Well it's time once again to take a retrospective look back at the year via the ever comforting top ten list. It was a tough one. We lost Prince and Bowie. We said goodbye to Gene Wilder and Glenn Frey, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Merle Haggard, George Michael and Lemmy no longer walk the Earth with us. I sure will miss all of them and I hope they're okay wherever they are now.
Politically, I share a great deal of concern with many of my fellow Americans about the coming years of our country and the future we're carving out for our children. I think of the state of the world, of our lives folding and unfolding and I'm scared. Like we're all holding hands but losing our grip.
As usual the most consistent medicine for me this year has been my family and the art I consume. This year I watched nearly 300 films (I'm doing an entirely separate post about that), I gobbled up records and songs like water in a desert. I read as few books that may have actually changed my life, as rare as that seems here ar the ripe old age of 33.
When I wasn't consuming art I did my goddamn best to create it. I wrote over 150 songs this year. Many of them can be found on my soundcloud page and many more are finding their ways onto various records and television shows. I'm grateful for every one of them. As usual I spent much of the year on planes and in buses, traveling the country playing music. I can't tell you how many strange hotel hallways I've walked through or how hard it gets to remmeber what room you're in when they're all a great big blur. I recognize gas stations in Iowa that I've been in before. I see a tree near an exit sign in Michigan and realize I know that exit. It's all wonderful and exhausting and beautiful and terrible and everything in between.
Anyway. Here are some things I liked a lot this year. Maybe you'll like them too. Cheers and happy new year pizza confetti explosion moonbeam pineapple dream.
1. Reality Hunger by David Shields2. The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael3. Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner4. Enter Night by Mick Wall5. The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead by David Shields6. Face The Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley7. The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace8. Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup by C.K. Lendt9. At Home: Essays by Gore Vidal10. Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica by Joel McIver1. Nocturnal Animals2. King Cobra3. Everybody Wants Some4. Manchester By The Sea5. Hell Or High Water6. Cafe Society7. Arrival8. Tale of Tales9. Elle10. American Honey1. OJ: Made In America2. Author: The JT Leroy Story3. DePalma4. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words5. Lo and Behold6. Holy Hell7. Weiner8. Tickled9. Supersonic10. Man Vs. Snake1. The Witch2. In A Valley of Violence3. Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla4. The Greasy Strangler5. The Eyes of My Mother6. The Invitation7. Baskin8. The Neon Demon9. I Am Not A Serial Killer10. Green Room
1. Radiohead - A Moon shaped Pool2. Bazan - Blanco3. Metallica - Hardwired To Self Destruct4. Grey Watson - Ruins5. Elise Davis - The Token6. Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life7. David Bowie - Backstar8. Matthew Mayfield - Recoil9. Lucinda Williams - The ghosts of highway 2010. Jim James - Eternally Even
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