Courtesy of Last.fm, here's what I've been mostly listening to during the last year:
2. Manic Street Preachers
4. Arcade Fire
5. British Sea Power
6. Belle and Sebastian
7. The National
9. The Beautiful South
1. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
2. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
3. R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
4. The National - High Violet
5. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
6. The Twilight Sad - Forget The Night Ahead
7. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
8. Manic Street Preachers - Lipstick Traces
9. Britiish Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall
10. Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers
1. The National - Conversation 16
1. Belle & Sebastian - I Can See Your Future
3. Håkan Hellström - En vän med en bil
4. Elliott Smith - Angeles
4. The Shins - Turn On Me
4. The Temper Trap - Down River
7. Benoît Pétré - Trouble Maker
7. The National - Anyone's Ghost
9. Stephen Malkmus - Jenny and the Ess-Dog
9. Jack - Lolita Elle 9. Maxïmo Park - Questing, Not Coasting
9. The Decemberists - June Hymn
- The three artists I listened to most during the last year were also three of my favourite artists when I left university, fourteen years ago.
- The two albums I listened to most during 2011 are identical to those I listened to most during 2010.
- Perhaps I should make better use of my Spotify subscription to discover shiny new music, rather than simply listening to the same old stuff I've been enjoying for decades.
- The shiny new music that I have stumbled upon during the year has generally reached my ears via personal recommendation on Spotify/Twitter/FaceBook (thanks @rgarner, @johnconners!) or by computerised recommendation algorithms (thanks Spotify, Last.fm!) rather than through traditional sources (sorry, radio!)
- I do like my melancholy songs, and/or those that tell a story.
- Mogwai have still got it. With every record, they get better at being Mogwai.