I put a playlist together that gathers some of my favorite music of the year. There’s always too much music to listen to, but I sure love trying. You can listen to this year’s playlist on Spotify or Apple Music. I put a lot of time and thought into the flow, so it would make me happy if you enjoyed it, at least once, in it’s intended sequence.
There are very few year-end album lists I look forward to every year. Tyler Cowan turned me on to Ted Gioia’s list a few years back and it’s now the one I look forward to most due to the fact that I know almost none of the albums he ever has on his list.
Keeping Track of New Music Releases With Some Help From MacStories
Federico had a nice post this week about how he keeps track of new music, which centers around the MusicHarbor app for iOS. Discovering new music is something I’ve really struggled with since music blogs largely went away. The streaming services simply are not optimizing for new music discovery, especially not the way I would like. While the tool is focused on Apple Music and has an integration with the service, I simply search for the releases in Spotify, which is my current streaming service of choice.
My Favorite Albums of 2018
I started with a list of nearly fifty albums and after spending too much time trying to put it all in some order that ultimately won’t mean all that much to most people, I settled on my top ten.
- Jon Hopkins – Singularity
- Pusha T – Daytona
- Nils Frahm – All Melody
- Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
- Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs
- Tim Hecker – Konoyo
- Aphex Twin – Collapse EP
- Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
- Daniel Avery – Song for Alpha
- Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard
What’s a list without some music? I created a mix called Melody and Distortion. You can find it on Spotify and Apple Music. It is best enjoyed as it is sequenced.
Richard Swift dead at 41. Such a loss for the world. Music will live on. I know he was such a good friend to many. 😞💔
Watch a hip-hop fan listen to Rage Against The Machine for the first time. I needed this today. So do you.
In celebration of Questlove’s new book, there’s a cool Creative Beats application on Glitch.
One Great Read 0005 – This Must Be David Byrne
The following was sent to subscribers of One Great Read, an email newsletter I send out periodically. Check out the archives and subscribe if you would like to receive them via email in the future.
Looking at the list of subscribers, I think I know most of you personally. I’m also pretty sure most of you are music nerds, or at least music lovers. In my mind, if you fall into either category, you are undoubtedly a David Byrne fan. I mean, really, how could you not be? Over the weekend we watched the Coachella stream on YouTube and thankfully caught David Byrne’s incredible performance. He’s not only timeless, he’s still extremely relevant, creative and infinitely talented. If you didn’t catch him last weekend, make it a point to watch him this weekend. In the mean time GQ posted a long read on him worth your attention.
Prince’s original studio version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ playing over unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984. Wow.