2019 (so far)

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Welcome to my lists list. I like to keep track of the things I read, watch and listen to. You know, sort of based on that quote (which I have edited): “The person you will be in five years is based on the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, and the people you surround yourself with today.” It’s important to understand the things that you put in to your system. Think of it like a pop culture diet record. Or something like that. Feel free to follow along. Or don’t. Please feel free to interact and make suggestions. Or don’t. You can also browse lists from past years. Or don’t.

2018 Albums I Should Have Included In My 2018 “Favorites” List:

  • Another Shape of Psychedelic Music by Mythic Sunship

  • Piano & A Microphone 1983 by Prince

  • My East Is Your West by Sarathy Korwar (featuring Upaj Collective)


Pre-2019 Music Discovered/Or At-Least Really Paid-Attention-To in 2019 (In order according to first heard):

  • Letta Mbulu

  • Tikmawen by Timasniwen (2018)

  • Lambi Golo by TOURE KUNDA (2018)

  • Angels of Death by Jennifer Castle (2018)

  • Mad Skillet by John Medeski (2018)

  • The Seatbelts

  • Utakata no Hibi (うたかたの日々) by Mariah (named a “Best Reissue” by Pitchfork in 2015)

  • Dire Wolves

  • Heron Oblivion

  • You Will Know Nothing by Here Lies Man

  • Black Powder Sunrise Girl by Skyjelly

  • Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

  • My East Is Your West by Sarathy Korwar (featuring Upaj Collective)

  • Relatively Clean Rivers by Relatively Clean Rivers (1976)

  • Grassroots Guitar by George Cromarty (1973)


Favorite Music Reissues/Box Sets in 2019/Misc. (in alphabetical order):

  • Volume I and II by Endless Boogie (sort of a re-issue?)

  • The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings by Bob Dylan


Favorite Singles/Songs of 2019 (in alphabetical order):

  • Everybody Needs Somebody b/w Watching the Wires by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • “Mardi Gras” by One Eleven Heavy


Favorite Music Videos of 2019 (in alphabetical order):


Favorite Albums/EPs released in 2019 (in alphabetical order):

  • I Was Real by 75 Dollar Bill

  • How We Got By by Air Review

  • RE_CORDIS by Bruno Bavota

  • Bird Songs of a Killjoy by Bedouine

  • i,i by Bon Iver

  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

  • V by Budos Band

  • African Giant by Burna Boy

  • Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest by Bill Callahan

  • The Big Day by Chance the Rapper

  • Servants of the Sun by Chris Robinson Brotherhood

  • All My Relations by Cochemea

  • Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? by Deerhunter

  • Grow Towards The Light by Dire Wolves

  • Saint of Lost Causes by Justin Townes Earle

  • Pianoworks by Eluvium

  • Volume I and II by Endless Boogie (sort of a re-issue?)

  • Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten

  • All Time Present by Chris Forsyth

  • Gold Past Life by Fruit Bats

  • Natural Facts by Garcia Peoples

  • The Unseen In Between by Steve Gunn

  • A Different Forest by Hauschka

  • Doko Mien by Ibibio Sound Machine

  • Laylet El Booree by Ifriqiyya Electrique

  • Mandatory Reality by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

  • Non Ex Orbis by Karl Hector & The Malcouns

  • Live at WOMAD 1985 by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

  • More Arriving by Sarathy Korwar

  • Kokoroko by Kokoroko

  • Miri by Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba

  • Tip of the Sphere by Cass McCombs

  • Dusty Notes by Meat Puppets

  • Dolphine by Mega Bog

  • Across the Borders by Júníus Meyvant

  • Ilana (The Creator) by Mdou Moctar

  • How To Live by Modern Nature

  • Oh My God by Kevin Morby

  • Sunshine Rock by Bob Mould

  • In League With Dragons by the Mountain Goats

  • History by Youssou N'Dour

  • I Am Easy To Find by The National

  • Buoys by Panda Bear

  • Phoenix by Pedro the Lion

  • Rainford by Lee “Scratch” Perry

  • The Flood in Color by Joe Pug

  • Rose City Band by Rose City Band

  • Pianette by Bruno Sanfilippo

  • Fog & Bling by Shinyribs

  • Wuta by Skata Vibration

  • Out of Darkness by Some Dark Hollow

  • Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

  • Eraserland by Strand of Oaks

  • Illegal Moves by Sunwatchers

  • Amankor / The Exile by Tartit

  • Goes West by William Tyler

  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend

  • Walk Through Fire by Yola

  • ANIMA by Thom Yorke


Favorite Albums/EPs released in 2019 (in order first heard):

  • Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? by Deerhunter

  • The Unseen In Between by Steve Gunn

  • Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten

  • Out of Darkness by Some Dark Hollow

  • Goes West by William Tyler

  • Pianette by Bruno Sanfilippo

  • Miri by Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba

  • Amankor / The Exile by Tartit

  • Sunshine Rock by Bob Mould

  • Phoenix by Pedro the Lion

  • Tip of the Sphere by Cass McCombs

  • Across the Borders by Júníus Meyvant

  • All My Relations by Cochemea

  • Kokoroko by Kokoroko

  • Doko Mien by Ibibio Sound Machine

  • Natural Facts by Garcia Peoples

  • Dusty Notes by Meat Puppets

  • Illegal Moves by Sunwatchers

  • Ilana (The Creator) by Mdou Moctar

  • All Time Present by Chris Forsyth

  • Eraserland by Strand of Oaks

  • Non Ex Orbis by Karl Hector & The Malcouns

  • V by Budos Band

  • Wuta by Skata Vibration

  • Laylet El Booree by Ifriqiyya Electrique

  • Mandatory Reality by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

  • RE_CORDIS by Bruno Bavota

  • A Different Forest by Hauschka

  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

  • Pianoworks by Eluvium

  • Rose City Band by Rose City Band

  • Servants of the Sun by Chris Robinson Brotherhood

  • Oh My God by Kevin Morby

  • Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen

  • Saint of Lost Causes by Justin Townes Earle

  • Volume I and II by Endless Boogie

  • In League With Dragons by the Mountain Goats

  • Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest by Bill Callahan

  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend

  • I Am Easy To Find by The National

  • Gold Past Life by Fruit Bats

  • Rainford by Lee “Scratch” Perry

  • Grow Towards The Light by Dire Wolves

  • Fog & Bling by Shinyribs

  • History by Youssou N'Dour

  • I Was Real by 75 Dollar Bill

  • Dolphine by Mega Bog

  • Bird Songs of a Killjoy by Bedouine

  • Buoys by Panda Bear

  • ANIMA by Thom Yorke

  • How We Got By by Air Review

  • Walk Through Fire by Yola

  • The Big Day by Chance the Rapper

  • More Arriving by Sarathy Korwar

  • The Flood in Color by Joe Pug

  • African Giant by Burna Boy

  • Live at WOMAD 1985 by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

  • i,i by Bon Iver

  • How To Live by Modern Nature


Things Read in 2018 (in order read):

  • Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib (2019)

  • Judas by Jeff Loveness and Jakub Rebelka (2018)

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002)

  • The Autumnlands Volume One: Tooth and Claw by Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey (2014)

  • Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm (2012)

  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Issue 001: by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos (2009)

  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Issue 002: by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos (2009)

  • His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute by Maya Angelou (2014)

  • On Life After Death by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1991)

  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996)

  • Story Bible by Pearl S. Buck (1971)

  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (2006)

  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (2011)

  • The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (1948)

  • Blankets by Craig Thompson (2003)

  • The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book by by Bill Watterson (1997)

  • Yukon Ho! A Calvin and Hobbes Collection by Bill Watterson (1989)

  • The Grief Recovery Handbook: A Step-by-Step Program for Moving Beyond Loss (John W. James and Frank Cherry) (1989)

  • Discover Zen: A Practical Guide to Personal Serenity by David Fontana (2001)

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1981)


Concerts, Speakers, Plays and Such:

  • Some Dark Hollow (Album Release Show) with American Longspurs and Brea Burns with Jacob Woodside at Valley Bar (02/09/19).

