So the 2010’s are ending and I thought we could reflect on the decade in music. Not necessarily to just pick a list of our favourites but to think about what has changed.
So for me;
It was the decade that the CD became defunct. All my new music is now downloaded, and
all the old is stored and played from a NAS. I started the decade buying and ripping CDs-but no more.
Bandcamp changed the way I looked for, sampled and bought a lot of music. The prices have risen slowly but it is still where I go first when I fancy finding something new or to explore back catalogues
I listen to less African music and also choral/modern classical (Glass, Part etc) but have more folky tastes. Still like a good indie guitar band at times though.
The ratio of new music (and new artists) to old/established has continued to rise. A few old favourites have fallen by the wayside, either quitting or just releasing nothing that excites me any more.
Some of my favourite established artists have got better. Nick Cave, Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Prince Billy, Yo La Tengo come to mind. Leonard Cohen before his demise was doing his best work I think.
Despite more choice iRadio forms very little of my listening. DAB and podcasts have a fair place though. BBC 6 music now a regular listen.
I still love music, love finding new artists and play as much if not more than ever. Long may that continue.
…and if pushed my album of the decade is probably 2011’s King Creosote/Jon Hopkins ‘Diamond Mine’, not least because my wife and I completely share the pleasure of it.
(PS feel free to be negative in this thread if you like)