February in Review: Participated in #MWE again this year, a music writing exercise where each day I listen to one classic album for the first time and write at least a tweet about it. The goal is to expand my horizons, and I try to focus on older albums by women and people of color. As always, it was a rewarding experience, and you can follow my journey by clicking on the thread below. The absolute standout from this project for me was Neil Young's On The Beach, a depressive missive from 1974 that is soaked through in its own drunken seasick cynicism. I must have listened to "Motion Pictures (For Carrie)" a hundred times this month. I also enjoyed classic albums by Janet Jackson, George Harrison, Minnie Riperton, Steely Dan, Stevie Nicks(!!!), and King Crimson. (And special shoutout to Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music, which washed over me like worn feedback.) In the meantime, I also found some time to keep up with 2019 releases. Luckily, it was a relatively slow month for albums, so I continued to fall in love with January releases like Sharon Van Etten's Remind Me Tomorrow and Jessica Pratt's Quiet Signs, doing my best to let them burrow deeper into my soul. On its second or third listen, Julia Jacklin's Crushing hit me as hard as anything this year. She has such a distinctive writing voice, finding ways to be both sympathetic and cutting at the same time in the wake of a bad breakup. The album is very much in line with the #MeToo movement, and though she's said that this is more coincidence than intention it will be interesting to see if this narrative angle picks up in the press and gives it extra lift. I hope so; this one feels like an End of the Year contender to me already. In single news, John Mayer finally released a studio version of his song "I Guess I Just Feel Like", and it lived up to all my expectations. I was a little worried it wouldn't have the same punch as the original live acoustic version, but he pulled it off with aplomb. It feels like a truer sequel to his Born and Raised material than anything since that time, while also incorporating some Continuum-style guitar breaks and a bit of the wide-open soundscapes from Paradise Valley. Really happy, would love more! Top 2019 albums of the month: Julia Jacklin, Emily King Top archival albums of the month: Neil Young (On The Beach), Janet Jackson (Control), George Harrison (All Things Must Pass) Recommended Songs I discovered this month: Miya Folick - "Premonitions" Emily King - "Go Back" Julia Jacklin - "Don't Know How To Keep Loving You" Ariana Grande - "ghostin" Mandy Moore - "Gardenia"