Category Music

Favorite Albums of 2015

12. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool It also feels like an album that’s been allowed time to gestate: despite being virtually veteran in buzzband terms, they have benefitted from beefing up their sound on tour – as evidenced on the heavy romance of Your Loves Whore, the dirty degenerate chug of You’re a […]

Favorite Songs of 2015

12. Girlpool – “Crowded Stranger” 11. Matthew E. White – “Take Care My Baby” 10. Empress Of – “Kitty Kat” 09. Courtney Barnett – “Depreston” 08. Tame Impala – “Let It Happen” 07. Nicole DOllanganger – “You’re So Cool” 06. Colleen Green – “Deeper Than Love” 05. Wet – “Weak” 04. Rihanna, Kanye, & Paul […]

When we get personal with music

“I know how to let the voices and hums and rhythms reverberate in dark moments and in the memories that follow them, the musicians serving as unwitting narrators to a life they have not witnessed.” – Alana Massey in “Songs I Mourned Men To” for Brooklyn Magazine Sometimes fans are wrong. Sometimes we may love […]

The band behind www.kanyewet.biz: My feature on one of the best bands right now

Here’s my latest article for Paste, a feature on Massachusetts trio Wet. I first saw Wet perform in 2013 at the Orange Peel in Asheville. I was transfixed. I started following the group and got the chance to interview them almost two years later when they visited the Orange Peel again, this time for a […]

Hearing a new sound: Investing in headphones and our evolving relationship with music

“My first ‘good’ headphones—a pair of Bose AE2s—sat waiting for me under the tree this past Christmas, and as I flipped through my iPod looking for their Very First Song, I felt like I was being made to play some version of the famous Desert Island game: What song would take me into a brand new […]

Favorite music from 2014

It’s a little late, but I make these lists more for my own records than anything else. Anyway, here are my favorite albums and favorite songs from 2014. Favorite Albums of 2014 10. Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly 9.  Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso 8.  Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence 7.  Run The Jewels – […]

Belated list of my favorite albums from 2013

Okay, so yeah, it’s March and I’m just now posting my favorite albums of 2013. My fulltime job really gets in the way of this blog. Anyway, here is the list, and I hope to find some time to write some blurbs on each on album eventually. 1. Haim – Days Are Gone 2. Waxahatchee […]

My favorite songs of 2013

Here is a list of some of my favorite songs from 2013. Spotify links are included, and for a link to all the songs in one playlist click here. I’ll be publishing my favorite albums soon. 15. “Pink Rabbits” – The National 14. “Pusher Love Girl” – Justin Timberlake 13. “Help” – Xenia Rubinos 12. […]

Remembering Lou Reed through his relationship with Lester Bangs

“Lou, as you were courageous enough to be our mirror, so in turn we’ll be your family.” – Lester Bangs, The Bells Review, Rolling Stone I don’t think I knew what good music was until I heard the Velvet Underground for the first time. As a graduate student at Syracuse University I discovered Lou Reed […]

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