DFC and Friends’ Top Albums of 2016!

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As done last year, DFC has gathered a few friends of the blog to share their personal favorite albums of the year. 2016 has been anything but a typical year, with an abundant amount of musician deaths that nobody asked for, as well as some surprise releases, and politically-charged music from all sides of the spectrum. Read below what some had to say about their top picks. Continue reading

A personal reflection on “To Pimp a Butterfly”

by Tom Hummer

Classic albums generally take time to achieve that status. Artists don’t know when they’re making them, and listeners can’t recognize them as such on first listen. After all, future impact can’t be predicted or anticipated, and such acclaim is usually determined by the upcoming generation(s) that it influences, not by today’s fans. It’s an effect that slowly compounds over years and years, and only decades later when a record still feels vital, fresh, and relevant, can you really call it timeless. Hell, I didn’t even like most of my favorite records on first listen. Continue reading

DFC’s Favorite Albums of 2015 (so far!)

2015 has been a rather interesting year in music, and it’s also been a year which I have been unable to update this site as much. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to update this blog as frequently as I’d like, and just do an occasional discussion post or list post such as this one. No need to worry, however, as you can still catch my opinions over at the Iris Records blog, as well as my podcasts over there as well.

All blog updates aside, I have been enjoying a handful of albums this year, which you can view below. If your favorite album doesn’t appear on my list, chances are I haven’t heard it or didn’t dig it as much! So without further ado, here are my favorite albums of 2015, so far.

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Top 10 EPs of 2013

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(photo taken at Iris Records, Jersey City, NJ)

We’ve covered the top albums and songs of 2013, but what about the EPs? Those releases that are too long to be singles, but too short to be albums. Here are DFC’s Top 10 EPs of 2013. (You may not consider a few to be EPs, but deal with it.) Continue reading