Typhoon, 'Sympathetic Magic'
Goat Girl, 'On All Fours'
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, 'Shyga! The Sunlight Mound'
Julien Baker, 'Little Oblivions'
A Winged Victory for the Sullen, 'Invisible Cities'
2020, as my esteemed and articulate sister has pointed out, has spent much of its time in the form of a monstrous dumpster fire. But, we have not been, blessedly, without some great music. Remember the collaboration between the Dessner brothers and Michael Stipe? That maybe my favourite single moment from the whole year in music...
Here are my thoughts on my favourite albums, as well as a few outstanding new bands and a handful of some other thoughts:
"and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make" (The Beatles)
This is the end. No need to draw this out any longer than is needed, Constant Reader. I may yet post my "best songs" and "best albums" lists for this dumpster fire of a year and then let this experiment come to its only natural conclusion. So much has changed since post #1 and to avoid the inevitable melancholy, I will leave it at that. Thanks for reading. Peace,
When first this blog started, it was a collaborative effort between myself and my childhood friend (it was he who named the blog even); it has seen countless reviews, a trip to Osheaga, various contributions from a huge variety of musical backgrounds, and is now the child of a single editor and majority contributor (me). I have no idea how long this road will continue to remain open in front of me, but I am thankful for the previous 499 posts and for all the support from you Constant Readers...
Here is a video that I have posted before, the simply mind-blowingly beautiful (and insanely technical) one-take performance of "Ocean" by John Butler. If there is ever a time for this kind of positivity and possibility, it must be now...and hopefully in many more days ahead