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It's become this column space's tradition to spend the year's last dispatch regaling my favorite record of the year. This year, two minor changes in programming: 1) It's not the year's last column, which, yes, I know, deal with it you pedantic nerds. And 2) If you flip a few pages over you'll notice that my pick for the year's best record is Sufjan Stevens' articulate meditation on death and familial loss, “Carrie & Lowell.” Thing is, I already went on about it back in May.
So this year's love letter instead goes to my runner-up, Australian Courtney Barnett's charming and rambling, wise-beyond-her-years debut “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
A band that originated in Oklahoma confirmed via Facebook Friday evening that it was in Paris but unharmed.
Originally formed in Stillwater, Other Lives are scheduled to support the band Belle and Sebastian Thursday, Nov. 19 at a venue in Paris, according to the music website Songkick.
An official statement was posted to Other Lives' Facebook account Friday evening that read "We're in Paris, and we're safe. Words cannot describe this atrocity. All of our thoughts are with the people in France."
Jonathan Mooney, a member of the band, also updated his Facebook account Friday evening saying that he was safe.