2009 has proved to be a bad year for list making. This is not only because tons of shit went down this year that we don’t really want to talk about but also due to the fact that most art worthy of public attention seems to have been announced too loudly for anyone to have missed it, proving little need for documentation. 2009 is without a doubt one of the least subtle years of recent memory. What was good this year has had its praise shouted out by EVERYBODY and has been noted EVERYWHERE. What was bad (or sad) this year has likewise been shoved down our throats till we’re made sick of it. Even art that gained mixed responses this year has seemed to draw more from the left or the right than from those stuck in the middle of their feelings, with a plethora of equally bombastic responses from both lovers and haters flying at us all with hyper speed. With everyone on their loud mouthed high horses this year, I’ve found myself playing devils advocate most of the time, positive that not everything is as black and white as this year, or rather, our responses to this year have suggested. This perhaps explains a bit of my missing in action here at minorprogression; a bit of the existential blog blues at the end of a year that has had no room for those feeling indifferent or not knowing quite what to think.
The exhausting nature of this year was often due to the fact that it was not a year for new artists. Almost all of the art I found myself being introduced to during this past twelve months was the work of people already on the radar. No where was this fact more apparent than in the world of music “popular music”. With the exception of very few titles, all of the really noteworthy albums that came out this year were the works of artists who have been honing their craft for at least an album or two, many of whom are already three or more albums into their careers. Part of my feeling a bit lost in the hype explosion was the fact that many of these great albums I could see coming from many miles away. Though there were many massive achievements in music this year, it’s hard to be surprised by the fact that Animal Collective, The Dirty Projectors and Fever Ray put out some of this years best material.
These facts only amplify the already celebration worthy emergence of Tune-Yards on the music scene, a band who are without a doubt the most exciting new music makers that I’ve been turned on to lately, with force that stands up to the big boys of the year with ferocious ambition and charm to spare. Here’s a video of them playing one of my favorite songs of theirs,
The year 2009 will forever be remembered as the year the King of Pop died. His passing was a sad day indeed for he inspired so much hope and love within all of us. There were many others that passed on this past year. Here is my feeble attempt to throw a little light on some of the others that called 2009 the end. Happy Holidays!!
In the spirit of the times, I highly suggest you give the gift of Credit. Have you noticed extra long lines at the banks lately?? It’s because bankers have ceased giving us credit. And since more of us young folks are unemployed than ever before, we need to take Credit back into our own hands. Credit, written by Matthew Timmons, is an 800 page full color, large-format, hardbound book put out by Blanc Press. Get it!