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.
Listen to: The Reverie II (listen to all of it though. It's really good)
Listen to: Pia Mater
Listen to: Deception
Listen to: Behold the Swine (but listen to the whole thing)
Listen to: Lotta Years
Listen to: Billy No Mates (but seriously. Whole thing)
Listen to: Anything Chemical
Listen to: Tiger Hologram
Listen to: Crawling Through Nothing to Nothing
Listen to: Nonagon (but the whole thing is a riot)
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.
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.
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.
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.