Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line: It’s one of those endings where no one claps, ’cause they’re sure that there’s more.

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Artist: Nickel Creek
Album: A Dotted Line
Year: 2014
Grade: B+

In Brief: Nickel Creek is back after a 7-year hiatus with a new album which covers a lot of ground in only 10 tracks, re-establishing them as an instrumental, vocal, and lyrical force to be reckoned with.

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Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?: They try to tell us, and at times we try to listen.

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Artist: Punch Brothers
Album: Who’s Feeling Young Now?
Year: 2012
Grade: B+

In Brief: Thile is a frickin’ prodigy, and his bandmates are similarly high-caliber. This album is great art, and it’s actually fun to listen to as well.

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Divad’s Soundtrack #65: November-December 2006

When I look back on the final closing months of 2006, I remember feeling cold on the outside, but warm on the outside. That’s because the two cover images I chose for these mixes were from outdoor activities in the late autumn weather, in places that had both become meaningful to me many years before, but that I was now experiencing with a newer group of friends. 2006 was one of my favorite years all the way through to the end, and I felt a sense of peace about the holidays arriving that year, which isn’t a normal thing for me. The holidays weren’t without their moments of upheaval – my uncle Dean passed away just before Thanksgiving, and it took us over a month to coordinate with folks so that we could hold a memorial service. But there were also happy family memories, as Christine and I got to have her parents and my mom together for Thanksgiving for the first time, and we adopted our cat in early December, who Christine decided to name “Anberlin”, of all things.

In with the New:
Peter Bradley Adams (as a solo artist – appears previously with Eastmountainsouth)
Sean Watkins (as a solo artist – appears elsewhere with Nickel Creek and Fiction Family)

Out with the Old:
He Is Legend
Ron Sexsmith
The Violet Burning

It Was Worth a Try:
Chris Thile (as a solo artist – appears elsewhere with Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers)

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Divad’s Soundtrack #27: July-August 2000

This mix demonstrates how my music collection began to explode as I started to use Napster more and more to explore music that I might not have been willing to buy without hearing it first. This revolutionized the way that I listened to music, with the mp3 format making it a lot more portable (a good thing given the traveling I did that summer, often with burned CD-Rs or tapes recorded from those in tow), and with my overall philosophy changing in terms of musicians and genres I was willing to give a chance.

In with the New:
Relient K
P.O.D.
John Reuben
Kendall Payne
Pax217
Rachael Lampa
Riley Armstrong
Collective Soul
Phil Joel (as a solo artist – appears earlier with Newsboys)

Out with the Old:
The W’s
Massivivid

It Was Worth a Try:
Stereo Deluxx

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Divad’s Soundtrack #25: March-April 2000

For me, this was the soundtrack to identifying a depression and getting over it. There’s much more giddy joy than angst in this mix, and I think a lot of these songs got chosen, however corny some of them might sound nowadays, because I was excited to finally start feeling like myself again.

In with the New:
Beanbag
Fono
Mukala
Luna Halo
No Apples for Adam
Five O’Clock People

Out with the Old:
Pete Stewart (as a solo artist – appears later with Tait)
The Insyderz
Chasing Furies

It Was Worth a Try:
Ghoti Hook
Raze

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