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What is art?

I believe artforms improve over time. The more art that came before, the more you can assess what worked and what didn't—and iterate on it. Movies, music—all of it—is often better than it was.

I know that's controversial. I know nostalgia and wanting to signal your refined, studied taste blinds us to this.

Granted, all new art isn't consistently better than all prior art. Economics and culture often pressure new art into optimizing for vanity metrics.

But the best art of each era often trends to being better than the best art of the prior era. If you keep your eyes open and don't dismiss newcomers, that is.

And so I present to you my favorite media, without shame that there isn't a greater representation of older art.





  1. Wild Beasts
  2. The National
  3. SZA
  4. Death Cab for Cutie
  5. Frank Ocean
  6. Radiohead
  7. dvsn
  8. Brand New
  9. Hippo Campus
  10. The Weeknd
  11. Bon Iver
  12. John Mayer
  13. Ben Howard
  14. Geographer
  15. Kendrick Lamar
  16. RY X
  17. Zero 7
  18. Fink
  19. Matt Corby
  20. Bonobo



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