Here’s the social CD that I didn’t get round to making. I’ve also added it to the Dropbox. Thanks to all of you who’ve introduced me to wonderful new music over the last decade. This list could have been many times longer.
The Tammys – Eqyptian Shumba
Songs about ancient history. I remember hearing this and thinking it was pretty much the best record I’d ever heard ever.
Katzenjammer – A Bar In Amsterdam
I’m sure there’s someone on here who’s really into them… My eternal thanks, severin.
Akala – Comedy History Tragedy
Not sure who put this in the Dropbox during Poetry week, but I had to drop a lot of hints before it finally got nominated (and inevitably A-listed) on my first Guru stint, RRSA Shakespeare.
Animal Collective – My Girls
An ejaydee (great to meet you) Festive ’Spill pick, according to the file path.
Jens Lekman – Maple Leaves
Definitely remember saneshane writing about this one – and plenty of other Jens Lekman – and being intrigued. Among the many Swedish artists I’ve been introduced to through RR.
Ooberman – Shorley Wall
I remember this being nominated and enthusiastically donded by RRers whose taste I trusted (GarethI and ToffeeBoy I think?) back when people had just started including YouTube links. Listened, loved it, have unsuccessfully nominated it for countless topics since.
Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country
The sort of band match.com would probably pair me up with, but I’d never heard of them until someone (tracyk?) nominated this song.
Frida Hyvonen – Jesus Was A Crossmaker
Lambretinha picked this for the Festive ’Spill in 2009, while ElDerino chose another of her songs. I’ve been smitten ever since.
Anna von Hausswolff – Track of Time
Handpicked Nordic noir from Fuel.
Jesca Hoop – Murder of Birds
Shoegazer and saneshane’s albums of the month posts were a goldmine of new music, and discoveries like this one.
Hem – So. Central Rain
The much-missed mark68 was keen on this gorgeous cover. Anyone know what’s happened to him?
Midlake – Roscoe
It’s funny to think now that in the early days of RR nobody, except the guru, actually physically listened to the playlist. But sometimes after reading the write-up you had to go and track down a song: like this one.
Peter Broderick – With The Notes In My Ears
Another discovery via shoegazer. I highly recommend a visit to http://www.itstartshear.com
Los Campesinos! – This Is How You Spell “Hahaha, We Destroyed The Hopes And Dreams Of A Generation Of Faux-Romantics”
Best song title ever. Not sure who’s responsible for this one.
Nellie McKay – Ding Dong
Regularly nominated by steenbeck back in the day. Infectious and subversive songwriting.
The Pipettes – Pull Shapes
Dorian Lynskey had this down as one of his tracks of the year in my first year of RR. Pop perfection.
Sol Seppy – Enter One
Who did this come from? Shane? I think I first heard it for whispering songs.
King Creosote – And The Racket They Made
Couldn’t be without the Blimpy-endorsed Festive ’Spill stalwart KC, and this DarceysDad favourite.