One of my favorite songs to come out in the last year. Absolutely beautiful. The simple video really does this the justice it deserves. I give you The National “I Need My Girl.”


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Feb 18
3:06 pm
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One of my favorite bands of 2013 covering one of my favorite songs of 2013. This is just incredible.


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Feb 13
5:45 pm
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Just… Wow. Incredibly beautiful.

(Source: Spotify)

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Feb 11
4:44 pm
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Best of 2013 — Albums
Finally getting around to making this list, I realized that it was much more difficult than I thought it would be. What was originally close to 60 albums, was ultimately narrowed down to 30, and then 25. While my top five have been pretty set since each of the albums was released, I had quite a time ordering the remaining albums.
Needless to say, I’ve enjoyed listening to all of these amazing albums over again. I can’t believe how fantastic this last year was for music. To blow you through most of my list, I am only going to go into detail for my top ten.
25. Minor Alps—Get Here24. Nine Inch Nails—Hesitation Marks23. Lorde—Pure Heroin22. David Bowie—The Next Day21. Justin Timberlake—The 20/20 Experience Vl. 120. Eminem—The Marshall Mathers LP 219. Bastille—Bad Blood18. Boards of Canada—Tomorrow’s Harvest17. The Civil Wars—The Civil Wars16. Daughter—If You Leave15. Haim—Days Are Gone14. Disclosure—Settle13. Foals—Holy Fire12. Volcano Choir—Repave11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis—The Heist
With that taken care of, let’s get into the real fun here…
10. Drake—Nothing Was The SameI’ve got to say, I wasn’t a fan at first. “Started From the Bottom” just annoyed me. Loved the message, hated the repetition. Then, I heard the rest of this album. Drake is on the top of his game, and ready to take on the big guys like Jay, Ye, even Kendrick.
Favorite Tracks: Hold On, We’re Going Home, Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 (feat. Jay-Z), Worst Behaviour
9. Daft Punk—Random Access MemoriesThere are very few artists out there that can go twelve years without making an album, only to come back with one this amazing (which included one of the biggest songs in the last couple of years). Daft Punk are kings of EDM for a reason. The game chases them, and they’re working to change it in a new direction once again.
Favorite Tracks: Loose Yourself To Dance, Instant Crush, Doin’ It Right
8. Kanye West—YeezusMore anger than ever before, with a god-complex that is even greater than we think Kanye could have- Ye is back. He’s weird, but he’s back. I still argue that his beats are better than his raps, but, they’re both on their A-game on this one.
Favorite Tracks: Hold My Liquor, Blood On The Leaves, New Slaves
7. Queens of the Stone Age—…Like ClockworkMost surprised by this album of all. I’ve always enjoyed QOTSA, but this one, I absolutely love. The energy throughout, and pure rock sound, is incredible. Josh Homme made a statement this year, and the work he did on this one packs one hell of a punch. The only thing that topped this, was seeing them bring it to life in person.
Favorite Tracks: I Sat By The Ocean, My God Is The Sun, If I Had A Tail
6. Arcade Fire—ReflektorThese guys fall on my list of bands that can do no wrong. While I didn’t take to this album like most that love it, I think it is absolutely incredible. The James Murphy influence is heavy, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Arcade Fire, you just can’t go wrong with them.
Favorite Tracks: Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice), We Exist, Here Comes The Night Time II
5. James Blake—OvergrownNo, James Blake isn’t for everyone. Which, I just do not understand. This guy creates some of the most beautiful music out there right now. His second album, Overgrown, just goes on to prove that. Earning himself a “Best New Artist” Grammy nominee this year, maybe Blake will gain some ground in the years to come.
Favorite Tracks: Retrograde, Overgrown, Life Round Here
4. CHVRCHES—The Bones of What You BelieveGoing into this year, this was my most anticipated album. And, it completely lived up to the hype. This trio delivered a sound so fresh, and exciting, that it caught your attention whether you wanted it to or not. No matter what your mood, this album fulfills your wants.
Favorite Tracks: The Mother We Share, Gun, We Sink
3. Arctic Monkeys—AMI’ve been a fan of these guys for years now. After hearing Do I Wanna Know?, I was beyond excited for this album. Darker than what we’ve come to know, and way more sexual, AM is everything you want when you go to listen to Arctic Monkeys. I’ve been spinning this album for months now, and don’t see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.
Favorite Tracks: R U Mine?, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, One For The Road
2. Vampire Weekend—Modern Vampires of the CityVampire Weekend have made a habit of releasing nothing but amazing music. Their third album follows suit perfectly. Brilliant melodies, a hidden romance, and a cryptic religious undertone that intrigues- this album is just incredible.
Favorite Tracks: Unbelievers, Ya Hey, Dianne Young, Hannah Hunt
1. The National—Trouble Will Find MeThis album… THIS FREAKIN ALBUM… The day I got my hands on this album, I went driving through the woods on HWY 32 toward Lake Almanor. The sky was full of mist, with light drizzles covering my windshield, all to the soundtrack of Matt Berninger and Co. From the first note of his baritone voice, I was hooked. He’s a helpless romantic, with a troubled soul. He’s filled with pain, but so much love. From start to finish, this album is what you hope for when you hear a favorite band is releasing new material. There’s no bad track here, just a tracklist that gets better and better the deeper you get. Buy yourself this album. Put it on in your car, roll your windows down, and go drive aimlessly through the night. Get lost in the music, and on your drive. This is the escape you’ve been looking for.
Favorite Tracks: Pink Rabbits, I Need My Girl, Graceless, I Should Live In Salt, Fireproof
iTunes (Digital) | Amazon (Physical) | Insound (Vinyl)

