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favorite songs 2016

( General and Mixes )

Posted on Sunday 8 January 2017

If this year’s mix of my favorites is any guide, 2016 was a good year for mainstream music. And I think that’s fair: Beyoncé’s incredible concept album signaled a shift in how high profile artists approach their audience as they move from roles as ‘top selling’ artists towards ‘most streamed’ artists whose exclusive content could make waves amongst the competition between streaming sites. So the music industry is still looking at music as ‘content,’ but at least there is an acknowledgement that art will draw people, where previously the industry looked to catchy hooks grabbing attention through repetitive play.

I’m happy with what I heard. Here are some of my favorites:

real friends

Posted on Saturday 9 January 2016

Kanye West

Yesterday Kanye West resurrected his G.O.O.D. Fridays free music giveaways and released “Real Friends” on Soundcloud and oh man did it give people hope of what’s to come from him.

favorite songs 2010

Posted on Sunday 9 January 2011

Hearsay Best of 2010 Mix
Click HERE for this year’s “best of” mix. I just needed this weekend to wrap it up. My actual completely subjective and nonsensical list of favorite tracks of the year is in the comments.

i’ve said this before

Posted on Monday 22 November 2010

Kanye West @ MTV

Good review / Bad review

One is thoughtful, informative, and most importantly insightful. The other is like a dull summary with a rating that seems intentionally provocative (or afraid of how the subject might react to anything short of perfection). Don’t get me wrong. I find the album exceptional. And reluctantly so, which is quite an achievement for an artist that I had essentially given up on. But I’m not on board with the rush by some to immediately declare an album as influential before it is even officially released. I’m not convinced yet that tracks like “So Appalled” or “Lost In The World” are essential, let alone mind blowing. But – to paraphrase Obama – let’s be clear: Kanye is crazy. Crazy-crazy, sure, but more importantly: crazy-creative. In my mind, his twitter account should be read as non-sequitur outtakes from a rhyme book that probably rivals Ghostface’s in terms of references and the confidence to say them. He’s overflowing with ideas, and while he always had confidence in his delivery, he has erased the filter in terms of concern for how we might react that limited him from displaying the breadth of those ideas. It’s Eastbound & Down, just the inspirational rather than mocking side of the portrait of the fallen hero.

november 2010 mix

( Mixes )

Posted on Saturday 6 November 2010

November Mix

Surprise! Here’s a mix for November. I tried to scale back form the soul focus of the last few, but there’s a bunch of soul on here anyway because, damn, the music is just so good. I absolutely love the simple, jazzy drums of Barbara Brown’s “Can’t Find No Happiness.” It’s 1968 and is Memphis soul production at its height. Asha Bhosle’s “One Two Three Baby” is my token throwback tune, on here because it is absolutely endearing vintage Bollywood, but also because a coworker of mine plays it in the office at least every three days and it is incredibly catchy.

favorite videos 2007

( General and Videos )

Posted on Friday 28 December 2007

Favorite Videos 2007:
01. Bat For Lashes – What’s A Girl To Do?
02. Okkervil River – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
03. Arcade Fire – My Body Is A Cage
04. Menomena – Rotten Hell
05. Les Savy Fav feat. Bunny – The Equestrian
06. Kanye West feat. Zach Galifianakis & Will Oldham – Can’t Tell Me Nothing
07. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
08. Beirut – Nantes (Take Away Show Session)
09. Girl Talk – Bounce That
10. Escort – All Through The Night