I have said many times that I am *this* close to releasing both new playlists and the “Best of 2011” playlist. Pretty flaky, even for me, the king of procrastination.
This has been true.
Each time, I have been distracted and/or occupied with events and situations that have prevented me from giving it the attention it deserves. This time, however, I truly am close to releasing a Jan/Feb/March playlist (called simply the March playlist). This will be followed by a late, yet wonderful, best of 2011 playlist. The best of will take some time (it will perhaps be the latest “annual best of” anything… of all time), but the March playlist is very close to finished (80%, with submitted artwork for the cover and a verbose NFO) and is to be released before the weekend. If not, I will cease doing these playlists. This is not my intention, but I felt it was necessary to give myself some real stakes to motivate me. And I am tired of making empty promises that I keep breaking. It ends up making me feel terrible. I wish I could explain the extent of the troubles that have prevented me from doing these playlists that I love doing, but I cannot without just…. really feeling exposed. It’s not trouble with the law, or lawyers or anything like that. I am simply doing a good thing for the people I love and I’ll have to leave it at that. It takes up not only my time, but much of my energy and has had an impact on my desires to do anything but rest during down time. I’ve been doing a lot of resting, vegetating and reading when I’m not virtually making a slave of myself (my choice).
Each time I sit to go through submissions I am called away before I can feel like I’ve really made any progress or built any momentum. This has caused much frustration and has left me feeling discouraged more often than not.
Thank you all for the messages, comments and e-mails of encouragement/concern. I’m going to be fine, and all WILL return to normal soon. This appears to be a yearly thing now, but I will do my best to make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2012.
I am also planning to move the site and finding the right host and platform has been frustrating, so I am setting that aside for the moment and getting on with things.
Fingers crossed, folks. I’ll be doing my best because I love doing this.
That’s right, the damned thing is out. And what a fantastic month(s) it is. Rather than be all confusing and put out 2 in one month (3 if you count the best of 2010), I decided to trim them both down to a nice, compact 69 tracks and start off with a bang for the new year. And there are some really great tracks in this one. There are surprises, mild disappointments, masterpieces and decent examples of genre-bending in there. I have mentioned before that when I do all BUT the best of playlists, I always keep in mind the listener who may not share my tastes. If something doesn’t seem to be my “cup of tea”, I will include it many times because I know it’s admired, anticipated or well-reviewed. This month, even in those cases I found myself genuinely impressed. Must be something in the air this year. I live for those moments when a track that seems like its something I wont like transforms or builds in a way I didn’t expect and ends up being something that I admire or even adore. Last year a few of the more country-tinged or “Americana” leaning tracks had that effect on me. Normally, very much not my cup of tea. Horizons:Expanded. This year, I cant put a label on it yet, but it’s got a lot of bass and makes me want to get up and move. It’s also quirky as #V(k. And a little bit doo-wop. I think. Maybe. Perhaps. Nah.
So without further ado (for the moment.. rest assured I’ll continue to babble on below).. I present
Indie 69 Jan/Feb 2011 Playlist available HERE and at all the regular places/haunts. Grab it, share it, spread it, tweet it and fergahdsakes play it. And I mean all of it. Not just the first 20 or so. This month is special. Hear it from front to back this time. Trust me. Gifts are within. Gifts of sound. A plethora of potential transformations and synesthesiae . ahem.
EDIT: So after having finished all of this, I realized this is my 2 year anniversary. Yay me. Back to your regularly scheduled post.
So Nee-ways. Just a quick reminder to be sure to follow me @indie69 and when you see playlist-notification tweets, re-tweet ’em. Do the same for all the other playlist peeps as well. Let’s get this music out there, spreading even more this year.
Listening to some of my local alt, indie and non-commercial stations, i noticed that their own “Best of” playlists for 2010 had some gaping, glaring omissions, across the board. I know radio is dying, but it’s still a bit of a barometer. And end of year lists that don’t include HUGE numbers of artists and tracks that were clearly superior, are simply unacceptable. We have to be better curators and pollinators this year. All of us. No matter if that means re-tweeting your favorite playlist releases, handing a CD to a DJ in your town or… hell.. doing your own playlist. As I’ve mentioned here before, I will do my best to make time to help anyone who wants to start doing this. ( * email@example.com ) Which reminds me, I have a gargantuan amount of e-mail to catch up with. So I should get on that now and stop going on and on here. Have a great February and look out for more short posts to highlight things I find in the interim, as well as longer reviews and a feature article here and there like old times. Love ya all.
*firstname.lastname@example.org is a girl in India. She won’t help you. I don’t think. Maybe she will, but she’s not me. Guaranteed. To get me, you gotta spell it out.
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Yes, it’s been a year since I released the very first Indie 69 playlist – torrent. It was a direct response to learning that Criznittle was stopping production on his seminal Indie Rock Playlist. I used to say to myself that if he’d return at some point, I’d stop. But I’ve come to realize that over the last year I’ve grown to love doing it. I’ve always loved discovering music and being challenged with new sounds and new styles. This has been my opportunity to express that love and share it. And I’m very grateful that so many people have decided to come along with me over the last year and make those discoveries with me. It’s been a little rocky at times. Here and there (especially discovering new music from the SXSW torrents that turned out to be *ahem*.. not so new.. as in 2007 in some cases) I’ve labeled things as new that were very much NOT new, but clearly new to me. I’ve experimented with themes, pushed styles that would surely tick off the average hipster and just generally had a whole bong-load of fun. (minus the actual bong) And feedback, criticisms, support and generosity (of time and enthusiasm, much more valuable than money) has been more than I’d ever hoped for when I started. It may sound kind of funny, but it’s the criticism that I’ve enjoyed the most. See, when I put these things together, I keep not just my own tastes in mind, but yours as well. When the final playlist hits my mp3 player each month, it is only briefly 69 tracks. I whittle it down every day and what I end up with is probably closer to about 20. And sometimes, it’s those tracks that didn’t impress me that much the first couple of listens that remain sticky and stay on my player for months. ( it does not help that I have a 2 gig player, sadly)So when you tell me ___ sucked and it didn’t belong, it gives me an idea what’s working for all of you and what’s not. Not that I ALWAYS listen (hey, brah, how could you leave out the new John Mayer?).
Last month, I tried to release the playlist early to friends and it somehow messed up my ability to upload to a few sites. Not being able to upload to certain sites really reduces the playlist’s exposure, which is bad because as many people as possible should be hearing this music. I will not be doing that again. I also learned that including the m3u playlist file in the same folder as the mp3s creates some issues with iTunes. So from now on it will be in a separate folder along with extras, wallpapers and alternate cover art. (thanks again, Blalock)
This month’s music is culled from blogs, direct uploads/submissions by e-mail and snail-mail CDs. Check the main menu of my blog above the main image for a link to my “Dropbox” to make it easier for artists to upload their music for consideration. (and if you’d like to donate an “upgrade”, it’s the ONLY compensation I’ll accept… for the blog OR for the dropbox account only)
So, go grab this month’s playlist at all the regular haunts, or click right.. about… HERE. (and SEED)
For more musical options, there are a lot of others doing this kind of thing and you can find quite a few of them HERE at Blalock’s site. There’s even a community playlist (and a community) that you’ll love. And a nice interview with Joe from Broadcast 2000. Cannot wait to hear that new album. (that’s where I got the last-minute Broacast 2000 track, in fact. what a great surprise!)
Enjoy it, it took a lot more sweat this time around but it was worth it. And I always appreciate your comments.