2018 in Music

As promised, I’m giving you the results of my Spotify Wrapped:

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I grew up on WRock so that Randy VanWarmer song should not come as a surprise.

I first discovered Ashe as a feature in Louis The Child’s lovely song called “World On Fire:”

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And, if someone was tracking how much time I was listening to on the radio when I was a kid, it would be the same if not more. I slept beside the radio when I was younger. It’s a wonder I’m not a musician. Number is in minutes.

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Spotify made me a Top 100 playlist which I’ve made available to public. So, feel free to listen to how my year sounded.

But, if we were to play Desert Island Discs right now and I’m only allowed to only bring one record from this Top 100 playlist with me, I’ll go with He’s All I Want by Angelmoon:

I first heard this song playing on the radio when I was 14 in a van full of other high school kids, and possibly one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen in my life. It also introduced me to the grand trio of electronic music at the time: House, Trance and Techno. Somehow, this year I was feeling nostalgic and played this on a loop.

As usual, my top genre is Indie. Let’s hope Spotify knows that Indie doesn’t have a single sound; it means the record was made by an independent label. For more on that, listen to Alan Cross’s take on the History of Indie Rock:

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Yes, friends, I’m that adventurous. I don’t care if the song was made in the middle of nowhere. If it sounds good, I will listen to it.

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Aww, Ella and Louis. What a classic combo!

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I know podcasts aren’t exactly what you call music. But, my top podcast is about music. It’s called Beyond Yacht Rock, created by the men who coined the term Yacht Rock. They are the official word on what’s Yacht or Nyacht:

The podcast is an offshoot of a very popular web series on Channel 101 called Yacht Rock, which you can still see on Youtube:

If you watch enough episodes, you’ll see younger versions of Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Dan Harmon co-founded Channel 101 with The Sarah Silverman Program’s Rob Schrab. Voila!

Little sidenote: Jack Black and Justin Roiland met through Channel 101 and, according to this interview, Jack helped Justin “pitch and sell his first show.”

Anyway, back to music.

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This year in music wouldn’t be complete without a list of live performances I went to:

Alex Cameron
Amber Mark
Khruangbin
Lo Moon
Radiohead
Sam Evian
Yemi Alade (through All Star Africa Fest)

Radiohead is my favourite this year. They’re like gods, man. It’s one of those moments where you used to just listen to them on the radio and never in your life thought you will see them in concert. This is my favourite Radiohead song of all time:

It’s sad, I know. I’ve always described the song as “the sound of the heart when it’s breaking.” Radiohead has always been good at turning the essence of something into music. For example, Daydreaming:

I also made a single playlist for all The Best Of’s this year. So don’t worry if you missed a month because I’m a saver. *wink* :

So, that’s my 2018 in music.

How did your year sound like?

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