Welcome to Whiskey & Music. This is the online home for my music lists and a handful of other music related things. I spend a whole lot of time listening to, thinking about and organizing music. This site is a place for all that stuff to exist beyond my brain and hard drive.
About me: My name is Andrew Ryan, many of my friends know me by my nickname Widdla or Wid. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you already know me. I’ve been a huge fan of music since I was a little kid, listening to MC Hammer, Weird Al and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince on a My First Sony Walkman. And from then on, no matter where I’ve been in my life, my love for music never faded. I focused on the sociology and history of modern popular music in my undergrad, and I served as the research assistant on two books analyzing music after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I was the Reviews Editor for Progress Magazine and PM-Live.com, a website that focused on hip hop and alternative music culture. I released an EP called Preconditions of Extinction as The WID, and I was one of two MCs for the group Damn Good People. I played drums in a few bands when I was younger as well.
Most of the content on this site is my annual best-of playlists that I work on throughout the year as I listen to new music, but I also included some additional mixes, photographs I’ve taken of different artists, some of my own recordings and a few other miscellaneous things.
Pour a glass of whiskey, put on some headphones, and enjoy the site. Cheers!