The Music of 2016

To save you from all the preamble, you can read about why I'm a year late to this on The Music of 2015. This is still as relevant as ever, and I'm still as self-indulgent as ever. But if you're here, you probably don't mind that anyway. With that in mind, here's the music I've heard of from 2016 that I still listen to and love. Obviously there's more than this, but this is the good stuff.


Bossk - Audio Noir

Listen to: The Reverie II (listen to all of it though. It's really good)


Earth Moves - The Truth in Our Bodies

Listen to: Pia Mater


Dance Gavin Dance - Mothership

Listen to: Deception


Fall of Messiah - Empty Colours

Listen to: I always thought that one day everything would be settled, but everything just went black.


Conjurer - I

Listen to: Behold the Swine (but listen to the whole thing)


Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid

Listen to: Lotta Years


Knocked Loose - Laugh Tracks

Listen to: Billy No Mates (but seriously. Whole thing)


Apologies, I Have None - Pharmacie

Listen to: Anything Chemical


Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere

Listen to: Tiger Hologram


Slaves BC - All is Dust and I am Nothing

Listen to: Crawling Through Nothing to Nothing


Car Bomb - Meta

Listen to: Nonagon (but the whole thing is a riot)


A Walk in the Fog and a Playdate

I don't love the term "playdate" but it feels more accurate (and cuter) than "very small party".

Tabitha has been a dream today. Incredible person.


Super Mario Odyssey

Sometimes it feels like Nintendo makes games specifically for me. The format of the Switch is exactly what I’ve wanted for a long time. I love the PS4 and PC for gaming but I don’t love having to sit in a specific room and dominate the TV to play things (even though that’s exactly what I’ve been doing with Odyssey).

If I wake up early on a Saturday, I try to sneak in some gaming or something before everyone else is awake. Last Saturday, Tabitha came in and saw me playing Odyssey and wanted to have a go too. She hasn’t played a load of games, though she does like Sonic Advance, so she was just picking up the controls but her glee at collecting coins mirrors a lot of the happiness I’ve felt playing this game.


Inktober 2017

For some unknown reason, I did Inktober this year. Although I did it on an iPad, which is technically not allowed, it was an excuse to draw every day. As you will be able to see, I do not draw. It's something I've always wanted to be able to do, but it's always felt out of reach. You see people who are just amazing at it and it makes me want to snap all my pencils and use them to make a tiny, beautiful bonfire.

Nevertheless, here is everything I did for Inktober this year. In seriousness, overall, I'm pretty proud of them. A few of them I just had no idea what to do, but most of them I had a good stab at. If you want to see captions or whatever, that's all on my Instagram.


Waves

Winds are up around 35mph so I went to the seafront at high tide to watch the waves crashing, as we know I like to do! There’s also a video on my YouTube but the quality is pretty poor, even though it’s quite impressive. I don’t make enough videos to justify getting some kit that can make them.