If I Had An Orchard’s Best Film, TV, and Music of 2018

Last year I combined my favorite movies, TV shows, and music from the year into one post. Why? Well, for one, it’s easier than trying to assemble three separate posts with a top 10 list for films, shows, and albums. Second, it allows me to prioritize which pieces of culture meant the most to me … Continue reading If I Had An Orchard’s Best Film, TV, and Music of 2018

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The If I Had An Orchard 20: My Favorite Film, TV, and Music of 2017

As shows and movies pile up on my Netflix queue and I have less time to get to the theaters these days, I decided against doing a year-end Top 10 Movies or Top 10 TV Shows of 2017. It wouldn’t make a ton of sense if half the shows or movies I saw this year … Continue reading The If I Had An Orchard 20: My Favorite Film, TV, and Music of 2017

How Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper Portray Their Faith

With DAMN., Kendrick Lamar has produced yet another dense and brilliant album. The 29-year-old from Compton is firmly in his prime and still on top of the rap world. Curiously, part of what captivates Kendrick's fans is the heavy spiritual element in his music since at least his debut studio album Section.80. The current King of Hip-Hop has always … Continue reading How Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper Portray Their Faith

We Gon’ See the Future First, Or, My Top 10 Albums of 2016

Well, that was a weird year. From the thrillingly unthinkable (the drought-ending triumph of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Cavaliers) to the depressingly unthinkable (the entire election cycle), 2016 just wouldn't stop heaping strange, incredibly unlikely events upon us. And yet, almost everyone agrees this is the best year music has had in a long time. Throughout … Continue reading We Gon’ See the Future First, Or, My Top 10 Albums of 2016

Justin Vernon’s Noteworthy Activity Between Bon Iver Albums

The over five-year wait between Bon Iver albums didn't feel nearly as long as it could have. This is probably because the band's creative force, Justin Vernon, has kept himself pretty busy since 2011. He was involved in two separate side projects that both put out fantastic records. The past two summers, he's founded and curated … Continue reading Justin Vernon’s Noteworthy Activity Between Bon Iver Albums

Why Bon Iver’s Innovative “22, A Million” Still Feels Like Bon Iver

If you queued up the new Bon Iver songs expecting the serene, quiet folk that catapulted them to indie stardom five-plus years ago, you were probably a bit disoriented upon first listen. "22 (OVER S∞∞N)," the first of three tracks released before the new album, 22, A Million, drops on September 30th, begins with chipmunk-pitched vocals and no acoustic … Continue reading Why Bon Iver’s Innovative “22, A Million” Still Feels Like Bon Iver

40 Years Since “Born to Run”, Springsteen is Still Everywhere

Earlier this year, we passed the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run". Even those who don't have much Heartland rock on their Spotify have to admit it's one of the great rock records ever. For my money, it's one of the greatest albums of all-time, full stop. But I'm not here to talk about Born … Continue reading 40 Years Since “Born to Run”, Springsteen is Still Everywhere

Consensus Amongst a Lack of Quality, Or, My Top 10 Albums of 2014

I’ve always found music to be the most subjective art form. It just does weird things to people, like make you follow around Dave Matthews Band for an entire summer or spend insane amounts of money to be front row at an NSYNC concert - neither of which I’ve done, but both things I would’ve … Continue reading Consensus Amongst a Lack of Quality, Or, My Top 10 Albums of 2014