FULL BLEED: SHAKING HANDS WITH FEAR

So, 2017. I'll try to stay on-task and directed here. We both know how that part's going to turn out. Let's pretend to at least have some focus here and I'll talk about the music that I most loved/resonated with coming out of this year. This is in no particular order. Algiers - THE UNDERSIDE OF POWER Wow. And I thought their debut album from 2015 was great. This was a significant step up, both in terms of aggressiveness of sound, but also in embrace of the past without sounding dated. There's plenty of call-outs to older arrangements and instrumentations, but none of it sounds like fan-service, for lack of a better word. And while there's plenty of righteous fury, there's quiet and thoughtfu

FULL BLEED: BUT I CAN'T BLOW CLEAR EITHER

I used to think this was all a good idea. Wait. Let's back up. Let's go with the spirit of the season in America, 2017. I'll write this entry keeping that in mind. Buckle up. Careerwise, things are going great. Couldn't be better. There. That's the big one out of the way. Remember, this is America 2017. Telling the truth is done and over, right? There's no point in it, no percentage and no return. Now, keep in mind, I'll use the royal and most possibly expansive kind of language here. For the vast majority of the corpus Americana, telling the truth and having any kind of moral compass is a defect. I'll speak for myself and state that this is a difficult world for me to navigate, since I am u

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