Blurbing season is not quite over yet. I contributed a few words about new releases from Really From, Bellows, and Hurry for The Alternative’s Most Anticipated list.
Happy new year everyone! Hope you had a safe and festive December.
I wanted to drop in and say that I’m starting a newsletter called “I Keep a Diary.” The first one goes out on Tuesday, January 5. Sign up here, if you’d like:
See ya soon!
I wrote about Oceanator, Barely Civil, Sinai Vessel, and Stay Inside for The Alternative’s end of the year list:
I contributed to a couple end of the year lists for Slant Magazine, writing blurbs about some of my absolute favorites:
- Bartees Strange
- Empty Country
- I’m Glad It’s You
- The 1975
- The Mountain Goats
- Phoebe Bridgers
Check those out here:
Last month, I had a lovely conversation with Gulfer about their excellent new self-titled record and how they see themselves in the context of the emo scene. Here it is, for The Alternative:
Jimmy Eat World’s seventh album Invented turned 10 last month. It’s not the most glamorous of the band’s records, but it holds a special place in my heart—read my essay about Invented, underdog favorites, and the significance of being there over at The Alternative.
A few words on Matt Berninger’s solo album, which is exactly what you’d expect it to be but still makes for a pretty nice listen. You can read my review over on Slant.
Across eleven tracks that traverse and defy easy genre classifications and burst at the seams with creativity, originality, and heart, the debut album from Bartees Strange signals the arrival of a visionary songwriter.
Read my review of Live Forever, out this Friday, on The Alternative:
Sufjan Stevens is without a doubt one of our most talented and creative songwriters, but his latest doesn’t quite live up to his high standards. I wrote about why for Slant: