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Top 10 Albums of 2018

  10. Anthony Naples - Take Me With You   I suppose you could call this ambient music, but it never really arrives in any one place, which is cool.

10. Anthony Naples - Take Me With You

I suppose you could call this ambient music, but it never really arrives in any one place, which is cool.

  8. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour   This is pop music at its absolute finest. It’s a celebration of life using words so simple they actually escape their own cliché.

8. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

This is pop music at its absolute finest. It’s a celebration of life using words so simple they actually escape their own cliché.

  6. Mountain Man - Magic Ship   It’s possible for three-part harmonies to meld so well they actually hurt a person’s insides.

6. Mountain Man - Magic Ship

It’s possible for three-part harmonies to meld so well they actually hurt a person’s insides.

  4. Tirzah - Devotion   Beautifully broken and dark and edgy and full of yearning, just like the complexities of the heartbreak it describes.

4. Tirzah - Devotion

Beautifully broken and dark and edgy and full of yearning, just like the complexities of the heartbreak it describes.

  2. Nils Frahm - All Melody   Pure atmosphere. Each sound is singular but they come together to create one room, and it’s a really compelling place to be.

2. Nils Frahm - All Melody

Pure atmosphere. Each sound is singular but they come together to create one room, and it’s a really compelling place to be.

  9. Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano III   It often sounds like Chilly Gonzales has three hands, but, as usual, his virtuosity never tramples on melody.

9. Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano III

It often sounds like Chilly Gonzales has three hands, but, as usual, his virtuosity never tramples on melody.

7. Against All Logic - 2012-2017

Funk meets electronica on a highly danceable album that’s just the right amount of confusing.

  5. US Girls - In A Poem Unlimited   This album is layered and multi-instrumental—it’s a party that never lingers for too long in one vibe.

5. US Girls - In A Poem Unlimited

This album is layered and multi-instrumental—it’s a party that never lingers for too long in one vibe.

  3. Mac Miller - Swimming   This is hip-hop based in musicianship, rap based in poetry, music based in human feeling.

3. Mac Miller - Swimming

This is hip-hop based in musicianship, rap based in poetry, music based in human feeling.

  1. Amen Dunes - Freedom   Amen Dunes displays intellect and heart and musical mastery in such perfectly unadorned ways that you just have to keep listening over and over.

1. Amen Dunes - Freedom

Amen Dunes displays intellect and heart and musical mastery in such perfectly unadorned ways that you just have to keep listening over and over.

It Was Hard Not To Include:

Vince Staples - FM, Let’s Eat Grandma - I’m All Ears, Littlebabyangel - GADA, Haley Heynderickx - I Need To Start A Garden, Stephen Steinbrink - Utopia Teased, Noname - Room 25, Sandro Perri - In Another Life, Robyn - Honey, Panda Bear - A Day With The Homies, Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything’s Fine, AdriAnne Lenker - Abysskiss, Saba - Care For Me, Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands of Love, The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy, Kali Uchis - Isolation, Paul White - Rejuvinate, Everything Is Recorded - Everything is Recorded, Ólafur Arnalds - Re:member, Skee Mask - Compro, Low - Double Negative, Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino

Wanna listen?… Here you go!

Yuval Harari is My Intellectual Hero

… And Sam Harris is kinda annoying. But this is a fascinating podcast conversation with the author of Sapiens and Homo Deus, who’s brain (and heart) is a force of nature. Starts around 0:12:00. Enjoy.

A Prayer

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May the manner in which I live do justice to the beauty of the sky. May my eyes gaze upon the world in a way that is precise and full of permission. May the quality of my seeing make things and people feel proud to be seen. May I seek and grant forgiveness, may I know mercy and grace. May I not rush through hard things, may I not fester in easy things. May I act in ways that help other people sleep at night. May I hold and be held by life just like a baby’s little hand wraps around a finger. May I trust others without need for protection, may I be true to others without fear of reproach. May the veracity of my words open cracks in everything fixed and rigid, may those cracks bring light and movement into that which is closed. May my creativity both assuage and celebrate the loneliness of being. May I hand myself over to the intimacy of metaphor. May I remember that the fulfillment of my desire could never bring with it a feeling of permanence, may I remember that, with desire, I must also hold close the beautiful confusion that desire tries to explain away. May my growth be marked by the same force that makes a tree grow leaves. May I give up on control, may I rage against complacency. May I stay awake. May the boundary of me be soft and diffuse. May I take each breath in reverence, knowing that the air I breathe is what ties me to you. May I put myself second, and in so doing, may I live in love.

Erasing Infinite Jest

Artist Jenni Baker creates poems by erasing words from pages of David Foster Wallace's masterpiece Infinite Jest, and I just love them so so so much.

Lost And Found

reach your fingers into a saline breeze
and let your hand be brushed by the unseen;
there lives love—the death of possession, 
for nowhere is it not.

watch a tire thrust its warm rubber
into the sandpaper of asphalt;
there lives love—unguarded from a trampling, 
propelling all momentum.

pour oil into oil and venture to find where
one ends and the other begins;
there lives love—things at home because
they've found they’re always lost.

feel in your life for the years that went too fast, 
for the years that went too slow;
there lives love—its weighted hug so ordinary, 
the skin of things forgets its touch.

In Honor Of John Perry Barlow, 1947-2018

“John Perry Barlow was a master of all trades and jack of none. He was a wordsmith a songsmith, a tech wizard party maniac car mechanic and bona fide lady magnet of incomparable intellect. He was an angel and double agent, a prophet and pioneer of digital divination, a Master Mason, a Burning Man patron, an internet architect, and political maven, a psychedelic shaman, a counter culture statesman and a hero to great men. In the end he was still a Wyoming cowboy to the core, and above all else, he was a family man because to him nothing mattered more. John Perry Barlow, he set the bar high, with big boots to follow, and many will try, but no one will ever come close to the guy, for this grateful and graceful guru was one of a kind..” – Sean Ono Lennon

This is an excerpt from his 1997 interview for This American Life, one of many of his interviews I've listened to repeatedly. This one in particular helped define a very specific part of my insides. Enjoy.

RIP <3