I love the Marconium. I don’t want to turn The ‘Spill into something too self-referential or it’ll get all Ouroborosy, but it’s fantastic, isn’t it? Not only does it represent a huge amount of dedicated work on Marconius7’s part, which really is above and beyond, but it’s so interesting to explore. I have spent so much time browsing through it. I have Dorian’s Playlists book, but the Marconium is a complete archive not just of lists, blogs and columns, but of how the simple premise for the column evolved as more and more people joined in, leading to the behemoth you see before you. It’s such fun to read earlier entries, to see friendships take shape and expand beyond the parameters of the initial idea. The latest addition, prompted by some really funny banter this week, mostly at steenbeck’s expense, is this page:
which, if you haven’t seen it yet, sorts out A-list picks so far this year by Recommender. It added a whole new dimension for me, as a means of getting a more tangible sense of RR regulars’ breadth of musical tastes. I know some people, myself included, are bound to mention a particular act or genre as often as they think they can get away with it, so I know about those, but it’s the surprises on this page that made it such a fascinating read. I hope I’m not embarrassing anyone by mentioning them by name, but seeing, for example, The Make-Up in amongst Abahachi’s other A-Listers, Morcheeba in barbryn’s, Sugababes and Britney Spears beside Public Enemy and The Clash in gremlinfc’s picks, this gives me a much better idea of what you all like rather than just reading posts here or on The Mothership. Does anyone else agree?
Anyway, I just really wanted to thank Marconius7 for turning the whole RR experience into a tripod.
So, the other thing I was wondering about, also inspired by the aforementioned banter on the blog, and the obvious fact that steenbeck has a P.I. on retainer to give her the good stuff on 2009’s gurus (38 A-List picks!), was regarding times you may or may not have gotten on the A-list. Was there a particular A-listing you received where you just thought ‘Yes!’, in terms of being proud of it? For example, I was genuinely pleased to see LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Losing My Edge’ make it on to the Aging playlist, because, to be honest, I’m not very good at making lateral-thinking suggestions, and I felt this was a recommendation that showed a bit of imagination, hence being pleased to see it make the final list. And, conversely, was there a song you recommended where you thought the relevant Guru had screwed up in not picking it? Not because it’s a personal favourite, but because you truly thought it nailed the topic? My example would be not having Magnetic Fields’ ‘Yeah! Oh Yeah!’ picked for Cruel Songs since I thought that one set the bar for cruelty. The judge’s decision is, of course, final, I just thought it might be fun to vent a little.