Spillyear 2009

I chose this week’s year by picking a CD out of the rack with my eyes closed. It was Good News by Withered Hand, an artist I wouldn’t have heard of if it weren’t for you good people. The year was 2009.

This was also the first year I got involved with the Festive ‘Spill, which has introduced me to more new music over the last few years than anything else. Spookily, I posted one of my picks from that year, “Anna” by Taken By Trees, over on Facebook where Ali has been talking about Sufi music.

I’m cheating by killing two birds with one stone in the above video. But plenty more good music from 2009…

Listen to the playlist here

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10 Years – Tons of Music!


Haven’t been over here for a while, time pressures really not helping at the moment, but given the celebrations and festivities, I thought I would just quickly reproduce something I’ve just put on the mothership, but I do know that it’s quiet on there at the end of the week, and not all old timers still pop in there, so here it is too…

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Taylor Swift & Ryan Adams: Songs half empty or songs half full?

@glasshalfempty (see what I did with the headline :) ) courageously included the Taylor Swift song Style on his RR 10th anniversary CD; I say courageously because she’s supposedly  just another lightweight pop sensation. Some, however, hear serious songwriting chops beneath that MTV sheen – among them the ever-melancholy Ryan Adams, an alt-country former bad boy – and it is now becoming hip to like her (saying you always knew bleh, bleh, bleh) … as long as Adams sings them. He has just released a cover of her entire new album, 1989, not because he needs the attention (which he doesn’t), but because he loves the songs.

A good reminder to trust your instincts and like what you like without shame.

Taylor SwiftStyle

Ryan AdamsStyle (Taylor Swift cover)

My 10-year CD

Here’s the social CD that I didn’t get round to making. I’ve also added it to the Dropbox. Thanks to all of you who’ve introduced me to wonderful new music over the last decade. This list could have been many times longer.


The Tammys – Eqyptian Shumba

Songs about ancient history. I remember hearing this and thinking it was pretty much the best record I’d ever heard ever.

Katzenjammer – A Bar In Amsterdam

I’m sure there’s someone on here who’s really into them… My eternal thanks, severin.

Akala – Comedy History Tragedy

Not sure who put this in the Dropbox during Poetry week, but I had to drop a lot of hints before it finally got nominated (and inevitably A-listed) on my first Guru stint, RRSA Shakespeare.

Animal Collective – My Girls

An ejaydee (great to meet you) Festive ’Spill pick, according to the file path.

Jens Lekman – Maple Leaves

Definitely remember saneshane writing about this one – and plenty of other Jens Lekman – and being intrigued. Among the many Swedish artists I’ve been introduced to through RR.

Ooberman – Shorley Wall

I remember this being nominated and enthusiastically donded by RRers whose taste I trusted (GarethI and ToffeeBoy I think?) back when people had just started including YouTube links. Listened, loved it, have unsuccessfully nominated it for countless topics since.

Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country

The sort of band match.com would probably pair me up with, but I’d never heard of them until someone (tracyk?) nominated this song.

Frida Hyvonen – Jesus Was A Crossmaker

Lambretinha picked this for the Festive ’Spill in 2009, while ElDerino chose another of her songs. I’ve been smitten ever since.

Anna von Hausswolff – Track of Time

Handpicked Nordic noir from Fuel.

Jesca Hoop – Murder of Birds

Shoegazer and saneshane’s albums of the month posts were a goldmine of new music, and discoveries like this one.

Hem – So. Central Rain

The much-missed mark68 was keen on this gorgeous cover. Anyone know what’s happened to him?

Midlake – Roscoe

It’s funny to think now that in the early days of RR nobody, except the guru, actually physically listened to the playlist. But sometimes after reading the write-up you had to go and track down a song: like this one.

Peter Broderick – With The Notes In My Ears

Another discovery via shoegazer. I highly recommend a visit to http://www.itstartshear.com

Los Campesinos! – This Is How You Spell “Hahaha, We Destroyed The Hopes And Dreams Of A Generation Of Faux-Romantics”

Best song title ever. Not sure who’s responsible for this one.

Nellie McKay – Ding Dong

Regularly nominated by steenbeck back in the day. Infectious and subversive songwriting.

The Pipettes – Pull Shapes

Dorian Lynskey had this down as one of his tracks of the year in my first year of RR. Pop perfection.

Sol Seppy – Enter One

Who did this come from? Shane? I think I first heard it for whispering songs.

King Creosote – And The Racket They Made

Couldn’t be without the Blimpy-endorsed Festive ’Spill stalwart KC, and this DarceysDad favourite.