Honorable Mentions
Pearl Jam—Lightning Bolt
My Bloody Valentine—M B V
Childish Gambino—Because The Internet
Atoms for Peace—Amok

Most Anticipated
Beck
Modest Mouse
Foo Fighters
Brand New
Manchester Orchestra

Best of 2013 — Albums

Finally getting around to making this list, I realized that it was much more difficult than I thought it would be. What was originally close to 60 albums, was ultimately narrowed down to 30, and then 25. While my top five have been pretty set since each of the albums was released, I had quite a time ordering the remaining albums.

Needless to say, I’ve enjoyed listening to all of these amazing albums over again. I can’t believe how fantastic this last year was for music. To blow you through most of my list, I am only going to go into detail for my top ten.

25. Minor Alps—Get Here
24. Nine Inch Nails—Hesitation Marks
23. Lorde—Pure Heroin
22. David Bowie—The Next Day
21. Justin Timberlake—The 20/20 Experience Vl. 1
20. Eminem—The Marshall Mathers LP 2
19. Bastille—Bad Blood
18. Boards of Canada—Tomorrow’s Harvest
17. The Civil Wars—The Civil Wars
16. Daughter—If You Leave
15. Haim—Days Are Gone
14. Disclosure—Settle
13. Foals—Holy Fire
12. Volcano Choir—Repave
11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis—The Heist

With that taken care of, let’s get into the real fun here…

10. Drake—Nothing Was The Same
I’ve got to say, I wasn’t a fan at first. “Started From the Bottom” just annoyed me. Loved the message, hated the repetition. Then, I heard the rest of this album. Drake is on the top of his game, and ready to take on the big guys like Jay, Ye, even Kendrick.

Favorite Tracks: Hold On, We’re Going Home, Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 (feat. Jay-Z), Worst Behaviour

9. Daft Punk—Random Access Memories
There are very few artists out there that can go twelve years without making an album, only to come back with one this amazing (which included one of the biggest songs in the last couple of years). Daft Punk are kings of EDM for a reason. The game chases them, and they’re working to change it in a new direction once again.

