Record Machine: The Art of Drowning by AFI

Released in 2000, The Art of Drowning is one of the few albums I have on vinyl that belonged to my husband first. We’d both seen AFI perform at the same show in Bozeman, Montana, though we didn’t know each other at the time. He had no turntable, but he still purchased the record, and copied a friend’s CD. Two years later, we received a turntable as a Christmas present. My fondness for the album may have a lot to do with our coincidental concert-going, but The Art of Drowning is one of AFI’s best, if not arguably the best album.

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30 Years of Music: 2006

My favorite releases for 2006 seem to alternate between the All-Time Favorites I am constantly trying to shove into your hands, and the lovely gems that I keep meaning to own”¦ after which I will then metaphorically foist upon you like the rest. Let’s get to it!

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30 Years of Music: 2003

My roundup of personal favorites from 2003 errs a bit on the interconnected nature of music. One artist knows another who worked with another who was inspired by another, and on and on. I enjoy seeing and hearing my favorites overlap, as it’s just one more way to show that art is not created in a vacuum. So let’s get to it:

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30 Years of Music: 2000!

People, wasn’t 2000 only just yesterday? I swear that it was, even though I was still in high school then and still driving Sid The Angry Volvo (R.I.P.), and even though the musicians in some of these videos look like babies in comparison to now, 2000 just happened. Don’t spoil my illusion just yet.

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30 Years of Music: 1999

How did we get from 1983 to 1999 already? Time, you sneaky minx, let’s see what you have in musical riches this week.

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Alphabet Soup: Favorite Songs for The Letter W

Indulge me while I get rather introspective in this jumbo-sized installment of Alphabet Soup.

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Alphabet Soup: Favorite Songs for The Letter T

The Letter T is another jumbo-sized letter because I couldn’t make up my damn mind. So many good songs, so much with which to sing along. Let’s get to it:

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Alphabet Soup: Favorite Songs for The Letter S

The Letter S is truly jumbo-sized this week. So, so many good songs start with this common letter, and even though I have a lot to talk about this week, believe me when I say that I am still holding back. We can gush in the comments instead.

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