Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season from Kaplan Law. This year, our firm has made a donation to the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust, which helps develop critical thinking around human rights in students across Canada and equipping them with the tools to promote and protect civil liberties.
In addition, for your listening pleasure and discovery, please see below the 2018 Best 10 New Album Releases, which we have played in our office and enjoyed during this past year.
On behalf of Kaplan Law, our warmest regards,
1. Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer
Genre: R&B. Art Pop.
Themes: Technology. Gender identity. Love. Intimacy. Oppression.
Ari’s picks: Take A Byte, Django Jane, Pynk.
2. Idles, Joy as an Act of Resistance
Genre: Rock. Art Punk.
Themes: Brexit. Toxic masculinity. Mental health. Immigration.
Ari’s picks: Samaritans, I’m Scum, Great.
3. Tim Hecker, Konoyo
Genre: Ambient. Drone. Gagaku.
Themes: Negative space. Urgency. Majesty.
Ari’s picks: This Life, In Death Valley, A Sodium Codec Haze, Across to Anoyo.
4. Muse, Simulation Theory
Genre: Pop Rock. Electronic Rock.
Themes: Reality as Simulation. Sci-fi Fantasy.
Ari’s picks: Algorithm, The Dark Side, Thought Contagion.
5. Childish Gambino, This Is America
Genre: Hip Hop. Trap. Afrobeat.
Themes: America, Society, Gun violence, Race relations, Awareness, Vanity.
Ari’s picks: This is America (Hiro Murai, dir.)
6. Chilly Gonzales, Solo Piano III
Genre: Modern classical. Piano music.
Themes: Contemplation. History. Pop.
Ari’s picks: Blizzard in B-Flat Minor, Present Tense, Be Natural.
7. Jeremy Dutcher, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Genre: Classical. Folk.
Origins: Tobique First Nation
Themes: Colonization. Community. Nature.
Ari’s picks: Mehcinut, Essuwonike, Pomok naka Poktoinskwes.
8. Ezra Furman, Transangelic Exodus
Genre: Rock. Singer songwriter.
Themes: Identity. Journey traveler.
Ari’s picks: Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill, No Place, Psalm 151.
9. US Girls, In a Poem Unlimited
Genre: Pop Rock. Psychedelic.
Themes: Relationships, Self-Reflection, Fertility.
Ari’s picks: Rosebud, Velvet 4 Sale, Incidental Boogie, Rage of Plastics.
10. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born Soundtrack
Genre: Rock. Americana.
Themes: Devotion. Addiction. Fame. Loss.
Ari’s picks: La Vie en Rose, Black Eyes, Diggin’ My Grave, Shallow, Heal Me.