  • Kikagaku Moyo with Mattson 2 at the Rebel Lounge (03/04/19)

  • Sammy Brue and the Grinders, Some Dark Hollow, Shawn Skinner and Jason Stinson, and Isabella Skinner, at the Thomas Listening Room 2.0 (05/03/19)


Favorite Movies and/Or Shorts Watched in 2019 (in order seen):

  • Venom (2018)

  • Solo: A Star Wars (2018)

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

  • The Five Venoms (1978)

  • Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

  • Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

  • Logan Lucky (2017)

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019)

  • Toy Story 4 (2019)


Favorite (Or at least most intriguing) Podcasts/Radio Listened to in 2019:


Favorite Television Watched in 2019:

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Season Three (2019)

  • Good Luck Charlie

  • Brooklyn 99 Season Six (2019)

  • The Good Place Season Three (2019)

  • The Umbrella Academy (Season One: 2019)

  • Lodge 49 (Season One: 2018)

  • Into the Badlands (Seasons One and Two and Three: 2015 - 2019)

  • The Tick (Season Two)

  • Stranger Things (Season Three)


Misc. Pop-Culture Moments of Consequence (Or Not)/Random Thoughts, etc., (2019 Edition):


R.I.P.:

2018

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Welcome to my lists list. I like to keep track of the things I read, watch and listen to. You know, sort of based on that quote (which I have edited): “The person you will be in five years is based on the books you read, the movies you watch, the music you listen to, and the people you surround yourself with today.” It’s important to understand the things that you put in to your system. Think of it like a pop culture diet record. Or something like that. Feel free to follow along. Or don’t. You can also browse lists from past years. Or don’t. And please feel free to interact and make suggestions.

Pre-2018 Music Discovered/Or At-Least Really Paid-Attention-To in 2018 (In order according to first heard):


Favorite Music Reissues/Box Sets in 2018 (in alphabetical order):

  • Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) by Digable Planets (originally released 1993)

  • More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 by Bob Dylan

  • I Can See My House From Here by The Glands

  • Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • Concrete Jungle Dub by King Tubby (originally released 1976)


Favorite Singles/Songs of 2018 (in alphabetical order):

  • “The Truth” by Phil Cook

  • “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

  • “Passing Clouds” by Hiss Golden Messenger Meets Spacebomb

Favorite Albums/EPs released in 2018 (in alphabetical order):

  • An Angel Fell by Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

  • 7 Billion by Kiran Ahluwalia

  • Freedom by Amen Dunes

  • Morning Star by Daniel Bachman

  • Peter Pears Balinese Ceremonial Music by Thomas Bartlett And Nico Muhly

  • Plainly Mistaken by Nathan Bowles

  • boygenius EP by boygenius

  • American Utopia by David Byrne

  • The Thread That Keeps Us by Calexico

  • Conquistador by Dylan Carlson

  • Hell-On by Neko Case

  • Historian by Lucy Dacus

  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz by Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

  • Interplanetary Travels by Condor Gruppe

  • Close But No Cigar by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

  • Cosmic Yard by DJ DJ KRUSH

  • More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 by Bob Dylan

  • Myths 003 EP by Dungen & Woods

  • The Ghost You Love Most by Qais Essar

  • Cosmic Cash by Garcia Peoples

  • OK OK OK by Gilberto Gil

  • Road To Knowhere by Tommy Guerrero

  • Matterhorn by Heaters

  • “Passing Clouds” by Hiss Golden Messenger Meets Spacebomb

  • Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • MITH by Lonnie Holley

  • Appreciation by Horse Feathers

  • The Dream My Bones Dream Eiko Ishibashi

  • The Horizon Just Laughed by Damien Jurado

  • Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin

  • Money by KIALA & the Afroblaster

  • Masana Temples by Kikagaku Moyo

  • Black Times by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

  • Double Negative by Low

  • Nudes by Lucius

  • Lionheart by H.C. McEntire

  • Tawassol by Gabacho Maroc

  • Omnisphere by Medeski Martin and Wood (with Alarm Will Sound)

  • Pissing Stars by Efrim Manuel Menuck

  • Be The Cowboy by Mitski

  • Moontribe by Moontribe

  • Upheaval by Mythic Sunship

  • Another Shape of Psychedelic Music by Mythic Sunship

  • I'm Bad Now by Nap Eyes

  • Volume 1 by Naujawanan Baidar

  • Body by The Necks

  • Everything’s Better by One Eleven Heavy

  • Laugh to Keep From Crying to Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra

  • C’est La Vie by Phosphorescent

  • Enter The Stream by Prana Crafter

  • Limbo by Dylan Pratt

  • El Mal Querer by Rosalía

  • I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions by Santigold

  • To The Sunset by Amanda Shires

  • And Nothing Hurt by Spiritualized

  • What A Time To Be Alive by Superchunk

  • WARM by Jeff Tweedy

  • Bottle It In by Kurt Vile

  • Deafman Glance by Ryley Walker

  • Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington

  • Livin’ the Die by Wet Tuna

  • Performance by White Denim

  • Mother by Xylouris White

  • V. by Wooden Shjips

  • Live in Tel Aviv by Yemen Blues

  • There's a Riot Going On by Yo La Tengo

  • The Whole Thing Is Just There by Young Jesus


Favorite Albums/EPs released in 2018 (in order first heard):

  • The Thread That Keeps Us by Calexico

  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz by Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

  • Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin

  • Lionheart by H.C. McEntire

  • Pissing Stars by Efrim Manuel Menuck

  • What A Time To Be Alive by Superchunk

  • Limbo by Dylan Pratt

  • Mother by Xylouris White

  • There's a Riot Going On by Yo La Tengo

  • Black Times by Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

  • Upheaval by Mythic Sunship

  • Nudes by Lucius

  • American Utopia by David Byrne

  • “Passing Clouds” by Hiss Golden Messenger Meets Spacebomb

  • Money by Kiala & The Afroblaster

  • Freedom by Amen Dunes

  • Close But No Cigar by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

  • Laugh to Keep From Crying to PAO Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra

  • The Ghost You Love Most by Qais Essar

  • Appreciation by Horse Feathers

  • The Horizon Just Laughed by Damien Jurado

  • Peter Pears Balinese Ceremonial Music by Thomas Bartlett And Nico Muhly

  • Livin’ the Die by Wet Tuna

  • Deafman Glance by Ryley Walker

  • Hell-On by Neko Case

  • Conquistador by Dylan Carlson

  • Tawassol by Gabacho Maroc

  • 7 Billion by Kiran Ahluwalia

  • Heaven and Earth by Kamasi Washington

  • Live in Tel Aviv by Yemen Blues

  • Morning Star by Daniel Bachman

  • Myths 003 EP by Dungen & Woods

  • I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions by Santigold

  • To The Sunset by Amanda Shires

  • Cosmic Cash by Garcia Peoples

  • Enter The Stream by Prana Crafter

  • OK OK OK by Gilberto Gil

  • And Nothing Hurt by Spiritualized

  • Be The Cowboy by Mitski

  • Double Negative by Low

  • Everything’s Better by One Eleven Heavy

  • V. by Wooden Shjips

  • Cosmic Yard by DJ Krush

  • Omnisphere by Medeski Martin and Wood (with Alarm Will Sound)

  • Body by The Necks

  • Moontribe by Moontribe

  • C’est La Vie by Phosphorescent

  • Masana Temples by Kikagaku Moyo

  • Bottle It In by Kurt Vile

  • The Whole Thing Is Just There by Young Jesus

  • Plainly Mistaken by Nathan Bowles

  • Performance by White Denim

  • Another Shape of Psychedelic Music by Mythic Sunship

  • An Angel Fell by Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids

  • Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 by Bob Dylan

  • MITH by Lonnie Holley

  • El Mal Querer by Rosalía

  • Matterhorn by Heaters

  • WARM by Jeff Tweedy

  • Historian by Lucy Dacus

  • The Dream My Bones Dream Eiko Ishibashi

  • boygenius EP by boygenius

  • Road To Knowhere by Tommy Guerrero

  • Volume 1 by Naujawanan Baidar

  • Interplanetary Travels by Condor Gruppe

  • I'm Bad Now by Nap Eyes


Things Read in 2018 (in order read):

  • Exegete Your Culture: 10 Checkpoints for Knowing and Reaching Your Culture (booklet) by Ed Stetzer

  • Christian Counter-Culture: The Message of the Sermon on the Mount by John Stott

  • Esio Trot by Roald Dahl (1990)

  • A Layman’s Look at the Lord’s Prayer by Phillip Keller

  • Fight: A Christian Case For Non-Violence by Preston Sprinkle (2013)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The First: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (1999)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Second: The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (1999)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Third: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (2000)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Fourth: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (2000)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Fifth: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (2000)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Sixth: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (2001)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Seventh: The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket/Brett Helquist (2001)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Eighth: The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket/Brett Helquist (2001)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Ninth: The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket/Brett Helquist (2002)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Tenth: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket/Brett Helquist (2003)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Eleventh: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket/Brett Helquist (2003)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Twelfth: The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket/Brett Helquist (2005)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events Book The Thirteenth: The End by Lemony Snicket/Brett Helquist (2006)

  • They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib (2017)

  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (2018)

  • Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2018)

  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (2004)

  • The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible by Scot McKnight (2008)

  • Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry (2000)

  • On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1969)

  • Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen (1992)

  • Nothing Else Yet (I blame Infinite Jest)


Concerts, Speakers, Plays and Such:

  • 02/21/18 - The Drowsy Chaperone at/by Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics

  • 03/16/18 - Some Dark Hollow with Catbird Cosgrove at Valley Bar

  • 03/18/18 - G. Love and Special Sauce and Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Pot of Gold Music Festival

  • 06/03/18 - Shawn Skinner, Summaries, Foreknown and Withered Bones at the Thomas Listening Room for Patrick and Megan’s wedding shower

  • 12/09/18 - Some Dark Hollow with The Blood Feud Family Singers at the Phoenix Center For The Arts

  • 12/16/18 - Jerry David DeCicca, Adam Ostrar, Michael Krassner trio at Cibo Pizzeria Carriage House.


