The Liner Notes 2017 looked a lot like 2016 in terms of how I consumed music — I bought and spun a lot of wax. In other words,  there was a different kind of intentionality when it came to my listening habits. In years prior, the majority of my listening was focused on the… Read More


Aloha kids! When we last visited several months ago it was around — surprise surprise — a post about music, and so, in the name of symmetry, it only feels right to return to you via that same subject and my traditional midyear list of favorite albums. I don’t typically rank this list in numerical… Read More


Hello kids! It’s that time of year again — fasterbarnacle time, that is — where I deliver my favorite music of the year post. It’s true my list comes a bit later than all those other bigger, more “widely read” lists, but I like to hold off in order to cover those unexpected gems that… Read More


Home again, home againIt’s been a while since I’ve done my end of the year music list, but I figure in honor and celebration of the great artists who gave so graciously to our little film project, I’d bring it back. This isn’t to say I haven’t been into music these last several years, just… Read More


  *If you happen to be viewing this on a mobile device and you find the videos are loading slowly, tap the youtube logo on the bottom right of the video. I’ve weighted down this post with lots of treats! 50. Jamie Woon Mirrorwriting (post dubstep, r&b) 49. Wolfram Wolfram (elctro pop) 48. Seun Kuti… Read More


Given all the music I’ve come to listen to over the last several years (300 plus LPs and EPs this year so far), you’d have thought my appreciation for the midyear list would’ve come sooner than 2011, if for no other reason than I try to be Zen about such chores. And while I know… Read More


A few observations about the music of 2010: First, and I pointed this out in July, so you can imagine what December must’ve been like, there was a ton of music to absorb. Second, synth-based music, with nearly 40 years of material to draw from, thoroughly has my attention. Third, the whole “beach/summer” sound may… Read More


  Last week when it came time to finally nail down my top 10 albums of the year (so far) — a labor of love — I was a bit stunned to find the smart playlist I’d built had ballooned to a dizzying 372 albums and EPs.  Jesus Marimba.  And while you might be asking… Read More


I recently heard an interview with actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton talking about his band and music in general and one of the things he said that struck me as odd was; “There has been no good music since 1980”.  Not more than a week later I got an e-mail from a friend (going through a… Read More