New years resolutions

Happy new year!

I hope you all had a magnificent night and are still hurting a bit from it. I stayed up far too late watching fireworks and forgetting I had a baby that would be awake 4 hours later. OUCH.

So. Resolutions! I usually make the same old ones that get screwed up within 48hrs of the year starting (no drinking, chocolate, winding up people on the Internet, yadda yadda yadda) but this year I fancied doing something a bit different, a bit more productive, and one I had half a chance of doing for the whole year.

This year, I am going to listen to 104 albums that I have not listened to before.

Me, not listening to any of these albums
Me, not listening to any of these albums

That’s 2 a week. All year. Most of them aren’t out yet. Quite a few of them probably haven’t been writtenyet. But that excites me. I don’t have a favourite album from last year because I just didn’t hear whole albums… Which is a pretty big thing for me, I’ve had a favourite album of the year for every year since I was 14. Now a lot of that is the general life disruption of parenthood, and a bit of it is listening to a few songs and jumping off to something else like a musical hummingbird with ADHD. But no more. Concentrate Sean, concentrate!

I’m sure some of it will be rubbish, but some might be better than I expect. I’m trying to do this without any pre-judgements, in the same way Mark Kermode can go into a “big mommas house” movie to judge it a standalone piece…

I’ll keep a tally of what I’ve got planned to listen to and what I have listened to on this post… And if you have any recommendations, do tell me in the comments below!

To listen to:

Foster the people – torches
Laura Marling – a creature I don’t know*
Coldplay – Mylo xyloto*
Florence and the machine – ceremonials
The villagers – becoming a jackal
The decemberists – the king is dead
The black keys – el camino
Wild beasts – smother
King creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond mine
Lisa Hannigan – passenger
My morning jacket – Circuital

And what else am I missing…?

*yes, I KNOW I should have gotten round to these already. Sorry. That’s why I’m doing this.