|Mikal Cronin (left) and band at Webster Hall, NYC, 12/10/13|
So I've been working at whittling down and shaping up the year-end best music lists here at BAGeL Radio, but they are not quite ready. Between the pinball playoffs (we lost), and a good friend leaving town (I lost), circumstances haven't been quite right for this task. The lists will be ready for next week's (12/20) episode of 480 Minutes, and that show is always my favorite show of the year.
That said, this week should be fun, too -- as is my annual habit, I have not listened to anything new since Thanksgiving. I take a couple of weeks away from new stuff, and other things listened to this year, to cleanse the palette by only listening to The Beatles for a time. I find it resets expectations about what makes a great song, which in turn helps me to reevaluate the thousand-plus new songs we aired for you this year.
Today's 480 Minutes (every Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern Time) episode will debut new songs by absolutely no one. That said, there are about 30 songs we'll play today that have only been on the air for a week or two, so there's just nothing brand spanking new.
Requests will be taken and honored more often than usual today (due to the space freed up by having nothing to debut) during the live-hosted hours via e-mail and IM and I'm getting better at responding to Tweets in something resembling real time, so if that's your preferred mode of communication, go for it:
Yahoo IM/GoogleTalk: bagelradio