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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Reminisce? Nah...Right?

2006 was a pretty great year for music, all things considered. The biggest deal, to my mind, was the surge that catapulted Cee-Lo and Dangermouse's 'Gnarls Barkley' project to the top of the charts (and not coincidentally, made some extra beer money for Violent Femmes, whose "Gone Daddy Gone" benefited from Gnarls' cover and rode "Crazy's" coattails to became a hit all over again - for the first time, technically.)

That was the biggest thing - the best thing was the rise of Forward Russia! and of The Long Blondes, who I'm hoping we'll hear lots more from in 2007, since their albums await release here in the US.

But from my perspective, there's so much of 2006 that will wash over into 2007, and so much more that's coming out now as part of the new year proper, that there's little to no time to sit back and reminisce.

And so, we won't. We'll get the top hundred of '06 posted when we get to it, but this week, we've gotta focus on the new, so that's what you'll get when you tune in to the FM Showcase this Friday night...

Right now on the Web Station, however, it's a very nice permutation of the standard mix, including classics from Bjork, The Boomtown Rats, David Byrne, The Chameleons, The Clash, Elvis Costello, Department S, Devo, Front 242, Gang Of Four, The Jam, New Musik, New Order, Psychedelic Furs, Psychic TV, Public Image Ltd., Pulp, R.E.M., Renegade Soundwave, The Smiths, Soft Cell and Matthew Sweet...

...and those classics, tallied with the other classics we've included, only make up about a third of the music you'll hear...the rest of it is new (and wouldn't you know, includes Gnarls Barkley, Forward Russia! and The Long Blondes. Ain't serendipity a hoot?)


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