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Friday, December 14, 2012

More music updates from around the web

I'm popping in again to point to some music news and info on my other projects around the web.

My new site Total Music Awards is starting to step into high gear with predictions for the 2013 Grammy Awards, as well as a Grammy Awards winners archive that, very soon, will list every winner and nominee in the 54-year history of the Grammys. It's an epic undertaking and it's going to be amazing. Head over there and follow TMA on Facebook and Twitter!

My Top 10 albums of 2012 are almost exclusively indie rock this year, topped by Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas, Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, and my #1 pick, Bat for Lashes' The Haunted Man. See my full Top 10 alongside the lists of the other writers on Diffuser.

My favorite songs of 2012, which I haven't yet published anywhere, include Of Monsters and Men's "Little Talks," Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars with "Safe & Sound," Bat for Lashes' "Laura," Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You," Ed Sheeran's "The A Team," and Chiddy Bang's "Mind Your Manners."

Oh, and completely randomly, I've created a new website about campgrounds near Chicago. By the spring, it will be the #1 resource for finding a place to go tent camping around the greater Chicago area, which can be difficult since there's not a lot of forest in the area. Here's to diversifying my online portfolio!

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