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Happy New Year? Deep Breath. Here We Go.

And thus we come to the end of the infamous 2016. While it was fine for me personally and professionally, it was the Year of the Great Losses culturally and politically. I am still reeling from the many disappointments that hit us this past year and am genuinely worried about what lies ahead.

I found this poem online today and it speaks to me:

2016-poem

I love that it mentions music specifically as a coping mechanism and inspiration. Along with family and friends, of course, music has always been my comfort, and I’ve relied on it more than ever in the past months.

And with that in mind, here are my Top Ten Albums and Singles for 2016, in no particular order, as submitted to the annual Village Voice Pazz and Jop (not sure they’re using that title anymore) Critics Poll:

ALBUMS:

Wilco – Schmilco

Avett Brothers – True Sadness

Andy Shauf – The Party

David Bowie – Blackstar

Beyonce – Lemonade

The Monkees – Good Times!

The Hamilton Mixtape

Justin Bieber – Purpose

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

SINGLES:

Hell No – Ingrid Michaelson

S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats

Heathens – Twenty-One Pilots

Cake by the Ocean – DNCE

2 A.M. – Bear Hands

When the Tequila Runs Out – Dawes

When We Were Young – Adele

Trip Switch – Nothing But Thieves

Waste A Moment – Kings of Leon

All We Ever Knew – The Head and the Heart

Feel free to argue for your favorites. As much music as I buy and as many downloads/promos as are sent to me (keep ’em coming!), I don’t hear all the great stuff that’s out there, so tell me what I missed.

Happy New Year? We can do it. Keep your eyes and ears and heart open. Stay strong. Do what you can. Be kind.

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Short month, long winter

February is the shortest month and yet it can easily feel like the longest, with the early-setting sun and bitter cold standing between me and spring – and my birthday, on March 1st. (Start planning now!)

At least this February, I have the sweet face of Harry Styles looking over my shoulder as I type, as his 21st birthday (can I buy you a drink, handsome?!) on February 2 makes him my calendar boy of the month.

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Yes, my possibly inappropriate 1D fangirl obsession continues, but I was able to make it work with a recent story posted on AXS.com, when respected indie troubadour Martin Sexton covered a 1D song for his daughter, after she found out that Harry was following him on Twitter.

Other recent stories for that site include:

Courtney Barnett’s new single/video and upcoming album. Very excited for this as I loved her album and the show I caught last year, at the Black Cat. She was also very gracious afterwards, meeting fans and signing albums. Here I am with the cool lady. IMG_3992

Sufjan Stevens’ new album and upcoming tour.

Rapper/singer Lizzo gets coveted spot opening for Sleater-Kinney’s tour.

I’ve had a few other items posted recently, so here are some other links for your pleasure:

Jukebox the Ghost and Twin Forks giving away free music and touring together.

A review of The Black Cadillacs, and Knox Hamilton (a new favorite band) at Jammin Java.

A review of (charming Southern boy) Christian Lopez, also at Jammin Java.

To recap, here are places you can find me and links to a whole lotta love:

AXS.com

Examiner.com – National Music news

Examiner.com – DC Concert Photography (reviews, previews and slideshows)

 Whatcha Gonna Play – the set list site

Thanks for dropping by and please come back soon. It won’t all be listicles (a horrible trend in journalism, with an ugly word to match!).

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