When I grabbed this book, I didn’t realize it was a Pulitzer winner. No, I picked it up because I breezed by a post on twitter that said Robert Downey Jr would co-star in the HBO/A24 retelling of the book. With those three entities backing it and a striking red cover, I bought right away and figured I would see how it shook out later.

I loved it.

The book, in its way, tells an urgent story in a strikingly trivial way, rolodexing through the events of the story of the main character as if he was flipping channels on…


I don’t typically post my reactions to books here, but I really lost myself in this one both while reading and writing about it and thought I would put this out there so hopefully the book gets out in front of more eyes!

When this book orbited into my sightline, it was simply a lauding of what an incredible and revelatory book it was. The language presented magnificent strata. And when I picked it up and realized it was non-fiction, I will be honest, I was disappointed. There is no other word. Simply a non-verbal, “oh.” I generally would never…


Going back over the last three months of the year, I haven’t found too much worth celebrating in the music world. I have been trying to dig out some new records, and every Friday I hope to be surprised by a new release, whether it’s an artist I haven’t heard of or a new drop by a band I’ve watched for a long time. While there have been records that I am able to throw onto the short list of albums I’d love to discuss at the end of the year, I’ve come to realize that this year, my Top…


Spent a great deal of time revisiting my favorite records from 2020 and writing about my favorite elements of those full albums. What I noticed was that there were so many one-off discoveries, songs I let fall by the wayside because I focused so much on the full albums that I let the little cracks of genius disappear. This year I believe I am going to be taking a little bit of a step back in terms of my constant [stressful] chase of the perfect #1 record of the year and take a more organic approach at finding and enjoying…


And now, all of the records that were right there. The ones that didn’t quite make it, the ones that were there at one point that got jostled around. One thing that’s as interesting this year as it was last year is that there are some albums that were ones I wanted to mention in afterthoughts and ended up heading up into the top twenty of the year. Thanks for hanging out and checking out some new music with me. Looking forward to 2021 and what may come.

Dance Gavin Dance — Afterburner
I’m Going to the Mall, Mom

While…


I already feel like some kind of pretentious indie wanker stating that “2020 was a tough year for film.” I mean, it goes without saying that every art form had its own form of evolution and adaptation in the swirling eye of the pandemic, but I believe F I L M in all of itself, as an industry, probably felt it the most. There are so many people that have to be involved and so many places you have to be able to go and there just wasn’t any way to accomplish that this year. I don’t believe that necessarily…


10. Hayley Williams — Petals for Armor
The Big Confession

Hayley Williams is now a woman. I don’t think it took a divorce to prove this. I don’t think it took a record release to prove this. I think there was a shift somewhere along the way, something imperceptible to the naked eye, where she took the step from Front Woman of Paramore to Hayley Williams Who Is Also In Paramore to the even bigger elevation of Hayley Williams. For me, for many of us, she arrived with ‘All We Know Is Falling’ and for anyone who missed that one…


20. Beach Bunny — Honeymoon
A Light In the Dark

I’ve got to say that I am absolutely guilty of taking most of my musical choices far too seriously. I want to find a record I love and sit with it and pore over all of the details and come out on the other side 50 minutes later with some new feeling I’ve discovered like some infant feeling like they’re the only one to feel joy or contemplation. I hear the final note and feel like I have discovered a new frequency in a spectrum that reflects new color. This…


30. Good Tiger — Raised In a Doomsday Cult
Grandiose Dreams

This record reminds me a lot of the awakening of bands that came about right after The Mars Volta’s emergence. Lots of prog roots, that high pitched voice that floated across the music like a will o’ the wisp across music ranging from eccentric and wild to bossa nova percussion and more latin influenced music. This record brings to mind a lot of that energy, something I haven’t heard executed as often or as well over the last several years. Between Good Tiger and Nova Charisma, I can see…


40. Bird Problems — Beyond the Nest
Just the Tip

This EP feels like it doesn’t really give the full taste of what the band is capable of, but there are four tracks with lots of incredible instrumentation and that level of talent that feels so rare, like it’s a wonder that musicians who have this type of ambition were able to find each other and create music together. This album goes for some wildly heady off-beat playing accompanied with vicious screams but also can go into some of that more pretention-riddled progressive operatic singing style as well. That style…

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