Favorite Movies and/Or Shorts Watched in 2018 (in order seen):

  • Pottersville (2017)

  • Bob Dylan: Trouble No More (2017)

  • Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)

  • I Called Him Morgan (2016)

  • Polka King (2018) // The Man Who Would Be Polka King (2009)

  • April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

  • Burn After Reading (2008)

  • Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

  • Silence (2016)

  • Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents (2015)

  • What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)

  • Fullmetal Alchemist / Netflix (2017)

  • Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)

  • Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

  • Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives (2007)

  • Paterson (2016)

  • Black Panther (2018)

  • Isle of Dogs (2018)

  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  • Phantom Boy (2015)

  • The Tiger Hunter (2016)

  • White Right: Meeting The Enemy (2018)

  • Incredibles 2 (2018)

  • The Breadwinner (2017)

  • They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile (2016)

  • Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock & Roll (2014)

  • Long Time Running (2017)

  • Gimme Danger (2016)

  • Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

  • Lemon (2017)

  • I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

  • Documenting Hate: Charlottesville (2018)

  • The Grave of the Fireflies (1993)

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)


Favorite (Or at least most intriguing) Podcasts/Radio Listened to in 2018:


Favorite Television Watched in 2018:

  • Cowboy Bebop (1998–2003)

  • The Good Place (Season Two)

  • Black-ish (Season Four)

  • Fresh Off The Boat (Seasons Three and Four)

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Seasons One Through Five)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 02)

  • Santa Clarita Diet (Season 02)

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013 - 2018)

  • Little Lunch (2015)

  • Blue Exorcist (2012)

  • Schitt’s Creek (Seasons Three and Four) (2017 and 2018)

  • The Good Place (Season Three) (2018)

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1996–2003)

  • Boy Meets World (1993 - 2000)


Misc. Pop-Culture Moments of Consequence (Or Not)/Random Thoughts, etc., (2018 Edition):


Random “Best Of 2018” Lists (Because I love year-end lists):

  • Browse Consequence of Sound’s Favorite 2018 Albums.

  • Browse FLOOD Magazine’s album picks.

  • Browse NPR’s 50 album picks.

  • Browse Paste Magazine’s 2018 album picks.


R.I.P.:

2017

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Welcome to my online list of lists. Over the past couple of years, I have grown fond of trying to keep track of most of the things I read, watch and listen to. This is not an edited list like year-end lists, just a collection of collections. Feel free to follow along. Or don’t.

Great pre-2017 Music Discovered/Or At-Least Really Paid-Attention-To in 2017 (or at least after my 2016 year-end list was compiled):

  • Dennis Coffey

  • We Be All Afrikans by Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids (2016)


Favorite Music Reissues in 2017 (in alphabetical order):

  • Am I Really Here All Alone by Phillip Lewin (1975)

  • The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads by Lift to Experience (2001)

  • Through the Looking Glass by Midori Takada (1983)

  • Fela Kuti Box Set by Fela Kut #4


Favorite Music released in 2017 (in alphabetical order):

  • Prisoner by Ryan Adams

  • Ruler Rebel by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

  • Dizzy Seas by Chris Bathgate

  • I Am Nice by Sammy Brue

  • Star Stuff by Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2

  • Dreaming in the Non-Dream by Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band

  • Barefoot In The Head by Chris Robinson Brotherhood

  • The Tourist by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

  • Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' at Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge by Dennis Coffey

  • Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile

  • Kids In The Streets by Justin Townes Earle

  • Little Fictions by Elbow

  • Stardust Rituals by Electric Moon

  • Vibe Killer by Endless Boogie

  • Another Summer of Love by GospelbeacH

  • Bay Head by Gunn-Truscinski Duo

  • Thrum by Joe Henry

  • Parker's Picks Vol. 1: Live at The Parish, Austin, TX 10/18/2016 by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • Hallelujah Anyhow by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • Further Standards by Howe Gelb And Lonna Kelley

  • The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

  • Light Country by the Kernal

  • Stone Garden (EP) by Kikagaku Moyo

  • DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar

  • American Dream by LCD Soundsystem

  • The Asylum Tapes by Marvin Pontiac

  • Occult Architecture Vol. 1 by Moon Duo

  • Occult Architecture Vol. 2 by Moon Duo

  • A Crow Looked At Me by Mount Eerie

  • Love What Survives by Mount Kimbie

  • Land Between Rivers by Mythic Sunship

  • New Lore by Sean Rowe

  • Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machine // Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star by Shabazz Palaces

  • I Got Your Medicine by Shinyribs

  • Way Out West by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

  • & I’m Fine Today by SUSTO

  • Together At Last by Jeff Tweedy

  • Terrible Freedom by TW Walsh

  • A Deeper Understanding by the War on Drugs

  • Love is Love by Woods


Favorite Music released in 2017 (in order first heard):

  • Light Country by the Kernal

  • Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' at Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge by Dennis Coffey

  • & I’m Fine Today by SUSTO

  • Little Fictions by Elbow

  • Prisoner by Ryan Adams

  • Occult Architecture Vol. 1 by Moon Duo

  • A Crow Looked At Me by Mount Eerie

  • Parker's Picks Vol. 1: Live at The Parish, Austin, TX 10/18/2016 by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar

  • Stone Garden (EP) by Kikagaku Moyo

  • Love is Love by Woods

  • Terrible Freedom by TW Walsh

  • Ruler Rebel by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

  • The Tourist by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

  • Occult Architecture Vol. 2 by Moon Duo

  • New Lore by Sean Rowe

  • Way Out West by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

  • Star Stuff by Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2

  • Dizzy Seas by Chris Bathgate

  • Vibe Killer by Endless Boogie

  • The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

  • Another Summer of Love by GospelbeacH

  • I Am Nice by Sammy Brue

  • Kids In The Streets by Justin Townes Earle

  • I Got Your Medicine by Shinyribs

  • Together At Last by Jeff Tweedy

  • Barefoot In The Head by Chris Robinson Brotherhood

  • Stardust Rituals by Electric Moon

  • Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machine // Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star by Shabazz Palaces

  • A Deeper Understanding by the War on Drugs

  • American Dream by LCD Soundsystem

  • Hallelujah Anyhow by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • Love What Survives by Mount Kimbie

  • Dreaming in the Non-Dream by Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band

  • Bay Head by Gunn-Truscinski Duo

  • Land Between Rivers by Mythic Sunship

  • Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile

  • Further Standards by Howe Gelb And Lonna Kelley

  • The Asylum Tapes by Marvin Pontiac

  • Thrum by Joe Henry


Things Read in 2017 (in order read):

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)

  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (1952)

  • Slapstick, Or Lonesome No More by Kurt Vonnegut (1976)

  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (1989)

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)

  • The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1867)

  • Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut (1987)

  • Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut (1997)

  • Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1864)

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1961)

  • Reformation Anglicanism by Chuck Collins (2015)

  • Rabbit, Run by John Updike (1960)

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (2010)

  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (2010)

  • Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut (1979)

  • Neither Complementarian nor Egalitarian: A Kingdom Corrective to the Evangelical Gender Debate by Michelle Lee-Barnewall (2016)

  • Sinners In The Hands Of A Loving God by Brian Zahnd (2017)

  • Reformation Anglicanism edited by Ashley Null (2017)

  • Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott (2017)

  • The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac (1958)

  • So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead‎ by David Browne (2015)


Concerts, Speakers and Such:

  • 01/31/17 - Mike Doughty with Wheatus at Crescent Ballroom

  • 02/15/17 - Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Crescent Ballroom

  • 03/06/17 - Mavis Staples at Highlands Church

  • 04/29/17 - Son Volt with Justin Townes Earle and the Sadies at Crescent Ballroom

  • 05/15/17 - Shane Claiborne with Wild Earth at Trinity Mennonite Church

  • 05/28/17 - Dead and Company at Ak-Chin Pavilion

  • 08/20/17 - Shabazz Palaces with Porter Ray at Crescent Ballroom

  • 09/10/17 - Wovenhand with King Dude and Sons Of Providence at Club Red

  • 11/10/17 - Hiss Golden Messenger at Valley Bar


Favorite Movies and/Or Shorts Watched in 2017 (in order seen):

  • Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

  • The BFG (2016)

  • The Wrecking Crew (2008)

  • Long Strange Trip (2017)

  • My Life As A Zucchini (2016)

  • Lost and Found (short) (2008)

  • Sightseers (2012)

  • Following (1998)

  • Doctor Strange (2016)

  • Obey Giant (2017)

  • Coco (2017)

  • Psych: The Movie (2017)

  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)


Favorite (Or at least most intriguing) Podcasts Listened to in 2017:

  • Serial, Season One (2014)

  • Serial, Season Two (2015-2016)

  • S-Town (2017)

  • Missing Richard Simmons (2017)


Favorite Television Watched in 2017:

  • Longmire (2012-Present)

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)

  • Bob’s Burgers (2012-Present)

  • Schitt’s Creek (2015-Present)

  • Community (2009-2015)

  • Samurai Jack Season Five (2017)

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season Three (2017)

  • Sherlock Season Four (2017)

  • Moone Boy (2012–2015)

  • Santa Clarita Diet Season One (2017)

  • The Good Place Seasons One and Two (2016 - 2017)

  • Attack on Titan Seasons One and Two (2013 - 2017)

  • Black-ish Seasons One, Two, Three and Four (2014 - 2017)

  • Stranger Things Season Two (2017)

  • Samurai Champloo (2004)

  • Seinfeld (1989 - 1998)

  • Fresh Off The Boat (2015 - Present)


Misc. Pop-Culture/Random Thoughts, etc., 2017:


R.I.P.:

2016

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Welcome to my Department of Record Keeping. Of sorts. This is where I keep track of my interest in cultural artifacts. As the title suggests, “Music, Books, Movies, Etc.” Lots of Etc. I like to keep track of things I like like that.

Feel free to peruse, browse, comment, make suggestions and the like. Or not. Whatever.

Great pre-2016 Music Discovered/Or At-Least Really Paid-Attention-To in 2016 (or at least after my 2015 year-end list was compiled):

  • Since I Left You by The Avalanches (2000)

  • Canned Heat

  • Interludes For The Dead by Circles Around The Sun (2015)

  • Chris Robinson Brotherhood

  • Music For Lava Lamps by Cobra Family Picnic (2015)

  • Lost Voices by Esmerine (2015)

  • Moon Blood by Fraction (1973)

  • The Glands by The Glands (2000)

  • Pacific Surf Line by GospelbeacH (2015)

  • Mehliana: Taming the Dragon by Mark Guiliana/Brad Mehldau (2014)

  • Houndog: Houndog (1999)

  • All the Roads That Lead Us Home by Gaelynn Lea (2015)

  • High on Tulsa Heat by John Moreland (2015)

  • Imperfecta by Murder of Crows (2012)

  • Israel Nash’s Silver Season by Israel Nash (2015)

  • Never Were The Way She Was by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld (2015)


Favorite Music Reissues in 2016 (in alphabetical order):

  • My Life in a Hole in the Ground by African Head Charge (1981)

  • Environmental Studies by African Head Charge (1982)

  • Drastic Season by African Head Charge (1983)

  • Off the Beaten Track by African Head Charge (1985)

  • Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs by Eddie Hazel (1977)


Favorite Music released in 2016 (in alphabetical order):

  • We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest

  • Fantomas by Amiina

  • Honest Life by Courtney Marie Andrews

  • Painting With by Animal Collective

  • Wildflower by the Avalanches

  • Daniel Bachman by Daniel Bachman

  • IV by BadBadNotGood

  • Old Factory EP by Chris Bathgate

  • Pond Scum by Bonnie Prince Billy

  • Blackstar by David Bowie

  • Country Girls in City Dresses by Doug Burr

  • Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest

  • case/lang/veirs by case/lang/veirs

  • Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper

  • Awaken, My Love by Childish Gambino

  • Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel by Chris Robinson Brotherhood

  • You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen

  • Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not by Dinosaur Jr.

  • Ere Gobez by Debo Band

  • American Band by Drive-By Truckers

  • The Rarity of Experience by Chris Forsyth

  • New View by Eleanor Friedberger

  • Future Standards by Howe Gelb

  • Requiem by Goat

  • Eyes On The Lines by Steve Gunn

  • Late Bloomer by Matt Haeck

  • Blue Rider Songs by Scott Hirsch

  • House in the Tall Grass by Kikagaku Moyo

  • Nonagon Infinity by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

  • untitled unmastered. by Kendrick Lamar

  • Ritual Spirit EP by Massive Attack

  • Mangy Love by Cass McCombs

  • How to Dance by Mount Moriah

  • Keep Me Singing by Van Morrison

  • Entranced Earth by the Myrrors

  • Night Fiction by Cian Nugent

  • My Woman by Angel Olsen

  • Malibu by anderson.paak

  • PAO! by Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra

  • Midwest Farmer's Daughter by Margo Price

  • A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson

  • Letting Go and Holding On by Shawn Skinner and the Men of Reason

  • A Seat At The Table by Solange

  • Destination Unknown by Some Dark Hollow

  • Get 'Em Next Time by Star & Micey

  • Shipwrecked by Sula Bassana

  • Waiting Room by Tindersticks

  • Modern Country by William Tyler

  • Golden Sings That Have Been Sung by Ryley Walker

  • Blue Mountain by Bob Weir

  • Schmilco by Wilco

  • Ghosts of Highway 20 by Lucinda Williams

  • City Sun Eater in the River of Light by Woods


Things Read in 2016 (in order read):

  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1963)

  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961)

  • Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1961)

  • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1973)

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (1988)

  • Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1990)

  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (2015)

  • Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut (1982)

  • March (Book 1) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (2013)

  • March (Book 2) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (2015)

  • The Soul of Man Under Socialism by Oscar Wilde (1891)

  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (1968)

  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986)

  • Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1880)

  • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'engle (1963)

  • A Wind In The Door by Madeleine L'engle (1973)

  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’engle (1978)

  • Many Waters by Madeleine L’engle (1986)

  • An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’engle (1989)

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

  • The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (1959)

  • Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming (2006)

  • A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut (2005)

  • The Dark Tower (01): The Gunslinger by Stephen King (1982)

  • The Dark Tower (02): The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King (1987)

  • The Dark Tower (03): The Waste Lands by Stephen King(1991)

  • The Dark Tower (04): Wizard and Glass by Stephen King(1997)

  • The Dark Tower (05): Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King (2003)

  • The Dark Tower (06): Song of Susannah by Stephen King (2004)

  • The Dark Tower (07)): The Dark Tower by Stephen King (2004)

  • Welcome To The Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut (1968)

  • Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut (1985)

  • Prayer: Forty Days of Practice by Scott Erickson and Justin McRoberts (2016)

  • Water To Wine: Some Of My Story by Brian Zahnd (2016)

  • A Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutiérrez (2010)

  • George MacDonald: An Anthology 365 Readings by George MacDonald, edited by C. S. Lewis (2015)

  • We Are What We Pretend To Be: The First And Last Works by Kurt Vonnegut (2012)

  • Armageddon In Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut (2008)

  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut (1965)

  • March (Book 3) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (2016)

  • The Pale King by David Foster Wallace (2011)

  • 1984 by George Orwell (1949)

  • Silence by Shūsaku Endō (1966/2016)

  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)


Concerts:

  • 02/06/16 Godspeed You! Black Emperor with Xylouris White at the Crescent Ballroom

  • 04/28/16 Robert Earl Keen with Walter Salas-Humara at the Crescent Ballroom

  • 04/30/16 David Sedaris at the Orpheum Theater

  • 05/03/16 William Elliott Whitmore with Josiah and Some Dark Hollow at the Rebel Lounge

  • 06/24/16 Some Dark Hollow/Shawn Skinner and the Men of Reason Album Release show with Speak Easy, Brea Burns and the Boleros and DJ Dana at the Rebel Lounge.

