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2 Waiory Years

All things considered, now that I've been here for two years it's important to recognise that I accomplished essentially nothing on Sputnik this year. I reviewed less, listened to less, lost my post quality and became a snarky, jaded user. But I also had the best year of my life. Always take it as a good sign when a Sputniker becomes less active -- it usually means they're doing something with their life. Or they're dead. Things I did this year and am about to do and the albums that remind me of them...
1Young the Giant
Shake My Hand

Moved to Ensenada for a few months -- While I didn't leave Mexico, leaving Tijuana for a while was a great change of scenery and something I will never, ever regret. The Jakes were my buddy and I's soundtrack to the summer; this is the stuff we'd smoke on the beach with, the music we'd dance like idiots to in the streets and one of the only albums that he and I spun that made other people ask "hey, can you burn me a copy of this?" For some reason they weren't as curious about The Red Chord...
Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland

Playing hacky-sack in an industrial freezer with lava lamps and this album -- The only thing that could've made the ordeal more surreal would be if we'd hotbox'd the freezer. I think it's just a homesick tendency of mine to enjoy being in ball-bitingly cold temperatures but nothing beats hacky-sack beside 40 kilograms of Mexican ice cream. Especially if you have ambient lighting and trippy music. Good job, Shpongle.

Did a whole lot of manual labour -- Luckily, my mates and I are smart enough to bring a portable sound system wherever we go. And trust me, the ONLY thing that makes taking a spade to the weeds for days upon days tolerable is by the grace of Metric and by the nigh-drunken kareoke sing-a-long vocal style we all adopt when we're carooning to 'Gimme Sympathy' in the hot Baja sun.
4The Decemberists
The Crane Wife

Made a cafe family -- Good music and good company made this cafe popular and mark my words, in my humblest face, I tell you that if my iPod isn't plugged in and I'm not sat at a table with my mates writing songs about hats and whales and books and sex, the cafe is a permanent graveyard shift. Musical highlights? Getting 30 people to sing the bassline of 'The Crane Wife 3' for 3 minutes straight in a post-rock buildup during an open mic. When I leave Mexico in two months after a hearty three years, it'll be an honour to say that I got all of Baja California to fall in love with the Decemberists. Indie cred, please.
5Death Cab for Cutie
Narrow Stairs

Saw North America all over again -- I was in Denver airport a few months ago when the intercom beamed "we need one volunteer to fly to Tulsa, Oklahoma FREE and get rewarded 800 AIR MILES." I still regret not taking that flight JUST to be able to say I've been to Oklahoma for no reason at all. Despite this, I've travelled. That means listening to Feist in Calgary, Closure in Moscow in Winnipeg, Lady Gaga in Regina, Phil Wickham in Vancouver, Trespassers William in Seattle, Regina Spektor in Portland, writing most of the songs on my EP in Sacramento, more Phil Wickham in Los Angeles, Young the Giant in San Diego, Becoming the Archetype in Denver, The Dear Hunter in Toronto and Death Cab for Cutie in Minneapolis.

Developed interest in England -- Strangely enough, Ensenada is full of English people with my exact passions. This means now I've definitely got connections accross the pond, but better yet, I've got a girl over there who's not only gotten me into sublime electronic music (Dev helped me out too) but who I get to see when life takes me to England in January. The unfortunate downside is that most of my Canadian friends are upset with my Canadian/Mexican/British accent already and I'm worried about the linguistic outcome.
7Various Artists (Indie)
Dark Was The Night

Fell asleep in the cafe listening to Riceboy Sleeps -- Good company and good music yet again. 8 of us sprawled out around in different corners of the cafe and said nothing as we turned the more-than-decent speakers up and fell asleep to some of the most soothing music there is. Nothing radder than passing out to the smell of coffee and smoke and the sound of Dark Was the Night.
8Young the Giant
Young the Giant

Fell in love with music again -- It took me a while, I'm not going to lie. For about 6 months, I didn't have time to enjoy music and only in the past three weeks have I taken the time to fall in love with it again. I have this incredible spot up on a hill with the most magnificent view of the ocean and a sultry breeze that truly makes any music listening experience 200% more divine.
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