Even though the week ramping up to 2009 was busy ’round these parts with a slew of music trying to get in under the wire of 2008, the first weekend of the new year is going to be rather quiet for me. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it’ll give me time to digest some of the week’s highlights (Bruce Peninsula and Animal Collective have already claimed a spot of the best of 2009 list) and highlight a few lost gems from the inbox this holiday season. Put a pot of coffee on, take two of these and see me on Monday.
Case in point: Paper Bag Recording artists Winter Gloves released a sparkly cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great” that’s got them the attention of Spin magazine, which has the track available for download.
Earlier in the week, the final installment of this year’s Contrast Podcast Festive Fifty was unveiled, with yours truly kicking off the proceeding revealing the #17 track, Sigur Rós’s “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur”, which I nominated as my favourite track of the year (I don’t think I did too bad a job with my Icelandic pronunciation). It’s a pretty stellar list in total, so be sure to check out parts one and two. I’m back on the Podcast next week, with my contribution to the B-sides theme.
I haven’t had a chance to give it a thorough listen, but I’m relatively impressed with what I’ve heard off the debut album by Chicago’s The Dogs. You can see for yourself, as the band has offered up the whole album for download.
Speaking of downloads, Matt Skatterbrain has a plethora of awesome pop on offer, as he forgoes the traditional end-of-year list by making us not one, but two mixes of his favourite tracks of the year. He always has the coolest graphic designs, too.Tags: The Dogs, Winter Gloves