Made some big decisions and changes in how I acquire and enjoy music. A little less than a year ago, I stopped purchasing CDs all together and instead pay for mp3s of albums and songs I know I definitely want and then buy the occasional vinyl record if it’s something to be especially cherished.
Now I’ve taken the next plunge and am trying out different paid streaming services (vs. the free versions I’ve had a hate-love relationship with for too many years). My feelings are still mixed on this easy-come, easy-go relationship to music and the companies behind services like Spotify and YouTube Music, which appear to be screwing the creators when it comes to getting paid. But due to concerns about time, space, money and the environment, streaming services and digital purchases make most sense… and the occasional vinyl record for the soul.
I’m curious: do you use streaming services? If so, which one(s) do you use? I’m probably going to decide between Spotify and Amazon Unlimited, the later being more affordable as a Prime member but having less social connections and 3rd party playlists.
Enough about all that because no matter what, I’m not stopping to make my quarterly “mix tapes”. Here are my favorite songs from the last quarter of 2018 (October, November, December).
1. O.M.G. (I’m All Over It) / Jenn Champion
2. High Horse / Kacey Musgraves
3. Who R U? / Anderson .Paak
4. Blaxploitation / Noname
5. I Do (feat. SZA) / Cardi B
6. Nonchalant / 6LACK
7. whisper / serpentwithfeet
8. Romance / Ex:Re
9. Me Voy / Cat Power
10. Space Cowboy / Kacey Musgraves
11. Motion Sickness / Phoebe Bridgers
12. Mariners Apartment Complex / Lana Del Rey
13. Night Shift / Lucy Dacus
14. Stay / Cat Power
15. All I Want / Matt Berninger, Stephen Altman, Julien Baker
16. All That We Get / First Aid Kit
17. Guiding Light / Mumford & Sons
18. When Did I Get Like This / Allen Tate
19. Give It a Shot / Bad Moves
As usual, the mix spans exactly one audio CD – and I burned one copy to keep next to the cassette deck + CD player boombox I recently acquired for our guest room. There are probably two copies going out in the mail as soon as I get printing paper again for my printer (in this digital life I don’t even know when exactly I must have used the last piece of printing paper).
In case you want more, here are a bunch of songs that I also liked but that didn’t quite make it into any of the four 2018 mix tapes: “2018 – Additional” on Spotify