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Music 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to music last year, going to an average of one show a week (though weighted heavily towards the first half of the year) and listening to a lot of great bands. I bought a Friends of the Bottle pass at the Empty Bottle, which made it super convenient for me to just pop in to see who was playing when I had a free night.

However, for some reason, I’m just not excited about creating a year-end best-of list. Instead, here is a list of every record I actually bought this year. A while ago I decided that I’m only going to buy music on vinyl, so this heavy stack is sitting next to me right now; I still love having a physical music collection.

Bloodiest – Descent
Dan Deacon – America
Deafheaven – Roads to Judah
Disappears – Pre Language
Future Islands – In the Fall
Godspeed You Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Joan of Arc – Pinecone
Joan of Arc – Presents Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc – s/t
Liturgy/Oval – Split LP
Locrian – The Clearing
Lower Dens – Twin Hand Movement
Minutes – s/t
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die
Mountains – Choral
Nice Nice – Chrome
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Parliament – Motor Booty Affair
Personal Space – Electronic Soul 1974-1984
Radar Eyes – s/t
Ravi Shankar: Live at the Monterey Interaction Pop Festival
Soundtrack – Paris Texas
Sunn O))) – 00 Void
Superchunk – No Pocky for Kitty
Superchunk – Here’s Where The Strings Come In
Talking Heads – This Must Be the Place (LP single)
The Spinanes – All Sold Out 7″

Travel 2012

One of my end-of-year rituals is tallying up how much I’ve travelled in the last year. I stayed in Chicago more this year than I have for a few, although I still spent 88 nights away from home. One of the major differences about this year was an increase in personal travel, separate from any work responsibilities. The bulk of this was an amazing road trip out west, which I still need to upload photos for.

In the list of cities below an asterisk means it was my first time there, and a count after the city shows how many times I was there this year. For the road trip I only counted places where I spent the night, but of course we passed through many more.

Last year was full of new places, people, and experiences; I hope that 2013 brings as many adventures my way.

Jacksonville, FL*
Charleston, SC*
San Francisco, CA (x4)
Palo Alto, CA
Pittsburgh, PA
Sturgis, MI
London, England
Detroit, MI (x4)
Minneapolis, MN* (x2)
Kalamazoo, MI (x2)
Eaton Rapids, MI
Sturgis, MI (x5)
Princeton, NJ* (x2)
Columbus, OH
Boston, MA
Madison, WI
Chamberlain, SD*
Douglas, WY*
Boulder, CO*
Moab, UT*
Richfield, UT*
Tropic, UT*
Hurricane, UT*
Williams, AZ*
Tempe, AZ*
Tucson, AZ*
Albuquerque, NM*
Oklahoma City, OK*
St. Louis, MO*
Paw Paw, MI
Umeå, Sweden*
Harads, Sweden*
Archbold, OH
Waukesha, WI
Canton, MI*
New York, NY

I love you, I love my grandkids

Digging through an old directory on my hard drive I found this crazy answering machine message from 2004, which was the best wrong number ever. The whole thing is great but my favorite part might be when the caller just pauses for a while to loudly take a drink.

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