A new sketch-like song that was quick to execution: “Verjaardag Thuis”. You can hear my daughter in the background.

The time of year has set in where I mostly just stop listening to new records and start revisiting records from the last eleven months. So if you want to get in my year-end list, releasing your album in December means you're out of luck.

I always thought that liking the earliest Rainer Maria records was kind of a guilty pleasure, but my favorite album of theirs got the Pitchfork Seal of Approval, so yeah.

I'm obsessed with Cat Power's gorgeous song “Woman”.

Went to see the Beths in my hometown – their album is one my personal favorites this year, and their show was awesome. If you're into Death Cab For Cutie, you can catch the Beths again as support during their European tour. On a much bigger stage, and well-deserved.

I know I'm starting to sound like some dude constantly harping on his old favorites, but the reissue of Bikini Kill's singles compilation couldn't not be mentioned. 25-some years in, these songs still are such a monumental triumph, calling patriarchy, harassment and prejudice towards women to order, before ripping right through it.

It was awesome seeing Kathleen Hanna perform with the Julie Ruin last year – she's a bona fide hero. Their show was great in and of itself, so they didn't need to, but lord was it great that they did: ending the show with the defining rallying cry of female confidence: "Rebel Girl".

Lala Lala's album is one of the highlights of this year. She's (supposedly) playing at Vera Groningen on February 23rd, and at the Paradiso on February 25th. Her song “Destroyer” reminds me of Pavement – in a good way.