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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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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?

Drinking and walking. A robust way to enjoy the breweries of DC.


Concert reviews I wrote

Here I pontificate about Mumford & Sons’ show at Merriweather:

Here I look up to The Tallest Man on Earth at Lincoln Theatre:

This one gives the impression I liked The Ting Tings’ show at the 9:30 Club:


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

Harold Black with Jim Beam:

The Speak with cocktails:


Clicked through all those already?

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

The Juan Maclean Band:



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



  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?


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.



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.


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Music. Makes the people come together.

Continue for a random round-up of a musical year.

Notables: I burned 62 new albums into my iTunes library. I attended 28 concerts (or 73 music sets). I invaded the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California. I shot up my 90’s fix by rocking to Soundgarden twice and Pearl Jam.

Top Albums Listened to in 2013*

  1. ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National
  2. ‘Heartthrob’ by Tegan and Sara
  3. ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ by CHVRCHES
  4. ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons
  5. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band of Skulls
  6. ‘Wolf’s Law’ by The Joy Formidable
  7. ‘2nd Law’ by Muse
  8. ‘Days Are Gone’ by Haim
  9. ‘Paramore’ by Paramore
  10. ‘Bankrupt’ by Phoenix

Honorable mention: ‘Secondhand Rapture’ by MS MR

*Does not have to have been released in 2013.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2013

  1. Coachella Music and Arts Festival Day 1 (Empire Polo Club) – highlights: Metric and Of Monsters and Men (both of whom I also saw later in the year)
  2. Pearl Jam (Baltimore Arena) – the second time I’ve seen them, last in 1998.
  3. Soundgarden (DAR Constitution Hall) – I saw them twice this year!
  4. Muse (Verizon Center)
  5. The National (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
  6. Metric (Ram’s Head Live)
  7. fun. with Tegan and Sara (Merriweather Post Pavilion)

Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2013 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Stubborn Love’ by The Lumineers (46)
  2. ‘Amsterdam’ by Imagine Dragons
  3. ‘Closer’ by Tegan and Sara
  4. ‘Underdog’ by Imagine Dragons
  5. ‘Sunset’ by The xx
  6. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band Of Skulls
  7. ‘I Love It’ by Icona Pop
  8. ‘Sea of Love’ by The National
  9. ‘Proof’ by Paramore
  10. ‘Recover’ by CHVRCHES
  11. ‘Anything Could Happen’ by Ellie Goulding
  12. ‘I’m Not Your Hero’ by Tegan and Sara
  13. ‘Drove Me Wild’ by Tegan and Sara
  14. ‘Gun’ by CHVRCHES
  15. ‘Shock To Your System’ by Tegan and Sara
  16. ‘Now I’m All Messed Up’ by Tegan and Sara
  17. ‘Hear Me’ by Imagine Dragons
  18. ‘Heavenfaced’ by The National
  19. ‘I Was A Fool’ by Tegan and Sara
  20. ‘We Got the World’ by Icona Pop
  21. ‘Entertainment’ by Phoenix
  22. ‘Go With The Flow’ by Queens of the Stone Age
  23. ‘Oblivion’ by Grimes
  24. ‘Fixed’ by Stars
  25. ‘Panic Station’ by Muse (17)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2013

  1. ‘Danse Macabre’ by The Faint
  2. ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons
  3. ‘Master of My Make-Believe’ by Santigold
  4. ‘Business Casual’ by Chromeo
  5. ‘Sky Blue Sky’ by Wilco
  6. ‘Away From The World’ by Dave Matthews Band
  7. ‘Shrines’ by Purity Ring
  8. ‘Songbook’ by Chris Cornell
  9. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band of Skulls
  10. ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Bruce Springsteen
  11. ‘Pines’ by A Fine Frenzy
  12. ‘Oceania’ by The Smashing Pumpkins
  13. ‘All You Need’ by Duran Duran
  14. ‘Roses’ by The Cranberries
  15. ‘The Lumineers’ by The Lumineers
  16. ‘Iconic EP’ by Icona Pop
  17. ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’ by Band of Skulls
  18. ‘2nd Law’ by Muse
  19. ‘The Temper Trap’ by The Temper Trap
  20. ‘Halcyon’ by Ellie Goulding
  21. ‘Grow Up and Blow Away’ by Metric
  22. ‘Visions’ by Grimes
  23. ‘Heartthrob’ by Tegan and Sara
  24. ‘Tré’ by Green Day
  25. ‘Lifelines’ by Andrea Corr
  26. ‘Youth Novels’ by Lykke Li
  27. ‘Comedown Machine’ by The Strokes
  28. ‘The North’ by Stars
  29. ‘Mosquito’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  30. ‘Bankrupt’ by Phoenix
  31. ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National
  32. ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ by Vampire Weekend
  33. ‘Once Upon Another Time EP’ by Sara Bareilles
  34. ‘The Peace of Wild Things’ by Paper Route
  35. ‘Random Access Memories’ by Daft Punk
  36. ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ by Alice In Chains
  37. ‘Give You The Ghost’  by Polica
  38. ‘The National’ by The National
  39. ‘Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers’ by The National
  40. ‘A Ghost is Born’ by Wilco
  41. ‘The Five Ghosts’ by Stars
  42. ‘Songs for the Deaf’ by Queens of the Stone Age
  43. ‘Cedar + Gold’ by Tristan Prettyman
  44. ‘Abbey Road’ by The Beatles
  45. ‘Revolver’ by The Beatles
  46. ‘Girl Who Got Away’ by Dido
  47. ‘People, Hell and Angels’ by Jimi Hendrix
  48. ‘Wolf’s Law’ by The Joy Formidable
  49. ‘Delta Machine’ by Depeche Mode
  50. ‘The Blessed Unrest’ by Sara Bareilles
  51. ‘Paramore’ by Paramore
  52. ‘Nocturnes’ by Little Boots
  53. ‘Tales of Us’ by Goldfrapp
  54. ‘Gravity the Seducer’ by Ladytron
  55. ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ by CHVRCHES
  56. ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions’ by Franz Ferdinand
  57. ‘Reading, Writing & Arithmetic’ by The Sundays
  58. ‘Days Are Gone’ by Haim
  59. ‘Secondhand Rapture’ by MS MR
  60. ‘Bitter Rivals’ by Sleigh Bells
  61. ‘In Rolling Waves’ by The Naked and Famous
  62. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart

Rock on!


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