Shuffled Selections: February 12-18

Welcome to Shuffled Selections, your weekly mini-mixtape of whatever I’m listening to this week! Because I adore nothing more than exploring all the music and sharing it with every person I can, this is my way to cover as much ground as possible in between life and bigger reviews. Enjoy! Ryan Adams – “Shiver and Shake”Ryan Adams is, and always will be, the king of the heartbreak. Even when he was happily married, he was able to dig deep into the pain of attachment and astutely re … [Read more...]

Shuffled Selections: February 5 – February 11

Welcome to Shuffled Selections, your weekly mini-mixtape of whatever I’m listening to this week! Because I adore nothing more than exploring all the music and sharing it with every person I can, this is my way to cover as much ground as possible in between life and bigger reviews. Enjoy!Thievery Corporation – “Thief Rockers"For me, the release of new Thievery Corporation is cause for great and boisterous celebration. One my absolute favorite go-to meditation and/or riot bands, Thievery Co … [Read more...]

Shuffled Selections: January 29 – February 4, 2017

Another week, more new loves - some I do believe will last a lifetime (possibly all of them, actually). Enjoy! Johnny Flynn – "Detectorists"This is both in praise of the song and the show for which it provides the theme. I recently discovered this show (Detectorists) on Netflix and, if you have any affinity whatsoever for charming, quirky British television, please watch it immediately. The story of a group of metal detectorists, it is an absolutely lovely story about quirky ho … [Read more...]

Shuffled Selections: January 22-28

Ok, so I’ve calmed down from last week – sorry for that attempt at high concept anger. Back to focusing on new music! This week, I’ve chosen some far more familiar artists who will all (hopefully) have some exciting albums coming out this year. Enjoy!Pay Attention Selection of the WeekFather John Misty – “Pure Comedy”This is not hyperbole: I think Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, is prophetic. A sarcastic misanthrope, a salacious romantic, and a slick-witted storyteller, Tillman w … [Read more...]

Shuffled Selections: January 15-21, 2017

This was a big week for all of us, huh? I don't know about you but I'm exhausted - not defeated but pretty exhausted. Well, in honor of the Inauguration, I’d like to offer a handful of my own personal reflections for this week’s mixtape. I pray these songs might provide you with some comfort but, if anything, that they help start a civil conversation. We need more of those and, in these difficult times, music is a great help. Onward and upwards, shall we? Ever Feel Like It’s the End … [Read more...]

Shuffled Selections: January 8-14, 2017

Greetings everyone and welcome to the second installment of my weekly mini-review mixtape suggestion listicle. As this is just starting, I've decided to play with the format a bit and give each selection a category of sorts to help frame them. Let me know what you think. Enjoy! Psychedelic Politics Selection of the WeekFlaming Lips – “We A Famly”I am of the opinion, or perhaps the persuasion, that the release of a new Flaming Lips album is always cause for celebration. These … [Read more...]

Shuffled Selections: January 1-7, 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I pray you are all well and recovering nicely from your hangovers - both drinking and general 2016 related ones. As I was compiling my year end Top 50 list a couple weeks ago, I came to the sad realization that I was barely able to share and discuss all the incredible new music that came out last year (I mean, really, there was almost too much). As one of my resolutions, I would like to make a concentrated effort to provide a weekly playlist, if not a full review, of all … [Read more...]

Top 50 Records of 2016

Just under the wire – my personal top 50 albums of the year. This is, of course, in no way an objective list. This is for two reasons: 1) I don’t think that’s possible and 2) I think that’s rather boring. The beauty of year end lists is to discover the music that moved other people and why, discovering not only new artists along the way but, ideally, new ways of looking at the world. That’s what music’s good for, after all – soundtracking our lived experiences. Sure, not all the records on my lis … [Read more...]