I don’t know if it was the lazy Texas sunset keeping me company, starting to feel the beautiful monotonous rhythm of feeling settled in a new city, or the overall, universal weighted feeling of being on the precipice of slowly crawling out of this pandemic, but I felt instantly emotional…

It goes without saying that this year was unlike any other. However, my yearly top 10 album tradition must live on!

Shall we?

10. The Chicks, Gaslighter

After a 14-year hiatus, The Chicks (formerly The Dixie Chicks) release their new album through a unique collab with producer Jack Antonoff and arrive together at a new era…

Recently featured as Billboard Pride’s Artist of the Month and on Spotify’s physical billboard on 12th Ave as you head into Nashville’s downtown, Joy Oladokun is not only an artist to watch but possesses a voice and perspective that gracefully demands to be listened to.

I remember when the superstar released 1989-a ground-breaking album that replaced the comfortable image we collectively held of the beach-waved country singer with a sleek-bobbed pop star that took the genre to its most crafted fringes.

While 1989 felt like a rubicon of sorts dripping with the counter-intuitive desire of resisting reaching the height of one’s potential, she managed to deliver two more successful projects in reputation and Lover (both in terms of quality and commercial success), and while reputation didn’t do as well as she…

What an…interesting year it’s been. Thank God for pop culture to distract and comfort us through many months of confusion, uncertainty, and grief.

*in order of appearance

Catch and Kill (podcast)

November 2019-February 2020

Technically starting in 2019 but concluding in 2020, Ronan Farrow’s companion podcast to his Pulitzer Prize-winning crime novel Catch and Kill elevates and makes audibly tangible the stories he uncovered about Harvey Weinstein and the dangerous scrutiny he went through because of it.

Where to listen: Apple Podcasts & Spotify

Awkwafina makes Golden Globe history (moment)

I’ve written a lot about The Enneagram.

Mostly about it in relation to my favorite TV shows (Gilmore Girls, The Office, One Tree Hill and Parks & Rec)

Although it’s become ubiquitous and at times abused, I still find it a helpful tool of gaining awareness of the places we come from and the tendencies in our perspectives and projections. …

Today marks 10 years since one of my best friends in the world was diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

10 years since she had to cancel singing “Falling Slowly” from Once with me at a school coffeehouse to go to the hospital for what we thought was a persisting sports injury. 10 years since I stood in my kitchen, almost premonitionally avoiding eye contact with my mother before she…

*Even though this is being published now, this was my first edition to my TV Shows & The Enneagram series (that’s why it includes the most Ennea background). The site I originally posted these on crashed so I’ve slowly gotten them back on Medium. …

Hi. My name’s Monica Moser and I like to write about the year’s most important films, notable moments in pop culture, and, Billie Eilish.

But among my many hats, one of them is an employed member of the music industry in a very important, timely niche: streaming promotions.

In fact, the company I work for is literally called Streaming Promotions. We love being on the nose.

This year is the first time I’ve seen all 9 best picture noms! It was a great year — much better than the past two IMO.

If you’d like to hear further thoughts on this year’s Oscar nominations check out my podcast.

***DISCLAIMER: This list does not include (because I haven’t yet seen) Pain & Glory, The Two Popes, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Harriet

Monica Moser

Monica Moser is an Austin-based singer/songwriter, podcaster, & freelance journalist working in digital marketing in the music industry. TW/IG: @monicamoser

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