My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s

In addition to my normal post on the top albums of the year, that will be posted this coming Wednesday, Dec. 11 as part of #AMonthofFaves, I am putting up this bonus post on “My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s”. I shortened the title in Spotify to “My 2010s Top 60 Albums” so that you wouldn’t see ellipses. Five artists, Father John Misty, FKA Twigs, Grimes, James Blake, and Vampire Weekend, have two albums each; and one, Beyoncé, has three albums on the list.

I chose one song from each album, with the playlist not being a countdown, but organized alphabetically by first name of artist or group with album title. Since on the playlist it doesn’t show the title of each album, I am including the full list here along with the year each album was released:

  1. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (2015)
  2. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (2014)
  3. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (2013)
  4. Arctic Monkeys – AM (2013)
  5. Beach House – Bloom (2012)
  6. Beyoncé – Beyoncé (2013)
  7. Beyoncé – Lemonade (2016)
  8. Beyoncé – Homecoming: The Live Album (2019)
  9. Björk – Vulnicura (2015)
  10. Bon Iver – 22, A Million (2016)
  11. Burial – Rival Dealer (2013)
  12. Caribou – Our Love (2014)
  13. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (2015)
  14. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe (2013)
  15. D’Angelo – Black Messiah (2014)
  16. Darkside – Psychic (2013)
  17. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (2012)
  18. Eric Church – The Outsiders (2014)
  19. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (2015)
  20. Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer (2018)
  21. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (2012)
  22. FKA Twigs – LP1 (2014)
  23. FKA Twigs – Magdalene (2019)
  24. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013)
  25. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (2012)
  26. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (2011)
  27. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (2012)
  28. Grimes – Visions (2012)
  29. Grimes – Art Angels (2015)
  30. Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2015)
  31. James Blake – James Blake (2011)
  32. James Blake – The Colour in Anything (2016)
  33. Jamie XX – In Colour (2015)
  34. Jon Hopkins – Immunity (2013)
  35. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (2018)
  36. Kanye West – Yeezus (2013)
  37. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)
  38. Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (2018)
  39. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell (2019)
  40. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (2016)
  41. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011)
  42. Mitski – Be The Cowboy (2018)
  43. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven (2013)
  44. Parquet Courts – Wide Awake (2018)
  45. Powder – Powder in Space (2019)
  46. Real Estate – Atlas (2013)
  47. Solange – A Seat at the Table (2016)
  48. Spoon – They Want My Soul (2014)
  49. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy (2011)
  50. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (2014)
  51. Tame Impala – Lonerism (2012)
  52. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream (2014)
  53. The Weeknd – Trilogy (2012)
  54. Thundercat – Drunk (2017)
  55. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time (2014)
  56. Tierra Whack – Whack World (2018)
  57. tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L (2011)
  58. U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited (2018)
  59. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
  60. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride (2019)

At least three on the list technically aren’t albums on their own: Rival Dealer is an EP; Whack World, a mixtape, and The Weeknd’s Trilogy, remixed and remastered versions of his 2011 mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. However, I still counted them as albums for simplicity.

I also including a graphic below that has a list of all the albums and breakdown by year. If for some reason, you can’t read the graphic or link to the graphic, the breakdown is as follows: 2010, 0; 2011, 5; 2012, 8; 2013, 12; 2014, 9; 2015, 8; 2016, 5; 2017, 1; 2018, 7; and 2019, 5.

Much of the music I discovered in the 2010s was in large part thanks to Pitchfork, so a tip of the hat to the folks there for introducing me to so many great artists and bands.

What were the albums that you had on heavy rotation during the 2010s that you couldn’t live without? Share in the comments below or link to your own list on your blog or a playlist on the music service of your choice.

Pushing Forward Back November/December 2019

November overall was good. I had a dozen blog posts here on the blog, including this one, eight of them with two different events: Nonfiction November, which ended earlier this week, and Thankfully Reading Weekend, which is still continuing through tomorrow. In addition to two days off for holidays, I had two days off for vacation right before my wife and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on the 23rd. We also watched two of the three things that I said last month we would watch: Good Omens, Season 1, and Brittany Runs A Marathon, both of which were very good.

