A retrospective

2016 was weird, but you already knew that

January 06, 2017

I have not been blogging. I have been going so hard at not blogging, in fact, that Silvrback's layout has changed entirely while I've spent six months clicking around on other people's blogs. Here would be a great place to make some "resolutions" about writing, about how I'm going to post every two weeks or once a month this coming . . .

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It's 2002, and...

June 03, 2016

It's 2002, and I'm in Dearborn Music trying to find AFI's latest, The Art of Drowning, on CD. Even though it was released two years earlier, two years earlier I didn't have the internet and my musical taste was dictated by Disney Channel concert specials. Now I'm 12, and I've decided to be "punk rock." When the record . . .

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On my favorite albums of the last decade and a half

May 13, 2016

(A little background: I'm always looking for little music-related projects to take on. So when the now-dissolved absolutepunk.net circulated a challenge to come up with a list of your 10 favorite albums released in between 2001 and 2015, I was all for it. Because 10 seemed a little restrictive, I changed it to 15 albums in 15 years.)

The . . .

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On not forgetting

May 10, 2016

The tagline under my signature says: "Graduate student taking a break from grants and manuscripts to wax poetic on music." For the last two months, I forgot to take that break. Or somewhere in the back of my head, a little thought would pop up like, "You should really blog soon," and then I'd feel guilty because I . . .

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Wrapping up #MWE

A progress report on 29 albums in 29 days

February 29, 2016

The Music Writers' Exercise is over tomorrow, and here's a thing I've learned: listening to one album every day - like, really listening - is hard. As a reminder, the idea behind Twitter-inspired #MWE was this: one album every day, with a one-sentence (ish) review to follow. There were some days when I felt like doing anything . . .

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29 albums in 29 days

February 01, 2016

Yesterday, I saw this thing on Twitter called the February Music Writers' Exercise: listen to one new-to-you album on each day in February, then tweet about it. On the playlist v. full album debate, I'm about 95% on the full-album side, so I like this idea because it forces you to sit with one at a time, all the way through. I also . . .

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Twenty Fifteen

Recapping this year's favorites

January 05, 2016

Getting my end-of-year favorite albums pinned down has been strangely difficult. Even my MacBook was resisting writing this post, though granted it's about to have its 7th birthday (what is that in computer years?). Maybe I'm still lagging from the holidays, or maybe it's really that I had a hard time deciding what albums get the . . .

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