  • 09/27/16 Cold War Kids with the Strumbellas at the Marquee Theater.

  • 10/13/16 Matt Haeck with Shawn Skinner and Jason Stinson and Table Top Joe at the Thomas Listening Room.

  • 10/21/16 Hiss Golden Messenger with Dead Tongues at the Valley Bar.

  • 11/18/16 Sturgill Simpson with London Souls at the Fox Theater, Bakersfield, CA.


Favorite Movies and/Or Shorts Watched in 2016 (in order seen):

  • Ant-Man (2015)

  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)

  • Finding Dory (2016)

  • Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All (2013)

  • Brother’s Keeper (1992)

  • Meet the Patels (2014)

  • The Little Prince (2015)

  • Finders Keepers (2015)

  • Borrowed Time (2016)

  • Tsumiki no ie (The House of Small Cubes) (2011)

  • Chef (2014)

  • 13TH (2016)


Favorite Television Watched in 2016:

  • Parks and Recreation (2009-2015)

  • Outsiders Season One (2016)

  • The Office (2005-2012)

  • Death Note (2006-2007)

  • Stranger Things (2016)

  • The IT Crowd (2006-2013)

  • Haters Back Off Season One (2016)

  • The Flash (2014-Present)

  • Arrow (2012-Present)

2015

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Keeping track of some of my favorite popular culture intake of the year. I expect you to check back often because I plan on updating this often and what's the point of me updating often if you're not checking back often? Well, actually, I'm not keeping this list for you. So, never mind. Check back as you see fit. Or not at all. It's cool either way. Whatever.

Great 2014 (or older) Music First Heard in 2015 (or at least after my 2014 year-end list was compiled):

  • Mind Explosion by Electric Moon (2014)

  • The Papermoon Sessions by Electric Moon/Papir (2014)

  • Master Sleeps by Hills (2011)

  • Once There Was a Time When Time & Space Were One by My Brother the Wind (2014)

  • III by Papir (2013)

  • Flesh and Machine by Daniel Lanois (2014)

  • SUSTO by SUSTO (2014)

  • Sula Bassana

  • Krautrock in general: (Can, Faust, etc.)



Favorite Music released in 2015:

  • 1989 by Ryan Adams

  • Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes

  • Lost Time by Dave Alvin and Phil Avin

  • River by Daniel Bachman

  • String Quartet Live! by Kishi Bashi

  • Fear and Saturday Night by Ryan Bingham

  • Children of the Light by Brian Blade/John Patitucci/Danilo Pérez

  • Flyaway Garden by Breakfast In Fur

  • Coming Home by Leon Bridges

  • Pale White Dove by Doug Burr

  • Untethered Moon by Built to Spill

  • Edge of the Sun by Calexico

  • Every Open Eye by Chvrches

  • Southland Mission by Phil Cook

  • Black Messiah by D'Angelo And The Vanguard

  • Nashville Obsolete by Dave Rawlings Machine

  • All Your Favorite Bands by Dawes

  • Fading Frontier by Deerhunter

  • Poison Season by Destroyer

  • Butterfly Effect by DJ Krush

  • Allas Sak by Dungen

  • Terraplane by Steve Earle and the Dukes

  • Theory of Mind by Electric Moon

  • Elaenia by Floating Points

  • Home by Josh Garrels

  • Heartbreak Pass by Giant Sand

  • Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

  • Chambers by Chilly Gonzales

  • Vestiges & Claws by José González

  • Long Gone Time by Kevin Gordon

  • Something More Than Free by Jason Isbell

  • Ol' Glory by JJ Grey and Mofro

  • Servant of Love by Patty Griffin

  • Art Angels by Grimes

  • The Clearing by Rachel Grimes

  • Dream All Over by Gun Outfit

  • Seasonal Hire by Steve Gunn and the Black Twig Pickers

  • Late Bloomer by Matt Haeck

  • Restless Bastards by Heartless Bastards

  • Little Neon Limelight by Houndmouth

  • In Colour by Jamie xx

  • Goon by Tobias Jesso Jr.

  • Drug For The Modern Age by Kopecky

  • Then Came The Morning by the Lone Bellow

  • Chasing White Light by the Lonely Wild

  • Strange Trails by Lord Huron

  • Gates of Gold by Los Lobos

  • All A Man Should Do by Lucero

  • Lands & Peoples by Bill Mallonee and the Big Sky Ramblers

  • Blue Healer by Jimbo Mathus

  • The Traveler by Rhett Miller

  • Shadow of the Sun by Moon Duo

  • Arena Negra by the Myrrors

  • Vertigo by the Necks

  • Sun Coming Down by Ought

  • Dear Wormwood by the Oh Hellos

  • Simple Songs by Jim O'Rourke

  • Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper by Panda Bear

  • Music is Love by Papa Mali

  • Love Songs For Robots by Patrick Watson

  • Natalie Prass by Natalie Prass

  • For Use and Delight by Promised Land Sound

  • Windfall by Joe Pug

  • Fables by David Ramirez

  • Sleep by Max Richter

  • Sermon on the Rocks by Josh Ritter

  • Acne/Ears by Roadside Graves

  • Shaky by Thayer Sarrano

  • Shadow Shows by Seryn

  • Late Night Endless by Sherwood & Pinch

  • Okra Candy by Shinyribs

  • No Cities To Love by Sleater-Kinney

  • Early Risers by Soldiers of Fortune

  • Traveller by Chris Stapleton

  • Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens

  • Currents by Tame Impala

  • The Great Minimum by Tow'rs

  • Parallelogram (2015 // Three Lobed Records) by Various Artists

  • Sisters and Brothers by the Vespers

  • B'lieve I'm Goin Down by Kurt Vile

  • Primrose Green by Ryley Walker

  • The Epic by Kamasi Washington

  • Fresh Blood by Matthew E. White

  • Radium Death by William Elliott Whitmore

  • Star Wars by Wilco

  • My Love Is Cool by Wolf Alice

  • Paradise by the Wood Brothers

  • Soul Food by the Word

  • Love Monster by Zone Six



Concerts:

  • 01/28/15 - NOT LOS LOBOS! I had some time to kill before picking up kids and got stuck with Lane Change instead. It was worth a try.

  • 02/13/15 - Shawn Skinner and the Men of Reason, Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold and Some Dark Hollow at Blasted Barley.

  • 04/09/15 - the War on Drugs with Hopalong at the Pressroom.

  • 05/18/15 - Shawn Skinner and the Men of Reason, Ben Anderson and Betsy Ganz at Crescent Ballroom.

  • 07/25/15 - Seryn at the Musical Instrument Museum

  • 07/27/15 - Ramsay Midwood with Jim Bachmann and Shawn Skinner and the Men of Reason at the Rhythm Room.



Things Read in 2015:

  • Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 4 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (2013)

  • Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 5 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (2013)

  • Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 6 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (2013)

  • What Your Clients Won't Tell You and Your Managers Don't Know by John Gamble (2001)

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (1969)

  • Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 7 by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (2013)

  • The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson (2014)

  • Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture by Makoto Fujimura (2009)

  • Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott (2013)

  • Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller (2005)

  • Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession by Samuel T. Gladding (1988)

  • Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron (1990)

  • The Creative Arts in Counseling by Samuel T. Gladding (2010)

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (1970)

  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1996)

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)

  • Big Sur by Jack Kerouac (1962)

  • How Children Succeed by Paul Tough (2012)

  • The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark (2009)

  • The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor (1960)

  • Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck (1935)

  • The Plague by Albert Camus (1947)

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1902)

  • The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (1942)

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)

  • Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)



Favorite Movies Watched in 2015 (in order seen):

  • Ernest & Celestine (2012)

  • Big Eyes (2014)

  • Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013)

  • Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010)

  • No No: A Documentary (2014)

  • The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir (2014)

  • Inside Out (2015)

  • Charles Bradley: Soul of America (2012)

  • Serenity (2005)

  • Stories We Tell (2012)

  • A Letter to Momo (2011)

  • Patema Inverted (2013)

  • The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)

  • Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (2014)

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

  • Castle in the Sky (1986)

  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

  • Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

  • Princess Mononoke (1997)

  • Spirited Away (2001)

  • Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

  • Every Other Summer (2015)



Favorite Television Watched in 2015:

  • Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996)

  • The Legend of Korra (2012)

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season One (2015)

  • Sons of Tucson (2010)

  • Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Season One (2014)

  • The X-Files (1993-2002)

  • Raising Hope (2010-2014)

  • Firefly (2002-2003)

  • Rex the Runt (1992-2001)

  • Downton Abbey (2010- )

  • Boy Meets World (1993-2000)

  • Girl Meets World Season One (2014)

  • Doctor Who, Season 08 (2014)

2014

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Keeping track of some of my favorite popular culture intake of the year. You're welcome to follow along, encouraged to comment, or ignore at your own leisure. I know I do.