However, the month was not without its hiccups, to say the least, including a trip to the hospital and a stay overnight for my wife in the middle of the month. The good news is that after a blood transfusion because of low hemoglobin numbers, and being on another medication to help, she is doing better…even though her numbers still are below normal. She also had nine days off from work, after her hospital stay, which she already had planned off as vacation days, but coincided nicely with her trying to regain her strength.

As for my own recuperation after arthroscopic surgery on my left knee at the end of October, I am progressing well. I still have slight pain from scar tissue that the physician assistant explains that I probably will have for a few months. But I have no limitations on what I can do, other than no deep squats or pivoting or “overdoing it.”

On the reading front, I talked a good game for Nonfiction November:

But I didn’t finish any books. I’m almost finished with The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small Book 4) by James Herriot, only one of 11 books I mentioned last month that I might read in November. I’ll probably finish it tomorrow for Thankfully Reading Weekend.

Blog post of the month

TV show of the month

  • Bess of Both Worlds (aka Upper Middle Bogan), on Hulu

Album of the month

  • MAGDALENE by FKA Twigs

December starts similarly to the last week in November, with a couple days off from work in the middle of the week this coming Wednesday and Thursday. Then at the end of the month, I have off three days for Christmas: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas and two for New Year’s: New Year’s Eve Day to usher out 2019 and New Year’s Day to usher in 2020. My wife works Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but midnight shifts both days so at least we’ll see each other during both days. Even though we won’t able to travel anywhere to see family, we should be able to have Christmas dinner together.

Unlike last month, where I listed all the possibilities of what I might read and then only getting to one of them, this month I think I’ll just list one book that but I’d like to finish before year’s end: Every Living Thing, the fifth and final book of the All Creatures Great and Small series, by James Herriot. That way, I’m not setting my sights too high.

Also in December, I am joining hosts Tanya and Kim along with other bloggers for the event A Month of Faves. I already have started a note in Evernote that includes ideas for the days and topics in which I will be participating. The first one is Monday: Popular Books Worth The Hype.

Most Anticipated Movie of The Month

This one from director Noah Baumbach, to be released on Netflix, Dec. 6:

Most Anticipated Album of The Month

Tunes 2011 to 2019 by Burial, also due out on Dec. 6, which features this track:

How was your month of November ? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What are you looking forward to most in December?

Pushing Forward Back October/November 2019

October was mostly a medical month for me: a colonoscopy (my first, yay) on Oct. 14, followed by a blood test on my prostate on Oct. 15, and then on Oct. 22 an arthroscopic surgery on my left knee for a small tear of the meniscus. The short of it is this: one polyp removed, all good on the blood test, and a small mass of torn meniscus removed and cartilage smoothed during the surgery.

But the month also included two book blogging events in which I was able to participate partially as the result of recuperating since my surgery: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon last Saturday, Oct. 26, and Nonfiction November, which started this past Monday, Oct. 28. Before the readathon, I read two books:

  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer, which I started earlier in September.
  • The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland, which I picked up while “shelf-reading” at the library.
  • A Story To Tell by my sister Lisa Howeler 
  • The Best American Poetry 2014 by series editor David Lehman and guest editor Terrance Hayes

I started the month out with a couple of ideas for the readathon, then I changed my mind later to start with a clean slate and ended up with a different list of possibilities. When I finally did the readathon last Saturday, I finished two books:

  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 
  • The Score by Richard Stark 

I also started a third that I just finished last night: Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story of Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises by Lesley M.M. Blume. While overall I enjoyed this one, my favorite for the month probably was the book it was about: The Sun Also Rises. I had forgotten how much I like Hemingway’s sparse prose.

As for Nonfiction November, on Monday, I looked back at my year in nonfiction and picked my favorite nonfiction book of the year. Then over the next four weeks, I’ll be posting on prompts from the event. To see more about the event, see this post from one of the hosts, Julie, from the blog Julz Reads.

Also watched

  • Mindhunter, Season 2, on Netflix
  • Schitt’s Creek, Season 5, on Netflix
  • Letterkenny, Season 7, on Hulu
  • Narcos Mexico, Season 1, on Netflix

& listened to

  • All Mirrors by Angel Olsen,
  • Ode To Joy by Wilco
  • Crush by Floating Points

But my favorite new show, to me, has to be hands down: The Brokenwood Mysteries, of which I watched Series 1 earlier this month and reviewed briefly here. I am looking forward to watching more in November via Hoopla.

