Some of the best of what’s new in my library:
A lot of the albums these came from would change the layout of my 2007 favorites list if I had a do-over, but I can’t allow that as I only discovered most of what I’ve been listening to the last few weeks after reading other people’s best-ofs. Which, of course, is the beauty of yearly lists. “Here’s what you missed, slacker.”
This year, I missed a lot. The fall was already advancing into winter before I realized that a lot of what I was thinking was my favorite “new” music had actually come out in 2006, or 2005… or 2003. I don’t know how time gets away from you as you get older, but I can’t help the feeling that in the blink of an eye I’ll be on my deathbed saying “Well? How did I get here?” Actually, someone asked me at work last night what my favorite song of “all time” was. Now, I make it a point to pick a different song for this question every time someone asks me, but my answer this time was, oddly enough, “Once in a Lifetime”.
I got rid of as much music as I acquired this year, possibly more. As I grew to realize what my tastes really were, how much time I (didn’t) have, and in what situations I was able to actually listen to music, a lot of what I had no longer appealed to me. So no more Buck Owen, no more Carter Family, no more Dio, and no more Joni Mitchell. You have undeniable historical importance, but I don’t have time any more to listen to music just for study. Likewise, you’ve got to go Can, Neu! and The Fall. I know John Peel liked you, and I really, really wanted to be hip enough to appreciate you too, but actually, I hate you. Sorry. It’s not you, it’s me.
The biggest, and worst, thing to happen in music for me this year was the death of private torrent site oink.cd. For the last few years, oink.cd replaced the previous tedious combing of soulseek, IRC, and usenet I had used to acquire music, and became my (and many other’s) one-stop shop for its well-encoded, complete, fast, and incredibly comprehensive music download selection. But as George Harrison warned us, all things must pass, and the Man finally shut the oinker down this year. I still haven’t found a replacement. Since they got Demonoid too, I’ve had to go back to soulseek. Man, that really blows.
It turns out more famous former members of oink than myself lament its passing:
In an interview with New York Entertainment he sent his clearest pro-sharing stance yet. When asked what he thought about OiNK being shutdown, [Trent Reznor] had this to say:
“I’ll admit I had an account there and frequented it quite often. At the end of the day, what made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world’s greatest record store. Pretty much anything you could ever imagine, it was there, and it was there in the format you wanted.”
“If OiNK cost anything, I would certainly have paid, but there isn’t the equivalent of that in the retail space right now.”
Leveling criticism at professionals who are failing to make a better job of music distribution than OiNK and failing to create a brand which people like to be associated with, Trent explained: “iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don’t feel cool when I go there. I’m tired of seeing John Mayer’s face pop up. I feel like I’m being hustled when I visit there, and I don’t think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc.”
Yeah, I had to include the dig at John Mayer. I am not down.