Favorites from 2016

kb-picLet’s hope 2016 will be remembered for the music and not the other crap.  Some awful things happened.  I mean could anything be worse than the Canadiens collapse this past spring?  Maybe the end of humanity.  Wait, then that happened too.  So, we turn to music when we are down and here is my list of favorites from this notorious year, in no particular order – although I did try to make it flow well and maybe select songs that are a little more upbeat than usual.  Stay with it, because at the end I am inspired enough to be optimistic, which is my new full time goal for 2017.

1. ROLLING STONES  “Hate To See You Go”  (from Blue And Lonesome).   Wow where did this come from?  Who’d have thought?  And the album completely lives up to the hype.  And a STONES first: inclusion on this prestigious list.

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2.  THE I DON’T CARES  ” Born For Me”  (from Wild Stab).   They are Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield.  Two of my favorite bands were the Replacements and The Blake Babies.  So, for me, this is like a musical peanut butter cup.

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3. THE GOON SAX  “Up To Anything”  (from Up To Anything).   They were compared to The Go-Betweens, probably because Louis Forster is Robert Forster’s son. Or maybe the girl drummer.  They are not even 18 yrs old yet.  I’ll keep watching to see what happens.

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4. TEENAGE FANCLUB  “I’m In Love”  (from Here).  They have been doing the same thing for a long time and there’s nothing wrong with that. Perfect power pop song.

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5. BIG THIEF  “Masterpiece”  (from Masterpiece).

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6. ANGEL OLSEN  ‘Shut Up Kiss Me”  (from My Woman).

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7.  EMMA POLLOCK  “Dark Skies”  (from In Search Of Harperfield).  Emma was in the fabulous Scottish band The Delgados for years.  I am very fond of a couple of their albums and this may be even better.

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8. MICHAEL KIWANUKA  “Black Man In A White World”  (from Love and Hate). This was featured on The Get Down – which is great – because more people will discover this guy.

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9. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST  “We The People…”  (from We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service).

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10. ANDERSON.PAAK  “Am I Wrong”  (from Malibu).

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11. THE 1975  “Somebody Else”  (from I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It).  Guilty pleasure.

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12. BAT FOR LASHES  “Sunday Love”  (from The Bride).  Another awesome album from Natasha Khan.

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13. MITSKI  “Your Best American Girl”  (from Puberty 2).

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14. CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS  “Titled”  (from Christine And The Queens). From France, which is still part of the EU.

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15. JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN and BENJAMIN LAZAR  “Broke Me In Two”  (from Let It Be You).

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16. CASE/LANG/VEIRS  “Delirium”  (from Case/Lang/Veirs).  It was hard for me to choose one song off this album.  This clip is from an excellent show in Portland OR where they perform the album in its running order for the first time.  I am very sorry I didn’t get off my ass and go see them this past summer because these things don’t happen all the time.

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17. CARRIE RODRIGUEZ  “Frio En El Alma” (from Lola).   This is a great album because it mixes everything she does so well. I selected this traditional song that her great aunt Eva Garza also sang.

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18. ANDERS OSBOURNE  “Life Don’t Last That Long”  (from Spacedust and Ocean Views).  I know nothing about this guy and when I looked him up he’s probably not my cup of tea but there is something I love about this song so here it is.

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19. THE JAYHAWKS  “Quiet Corners and Empty Spaces”  (from Paging Mr. Proust). More of the same but I cannot resist the harmonies of this band.

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20. STURGILL SIMPSON  “In Bloom”  (from A Sailors Guide To Earth). This is hands down the best Nirvana cover.  Brilliant.

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21. TEDDY THOMPSON AND KELLY JONES  “Never Knew You Loved Me Too”  (from Little Windows).  I am surprised I did not see this on a lot of best of lists (Hello No Depression?).  This is some ass kicking collection of original Countrypolitan tunes beautifully sung.  Inclusion on this prestigious list will ease the sting the artists must feel.

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22. DAVE DOBBYN  “You Get So Lonely”  (from Harmony House).  Despite the fact I may have selected another song from this album (…thanks You Tube!), DD albums are so rare, I am not passing up my chance to include the iconic Kiwi on one of my year end lists. There is an entire world below the equator that people apparently live in. I must do my part to tell the rest of the world that goes on down there.

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23. GLASS ANIMALS  “Life Itself”  (from How To Be A Human Being).

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24. RADIOHEAD  “Burn The Witch”  (from A Moon Shaped Pool).

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25.  DAVID BOWIE  “I Can’t Give Everything Away”  (from Blackstar).  I think what I have taken away from Bowie’s passing is that, no matter what, you always have the music. Blackstar is fabulous and important.

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26. KATE BUSH  “And Dream Of Sheep”  (from Before The Dawn).  I am so excited about the release of the live album from Kate Bush that I think it has actually changed my mood in light of recent events.  Kate Bush’s music is some of the greatest ever and this live album captures that perfectly.  She sounds amazing.  It’s truly inspiring and it gives us reason to be optimistic. Happy 2017 bitches!

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And for an extra bonus here are links to two cool musicians I happen to know personally:

 

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https://oskavelli.bandcamp.com/album/ep1

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