Be sure to check out our two new posts today (below this one). Here, we have an announcement and an invitation.
The end of the year draws nigh, and with it comes lists. Many lists, everywhere you turn. Lists of the best of what 2010 has offered us. Last year, when this site was just an ugly, smelly baby a few days old, we wrote a post about year-end lists and why people bother with them. The best reason still seems to be this: Reading someone else’s list of the albums they thought were the year’s best is a good way to discover music you missed and might like.
My original collaborators and I don’t do a year-end “best albums” list for NCS. It’s just too damned much work. We listened to a mountain-sized pile of new music this year, we liked a helluva lot of it, and trying to decide which 10 or 15 or even 20 albums were the best we heard would be a bunch of effort we’d rather devote to coming up with new posts for this site. Plus, the music we like is so varied that trying to compare this apple to that orange and decide which one tastes better is a very confusing enterprise.
But mainly, we’re just too fucking lazy.
Fortunately, we have some regular contributors who have more energy, and we’ll be publishing their year-end lists beginning next week. We’ll also have our own list of the extreme metal songs from 2010 that we thought were the most infectious. We did that last year, but this year’s list will be even more ambitious.
But we ain’t stopping there. If YOU have made your own mental list of the best metal albums you heard this year, we want to see it. Because we’re fucking nosy like that. (details about this invitation are after the jump . . .)
Here’s the deal. On Monday, we’re going to put up a post that will be called THE BEST OF 2010: NCS READER LISTS (unless we can come up with a more clever title over the weekend). And the only purpose of that post will be to establish a location where our readers can post their Best of 2010 lists as comments.
That’s about it. We don’t expect a specific number — doesn’t have to be a “Top 10” or “Top 20” list, it could be a Top 2 list. And it doesn’t have to be a cross-genre list, i.e., the best of all metal you’ve heard this year. It could be the best hardcore albums you heard, or the best black metal, or the best folk metal, or the best reggae metal, or the best rap metal — pretty much whatever you want to do and feel comfortable doing, as long as it fits your definition of metal (except we didn’t mean it when we said rap-metal).
And speaking of feeling comfortable, although we can’t offer any assurances about other NCS readers, it ain’t our style to criticize or poke fun at what someone else thinks is great metal. So, don’t be bashful. (Besides, our readers seem to be a pretty tolerant, civilized lot, as metalheads go. The troll repellant we put out seems to work pretty well.)
Obviously, if you’re interested in doing this but won’t have a list ready for us by Monday, don’t sweat it, because you can add a comment to that post whenever you want. It will be there forever.
Or at least until we stop paying the bill for our web hosting service.
Or they go bankrupt.
Or the world ends in a fiery armageddon.
But other than that, it will be there.