As long as we’re, y’know, starting a music blog, we might as well empty the vaults, I say.
For each of the past two years, I’ve put together an overview of the best sounds of the previous 12 months for GO! Magazine, covering both local and non-local acts, and live and recorded music.
Here’s the best part, though: Each year, The Bulletin has hosted a big, fat, free, downloadable compilation of the best tracks of the year.
In 2007, we offered up 30 MP3s, 15 by locals and 15 by non-locals. In 2008, it was 36 total tracks, again split right down the middle.* You also get some cool artwork and track lists to go with your tunes.
It all comes in a few handy .zip files. And did I mention it’s all free?
Anyway, both are still on the site, and you can still grab ‘em. Get 2007 here and 2008 here. (The former was designed for our old Web site, so please forgive the herky-jerky look. The downloads are still good.)
*2007 artists include Aesop Rock, the Arcade Fire, The Shins and Blue Scholars, plus Person People, The Erins, Coyo and Shireen Amini. 2008 artists include Fleet Foxes, Jamie Lidell, Atmosphere, The Cool Kids and Wolf Parade, plus Mosley Wotta, A.M. Interstate, Larry and His Flask, The Dirty Words and Willie Carmichael.