30Hz Best Albums of 2016

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I’m not going to come out and pick the records of 2016 that I most admired. When listening to music what good is “admiration”? I admire lots of records that don’t inspire me to toss them on the record player. What good is an intellectual exercise in choosing music that appeals strictly to your objective, rational thought? No. I’ve never… Read more »

Mourning Carrie Fisher (and Celebrity)

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Mourning Carrie Fisher (and Celebrity)   Whenever we lose another celebrity the Interwebs assemble into two primary factions. 1. Those that mourn. 2. Those that begrudge the need to mourn. The latter faction shames the former for feeling sorrow in the wake of the celebrity death. “Celebrity” assumes that we had no real life connections to the deceased — that they were merely a face… Read more »

30Hz 100 Best Songs of 2016 / #25 – #1

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Return to Best Songs of 2016 #50 – #26     “Berlin Got Blurry” – Parquet Courts Since Parquet Courts probably released six or seven records this year, it was only a matter of time before this Brooklyn “Americana punk” band found its way back onto the 30Hz countdown.   “Do You Need My Love” – Weyes Blood The second Weyes Blood… Read more »

30Hz 100 Best Songs of 2016 / #50 – #26

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Return to Best Songs of 2016 #75 – #51     “Carl Sagan” – Night Moves Zero idea how this relates to scientist, astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan but it’s catchy enough that we should all be sufficiently distracted from investigative journalism.   “Breathe A*gain” – Couros I fell for this track at the 52-second mark when this bit of ball-busting synth… Read more »

30Hz 100 Best Songs of 2016 / #75 – #51

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Return to Best Songs of 2016 #101 – #76     “Mystery Fish” – Aesop Rock Another hard-driving thumper from an indie-rapper who can do no wrong. Also, I have quite literally no idea what this song is about.   “Alaska” – Maggie Rogers The result of a singer/songwriter weened on Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. Berklee School of Music songwriting champion…. Read more »