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 →

Donovan’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

The day of reckoning fast approaches for the music industry. Without the subsidy of a massive release from Adele (granted acts like Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and Lady Gaga sure tried to replicate her superhuman feats this year), 2013 feels like a transitional year. Many have written on the shifting music scene, the death of genre, and the inability to cash in on massive marketing campaigns. In fact, the most successful album of the year might have been successful because it wasn’t marketed. I’m speaking, of course, about Beyoncé’s middle-of-the-night release. In short, music is rapidly changing—from the method of listening to the financial model necessary to support the artists. Amongst this turmoil, artists continue to make great music. My… Read More →

Album Review: Days Are Gone

Days Are Gone by Haim

Days Are Gone by Haim (Columbia, 2013. 44 minutes) Haim is a band from Los Angeles, California comprised of sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim. A Trend Is But a Repeat of the Past With music, it seems as if we’re repeating ourselves every 20 years. The 90s mirrored the 70s. The aughts mirrored the 80s. Now it sounds like we’re giving a run at the 90s. When I was heavily involved in music during high school and college, I had a tendency toward demonizing these repetitions. I would mock popular music and be the first to point out how a musician sourced influences from the past. If I had to look at it introspectively, I would say my views… Read More →