Posts Tagged: ACL 2016

ACL 2016: Top Ten Ambient

There will always be hard days.  We will always need to be soothed.  But there is also great beauty in the world, which is where this genre makes a (quiet) impact.  The irony: some of this year’s ambient albums get loud.   Perhaps

ACL 2016: Top Ten Ambient

There will always be hard days.  We will always need to be soothed.  But there is also great beauty in the world, which is where this genre makes a (quiet) impact.  The irony: some of this year’s ambient albums get loud.   Perhaps

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Album Covers

A great album cover makes us want to hear the music; a poor album cover pushes us away.  A great album cover we share with friends; a poor album cover we keep to ourselves.  We’ve reviewed music because of covers.

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Album Covers

A great album cover makes us want to hear the music; a poor album cover pushes us away.  A great album cover we share with friends; a poor album cover we keep to ourselves.  We’ve reviewed music because of covers.

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Film Scores

With this feature, our film score picks graduate from a pre-awards article to a year-end list.  2016 has been an exemplary year for film scores, as many of our favorite artists have tried their hand at the cinematic genre and passed

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Film Scores

With this feature, our film score picks graduate from a pre-awards article to a year-end list.  2016 has been an exemplary year for film scores, as many of our favorite artists have tried their hand at the cinematic genre and passed

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Winter Music

Winter music can be cold and imposing, or warm and inviting; it can feel like a harsh breeze or a comforting blanket.  Our Winter Music feature highlights sounds that are inspired by winter and reflect the elements of the season.  Many

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Winter Music

Winter music can be cold and imposing, or warm and inviting; it can feel like a harsh breeze or a comforting blanket.  Our Winter Music feature highlights sounds that are inspired by winter and reflect the elements of the season.  Many

ACL 2016: The Happiest Music of the Year

After a year such as this, we could all use some happy music.  But we don’t want silly music; we just want our moods to be lifted so that we can begin to see the good in the world again.  These ten

ACL 2016: The Happiest Music of the Year

After a year such as this, we could all use some happy music.  But we don’t want silly music; we just want our moods to be lifted so that we can begin to see the good in the world again.  These ten

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Packaging

Next week we’ll look at the year’s best cover art; in this article, we consider overall packaging.  In an era when many consider the physical format to be extinct, these artists and labels say otherwise.  A couple can still be

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Packaging

Next week we’ll look at the year’s best cover art; in this article, we consider overall packaging.  In an era when many consider the physical format to be extinct, these artists and labels say otherwise.  A couple can still be

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Labels

France’s Eilean Records ascends to the top spot this year, followed by Erased Tapes and 1631 Recordings.  These labels each released an impressive amount of work in 2016, all of consistent quality.  Each is a role model for the industry.  One has been

ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Labels

France’s Eilean Records ascends to the top spot this year, followed by Erased Tapes and 1631 Recordings.  These labels each released an impressive amount of work in 2016, all of consistent quality.  Each is a role model for the industry.  One has been

ACL 2016: The Year in Review

Many people will be glad when this year is over.  Even a short list of the world’s headlines is enough to give one a headache: Brexit, bombings, the U.S. election.  Thank God we’ve had music to help us through it.

ACL 2016: The Year in Review

Many people will be glad when this year is over.  Even a short list of the world’s headlines is enough to give one a headache: Brexit, bombings, the U.S. election.  Thank God we’ve had music to help us through it.