Tate Williams

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Blue Line to Wonderland

I started a music podcast. Whenever I go downtown, a few times a week for work, I take the morning train from Forest Hills to State Street. Like most people who ride it regularly, I have a strained relationship with [...]

July 28, 2013 Blog, Blue Line
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Best Music of 2012

This year I made a Top 15 List instead of a Top 10 list, a decision I stand by because of the sheer volume of great music this year. Not only that, the Top 5 was crowded by the same [...]

December 26, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
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Is There a Punk Aesthetic?

Originally published in Souciant Magazine on December 12, 2012. The back cover and spine of Punk: An Aesthetic are almost entirely white, with a clean, black typeface. Seen from a distance on a bookshelf, it could be any modern art book. But the [...]

December 14, 2012 Arts & Culture, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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LCD Soundsystem makes fans dance and cry one last time

Kerouac was cool because had no idea he was, Dennis Miller once said. That may be true, but James Murphy is painfully aware of how cool he is, and often isn’t, and that somehow makes him about as cool as [...]

November 20, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
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Can playlists ever replace mixtapes?

From 2001 to 2004, I created one mixtape every two months, compiling the best of the music I had been listening to at the time. The idea, inspired by a Cameron Crowe interview, was to make a diary in music [...]

October 7, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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Where do those songs stuck in your head come from? Everywhere.

Even something as tuneless as reading a psychology research paper can get a song stuck in your head. In my case, it was “Mistaken for Strangers” by The National, which has a quirky drumbeat that is particularly sticky. It’s like, [...]

June 2, 2012 Science & Environment, Writing
Mr. Chair’s Best Albums of 2010!

Mr. Chair’s Best Albums of 2010!

Originally published on Mrchair I read this post by John Roderick of The Long Winters for Seattle Weekly, and it made me rethink end of year list-making. I highly recommend the read, and he makes some fine points, especially that we don’t experience music [...]

January 5, 2011 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
MRCHAIR’S BEST MUSIC OF THE DECADE

MRCHAIR’S BEST MUSIC OF THE DECADE

Originally posted on Mrchair Part II, Positions 10-1 10. TV On The Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes Song: Staring at the Sun I really like every record they’ve put out, and their sound keeps getting more polished and sophisticated. [...]

January 19, 2010 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
MRCHAIR’S BEST MUSIC OF THE DECADE

MRCHAIR’S BEST MUSIC OF THE DECADE

Originally posted on mrchair. Part I, Positions 20 through 10. Sick of lists yet? No? Well okay then. Here are my 20 favorite albums of the decade. I struggled to write, and especially to order, a list like this, mainly [...]

January 10, 2010 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing