Tag Archives: The National

My Best Albums List: 1987-2019

The past few months of quarantine have been challenging for many people in this country. My heart hurts for those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus (over 110,000 as of this writing — with 21 states reporting an … Continue reading

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Albums of the Decade: 2010-2019

Finishing out my year-end review of my favorite music with a look back at my favorite albums of the past decade. (For all the nerds out there, I get it: technically, the decade doesn’t end until next year. But that’s … Continue reading

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Best Albums of 2019

2019 has been a great year for music. As much as I was disappointed with much of the new music released in 2018, this year has been a different story. Several of my favorite artists released new music this year. … Continue reading

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Top Five: January 2014

I wanted to take more time to write here on the blog in 2014. Of course, here we are halfway through January and this is my first post of the year! One of the things I thought I’d do is … Continue reading

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Best Albums of 2013

Time once again for my annual list of best albums. As you can tell, I’m something of a music junkie. Most years, it’s something of a challenge for me to narrow down my favorite albums. Not the case this year. … Continue reading

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Best Songs of 2011

Since I wrote extensively on many of these songs in my Best Albums review, I’ll keep the commentary to a minimum here. Here are my 50 favorite songs of 2011: Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes. I think this song taps into … Continue reading

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2010 Albums of the Year

If you spend anytime at all reading this blog, you understand how much I love music. I’m always on the lookout for new music; these are the 2010 releases that are my favorites. Note: I’ve acquired all of these legally, … Continue reading

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2010 Songs of the Year

So every December, I humor my inner pop culture critic by taking a stab at the best albums, books, and movies I’ve listened to / read / seen this year. I’ll post the albums list a little later (still ironing … Continue reading

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A Snapshot of Postmodernity: Fake Empire

“We’re half awake in a fake empire.” Tonight I realized something: “Fake Empire” by The National could qualify as the best snapshot of postmodern angst and disillusionment in my entire music collection. Beringer and Co. always seem to hone in … Continue reading

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MiPod: Best Songs of 2010 — Jan-June, Vol. 2

The past few weeks have been chock full of some really good music releases, which made the free eMusic downloads I received even better. So here’s another heaping helping of some of the best music of the year thus far. … Continue reading

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