So, here, from the Better Late than Never Department, is a round-up of what I found to be the best of that music, compiled and presented for your listening — and downloading — pleasure. It’s hard to boil so much product down into something coherent, and at nineteen tracks long I fear I’ll already be testing most people’s patience. I also left out a lot of music that I thought was really good but that failed to really move me, so there’s no Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors or Grizzly Bear. Sorry folks, I’m not that hip… or maybe too hip for that, depending on how you look at it. Anyway, enough disclaimers.
For no good reason, I call the compilation “Ox Tails.” You can listen to it through your Web browser over at Mix.subtraction.com/02 via the still terrific Opentape playlist tool. You can also download this compilation, along with the cover art I quickly cooked up, below — though in the interest of preserving some value for the labels, the downloadable songs are relatively low quality, at a bitrate of just 16 kbps. If you like any of the tracks and want to own the full-quality versions, you can click through to Amazon via the track listing at the bottom of this post and help me raise my little girl so she too can enjoy quasi-legal music blogging. Any way you choose to consume it, I hope you like it.