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My Top Songs of 2016

(There’s a Spotify playlist at the bottom if you want to skip ahead)

2016 has been pretty universally panned as a year of despair, and if any industry other than the political landscape has something to mourn, it’s the music business. 2,143 more words


Album of the Year (40-31)

Part 2 of my slightly self-indulgent Album of the Year countdown.

Texan post-rockers Explosions in the Sky have been producing their elaborate and expansive soundscapes for over 16 years, however… 1,720 more words


Tracks of the Year 2016

Last week I gave you my albums of the year, today the ten songs that gave me most pleasure in 2016.

10: Frankie Cosmos – Sappho… 477 more words

Songs I Love

You may roll your eyes at this': The Weakerthans-Reconstruction Site.

The Weakerthans may not be a band that is widely known this side of the pond, The Winnipeg, Manitoba natives formed by former Propagandhi member John K. 244 more words


JOHN K SAMSON - " Winter Wheat " Best Albums Of 2016

If ever a lyric summed up an entire album then these  words, taken from the title-track from John K Samson’s new solo album, is it. First there’s the brooding, philosophising of time and place and our role within it: 189 more words


JOHN K. SAMSON - " Postdoc Blues "

Popular music often celebrates the workaday lives of everyday underdogs. But for  John K Samson of the pop-punk band The Weakerthans , those strivers form an unusual mix of bottled-up academics, forlorn cat owners and underappreciated quizmasters — folks whose academic pursuits and lively minds don’t take them nearly as far as they might have expected. 112 more words


Postdoc Blues (I'm not actually THERE yet!)

Dear John K. Samson,
As academics, we are not often worthy of lyrics for a song. In fact, it can be argued that academics might often need to be reminded the extent to which we represent the privileged few, and the need to wear such privilege with a real sense of duty. 215 more words