A quick Google search with the words “Best of 2010” returns a mere 2,720,000,000 results.
In a world where the once-rare “overshare” of personal experiences, opinions and preferences has become the norm (think Brittney, Wikileaks, Facebook and TMZ), we are now saturated with minutiae. Do you really care about your coworker’s “Top 10 Green Teas for Autumn” list? Or your cousin’s ongoing quest to order and eat every Applebee’s entrée in a calendar year?
For those who willingly contribute such intimate details to the collective conscious of public discourse through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and online forums, the motivation is simple. Documenting these once private details helps us to both define who we think we are, and how we would like others to see us. But what about those of us who readily consume this information? Why do we care about another “Year’s Best” list? And perhaps more perplexing, why can’t we stop ourselves from reading these lists?
Part of the allure is the ease in which we can take in the information. Our motivation as a consumer/audience is likely similar to the contributor’s intent – to help define our tastes, to compare desires and interests with our peers, and perhaps find a new source of material for our own lists and “must have” suggestions.
Where does that leave us today? For each of the last five years, the Great River Radio staff has welcomed the chill of December in Minnesota with great anticipation. Of course, we look forward to spending time with family and loved ones, celebrating religious rites and traditions, and even seeking solitude in these busy times. But the turn toward winter also brings two of our favorite annual radio shows of the year – the holiday music show and the “Best of” show. Today on Great River Radio we will offer our contribution to the year-end list … with a twist. Instead of adding to the meaningless cesspool of “Best Of” entries, we will offer something far more subjective – our “Favorite Albums of 2010.” Feel free to take in the music as just another year-end list or send us your suggestion for favorite albums we may have missed (or purposely omitted). That way we can skip the music monologue and start a dialogue.
Tune in from 4:15-5:45 p.m. today and you’ll hear one of Great River Radio’s most anticipated shows as we play selected tracks & MP3s from our ”Favorite Albums of 2010” list:
Wide River to Cross-Carrie Rodriguez Love and Circumstance
National Ransom-Elvis Costello National Ransom
Angela Surf City-The Walkmen Lisbon
And Now-JJ N° 3
The High Road-Broken Bells Broken Bells
Rhinestone Eyes-Gorillaz Plastic Beach
The Dreamer-The Tallest Man On Earth Sometimes The Blues Are Just A Passing Bird
Runaway-The National High Violet
From Above-Nick Hornby/BenFolds Lonely Avenue
City of Night-Bruce Springsteen The Promise
Dillinger Eyes-Jeremy Messersmith The Reluctant Graveyard
You’ll Be Bright-Cloud Cult Light Chasers
The Sweet Part of the City-The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever
We Used to Ride-Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Futile Devices-Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
He Would Have Laughed-Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Someone’s Gonna Rescue You-Neil Young LeNoise
Surely-Black Dub Black Dub
Airplanes-Local Natives Gorilla Manor
Sweet Talk Sweet Talk-The New Pornographers Together
What did we miss? Send us a note and let us know!
Tune in today – to listen for pleasure or to compare.
Brian & Dan