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ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Ambient

2018 was a particularly strong year for ambient music. We received over a thousand albums for consideration, in some weeks more than all other genres combined ~ and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  While composing this introduction, we

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Ambient

2018 was a particularly strong year for ambient music. We received over a thousand albums for consideration, in some weeks more than all other genres combined ~ and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  While composing this introduction, we

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

1) Erased Tapes (London) The third time’s the charm for Erased Tapes, which finally breaks through to #1 on our chart ~ in its anniversary year!  We reviewed five artist albums from the label this year, and all five made one

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

1) Erased Tapes (London) The third time’s the charm for Erased Tapes, which finally breaks through to #1 on our chart ~ in its anniversary year!  We reviewed five artist albums from the label this year, and all five made one

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

In the old days, we would flip through LPs in the stacks (and later, CDs), looking for something to catch our eye. Whenever we saw a good cover, we’d pause; and since cellphones didn’t exist, we’d ask the shop clerk,

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

In the old days, we would flip through LPs in the stacks (and later, CDs), looking for something to catch our eye. Whenever we saw a good cover, we’d pause; and since cellphones didn’t exist, we’d ask the shop clerk,

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Film Scores

What makes a great film score?  There are many ways to answer this question, but on our site, there’s only one criterion: does the album stand on its own?  The best film scores, like the best ads, make us want

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Film Scores

What makes a great film score?  There are many ways to answer this question, but on our site, there’s only one criterion: does the album stand on its own?  The best film scores, like the best ads, make us want

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Packaging

During the giving season, we remember the importance of packaging.  Not only do we want our gifts to look well-wrapped, we want what’s inside to appeal as well.  One can’t wrap a stream or a digital download.  This brings us to one

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Packaging

During the giving season, we remember the importance of packaging.  Not only do we want our gifts to look well-wrapped, we want what’s inside to appeal as well.  One can’t wrap a stream or a digital download.  This brings us to one

ACL 2018 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

This is our list of the happiest music we’ve reviewed in 2018.  As Ren & Stimpy once put it, “Happy, happy, joy, joy!”  But what type of music fits the definition?  There’s a wide variety of happy music on the

ACL 2018 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

This is our list of the happiest music we’ve reviewed in 2018.  As Ren & Stimpy once put it, “Happy, happy, joy, joy!”  But what type of music fits the definition?  There’s a wide variety of happy music on the

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

According to Billboard magazine, we are living in “the new golden age of music videos.”  While we wouldn’t go quite that far, we’re still happy at the thought of a visual resurgence.  After all, many of us retain fond memories of the first golden

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

According to Billboard magazine, we are living in “the new golden age of music videos.”  While we wouldn’t go quite that far, we’re still happy at the thought of a visual resurgence.  After all, many of us retain fond memories of the first golden