Great 2013 (or older) Music First Heard in 2014 (or at least after my 2013 year-end list was compiled):

  • Wyoming by Water Liars (2013)

  • Endless Boogie (Endless)

  • Pharoah Overlord

  • Cupid Deluxe by Blood Orange (2013)

  • Every Kingdom by Ben Howard (2011)

  • Gulf Coast Museum by Shinyribs (2013)



Favorite Music released in 2014:

  • Morning Phase by Beck

  • Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker

  • Reliable The Unreliable EP by the Bones of J.R. Jones

  • Dark Was The Yearling by the Bones of J.R. Jones

  • Nansemond: by Nathan Bowles

  • Our Love by Caribou

  • Trout Steel/Places I Know/The Machine Gun Co. by Mike Cooper (re-issues)

  • Into The Wide by Delta Spirit

  • Stellar Motel by Mike Doughty

  • Single Mothers by Justin Townes Earle

  • Sunday '91 by Annie Eve

  • Blind Water Finds Blind Water by Adam Faucett

  • You're Dead! by Flying Lotus

  • House of Spirits by the Fresh and Onlys

  • Singles by Future Islands

  • Way Out Weather by Steve Gunn

  • Invisible Hour by Joe Henry

  • Bad Debt by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • Lateness of Dancers by Hiss Golden Messenger

  • I Forget Where We Were by Ben Howard

  • Small Town Heroes by Hurray For the Riff Raff

  • Everything's Different, Nothing's Changed by Armon Jay

  • Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son by Damien Jurado

  • Benji by Mark Kozelek

  • More Primitive by Lonesome Shack

  • Dark Night Of The Soul by Jimbo Mathus the Tri-State Coalition

  • After The End by Merchandise

  • Modern Kin by Modern Kin

  • Live In Ravenna by Moon Duo

  • We Are The Owls EP by the Owl Parliament

  • Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts

  • Kingfisher by Prawn

  • Madman by Sean Rowe

  • Lese Majesty by Shabazz Palaces

  • Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson

  • Proof EP by Sojourn

  • They Want My Soul by Spoon

  • Heal by Strand of Oaks

  • Half The City by St. Paul & The Broken Bones

  • Lost Colony by William Tyler

  • Lost In The Dream by the War On Drugs

  • Refractory Obdurate by Wovenhand



Concerts:

  • 01/05/14 - Shawn Skinner, Justin Moody and Dylan Pratt at Crescent Ballroom

  • 03/08/14 - the Monks at the Whiten Leaf House

  • 06/08/14 - Adam Faucett and Shawn Skinner at the Western

  • 08/20/14 - Billy Joe Shaver with Jeremy Manley and Crazy Arms at the Rhythm Room

  • 08/24/14 - Grant Lee Phillips at Second Look

  • 10/03/14 - Shawn Skinner at the (relocated) Thomas Listening Room




Things Read in 2014:

  • Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (2013)

  • Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (2005)

  • The Golden Plates, Volume One:The Sword of Laban and The Tree of Life by Michael Allred (2004)

  • Pagan Christianity? by Frank Viola and George Barna (2012)

  • Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life by Anne Lamott (1994)

  • Raised? Finding Jesus By Doubting The Resurrection by Jonathan Dodson and Brad Watson (2014)

  • Transformed by Caesar Kalinowski

  • Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott (2012)

  • In Search of Deep Faith by Jim Belcher (2013)

  • The Case For The Psalms by N.T. Wright (2013)

  • Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 1 (2013)

  • Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 2 (2013)

  • Samurai Jack Volume 1 (2014)

  • Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Volume 3 (2013)

  • Samurai Jack Volume 2 (2014)




Favorite Movies Watched in 2014:

  • Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

  • Muscle Shoals (2013)

  • The Other F Word (2011)

  • Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

  • Life In A Day (2011)

  • Made In Iceland (2012)

  • Life Is Beautiful (1997)

  • Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)

  • The Woman Who Wasn't There (2012)

  • The Imposter (2012)

  • The Act Of Killing (2012)

  • The Thin Blue Line (1988)

  • This is the Last Dam Run of Likker I'll Ever Make (2002)

  • No Cameras Allowed (2014)

  • St. Vincent (2014)

  • Searching For Sugar Man (2012)

  • Burt's Buzz (2013)

  • Big Hero 6 (2104)



Favorite Television Watched in 2014:

  • Sherlock (Season 03)

  • Bob's Burgers


2013

Just keeping track of some popular culture intake. You're free to follow along or ignore at your own leisure.


Great 2012 (or older) Albums First Heard in 2013 (or at least after my 2012 year-end list was compiled):

  • Alt-J: Awesome Wave (2012)

  • Chris Forsyth: Paranoid Cat (2011)

  • Greg Haines: Digressions (2012)

  • Johann Johannsson: Copenhagen Dreams (2012)

  • Lucius: Lucius EP (2012)

  • Pearl and the Beard


Favorite Music of 2013:

  • Airhead: For Years

  • Air Review: Low Wishes

  • Atoms For Peace: Amok

  • James Blake: Overgrown

  • Burial: Truant/Rough Sleeper

  • Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

  • Cyclopean: Cyclopean EP

  • Foreign Fields: Tuscaloosa

  • Howe Gelb: The Coincidentalist

  • Golden Gunn: Golden Gunn

  • Steve Gunn: Time Off

  • Hiss Golden Messenger: Haw

  • the Hollands!: Over Land And Leas

  • Howard Ivans: Red Face Boy/Pillows

  • Chuck Johnson: Crows In The Basilica

  • Glenn Jones: My Garden State

  • Junip: Junip

  • Local Natives: Hummingbird

  • Mazzy Star: Seasons Of Your Day

  • Modern Kin: Modern Kin

  • My Bloody Valentine: mbv

  • Northern Hustle" Forgether

  • Owl & Penny: Milk & Sugar

  • Phosphorescent: Muchacho

  • Dylan Pratt: Beg For Fire

  • the Prowling Kind: Tennessee

  • the Riveras: We don't remember the dream but the dream remembers us

  • Kurt Vile: Wakin on a Pretty Daze

  • Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt

  • Yo La Tengo: Fade

  • Zomby: With Love


Concerts:

  • 01/11/13 - Karla Adolphe and Ree Boado at the Thomas Listening Room

  • 01/12/13 - Greg Brown at the Crescent Ballroom

  • 03/04/13 - Kishi Bashi with Tall Tall Trees at the Crescent Ballroom

  • 03/09/13 - Christian Lee Hutson, Shawn Skinner and Steve Deckel at the Thomas Listening Room

  • 03/16/13 - The Cold Desert, Tres Lunas, The Lions Club and Shawn Skinner at the Crescent

  • 04/03/13 - The Last Bison with AJ Odneal at the Fellowship Hall

  • 04/13/13 - The Cold Desert, Old Hours and Luke Oliver at the Thomas Listening Room

  • 05/05/12 - DJ Efecto, Foreknown, Eshon Burgundy, Beautiful Eulogy and Propaganda at Desert Springs Community Church

  • 06/11/13 - Ramsay Midwood with Shawn Skinner at the Thomas Listening Room

  • 06/21/13 - Air Review with Brent Miles and the Enablers at the Thomas Listening Room

  • 08/25/13 - Seryn at the Thomas Listening Room

  • 08/27/13 - Seryn at the Crescent Ballroom

  • 08/28/13 - Shawn Skinner and the Men of Reason with Some Dark Hollow at the Tempe Tavern

  • 09/12/13 - Neko Case with Pickwick and Jon Rauhouse

  • 09/14/13 - Denison Witmer with Shawn Skinner and Chase Randall at Last Exit Live

  • 09/21/13 - Northern Hustle, Christian Lee Hutson and Dylan Pratt at the Bear Den.

