We recently made you a mixtape of new songs designed to be a distraction from the wrath of The Snowpocalypse (and the inevitable Shovelations) and to inspire you to take a brief mental, warm-weather “staycation.” And normally that’s how we roll, allowing the sum of the parts — in this case, 10 songs by 10… Continue reading Two New Excuses for Spending a 'Weekend' with a 'Beach House'
I’ve always liked the word quietude. I like the way it sounds. I like the way it feels when you say it, the way your mouth makes a series of quick shapes, from a pucker to a smile and back again. I like the way the word sounds like it means — it’s a grander,… Continue reading A Playlist of New Tunes for Quiet Moods (with a Touch of Attitude)
I recently learned about a new compendium of delightfully useless information that should be must-reading for any music aficionado. Tom Moon, a critic and frequent contributor to NPR’s All Songs Considered (a must-listen for anyone interested in new music), has published a new book (and launched a Web site), 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. Nearly four years… Continue reading Ten Recordings to Hear Before the End of the Year