Given my love for really bad rap and shameless pop songs, I make no claims that the albums I enjoyed the most this year were “the best of 2012.” For that, you’ll have to go to SPIN, NPR, and Get Bent. Instead, here are 10 albums that I loved the shit out of this year. They’re […]

WHY IT’S PRETENTIOUS: So I have two Christmas traditions: 1) fall ill, 2) make Christmas mix. The flu is this year’s culprit RE: the first Christmas tradition, which is why I’m posting this at 7 PM instead of like, sometime during the day. This year’s mix started off as a tribute to Nashville, with a lot […]

It seems that every winter break, I fall into the same habits: drink a lot of hot chocolate, underestimate Russian literature, and drown myself in Bret Easton Ellis novels when the Russian novel starts talking about peasants too much. Most of this week’s Seven Deadly Spins come from the soundtracks to Bret Easton Ellis movie […]

Why It’s Pretentious: So I made this apocalyptic concept album using only Ke$ha songs, which I know doesn’t sound very pretentious — besides when I use the phrase “concept album” — but don’t worry. First of all, the title comes from an unreleased Roger Avery film about Victor from Rules of Attraction/Glamorama. Nothing says pretentious […]

Why It’s Pretentious: Like everyone else on earth with a blog, I make annual Christmas mixes. While I work on this year’s compilation, I thought I would post last year’s mix. Beach Holidaze was dedicated to the abnormally hot December in Tennessee and Arkansas. A sunny combination of surf rock, dancepop, and twee, it contains some of […]

Another week of Seven Deadly Spins, another week when I pretend I listened to anything other than Ke$ha’s new album. Luckily, I did start working on my End-of-Year Best-Of-2012 lists this week, meaning I occasionally did not listen to Ke$ha. I am notoriously bad at End-of-Year lists because my brain runs on school years, so […]

I may have, at some point, mentioned that this blog exists because it stemmed from an assignment in one of my classes. Our mission was to a) set up a blog that answered a question and b) develop a personal learning network around that question. I decided to look into the relationship between artists and […]