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The Listening Is the Hardest Part...

           

Once again, it’s that time of year when I have difficult choices to make. And I don’t mean choices about how to participate in the collective consumerist performance that is the holiday season in the US.

No, what I’m doing is listening—while sitting at my desk, sitting on the couch, lying in bed, cooking, doing dishes, whatever. As I write this (at the desk, of course), I’m looking at a pile of seventeen CDs. While I work today and for the forseeable future, I’ll be listening and making mental notes on how those compare to each other and every other new release I’ve heard in 2007. And if I’m doing that, you know that I’m in the process of putting together this year’s Best-of compilation. As always, there are a few items that will absolutely appear there, though they may not be the ones you’d expect—even if you’ve paid attention to previous Faves lists. One thing I can say for sure is that this year the list will contain less indie rock than it has in the past (there’s a Musings post coming soon that will explain why.) The next few weeks, though, are for the hairsplitting, the making of change, the trying to distinguish between six of one and a half-dozen of another. The list will be all the better for the effort.

I’ve gotten a couple of striking suggestions from friends for the title of this year’s compilation, which will once again be spread over two discs. Keep the suggestions coming, and keep your eyes on your mailbox. If you’re on the list (and if you don’t know that you are, you probably aren’t), you’ll get your package sometime in January. I would send them out sooner, but there’s an album coming out on 28 December that I have to hear before anything’s final. Stay tuned…

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