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I forgot to post my annual music roundup! I know all three of my readers have been disappointed…until now! I don’t disappoint forever!

In 2017 I added 56 new albums to my library. I witnessed 34 concerts (or the greater number of 61 music sets). I also wrote reviews for 15 concerts for a different blog I write for about living in Washington, DC! Check out the reviews here.



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2016 was another year.

I added 68 new albums to my library. I attended 37 concerts (or 106 music sets), including hitting up the 5th annual Firefly Music Festival. I also wrote concert reviews for 23 concerts and five days of festivals!



Top Albums Listened to in 2016*

  1. ‘Simple Forms’ by The Naked and Famous
  2. ‘Secrets’ by Deep Sea Diver
  3. ‘The Balcony’ by Catfish and the Bottlemen
  4. ‘Yoncalla’ by Yumi Zouma
  5. ‘Everybody Wants’ by The Struts
  6. ‘White Noise’ by PVRIS
  7. ‘Higher Truth’ by Chris Cornell
  8. ‘Every Open Eye’ by CHVRCHES
  9. ‘Wild Things’ by Ladyhawke
  10. ‘Stay Together’ by Kaiser Chiefs

Honorable mentions: ‘Better Nature’ by Silversun Pickups; ‘Delirium’ by Elle Goulding
*Does not have to have been released in 2016.


Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2016


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Less music. That’s the theme of 2014. I did everything less than last year.

It’s still a high volume, but not turned up to 11.

Proceed to some less notable lists.

Lesser stats: I burned 53 new albums into my iTunes library. I attended 23 concerts (or 60 music sets). I invaded the 3rd annual Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. I stormed the Concert for Valor in DC.

Enough about me…oh wait, never mind.

Top Albums Listened to in 2014*

  1. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart
  2. ‘AM’ by Arctic Monkeys
  3. ‘My Someday’ by Blondfire
  4. ‘Haerts’ by Haerts
  5. ‘Education, Education, Education & War’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  6. ‘Himalayan’ by Band of Skulls
  7. ‘Forcefield’ by Tokyo Police Club
  8. ‘Talking is Hard’ by Walk the Moon
  9. ‘Turn Blue’ by The Black Keys
  10. ‘Spreading Rumors’ by Grouplove

Honorable mention: ‘Beacon’ by Two Door Cinema Club

*Does not have to have been released in 2014.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2014

  1. Firefly Music Festival Day 2 (Dover Downs) – including Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters
  2. Firefly Music Festival Day 3 (Dover Downs) – including Tegan and Sara, MS MR and Grouplove
  3. The Head and the Heart (DAR Constitution Hall)
  4. Tegan and Sara (9:30 Club)
  5. Kaiser Chiefs (9:30 Club)
  6. The Sounds (9:30 Club)
  7. Band of Skulls (9:30 Club)
  8. Kasabian (9:30 Club)

Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2014 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Homecoming Heroes’ by The Head and the Heart (30)
  2. ‘Ash Tree Lane’ by MS MR
  3. ‘Hurricane’ by MS MR
  4. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by Arctic Monkeys
  5. ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’ by HAIM
  6. ‘Don’t Save Me’ by HAIM
  7. ‘Hearts Like Ours’ by The Naked and Famous
  8. ‘My Number’ by Foals
  9. ‘Hemiplegia’ by Haerts
  10. ‘Coming Home’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  11. ‘Another Story’ by The Head and the Heart
  12. ‘Hot Tonight’ by Tokyo Police Club
  13. ‘Where the Kids Are’ by Blondfire
  14. ‘Alive’ by Empire of the Sun
  15. ‘Are You What You Want to Be?’ by Foster The People
  16. ‘I’m With You’ by Grouplove
  17. ‘Hey I Don’t Know’ by Kongos
  18. ‘I Never Learn’ by Lykke Li
  19. ‘Nuclear Seasons’ by Charli XCX
  20. ‘Wings’ by Haerts
  21. ‘Springtime’ by The Head and the Heart
  22. ‘Weight of Love’ by The Black Keys
  23. ‘Waves’ by Blondfire
  24. ‘Summertime’ by The Head and the Heart
  25. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart (15)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2014


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We all survived the Mayan end of days relatively unscathed. I didn’t sit on my laurels waiting for the fiery end, I rocked all year. This is my music story for 2012 and I’m sticking to it.

