Category Archives: Non-Sports

Columbia House Party: 7. The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site (2003)

Title: Columbia House Party: 7. The Weakerthans – Reconstruction Site (2003)
Date: December 16, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: In the seventh episode of Columbia House Party, we dive into The Weakerthans’ beautiful 2003 album Reconstruction Site.

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Columbia House Party: 6. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)

Title: Columbia House Party: 6. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)
Date: December 9, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: In the sixth episode of Columbia House Party, we dive into Jimmy Eat World’s 2001 classic Bleed American.

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Columbia House Party: 5. Third Eye Blind (1997)

Title: Columbia House Party: 5. Third Eye Blind (1997)
Date: December 2, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: In the fifth episode of Columbia House Party, we dive into Third Eye Blind’s excellent self-titled 1997 debut.

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Columbia House Party: 4. Robyn – Body Talk (2010)

Title: Columbia House Party: 4. Robyn – Body Talk (2010)
Date: November 25, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: In the fourth episode of Columbia House Party, we dive into Fall Out Boy’s From Under the Cork Tree, a quintessential mid-00s pop-punk classic.

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Columbia House Party: Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree (2005)

Title: Columbia House Party: Fall Out Boy – From Under the Cork Tree (2005)
Date: November 18, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: In the third episode of Columbia House Party, we dive into Fall Out Boy’s From Under the Cork Tree, a quintessential mid-00s pop-punk classic.

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Columbia House Party: My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade (2006)

Title: Columbia House Party: My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade (2006)
Date: November 11, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: In the second episode of Columbia House Party, we dive into My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, an unassailable – and needlessly controversial – rock opera.

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Columbia House Party: Weezer – Pinkerton (1996)

Title: Columbia House Party: Weezer – Pinkerton (1996)
Date: November 4, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: In the first episode of Columbia House Party, we dive into Weezer’s Pinkerton, an emo touchstone the band initially hated.

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Coming Soon: Columbia House Party

Title: Coming Soon: Columbia House Party
Date: October 29, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: I’m co-hosting a new music podcast with Jake Goldsbie where we’ll do a deep-dive on an album that’s important to us (or otherwise interesting) each week.

Podcast Appearance: blink-155: Roller Coaster feat. Blake Murphy from the Athletic

Title: Podcast Appearance: blink-155: Roller Coaster feat. Blake Murphy from the Athletic
Date: May 31, 2019
Original Source: blink-155
Synopsis: I made a guest appearance on the excellent blink-182 themed podcast “blink-155,” discussing the Raptors, turning the NBA pop-punk, my blink-182 rock opera, and more.
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My favorite albums of 2018

I released my 2017 version of this list on Dec. 15 last year. In early January, Friend That I Met Online John Cullen released his own list. At No. 1 on his list was Phoebe Bridgers’ Stranger in the Alps, a transcendently smart, painfully sad album that, were I to rewrite my own 2017 list now, would be the unquestioned No. 1. Except that I hadn’t heard about it until John’s list.

This changed the way I approached things a little bit for 2018. I understand that year-end lists are arbitrary cut-offs, that the calendar is only something we perceive, and that Boston Celtics’ prospect Robert Williams would laugh at us for even considering “years.” Music does not belong to the year it was released in. Not finding Bridgers’ 2017 album until 2018 did not make me enjoy it any less. All it meant was that it wasn’t on my list, which was a snapshot of my feelings on 2017 music at that point in time. It’s no different than looking at my 2015 list and realizing how much I’d re-shuffle it now.

Still, I wanted to make a concerted effort to cast a wider net this year. Last year, I occasionally asked people on Twitter what their favorite albums of the last while were. This year, I made that a quarterly exercise, and the responses were voluminous. The result was that I wound up checking out way too many albums this year. Which is cool, but I think I’ll scale back moving forward. The exercise is still a lot of fun. At the same time, such a broad approach necessitated spending a little less time with the albums I really loved this year. There’s a trade-off between searching for anything you might like and really immersing in the things you know you love. There’s no right answer, obviously, but 2019 will probably see me hold back less when it comes to, say, listening to CHVRCHES front-to-back on every run for weeks at a time even though Pusha T, A$AP Rocky, Retirement Party, and Hoobastank all dropped that same week.

What follows are the albums I enjoyed most in 2018.

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