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  • Top Ten's of 2016

    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 Shields
    2. The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
    3. Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner
    4. Enter Night by Mick Wall
    5. The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead by David Shields
    6. Face The Music: A Life Exposed by Paul Stanley
    7. The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace
    8. Kiss and Sell: The Making of a Supergroup by C.K. Lendt
    9. At Home: Essays by Gore Vidal
    10. Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica by Joel McIver

    1. Nocturnal Animals
    2. King Cobra
    3. Everybody Wants Some
    4. Manchester By The Sea
    5. Hell Or High Water
    6. Cafe Society
    7. Arrival
    8. Tale of Tales
    9. Elle
    10. American Honey
    1. OJ: Made In America
    2. Author: The JT Leroy Story
    3. DePalma
    4. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words
    5. Lo and Behold
    6. Holy Hell
    7. Weiner
    8. Tickled
    9. Supersonic
    10. Man Vs. Snake
    1. The Witch
    2. In A Valley of Violence
    3. Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla
    4. The Greasy Strangler
    5. The Eyes of My Mother
    6. The Invitation
    7. Baskin
    8. The Neon Demon
    9. I Am Not A Serial Killer
    10. Green Room

    1. Radiohead - A Moon shaped Pool
    2. Bazan - Blanco
    3. Metallica - Hardwired To Self Destruct
    4. Grey Watson - Ruins
    5. Elise Davis - The Token
    6. Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life
    7. David Bowie - Backstar
    8. Matthew Mayfield - Recoil
    9. Lucinda Williams - The ghosts of highway 20
    10. Jim James - Eternally Even