This is going to be a short post in comparison to last year's. It is nice to keep a record of which albums/films/etc. you liked best over the past 12 months, but I find that these lists sometimes go overboard and become more like something to prove how cool and up to date you are.
I suppose I still did make an effort to listen to a lot of albums this year - especially from January until August, when I had access to Spotify - but my meagre list this year has made me realise something: I don't take music as seriously as I once did.
I don't know if that's something that has developed since I moved here. Up here, seven hours' drive from the next major city, I don't get to go to a lot of concerts. For example, I had been really hoping I would get to see The Dismemberment Plan last month in Boston, but being car-less, the tiny amount of time I would have spent down there wouldn't have justified the cost and time of transportation. I also haven't actually checked out their new album yet. I've just had other priorities over the past few months, and so I've mainly been listening to things I already liked.
And then there's the fact that some people would find it impossible that I could listen to a "serious" or "cool" band, then listen to One Direction an hour later. They think there is an actual argument in that. I'm so over it.
Anyway, here is my little list. It's all stuff from artists I really liked already.
1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
2. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
3. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
4. Owen - L'Ami du Peuple
5. Los Campesinos! - No Blues
6. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
7. Jagwar Ma - Howlin’
8. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
9. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
10. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - You're Always On My Mind