2018’s Best in Music

Alrighty, it’s about that time of year where I look back at the songs, artists, and albums that got me through the last 365 days.

I feel like all the artists in 2018 were putting in overtime (looking at you, Uppermost)! Like, damn! So many amazing musical projects came into fruition this year.

Here are the best in music for 2018:

1. “Midnight Summer Jam”, Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods. Is it even possible for JT to make an album that isn’t good? I don’t think so.

2. “blazed”, Ariana Grande ft. Pharrell Williams, sweetner. Ariana killin’ it as usual, and Pharrel just adding some extra pizzaz.

3. “Count to Five”, Rhye, Blood. I could literally listen to Rhye until I die.

4. “Mona Lisa”, Sabrina Carpenter, Singular: Act I. What kind of person would leave a girl like Sabrina hanging like that?

5. “LA Girls”, Charlie Puth, Voicenotes. I’m not from LA, but Charlie kinda makes a girl wish she were.

6. “Crybaby” Paloma Faith, The Architect (Zeitgeist Edition). Thank you, Spotify Chromecast tutorial, for introducing me to Paloma Faith.

7. “Dreams”, Uppermost, Given by Nature. So enchanting.

8. “Atoms”, Uppermost ft. Birsen, Perseverance. When Uppermost does the most in 2018 ūüėČ

9. “Damn (what must a woman do)”, Christine and the Queens, Chris. Idk man. I just don’t. Sigh.

10. “I Want You”, Elohim, Elohim. You tell him like it is, girl.

11. “Couples Retreat”, Jon Bellion, Glory Sound Prep. I bet Jon’s wife melts like chocolate whenever she hears him sing.

12. “Ride or Die”, The Knocks ft. Foster the People, New York Narcotic. Such a feel good tune, and overall album.

13. “walk from here”, lovelytheband, finding it hard to smile. Those guitar chords get me every time.

14. “Towel”, The WLDLFE, I’m Not Worried Anymore. So glad I discovered these guys this year.

15. “When We Drive”, Death Cab for Cutie, Thank You for Today. Death Cab, hitting you with a big bag of emotions since 1997.

16. “All the Work”, Amber Mark, Conex√£o. Definitely want to see this girl perform live someday.

17. “Change Your Mind”, Miike Snow, 50 Shades Freed Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. What are we supposed to do now that all the films have been released and there are no more soundtracks coming?! ūüė•

18. “Glitter”, Keys n Krates ft. Ambr√© Perkins, Cura. Ugh, this album shines “like glitter.”

19. “Something”, Henry Green, Shift. Keep the slow jams coming, Henry.

20. “Happy Without Me”, Chloe x Halle ft. Joey Bada$$, The Kids Are Alright. Can’t wait to see what these girls put out next. So. Much. Talent!

Happy New Year 2019!

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My Spotify 2018 Wrapped (Year in Music)

This year’s Spotify Wrapped was…interesting. I guess. I’m not sure if interesting is really the right word to use here.

There were 10 slides of data about my listening habits for 2018, and, to be honest, some of the slides were quite pointless.

Anyway, let’s take a look at my 2019 Year in Music:

It appears I started the year out listening to Dua Lipa and Hobbie Stuart? The former I can confirm but the latter I do not recall. Oh, well.

I don’t remember the total amount of minutes I listened last year, but back in 2014 it was almost 38% of this. I have for sure been spending more time on Spotify after graduating college.

Yes, yes, yes! And I’m STILL MAD that the tickets for his NYC show in March sold out before I could snag one ūüė•

Yeah, this seems pretty accurate. I’d say I spent the majority of 2018 falling in love with Rhye, Fickle Friends (I got to see them live!), and HalfNoise.

This was one of the slides that I found pretty useless, as I care not one ounce about zodiac signs and astrology. I mean, sure, I guess it’s cool that most of the artists I listened to in 2018 were born in November and December?¬†\_(„ÉĄ)_/¬Į

I’m really loving the podcasts section of Spotify these days. Ear Biscuits and WenghTalk Radio are among my faves this year, as are We Watch Food and Subway Creatures!

See below for 100 of my most played songs and a playlist of Tastebreakers.

2017’s Best in Music

It’s the end of 2017, so I put myself to the arduous task of compiling a list of the year’s best in music again. I was just as¬† selective this year as I was in 2016, so the list below only contains 15 songs/artists/albums. I’m becoming very good at this.

