The one unfortunate update in my music world is that I now go to way fewer shows because of limited money and time while in graduate school out here in Boulder, Colorado. But last January I started writing for Indie Shuffle, and the 75 songs I've posted have now been played over 364,000 times! I wrote personally-inspired reviews of some amazing new artists like Caitlin Pasko and Black Books, fell in love with Sylvan Esso all over again, and fell asleep to WILSEN every night for weeks. I lived in Washington, D.C. for the summer and got to explore the city and see live music there, including photograph a show at the 9:30 Club. I road-tripped back to Colorado and listened to new Foster the People and MEW and Wes Swing and old favorites for hours on end. I moved into a house full of amazing people in August and have met many more while traveling the country this fall.
It's just easy to get overwhelmed by a busy schedule, endless responsibilities, and how it seems everyone else is out doing what you wish you were able to do, no matter how well things are going in life. (I don't think I'm the only one with this predicament!). And I always wish I had more time for seeing and writing about music. So although living well can feel far from easy and the world is currently kind of terrifying, music still serves as my number one solace and inspiration. It keeps me going and reminds me that giving up isn't as much fun continuing to try. As I wrote in a review of Sylvan Esso's release What Now this summer: "If you, dear reader, have given up, thrown in your cards, or plan to – prepare to have your plans ruined."
Here's to a future of great music and positive social and cultural change in 2018!
Best Albums of 2017
1. Phoebe Bridgers, Stranger in the Alps
2. Sylvan Esso, What Now (+ Echo Mountain Sessions EP)
3. MEW, Visuals
4. Hundred Waters, Communicating
5. Black Books, Can't Even
6. WILSEN, I Go Missing in My Sleep
7. Said the Whale, As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide
8. Tomberlin, At Weddings
9. Alvvays, Antisocialites
10. Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun