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The Captain Needs To Borrow Your Ear

After all of the bitching I did last week about this time of year, I feel the need to balance it out with some positive thoughts about December.  There is one thing in particular that I enjoy about this time of year, creating my yearly Modern Rock cd.  This year marks the sixth installment!  If you don’t know that to which I am referring, let me take the time to explain a little.

Ever since the advent of bubble gum pop and rap metal in the late nineties I’ve consistently heard from my friends the same sentiments: “Music really sucked this year,” “No one puts out any good tunes anymore,” “Where are all the good new bands?”

While I understand why people feel like this, it is simply not true.  Great new music is made every year; some of my favorite songs were put out this decade.  The difference is that being exposed to great new music has become increasingly difficult as time progresses.  Radio stations play pure drivel now-a-days, and MTV doesn’t even bother to play music anymore.  The end result is that hearing new quality rock music is difficult for the average fan.

Well, back in 2002 I decided to do something about this problem.  That year I burnt a disc of my favorite songs from the year so I could listen to them in the car.  I played the disc while visiting my buddy Mike in K.C. and he asked me to burn him a copy.  This gave me the idea to burn some copies and distribute the discs to my friends.  I dubbed the disc “Niks Piks:  Modern Rock 2002”, and gave out copies as Christmas presents.

I received a very positive reaction from my friends, so I sent out even more copies in 2003.  This time I included a bonus disc with a genre mix that I created.  This started a trend that has continued to today.  Last year for Modern Rock 2006 I even had my buddy Rob design a logo:

So here it is at the end of 2007, and I am hard at work finishing up Modern Rock 2007.  This is a process that I enjoy immensely.  Giving out these discs is my way of spreading Christmas cheer; it is the highlight of this time of year for me.

Now that I’ve explained Modern Rock 2007, let me ask you for a little help.  I’m looking for some input from my friends on the track list.  Just so I’m clear, this disc will only feature songs that were release this year or at the tail end of last year.  The disc usually includes mostly rock songs, but occasionally one or two eclectic songs has been thrown in as well.

So, please feel free to give me any suggestions.  What was your favorite song this year?  What was the best new band you discovered?  Know any great obscure songs this year that deserve to be heard by everyone?

I’m looking for as much input as possible from my friends.  Many of the songs that ended up on previous year’s track listings were suggestions from friends.  I’m looking to finalize Modern Rock 2007 within the next week, so please send me your input now.  Leave me a comment on this site, send me an email, myspace me, call me, write me, text me, you can even send me a telegraph, just let me hear your suggestions.

Once Modern Rock 2007 is finished, I’ll post a blog to discuss the final product.  At that point I’ll also collect addresses from anyone who wants me to mail them a copy.  So until then, lend me your ear and send me your suggestions!


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