  • 10/14/13 - Steve Earle and the Dukes at Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts

  • 11/04/13 - Northern Hustle with Owl & Penny, B.O.T.S. and Dylan Pratt at Crescent Ballroom.

  • 11/08/13 - Obadiah Parker, Nick Flora and the Hollands! at the Thomas Listening Room.


Things Read in 2013:

  • Hearing Her Voice: A Case For Women Giving Sermons by John Dickson

  • The Holy Spirit by Winfield Bevins

  • Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

  • Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez

  • Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman

  • Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman

  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

  • Mo' Meta Blues by Questlove

  • Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

  • The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Volume One) by Alan Moore

  • The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Volume Two) by Alan Moore

  • V For Vendetta by Alan Moore

  • "The Soul Of Man Under Socialism" by Oscar Wilde

  • Death By Living by N.D. Wilson

  • Julio's Day by Gilbert Hernandez

  • We Shall Have Spring Again by Andrée Seu

  • A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor

  • The Sandman Volume One (Preludes & Nocturnes) by Neil Gaiman, etc.

  • The Sandman Volume Two (The Doll's House) by Neil Gaiman, etc.

  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor

  • The River by Flannery O'Connor

  • The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Flannery O'Connor

  • A Temple Of The Holy Ghost by Flannery O'Connor

  • Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott


Favorite Movies Watched in 2013:

  • Hugo (2011)

  • A Town Called Panic (2009)

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

  • A Band Called Death (2012)

  • Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (2011)

  • Bernie (2011)


Favorite Television Watched in 2013:

  • Parenthood

  • Whisker Wars

  • Arrested Development (Season 4)

  • The Killing

  • Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

  • Breaking Bad

  • The Walking Dead

  • Small Town Security

 

Favorite beers tried for the first time in 2013:

  • Hop Shortage Triple IPA by Knee Deep Brewing

  • Enjoy By 02.15.13, 08.0213, etc. by Stone Brewing Company

  • Palate Wrecker by Green Flash Brewing

  • Big Eye IPA by Ballast Point

  • RuinTen by Stone Brewing Company

2012

Keeping up with the Joneses. Or, actually, just keeping track of some of the things that moved me in 2012:

 

Great 2011 Albums First Heard in 2012 (or at least after my 2011 year-end list was compiled):

  • Peaking Lights: 936

  • Andy Stott: Passed Me By/We Stay Together EPs

  • Mina Tindle: Mina Tindle EP

  • Seapony: Go With Me

  • Sons of Fathers: Sons of Fathers

  • Little Hurricane: Homewrecker

  • The Kernal Farewellhello

  • Ramsay Midwood: Larry Buys A Lighter

 

Favorite Music of 2012

  • Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes

  • The Carpenter by The Avett Brothers

  • 151a by Kishi Bashi

  • Origins by Bears of Manitou

  • Algiers by Calexico

  • Toward The Low Sun by Dirty Three

  • Oshin by Diiv

  • The Question Jar Show by Mike Doughty

  • Tempest by Bob Dylan

  • Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now by Justin Townes Earle

  • Rooms Filled With Light by Fanfarlo

  • The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit

  • Wounded Healer by The Followers

  • Tucson: A Rock Opera by Giant Giant Sand

  • Come Back As Rain by Good Old War

  • Release Me by Lyle Lovett

  • Women & Work by Lucero

  • The Lumineers by The Lumineers

  • Milo Greene by Milo Greene

  • Babel by Mumford and Sons

  • Channel Orange by Frank Ocean

  • My Head Is An Animal by Of Monsters and Men

  • The Great Despiser by Joe Pug

  • Alone Together by Karriem Riggins

  • Falling by Seapony

  • Survival & Resistance by Adrian Sherwood

  • Sweet Heart Sweet Light by Spiritualized

  • The Fourth Wall by The Vespers

  • Big Inner by Matthew E. White

  • The Laughing Stalk by Wovenhand

  • Departure by Zoo Animal

 

Concerts

  • 01/21/12 - Wilco (with White Denim) at ASU Gammage

  • 02/06/12 - Habañero Collective Open Mic House Show featuring Failing Perfection, Steve Deckel, Foreknown Apostolic, Shawn Skinner, American Longspurs and Andrew Levi Hiller

  • 02/1712 - Dustin Kensrue with Bears of Manitou and The Cold Desert at The Hard Rock Cafe.

  • 03/15/12 - Radiohead with Other Lives at Jobing.com Arena

  • 03/19/12 - Lucero with Drowning Men and the Crescent Ballroom.

  • 04/14/12 - Mike Doughty at the Cave Creek Coffee Company.

  • 04/25/12 - Joe Pug with Baliff and Jared Kolesar & the Locals at the Crescent Ballroom.

  • 08/04/12 - David Ramirez with American Longspurs at the Thomas Listening Room

  • 09/07/12 - Andy Gullahorn at the Whiten Leaf House

  • 11/05/12 - The Vespers with Amber Hunter at the Whiten Leaf House

  • 12/13/12 - Justin Townes Earle with Trixie Whitley at the Crescent Ballroom

 

Books Read in 2012

  • Living And Loving Out Loud by Cornel West

  • The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

  • Sacrilege by Hugh Halter

  • The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy

  • Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Shaping of Things To Come by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost (re-read)

  • What is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert

  • The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler with Jared Wilson

  • Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Book of Drugs by Mike Doughty

  • 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

  • Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson

  • The Chestnut King by N.D. Wilson

  • Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson

  • Salvation Belongs To Our God by Chris Wright

  • The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight

  • Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright

  • Everyday Church by Steve Timmis/Tim Chester

 

2011

This is just where I try to keep track of movies, books and music I intook this year. I like to try and keep track of the media and arts I've exposed myself to and my reaction to them. 

 

Great 2010 Albums First Heard in 2011 (or at least after my 2010 year-end list was compiled):

  • Black Dub: Self-Titled

  • Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger: Acoustic Sessions

  • Gungor: Beautiful Things

  • Sarah Jaffe: Suburban Nature

  • The Kopecky Family Band: The Disaster

  • White Pines: The Falls

  • Yasushi Yoshida: Grateful Goodbyer

  • Zoo Animal: Self-Titled

 

Best Music of 2011

  • Alabama Shakes: Alabama Shakes EP

  • The Antlers: Burst Apart

  • Arrange: Plantation

  • Balam Acab: Wander / Wonder

  • Jamie Barnes: The Mercy Seat EP

  • Chris Bathgate: Salt Year

  • The Black Keys: El Camino

  • Bon Iver: Bon Iver

  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Wolfrow Goes To Town

  • The Builders and the Butchers: Dead Reckoning

  • Cut Copy: Zonoscope

  • The David Wax Museum: Everything Is Saved

  • Dawes: Nothing Is Wrong

  • Mike Doughty: Dubious Luxury

  • Mike Doughty: Yes and Also Yes

  • Explosions In The Sky: Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

  • The Field: Looping State of Mind

  • Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues

  • Josh Garrels: Love & War & The Sea In Between

  • Tommy Guerrero: Lifeboats and Follies

  • Gungor: Ghosts Upon The Earth

  • Hauschka: Salon Des Amateurs

  • The Head and the Heart: The Head and The Heart

  • Joe Henry: Reverie

  • Cass McCombs: Wit's End

  • Cass McCombs: Humor Risk

  • M83: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

  • Bill Mallonee: The Power and the Glory

  • Ramsay Midwood: Larry Buys A Lighter

  • Miracles of Modern Science: Dog Year

  • Modular by Matt Chamberlain, Victor Krauss and Dan Phelps

  • The Necks: Mindset

  • Neon Indian: Era Extraña

  • Over The Rhine: The Long Surrender

  • The Only Sons: American Stranger

  • Josh T. Pearson: Last of the Country Gentlemen

  • Real Estate: Days

  • Reigns: Widow Blades

  • Brooks Ritter: The War EP

  • Seryn: This Is Where We Are

  • Shabazz Palaces: Black Up

  • Social Distortion: Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

  • Sojourn Music: The Water and the Blood

  • Aaron Sprio: Love

  • Colin Stetson: New History of Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

  • Allen Stone: Allen Stone

  • Aaron Strumpel: Birds

  • The Tree Ring: Generous Shadows

  • Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo

  • Tom Waits: Bad As Me

  • Gilllian Welch: The Harrow and the Harvest

  • WIlco: The Whole Love

  • Wye Oak: Civilians

  • Youth Lagoon: The Year of Hibernation

 

Concerts

  • Zoo Animal and The Narrow Fields at the Thomas Listening Room (01/15/11)

