Track: I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun

Artist: Beach House

Album: I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun

Holiday music can be divisive, but this track by Beach House is not because it’s unquestionably beautiful.

This photo of me and my pal Brian was taken exactly one decade ago to the day, at an old apartment of mine. Knowing somebody for a decade is no small feat, but we’d already been friends for 6 years by the point this photo was taken. Which, when you do the math, means we’ve been friends for literally half of our lives. If that’s not some sort of milestone, I don’t know what is. Cheers to friendship.
The photo was taken by me by setting his old Sony digital camera to random self-timer settings as we sat there and talked to his Mom, who we had just picked up from the airport. High-res

This photo of me and my pal Brian was taken exactly one decade ago to the day, at an old apartment of mine. Knowing somebody for a decade is no small feat, but we’d already been friends for 6 years by the point this photo was taken. Which, when you do the math, means we’ve been friends for literally half of our lives. If that’s not some sort of milestone, I don’t know what is. Cheers to friendship.

The photo was taken by me by setting his old Sony digital camera to random self-timer settings as we sat there and talked to his Mom, who we had just picked up from the airport.

Track: Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control

Artist: Tame Impala

Album: Lonerism

Tame Impala’s Lonerism is what I hope is another completely obvious choice. Like their previous efforts, Lonerism is a somewhat psychadelic rock/pop affair, but that’s oversimplifying to the point of misleading. The best description of this sound came from Pitchfork of all places, stating it sounds “like someone trapped John Lennon’s vocal take from “A Day in the Life” in a jar and taught it to sing new songs”. Considering that ‘A Day in the Life’ is certafiably one of the most beautiful things on this planet, it’s high praise. The album’s title is a big clue as to themes Kevin Parker explores on this album, themes that definitely speak to where my life has been recently. This hasn’t just been an album to me: it has been a soundtrack.

I could have chosen almost any song of this album to show it off, but this track particularly stands out as a microcosm of what Lonerism has to offer: stunningly beautiful resignation.

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as ‘moral indignation,’ which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

Erich Fromm