Top 10 Albums of 2013

Posted March 11th, 2013. Filed under Music

Here are 10 great albums released this year (ranked with some juicy Spotify embeds). It’s been a great music-year already. The plan is to update this list once I hit 20 great albums. Then 30, 40, and finally 50. My unpublished top 50 lists from 2011 and 2012 have taught me that saving things up for some big end of year reveal that no one will read doesn’t work, so let’s try this instead.

1 - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

2 - Local Natives - Hummingbird

3 - Rhye - Woman

4 - Dawn Richard - GoldenHeart

5 - Bilal - A Love Surreal

6 - Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

7 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II

8 - Widowspeak - Almanac

9 - Jose James - No Beginning No End

10 - Adam Green and Binki Shapiro - Adam Green and Binki Shapiro

ALSO coming tomorrow - movie discussions (I’m no critic, so I won’t say movie reviews). Blogresurrection is on.

Santigold – Disparate Youth

Posted February 27th, 2012. Filed under Music

I will admit to having missed out on Santigold’s first album.  The same thing will not happen this time around.  This track is great and I’m anxiously awaiting more.

Great video for a great tune from one of last year’s greatest albums.

Also, the reference for the title of this post:

2011 Wrap-up Part 1

Posted January 31st, 2012. Filed under Personal

I just finished December and January trips to Philadelphia and Mississippi. Things are getting back to a state of relative normalcy and I’m playing catchup with some year-end things I intended to do. First up - I brag, I pat myself on the back, and I shamelessly toot my own horn.

In 2011, through a combination of caloric restriction and jogging, I lost 65 pounds.

In 2011, through a combination of paying down student loans and a car loan, funneling money into various savings vehicles, and budgeting in earnest for the first time in life, I improved my net worth by over $11,000.

I am very proud of both of these things and just wanted to brag in public.

Windows Phone vs iPhone data usage

Posted January 31st, 2012. Filed under Personal

WP7 vs iPhone data usage

iPhone users ARE data hogs, apparently and I’m proof. Check out my data usage as an iPhone owner vs my usage as a Windows Phone owner (I bought my Windows Phone in mid-November 2011).  The reasons for the drop-off are pretty obvious I think - I started using my iPad much more and there are very few worthwhile apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace, so I end up not using much data on my phone.