It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the constant stream of articles, posts, and tweets. It’s hard to know what you’ve missed. To help with that, I compile a list of each month’s posts and reviews (i.e., the Reader’s Digest version of Opus).
26 songs that provided me with moments of beauty, serenity, hope — and yes, maybe even a little fun.
Bruce Lee, Jim Carrey’s reality TV, precious bodily fluids, WandaVision, stunning post-apocalyptic mayhem, and more.
Jan 4: “Norte” by Adiós Cometa
The Costa Rican dreampop band is the latest member of the Velvet Blue Music family.
Jan 5: “Mood Swing” by Glixen
Seriously, what is it with Arizona and fuzz-laden shoegaze/dreampop par excellence?
A blend of hard science, historical philosophy, and “B” movie escapades that’s by turns fascinating, fun, and frustrating.
Jan 6: Trump’s Chaos
He would rather watch our country burn than ever admit that he was wrong, or worse, that he lost.
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A tribute to the celebrated minimalist and ambient music composer.
Opus experienced some slow, steady growth during 2020, which is very gratifying.
The synthwave maestro is joined by one of American music’s most distinctive voices.
Jan 12: “Altered States” by Woob
Darkly pulsing synthwave channeled from the shadowy recesses of the ’80s.
This successful video game uses what’s familiar about Star Wars to show us new things in a galaxy far, far away.
Jan 17: Cornerstone 2007 Band Photos
A collection of band photos from the final Cornerstone Festival that I attended, featuring Starflyer 59 and State Bird.
Netflix’s manga adaptation is an entertaining blend of angst-y melodrama and dark, bloody suspense.
Well, everyone knows that Godzilla is a good guy. What this trailer presupposes is… maybe he isn’t.
Jan 25: “Towards the Light” by Hiroco.M
The perfect soundtrack for experiencing a world covered in newly fallen snow.
The Chicago trio’s shadowy post-rock is hypnotic, meandering, and consistently captivating.
This hidden martial arts action gem from the late ’90s is finally getting the exposure it deserves.
Click here to read everything I posted on Opus in January 2021.