Favorite Tracks: Loose Yourself To Dance, Instant Crush, Doin’ It Right

8. Kanye West—Yeezus
More anger than ever before, with a god-complex that is even greater than we think Kanye could have- Ye is back. He’s weird, but he’s back. I still argue that his beats are better than his raps, but, they’re both on their A-game on this one.

Favorite Tracks: Hold My Liquor, Blood On The Leaves, New Slaves

7. Queens of the Stone Age—…Like Clockwork
Most surprised by this album of all. I’ve always enjoyed QOTSA, but this one, I absolutely love. The energy throughout, and pure rock sound, is incredible. Josh Homme made a statement this year, and the work he did on this one packs one hell of a punch. The only thing that topped this, was seeing them bring it to life in person.

Favorite Tracks: I Sat By The Ocean, My God Is The Sun, If I Had A Tail

6. Arcade Fire—Reflektor
These guys fall on my list of bands that can do no wrong. While I didn’t take to this album like most that love it, I think it is absolutely incredible. The James Murphy influence is heavy, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Arcade Fire, you just can’t go wrong with them.

Favorite Tracks: Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice), We Exist, Here Comes The Night Time II

5. James Blake—Overgrown
No, James Blake isn’t for everyone. Which, I just do not understand. This guy creates some of the most beautiful music out there right now. His second album, Overgrown, just goes on to prove that. Earning himself a “Best New Artist” Grammy nominee this year, maybe Blake will gain some ground in the years to come.

Favorite Tracks: Retrograde, Overgrown, Life Round Here

4. CHVRCHES—The Bones of What You Believe
Going into this year, this was my most anticipated album. And, it completely lived up to the hype. This trio delivered a sound so fresh, and exciting, that it caught your attention whether you wanted it to or not. No matter what your mood, this album fulfills your wants.

Favorite Tracks: The Mother We Share, Gun, We Sink

3. Arctic Monkeys—AM
I’ve been a fan of these guys for years now. After hearing Do I Wanna Know?, I was beyond excited for this album. Darker than what we’ve come to know, and way more sexual, AM is everything you want when you go to listen to Arctic Monkeys. I’ve been spinning this album for months now, and don’t see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.

Favorite Tracks: R U Mine?, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, One For The Road

2. Vampire Weekend—Modern Vampires of the City
Vampire Weekend have made a habit of releasing nothing but amazing music. Their third album follows suit perfectly. Brilliant melodies, a hidden romance, and a cryptic religious undertone that intrigues- this album is just incredible.

Favorite Tracks: Unbelievers, Ya Hey, Dianne Young, Hannah Hunt

1. The National—Trouble Will Find Me
This album… THIS FREAKIN ALBUM… The day I got my hands on this album, I went driving through the woods on HWY 32 toward Lake Almanor. The sky was full of mist, with light drizzles covering my windshield, all to the soundtrack of Matt Berninger and Co. From the first note of his baritone voice, I was hooked. He’s a helpless romantic, with a troubled soul. He’s filled with pain, but so much love. From start to finish, this album is what you hope for when you hear a favorite band is releasing new material. There’s no bad track here, just a tracklist that gets better and better the deeper you get. Buy yourself this album. Put it on in your car, roll your windows down, and go drive aimlessly through the night. Get lost in the music, and on your drive. This is the escape you’ve been looking for.

