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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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Music!

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!

Onwards!

 

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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One Day Hike 2015
One Day Hike

I trust you were NOT tempted, but somehow managed to accidentally click the link anyway.

Okay. That’s on you. As long as you’re here…

As some of you may recall, I started writing about life on the edge (okay, living in DC…) on the blog, ParkLife DC.

So far I haven’t been asked to guest on any morning shows or had Jon Stewart lampoon me on The Daily Show.

But the blog about DC is young*.

I’ve written concert reviews and about other interesting ‘topics’ over the last few months.

Shall we have a look at a few of them? That’s okay with you, right?

 

Things I wrote, that I like

My 4th attempt at the annual 50K One Day Hike. How did I do? Should you try it next year?
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/18/excursion-the-sierra-clubs-annual-one-day-hike-42515/

Drinking and walking. A robust way to enjoy the breweries of DC.
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/10/excursion-happy-hour-brewery-hike/

 

Concert reviews I wrote

Here I pontificate about Mumford & Sons’ show at Merriweather:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/06/12/music-park-mumford-sons-merriweather-post-pavilion-61015/

Here I look up to The Tallest Man on Earth at Lincoln Theatre:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/06/04/music-park-the-tallest-man-on-earth-lincoln-theatre-6115/

This one gives the impression I liked The Ting Tings’ show at the 9:30 Club:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/15/music-park-the-ting-tings-930-club-41115/

 

Things I wrote about speakeasys and drinking (this is not a theme…)

Harold Black with Jim Beam:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/03/27/stars-and-bars-jim-beam-bonded-returns-harold-black-32315/

The Speak with cocktails:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/22/stars-and-bars-the-speak-an-underground-cocktail-bar-opens-on-k-st/

 

Clicked through all those already?

How about some other examples of not-made-for-primetime reviews…

The Juan Maclean Band:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/05/05/music-park-the-juan-maclean-u-street-music-hall-5115/

Marrow:
http://parklifedc.com/2015/04/29/music-park-marrow-black-cat-42315-2/

 

That’s all I have for you today. Check back in later. We’ll reminisce.

 

*Only five weeks left to get on Jon Stewart’s radar before he leaves The Daily Show! The pressure is on!

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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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From June 19-22, I gallivanted around the Woodlands in Dover, Delaware for the 3rd Annual Firefly Music Festival.

This was my second visit to Firefly (see what happened last time). I may say more about it, but for now, here’s a playlist of most of the bands and artists I saw.

  1. ‘I’m Not Your Hero’ by Tegan and Sara
  2. ‘Hash Pipe’ by Weezer
  3. ‘Come With Me Now’ by Kongos
  4. ‘Laredo’ by Band of Horses
  5. ‘All The Days’ by Haerts
  6. ‘Red Hands’ by Walk Off the Earth
  7. ‘Dreaming’ by Smallpools
  8. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by Arctic Monkeys
  9. ‘Where It’s At’ by Beck
  10. ‘Think of You’ by MS MR
  11. ‘I Believe’ by Basic Vacation
  12. ‘Money Tree’ by Caroline Glaser
  13. ‘I Got’ by Young the Giant
  14. ‘Paris’ by Magic Man
  15. ‘Never Let You Go’ by Third Eye Blind
  16. ‘Harlem’ by New Politics
  17. ‘Twisted Tongue’ by Misterwives
  18. ‘Hell and Back’ by Airborne Toxic Event
  19. ‘Tom Sawyer’ (Rush cover) by Imagine Dragons
  20. ‘All My Life’ by Foo Fighters
  21. ‘Ways To Go’ by Grouplove

 

Encore

  1. ‘Buddy Holly’ by Weezer

 

Jam on!
Don't stop the music!

Don’t stop the music!

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Today we explore the general worthiness of the iPhone 4 camera.

Conundrum of the day: If the iPhone didn’t exist, would any of these photos exist?

Conversely, if a bear sh$ts in the woods next to a falling tree and no one is there with an iPhone, does it make a sound?

Ponder.

And witness.

This is Washington, D.C. Don't enjoy it.

This is Washington, D.C. Don’t enjoy it.

 

This is also Washington, D.C. Stop being jealous.

This is also Washington, D.C. Stop being jealous.

 

The Irish are coming. The Irish are coming! Happy St. Patrick's Day.

The Irish are coming. The Irish are coming! Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

 

Victory! Beer!

Victory! Beer!

Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

 

Peace out.

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In 2014, I predict I will…

…read four ‘classic’ science fiction novels. From this list.

…participate in three races. Maybe even a sprint triathlon?

…prance about in at least one new country. Maybe Croatia?

…visit 2-3 new baseball stadiums.

…attend another music festival. Maybe the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware?

…find a new job.

…hike more than last year. Benchmark: 17 hikes/177.5 miles.

…finish watching the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Top 100 movies and all the Oscar Best Picture winners. Don’t get too excited, I only have 18 movies remaining.

…cook more.

…win.

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Let’s look at how I fared from my 2013 list:

Success rate: 8.5/10

…go river rafting. It’s been awhile. Nope. Fail. Boo.

…read four ‘classic novels’. You know War and Peace and the like. I did. ‘Read‘ about it.

…turn a certain age. Yes! It was so easy.

…play some tennis. Indeed. I managed to play 10 matches (4-6 record) in the Summer and Fall.

…run in two races. Like a 5K, 8K or other. I ran the Semper Fi 5K and the Prevent Cancer 5K. I also did the 50K One Day Hike (I ran and walked).

…go to three new major league baseball stadiums. Thinking of Boston and Pittsburgh to start. I went to Fenway Park (Boston) and PNC Park (Pittsburgh). It wasn’t three, but I’m calling it success. Sue me!

…visit a new state (not the state of denial, but one of those US States) and a new country. I went to Rhode Island for the first time. No new country for old men. .5 credit.

…explore Washington, D.C. more. Even though I’ve seen a lot, there is always something new to discover. Yes. In fact I spent a whole month on this.

…publish more blog posts than last year (45 is the number to reach). Boom! 51!

…do something crazy. I am crazy, so everything I do is crazy.

boom

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