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The neuro-biology of playing a musical instrument is completely scientific, but it’s also an absolute miracle, that you’re taking basically a calcium bucket filled with salt-water that’s run by a weak electrical signal, and you’re using it to move your flesh around in order to manipulate an instrument which disturbs air molecules between you and the listener, and then the listener’s ears picks up those disturbed air molecules which generates a weak electrical signal to their calcium bucket full of salt water, and they feel a feeling. That’s miraculous, and that’s where I live,”
~Bob Brozman, RIP

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My Top 50 Albums of 2012

  1. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
  2. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
  3. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  4. Dr John – Locked Down
  5. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  6. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  7. The Shins – Port of Morrow
  8. The XX – Coexist
  9. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  10. Sixto Rodriguez – Waiting for Sugarman
  11. Passion Pit – Gossamer
  12. Baroness – Yellow & Green
  13. Wild Nothing – Nocturne
  14. Beach House – Bloom
  15. Death Grips – The Money Store
  16. The Walkmen – Heaven
  17. Black Keys – El Camino
  18. Diiv – Oshin
  19. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  20. Cody ChestnuTT – Landing on a Hundred
  21. Twin Shadow – Confess
  22. Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
  23. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
  24. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  25. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself
  26. Nas – Life is Good
  27. Fang Island – Major
  28. Various Cruelties – Various Cruelties
  29. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe
  30. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
  31. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  32. Dinosaur Jr – I Bet On The Sky
  33. Metz – Metz
  34. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
  35. How to Dress Well – Love Remains
  36. Mac DeMarco – 2
  37. Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze
  38. The Men – Open Your Heart
  39. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
  40. Best Coast – The Only Place
  41. Calexico – Algiers
  42. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
  43. Django Django – Django Django
  44. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
  45. Stars – The North
  46. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  47. Aimee Mann – Charmer
  48. Yeasayer – Fragran World
  49. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
  50. Bruce Sprinsteen – Wrecking Ball

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  1. Dr. John – Locked Down
  2. Beach House – Bloom
  3. Andrew Bird – Break it Yourself
  4. Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society
  5. The Walkmen – Heaven
  6. The Shins – Port of Morrow
  7. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance
  8. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel
  9. M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion
  10. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

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My Top 20 songs of 2011

1. Robin Pecknold – I’m Losing Myself
2. Frank Ocean – Novocane
3. The Dodos – When Will You Go
4. Surfer Blood – Voyager Reprise
5. Bon Iver – Beth-Rest
6. The Weeknd – House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls
7. M83 – Midnight City
8. Real Estate – It’s Real
9. St. Vincent – Cruel
10. Weezer ft Hayley Williams – Rainbow Connection
11. Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed
12. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
13. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
14. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Otis
15. Destroyer – Chinatown
16. Drake – Crew Love
17. Kendrick Lamar – Fuck Your Ethnicity
18. The Head and the Heart – Lost in My Mind
19. Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever
20. Dia Frampton – Heartless

21. Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk

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My Top 50 albums of 2011

1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
2. The Dodos – No Color
3. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
4. Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics
5. James Blake – James Blake
6. Real Estate – Days
7. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia Ultra
8. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
9. Meshell Ndegeocello – Weather
10. The Weeknd – The Weeknd
11. Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society
12. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
13. Ebene Quartet – The Art of French String Quartet
14. Destroyer – Kaputt
15. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
16. Drake – Take Care
17. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
18. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s a Corporate World
19. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for my Halo
20. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
21. tUnE-yArDs – W h o K i l l
22. Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus – Barlande
23. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
24. Radiohead – King of Limbs
25. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
26. Washed Out – Within and Without
27. James Carter – Caribbean Rhapsody
28. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
29. Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness
30. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
31. The Drums – Portamento
32. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
33. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
34. Kendrick Lamar – Section 80
35. Blue Sky Black Death – Noir
36. Jill Scott – The Light Of The Sun
37. Beirut – The Rip Tide
38. Wilco – The Whole Love
39. E-40 – Revenue Retrievin’ (series)
40. DJ Quik – The Book of David
41. Lil B the Basedgod – I’m Gay
42. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
43. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
44. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
45. Panda Bear – Tomboy
46. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
47. Wild Beasts – Smother
48. Mayer Hawthorne – How You Do
49. James Pants – Love Kraft
50. DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better

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  1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  2. The Dodos – No Color
  3. James Blake – James Blake
  4. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
  5. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  6. Jill Scott – The Light Of The Sun
  7. Destroyer – Kaputt
  8. The Weeknd – The Weeknd
  9. James Carter – Caribbean Rhapsody
  10. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light
  11. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

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