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For some reason, a question I get asked a lot is, “What music are you listening to, Chris Hardwick?” I find that I have been designated as one of those people that other people are magnetically drawn to using both the first AND last name in the vocative.  It’s an easy question to answer because every year on my birthday I start a new playlist titled after my current age so I can keep track of my favorite songs of the year as a sort of musical diary because I am a teenage girl.

Here is a recent example of said playlists that will give you the power to judge me:



I’m only half-way through “36” but so far there are appearances by Radiohead, Neko Case, Gary Glitter, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Love Spit Love, Cherry Ghost, Liam Finn and Fleet Foxes. Let’s all meet back here in a year to see how that one turned out.

Please feel free to add some suggestions to the comment thread for all to see, thereby giving The Nerdist a “communal feel.”

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  1. Sridhar Sarnobat says:

    I maintain annual m3u playlists too. But I don’t create them on my birthday. I just have a playlist for each year:
    – 2008.m3u
    – 2007.m3u
    – 2006.m3u
    (well, actually, I don’t use a calendar year but an academic year so end up calling them 2007-2008.m3u, 2006-2007.m3u)
    I keep them in a folder called ‘Musical Journey’, and indeed you can relive the high and low emotions of those days through the music that you listed to at the time.

  2. yillfog says:

    check out Simple Kid

  3. The Nerdist says:

    Thanks Musicnerd! I just itunes’d the Elephant Gun EP.

  4. Musicnerdwanabe says:

    i will suggest an easy one Beirut, these guys are a personal favorite of mine, been listening for year’s and still love there tunage!

  5. Suhaila says:

    Didn’t realize you were that old. Shoot you’re almost if not as old as Adam. That is, unless I missed something… But if it makes you feel better my bro and sis are still way older than you. I take comfort in that fact so feel free to do so as well. I love being a very long afterthought….

  6. annieyanger says:

    Two words, Chris: Dan Deacon.

  7. The Nerdist says:

    Now ya see, Henry, that seems judgey…but your Georgia sass is welcome here anytime.

  8. h2o says:

    Wow, Chris. Could I get more “gay” in the monitors, please?

  9. Tim says:

    Why is everyone telling you what to listen to?
    I think this memory playlist is a great idea. I turn 36 in December, maybe I’ll do it too.

  10. Cass says:

    Get the Scissor Sister’s second album. It is their swan song

  11. Moggs Oceanlane says:

    I just want to be a fan girl and say that I loved that post, particularly the intro. Thanks.

    (This may be because I have friends who I can’t help but call by both names. I am personally referred to by a single name – but sometimes it’s the first, sometimes the last, sometimes a nickname and sometimes and expletitive).

    Sadly, I feel the urge for such musical list making coming on – however, I shall blame the individual that pointed me to this blog.

    Over and out…

  12. The Nerdist says:

    Yeeeees! I’ve heard great things about that Elbow album…You just reminded me to get it. Thanks…

  13. JET says:

    For Grainer’s magnificent title theme for The Prisoner (which he then ripped off from himself and recycled for The Omega Man) and because you have Doves on there, I will tell you this:

    Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid.

    That is all.

  14. Lizzie lulu says:

    I love you. Please marry me!

  15. Nick says:

    Nicole Atkins & The Sea are amazing. Josh Ritter is also worth mentioning.

    You have some pretty amazing stuff. Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens are like sex with less crying and clothes hangers.

  16. Chris Barrus says:

    I can’t recommend the new Raveonettes album “Lust Lust Lust” enough, but I’ll also throw in the mix I did for the Deconstruction Podcast. It’s at:

  17. Steve says:

    that’s a totally kick ass idea.

  18. Andy says:

    I don’t know if the Crane Wife is the only Decemberists album you have but check out all their older ones as well. Especially the EP the Tain, thats my favorite. Its just one long song and its great.

    I also very much enjoy Vampire Weekend.

  19. Mandy says:

    Check out Of Montreal ‘Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?’ and anything by The Phoenix Foundation is good for a chill vibe : )

  20. The Nerdist says:

    Alycia: The Fratellis I’m hip to but I’ll check out the Soviettes for sure!

    Cass: I have tons of FOTC, just not on the playlist. I also have the Scissor Sisters’ first album but not the second.

    thanks for the suggestions!

  21. Cass says:

    I’m surprised “Flight Of The Conchords” isn’t in there…give the Scissor Sisters a try as well they’re an amazing band.

  22. Alycia says:

    How about the Soviettes. I don’t think there together anymore, but they’ve got good midwestern rock. Or the Fratellis, they’re pretty awsome….

    But I have a question, what indie game would you recomend?