Scholar of the First Sin: Hera’s Best of 2020

Best of 2020

If you remember from last year, I had this to say as I closed my 2019 EOY list:

In the meantime, 2020 looks to be tumultuous as well, but things are looking up, as I have music to look forward to and scream about at some point. Maybe, at the end of the year, I can tell you if I have succeeded in making more selective choices in music.

2020 gave us a roundhouse kick to the collective bollocks, didn’t it? In my case, it kicked me in the face and didn’t let me listen to anything – this pandemic has been bad for my mental health, and it didn’t help that grad school has continued to essentially take all my time and joy away from me. After September of this year, I just went off the radar musically and I found – much to my detriment – that I could only listen to albums I had originally invested a lot of time in. As such, my favorite albums this year are all touchstones of comfort, albums that I enjoyed heavily throughout the year. However, there is an album that made its way through these touchstones and was able to move to a spot that I didn’t think it would reach.

Welcome back to the pit of despair that has exacerbated my depression EOY list season!

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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 149 (10.3.2020)

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Welcome back one and all to another weekly mixtape installment. On deck this Saturday (uh, Sunday…sorry!) morning, we have a smattering of Ulver for you, some Sun Kil Moon, an appropriately themed cut from Siouxsie and the Banshees, plus a ton more at the link below. Thanks as always for tuning in.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 119 (3.7.2020)

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Evidently the internet at Vince’s house is blown. I’m assuming this is because he’s so damn fast and just shorted it out but the powers that be won’t budge to fix it in time so you got me instead. Hi. Anywho, Saturday means it’s time for good music and since we’re here we may as well make today a better day for all who come ’round to see what the 9C fam is blasting. We’ve got everything from a brand spanking new Vølus track as well as a new joint from The Goners, and some Ulcerate, King Dude, Darkthrone, COC, and, of course, some Waylon for good measure – seriously, Saturday ain’t Saturday without Waylon. But, you know there’s more, so head directly below to get your jam on. Cheers.

– Josh

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 116 (2.15.2020)

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Howdy y’all and welcome to another Saturday morning playlist. This week, I went and saw Dashboard Confessional again so you know what that means, we’ve got all the new singles to keep you covered, plus classic Blind Guardian and Crowbar cuts, and because our Fearless Leader is who he is, just a little Merle Haggard to round things out. It’s a full house of picks this time around, so check all that out and more at the link below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 112 (1.18.2020)

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We’re back on a regular format today.  No more eulogies from me, thankfully.  Instead, we’ve just got our weekly assortment of whatever great tunes we’ve been jamming.  This week, I throw in some new Cult of Luna, which I enjoyed a lot more than its one hour and twenty minute run time would have had me believe I could, Anton throws in the new single from Sutrah which he’s been gushing about to anyone with ears around these parts, and we have a few picks from a site newcomer who you may or may not be hearing more from very soon…

Until then, enjoy.

– Vincent