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What is art?

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

I know that's controversial. I know nostalgia, romanticization, and wanting to signal our refined, studied tastes blind us to this. But I believe it to be true.

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

But the best art of each era usually 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. Tash Sultana
  13. John Mayer
  14. Angus and Julia Stone
  15. Ben Howard
  16. Geographer
  17. Kendrick Lamar
  18. RY X
  19. Zero 7
  20. Fink
  21. Matt Corby
  22. Bonobo
  23. Lauryn Hill
  24. Raveena



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