Category Archives: Obligatory List-making

Because it’s not the Internet without subjective lists, folks.

Rankstravaganza 2017: My Top 30 Songs of the Year

Even the shittiest of years can produce moments of musical transcendence. The tumult of 1968 gave us Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Sweetheart of the Rodeo and Bookends, for starters. Stephen Foster probably wrote some pretty melody or other in … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza 2016: My Top 30 Favorite Songs of the Year

The past year was nothing if not a “low-flying panic attack” … . Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza 2015: My 25 favorite songs of the year

Ha! You thought this blog was done for. Surprise! I’m back. (Fair warning, though: There might not be another post until New Year’s Eve 2016. I am, however, staying somewhat active with posting both music- and planning-related stuff on this … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza 2014: My 30 favorite songs of the year

I basically haven’t posted anything new to this blog since my 2013 year-end roundup. It’s been a busy year full of new challenges and responsibilities, but I’ve continued to listen to new music and compulsively keep track of what got … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, Elsewhere on the Web: My “Bay Area Mixtape 2013″ featured on the official Avenue Live blog

I meant to do a post as part of my End of the Year Rankstravaganza specifically focused on Bay Area bands and musicians. Of course, I didn’t get around to it. As it got later and later in January, I … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza 2013: My 5 Favorite Albums of the Year

I only did a countdown of five albums this year, rather than what has been the customary 15. Beyond these five, I wasn’t convinced that I truly loved the other albums I listened to in 2013. I might end up … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza 2013: My 30 Favorite Songs of the Year

Once again, I’m turning this in a few days past deadline. No matter! It’s still not too late to celebrate 2013, which in my musical estimation was a year of songwriters singing about specific places, of longer-than-long-awaited follow-ups, of gorgeous … Continue reading

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Halftime Report: My 15 favorite songs of 2013 thus far

Weird, right? The year’s already half over. I say this every July, but this year really and truly has been zipping by even faster than the normal zippiness. So far in 2013, I’ve only made a couple of new discoveries … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza: My 15 favorite albums of 2012

What can I say? My favorite albums contain my favorite songs. Go figure. Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza: My 30 Favorite Tracks of 2012

Here is this year’s obligatory list-making, by the numbers: 3 Bay Area acts 6 solo female artists 2 re-united ’90s bands A ton of vaguely folky indie rock—no surprise Just 2 hip-hop tracks—I apologize 1 song that actually got some … Continue reading

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