Appearantly Kayne West’s “College Dropout” turns 10 years old this week.  Seems like a fitting track to end a long day of work, then and now…

Lock yourself in a room doing 5 Annotatebeats a day for 3 summers
That’s a Different World like Cree Summer’s
I deserve to do these numbers
"The kid that made that deserves that Maybach!"
So many records in my basement
I’m just waiting on my spaceship

PS - Who else misses this humble, young Kanye on his freshman album?

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"Through The Wire" by Kanye West.

I must got an angel,
because look at how death missed his ass.
Unbreakable,
what you thought they call me Mr. Glass?

A dedication for my friend Steph who is in the hospital with her jaw wired shut (just like Kanye was recording this track!) while she waits for reconstructive surgery on her chin.  Get well soon Steph!

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"Listen, the Snow is Falling" by Galaxie 500 (Lennon/Ono cover)

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"Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" by Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger's banjo

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RIP Pete Seeger

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"In the Garage" by Weezer.

I’ve got an electric guitar
I play my stupid songs
I write these stupid words,
And I love every one,
Waiting there for me,
Yes I do, I do 

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The album format had a comeback year in 2013, so here are select track from my top 13 records for 2013!

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Every holiday season (at least for the past 8 years) I create a playlist on new and independent recordings of Holiday music I call “A Very Indie Xmas” mixtapes.  This year’s mix includes tracks by artists as eclectic as The Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens, Musiq Soulchild, Galaxie 500, Pomplamoose, and a very special appearance by Sam Bush.

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The 2012 “A Very Indie Xmas” mixtape features music from artists known for their independent streak including: The Shins, Rufus Wainwright, Of Montreal, Sufjan Stevens, Merle Haggard, and even Skip Spence

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My 2011 “A Very Indie Xmas” mix includes less traditional holiday songs from the likes of The Dandy Warhols, They Might Be Giants, Barenaked Ladies, Harry Nilsson, The Decemberists, and Lou Reed.

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The 2010 edition of “A Very Indie Xmas” mix includes holiday tunes from musicians as varied as Beach House, Magnetic Fields, Coconut Records, and The Pogues.