I added 50 new albums to my library. I attended 26 concerts (or more specifically 61 music sets). I went to the first annual Firefly Music Festival in Delaware. I listened to music while running. While hiking. And everywhere in between. Enough small talk.

Top Albums Listened to in 2012*

  1. ‘My Head Is An Animal’ by Of Monsters And Men
  2. ‘Synthetica’ by Metric
  3. ‘Electra Heart’ by Marina and the Diamonds
  4. ‘III’ by Shiny Toy Guns
  5. ‘Human Again’ by Inrid Michaelson
  6. ‘Walk The Moon’ by Walk The Moon
  7. ‘Passive Me, Aggresive You’ by The Naked and Famous
  8. ‘Bodyparts’ by Dragonette
  9. ‘King Animal’ by Soundgarden – They are back! Not their best album, but certainly worthy.
  10. ‘Some Nights’ by fun.

Honorable mentions: ‘Velociraptor!’ by Kasabian, ‘Start the Revolution Without Me’ by Kaiser Chiefs, ‘Anxiety’ by Ladyhawke

*Does not have to have been released in 2012.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2012

  1. The Black Keys (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
  2. Kaiser Chiefs (9:30 Club)
  3. Shiny Toy Guns (Rock and Roll Hotel)
  4. The Killers at Firefly Music Festival Day 2 (Dover Downs)
  5. Of Monsters And Men (The Filmore)
  6. Kasabian (9:30 Club)


Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2012 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Little Talks’ by Of Monsters And Men (42)
  2. ‘Do It Now’ by Ingrid Michaelson
  3. ‘Young Blood’ by The Naked and Famous
  4. ‘Gold On The Ceiling’ by The Black Keys
  5. ‘Some Nights’ by fun.
  6. ‘Anna Sun’ by Walk the Moon
  7. ‘You Can Call Me Al’ by Paul Simon
  8. ‘Petition’ by Tennis
  9. ‘Days Are Forgotten’ by Kasabian
  10. ‘Comeback Kid’ by Sleigh Bells
  11. ‘Oh My God’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  12. ‘Taken For A Fool’ by The Strokes
  13. ‘The Wanderlust’ by Metric
  14. ‘Fading Listening’ by Shiny Toy Guns
  15. ‘Cinema’ by Benny Benassi
  16. ‘No Light, No Light’ by Florence + The Machine
  17. ‘Slow and Steady’ by Of Monsters And Men
  18. ‘Mountain Sound’ by Of Monsters And Men
  19. ‘Tongue Tied’ by Grouplove
  20. ‘Synthetica’ by Metric
  21. ‘Blood Brothers’ by Ingrid Michaelson
  22. ‘Radioactive’ by Marina And The Diamonds
  23. ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford & Sons
  24. ‘How To Be A Heartbreaker’ by Marina And The Diamonds
  25. ‘Lonely Boy’ by The Black Keys (19)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2012

  1. ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon
  2. ‘All of You’ by Colbie Caillat
  3. ‘Transatlanticism’ by Death Cab for Cutie
  4. ‘Third’ by Portishead
  5. ‘Passive Me, Aggresive You’ by The Naked and Famous
  6. ‘Human Again’ by Inrid Michaelson
  7. ‘Velociraptor!’ by Kasabian
  8. ‘Reign of Terror’ by Sleigh Bells
  9. ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desparation’ by The Wombats
  10. ‘A Different Kind of Truth’ by Van Halen
  11. ‘Employment’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  12. ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ by The Ting Tings
  13. ‘Galore’ by Dragonette
  14. ‘Young & Old’ by Tennis
  15. ‘My Head Is An Animal’ by Of Monsters And Men
  16. ‘Little Broken Hearts’ by Norah Jones
  17. ‘Start the Revolution Without Me’ by Kaiser Chiefs
  18. ‘Some Nights’ by fun.
  19. ‘Rubber Factory’ by The Black Keys
  20. ‘Neck of the Woods’ by Silversun Pickups
  21. ‘Sam’s Town’ by The Killers
  22. ‘First Impressions of Earth’ by The Strokes
  23. ‘Synthetica’ by Metric
  24. ‘Walk The Moon’ by Walk The Moon
  25. ‘Blunderbluss’ by Jack White
  26. ‘Never Trust a Happy Song’ by Grouplove
  27. ‘Palomimo’ by Trampled By Turtles
  28. ‘Future This’ by The Big Pink
  29. ‘Magic Potion’ by The Black Keys
  30. ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunitic’ by Kasabian
  31. ‘Pala’ by Friendly Fires
  32. ‘MDNA’ by Madonna
  33. ‘Night Work’ by Scissor Sisters
  34. ‘Rabbits On the Run’ by Vanessa Carlton
  35. ‘I’m With You’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  36. ‘Anxiety’ by Ladyhawke
  37. ‘Electra Heart’ by Marina and the Diamonds
  38. ‘Battle Born’ by The Killers
  39. ‘Babel’ by Mumford & Sons
  40. ‘III’ by Shiny Toy Guns
  41. ‘Mirage Rock’ by Band of Horses
  42. ‘Hot Fuss’ by The Killers
  43. ‘Bodyparts’ by Dragonette
  44. ‘The Family Jewels’ by Marina and the Diamonds
  45. ‘Former Lives’ by Benjamin Gibbard
  46. ‘¡Uno!’ by Green Day
  47. ‘¡Dos!’ by Green Day
  48. ‘King Animal’ by Soundgarden
  49. ‘Coexist’ by The xx
  50. ‘Empire’ by Kasabian

