My favorite albums of 2021

Once again, I pushed myself to listen to lots of new music this year. A full six of my top ten records were by artists who are either new or new to me… seven if you count Aeon Station, who are …

You know what is awesome? Safety.

I’ve been listening to to The Jordan Lake Sessions, Volumes 3 & 4 by The Mountain Goats a lot lately. These sets were recorded live in August of 2020, before the third wave of Covid-19 …

Hop Along at Anchor Rock Club, Atlantic City, NJ

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Best of 2020 (The Albums)

I’ve done some sort of year end, “best of” list as long as I can remember. This probably hasn’t been the “best” year of music over that span, but it certainly has …

I knew nothing at all about Ellen Siberian Tiger as of two days ago, but this record got mentioned on The Key and honestly, it’s lighting my hair on fire.

Watched I Am Trying To Break Your Heart again last night and as a reult, I am now having Complicated Feelings about the Tweedy/Bennett dynamic.

Bought myself a belated Christmas gift: the 3LP reissue of Wolf Parade’s “Apologies to the Queen Mary.” Sub Pop knocked it out of the park on this package: the remastered album on 2 LPs, a third that …

This new Sturgill Simpson record is the sound of an artist just straight-up Going For It on every single song. It has no chill whatsoever, and I mean that in the best possible way. I think I love it. …

Trying to hold my judgement until I hear the whole thing, but if this version of “What’s The Frequecy, Kenneth?” is any indication, I’m really gonna have some things to say about the 2019 Scott Litt …

There is such a huge gap between “how much I want to like these new Sleater Kinney tunes” and “how much I actually like these new Sleater Kinney tunes.”

“Oh, snap, this Squeeze cover by Erykah Badu is really really good” is not a sentence I woke up thinking I’d say today, but it’s important to let life take you where you need to go. 🎧

Shakespeare turned dust to dust

Y’know how the YouTube algorithm is an awful garbage fire but sometimes it serves you a gem that feels like a piece of yourself in a time capsule? That’s what this video is for me. Sunny Day …

My year in music, 2018

My 2018 in music can be best summed up in five words: “Bark Your Head Off, Dog.” Hop Along’s third album took a moment to get lodged in my brain, but once it did, it was a force of nature. I can’t …

Paint this picture in my mind, my masterpiece

It’s been a while since a song grabbed me out of nowhere and refused to let go. But that happened last week, about 15 feet from my desk at Arcweb, no less. PLEASE ENJOY the smooth sounds of …

Please join me on the new Mastodon instance I just spun up, hejira.is, a place for like-minded individuals to beatifically discuss their appreciation of Joni Mitchell’s 1976 masterpiece.

Ben Gibbard’s been doing the rounds to promote Death Cab for Cutie’s quite good new record, Thank You For Today. Gibbard was asked to force-rank all eight Death Cab albums, and his answers …

The seasons roll on by

Soundgarden was never my “favorite band.” I was always a Pearl Jam guy, at least in high school. Others were Nirvana People, or Nine Inch Nails People. But Soundgarden was always a band …