Saturday, December 19, 2020

GLW.20.05: Erik Kristjanson

100 SONGS: Aaron Bergstrom

GLW.20.01: Ilana Bergstrom

GLW.20.02: Curt Trnka

GLW.20.03: Remko Van Knippenberg

GLW.20.04: Jem Woodward


GLW.20.06: Marisa Plaice

GLW.20.07: Russell Abdo

GLW.20.08: Garrett Bukunt

GLW.20.09: Megan Swidler

GLW.20.10: Garrett Tillman

GLW.20.11: Scott Lawson

GLW.20.12: Carl Anderson


If there was ever a year we needed music, 2020 was it. Here's 20 songs I connected with:

1. Christine and the Queens - “People, I've been sad”

I had a hard time picking just one song above the rest this year, but damn it was a sad year, so this is it. 

2. Waxahatchee - “Fire”

Great song on an album full of great songs. 

3. Perfume Genius - “On the Floor”

He's a musical genius, too. 

4. Phoebe Bridgers - “I Know the End”

It really did feel like the end at some points this year. This builds so beautifully to an epic end, such is life?   

5. Adrianne Lenker - “anything”

Her voice and a simple guitar is all it takes to be incredibly moved.   

6. Angel Olsen - “Whole New Mess”

This is about much more, but to me it was about the end of every day in a house full of two grown adults and a food-throwing baby living at home 100% of the time.  

7. Thundercat - “Dragonball Durag”

So smooth, this guy is the essence of cool.   

8. HAIM - “I Know Alone”

When I was an impressionable 5th or 6th grader in Atlanta, there was an R&B song called “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJs (maybe?). This song has that sound and it works for me.

9. Fiona Apple - “I Want You to Love Me”

Intense and emotional, like the album. No one's going to accuse Fiona Apple of making easy listeners.   

10. Run The Jewels  - “walking in the snow”

An album for the times, Killer Mike's verse on this song gives me chills.

11. Fleet Foxes - “Young Man's Game”

If life is indeed a young man's game, what does that mean for us guys getting older?  

12. Caribou - “Ravi”

I loved this whole album but this was the real earworm for me. Earworm of the Year.

13. Busta Rhymes - “Look Over Your Shoulder”

Kendrick kills his guest verse and Busta in his fast-rapping form, this is gold.   

14. Freddie Gibbs - “Scottie Beam”

Gibbs' raps over these lovely beats work so well. Rick Ross showed up too. 

15. Little Dragon - “Are You Feeling Sad?”

Yes, I'm feeling sad. But this song makes me feel a bit better. 

16. Fontaines D.C. - “A Hero's Death”

This song is somehow depressing and uplifting at the same time. They were the last live show I saw - I miss live shows! :( 

17. Leon Bridges - “Sweeter”

I'm hoping for a life more sweeter for you too, Leon. 

18. Ricky Reed - “Real Magic”

This is that old school R&B sounding stuff, guess I had a soft spot for nostalgia this year. 

19. Tame Impala - “Lost in Yesterday”

While the album didn't hit for me like their previous work, I still dig the sonic sounds of this one. 

20. Disclosure - “Ce n'est pas”

Danced with the baby around the house a lot to this. We all needed that in 2020.

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