Rock on!


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‘This music has no ASS’ – random quote from a bartender.

I acquired a healthy sampling of music albums in this annum. Downloaded off eMusic or iTunes, sent for from the depths of Amazon, or simply picked up and burned on speculation from the DC library, I added 96 potential masterworks to my library. Let’s spend a few minutes wading through some 2010 music lists. Feel free to peel away at any time to begin crafting your own tune inspired lists.

Top Albums Listened to in 2010*

  1. “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” by Phoenix
  2. “Contra” by Vampire Weekend
  3. “Absence” by Paper Route
  4. “Fantasies” by Metric
  5. “Conditions” by The Temper Trap
  6. “Kaleidoscope Heart” by Sara Bareilles
  7. “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire
  8. “High Violet” by The National
  9. “Swoon” by Silversun Pickups
  10. “The Resistance” by Muse

* Album does not have to have been released in 2010 to qualify…guess who’s making the rules?


Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2010

  1. Lollapalooza Day 3 (Grant Park, Chicago) – including The National, Mumford & Sons, The Temper Trap and of course Soundgarden. (FYI – Day 2 was good too)
  2. Vampire Weekend (Merriweather Post Pavilion, Virginia)
  3. Sara Bareilles (9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.)
  4. Phoenix (DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.)
  5. Norah Jones (Lyric Opera House, Baltimore)


Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2010*

  1. ‘Run’, Vampire Weekend (37)
  2. ‘Young Blood’, Norah Jones
  3. ‘The Great Salt Lake’, Band of Horses
  4. ‘Come On, Come Out’, A Fine Frenzy
  5. ‘Wish’, Paper Route
  6. ‘1901’, Phoenix
  7. ‘Hell’, Tegan and Sara
  8. ‘Sick Muse’, Metric
  9. ‘Last Time, Paper Route
  10. ‘Brick By Boring Brick’, Paramore
  11. ‘Horchata’, Vampire Weekend
  12. ‘Starlight’, Muse
  13. ‘Lisztomania’, Phoenix
  14. ‘Intro’, The XX
  15. ‘Phenomena’, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  16. ‘Little Secrets’, Passion Pit
  17. ‘Rocket’, Goldfrapp
  18. ‘Sweet Disposition’, The Temper Trap
  19. ‘The Cave’, Mumford & Sons
  20. ‘Pick Up the Phone’, Dragonette
  21. ‘Anyone’s Ghost’, The National
  22. ‘Let The Rain’, Sara Bareilles
  23. ‘The High Road’, Broken Bells
  24. ‘No Sunlight’, Death Cab For Cutie
  25. ‘Gimme Sympathy’, Metric
  26. ‘Lasso’, Phoenix
  27. ‘Rill Rill’, Sleigh Bells
  28. ‘New Fang’, Them Crooked Vultures
  29. ‘Your Decision’, Alice In Chains
  30. ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’, The National (20)

 * According to iTunes.


Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2010

  1. “I Told You I Was Freaky” by Flight of the Conchords
  2. “Horehound” by The Dead Weather
  3. “Show Your Bones” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  4. “Bomb In A Birdcage” by A Fine Frenzy
  5. “Actor’ by St. Vincent*
  6. “Black Holes and Revelations” by Muse
  7. “Intimacy” by Bloc Party
  8. “Wait For Me” by Moby
  9. “Brand New Eyes” by Paramore
  10. “Contra” by Vampire Weekend
  11. “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” by Phoenix
  12. “Snow Angels” by Over The Rhine
  13. “Transference” by Spoon
  14. “Finally Woken’ by Jem
  15. “More Adventurous” by Rilo Kiley
  16. “Piece of Cake” by Mudhoney
  17. “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank” by Modest Mouse
  18. “Scream” by Tokio Hotel
  19. “XX” by The XX
  20. “Crazy Itch Radio” by Basement Jaxx
  21. “Barenaked Ladies Are Men” by Barenaked Ladies
  22. “Living Thing” by Peter Bjorn and John
  23. “Sleep Through the Static” by Jack Johnson
  24. “Immigrant Road Show’ by Scythian
  25. “Axis: Bold As Love” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  26. “Them Crooked Vultures” by Them Crooked Vultures
  27. “It’s Never Been Like This” by Phoenix
  28. “Everything All The Time” by Band of Horses
  29. “The Open Door EP” by Death Cab For Cutie
  30. “Fever to Tell” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  31. “The Mirror Conspiracy” by Thievery Corporation
  32. “The Buffett Hotel” by Jimmy Buffett
  33. “Raditude” by Weezer
  34. “Valleys of Neptune” by Jimi Hendrix
  35. “Fantasties” by Metric
  36. “Black Gives Way To Blue” by Alice In Chains
  37. “Merriweather Post Pavilion” by Animal Collective
  38. “All In Good Time” by Barenaked Ladies
  39. “Lungs” by Florence & The Machine
  40. “Head First” by Goldfrapp
  41. “Plastic Beach” by Gorillaz
  42. “One Life Stand” by Hot Chip
  43. “The Resistance” by Muse
  44. “Ocean Eyes” by Owl City
  45. “Ocean’s Eleven Soundtrack” by Various
  46. “Ocean’s Thirteen Soundtrack” by Various
  47. “The Eternal” by Sonic Youth
  48. “Manners” by Passion Pit
  49. “Stone Temple Pilots” by Stone Temple Pilots
  50. “High Violet” by The National
  51. “Nimrod” by Green Day
  52. “Infinite Arms” by Band of Horses
  53. “Treats” by Sleigh Bells
  54. “Carnavas” by Silversun Pickups
  55. “Ultramega OK” by Soundgarden
  56. “The Best of Talking Heads” by Talking Heads
  57. “Attack & Release” by The Black Keys
  58. “Glee Volume 1: The Music” by Various
  59. “Under Great White Northern Lights” by White Stripes
  60. “La Roux” by La Roux
  61. “United” by Phoenix
  62. “Broken Bells” by Broken Bells
  63. “Odd Blood” by Yeasayer
  64. “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire
  65. “Live It Out” by Metric
  66. “Conditions” by The Temper Trap
  67. “Boxer” by The National
  68. “Sigh No More” by Mumford and Sons
  69. “Mojo” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  70. “Bitte Orca” by Dirty Projectors
  71. “A Positive Rage” by The Hold Steady
  72. “This Is Happening” by LCD Soundsystem
  73. “Swoon” by Silversun Pickups
  74. “Sea of Cowards” by The Dead Weather
  75. “Time’s Up” by Living Colour
  76. “To The Sea” by Jack Johnson
  77. “Combat Rock” by The Clash
  78. “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart” by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
  79. “Kaleidoscope Heart” by Sara Bareilles
  80. “Funeral” by Arcade Fire
  81. “Aligator” by The National
  82. “Champ” by Tokyo Police Club
  83. “Aladdin Sane” by David Bowie
  84. “Fancy Footwork” by Chromeo
  85. “Veckatimest” by Grizzly Bear
  86. “Alive 2007” by Daft Punk
  87. “Glasvegas” by Glasvegas
  88. “A Balloon Called Moaning” by The Joy Formidable
  89. “Disconnect From Desire” by School of Seven Bells
  90. “Acolyte” by Delphic
  91. “Absolution” by Muse
  92. “White Blood Cells” by White Stripes
  93. “Fixin to Thrill” by Dragonette
  94. “Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” by Various
  95. “Supernature” by Goldfrapp
  96. “Memento Mori” by Flyleaf

* Blue = DC library acquisition.

Rock on.

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