Best of 2016 – Joseph

The three sisters from Portland hit #1 on the Adult Alternative charts with this energetic anthem. Don’t raise that white flag in surrender; BURN IT. (Takes on a whole new meaning for me after the election.)  These ladies remind me a bit of a more amped-up First Aid Kit.  I love it!

Love and kisses.

 

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Best of 2016 -Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen joins David Bowie as a legend lost in 2016.  His final album, You Want It Darker, was released just a couple of weeks before his death, in an eerie repeat of the way it went down with Bowie.

This song was cowritten with son, Adam Cohen. Here’s “Traveling Light.”

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Best of 2016 – Kaleo

This song’s dirty American blues sound sounds pretty authentic for a band from Iceland. This was another band I was pleased to see at the Riverfront Music Festival on a warm late-summer day in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  The crowd went wild for this song, which seemed to be the most popular of their set.

Kaleo – “No Good”

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Best of 2016 -Pete Yorn

Musicforthemorningafter is still one of my favorite albums of the 2000’s,and I am happy that Pete Yorn did not join the ranks of the one-hit wonders. He released his seventh album, Arranging Time, earler this year, and this song is one of my favorites from it.

“Summer Was a Day”

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Best of 2016 -Bear’s Den

This one kills me, and I’m not sure why; I’ve been in a happy relationship for 33+ years. I guess it’s because we all remember being ripped apart by a doomed love.

In the words we speak babe
Somehow I get lost in between
Whether to suffer in silence
Or to break it all with each breath that we breathe

Anyway, these guys are damned good, and this song kills me.

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Best of 2016 – Feral Conservatives

I love the sound of a mandolin, but the pretty plucking of it is what I’m accustomed to hearing. Sadly, it’s an instrument rarely used outside the bluegrass genre. Feral Conservatives proudly, joyfully employ it to drive their sound, which kind of reminds me of R.E.M.

I love the energy in “Round the Corner”. Enjoy.

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Best of 2016 -Sturgill Simpson

This is going into the “one of my favorite covers” playlist. When I first heard it on Sirius radio earlier this year, on The Loft, I had to glance at the screen to make sure I hadn’t switched to one of their country stations. The fact that this was a Nirvana song didn’t sink in until he got to “he’s the one who likes all our pretty songs.” (Hey, I was driving and not looking at the radio display!) But, holy crap is this awesome. Horns!!

 

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Best of 2016 -Wilco

Oh, Wilco, through all of your ups and downs, through all of your challenges to my loyal fangirl ears (I’m looking at you, “Less Than You Think,”) I have loved you. I found myself rewarded for that in 2016.

“If I Ever Was a Child” is one of the sweetest tunes on the 2016 album, Schmilco. Here they are performing it live on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel.

 

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Best of 2016 – David Bowie

The year started off with the first of a series of major celebrity deaths (but Kirk Douglas survived to age 100, so, yay for that!) when we lost David Bowie on January 10. It was a sudden, monumental blow to the music world, and was a huge surprise to many of us. Even Michael C Hall, who performed Lazarus on CBS in December 2015, had no idea how sick Bowie was. 

There was some buzz about Blackstar‘s release on Bowie’s birthday, January 8, and I heard “Lazarus” a few times and filed it away as another good Bowie tune, knowing I would hear it for the next few months on the Sirius station, Spectrum.  Little did I know that it was Bowie’s parting gift.  After he passed away, reading the lyrics hit me with a “DUH” moment. Of course he was flat-out telling us that he was not long for this world. This song stands out as my favorite of the year, mostly because of its jarring emotional punch.

 

Love and kisses.