Anyway, let’s not waste any time. Here are my favorite songs, artists, and albums of 2017!

1. “Feels” ft. Pharell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean, Calvin Harris, Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1. You heard Katy, “don’t be afraid.”

2. “Hurt Nobody”, Andrew Belle, Dive Deep. I think this one takes number one in my heart for best love song of 2017 to slow dance to.

3. “Observer” Darius, Utopia. Darius is a genius and¬†Utopia¬†goes to extreme lengths to prove it.

4. “For a Ride”, NOVAA, Lo, Lights. What a fantastic duo. I would so love to see these two work together again in 2018.

5. “Plastic Rose” Maroon 5, Red Pill Blues. Well, if it’s plastic, doesn’t it mean the love will never die?

6. “Saw You In A Dream”, The Japanese House, Saw You In A Dream. This is the best single I’ve ever heard from The Japanese House. So much emotion in those lyrics.

7. “Depths” ft. Animal Feelings, Mammals, Chase Your Bliss. I kept hearing Mammals as a featured artist on a bunch of songs I love. It’s great to see the roles reversed on this EP. Animal Feelings brought good vibes.

8. “High Off Love” Cannons, Night Drive. Cannons is such glamorously smooth chillwave and I can’t get enough.

9. “Human Touch” ft. Maya Vic, KAPPEKOFF, Kappekoff. If you know me well enough, you’ll understand why the intro to this song gets me every time.

10. “Told You So”, Paramore, After Laughter. Paramore made such a fun comeback in 2017! I love Hayley’s new hair too!

11. “Night Time TV” Fenech-Soler, ZILLA. Can you imagine how fun these guys must be in concert? Like, woah, buddy!

12. “Just a Feeling” ft. VERIT√Č, Phantoms, Phantoms. This song has followed me to various stores after I heard this album, and I’m not even mad though.¬†VERIT√Č’s voice is a vision.

13. “Malibu 1992”, COIN, How Will You Know If You Never Try. So retro, so somber, so good.

14. “Disguise”, Day Wave, The Days We Had. Prom dance anyone? Also, I am proud to say I own this on vinyl!

15. “Plea Rel”, Canon Blue, Lasso Yo. If he’s saying what I think he’s saying in this song this dude must have had a rough year. Welcome back, Canon Blue.

 

Happy New Year’s Eve!

2016’s Best in Music

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My favorite part of the year is here again! 2016 was a great year in music for my indie darlings and popular artists alike. As usual, thanks to Spotify, I was introduced to countless new music making geniuses, causing a great deal of stress while creating this “best of” list.

Nonetheless, I made a decision to only choose 15 songs. I don’t know how I did it, but here it is: 2016’s best songs, artists, and albums!

1. “Dans Un Autre Reve,” Brett, Mode.¬†I played this song all summer after I discovered it. Loved the EP, and I’d love to see Brett perform live in 2017!

2. “Instantan√©,” Paradis, Recto Verso.¬†Every. Single. Heart. String. Every single¬†one is sent afflutter when I hear this gem. This full length album was well waited for.

3. “Always,” HalfNoise, Sudden Feeling. I love how the instrumentals on this albums have a smidge of hopefulness in them, yet the lyrics come across a bit¬†heart-wrenching.

4. “Belong,” Roosevelt, Roosevelt. Another full length album that was well worth waiting for. So happy I got to see Roosevelt¬†perform live this year!

5. “Breaks,” Goldroom, West of the West. Not going to lie, I still want Goldroom to reissue this album with his vocals on all of the tracks.

6. “Baby You’re Bad,” Honne, Warm on a Cold Night. Almost saw them live, but I was in the process of getting settled in my new apartment when they came to NYC. So many great songs on the album, but this one stood out the most.

7. “Onirism,” REFLEX, Lucid Dreams. Such a quirky album. If you’re looking for a good Balearic/House band, look no further.

8. “Coast to Coast,” Satin Jackets (ft. NTEIBINT), Parnorama Pacifico. Satin Jackets blew me away with this album. Those beats hit deep.

9. “All Over You,” LEISURE, LEISURE. The most laid back band with the most laid back album of 2016. Guaranteed.

