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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Clarence Ewing

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from DJ (Sundays 2-4 pm) and Online Media Director Clarence Ewing.

As usual, it's been a fantastic year for music. Here are ten of my favorites from the past 12 months...

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Nikki Stout writesThurston Moore Group Playing Two Nights At The Empty Bottle!

The latest release from Thurston Moore is a testament to the expanse of his sonic empire and the sheer force of his capabilities in orchestration. With just three tracks clocking in at a staggering two and a half hours, Spirit Counsel guides, thrusts, and jostles listeners through a jungle of space and time.

The oil-painted landscape of Spirit Counsel layers its textures and tones, and is a natural progression for Moore, whose body of work both as a founding member of Sonic Youth as well as an established solo artist bends the lines of genres and exposes their highs and lows. Fans of Sonic Youth will be pleased to find the unmistakable, grinding assault of instrumentation that defines Moore’s style, while those seeking a more refined approach may approach the silky chord and theme progressions with a mature ear. 

CHIRP is excited to host the Thurston Moore Group at The Empty Bottle for two shows on December 12th and 13th. Doors open at 9pm, and tickets are still available for Thursday’s event. Contact The Empty Bottle with inquiries about tickets for Friday's sold-out show.

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Kelsey Stimple writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Kelsey

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from DJ Kelsey.

I became a CHIRP DJ in 2019, which has exposed me to so much great music. I have genuinely enjoyed a lot of things that I would not have otherwise given a chance. When it comes to making a year end list, though—my tastes are what they are and I like what I like. So, while I try to play a variety of artists and genres on the air, I did not worry about it here. This is not a list of what I think was the "best" music of 2019, it is simply a list of my personal favorites.

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Dave Rooney writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Dave Rooney

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our first list is from DJ Dave Rooney.

Completing my first, full year as a sub-DJ with CHIRP, I offer these ten, enjoyable masterworks to consider as your own (big thanks to the diligent CHIRP Music Department, who put most of this music in front of me). Truth told: part of why I joined CHIRP was to reclaim what Neko Case referred to as that teenage feeling. Stuff we played this year might just as easily fitted on my mix tapes from 1982 (time permitting). Black Marble even released a single that shared the same title with a song I penned back then. Assuredly, their song was much better… Essentially, though, the following LPs were the true, long-players.

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