  • Woven Hand at the Sail Inn (01/28/11)

  • Dr. Seahorse at Central Christian Church (Gilbert) (01/30/11)

  • Calexico at Corona Ranch (02/04/11)

  • Lucero at the Clubhouse (02/18/11)

  • Shawn Skinner and the Narow Fields at the Leaf House (03/18/11)

  • Tara-Leigh Cobble at the Leaf House (04/08/11)

  • Mumford and Sons/Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros/Old Crow Medicine Show in a parking lot by a train (04/23/11)

  • Old 97's and Sarah Jaffe at Martini Ranch (06/06/11)

  • Seryn at the Lost Leaf (06/08/11)

  • Seryn with Matt Beem at New Hope Covenant Church (06/25/11)

  • Seryn at the Thomas Listening Room (06/26/11)

  • Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives at the Rogue Bar (07/14/11)

  • David Ramirez at the Thomas Listening Room (09/10/11)

  • Bill Mallonee at The Skinners' (10/14/11)

  • Shawn Skinner and Aaron Spiro at the Thomas Listening Room (10/22/11)

  • Kelley McRae at The Whiten Leaf House (11/05/11)

  • The Spiro at Spiro's home (11/10/11)

  • Chris Bathgate at the Whiten Leaf House (11/29/11)

 

Books Read in 2011

  • King's Cross by Tim Keller

  • Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier

  • Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy

  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

  • Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor

  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck

  • A Sweet and Bitter Providence by John Piper

  • Winter Wakes the Bear Who Sleeps by Aaron Youngren

  • The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

  • The Monster In The Hollows by Andrew Peterson

  • God No! by Penn Jillette

  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of FIre by J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

  • The Dangerous Act Of Loving Your Neighbor by Mark Labberton

  • Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson

 

Best Beers of 2011:

  • Hopslam by Bell's Brewing Inc.

  • Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA by Laughing Dog Brewing

  • Myrcenary by Odell Brewing Company

  • Old Guardian Belgo Barleywine by Stone Brewing Company

 

 

2010

This is just a place to keep track of some of my favorite music, books and such of 2010. It's an ongoing list subject to change, based solely on personal preference. If you don't like it, get your own list.  

 

2009 Albums First Heard in 2010

  • The Low Anthem: Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

  • Lucero: 1372 Overton Park

  • The Necks: Silverwater

  • Ben Nichols: The Last Pale Light In the West

  • Dave Rawlings Machine: A Friend Of A Friend

  • Aaron Strumpel: Elephants

Best Albums of 2010

  • The Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

  • The Autumn Film: The Ship and the Sea

  • Broken Bells: Self-Titled

  • Doug Burr: O Ye Devastator

  • Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives: Self-titled

  • Matt Haeck: Western States EP

  • Howe Gelb and A Band of Gypsies: Alegrías

  • Junip: Fields

  • Lost in the Trees: All Alone In An Empty House

  • Mumford and Sons: Sigh No More (yes, this was in my 2009 list, but that was the Eurpean release, now it's in the U.S.!)

  • Page CXVI: Hymns II

  • Polar Bear: Peepers

  • Joe Pug: Messenger

  • Ra Ra Riot: The Orchard

  • Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

  • The Tallest Man On Earth: The Wild Hunt

  • Woven Hand: The Threshingfloor"

Best Concerts of 2010

  • Joe Pug at the Rhythm Room (02/08/10)

  • The Autumn Film at the Whiten Veranda (05/08/10)

  • Mumford and Sons at the Rhythm Room (06/07/10)

  • Bill Mallonee at the Thomas Listening Room (08/06/10)

  • Joe Pug at the Sail Inn (11/02/10)

Best Movies of 2010

  • Get Low

  • I'm Here by Spike Jonze

  • Inception

  • Toy Story 3

Books Read in 2010

  • Leading With A Limp by Dan Allender

  • Captured By A Better Vision by Tim Chester

  • You Can Change by Tim Chester

  • The World We All Want by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis

  • The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

  • Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson

  • Why Johnny Can't Preach by T. David Gordon

  • Missional Church: A Vision for the sending of the Church in North America by Darrell Guder, et. al

  • AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay

  • The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch

  • Untamed: Reactivating A Missional form of Discipleship

  • by Hirsch and Hirsch

  • Generous Justice by Tim Keller

  • Leaders Who Last by Dave Kraft

  • The Trellis And The Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

  • North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

  • No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  • All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

  • The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission by Lesslie Newbigin

  • Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe And Why It Matters by Joshua Harris

  • Jonah: A Study in Compassion by O. Palmer Robertson

  • Surprised By Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels by Tullian Tchividjian

  • Telling God's Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End by Preben Vang and Terry Carter

Pop Culture Phenomenon of the Year

  • The Bed Intruder Song

2009

This is just a place to keep track of the music, books and whatnot that I like throughout the year. Please make suggestions.

2009 Music 
Here is some of my favoirte music of 2009 so far: 

  • . . . And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead: The Century of Self

  • Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

  • Antony and the Johnstons: The Crying Light

  • The Avett Brothers: I And Love And You

  • Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP

  • Califone: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers

  • Neko Case: Middle Cyclone

  • The Cave Singers: Welcome Joy

  • Gomez: A New Tide

  • Joe Henry: Blood From Stars

  • Medeski Martin and Wood: Radiolarians I, II and III

  • Morrissey: Years of Refusal

  • Karen O and the Kids: Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack

  • Page CXVI: Hymns

  • Aaron Spiro: Elephant Song

  • Sufjan Stevens: The BQE

  • J. Tillman: Year in the Kingdom


2009 Books
Here is some of my favoirte books of 2009 so far:

  • Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional by Jim Belcher

  • Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit by Francis Chan

  • The Divine Commodity: Discovering A Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity by Skye Jethani

  • A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller

  • Your Jesus Is Too Safe by Jared C. Wilson

  • Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World by N.D. Wilson


2009 Movies
Here is some of my favoirte movies of 2009 so far:

  • The Road

  • Up

  • Where The Wild Things Are

2008

Here's where I keep an ongoing, ever-evolving list of some of the favorites of the year.

'07 in '08
These were 2007 releases that I first heard in 2008:

Aradhna: Amrit Vani
Jamie Barnes: The Recalibrated Heart
The Cave Singers: Invitation Songs
Gileah and the Ghost Train
Solomon Jabby: Firmly Planted
Dustin Kensrue: Please Come Home
Red Mountain Church: This Breaks My Heart of Stone
Thee, Stranded Horse: Churning Strides
Ohmega Watts: Watts Happening


Others in '08
These were other releases that I first heard in 2008:
Sons Of Korah
Lightheaded: Pure Thoughts

2008 Releases

These are some of my favorite releases of '08:

Anathallo: Canopy Glow
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Calexico: Carried To Dust
Michah Dalton: Pawnshop
Neil Diamond: Home Before Dark
Dr. Dog: Fate
Five O'Clock People: Temper Temper
Fleet Foxes: S/T
Joe Garner: Mourning Birds EP
Hauschka: Ferndorf
Kasai Allstars: In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And A
MUSICMUSICMUSIC: Everybody Digs
Nomo: Ghost Rock
Paavoharju: Laulu Laakson Kukista
Joe Pug: Nation of Heat EP
Ra Ra Riot: The Rhumb Line
She & Him: Volume One
Shearwater: Rook
Sigur Rós: Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
Sun Kil Moon: April
The Tallest Man on Earth: Shallow Grave
Unwed Sailor: Little Wars
The Welcome Wagon: Welcome To The Welcome Wagon
Woven Hand: Ten Stones



2008 Misc. Music Thoughts
This is just a rough journal to gather some of my musical thoughts, explorations and discoveries of the year:

Gospel Blues. I am really getting into artists like Blind Willie Johnson, Reverend Gary Davis, Reverend Charlie Jackson, Isaiah Owens, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Washington Phillips and others. I love the way that so much of this music, while solid in content, challenges many traditional notions of what is and what is not "Christian" music. There is a sincerity here that is sorely lacking in many other forms of "Christian" music.

Sacred Steel
Sacred Steel is the broad designation given to some worship music that apparently originated in the Jewel Dominion and Keith Dominions (both African-American Holiness-Pentecostal churches). The unique thing was that these churches replaced the traditional organist with the electric lap steel guitar to great effect. Robert Randolph & The Family Band is perhaps the best-known artist to come out of the genre, and he was/is a member one of my favorites, The Word. Others include The Campbell Brothers and the various artist albums on Arhoolie.