10. “Public Radio,” TW Walsh, Fruitless Research. I feel like I’ve been transported to the 1970s whenever I listen to this album. Love the distortion on this track specifically.

11. “Knew Better / Forever Boy,” Ariana Grande, Dangerous Woman (Deluxe). This “Dangerous Woman” told ’em like it is.

12. “House on Fire,” Sia, This is Acting. I remember coming down with a cold while listening to this album at work. Played this album on repeat while getting better (thanks Sia!).

13. “Somebody Else,” The 1975, I Like It When You Sleep…¬†So many different emotions on one album. The 1975 is just too many vices not to enjoy.

14. “Go!” M83 (ft. Mai Lan), Junk. I was really sad about this album not having Morgan Kibby on it, and the title didn’t calm me until I heard it in it’s entirety. Loved Mai Lan’s vocals, and I hope she works with M83 again soon.

15. “There’s No Need,” Empire of the Sun, Two Vines. “I think I said goodbye to [2016] tonight…”

Here’s to 2017!

6 Things I Learned from My Spotify #YearinMusic

Music junkie that I am, I decided to check out my year in music using Spotify. The results were curated in a pretty cool infographic, which included data about my most played artists, songs, playlists and more using the data collected from the listening habits on my Spotify account.

It was quite the education lesson, I’d say. Here are six things I learned.

1. Apparently I’m into a genre called “Metropolis.”¬†Um, that’s a thing in music-land?

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2. I played the daylights out of RAC, Young the Giant’s¬†Mind Over Matter¬†and Goldroom’s Endless Summer playlist.¬†My ears affirm this algorithmic discovery.

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3. I don’t know how Prince managed to sneak into my fall listening cycle…¬†#ThisShouldntBeUsButHePlayin’

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4.¬†“I Should’ve Guessed” is like, the biggest eargasm in my Starred folder on Spotify.¬†Literally music to my ears.

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5. My music life was empty without Spotify Premium. Now I can listen on the subway all the time! (Until my three months for $0.99 is up in March :/)

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6. Apparently this is how I got over the fact that the weekend was over. Seems legit.
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Spotify also curated a playlist to drool over in 2015. Nothing really stood out to me on it, but I appreciated the opportunity to learn about some new artists!
Screenshot 2014-12-21 at 9.02.40 PMThank you for being a friend, Spotify. My ears are your biggest fans!

Rock out to my Play It Forward playlist in 2015: 

View your #YearinMusic here.

CANstruction Presents: Hunger Games, StaTUNA of Liberty & More

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CANstruction, “May the odds be ever in your favor”

Who knew food charity could be so creative!

The CANstruction exhibit at Brookfield Place in NYC is a display of can art sculptures created by artists who entered the food charity competition this year. The food charity competition is held every year, and this particular exhibit is open until November 20th.

I was really shocked at how great these were. My favorites are the Hunger Games symbol, the StaTUNA of Liberty (love the word play there) and the NYC subway.

Enjoy some photos of the exhibit below!

1. StaTUNA of Liberty (made with cans of tuna!)

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2. Pavlov’s Dog¬†(aka “Hounding Hunger”

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3. NYC Subway

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4. Hunger Games¬†(aka “May the odds be ever in your favor”)

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5. Hunger Picnic

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6. End Hunger (made out of Chef Boyardee and Goya cans!)

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7. RIP Hunger

rip hunger canstructionI definitely recommend that you visit this exhibit if you have the time!

Learn more at http://brookfieldplaceny.com/Canstruction14.

 

Taylor Swift Pulls Music from Spotify

Looks like some of us Spotify users will never get to hear 1989.

Taylor Swift made the decision to boycott Spotify, pulling every single song from her artist profile except¬†Hunger Games¬†track “Safe and Sound.”

Spotify issued a statement after the singer’s harsh move, saying,

We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.

PS ‚Äď Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there‚Äôs more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It‚Äôs a love story, baby, just say, Yes.

Too bad we’ll¬†never hear the song that lyric is¬†from.

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According to¬†TIME,¬†“Artists earn on average less than one cent per play, between $0.006 and $0.0084 to be exact.” It’s no wonder Swift took her music off the app.

As an avid Spotify user, I demand that artists be paid more per play. Spotify has many advertisers and premium users, and they should be able to pay artists their fare share.

As Swift said,

Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.

I hope Spotify will once again host Swift’s rare music gems sometime in the near future.