The Dig

(Mostly) Music Industry Poll – The Best Tracks of 2012

First, I just want to say a quick thank you to Steve over at the music blog Those Who Dig, who for some reason thought I was worthy of an interview, which ran on their site yesterday.  So if you’ve ever been interested in my background (or musical taste), or wanted to relive great moments in teen films of the 1990’s, here you go.

Now to business. Every year for the past six years I send out a call to a great many of my friends, a majority of whom work in music in some capacity (bloggers, artists, DJs, music licensing, music supervision, management, publicity, etc.) to send me their favorite song of the year.

As you can imagine, for music folks this is almost impossible – many simply refused and sent me between three and five tracks (or started with that and then just kept adding…)

I used to take these suggestions and create mix CDs as holiday gifts, complete with cute writing using colorful Sharpies and everything.  Eventually the list of recipients grew too large and number of songs too great.

And so I thought I would turn to Spotify.  And instead of only giving this gift to my personal friends, here it is for everyone to enjoy.
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Game Night: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

I’m just going to go ahead and ask the question: who DIDN’T cheat at Monopoly?  I never actually even knew how to play the game so I guess I always did.  Though at age eight it was more like fighting for who got the race car and then using the money to play house.

Even so, I still think I grasped the reason why Monopoly is the most commercially successful board game in the world: everyone loves to feel like a millionaire.  Which is of course ironic since the game was created by a Quaker activist who essentially wanted to teach people how bad monopolies are.

From there, as we all know, there are now a million different versions of the game, World Version to McDonald’s Version, plus tons of computer games and even a game show.  A documentary about the game and its ridiculous popularity is coming out Fall 2010 called Under The Boardwalk.

The version that I found the most interesting however was the one used to help WW II prisoners of war escape.  Seriously. The man who had rights to manufacture the game outside of the United States had a special edition made with compasses, maps and real money hidden inside that were gifted to prisoners by fake charities

See?  Everyone cheats at Monopoly in some way or another.

Game Night: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 by tadpolopoly

If you’re not feeling the Atlantic City vibe, check out a couple shows in your own back yard….

Funeral Party will be at the Troubadour this coming Wednesday, May 5 with Two Door Cinema Club before touring with Surfer Blood.  I hope you have a connection because it’s sold out.

And you can catch The Besnard Lakes there on May 13 with Happy Hollows and Infantree.

Information and tickets here.

And keep your eye out on for the debut album by The Dig, Electric Toys – out on June 8th.

This has nothing to do with music, but man, monopoly is some serious stuff!  Listen to that intense commentary…

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