2017 is drawing to a close. One more year on this earth has come and gone. Fun.
Now that we’re past Christmas and all the cheese that comes with it, we’ve entered New Year’s Eve celebration period, which involves a lot of drinking for the so inclined humans, staying-up-lating, partying, dancing, and reflection/introspection for those of us – like me – who keep finding their year – understand life – disappointing.
On top of the whole “where am I going? What am I doing?” questioning, I can’t help thinking about death around New Year’s eve. I don’t understand why everyone is celebrating time passing. This is the reason why I hate the New Year as much as birthdays.
On a happier note, this end of December has also prompted me to look back on my year. So this week, I am sharing with you some of the songs I listened to too many times in 2017 but still enjoy today and will carry with me for one more year.
1 – Parting of the Sensory – Modest Mouse (We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, 2007)
I’ve had a bit of an obsession with Modest Mouse for a few years now, but this year I went a bit crazy with this album. For about 2 months, this is the only thing I listened to on my way to and from work, which means I probably listened to it about 5 times a week through February and March. Still a pleasure to hear!
2 – We’re Going To Be Friends – The White Stripes (White Blood Cells, 2001)
A few months ago, I got really bored alone at home – no one wanted to come out and play with me. So I started watching Life In Pieces – it’s a good show. This song played in an episode and it was made all fresh in my mind again. It’s been now stuck in my head for 3 months, so I’ve listened to it too many times.
3 – Tennessee – P.s. Eliot (Introverted Romance In Our Troubled Minds, 2009)
I heard this song for the first time in September. I heard it again a few weeks later and I thought that it was such a lovely song, so I went home and showed it to everyone who agreed to listen to me – so one person. I love when Katie Crutchfield sings that there’s “butterfly guts on the windshield”.
4 – The Party’s Crashing Us – of Montreal (Sunlandic Twins, 2005)
I saw of Montreal live years ago by chance at a tiny festival back in Switzerland and never really look too deep into their discography – for some reason I listened to their Dirty Dustin Hoffman songs a lot, but kind of stopped it there. I was reminded of that festival at some point this year and decided it was high time I dove into of Montreal. From then on, many a song, including this one, have been played on repeat.
5 – Lookout, Lookout – Perfume Genius (Learning, 2010)
A lecturer gave a talk about the representation of queer identity in pop culture and music. He played for us Gay Angels from the album Learning too. I have been going back to this album since. The more I listen to it the more I love it.
6 – Road To Joy – Bright Eyes (I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning, 2005)
This year was the year I started listening to Bright Eyes for real. This song is an awesome explosion of energy and I-am-alive-ness. By the way, did you ever notice that in the O.C. – best show ever, am I right – Seth Cohen goes to a Bright Eyes gig? He went to a lot of cool gigs. Seth was really the coolest.
7 – Hotcha Girl – Ugly Casanova (Sharpen Your Teeth, 2002)
Ugly Casanova is one of Isaac Brock’s side project – he is the Modest Mouse man. Sharpen Your Teeth is not new, but this year I listened to it on repeat. Hotcha Girl is my clear favourite from there, I find it so sad and lonely and kind of mysterious too.
8 – Rid of Me – P.J. Harvey (Rid of Me, 1993)
When I need to work/study, I can’t do it in complete silence; I need music. Turns out P.J. Harvey’s Rid of Me is just perfect for that. I do find it very sexual, so it can be quite distracting. I love how explosive and raw and exciting and cool this album is. It will definitely still be played on repeat in 2018.