November starts with more recuperation, at least for this weekend, before I head back to work at the library on Monday. Also on Monday, I continue with Nonfiction November, which I will be doing throughout the month. The middle to end of the month promises days off for Thanksgiving and possibly for our anniversary the week before (I put in for a couple days before I left, but I won’t know if I got them until I return on Monday). If she still is doing it this year, I also hope to be participating in Thankfully Reading Weekend with Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves over Thanksgiving.

Among possibilities of what I might read this coming month are the following:

  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Heaven, My Home (A Highway 59 Mystery Book 2) by Attica Locke
  • Orphan X (Orphan X, #1) by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Ruth Galloway Series: The First Three Novels by Elly Griffiths
  • The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small Book 4) by James Herriot
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1) by Robert Galbraith
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 1) by Ellis Peters.

To watch

  • The Irishman on Netflix
  • Brittany Runs A Marathon on Amazon Prime
  • Good Omens, Season 1, on Amazon Prime

& To listen to

  • MAGDALENE by FKA twigs, due out on Nov. 8
  • Miss_Anthrop0cene by Grimes, hopefully out in November

How was your month of October? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What was the highlight of your month? What are you most looking forward to in November? Share in the comments.

Readathon Prepping

By now, no doubt, if you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I’ll be having arthroscopic surgery on my left knee for a degenerative meniscus on

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2019!

At least, that’s how I see it in my mind…

…along with this date:

SATURDAY, OCT. 26, 2019!

On that date is the latest edition of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and as I mentioned before, I already have begun thinking, and rethinking, about what books I might read as I start my convalescence.

Now I’m thinking not only of what I’ll be reading that day, but what I’ll be reading for those two weeks that I have off after my surgery, my own mini-readathon (and binge-watch, let’s be honest).

As I mentioned before, I already have three set for the readathon day itself, apropos for it being so close to Halloween:

  • The Unforeseen by Dorothy McCardle
  • The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb.
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (an annual Halloween reread tradition).

The only definite for the two-week readathon is my sister’s self-published book, A Story To Tell, now available on Amazon.

There aren’t any good stories left to tell. They’ve all been told. So this is just a story that maybe you’ve heard before – the story of a girl who loved a boy, who thought the boy loved her.
The story of a girl who thought life needed to be constantly exciting and full of adventure for it to be real. The story of a girl who learned that what she thought she needed to be happy wasn’t what she needed after all.

The rest of the list is indeterminate, but includes these possibilities:

  • a pair of books from series I’ve wanted to start or have tried previously to start without much success: A Morbid Taste for Bones (The Chronicles of Brother Cadfael Book 1) by Ellis Peters and Death at La Fenice: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon.
  • a trio of collections of poetry: Dream Work by Mary Oliver, This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry, and Now and Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns, 1997-2000 by Robert Hass.
  • a pair of political books, which is doubtful I’ll get to because…sigh…politics, but I’ll put here anyway: Becoming by Michelle Obama and We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • a pair of library bookstore finds: The Brothers K by David James Duncan, which I thought I read years ago but skimming, I’m not so sure, and Bookmarked: Reading My Way from Hollywood to Brooklyn by Wendy W. Fairey.
  • a trio of devotional books: The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr and a companion journal to that book.
  • The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger, which I won as a door prize from the last 24in48 Readathon.
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

In all, that will make 18 books, with a realistic goal of reading maybe six or a third of them. As always, I’ll keep you posted.

Pushing Forward Back Last Week/This Week

Reading

  • Finished last week: Andrew Sean Greer, which grew on me as I read.
  • Starting this weekend: The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland.

Watching

  • Friday night: Wife and I watched Fighting with My Family, which was surprisingly good.
  • This weekend: I’m watching Spider-Man: Far from Home (my wife is “over” the comic book movies).

Listening To

  • Two new albums: All Mirrors by Angel Olsen and Ode to Joy by Wilco.

What are you planning to read this month, even if you’re not doing the readathon? What have you been reading, watching or listening to this past week that’s good?