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BEST SONGS OF 2020

These are my 100 favourite songs of 2020: songs I love more than solitude, take-out and the immune-responses of bats. What a hell year. What a nightmare. What an endless shit parade. 2020 was a fuckin Grand Canyon of Wretchedness and yet, and yet, it was also suffused with a sense of resilience: the sense of coming-through. We have lived inside an...

PLACEHOLDER

Yes, something's coming. 💯

CUE SYNTHESIZER

Eleanor Friedberger - "The River (Destroyer cover)" [buy on bandcamp] Tougher times, these days. There's something circadian about it - you're up, you're down, eventually you're up again. "There's something circadian about it!" I've shouted this now: shouted it in an alley, at a friend six-and-a-half feet away. What a world. "You study your...

THE ICEMAN RUNNETH

Bad Bunny ft Sech - "Ignorantes". Today I played with my son in the living-room, a game of pigs and yeti, scampering over mountaintops, and as I did so I listened to Bad Bunny, because I have taken to listening to new music while we play, these days, because I can't listen to music the ways I normally do. The reason I was listening to Bad Bunny...

WHO'S ZOOMIN WHO

Shotgun Jimmie - "Skype Date". A child is shrieking through the wall. Every morning someone practices their saxophone. "When have I ever been shaggier?" Joni asks herself. She is undyed and lonely. She has worn her fur coat for the past three days because "why not?" She wonders how long it will be before she can send it for dry cleaning. She wonders...

OVERLAY

Nova Nova - "Prisoner's Song". [buy] "It's like groundhog day," Julie said, every day like the one before, and yet every evening we sit staring at our screens and squinting into the future, trying to envision it, stuck in a loop yet imagining the unlooped life, the moment the loop gets broken, the ring unrung, is it next week or is it next year?...

IS THERE NO HOPE FOR ME

Nap Eyes - "Fool Thinking Ways". And we also have to be forgiving. You probably know this already. You have probably forgiven yourself for that angry thought. For that quick riposte. For that phonecall unanswered. You have probably forgiven yourself for wasting the hour, the afternoon, the night, the day. You have forgiven yourself - surely you have...

ON TIPTOE

Lina_Paül Refree - "A Mulher que já foi tua". I understand it to be true that if you stand on your tip-toes all day, your highest tip-toes, then tomorrow you will be taller. And if tomorrow you stand on your tip-toes, your highest tip-toes, then you will be even taller the next day. And so on, and so forth, until you are giant, a towering giant,...

EVEN YOUNGER MARBLE GIANTS

Chairhouse - "cowboy song". [buy] On Saturday, three roommates recorded this song at their home in Atlanta. It was a good use of time. 152 seconds well spent. It was perhaps, I hope, their best use of any 152 seconds this week. It is hard to imagine much better, and I do not think it is fair to expect most days to contain 152 consecutive seconds...

I HAD MY DOUBTS

Magnolia Electric Co. - "Hold on Magnolia (Sun Session version)". Another snowstorm today. But I have seen the photographs. Images from out west, and down south, and faraway climes. I have seen the teases of sprouting tulips in my own front yard. I will watch them from my window, when the snow melts. It won't be long now before even our own lilac...

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