559 songs I liked in 2017

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559 songs I liked in 2017

Here are a ton of songs I enjoyed in 2017. 21st century technology has turned me into a massive shuffler. I love when everything is mixed up. When a power pop song from the '80s is followed by an experimental ambient track which is then followed by some dreamy indie rock which is then followed by a classical song which is then followed by a country tune. I love the whiplash.

So at the start of each year, I create a Spotify playlist called "Songs I Like" and proceed to dump stuff into it as I discover it. I usually find songs from other Spotify playlists, movies, recommendations from friends, blogs like Aquarium Drunkard, the incredible freeform radio station WFMU, and other places. There's a lot of good in here, I think.

By the way, I listened to a lot of Craig Finn in 2017 and you should too. He's the best storyteller going.

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Favorite movies of 2017

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Favorite movies of 2017

Pretty solid list, I think. Just looking at the top 5, I can see all the themes that I try to explore in my own writing: grief, absurdity, dysfunction, art, obsession, and generally just being a fuck up. Those are 5 remarkable movies that I'll probably revisit quite a bit through the years.

As of this writing, I still haven't seen The Square, The Florida Project, Call Me By Your Name, Lucky, Phantom Thread, The Post, A Ghost Story, War for the Planet of the Apes, and a few others that could possibly be on this list. If I see any of them in the next 11 days, and am blown away, I might very well update this thing.

If you want to see all 115 movies I watched (and rewatched) this year, check out my Letterboxd. You can follow me there as I embark on another year of sitting down and watching lots of stuff.

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I like this Sluggo thing

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I like this Sluggo thing

Sluggo meets Alan Watts.

We are all floating in a tremendous river and the river carries you along. Some of the people in the river are swimming against the current, but they are still being carried along. Others have learned that the art of the thing is to swim with it.

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"Good Heart" by David Ramirez

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"Good Heart" by David Ramirez

Another one that's inspiring my new one. I dig it.

Don’t say I got a good heart
While everything is falling apart
Aw baby, just admit it
You fell in love with a lost art
Yeah, honey, I’m a ghost town
Pretty charming ‘til you come around
Well, once upon a time
People like mine
Used to shine, shine, shine

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"Working Titles" by Damien Jurado

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"Working Titles" by Damien Jurado

This one has an incredible melody. Cuts me in half. 

This song makes me think about some of themes I've been exploring in my writing. Like what it means to be both the creator and the subject of a story, or in this case, a song. It's another one that's informing the spirit of the new novel I'm working on. 

Running time that will cut off my fingers
You wrote about me on every new record
And I’ll show up in a title of your song
I only hope somebody requests it

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