Don’t Let Me Down

Not sure why but Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles has been in my head all morning.


My Top Songs of 2015

Courtney Barnett

For some reason 2015 was for me the year of the female rocker. Every year, I try to listen to new music and not fall into the trap of listening to the same White Strip songs over and over again. (Not that they’re not good, but variety is the spice of life, or whatever.)

Anyhow, the top songs I enjoyed from 2015 turned out to be from female rockers, lead by Courtney Barnett. If you haven’t checked her shit out, I highly recommend it. Not each of these songs were released in 2015, but most were:

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My Top Albums of 2014

Best albums of 2014

It’s been an interesting year in music for me. So much great stuff tumbling out of Spotify, it’s been hard to keep up! (I did pull together mixes based on my favorite tracks from the spring, summer and fall.) With all of these great songs, there really haven’t been many albums that have kept my attention.

But the one that did were great! Here were my favorites:

Ex Hex – Rips

I love the meta description from their website: “Ex Hex is what your older brother’s friends listened to. It’s what your babysitters listened to.” My description (to my brother): the Ramones crossed with Sleater-Kinney. (His response, “isn’t that what Sleater-Kinney is?”)

St Vincent – St Vincent

As discussed before, it’s an electronic, rock, vocal mix of songs that really catch me.

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Great album from one of the all time great bands. If you haven’t read the New York Times Magazine article on them, I suggest you check it out.

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

Loungy (loungey?), moody and strange. Caused my assistant to come into my office and say “what is that you’re playing.” But captivating at the same time.

Real Estate – Atlas

These ‘surf rock’ dudes fill an important ecological niche in my household: great sounding music that isn’t too ‘hard’ for the kids and Veronica. Managed to push Jack Johnson off the radio.

I took a quick gander at Metacritic and it seems that some top albums are represented on their Best of 2014 list: St Vincent was #2 and Ex Hex was #18. Well, at least I didn’t like A.K.A. by Jennifer Lopez, their lowest rated album of the year!

Spring Mix 2014 Style

Neon Trees, one of the bands featured on my Spring 2014 Mix

Spring of 2014 has been a great one for new music. Past favorites like Beck, The Black Keys, Ray Montagne and The Roots all released new albums, and I discovered new to me favorites like Neon Trees, Cloud Nothings and The War On Drugs.

Most of all, Man Man’s 2013 song Head On [Hold On To Your Heart] was played over and over:

Anyhow, here is the mix of music I really enjoyed this spring, all just for you:

Oh, St Vincent!

St Vincent

For the past week or so, pretty much the only music I’ve been listening to can be heard on St Vincent’s new album, eponymously titled St Vincent.

It’s an electronic, rock, vocal mix of songs that really catch me. The song Birth in Reverse, is a bouncy dance track, littered with mini-guitar solos and electronic fuzz, and it’s about … well, who knows what:

Like a birth in reverse
What I saw through the blinds
You could say that I’m saying phenomenal lies
On the cosmic eternity party line
Was a birth in reverse in America

But it’s as catchy as hell.

For more about St Vincent, check out Sasha Frere-Jones’s piece in the New Yorker, or take a listen yourself: