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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Favorite Songs of 2016

15. "Good as Hell" - Lizzo







14. "In Care of 8675309" - Lamchop







13. "Drunk Driver/Killer Whale" - Car Seat Headrest







12. "We The People" - A Tribe Called Quest







11. "R.E.D. Ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy, and Black Bear" - A Tribe Called Red







10. "Dark Water" - DiCaprio





9. "You Want it Darker" - Leonard Cohen







8. "Cranes in the Sky" - Solange







7. "A 1000 Times" - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam







6. "Ultralight Beam" - Kanye West







5. "I Have Been to the Mountain" - Kevin Morby







4. "Lazarus" - David Bowie







3. "Finish Line/Drown" - Chance the Rapper







2. "The Numbers" - Radiohead







1. "Formation" - Beyoncé

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Favorite Albums of 2016

10. Dex Romweber - Carrboro
Dex's best work in recent years. His full range of abilities are on display here.

9. A Tribe Called Red - We are the Halluci-Nation
Indigenous EDM you should be listening to.

8. Noname - Telefone
Chance's best and frequent guest artist finally has a mixtape of her own, and it's everything I hoped it would be.

7. Beyoncé - Lemonade
A call to arms if I've heard one, using personal struggles to speak to broader issues in society.

6. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got it From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
What could have been a decent nostalgia trip was actually something pretty remarkable and couldn't have come at more pertinent time.

5. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
Sonic, rich, timeless, genre-bending.

4. David Bowie - Blackstar
Normally it's difficult for me to deal with the posthumous works of artists -- it's hard to tell how much of my feelings for the album is on the work itself or the events surrounding the artist But to see a person have so much creative control around his very death is transcendent, and Bowie really created something special here.

3. Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
The gospel album Kanye thought he made.

2. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
This is an artist I can't believe I just discovered this past year. More traditional and organic than most on this list, but no less current.

1. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
A rich, gorgeous, personal album. Less conspiracy theories, more vulnerability. Thom Yorke sounds better when he's (somewhat) less paranoid.




Thursday, December 29, 2016

Favorite Books of 2016

I'm not really good at introducing lists.

So here are some favorite books I read during 2016. Let me know what you think! What should I read in 2017? What were some of your favorites of the year?


Biggest surprise: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton


Favorite book every white person should read: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


Favorite book by an author I read for the first time: Austerlitz by W. G. Seabald


Most beautiful prose on fly fishing I’ve ever read (and some of the most beautiful prose period): A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean


Favorite canonical novel I should have read a long time ago: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


Favorite graphic novel: Saga: Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Favorite novel I should have finished by now: The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa


Favorite oral history: Voices From Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich


Favorite essay collection: The Death of Adam by Marilynne Robinson


Favorite short story collection: The Little Disturbances of Man by Grace Paley


Favorite poetry collection: Requiem for Used Ignition Cap by J. Scott Brownlee

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Weekly Discoveries (From a Few Months Ago)

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// Favorite (And Most Necessary at the Moment) Documentary -

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Favorite Books of 2015

Here are my favorite books I read in 2015:


The Musical Brain by César Aira

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community by Wendell Berry

Falconer by John Cheever

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust

I Scrape the Window of Nothingness: New and Selected Poems by Stella Vinitchi Radulescu

Disturbances in the Field by Lynne Sharon Schwartz

Memento Mori by Muriel Spark

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Weekly (or Monthly) Discoveries

These are all very, very old (by internet standards). Sorry.



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Friday, May 29, 2015

Weekly Discoveries

// I Miss This Adam Sandler -







// Favorite Upcoming Android Feature (or, Why I Own an Android Phone) - The new Photo app is great too, but this feature is crazy.







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// Favorite App That Doesn't Help Me in Any Way (See Above) -







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// Favorite First Letterman Show - Goodbye, Dave. You will be missed.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weekly Discoveries

A few weeks and months late on many of these.


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// Favorite Crowdsourcing  - Watsi.org






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Monday, April 6, 2015

Favorite Songs of 2014

Just pretend this was posted a few months ago.




16. "Hear Me" - The Very Best






15. "Just One of the Guys" - Jenny Lewis






14. "Hang On" - Shad and DJ T.LO





13. "Blue Moon" - Beck






12. "Traditional Arrangement: Moonshine" - Alexandre Desplat






11. "My Wrecking Ball" - Ryan Adams





10. "Parade" - The Antlers






9. "Silver Joy" - Damien Jurado






8. "High Ball Stepper" - Jack White






7. "Water Fountain" - tUnE-yArDs






6. "Two Weeks" - FKA Twigs






5. "Terror of Wide Open Spaces" - Momcat


If embed code isn't working.....  momcat.bandcamp.com


4. "Red Eyes" - The War on Drugs






3. "Had Ten Dollaz" - Cherry Glazerr  (kinda cheated on this one, learned of this only a couple months ago, but oh well)






2. "Do You?" - Spoon






1. "Courtney Barnett" - Avant Gardener

Monday, December 29, 2014

Favorite Books of 2014

Beginning today I'll be looking back at some of my favorite media of this past year. Starting out, it's my favorite fifteen books of 2014:





American Blues by Evan Guilford-Blake






Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner






Blood Meridian, or, The Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy





Cathedral by Raymond Carver





Gilead by Marilynne Robinson





Ghosts by Cesar Aira






The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot






Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro





One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez





Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples






Too Late the Phalarope by Alan Paton





Underworld by Don Delillo





War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy





We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler





White Girls by Hilton Als






What were some of your favorites for the year? Anything I need to put on my list for 2015?