A Year of Happiness, Joy and Sarcasm: My 2020 in Review

Absolutely nothing needs to be said about the year of our lord 2020 that hasn’t already been shouted from every social media platform like a shrieking alarm alerting us that the ship is sinking. We know. We’re all wet.  I will not remember 2020 as mask-clad because I didn’t take any photos while wearing one.  Every December, I reflect on the year through a short … Continue reading A Year of Happiness, Joy and Sarcasm: My 2020 in Review

Feminism or Bust, according to Jenny Hval

sngalbums: You may know the artist for the next installment of my top albums of 2015 list if you saw St. Vincent in North America last March. Clark’s national opener was Jenny Hval, a Norwegian songwriter who began her career in probably the first genre you think of when you hear about this Scandinavian nation: black metal. But her most recent album was not so … Continue reading Feminism or Bust, according to Jenny Hval

A Deep Sleep

sngalbums: Melancholy surrounds us. Artists tend to acknowledge it, perhaps address it in a new light, sometimes even fully embrace it. We Slept at Last is an album that does all of the above, though still not allowing it to ever drift completely into sadness. Marika Hackman isn’t new to the scene, but shows a mastery of skill on her debut full-length effort. We Slept … Continue reading A Deep Sleep

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Top 3 EPs of 2015: #1 – Do I Make You Nervous? by Banoffee

sawdustandgin: I am irrationally afraid of sophomore slump. It doesn’t exist, except in the sense of superstition, which for me breeds from paranoia. I’m not worried about this for myself, but rather for the burgeoning artists that I see making a distinct mark on the music scene. Unfortunately, success is a game of chance. Banoffee released her debut EP last year, and I loved it. … Continue reading Top 3 EPs of 2015: #1 – Do I Make You Nervous? by Banoffee

Top 3 EPs of 2015: #2 – Headcase by Day Wave

sawdustandgin: Day Wave is likely not a new name for many. According to Hype Machine, Day Wave was the 14th most reblogged artist of the year. During 2015 he dropped a debut EP and also toured with the likes of Blonde Redhead and Albert Hammond Jr. Jackson Phillips released Headcase in July, and it is an indie pop blessing. Surf rock has a new powerful … Continue reading Top 3 EPs of 2015: #2 – Headcase by Day Wave

Top 3 EPs of 2015: #3 – Future Visions by Favela

sawdustandgin: I learned about favelas, or Brazilian slums, when I saw City of God, and have learned even more by studying the street art scene in Rio. Neither paint a very positive picture of the communities. The EP, “Future Visions” by electronic artist Favela was one of the best of the year and rather than conjure despair, the music is actually quite hopeful.  What brings … Continue reading Top 3 EPs of 2015: #3 – Future Visions by Favela

Top 3 EPs of 2015: #1 – Do I Make You Nervous? by Banoffee

I am irrationally afraid of sophomore slump. It doesn’t exist, except in the sense of superstition, which for me breeds from paranoia. I’m not worried about this for myself, but rather for the burgeoning artists that I see making a distinct mark on the music scene. Unfortunately, success is a game of chance. Banoffee released her debut EP last year, and I loved it. I … Continue reading Top 3 EPs of 2015: #1 – Do I Make You Nervous? by Banoffee

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