Top 40 Albums of 2017

40. Every Valley by Public Service Broadcasting Post-rock with layered public radio announcements. Perfect for studying.   39. Wild Alee by the Talos Everyone is trying to rip off the Bon Iver thing this year. Of the imitators, I think Talos did it best.   38. Saint or Sinner by Sir the Baptist An absolutely infectious single and honest commentary on the lived experience of marginalized communities.   37. Colors by Beck After a critically acclaimed turn toward singer-songwriter introspection, party-Beck is back. 36. Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works by Max Richter Ever since Max Richter’s melodic touch scored The Leftovers’ theme, I’m now game for any of his compositions.   35. Drool by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya Drool provides a… Read More →

May Playlist 2014

Not too indie these days, but here’s what I’m spinning. Beck — Morning Phase Melodic. Bluesy. Layers upon layers of vocals. Americana. Textured. Reverb-drenched. Morning Phase is the record that finally harnessed my attention on Beck’s work. Standout tracks include “Waking Light,” “Say Goodbye,” “Wave,” and “Blue Moon.” The Hold Steady — Teeth Dreams Musically, The Hold Steady has always felt at home near the angsty rock of my teenage years. Loud overdriven guitars meet energetic drum beats. What sets the band apart is the storytelling of vocalist, Craig Finn—more spoken word than melody. Teeth Dreams sees the band focus on the melodies, even adding some chorus every once in awhile. “Spinners” is a keeper. S. Carey — Range Of… Read More →