Author Archives: thomasinskeep

About thomasinskeep

I write about music.

You are beautiful, no matter what they say: a self-love & self-empowerment playlist

Last year, my then-therapist gave me a “homework assignment” to come up with some tangible examples of how I could better love myself. (Self esteem has been a problem area for me for the better part of 35 years.) So … Continue reading

Posted in personal, playlist

Don’t close your eyes: the best of ’88

In alphabetical, unranked order. For once I went with Soto‘s rule that if an album’s on my list, no singles from that album are included. Why 1988? Well, besides the fact that it flowed nicely from doing ’98 (30 vs. 20 years … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, best of

Music sounds better with you: the best of ’98

In alphabetical, unranked order. For once I went with Soto‘s rule that if an album’s on my list, no singles from that album are included. It’s been fascinating reading everyone’s 1998 lists in the wake of Pitchfork’s celebration of said … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, best of

Hot hits: January 2018

The best records I’ve discovered in the past month — new or old, doesn’t matter, though both of this month’s are new. In the past 30 days, Lil Wayne has dropped a pair of mixtapes in his Dedication series, Dedication 6 and D6: Reloaded, … Continue reading

Posted in 2018, hip hop, new music

Do you wanna get rocked? The biggest and best of Def Leppard

No band in the ’80s sounded bigger than Def Leppard, and that wasn’t because of their riffage; that was thanks to “Mutt” Lange, sprinkling his magic studio dust over them in his pre-Shania years. On their biggest album and crowning achievement, … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, best of, rock

My favorite songs: “The Right Thing to Do”

I first wrote about this song last May, saying, “Riding that coffeehouse piano vibe, with snappy production from Richard Perry — it sounds so deliciously crisp — Simon sings the hell out of this out-and-out love song for her then-husband James Taylor. … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, my favorite songs, pop

My favorite songs: “Music Sounds Better With You”

I had to get to this at some point. This song is why I love filter house/French Touch so much: it’s disco-y goodness, it’s a chunk of a Chaka Khan record sampled and looped into infinity, it’s dance music that never fails to … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, my favorite songs