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2016 in music was a year with a strangely high number of prominent musicians dying (David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen in the same year?!) and also a year with some fun new trends in Top 40 radio. The easiest way to identify sweeping trends in the music world is to look at pop music, […]


Beginning in 8th grade, I became interested in making sketch comedy. Danno and I made The Princess Power Hour, which featured a wide variety of our middle-school-minded sketches. I didn’t watch SNL or Mad TV at the time; my primary comedic inspiration was Leslie Nielsen slapstick movies, and it was just easier to make short […]


Well it’s that time of year for the very first time since last year at this time. To be less specific: it’s A time of year… again. Aren’t you excited? I sure amn’t. Yikes. What I mean to say is: TOP TEN ALBUM TIME, BITCHES. While not the most flashy year of music to date, I […]


Ten records. Four debuts. Three albums that could be soundtracks. One list. To listen to all ten of these albums, check out this Spotify playlist. 10. Highasakite – Silent Treatment A late entry into my top ten, I’ve been entranced by this Norwegian band since Tk first recommended them to me. This is decidedly the […]


SONGS OF THE YEAR Once again this year, I couldn’t pick just one… so here’s three to chew on: Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues (language warning) Michael Jackson – Love Never Felt So Good The War On Drugs – Red Eyes HONORABLE MENTION ALBUMS The Airport District – Smash I love a good mash-up […]


You’ve heard from Tk, now it’s time for my top ten albums of 2013. Over the past few years, our tastes have diverged in a yellow wood, and that has made all the difference. This year, our lists share a stunning zero albums – and not on purpose! I suppose you’ll have to head to Spotify […]


Thanks to the friendly beast known to many as “Spotify” (and known to me as “that friendly beast known to many as Spotify”), I listened to a lot of music in 2013. Hundreds of albums later, I am proud to present my 10 favorites below. My goal this year is simply to share some great music […]


You know the drill by now. HONORABLE MENTION: Number 11 through 15 on my top ten list, in alphabetical order. These albums are given the same full review as the top ten (coming soon!). Album links will open in Spotify. If you don’t have it yet, go get it! WORTH NOTICING: A list of albums worth checking […]


2013 in music can be noted for being a year of transitions. Growing less relevant was indie-folk in the vein of Mumford & Sons to make way for a batch of mature, old-fashioned folk artists, such as Laura Marling, Martin Simpson, and Josephine Foster. Meanwhile, four-to-the-floor electronic music has yielded to EDM that borrows from […]


Greetings fellow adventurers in the realms of organized sounds.  My name is Christopher Friesen (aka NuGaia), and I’m here to reveal my perspective on the most interesting releases of this year.  Before I start referring you to these alien artists, I would like to tell you a bit about myself.  I’m a twenty-something male out […]