ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s Best Packaging

The further we travel into the digital era, the fewer physical releases we see.  A year ago, the digital market was bypassed by streaming.  Most people are content to hear rather than to own.  It takes a special presentation to

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s Best Packaging

The further we travel into the digital era, the fewer physical releases we see.  A year ago, the digital market was bypassed by streaming.  Most people are content to hear rather than to own.  It takes a special presentation to

ACL 2017 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

The world needs happy music now more than ever.  At the end of an incredibly draining year, such music can restore our spirits, clearing our minds for the holidays and bolstering us with hope for the upcoming year.  We all

ACL 2017 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

The world needs happy music now more than ever.  At the end of an incredibly draining year, such music can restore our spirits, clearing our minds for the holidays and bolstering us with hope for the upcoming year.  We all

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

Google “Best Music Videos 2017” and you’ll find a lot of love for Kendrick, Jay-Z and Björk.  But where does one go to find the instrumental stuff?  We’re on Vimeo daily, looking for the finest visuals, which we collect here for

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

Google “Best Music Videos 2017” and you’ll find a lot of love for Kendrick, Jay-Z and Björk.  But where does one go to find the instrumental stuff?  We’re on Vimeo daily, looking for the finest visuals, which we collect here for

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s Best Winter Music

Our readers love winter music.  How do we know?  Our list of The 25 Best Winter Albums of All Time is also our site’s most-read post of all time.  Our yearly updates continue to collect the best winter music, regardless of genre.

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s Best Winter Music

Our readers love winter music.  How do we know?  Our list of The 25 Best Winter Albums of All Time is also our site’s most-read post of all time.  Our yearly updates continue to collect the best winter music, regardless of genre.

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

Montreal’s Constellation Records returns to the top spot for a third time, having previously been honored in 2013 and 2015.  Coming up strong are two new labels, each in their sophomore seasons: Indonesia’s Tandem Tapes and the U.K.’s Whitelabrecs. By this point, it’s fair to

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

Montreal’s Constellation Records returns to the top spot for a third time, having previously been honored in 2013 and 2015.  Coming up strong are two new labels, each in their sophomore seasons: Indonesia’s Tandem Tapes and the U.K.’s Whitelabrecs. By this point, it’s fair to

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s Best Videogame Soundtracks

The tension between the cinematic and background aspects of videogame music has perhaps reached a high point in 2017, giving us soundtracks with grand ambitions of making every moment a unique one and thus coming to span up to six

ACL 2017 ~ The Year’s Best Videogame Soundtracks

The tension between the cinematic and background aspects of videogame music has perhaps reached a high point in 2017, giving us soundtracks with grand ambitions of making every moment a unique one and thus coming to span up to six

ACL 2017 ~ The Year in Review

We knew the year would be different right from the start; we just didn’t know how different.  Current events had a huge impact on music, and the instrumental world was no exception.  In some cases, it even took the lead. Our very

ACL 2017 ~ The Year in Review

We knew the year would be different right from the start; we just didn’t know how different.  Current events had a huge impact on music, and the instrumental world was no exception.  In some cases, it even took the lead. Our very