2007 + 2017


A c90 MMVII mixtape for superbaddies.

"I thought I was bulletproof or Superman there for a while. I thought I'd never run out of nerve. Never." 
–Evel Knievel

MGMT, Klaxons, Rhianna...

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A c90 MMXVII mixtape for lady birds.

"Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I'm concerned, that's success." 
–Tom Petty

The War on Drugs, Warbly Jets, Taylor Swift...

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1966 + 1976


A c90 MCMLXVI mixtape for blow up dolls.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
–Walt Disney

Small Faces, Left Banke, The Kinks...

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A c90 MCMLXXVI mixtape for taxi drivers.

"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
–Agatha Christie

Blue Öyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, Stevie Wonder...

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This year on Instagram I created 135 posts and received a surprising 15,383 likes. I'm not ashamed to say that's a number I'm proud of. These numbers were generated by 2017bestnine.com. My favorite nine are shown below.


My Favorite 10 Albums of 2018

  1. Arctic Monkeys — Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

  2. The 1975 — A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

  3. Jungle — For Ever

  4. Blossoms — Cool Like You

  5. Gorillaz — The Now Now

  6. DMAs — For Now

  7. Matt Nathanson – Sings His Sad Heart

  8. Johnny Marr — Call The Comet

  9. Gruff Rhys — Babelsberg

  10. Paul Weller — True Meanings


The Ten Best Books I Read in 2018

  1. Close Quarters – Angus McAllister

  2. Oasis the Truth: My Life as Oasis's Drummer – Tony McCarroll

  3. Now You See It and Other Essays on Design – Michael Bierut

  4. Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili – Louise Fili

  5. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity – Kim Scott

  6. Draplin Design Co.: Pretty Much Everything – Aaron James Draplin

  7. Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don't Know Where We're Going) – Noel Gallagher and Sharon Latham

  8. The American Soul: Rediscovering the Wisdom of the Founders – Jacob Needleman

  9. Creating Signature Stories: Strategic Messaging that Energizes, Persuades and Inspires – David Aaker

  10. Lost Cat – Jason


1986 + 1996


A c90 MCMLXXXVI mixtape for flying navigators.

"I tasted freedom and I really liked it
–Phil Lynott

The Smiths, Crowded House, Chameleons...

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A c90 MCMXCVI mixtape for trainspotters.

"Design is thinking made visual.
–Saul Bass

Longpigs, Kula Shaker, DJ Shadow...

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2006 + 2016


A c90 MMVI mixtape for little miss sunshines.

"Opera? Just what the world needs: more fat women screaming.
–Peter Boyle

Amy Winehouse, The Fratellis, Pop Levi...

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A c90 MMXVI mixtape for fantastic beasts.

"I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat.
–Muhammad Ali

David Bowie, The 1975, Lady Gaga...

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2003 + 2013


A c90 MMIII mixtape for lost translators.

"Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money."
–Johnny Cash

The White Stripes, UNKLE, OutKast...

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A c90 MMXIII mixtape for Wall Street wolves.

"It was the day my grandmother exploded."
–Iain Banks

CHVRCHES, Jagwar Ma, Daft Punk...

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