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My favorite music of 2014

January 2nd, 2015

This past year has been one of the busiest of my life. We had a daughter turn 3, moved from one house we’d lived in for over 10 years into another one, and I had some of the largest, most complicated work deadlines ever. Having said all that, I somehow managed to listen to more […]

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year-end mix 2013

December 27th, 2013

Although I took a year off in 2010, doing a year-end mix has been a habit of mine for roughly 15 years now (prior to doing reviews, they arrived to friends in the form of a CDR). Although I’m busier than ever, I still try to make time in my life to listen to as […]

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Favorite albums of 2012

February 7th, 2013

I didn’t do a list last year, and while I thought about not doing one this year, a friend of mine mentioned that if nothing else, a list will provide a good snapshot in time. As with past years, I’m sure it will change as I discover other albums that I’ve missed (feel free to […]

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Year-End Mix 2012

December 31st, 2012

I don’t update this site too often anymore, but I found myself motivated enough to put together another mix for 2012. I’ve also cobbled together the start of a list and plan on posting that soon (for real). For now, though, let’s get to the mix. As with the mix from last year, this one […]

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Zola Jesus – Stridulum II and Valusia EP (album and EP review)

October 21st, 2010

Although I’d seen the name Zola Jesus cropping up in different places over the course of the past six months or so, I hadn’t actually listened to her music until about the Stridulum II hit the street nearly two months ago. In that time, it’s certainly become an album that will contend highly in a […]

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Thomas Koner – Nunatak Teimo Permafrost (album review)

October 4th, 2010

Without fail, the first time the freeze lands on the group each year, I find myself looking toward the music in my collection that’s droning and ambient and a bit austere. I’ve already spent some quality time with Stars Of The Lid and Brian Eno, but with very little warning, I realized a couple weeks […]

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Grinderman – 2 (album review)

September 21st, 2010

The first album from Grinderman was a bit of a sordid affair, with Nick Cave going a bit more primal than usual, even for him, and ragged, rough-around-the-edges music that ended up as a perfect match for the lyrics. When Cave released another album (Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!) with the Bad Seeds (which then in turn […]

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The Drums – The Drums (album review)

September 12th, 2010

It seems like ages since I’ve been listening to some of the songs on this debut album by The Drums, and really, that’s probably true. The group dropped a variation on the same EP sometime in 2009 and their self-titled full-length arrived in most of the world earlier this year. Nearly half the songs on […]

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Charanjit Singh – Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat (album review)

August 27th, 2010

Along with a select few other re-releases this year, Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat stands out as something ahead of its time and totally infectious. Originally released back in 1982 (almost 30 years ago!), this 10 track release may very well be the true birth of acid house music. Constructed by Singh on a […]

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Francis And The Lights – It’ll Be Better (album review)

August 16th, 2010

A couple months ago, a friend of mine shared a music video with my by a band called Francis And The Lights. On first viewing, I thought that the video itself was fabulous, with a simple but sharp style that really focused things in on the music but was dramatic enough to leave an impression […]

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