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 →

Book Review: Collected Poems

Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas

Collected Poems by Dylan Thomas (New York: New Directions, 2010; originally published in 1953. 240 pp) The Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) compiled his Collected Poems as the capstone of his career to date, but died tragically before its publication. The collection has become the standard volume of the poet’s work. Thomas influenced countless artists such as Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Annie Clark (her stage name, St. Vincent, is the name of the hospital where Thomas died). Taking Time to Experience the Known Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I feel as if I know Mt. Si. An iconic rock formation in the Cascade foothills, it is an easily identified landmark signifying entrance into the mountains through Interstate 90…. Read More →