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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 3

November 30, 2016

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I was going to stop at #31, but I figured that was silly.  So, the list continues on!  Enjoy.

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.

PS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

30)  :Mystery Lights – Follow Me Home:  Daptone launched a rock imprint – WICK – in 2016, and this Mystery Lights single was its first release.  I dig how loud and sloppy it is.

29)  :Weaves – Coo Coo:  If you like things that are clever and quirky, then this song from Weaves will delight you.

28)  :Twin Peaks – Walk To The One You Love:  This might be my favorite Twin Peaks track.  It’s such a breezy slice of garage pop.

27)  :Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips:  I’m all about Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos) and her rather sincere voice here.  Also, I appreciate that this song mentions David Blaine.

26)  :The Tallest Man On Earth – Time Of The Blue:  Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) cut this late one night while out on the road.  I think it’s one of his better songs.

25)  :Field Mouse – The Mirror:  Mostly 90s, sort of emo, entirely great.  That’s probably the best way to describe this one from Field Mouse.

24)  :The Hotelier – Piano Player:  The Hotelier offer up a lot of song here (roughly six swirling minutes worth), but thankfully it’s a great ride that’s totally worth the time and attention it requires.

23)  :Tancred – Control Me:  Here’s one of my favorite 90s-inspired tracks of 2016.  It’s just about perfect.  Good work, Tancred.

22)  :LIV – Wings of Love:  This is a fantastic Fleetwood Mac-like effort from LIV, a “supergroup” that features Lykke Li, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg, Peter Bjorn & John’s Björn Yttling and producer Jeff Bhasker.

21)  :Priests – JJ:  Frontwoman Katie Alice Greer destroys in this Priests track.  That voice of hers is just so very rad.

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Show Of The Week

July 6, 2016

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While the short holiday week has things on the show-front a lot more quiet than usual, there’s still a gig that I’m really excited for, and it’s Night Beats and The Mystery Lights at the Mohawk on Friday.  The latter just put out a solid retro rocker of a debut on Wick (it’s a Daptone Records spin-off), and the former released their psych-enthused third full length back in January.  I’m guessing that the show is going to be loud, sweaty and awesome.  Get in on it.

PS – Locals Rotten Mangos are set to open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- A. Sinclair at Waterloo Records
- The Sour Notes, Groves at Stubb’s
- Same Brain, Obscured by Echoes, Mr. Lewis and the Funeral Five at Hotel Vegas

Thursday:
- Roses, Jared Leibowich, Molly Burch, Tres Oui at Hotel Vegas
- Sailor Poon, King Khan (DJ set), Popper Burns, Yes Ma’am Brass Band at The Museum of Human Achievement
- A Sinclair, Ramesh, Thee Commons, The Villas at Barracuda

Friday:
- Jack Oblivian, The Bad Lovers, Dirty Ghosts, The Sheiks at Hotel Vegas
- The Hex Dispensers, Drakulas, Empty Markets at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Tele Novella at The Townsend
- Mike and The Moonpies, Harvest Thieves at 3ten ACL Live

Saturday:
- Boogarins, Spray Paint, Marriage, Ghetto Ghouls at Hotel Vegas
- Annihilation Time, Fuck You Pay Me, Dirty Ghosts, Obedience at Barracuda
- MCG, Young Girls, Lou Rebecca, DJ Emily Rabbit at Cheer Up Charlies
- Flight of the Conchords, David O’Doherty at Bass Concert Hall

Sunday:
- My Jerusalem at Waterloo Records
- Flight of the Conchords, David O’Doherty at Bass Concert Hall

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Quickdraw: The Mystery Lights, Mercury Girls, King Khan, Still Parade, Har Mar Superstar

April 18, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Mystery Lights – Follow Me Home:  The mighty folks over at Daptone have created a rock imprint, WICK, and The Mystery Lights’ debut will be its first release.  I’m really digging this slinky single.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 24.

:Mercury Girls – Ariana:  Mercury Girls are pretty new (they just got going in 2015), but they already have a sound that’s rather honed.  Hit play immediately if you love indie pop.  The Ariana single is due out May 20 via Slumberland.

:King Khan – Never Hold On:  King Khan recently crafted the soundtrack for a film called The Invaders, and that’s where this soul-enthused slow burner can be found.  I love it.  The Never Hold On single is available now via Bandcamp.

:Still Parade – Chamber:  Here’s a new one from Still Parade (aka Niklas Kramer).  It’s a sparkly effort that’s very warm and inviting, and you should expect it to leave you feeling excited about his upcoming LP.  Concrete Vision is due out June 3 via Heist Or Hit.

:Har Mar Superstar – How Did I Get Through the Day:  Aside from this being a very appropriately titled track for a Monday, it’s also a lo-fi retro gem that features Har Mar Superstar (aka Sean Tillmann) crooning his little heart out.  Best Summer Ever is available now through Cult Records.

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