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Music

Top 10 albums of 2019

Here’s my 10 favorite albums released in 2019…

Age Of Unreason

Bad Religion

17 albums later, Bad Religion still kick ass.

Watch Do The Paranoid Style

Till I Burn Up

Delicate Steve

More synths, more beats, still Steve.

Watch Freedom

GREY Area

Little Simz

New old school hip-hop.

Watch Offense

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Danny Brown

Danny grows up, but still knows how to have fun.

Watch Dirty Laundry

Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

The Comet Is Coming

Space jazz!

Watch Summon the Fire

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Web Design

What is a WordPress theme in 2020?

When I use WordPress as a CMS, I tend to write a custom themes. To me, the default themes always felt very rigid and… well, dull. But after taking a look at the latest release, I’m going stock with just a few mods. Here’s why.

WordPress recently released version 5.3 “Kirk” with the new Twenty Twenty theme. Another boring WordPress core update, right?

Not this time!

For one, this is the first core theme that feels like it was actually built with the recently introduced WordPress Block Editor in mind.

Instead of providing a collection of static templates, Twenty Twenty embraces the modular approach with a simple design that enhances block content without getting in the way. The result is a design flexibility that was previously not possible.

Twenty Twenty is actually based on Chaplin, a free theme by Anders Norén who was also the design lead on Twenty Twenty.

He seems to have taken the right approach to building a default theme, and understands how to make structural design choices while still leaving a lot of room for design flexibility.

“The responsibility of a theme is to empower users to create their inspired vision by making the end result look as good, and work as well, as the user intended.”

Anders Norén

New theme, new font

Twenty Twenty also uses a brand new typeface called Inter, designed by Rasmus Andersson.

It’s a modern font family designed for sharpness and readability on screens of all sizes. It’s also optimized for minimal request overhead.

A modern font goes a long way to make all elements of the modular design looking sharp and consistent.

It’s good

All this to say, I think Twenty Twenty is a huge win for anyone still hosting their own blog or personal site.

Remember, Facebook doesn’t have to own your content.

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Music

Top 10 albums of 2018

It’s my 10 favorite albums released in 2018!

10

Lucifer II

Lucifer

Super cheesy, but also pretty bad ass 70’s metal.

Watch Dreamer

9

Twisted Crystal

Guerilla Toss

If you like the B-52s, Primus, and art rock you might love this album.

Watch Meteorological

8

Leather Teeth

Carpenter Brut

The best slasher film synthwave.

Watch Leather Teeth

7

You’re Not Alone

Andrew W.K.

Positive party music.

Watch Ever Again

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Music

Top 10 albums of 2017

It’s my 10 favorite albums released in 2017!

10

Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Rad microtonal rock album. Killer grooves.

Watch Rattlesnake

9

Mountain Moves

Deerhoof

Deerhoof gets political on this album with some interesting guest vocalists and a good variety of styles.

Watch I Will Spite Survive

8

Villains

Queens of the Stone Age

A step down from 2013‘s Like Clockwork, but a solid rock album with a great opening track.

Watch Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

7

Masseduction

St. Vincent

A surprisingly personal pop/rock/electronic album that is like listening to a roller-coaster that can barely stay on the tracks.

Watch Los Ageless

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Music

Top 10 albums of 2016

It’s my 10 favorite albums released in 2016!

10

Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop

Iggy’s vocals are as powerful as ever. Throw in some Queens of the Stone Age and you’ve got a real rock album.

Watch Sunday

9

N.H.S.

Loose Tapestries

Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy madness in musical form.

Listen to Saving Terry

8

Cashmere

Swet Shop Boys

NYC/London hip-hop with social commentary. Also, Tiger Holograms.

Watch T5

7

Plays the Music of Twin Peaks

Xiu Xiu

Straight from David Lynch’s brain to your ear holes. Listen alone, at night.

Watch Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks