I found the February Music Writer Exercise to be incredibly useful so I’ve kept it up, so far every day, into March. I stopped posting them on Twitter since the actual exercise finished with the end of the month, but will post them here as a record for myself and anyone else interested. For the sake of brevity and as a way of simple note taking, I’ve continued to write them as 140 max character “Tweets.”

The button below goes to the original February #MWE post.

4/1/17 Update: Made it through two months of MWE and that feels like a good place to stop. Hope anyone who followed along this far enjoyed it. Until next February!

Day 29:

Talking Heads – Remain in Light

Interesting/driving polyrhythms (some almost motorik). The single is good – rest is better.

Day 30:

Circle Jerks – Golden Shower of Hits

Amazing how satisfying well done brief as the wind hardcore punk songs can be. This is filled with them

Day 3:

Electric Prunes – I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)

Perfectly fine psychedelic pop, not as revelatory as some but has strong moments throughout.

Day 32:

Nas – Illmatic

Lives up to the hype. Top tier amalgamation of all ’90s rap styles.

Day 33:

Bark Psychosis – Hex

Brilliantly successful dance through a number of genres with hints or more of shoegaze, postrock, ambient.

Day 34:

Wreckless Eric – st

A weird sound that maybe transcends it’s era or defines it’s own path, at least, mixing styles at will.

Day 35:

Michael Chapman – Fully Qualified Survivor

Great blend of much of what was best about British folk at the time. Top tier.

Day 36:

Faust – st

Coherent incoherence. Breaking and then rebuilding rock from scratch. A difficult listen, but important.

Day 37:

Third Eye Foundation – Semtex

What Dalek is to rap, this is to drum’n’bass. Sprawling guitar noise over sometimes tribal beats.

Day 38:

Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Pushes rap and music way forward + pushes big important ideas while remaining catchy as hell.

Day 39:

Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin

Great vocal harmonies + a nice mix of weepy country with acid rock washes all over.

Day 40:

Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Music

As good as expected based on the players, which is to say great. They make this sound so easy.

Day 41:

DJ Muggs VS GZA – Grandmasters

GZA right at home with Muggs beats, both in top form through out most of the album.

Day 42:

Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in It for the Money

Skewering everyone, strikingly pastoral at times, works as a single long rambling thought.

Day 43:

Catherine Wheel – Ferment

Classic shoegaze album that allows a little more of a hard edge into the songs than contemporaries.

Day 44:

Royal Trux – Cats & Dogs

There is a lot more going on here than the skronk implies. Classic rock and SY in a violent car wreck.

Day 45:

Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw

Well executed set, sometimes veers too close to adult contemp, but careens back in surprising ways.

Day 46:

Art Blakey – The Freedom Rider

Excellent, sometimes surprisingly beautiful hard bop. Pisces in particular with odd timing.

Day 47:

The Creation – We Are Paintermen

The originals have a subtle, but raw intensity, the covers are fine but unnecessary.
Day 48:

Philip Glass – Glassworks

A dizzying, exhilarating mix of instrumentation. Calling anything here minimalism seems odd today.
Day 49:

Animal Collective – Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished

A sometimes challenging, sometimes easy as breathing listen. Almost always interesting
Day 50:

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

The best pop often floats by almost like a lucid dream, which this does although it is hardly pop.
Day 51:

Lambchop – How I Quit Smoking

Lush, sometimes cinematic, YLT-esque and Smog-esque, but working within deconstructed country.
Day 52:

Eric’s Trip – Forever Again

Maybe an album that needs to be lived in for a while. Lots of songs, but breezes by initially.
Day 53:

Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs

Feels less off kilter than it may have originally. Mostly really solid songs and great melodies
Day 54:

David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name

Super easy going, nicely varied, rambling and sometimes just beautiful. Superb vocal melodies.
Day 55:

Sun Kil Moon – Benji

Stunning, melancholy, observational stream of consciousness about past lives often forgotten.
Day 56:

Lush – Gala

A few clunkers, but the mix, sometimes sudden, between sheets of noise and straight dream pop is excellent.
Day 57:

Grateful Dead – From The Mars Hotel

Strong set of songs, sometimes very different than their live counterparts, continuing a jazzier and funkier trajectory.
Day 58:

The Reverend Horton Heat – Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

The idea of psychobilly always turned me off, this provides a compelling reason for my to think I may have been wrong.
Day 59:

Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch

Ethereal, sometimes noisy, sometimes surprisingly poppy, often both nearly at once.