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Get your top 40 on...

August 10, 2019 — Joe Brockmeier

If you're of a certain age, you probably spent some time listening to American Top 40 with Casey Kasem. While I'm not a big top 40 person—probably more like obscure 40, much of the time—Kasem's smooth delivery has a special place in my heart. And the top 40 from the 70s and 80s isn't so bad in retrospect, when you're not being blasted with it relentlessly.

A question on Ask Metafilter the other day mentioned that a bunch of the American Top 40 broadcasts are available on Archive.org. If you'd like to have a quick trip back in time, you can head over and search through the collection.

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Top 100 Albums (2016 Edition)

August 10, 2019 — Joe Brockmeier

In 2016 I decided I need a kick in the pants to do some more writing and blogging. So I decided to start by writing about my (at the time) favorite 100 albums. Are these the objectively best albums ever? No. No they are not. Well, some of them are. But these are the albums that were, at the time, my favorites out of thousands of albums I own and listen to.

If I were making the list today, it'd be different. I'd have Khruangbin on there, for sure. Leonard Cohen's final album, Kamasi Washington's The Epic. Aimee Mann's Mental Illness might have displaced one of her other albums. One of these days I might revisit the list and re-rank them, include new ones, bump a few off the list. My tastes have evolved in the past few years to include a lot more jazz/instrumental music, and I find myself listening to classic rock a little less.

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A simpler system

August 09, 2019 — Joe Brockmeier

I wanted a simpler system for blogging, so after way too much time futzing with various static blogging systems, I settled for BashBlog.

More to come, soon!

Tags: intro, bash

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