2021 Year Enders, Arts & Culture

Jim Leonard’s Year Ender


Jim Leonard’s Year Ender

Jim Leonard’s 2021 Year Ender

Jim Leonard is a musician, visual designer, and native bay-stater who currently resides in Cambridge. At the dawn of every new year Jim cracks a cosmic egg on the skull of father time and unleashes a dank omelet of unholy text otherwise known as his Boston Hassle year ender. Below is the HTML manuscript from that fabled event.

Favorite 20 albums of 2021 in no particular order

Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg

Half a kebab on counsil estate concrete.

Sam Mehran – Cold Brew

Fresh fizz bubble sip.

John Carroll Kirby – Septet

Suntan lotion. Virgin piña colada.

Marina Allen – Candlepower

Gently spiraling upward.

Linkwood – Mono

Buckfast in biscuit form.

CV Vision – Tropical

Sun-melted gummy worm reforms as regular gummy worm.

Molly Lewis – The Forgotten Edge

That’s not a flute. She’s whistling bruh.

Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime

Phasing through warm dunes.

Black Dice – Mod Prog Sic

Enters laughing. Exits dizzy.

Mach Hommy – Pray For Haiti

Smoke cloud reflected in diamond steel plate.

Dean Blunt – Black Metal 2

Memories you can’t remember.

Beat Detectives – New York City Department of Records and Tracks

One of those orange subway vents spewing steam into the street.

Viagra Boys – Welfare Jazz


Bobbie Lovesong – On The Wind

Searching for your lost ipod shuffle in the sand then gesturing to a distant raincloud.

Madlib – Sound Ancestors

(I was really stoked about the Young Marble Giants sample.)

Palberta – Palberta 5000

Doin the Sunday crossword. Eating grapes.

Vanishing Twin – Ookii Gekkou

Well-read sophisti-pops and bops.

Sunburned Hand of the Man – Pick a Day to Die

“Black leather diaper. JET BLACK!”

King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – Butterfly 3000

The Palo Santo hit different.

Floating Points, London Symphony Orchestra, and Pharoah Sanders – Promises

Tranquil respose. I’m probably in a hammock or something.

Honestly this was the best thing to happen in 2021. Norman Pain – “Trapped”

Favorite Book of the Year: The History of Bones by John Lurie

Honest and hilarious and chock-full of stories about his time in the New York art scene in the 70’s and 80’s.

Favorite Movie of the Year: Licorice Pizza

Good Fun.

We lost some real ones this year. Rest In Peace

Charlie Watts

Lee Scratch Perry

Margo Guryan

Norm Macdonald

Hank Aaron

Until next year. Godspeed.

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