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  • My favorite songs and albums of 2019!

    February 10, 2020 by

    Favorite songs of 2019: Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist (featuring Taylor Swift, Caroline Polachek, Charli XCX, Dua Lipa, and many more). Favorite albums of 2019: Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist (featuring Taylor, Caroline, Sara Bareilles, FKA twigs, Maggie Rogers, and many other great projects). I genuinely love and am grateful for all the… Read more

  • My Singles Jukebox Reviews

    August 30, 2019 by

    I write brief song reviews for thesinglesjukebox.com, usually three or four a week during the semester. Click to see links to all of my published reviews! (Sorted by most to least recent).

  • Playlist for 3/9/20: release roundup and grab bag

    March 9, 2020 by

    First hour: roundup of recent interesting releases in pop and pop-adjacent (Dixie Chicks) music. Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. Second hour: grab bag of misc. good songs! (With a couple extra recent releases thrown in). Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist.

  • Playlist for 3/2/20: Julia Michaels + grab bag

    March 2, 2020 by

    First hour: exploring the history and breadth of Julia Michaels’ discography, both her solo projects and her work behind the scenes as an influential pop songwriter. Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. Full annotated playlist writeup will be posted in probably two weeks! Also, here is the link to Julia Michaels’ demo for “Slumber Party”… Read more

  • Playlist for 2/17/20: Artists I’ve never played before + grab bag

    February 17, 2020 by

    First hour: I talked about and played music from a bunch of artists I’ve never covered on Pop Excellence before (highlights: Mariah Carey, Blackpink, Calvin Harris, discussing Kim Petras and Dr. Luke, and more). Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. Second hour: an especially stacked grab bag playlist! Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. Also,… Read more

  • Playlist for 2/10/20: Best of 2019, Day 2

    February 10, 2020 by

    I counted down my top 8 songs of 2019 for the first hour, then for the second hour played more selections from my Best Of list! Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. I also played two live performances (which are stunning and I highly, highly recommend watching): Saint Honesty by Sara Bareilles on SNL, and… Read more

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