Your New Year’s Eve #TinPodShuffle:

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Happy New Year’s y’all! We’re gonna pull through. Honest. Probably.

Best albums of 2018? Here’s mine:

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My top albums of 2018 deliver beauty, thought, and a fair bit of rawness – a reflection, I’m afraid, of how we’ve chosen to live. Here they are (unranked), with a playlist below:
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Mary Gauthier – Rifles and Rosary Beads
A masterful work that leaves you nowhere to hide, this is the culmination of a personal journey the grew out of her work with SongwritingWith:Soldiers.
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Damien Jurado –  The Horizon Just Laughed
Cohen and Dylan have said they don’t understand every line they write or where some of the words come from. Damien seems to have a similar trust in his pen.
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John McCutcheon – Ghost Light
You’d think a folkie modelled on Guthrie and Seeger would be dated, but we still have a lot of the same things to work on. Sigh.
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Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground
Known for hard-edge guitar and take-no-prisoners social activism, Tom adds EDM (Electronic Dance Music) to the party. Artists take risks.
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Robyn – Honey
Swedish artists tend to sound like they’re imitating Brits or Americans. This pastiche of rich, sparkling melancholy will have many pop artists wanting to be more like her.
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Eliza Gilkyson – Secularia
Every one of us will be confronted with our own mortality at some point. This helps.
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Loreena McKennitt – Lost Souls
Classical meets Celtic. Beautiful storytelling in lush, expansive settings.
Ian Siegal – All The Rage
I’ll say one thing for Trump – he’s inspiring some great music. The tinge of voodoo menace in Ian’s blues suits the corrupt American political machine. Stick it to them!
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Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere
If you romantasize rednecks they’ll buy your records, so most country artists do. Not Ashley; most of the folks she sings about either can’t afford them or can’t be bothered.
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Cedric Burnside – Benton County Relic 
Blues has been pretty much bereft of imagination for a few decades. We need Cedric.
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Marissa Nadler – For My Crimes
There’s hundreds or thousands of breakup albums, and after awhile they all start sounding the same. This one is different, and it’s done very well.
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Leon Bridges – Good Thing
At times a Bruno Mars Jr, his musical wings are beginning to sprout. Nothing wrong with either.
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Western Centuries – Songs From The Deluge
Supergroup is overused, so I’ll call them a super group of roots music veterans. They live yonder, on the border of country and rockabilly.
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Nik Bartsch’s Ronin – Awase
Listed last because the piece I chose for the playlist, Modul 58, it is 18 minutes long, the Swiss pianist’s Inventive groovy trance jazz makes time stop.
Honorable mentions (unranked): Colter Wall – Songs of the Plains; Donovan Woods – Both Ways; Gretchen Peters – Dancing With The Beast; Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Downey To Lubbock; Lucy Dacus – Historian; Me’Shell NdegeOcello – Ventriloquism; Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance; Mary Chapin Carpenter – Sometimes Just the Sky; Lily Allen – No Shame; Amanda Shires – To The Sunset; Mark Kozelek – Mark Kozelek; Lori McKenna – The Tree; Camila Cabello – Camila; Everlast – Whitey Ford’s House Of Pain; Charles Bradley – Black Velvet; Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain; Jimmy LaFave – Peace Town.

It’s your Christmas #TinPodShuffle! (It’s OK to open it early. Mom said)

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Here’s a #TinPodShuffle for your Christmas office party

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This’ll be fun for the first couple of hours. After that you’re on your own and I don’t want to know about it.

Here’s a Christmas #TinPodShuffle for the kiddies

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I made this for my young uns when they were 8-12ish. That was several years ago and none are in jail or hooked on street drugs so it’s probably safe to play it for yours.

Pucker up for songs about kisses on your #TinPodShuffle for Sunday, December 2, 2018:

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28 songs. Fully tested.

It’s Misses you don’t want to miss on your #TinPodShuffle for Sunday, November 25, 2018:

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Turn me on, let’s get going.

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