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2021 Retrospective – 100 Discoveries, Obsessions and Moments + Listening Stats

Since 2014, I’ve tried to keep track of songs that have impacted or defined my year (see all those posts tagged in the “Retrospective” section). The songs that I pull into this playlist are usually favorite discoveries of mine that blow my mind (and embarrass me occasionally, as in “why didn’t I listen to this sooner?” Lots of that in this post here), obsessions that I sink into like quicksand (usually new songs that come out that year) or more rarely, soundtracks to true moments that I’ll forever associate with said song. Continue reading

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2010s Retrospective: 10 Years of Discoveries, Obsessions and True Moments

Well folks, welcome to my most indulgent, most confessional, most self-referential and truly most vain post on the blog. This is probably playing it up, but I’ve written a lot about myself on here. The dang header image is literally … Continue reading

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2020 Retrospective – 100 Songs + Listening Stats

Like I said in my Best Albums of 2020 list, I don’t need to be the one to tell you how awful 2020 was. What we have here is my usual 100-song rundown of how my 2020 sounded. I didn’t … Continue reading

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The 100 Best Albums of the 1990s

In what might be the vainest of my vanity projects, I decided to plunder the music of the 1990s, the decade of my birth, to “rank” my favorite albums. Why? It’s not like anything I list here is going to … Continue reading

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2012 Retrospective

The self-indulgent Retrospective series continues, this time diving into 2012, maybe THE year that my music taste fully broke and I went from a dedicated listener + hunter of new music to a depraved lunatic. Wild times here, y’all. I … Continue reading

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Playlist: Ochre Overture – An Autumnal Trance

Last year I made a fall-themed playlist “Mauve Malaise” that leaned heavily into heavy, distorted sounds of shoegaze interspersed with droning, trance-like folk, an attempt to balance the sonic cacophony of deeply-processed guitars and sheets of American Primitive guitar playing, … Continue reading

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Playlist: Mauve Malaise – A Fading Desire

Long in the making, it’s not the fall playlist I anticipated, but the one I think we all need right now. The sun sets at 4:30pm, the sky rarely deviates from a hard slate grey, and the cold temperatures give … Continue reading

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2018 Retrospective – 100 Songs + Listening Stats

Looking back at my listening statistics for 2018, it is to my chagrin that this year only perpetuated my habit of almost exclusively listening to music that came out in the current year and ignoring everything else. I had very … Continue reading

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Cocteau Twins – “Sugar Hiccup” [1983]

I love Cocteau Twins. I love their giant swaths of gorgeous, billowing guitar and echoing snares. I love the glossolalia of Elizabeth Fraser. I love it all.

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