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Commonplace: Listens

Listens by year: 2022.

Obviously (2021)
Lake Street Dive
The first 9 songs are nearly perfect.
Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride (2019)
Vampire Weekend
Makes me think of Vampire Weekend and Paul Simon at once, which I like.
All Ashore (2018)
Punch Brothers
A surprisingly intricate dive into an America that could elect that president.
Robyn Honey
Honey (2018)
Robyn
Silky pop, eight years after the amazing Body Talk.
Brandi Carlile By The Way I Forgive You
By the Way, I Forgive You (2018)
Brandi Carlile
Late to the party, this is my introduction to Brandi Carlile. So many good tunes here.
Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015)
Steven Wilson
A masterpiece. If you can ever listen to the surround mix along with the hardcover book he release, do it.
Helplessness Blues (2011)
Fleet Foxes
I cannot think of a more perfect album for harmonizing and wistfulness.
For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)
Bon Iver
Sad sap music, indeed. It also helped me code my future.
Illinoise (2005)
Sufjan Stevens
More sad music, but oh so hummable. Introduced me to this lovely weirdo.
Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers
Power in Numbers (2002)
Jurassic 5
A hip-hop album that dares to feature flutes. Love these guys.
The Flaming Lips
Yoshimi Battles... (2002)
The Flaming Lips
Noisy and weird and beautiful. A Flaming Lips record finally clicked for me.
Tenacious D
Tenacious D (2001)
Tenacious D
When I wasn't listening to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, I was listening to this.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
Wilco
Not far out of college and this was on constant rotation.
Paw Dragline
Dragline (1993)
Paw
Everyone has their hidden band who shoulda made it. Paw is mine.
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Pink Floyd
This is the band that got me into music on a deeper level. DSotM is my favorite of their albums.

Honorable mentions

  • Malibu – Anderson .Paak
  • Greatest – Duran Duran
  • Bleed American – Jimmy Eat World
  • Night and Day – Joe Jackson
  • Superunknown – Soundgarden
  • Anything – Spoon
  • MASSEDUCTION – St. Vincent
  • The Invisible Band – Travis
  • Return to Cookie Mountain – TV on the Radio
  • Joshua Tree – U2