Tomorrow is December 1. Over the past few years some friends and I have come up with our Top 25 albums and singles and revealed them to one another one per day starting December 1, counting down to Christmas when the Number Ones are revealed. Yes, we’re geeks. But you’re reading a music blog so you can’t deny you aren’t one either. Anyway, in the spirit of the season, I will be posting my albums and singles, one a day, counting down to Christmas. Think of it as an online advent calendar. But no chocolate. Which really renders it useless. Regardless, this blog is new, so perhaps this will tell you whether you want to add me to your bookmarks or never return. I could have Kelly Clarkson at number one. You never know.
Sure to show up on many end-of-year lists is Sufjan Stevens for his album Illinois. I’ve come across some cool stuff of his on the net the past couple days so I thought I’d pass them on.
Download the show here.
And if you are a Sufjan fand and want to get into the Christmas spirit you may want to check out his Christmas albums, available to download from Irresponsible Journalism:
Again, thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for the link.
Now I’m a huge Smiths fan, but I wasn’t expecting a previously unavailable track to become available online. But one has. Apparently Mike Joyce is ebaying a bunch of his old Smiths stuff, including music. He was on BBC radio and brought he following along, an unreleased Smiths instrumental:
Enjoy! (Thanks to Ear Farm)
And as if on cue, after I posted the Belle and Sebastian article last night, the album leaked today. So The Life Pursuit is online for those of you who can’t wait until February.