My Year in Music

This has been a good year in music for me.

I said good-bye to my first genuinely high-fidelity stereo system.

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I became more familiar with some vintage (or at least old school) gear.

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I developed an affinity for portablehead-fi”:

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This includes the lovely ALO National portable headphone amp.

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The second half of the year saw the arrival of a pair of Zu Omen Dirty Weekend speakers and after a few false starts the glory that is the Audio Research VSi60. Speaker upgrades are on the horizon taking advantage of Zu’s generous upgrade policy. I also got some good Schiit for Christmas to feed my head-fi interest. My wife is pretty awesome and indulgent in this stuff. Be sure to check out Scot Hull’s site, Parttime Audiophile’s year review. He was cool enough to let me to contribute from time to time.

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I also listened to a bunch of music. The lists below shows some of the music that I listened to seriously and mentioned on my weekly “What I’m listening to” feature in my Friday Varia and Quick Hits:

Rock Music
Wooden Shjips, Back to Land
Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt
The Knife, Shaking the Habitual
Francis and the Lights, It’ll be better
Bad Religion, Christmas Songs
Ex Cops, Hallucinations
The Soft Pack, Strapped
Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism
Los Campesinos! Now Blues
Arcade Fire, Reflektor
Lou Reed, Transformer
The Walkmen, Heaven
The Radiators, Ghostown
Chvrches, Bones of What You Believe.
Meat Puppets, Meat Puppets II
Minutemen, 3-Way Tie (for last)
Youth Lagoon, Wondrous Bughouse
Crocodiles, Crimes of Passion
The Clean, Vehicle
The Mekons, Fear and Whiskey
Mumford and Sons, Babel
Sea Lanes, Sea Lanes
Mikhael Paskalev, Jive Baby
Sleep Study, Nothing Can Destroy
Various Artists, Anti Records Summer Sampler
80-R, One Night
The Oblivians, Desperation
Frightened Rabbit, Pedestrian Verse
Alphaville, Forever Young
Daft Punk, Random Access Memory
The National, Trouble Will Find Me
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
Mikal Cronin, MCII
Pete Murray, Feeler
The Men, New Moon
Big Scary, Vacation
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Mosquito
Frank Turner, Tape Deck Heart
Young Galaxy, Ultramarine
Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information/Wings of Love
The Gospel Whiskey Runners, Hold On
Bim Sherman, Miracle
Kurt Vile, Walking on a Pretty Daze
Shout Out Louds, Optica
The Clinic, Free Reign II
Phosphorescent, Muchacho
My Bloody Valentine, mbv
Ten Years After, Cricklewood Green
Ten Years After, Ssssh
Ten Years After, Stonedhenge
Autre ne Veut, Anxiety
Atoms for Peace, Amok
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II
Jack White, Blunderbuss
The ABCs, Stona Rosa
June Panic, Glory Hole; Frightened Rabbit
We Are Augustines, iTunes Sessions
Son Lux, At War with Walls and Mazes
Foxygen, We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
The Bears of Blue River, Dames
Yo La Tengo, Fade
Kishi Bashi, 151a
Father John Misty, Fear Fun

Reggae
Lucky Dube, Prisoner
Lucky Dube, Slave
Freddie McGregor, Bobby Bobylon

Jazz
Stan Getz and João Gilberto, Getz/Gilberto
Ella Fitzgerald, The Cole Porter Songbook
The Jazz Crusaders, Live at the Lighthouse ’66
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, Jazz Samba
Miles Davis, Dig
Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain
Miles Davis, Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet
Donald Byrd, Up with Donald Byrd
Grant Green, The Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark

Hip Hop
De La Soul, Three Feet High and Rising
Tribe Called Quest, Low End Theory
Guru, Jazzmatazz Volume 1
EL.P. and Killer Mike, Run the Jewels
Kanye West, Yeezus

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