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2014 Will Love You ‘Til The Record Stops: 30 -21


Time is just, like, arbitrary man. Some months have thirty-one days and some don’t. What is that? Plus leap years and leap days and holy cow! What’s even going on with time? At the very least, we all buy into this concept and view our lives accordingly. Since we are all on this  one system, for the most part, one result is a joint recognition that something is starting or something is ending.

And so, this year ends.

And with the year ending, we look back on twelve months for their weight and worth. There was news and celebration and despair and entertainment and death and laughter and et cetera, et cetera.

Partly, we have rebelled against this yearly notion. There was much hemming and hawing over the song of the summer for example (it was “Fancy” obviously) because the song underwhelmed their sensibilities. Some things aren’t for you, but there are always other things for you.

Some music was disappointing, some was enlightening, some was thrilling, some was soothing, some was painful, some was difficult, some was beautiful, some was ugly and etcetera, et cetera. No list is definitive. Our memories suffer from time passing, hype passing, lives changing, contexts shifting, and ignorance of everything going on in music. I mean, D’Angelo has a new album out. We drop balls and celebrate and assume that propels us to a new year. Things sort of just start and end. It is not good, it is not bad. It is how it is! TO THE LIST

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2011 Hates To Have To Crash Your Wedding, But Here It Is: Favorite Albums 25-11

Where does the time go, 2011? One moment, it is February and you are recapping episodes of Pretty Little Liars and then, what do you know, it is December and you maybe did not blog that much because you started a soul-crushing fulltime job under the impression that this would motivate you to get a better job when in reality it has left you a tired shell of a man. That is just an example year and not a year that happened to anyone here.

But we are not here to talk about jobs; we are here to talk about music!

2011 had lots of great free music. Maybe I just dove deeper into mixtapes this year or maybe I was confused about what was really free, but there were so many great mixtapes and free albums. Clams Casino, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, A$AP Rocky, and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire released killer mixtapes, just to name a few. To make a wild, unsubstantiated claim, maybe this is a reflection of political ideologies in America and abroad. The political unrest of the Arab Spring and the economic motivations of the Occupy movement could have quickly spread to popular music and compelled artists to make these releases.

Admittedly, that is naive and far too clean. I mean, A$AP Rocky does have a million dollar deal. Christopher Nolan is channeling economic unrest into fight scenes for Warner Bros. movie. Popular culture is never as pure as we want it to be, but through the lens of year-end lists, we can shape how a year looks.

Anyway! to the music!

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