Favorite Tracks: Pink Rabbits, I Need My Girl, Graceless, I Should Live In Salt, Fireproof

iTunes (Digital) | Amazon (Physical) | Insound (Vinyl)

Honorable Mentions

  • Pearl Jam—Lightning Bolt
  • My Bloody Valentine—M B V
  • Childish Gambino—Because The Internet
  • Atoms for Peace—Amok

Most Anticipated

  • Beck
  • Modest Mouse
  • Foo Fighters
  • Brand New
  • Manchester Orchestra


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Jan 30
5:50 pm
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Best of 2013 — Songs
In 2013, I streamed 11,389 songs. Streamed. That’s 41,887 minutes of music. And, that’s just on Spotify. We’re not talking about everything from radio, vinyl, iPod, iTunes, in person…
No matter how you look at it… That’s a lot of music.
And just like anything goes, to be blunt, most of that sucked. There were obvious exceptions. There were collections of songs that you wish you could unhear. And, albums and albums you wonder how they were released. Then, there were artists that released several killer singles, and enough material for double albums, that were nothing but brilliant.
Over the last twelve months, I’ve put together a list of the best songs I’ve heard. After much time, and mass amounts of relistening, I’ve collected and ordered my favorite 25 of the year- with three honorable mentions (Come on, you can’t limit me to a strict number, it’s not fair).
You’re going to find songs from a pretty wide range of genres. You’ve got indie rockers mixed with some of the best rappers to ever grab a mic. And, you’ve got a DJ working with one of the most soulful singers in the game. More than any other year, I ended up including quite a few Top 40 songs on this list. Not to say I’m starting to swing to a pop-driven state of mind. But, in my opinion, artists are just creating better songs all around. Hell, even Katy Perry and Gaga had some decent tunes this year.
You might find some surprises here. Then again, you might think this is the most predictable list I’ve put out yet. However you feel, I hope you enjoy the music. Thanks for checking this out, and thanks to these artists for giving me the necessary escape I need throughout the year with such amazing music and storytelling.

25. Wake Me Up — Avicii24. Rap God — Eminem23. Mirrors — Justin Timberlake22. We Can’t Stop — Miley Cyrus21. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy) —David Bowie20. Falling — Haim19. Inhaler — Foals18. Black Skinhead — Kanye West17. Closer — Tegan & Sara16. Hold On, We’re Going Home — Drake15. Laughter Lines — Bastille14. I Sat By The Ocean — Queens of the Stone Age13. Same Love — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis12. Ohm — Yo La Tengo11. Latch — Disclosure10. Youth — Daughter9. Get Lucky — Daft Punk8. Retrograde _ James Blake7. Recover — CHVRCHES6. Do I Wanna Know? — Arctic Monkeys5. Reflektor — Arcade Fire4. Ya Hey — Vampire Weekend3. Million Miles — TV on the Radio2. Don’t Swallow the Cap — The National1. Song for Zula — Phosphorescent

Honorable Mentions

-Sirens — Pearl Jam-Everything _ Nine Inch Nails-Clarity — Zedd featuring Foxes

Best of 2013 — Songs

In 2013, I streamed 11,389 songs. Streamed. That’s 41,887 minutes of music. And, that’s just on Spotify. We’re not talking about everything from radio, vinyl, iPod, iTunes, in person…

No matter how you look at it… That’s a lot of music.

And just like anything goes, to be blunt, most of that sucked. There were obvious exceptions. There were collections of songs that you wish you could unhear. And, albums and albums you wonder how they were released. Then, there were artists that released several killer singles, and enough material for double albums, that were nothing but brilliant.

Over the last twelve months, I’ve put together a list of the best songs I’ve heard. After much time, and mass amounts of relistening, I’ve collected and ordered my favorite 25 of the year- with three honorable mentions (Come on, you can’t limit me to a strict number, it’s not fair).

You’re going to find songs from a pretty wide range of genres. You’ve got indie rockers mixed with some of the best rappers to ever grab a mic. And, you’ve got a DJ working with one of the most soulful singers in the game. More than any other year, I ended up including quite a few Top 40 songs on this list. Not to say I’m starting to swing to a pop-driven state of mind. But, in my opinion, artists are just creating better songs all around. Hell, even Katy Perry and Gaga had some decent tunes this year.

You might find some surprises here. Then again, you might think this is the most predictable list I’ve put out yet. However you feel, I hope you enjoy the music. Thanks for checking this out, and thanks to these artists for giving me the necessary escape I need throughout the year with such amazing music and storytelling.

