2017 Music Rewind

2017 was Don­ald Trump’s first year as pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States. Per­haps it is “out­rage fatigue” at play, but it seems in ret­ro­spect that the albums that res­onat­ed with me this past year share cer­tain qual­i­ties. Most of my favorites exhib­it patience, stead­fast­ness, focus, and deter­mi­na­tion. I need­ed music that is restora­tive. I need­ed […]

2015 Music Rewind

Here’s my list of favorite releas­es for this past year, pre­sent­ed in alpha­bet­i­cal order: Lucre­cia Dalt — Ou This is filmic, cin­e­mat­ic music. Sounds creep in and out of view with the seam­less rhythm of the best film edi­tors. Tex­ture and grit are key ingre­di­ents but har­monies do some­times emerge to lend a famil­iar emo­tion­al […]

2013 Music Rewind

Time, once again, to review some of my favorite music releas­es from the past year (pret­ty much the only reg­u­lar fea­ture of this “blog”). 2013 was a very fruit­ful year for alt-R&B/future-R&B as well as for Chi­ca­­go-Lon­­don bass hybrids. All the usu­al caveats apply. There is always too much music to hear all the great […]

Arundel (Papa M acoustic cover)

I post­ed this video recent­ly of my acoustic cov­er of “Arun­del” by Papa M. Some­one asked in the com­ments for tabs, so I went about try­ing to make some. I used Tux­Gui­tar, which was not a bad expe­ri­ence but the pdf export looks real­ly fuzzy. If any­one has any tips for improv­ing the out­put, I’d […]

My Favorite Music of 2012

There are still some great albums and sin­gles being released mid-Decem­ber, includ­ing a new 12-inch from Bur­ial, which could eas­i­ly be includ­ed here if I had had more time with them before com­pil­ing this year’s list. As always, this is my small con­tri­bu­tion to the mass of music nerd list-mak­ing that hap­pens at the end […]