We’re about halfway through 2018.
I was pretty consistent at the very beginning of the year, then fell off the face of the earth with the end of University/finals/moving to Rhode Island, but of course I’ve still been listening to music. Here’s my midway list of songs and albums!
1. kacey musgraves-golden hour
2. Snail Mail-Lush
3. Janelle Monae-Dirty Computer
4. car seat headrest-twin fantasy
5. Sophie-Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-sides
6. charli xcx-pop 2
7. Against All Logic-2012-2017
8. Porches-The House
9. DJ Koze-knock knock
10. Goat Girl-Goat Girl
1. snail mail-pristine
2. car seat headrest-bodys
3. frank ocean-moon river
4. charli xcx-femmebot
6. cardi b-I like it
7. kacey musgraves-slow burn
8. Ravyn Lenae-4 Leaf Clover
9. Troye Sivan-My My My
12. andersen paak-bubblin
13. The Carters-Apeshit
14. Janelle Monae-Pynk
15. sidney gish-Sin Triangle
16. soccer mommy-cool
17. hop along-how simple
19. natalie prass-short court style
20. drake-nice for what
21. empress of-trust me baby
22. cupcakke-duck duck goose
23. Jorja Smith-Teenage Fantasy
24. rae sremmurd-Powerglide
25. illuminate hotties-Patience
I’m graduated now and although I have other goals in life/career, music journalism is something I think will be a big part of it so I want to beef up my credibility and consistency.
Here’s my plan.
Brevity is key, so I’m going to reward roughly one 8 out of 10 per week, giving it a 400-600 word review a week after release. This is my main recommendation of the week.
Then, I’ll probably have a 7.5 review weekly which is a secondary recommendation and perhaps another review of something that I’m interested in writing about. Both of these will likely be less than 200 words.
I want to post everything on Fridays so I can have the whole week to look at some releases, compile my ideas, and get them out there all at once at a specific time rather than feeling like I could always be posting something and feeling overwhelmed all the time.
Also I would like to post the singles for the albums I’m interested in for the next week on Friday, maybe write a blurb about the big ones.
My biggest thing right now is I feel overloaded all the time with blogs talking about mountains and mountains of good albums that you NEED to check out so I’m trying to be really precise with recommendations. Also, I’m inspired by John Oliver. He basically releases a video every Sunday evening so I know that Monday morning I have a story to watch on youtube every week. I want my blog to be a place that people know to visit at a specific time and get a few things to check out, then come back next week when they need more recommendations.
Also, summer tends to be pretty slow so maybe I’ll try and catch up on the albums on my midyear list that I’ve given you no explanation for yet? I probably won’t write a review with a number of say Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves because I feel like it’s key to review albums that get swept up into the PR frenzy when they happen because they become these massive cultural things so quickly and I want to be able to formulate my own opinion BUT I could ruminate on my personal relationship to it or something like that.
Music that doesn’t get a shit ton of buzz… if it’s good it’s good and I’d like to be open to taking a look at it whenever. IF THIS APPLIES TO YOU send your music to me on twitter @burtandonovan my email is a mess and I don’t get any music from it anymore lol.
If you read this, you’re my GOLDEN HOUR.
Also check out my new Snail Mail t-shirt, and please text me your thoughts on Pristine, it’s a gay anthem, the “Chanel” of 2018 in my humble opinion.