What a year, what a year of music. There were drone attacks, midnight surprise drops, the 1990s, earthquakes, tsunamis, low-flying panic attacks. Although I have to say, and this may be apparent by the fact that it's going up on December 30, this year has been among the least prepared I’ve felt going into a best of music list. There was a lot of music I liked a ton for sure, but there was also a lot out there I feel like I didn’t get to. Maybe a sign of busyness, or the slow-motion trainwreck that the year was. I felt more distracted from art in musical form than in other years. (I swear I'm going to get back to my podcast)Read More
Beneath the water lie memories of vibrant villages.| Originally published in The Magazine, September 11, 2014.
Sally Norcross stands outside what was once her childhood home, in the heart of Dana, Massachusetts. She and her family left town 76 years ago, but she has clear memories of throwing crabapples into the yard of her grouchy neighbor Mr. Vaughn. Across Main Street is where she used to sit in school and watch out the window as the men dug up all the graves in the cemetery.
The bodies and headstones were relocated and the town of Dana abandoned. Her family’s house is an empty stone cellar overgrown with brush, like the remains of all the other buildings that made up the town. Dana is one of four towns that once lay in the Swift River Valley. All four of them are gone. Dana is unique in that its town common is the only one of the four that’s still above water and accessible.Read More
Mix of mostly instrumental, electronic, ambient music and other sounds. Constructed for use over headphones during public transit, but available for the setting of your choice. Bundle up, kiddos.
Two Stones, Hauschka
As A Bird Or A Branch, Colin Stetson
Being Her Shadow, Grouper
Fyrsta, Olafur Arnalds
Anderer, Roedelius Schneider
Reminder, Hidden Orchestra
Blue Calx, Alarm Will Sound Performs Aphex Twin
Cello Concerto iin E. Minor, Op. 85 - I. Adagio, moderato, Edward Elgar
Beekeepers vs Warfare Chemicals, Brian McBride
Es War Einmal (Two Stones), Hauschka