50 Random Albums: A 2019 Music Retrospective

Welcome to the Roaring 20’s!!

Now is the time to find out how I spent 2019, music-wise.

In 2019 I added 50 new albums to my library. I witnessed 47 concerts (or the greater number of 91 music sets). I also wrote reviews for 36 concerts for the blog about DC! Check out the reviews here.

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Concertgoing, and Other Microtonal Fingerings

Sara Bareilles @ The Anthem on Nov. 20, 2019

Let’s do some exploring and answer the timeless question: What bands/artists have I seen live in concert five or more times?

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56 Random Albums: A 2017 Retrospective

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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68 Random Albums: A 2016 Retrospective


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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Conundrum of the Day: Are You Not Tempted to Read This Post?

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?
Excursion: The Sierra Club’s Annual One Day Hike — 4/25/15

Drinking and walking. A robust way to enjoy the breweries of DC.
Excursion: Happy Hour Brewery Hike


Concert reviews I wrote

Here I pontificate about Mumford & Sons’ show at Merriweather:
Music Park: Mumford & Sons @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/10/15

Here I look up to The Tallest Man on Earth at Lincoln Theatre:
Music Park: The Tallest Man On Earth @ Lincoln Theatre — 6/1/15

This one gives the impression I liked The Ting Tings’ show at the 9:30 Club:
Music Park: The Ting Tings @ 9:30 Club — 4/11/15


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

Harold Black with Jim Beam:
Stars and Bars: Jim Beam Bonded Returns @ Harold Black — 3/23/15

The Speak with cocktails:
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:
Music Park: The Juan MacLean @ U Street Music Hall — 5/1/15

Music Park: Marrow @ Black Cat — 4/23/15


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!