“Best of the year” pronouncements are particularly silly when they come before the end of the year, let alone before a decent interval has elapsed in which to digest the music/film/whatever. Feb 14 would seem a good date on which to decide on the best, or favorite, from the previous year. But of course to wait that long would to be scooped by the premature evaluators.
Mayhap me protest too much. Village Voice waited until a few days ago to come to the standard hipster conclusion about album of the year. Looking at the Pazz + Jop 2008 list, I see that they listed my album of 2008, albeit at 34. It’s unlikely that a wait of a few weeks would have changed their wrongheaded minds much.
If you, like me, enjoy best-of-the-year music lists, I recommend Largehearted Boy’s list of such lists. He started it about a month ago, which shows how foolishly early some of these lists get published.
My list would still be headed by Frightened Rabbit. But I won’t be making such a list, and I’m taking a year off from voting in best of the year polls, whether they be for music, books, web services, or whatever.
But I will identify a few things I’ll be watching or looking forward to. I’m old-fashioned enough to be interested in many aspects of blogging. I expect WordPress.com to be my main blogging residence for 2008 and beyond. So I’m interested in Automattic, and how its 2008 will turn out.
I’m looking forward to music in 2008. I’m not referring to any specific release, but to the state of the music industry. There’s a lot of tremendous music coming out these days, and the web makes it easier to find, try, and buy (or not) than it ever has been.
Chris’ book is about free as in price of zero or as in beer, not free as in speech. But free/open source software also has an interesting year ahead of it. If I was brave enough to ignore the warning at the top of this post, I’d say that 2008 will see the tipping point for the mainstreaming of free software, and that the tipping will be due to devices such as the Eee PC.