There is so much music out there and so many ways of listening to it that I increasingly succumb to a kind of catatonia when trying to decide what to play. Or maybe I’m just getting old and confused. My mind can feel like an old reel of film, derelict, spliced and joined with bits of nail polish, gum, and old thumbtacks. The sound goes in and out.

I used to follow bands, read interviews with them, buy their records at midnight of the release date. Some of those same bands released records this year – The Beastie Boys, R.E.M., Low, Wilco, Steve Earle – but I can hardly recall them. In the maelstrom of modern life and the flood of digital media, they were but ephemeral moments, record sleeves like leaves drifting in a pond as I float by.

Still, it’s an embarrassment of riches. I’ll never hear everything, but as long as there are amazing records like these, I can at least quell the cacophony, 35 minutes at a time.



Wye Oak
Panda Bear
Pains of Being Pure at Heart
TV On The Radio
Steve Earle
Thao & Mirah
Beastie Boys
Bill Callahan
Kurt Wile
Juliana Barwick
Timber Timbre
The Black Keys


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