Of the Year – 2017

Commentary coming sooner or later… ALBUMS Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album — Various Life Will See You Now — Jens Lekman Colors — Beck Like a Drunk in a Midnight Choir: RSD Celebrates the Music of Leonard Cohen — Various St. Mojo — Sweet Spirit Salutations* — Conor Oberst SONGS Pamela…

Of the Year – 2016

ALBUMS 1. I Had a Dream That You Were Mine — Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam I love when my favorite album of the year comes out of nowhere. I listened to this on NPR first listen because I liked the title and Hamilton’s last name. And I pretty much haven’t stopped listening to it since….

SXSW 2016

3 Days + 1 Night. 19 Shows. 33 sets. 25 bands. So much fun. So glad it’s over until next year… Playlist below. One song per set in the order we saw the shows. (Multiple songs by the same band means I saw them multiple times. Smooth Hound Smith wins with 4 incredible sets — including…

Of The Year – 2015

My annual best of music list — which this year will hopefully not be among my only posts of the year. Albums 1. Sound & Color — Alabama Shakes No sophomore slump here. 2. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit — Courtney Barnett Most anticipated album of the year (thanks, Bob…

Of The Year – 2014

For once I’m writing this at a not too unreasonable point after the end of the year in question, so no need for a backdated post inserted via time travel… 1. LILILIL — Benji Hughes I can’t think of another album in the last decade — if not ever — that leaves me with such a big…

Rocktober Recap

I know I go to more concerts than the average person. But October was nuts even for me. Let me count the ways… October 1 – The Felice Brothers at the Roxy The Felices are my wife’s favorite band, and have come to hold a special place in my heart too.  Their show was a…

Kurt Cobain + Time Travel = 3 Books

Fun fact: Searching for Cobain time travel on Amazon yields 3 results: Lost in the ’90s by Frank Anthony Polito: A teenaged rocker stage-dives during a ’90s themed dance and wakes up in 1994. Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman: An essay collection featuring unrelated sections on time travel and Kurt Cobain. Timely Persuasion by JL Civi: A…

6 Songs of Your Life

Read about this cool 6 songs of your life idea via NPR about a month ago and have been thinking about it ever since. After several drafts, here are my six… “Taxi” by Harry Chapin My parents are big Harry Chapin fans and would play this a lot when I was little. So much that…

Of The Year – 2013

It’s best of time again… 1. We The Common — Thao & The Get Down Stay Down This album came out in January and managed to hold the top go to slot all year. Rockin’ and poppy, with shades of The Breeders here and there. Saw them live three times this year and they didn’t disappoint….

November 22nd

Impromptu playlist for 11/22: