Author Archives: Sarah A. McCarty

Embracing my anxiety

I cannot compartmentalize this. This virus. This disease. This global pandemic. This grief. This physical separation. This anxiety. This new way of life, even if temporary. It’s all with me, and with me all the time.  It’s with me when I’m working from home. When I’m sleeping. When I’m taking walks. When I’m FaceTiming with […]

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 […]

Ex Machina: Some stray (and spoiled) observations on Alex Garland’s sci-fi film

Novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland makes his directional debut with Ex Machina, which is expanding to 2,000 screens this weekend. Garland, who wrote the novel The Beach and the screenplay for Sunshine, explores artificial intelligence with Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina, Seventh Son) playing an AI, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) cast as […]

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 – […]

Obligatory ‘I suck for not updating my blog but I’m going to be better at it now’ post

Yeah, so pretty much I haven’t updated my blog since this time last year when I posted my end of the year music lists for 2013 music. Seeing as it’s time for my 2014 end of the year lists I figured now is as good a time as any to re-commit myself to blogging more […]

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 […]