Not too long ago, a friend asked me how I find the music that I find. At the time, I assumed what he meant was that I listen to a lot of really cool sounds that people like his boss and his neighbors do not listen to. Now, in retrospect, I think maybe my friend was just trying to flatter me so that I would let him borrow my van.
In fact, I ended up letting my friend borrow my van that day, but my point is this: When my friend asked me how I find the music that I find, I answered, “I just listen.”
This was the truth. I just listen. I listen all of the time.
In the old days, I had complicated theories about what kind of music I liked and about what kind of music was worth listening to. I do not have these theories anymore.
Now I just listen.
I will listen to an album and if I keep listening to it, over and over and over again, then I generally assume this means that I like that album.
There are lots of good and even great albums that I never ever feel like listening to at all – albums like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Frank Ocean’s Channel ORANGE and any album by Phillip Glass. Those albums will not be among my top ten albums of the year.
In 2013, these are the albums I listened to. Some of them are albums that you might enjoy listening to, too.