Favorites of 2018

I managed barely a post a month this year. There always seemed to be other things to do.

I apologize for this apparent lack of commitment, and will try to do better in 2019. Let’s hope our executive and legislative branches do the same.

Happy holidays.


Neil Young Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live LP (Reprise US)
“Welcome to Miami Beach, where everything’s cheaper than it looks.”

Taylor Deupree Fallen CD (12K US)
Eno’s Thursday Afternoon leavened with a dash of Eno/Budd and glazed with a pleasing dollop of gauze and glitch.

Brian Eno Music For Installations LP box (Opal/Universal UK)

Steve Tibbetts Life Of 24/88 AIF (ECM Ger)

K. Leimer Mitteltöner LP (Origin Peoples US)

Cosey Fanni Tutti Time to Tell LP clear vinyl (CTI International UK)
First it was on cassette. Then CD. Now on double clear vinyl. The best post-TG release.

Jóhann Jóhannsson Englabörn & Variations 2xLP (Deutsche Grammophon Ger)

K. Leimer Threnody CD (Palace of Lights US)

Gentle Giant Three Piece Suite LP and Blu-Ray 5.1 DVD (Alucard UK)

Ólafur Arnalds re:member 24/96 / MQA (Decca EU)
I want to like this on its own considerable merits, but I can’t help but speculate that Mr. Arnalds might’ve been listening to the work of Helios / Keith Kenniff over the past couple years.

Max Richter Never Look Away 24/48 (Deutsche Grammophon Ger)

K. Leimer Degraded Certainties CD (Palace of Lights US)

Marc Barreca Shadow Aesthetics (Palace of Lights US)

Kate Burkart “Moonlight” 24/96 (Luckystar)
She’s my sweetheart and partner. I helped mix it. You think I’m gonna leave it off the list?


Seymour Glass “If You Can’t Be Good, Be Reasonable” tour diary (Chocolate Monk UK, 2018)

Obi Kaufmann “The California Field Atlas” (Heyday, 2017)

The Mono Basin Ecosystem – Effects of Changing Lake Level (National Academy Press, 1987)

Sean Prentiss “Finding Abbey” (University of New Mexico Press, 2015)

Salman Rushdie “Joseph Anton – A Memoir” (Random House, 2012)

Edward Abbey “Confessions of a Barbarian” (Little, Brown, 2003)

Russell Chatham “Dark Waters” (Clark City, 1988)

Doug Peacock “Walking It Off” (Eastern Washington University Press, 2005)

Jeffery F. Burton “Garden Management Plan – Gardens and Gardeners at Manzanar” (National Park Service, 2015)


Leave No Trace (director: Debra Granik, Bleecker Street)


The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (director: Judd Apatow, HBO)

Who Is America? (Showtime)

The Last Alaskans (Animal Planet)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Speechless (ABC)