Ryan  Burns, phd
July 16, 2012

soundtrack to seattle

The last week has been filled with goodbyes since I’m leaving Seattle this Wednesday(tomorrow. 7/18.). It’s been hard to get work done because I’m trying to soak in every last bit of this wonderful city. Project memories against the cityscape as I walk through it. Some tunes will always remind me of my time here, and they’ve been on replay a lot lately as I try to account for every memory made here. Below is a list of 41 albums that for me will always take me back to Seattle. They weren’t all released between 2009-2012, and tons of individual tracks didn’t make it onto this list. Maybe I’ll leave them in the comment section.

  1. Yeasayer - All Hours Cymbals
  2. The Tallest Man on Earth - Shallow Graves
  3. Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
  4. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
  5. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
  6. Rafael Anton Irisarri - Daydreaming
  7. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - self-titled
  8. The XX - xx
  9. RJD2 - Dead Ringer (particularly “Ghostwriter” and “Here’s What’s Left”)
  10. Nils Frahm - Wintermusik
  11. Hammock - Raising Your Voice… Trying to Stop an Echo
  12. Horse Feathers - Words Are Dead
  13. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  14. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
  15. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
  16. The Hundred in the Hands - self-titled (especially “Lovesick (Once Again)”)
  17. The Rosebuds - Loud Planes Fly Low
  18. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
  19. William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops (all 4)
  20. Active Child - You Are All I See

  21. Arborea - Red Planet
  22. Arvo Pärt - Alina
  23. Dinosaur Jr. - Bug
  24. Built to Spill - There’s Nothing Wrong with Love
  25. Caribou - Swim
  26. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
  27. Kurt Vile - God Is Saying This to You (& less so, Smoke Ring for My Halo)
  28. Japandroids - Post-Nothing
  29. Balam Acab - Wander/Wonder
  30. Atlas Sound - Logos
  31. Akron/Family - self-titled
  32. Volcano the Bear - Classic Erasmus Fusion
  33. Under Byen - Det Er Mig Der Holder Traerne Sammen
  34. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
  35. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
  36. Ghosts and Vodka - Precious Blood
  37. Geotic - Mend
  38. Es - Kaikkeuden Kauneus Ja Käsittämättömyys
  39. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (& “Operation” from Weird Era Cont)
  40. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why Are There Mountains
  41. The Weepies - Hideaway
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