25. Wake Me Up — Avicii
24. Rap God — Eminem
23. Mirrors — Justin Timberlake
22. We Can’t Stop — Miley Cyrus
21. Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy) —David Bowie
20. Falling — Haim
19. Inhaler — Foals
18. Black Skinhead — Kanye West
17. Closer — Tegan & Sara
16. Hold On, We’re Going Home — Drake
15. Laughter Lines — Bastille
14. I Sat By The Ocean — Queens of the Stone Age
13. Same Love — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
12. Ohm — Yo La Tengo
11. Latch — Disclosure
10. Youth — Daughter
9. Get Lucky — Daft Punk
8. Retrograde _ James Blake
7. Recover — CHVRCHES
6. Do I Wanna Know? — Arctic Monkeys
5. Reflektor — Arcade Fire
4. Ya Hey — Vampire Weekend
3. Million Miles — TV on the Radio
2. Don’t Swallow the Cap — The National
1. Song for Zula — Phosphorescent

Honorable Mentions

-Sirens — Pearl Jam
-Everything _ Nine Inch Nails
-Clarity — Zedd featuring Foxes


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Jan 28
11:38 pm
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2013 — A Year in music

Now that we’re almost a month into this new year, I’ve finally had the time I’ve needed to reflect on all that was music in 2013. And, what an incredible year it was.

What I deemed the “Year of reunions, comebacks, and surprises,” we were gifted some true gems. Gems that we’ll remember, and revisit, for years to come. 

Sure, we saw albums from artists we’ve been hoping for, like Arcade Fire and Kanye West. But, we also got albums from those that have haven’t released anything in years, like Nine Inch Nails (5), Justin Timberlake (7) and Daft Punk (12). Boards of Canada put out their first album in eight years, and it is brilliant. We got a release from Black Sabbath after a 18 years, and an album from My Bloody Valentine that was 21 years in the making. Hell, DAVID BOWIE gave us his first album in 10 years without us even expecting something.

Look at those albums, they’re just the releases! Then, there was live music. Oh, how spectacular the live music was. My bucket list has more check marks on it from last year, than the previous three combined.

From seeing the Postal Service on their 10 year anniversary tour, to Andrew McMahon playing “Konstantine" for the first time in person (Chills. It was everything I hoped it would be). Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z absolutely destroyed Candlestick Park, in one of the most exciting shows I’ve ever been to. I crossed of James Blake playing a show in Santa Cruz, Alabama Shakes in Davis, and Coheed and Cambria bring down the Warfield. With one night, and a free ticket, I crossed off Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, and Queens of the Stone Age. There was the crazy night that was Yeezus himeself (where he was almost outdone by Kendrick Lamar). I saw the most moving tribute to the late, great Lou Reed, from My Morning Jacket (with Elvis Costello, Neil Young and Jenny Lewis), as well as the rare performances by the iconic Tom Waits and the legend himself- Bob Dylan.

All and all, if I had written a dream year in music, I would have fallen far short of what 2013 gave us.

In the last handful of days we have here in January, I’m bringing my annual year end list for 2013. Because I’ve been busy working on renovations to my parents new house, I’ve obviously procrastinated on my work here. Instead of all of the lists I usually post, I’m just going to do two. So, stay tuned, I’ve got Best Songs and Albums coming up.


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Jan 28
12:12 am
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"I don’t want you as a ghost
I don’t want you as a fading light
I don’t want to be the weight you carry
I just want to be the man you come home to every night…”

(Source: asunglullaby)


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Dec 31
12:54 pm
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Throughout history, there have been vast amounts of influential artists, when it comes to music. There have been very few though, that have reached the level of influence as Lou Reed.

