What I’ve Been Listening To (2.7.21)

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The music I listened to the most from January 31 – February 6, based on song plays per album

Welcome to my weekly column “What I’ve Been Listening To,” where I publish a post every Sunday with my 5×5 collage of most-listened releases (which is sourced by my Last.fm account and made into a collage via this site). I do not intend these to be lengthy write-ups, but I like to include notes on my listening habits, discoveries, etc.

  • My 5x5s have sadly grown increasingly scant over the past few weeks, which you can see by only the first three rows including full albums. Some of this is due to busyness at work, including back-to-back meetings where music-listening cannot occur. But the other ingredient here would be other forms of entertainment. Historically, I’ve rarely been much of a television-man, but recently, I’ve actively been watching a few series: Steins;gate Zero, Bojack Horseman, The Queen’s Gambit, and WandaVision.
  • A few recent favorites continue to make appearances: Mew’s Visuals, Bleu Jean Bleu’s Perfecto, and anything by Weezer.
  • Slightly embarrassingly, my own album is at the top of my list once again. This week, though, the play count is especially high due to me and my girlfriend making playlists of different track listing ideas for the album. (And those play counts get slightly inflated when you’re listening to the transitions between tracks over and over again.) Here’s the idea I came up with:
  • Scattered throughout this list, you’ll find all my strongest contenders for this week’s Friday Award, which contains an extremely strong slate of female-fronted acts: The Weathering Station, The Staves, Sun June, and Hayley Williams.
  • A big decision this past week that thinned out my album-listening was choosing not to participate in any of the album-discography-runs that my friends were hosting. One group was finishing out the 77s, which I decided to drop out of after not quite enjoying them last week; another group started mewithoutYou, which I wanted to participate in and might try catching up on this upcoming week.

Author’s Note: The reason I created this website and write these articles stems from my belief that artists should support other artists, in the same way that art inspires art. My sophomore album Development & Compromise is available now and I’d love for you to hear it.

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