Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nueve: the 2009 mix

time again for another best of the year mix. as with all my year-end mixes, I won't necessarily call these my top ten tunes (or 14 in this case), but some of my favorites that I think go together.

I violated my unwritten rule to only include one song per artist this year with J Tillman, but he did release two albums and I have one song from each so maybe it isn't cheating after all.

and now here is the tracklist:
Darkstar - Aidys Girl's a Computer
Purexed - POS
Black Hearted Love - PJ Harvey & John Parrish
Solo Dolo (Nightmare) - Kid Cudi
Daniel - Bat for Lashes
Summertime Clothes - Animal Collective
Lakeside - BLK JKS
Steel on Steel - J Tillman
A Blip on a Screen - The Streets
Don't Forget Me - Neko Case
Kaufman's Ballad - Megafaun
Crosswinds - J Tillman
Coast of Carolina - Telekineses
Gimme Sympathy - Metric

p.s. time permitting a new dubstep mix will be done by end of year as well. also just ask me for a copy if you are gonna see me and it's yours.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

2009 British Television Advertising Awards

saw the BTAAs last night. interesting set of commercials this year.

apparently there wasn't a ton of advertising dollars spent and UK gov spent about 35% of the total so there were tons of PSAs this year. Also a lot of commercials for the BBC and I learned that their tv shows have agencies cut their trailers and plan the campaigns.

Here are my favs from the evening:

Cycle Safety - Whodunnit

it may not be the best PSA ever to come out of England but it's a really simple idea to show how easy it is to miss cyclists on the road

VW Golf - Enjoy the Everyday

VW had a lot of good commercials this year but this was my favorite. The soundtrack from sounds in and around the car is a nice idea but even better is showing how the car as part of your life.

Virgin Atlantic - 25 years

personally my fav as I may have called out here before. it is inspiring, it is funny, it has the product benefits, and it asks for the sale. not much else you could ask for.

and here is the best commercial of the year as voted by the BTAA. The Walker printed the wrong info in their program
Hovis - Go on Lad

It is a strong commercial and it seems to tap into the uncertainty of the last year, but that may be why I didn't think it was the best. we have been reminded so much of the trouble in the economy that I want to be inspired and uplifted by advertising. it's a tough line to balance though because you don't want to appear out of touch with society either.

I will be very curious to see the themes and tones that show up next year