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Love the variety of genres thrown in there and there is some stuff i haven’t heard that I’ll need to definitely check out before I finish my own list. That being said, I am sad Boards of Canada, Mazzy Star, and No Joy are not on that list which were some of my favourite albums this year
For me, it’s between Savages and Disclosure
It’s got Portishead so that’s pretty good
Wow I really had to think hard on this, too much stuff this year that was excellent, but I chose Chairlift – Something
Ah so good, very pleased with the avoidance of the infamous sophomore slump
My harmonica version will blow all out of the water. So let’s mix my harmonica version with the kazoo, xylophones and theremin versions and get Pitchfork’s best album of the year (yes I’m ambitious)
Those EDMrs my biggest complaint of the weekend. A few friends had the unfortunate task of heading to Perry’s (EDM stage) for Little Dragon and apparently all the crowd did during the set, was stand around in circles talking to each other and texting their friends (guess not enough drops). Also lots of pick-pocketing going on in there. But these reviews were amazing to read coming back from the festival. Caught the essence of the festival pretty well
Only problem with Bandcamp as a typical consumer is that it is not as easy to use as iTunes or Spotify, however I do like the model that they have in place.
My system for the past few years has been essentially to stream albums, get free downloads that are offered on sites like this one, spotify (since last year). If I really like the album I go ahead and buy it. If there are only a couple of songs that I like, I don’t bother with buying the whole thing. I probably own 100 CDs most of them purchased within the last few years, and many of them used (which I’m not even sure the artists get paid for used CDs, [pretty sure they don't]).
Essentially if services like spotify don’t make enough money to please artists, labels, etc. Then I have no problem with adding more ads if it means I have a chance to listen to an album before I go out and shell out money for it.