A couple days off because starting a new gig occupies time.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
So, I was looking back at my year-end post from 2017 the other day, and I had to laugh. As you may recall, I opened said post with a little self-pat-on-the-back for finally making good on my pipe dream of taking in less music. (I listened to 165-170 albums over the course of the year, which is still a shit-ton, but it was down significantly from years’ past.)
Well, my count this year will make that one blush. As of this moment, my “2018” folder on Spotify – the place I archived playlists for all the albums I really sat down with and took time to enjoy – consists of just 91 playlists. And that’s from albums across all genres, not just metal. Continue reading
What does music do for you?
In the end, it’s the only question that matters. An admittedly hard question to hear, what with the screaming of every opinion in every corner of the internet, but in the end when you step away from the noise and muck of screen shouting and scene guarding it’s your opinion in the end. Every year that I’ve written an end of year list for Nine Circles it’s been a variation of the same theme: when we write about music, we’re writing about ourselves. What matters is what the music does to you, and only for you.
But what’s the point, if you’re really only writing for yourself? Continue reading
Welcome back y’all. It’s been an interesting week. Work sucks (who actually likes their job anyway?) but I’ve been consoling myself by taking extra time in the mornings to take the train to work in lieu of driving. It gives me time to listen to an album on the way there and an album on the way home, which when coupled with the cold winter air and exercise has been doing wonders for my moods. It’s also helping immensely when it comes to categorizing my year end list. I still took time to check out the new song from American Football though; I grew up a sad man from Illinois and I’ll die a sad man from Illinois. Want to see what else I and my colleagues have been listening to? Check the playlist below…
From a prognostication perspective, four out of five ain’t bad as far as picking albums that actually got released (I’ll hopefully see you in 2019, Napalm Death). One thing I’ve definitely come to realize is that no matter the quality of the albums I was most looking forward to at the beginning of the year, it’s always something different that captures my attention when the curtain is finally closed. Maybe I’ll learn my lesson and eschew the whole “Most Anticipated” list next year…
…or not. I heard Darkthrone is supposed to have a new album out.
Anyway, here’s a quick reflection on what I picked and what I thought. Continue reading