I spent the first two or three months of this year listening to everything from Aquarium Drunkard’s 2013 Year In Review, and then the rest of the year listening to everything from that list that I really liked (Courtney Barnett, Steve Gunn, Mo Kolours, Hiss Golden Messenger, Darkside, Wooden Wand, Kurt Vile, Foxygen, Torres). Needless to say I’ve been anticipating this year’s list since the “end-of-year” lists started rolling out this month and it went up today. Everything that Spotify has available is in this playlist, which will surely be on repeat through March:
In January This American Life included a story about a man who became obsessed with a particular piece of on-hold music, which turned out to be a song called Opus No. 1:
For some reason this story — and the music — stuck in my mind strongly enough that I recognized the music months later when I was on hold and heard that music. Today I recognized it again as part of a song off of the new album from How To Dress Well – I wonder if Tom Krell listens to This American Life.
If only for the album cover.
The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy, according to diplomatic sources and an internal American government document obtained by The Cable.
Danny called me that day, frantic. “I found a baby!” he shouted. “I called 911, but I don’t think they believed me. No one’s coming. I don’t want to leave the baby alone. Get down here and flag down a police car or something.” By nature Danny is a remarkably calm person, so when I felt his heart pounding through the phone line, I knew I had to run.
I’m really digging this track these days.