Wolf Alice performing at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC

The Music I Listened To in 2017: (#24-1)

I listened to 544.66 hours of music on Spotify this year – about 13 full-time workweeks – and captured all the data with Last.fm. The ranking is ordered by how many times I listened to a song by the artist, with #1 claiming the most listens. My top 50-25 artists were published in the last post. So here, without further ado, are the rest of them. My #24-1 most listened artists of 2017: 24. Anderson .Paak .Paak may have crept into the top 50% of my artists this year on the strength of his NPR Tiny Desk concert alone. I probably watched it 30 times this year. His record ‘Malibu’ is great too. 23. Jon Hopkins Surreal soundscapes that thrive on simplicity. Hopkins can have an impact as strong as an artist who goes five times as loud because of the clarity of his compositions. 22. Eric Satie When I …

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ode to a Cat

Twelve years ago, one of my high school English teachers congratulated me on graduating, and gave me a thoughtful gift that I still appreciate – poems by Neruda. Now its cover is warped and pages are faded, but I’ve nearly memorized my favorite verse from the collection:  ‘Oda al Gato’ For no reason other than cats are awesome, here’s a (translated) excerpt: “your kind need not puzzle us, surely – you, the least of the mysteries abroad in the world, known to us all, the pawn of the lowliest householder – or they think so! – for each calls himself master, proprietor, playfellow, cat’s uncle, colleague, the pupils of cats or their cronies. Not I: I reckon things otherwise. I shall never unriddle the cat. I take note of the other things: life’s archipelagoes, the sea, the incalculable city, botanical matters, the pistil, the pistil’s mutations, plus-and-minus arithmetic, volcanoes that funnel the earth the …

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