2018, The Year in Review


Ahmoudou Madassane, Zerzura [OST] (Sahel Sounds)

Foxwarren, s/t (Anti-)

Sample track:  “To Be” 

The Beatles, s/t, a.k.a., White Album (Apple)—revisiting the album in its entirety on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, only re-discover George’s “Long, Long, Long”

Marianne Faithfull, Negative Capability (Panta Rei)

sample track:  “The Gypsy Faerie Queen”

You Drive, “Home in My Love” (Bandcamp)

Cat Power, Wanderer (Domino)

sample track:  “Me Voy”

Destroyer, Sandro Perri, and André Ethier, The Great Hall, Toronto, ON, October 21, 2018

Sandro Perri, In Another Life (Constellation)

sample track: “In Another Life”

Kurt Vile, Bottle It In (Matador)

sample track: “Loading Zones”

v/a, Agrim Agadez (Sahel Sounds)

sample track:  Mohamed Karzo, “C’est la vie”

Rosinha De Valença, “Consolação”

Mary Lattimore, “Baltic Birch” (Ghostly International)

The New Year, Snow (Undertow)

sample track: “Snow”

Angelique Kidjo, “Born Under Punches” (Kravenworks)

Antonio Sanches, Buli Povo! (Analog Africa)

sample track:  “Bem De Fora”

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelly with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (Decca)

Orchestra Baobab, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)

J. Mascis, Elastic Days (Sub Pop)

Low, Double Negative (Sub Pop)

sample track:  “Fly”

Townes Van Zandt, Flyin’ Shoes (Fat Possum)

sample track:  “Flyin’ Shoes”

Townes Van Zandt, Our Mother the Mountain (Fat Possum)

sample track:  “Our Mother the Mountain”

Nina Simone, Nina Simone at Town Hall (WaxTime)

sample track: “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair”

moving images

First Reformed (2018), dir. Schrader

You Were Never Really Here (2017), dir. Ramsay

Wild Wild Country (2018), dir. Way Bros.


Roma (2018), dir. Cuarón

Three Identical Strangers (2018), dir. Wardle

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (2018), dir. Van Sant

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018), dir. Neville

Leaning Into the Wind:  Andy Goldsworthy (2017), dir. Riedelsheimer

American Animals (2018), dir. Layton

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Dawson City:  Frozen Time (2017), dir. Morrison

Let the Sunshine In (2017), dir. Denis

Loveless (2017), dir. Zvyagintsev

Abacus:  Small Enough to Jail (2016), dir. James

Icarus (2017), dir. Fogel

I, Tonya (2017), dir. Gillespie

Strong Island (2017), dir. Ford

Eighth Grade (2018), dir. Burnham

Whitney (2018), dir. Macdonald

Beautiful Boy (2018), dir. van Groeningen

Les Blank: Always for Pleasure box set (2014), Criterion Collection—featuring Always for Pleasure (1978), Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers (1980), In Heaven There is No Beer? (1984), and many others


Alone (2017), dir. Bradley

Ten Meter Tower (2017), dir. Van Aertryck & Danielson

2,300 Miles to Work (2018), dir. Brown

The Polaroid Job (2017), dir. Plante

Seafarers (2017), dir. Mortimer

I Have a Message For You (2017), dir. Rochlitz


W.G. Sebald, A Place in the Country

Fred Morin, David McMillan, and Meredith Erickson, Joe Beef:  Surviving the Apocalypse 


Emily Kaiser Thelin, Unforgettable:  The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life (2017)

Patrick Modiano, In the Café of Lost Youth 

E.M. Forster, Maurice 

Rebecca Solnit, River of Shadows:  Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West

John Le Carré, The Pigeon Tunnel:  Stories From My Life

Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris, The Lost Words

Nancy Hass, “The Craftsman Still Making Windsor Chairs By Hand,” The New York Times Style Magazine, September 14, 2018

T.H. White, The Sword in the Stone

Burkhard Bilger, “The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans,” The New Yorker, April 23, 2018

food & drink

I Tortellini di Martina, Pordenone, IT

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Rancho Gordo beans (see “The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans” above)

Kojin, Toronto, ON

Good Hombres, Toronto, ON

Côte de Boeuf, Toronto, ON

Tennessee Tavern, Toronto, ON

Joe Beef:  Surviving the Apocalypse book launch, McKiernan’s, Montreal, QC

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Harbor Fish Market, Portland, ME

Honey Paw, Portland, ME

Tandem, Portland, ME

Ten Ten Pié, Portland, ME

homemade meatballs

Worthy Burger, South Royalton, VT

Feast & Field, Barnard, VT

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mushroom hunting

donabe madness


“Operation Infektion,” dir. Ellick and Westbrook, Times Video, The New York Times, November 12, 2018

Slow Burn, Season 1:  Watergate, Slate Media

Slow Burn, Season 2:  The Impeachment of Bill Clinton, Slate Media

Caliphate, The New York Times

The Daily, The New York Times

Serial, season 3, Serial/This American Life/WBEZ Chicago

“Novelist John Le Carré Reflects on his Own ‘Legacy’ of Spying,” Fresh Air, August 17, 2018 (September 5, 2017)

“The Feather Heist,” This American Life #654

R.I.P., darling Boris (2001-2018)

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Bonne année!