Festive Fifty Longlist

I’m a regular contributor to a weekly (or so) podcast, Contrast Podcast.  If you’ve never listened; well, what’s keeping you?

The podcast is based on a theme, chosen by our host, Tim Young.  We all choose songs based on that theme, record an intro, and send it to Tim, who does the compiling. Tim  encourages us to submit ideas for the themes, and the latest show is one that I had a hand in, the theme being “my first download.” (Funny thing, lots of people do not seem to recall which song was their first download.  I find that surprising, since the participants are all music lovers.)

Annually, Tim presents “The Festive Fifty” countdown of our favorite tunes of the year.  It’s quite an undertaking, but Tim seems to have some magical formula to calculate the order of the presentation, and after a few years, he’s probably worked out any annoying kinks.


It’s almost Festive Fifty time, and we’re supposed to submit our number one song of the year, followed by up to 49 other songs we care to throw into the hat.  Somehow, with some abracadabra happening, the list gets narrowed down, and we choose our top 10.  Tim assigns intros to participants, pieces it together, and shares it for all in three episodes.  It’s always a delightful listen, and I have heard some great songs that I had passed over previously.

Anyone can submit a list, so if you are interested, write down your number one song of the year, and your other picks (up to 49 songs, but it can be shorter) and send it to me (natsthename at gmail, I will forward it to the guy compiling the list. It needs to get to me by Saturday, Nov. 13)   You don’t even have to be a regular listener.  The countdown starts in December,

Now, as for what’s on my longlist (cuz I just cannot make a shortlist.) Here we go:

Number One favorite of the year: Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Can’t See Land

The rest:

Broken Social Scene – World Sick

Broken Social Scene – Meet Me In The Basement

Danny & The Champions Of the World – Henry The Van

Dead Heart Bloom – Someday Will Not Come Again

Dead Heart Bloom – Meet Me

The Hold Steady – The Weekenders

Laura Veirs  – July Flame

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way

Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms

Basia Bulat – Go On

The New Pornographers – Your Hands (Together)

The New Pornographers – The Crash Years

Arcade Fire – Ready To Start

Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait

Robert Plant – Angel Dance

Robert Plant – Silver Rider

She & Him – Ridin’ In My Car

Doves – Catch The Sun

Eels –Looking Up

The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

The National – Runaway

The Black Keys – Tighten Up

Spoon – Got Nuffin

Vampire Weekend – Holiday

Vampire Weekend – Horchata

Frightened Rabbit – Yes I Would

JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys – If You Let Me

JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys – Perfect Lover

Josh Ritter – Change Of Time

James – Look Away

The Candles – Here or Gone

The Vaselines – I Hate the 80’s

Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard

The Whigs – In The Dark

Wintersleep – New Inheritors

The Stance – Jenny Jitters

Rogue Wave – Good Morning

Citay – Careful With That Hat

The Mynabirds – Wash It Out

Bettye LaVette – Love Reign O’er Me

Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union

MGMT – Congratulations

The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

Juliana Hatfield – Dear Anonymous

Angus & Julia Stone – Draw Your Swords

Ben Folds and Nick Hornby – From Above

Black Mountain – The Hair Song

Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love

Pete Yorn – Velcro Shoes

8 thoughts on “Festive Fifty Longlist

  1. Lyndon 11.09.10 / 4:03 pm

    Great, more music for me to check out, like I don’t do that enough already 🙂

    Nice to see, we’ll have some over lap as usual.

    I’m probably going to do either a Top 50 or 100 list as I’ve done for the last couple of years. But I’m going to do release it closer to the end of the year. Novembers just a little to soon to be thinking about this stuff yet!!

  2. Tricia 11.09.10 / 4:06 pm

    That’s a great list! I have a bunch of those songs on my list, too. Now, to try and put them in some sort of order!

  3. Dirk 11.10.10 / 3:37 am

    I sent my list to James yesterday, Nat: can you believe that I didn’t find more than eight (yes, eight!) songs?! Get yourself a child and watch your free time fading away to zero!!

  4. Agedhipster 11.10.10 / 7:20 am

    Dirk, i do have a child(2) but the youngest is 13, and not as time consuming. When they were small, I had little time for anything but the radio, so I know what you mean.

  5. Debra 11.10.10 / 11:42 am

    I found you through a link from Boris Skalsky. I am going to have some fun with this site.

    “Nothing Will Break Me Now” is a my fave from Dead Heart Bloom.

    You list is going to send me down the rabbit hole.


    • agedhipster 11.10.10 / 3:10 pm

      thanks, Debra. Have fun in the rabbit hole! I love”Nothing Will Break Me NOw” as well, but the entire album is great. I was tempted to submit the entire thing for the countdown, but I’m hoping a couple of songs end up in the final list.

  6. Holly A Hughes 11.12.10 / 1:03 am

    Oh, lists drive me nuts! I’d just put a few entire albums — the Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, that divine Ben and Nick opus, the Old 97’s Grand Theatre Volume One, and Imaginary Television by Graham Parker. Okay, “Riding In My Car,” cos I’ve got such a girl crush on Zooey, and throw in John Mellencamp’s “Love At First Sight” and the Black Key’s “Tighten Up.”

    But really, I HATE lists(and I’m such a sucker for them…

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