once I’ve listened more. I’ve got a 2010 playlist for you but when I went to burn it I found I’d no CDs left (bridge club got them all on a pop-based version of 2010 – yes, I think having more than 1 version of the 2010 mixtape probably is cheating, but who’s counting?). So once I manage to buy some more CDs I will send…

However, I can reveal now that we have no identical songs this year, but do have 2 artists in common. I had 3 different songs picked out from High Violet, including Bloodbuzz & Anyone’s Ghost, but eventually picked another. Can you guess which?

And thanks for letting me know about the Malcolm Middleton double CD – its brilliant, I love both, and I did get a card signed by the man himself.

geographyofhope said...

Thanks Katy - I presume that means that the parcel has finally arrived. Has the joint present for you and David arrived yet?

I am going to take a guess at Conversation 16 as The National track that made it on to your mix-tape. (I was afraid I'd eat your brains ...) At the concert they dedicated the song before to the victims of the Tucson shooting and so to introducing Conversation 16 he said - time to lighten up: this next song is about cannibalism, but in a nice way ...

What's the other band that we had in common? I am going to go for The Soft Pack. What do you think of Phosphorescent and Darkstar?

I tried to order you a copy of the Malcolm Middleton double CD, but his ecommerce wouldn't let you send the CD to a different address to the billing one. Or at least I couldn't figure out how to do it. I used Karen's PayPal account to get ours, so sadly the card was addressed to Karen only ... I almost bought 10 copies to hand out as gifts to all my work colleagues. Well it would make a change from the usual Lindt Reindeer or bottle of wine!

I was bit embarrassed to put a Stornoway song on their. On paper they should be about my most hated band in the world, but all three tracks of theirs that I have are great and I may even succumb and buy their album. Nobody has called me out on it yet ...

The Rural Alberta Advantage's album is great and they have a new one due out in March. We had it on in the car all the time when we were away camping.

Looking forward to hearing your selection!

Katy said...

You obviously know my taste too well - right on both counts. It was the gig that convinced me to change to Conversation 16 - a real stand out track live.

Softpack were discovered during our trip to Australia last year - came on Triple J when we were driving to Byron Bay.

I've found Darkstar quite hard to get into - I needed to listen to whole album all the way through and almost zone out from it. Weirdly it reminds me of Pink Floyd, but I suspect that's only me. Phosphorescent were easier to get into - I do like a bit of Americana. Didn't see the whole set at the National gig - I wanted another beer in the Arches on the way and had been put off by a Neil Young comparison - but when I walked halfway through the set in I realised missing it was a mistake (and not only because it turned out that the Carling Academy sold pints of staropramen).

Went through a bit of an electronica and dance music revival this year - primarily on blog sites - Salacious Sound being a particular favourite.

And yup, the fabulous bike book has arrived. I've been doing about 10 pages after dinner every night as a treat. Haven't let David see it yet though! Fankle & Rumple parcels have finally left Scotland - hope they arrive soon.