2020: Favorite Albums of the Year

Worriers - You or Someone You Know: The record that truly accompanied me through this year. Every song could be my song of the year - and I plan on playing Grand Closing at midnight. Happy fucking new year. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher: Probably the best album of the year (though I haven’t given Fiona …

Citizen: An American Lyric

“because white men can’t police their imaginationblack men are dying” I reread Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric recently. Published in 2014, this poetic, artistic snapshot of Black life in the US is stunning in its impact and intellectual heft. The book is decidedly not written for white men like me, and can, maybe should make …

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

It's not a hot take to say that 2020 was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. Globally, nationally, regionally, for many personally. There are some slivers of hope - the vaccines, the US election - but also some signs that things won't simply improve in 2021 - current transmissions rates in Europe, current …

Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass: The Fleas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TimJrA5ekI0 So here we arefinally on our kneeswaiting for the world to shake us offlike a bad case of the fleas With “The Fleas”, Frank Turner & Jon Snodgrass released a new song for the apocalypse. The song is from “Buddies II: Still Buddies”, a lovely, conversational record made by friends. It’s out now on …

What White People Don’t Want to Hear (But Should Know) About Racism

“Doch die sogenannten Rassismuserfahrungen weißer Menschen sind nicht die gleichen, die ich mache. Wer zuvor gut aufgepasst hat, weiß, dass sich weiße Menschen selbst zu einer überlegenen Rasse erklärten. Diese Theorie trugen sie während der Kolonialisierung in fast jeden Winkel der Welt. Es stimmt also, dass weiße Menschen in diesen Momenten die Auswirkungen von Rassismus …

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

“So I just think about all the children who have been separated from their parents, and there’s a lot of us, past and present, and some under more traumatic circumstances than other - like those who are in internment camps right now - and I just imagine us as an army of mutants. We've been …

September by Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless released a tremendous new record, Daughter, last Friday. It's sad, twangy, rootsy and near perfect. Her voice is the beautiful match to her songwriting. There are many great songs on the album, including the singles Love is Not Enough, Wringer, and the album closer Don't Bother Mountain. The stand-out track for me is …