Reed passed away yesterday morning, and the world lost a true Rock icon. As the fan of music that I am, I was grateful to be spending that day at the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, in Mountain View. With a lineup that consisted of Jenny Lewis, Heart, fun., Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, I expected at least a moment of silence for the legendary Velvet Underground co-founder. What we got was even more powerful.

To close their set, My Morning Jacket called out many artist from the day (including Lewis, Costello, Krall, and Young), to pay homage to the man that influenced so many of their careers. With an absolutely incredible acoustic rendition of “Oh! Sweet Nuthin," MMJ put a silence over the crowd that you don’t often hear at concerts. 

The hit, from The Velvet Underground's 1970 hit album Loaded, was without question the highlight of the weekend. While this ended up being the only tribute to Reed, it was exactly what the day needed. A great musician honored with the respect he truly deserved. 

Bridge School is one of the best concerts you can attend, in my opinion. Not just for the always stellar lineups, but for the purpose of the show in general. For those reasons, this is a show that I will always look forward to attending. 

Thank you Neil and Pegie young, for all of the work you do for Bridge School, and for this special show you give us each and every year. I look forward to supporting whatever you bring us in 2014.


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Oct 28
3:01 pm
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This last week or so, I’ve come across some truly amazing new music. With the lack of playlist postings as of late, I thought it would actually be more fitting to ignore all that is new, and revisit some older songs that are showing some extra meaning at this current time in my life.
Yes, I’ve included a couple of fresh tracks. But, pay attention to the content of each. That’s what is really important with this week’s playlist.
Lyrically, these are some true gems.

This last week or so, I’ve come across some truly amazing new music. With the lack of playlist postings as of late, I thought it would actually be more fitting to ignore all that is new, and revisit some older songs that are showing some extra meaning at this current time in my life.

Yes, I’ve included a couple of fresh tracks. But, pay attention to the content of each. That’s what is really important with this week’s playlist.

Lyrically, these are some true gems.


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Oct 2
4:54 pm
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With all the new music I’ve been going through this last week, I’ve been caught up repeatedly listening to Dustin Kensrue’s new album “The Water & The Blood.”
I’m blown away that an artist with a history in music like he has (15 amazing years with Thrice) has the conviction and will to write and release an absolutely breathtaking worship album. It’s a truly inspiring move he’s made, and one that I wholeheartedly admire.
You don’t often see artist today live a life with such a devotion to God. Having a talent, and a gift like Kensrue, and being able to use it to serve His glory is remarkable. Not often to I list religious “churchy” records, let alone worship albums, in my favorite albums of the year. But, this one will is likely finding its way into my Top 25 come years end- if not the Top 10.
This is absolutely stunning, moving music, that needs to be heard; needs to be felt.
Check out THIS ARTICLE from Resurgence (Ministry of the Mars Hill Church where Kensrue is the Worship Leader) asking the question, “Why a worship album?”

If you haven’t heard this new music, please check out this video Dustin released for the track “It’s Not Enough”

With all the new music I’ve been going through this last week, I’ve been caught up repeatedly listening to Dustin Kensrue’s new album “The Water & The Blood.”

I’m blown away that an artist with a history in music like he has (15 amazing years with Thrice) has the conviction and will to write and release an absolutely breathtaking worship album. It’s a truly inspiring move he’s made, and one that I wholeheartedly admire.

You don’t often see artist today live a life with such a devotion to God. Having a talent, and a gift like Kensrue, and being able to use it to serve His glory is remarkable. Not often to I list religious “churchy” records, let alone worship albums, in my favorite albums of the year. But, this one will is likely finding its way into my Top 25 come years end- if not the Top 10.

This is absolutely stunning, moving music, that needs to be heard; needs to be felt.

Check out THIS ARTICLE from Resurgence (Ministry of the Mars Hill Church where Kensrue is the Worship Leader) asking the question, “Why a worship album?”

If you haven’t heard this new music, please check out this video Dustin released for the track “It’s Not Enough


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Oct 1
2:31 pm
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