Here are my first impressions of the latest from Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Skillet, Sleater-Kinney, The Last Bison, Lights, Jeff Tweedy, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Tool.Continue reading
It’s that time of year again where I run through the list of songs that inspired me, entertained me, or just plain got stuck in my head for amusing reasons, more than any other songs in the last 12 months. Most of these were released in 2017. Some came out in 2016 and I either didn’t hear them until this year or didn’t come to fully appreciate them in time for last year’s list. I’ve given brief explanations and YouTube links for the Top 30. For the rest… just check the reviews where they’re linked, if you’re curious.
And as always, many of these songs (limit one per artist) are collected in my 2017 in a Nutshell playlist over on Spotify.
Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Lights, Cool Hand Luke, Marah in the Mainsail, Passion Pit, Derek Webb, Queens of the Stone Age, St. Vincent, and Kevin Max.
It’s that time of year again, when I arbitrarily sort through the list of songs I’ve been obsessed with over the past 12 months, and try to whittle it down to a semi-reasonable list of 100 favorites. A lot of these were released in 2013, and a few even in 2012, but as usual, I was late to the party.
Music videos and some live performances are embedded for most of the Top 30. I didn’t want to go too far beyond that, for fear of crashing your browser. I’ve also created a Spotify playlist that explores a number of these favorites, more or less chronologically in the order that I discovered them.
In Brief: Siberia is uneven, but it demonstrates some growth and maturity after The Listening, being a better album overall despite a few serious speed bumps.Continue reading