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My Top 10 Albums of 2016

(feat. track – Dinosaur Pile-Up – “Bad Penny” [spotify] from Eleven Eleven)

[Posted 1/3/18] So… I was going through the blog to make some updates and found my 2016 “Best Of The Rest” lost in a draft. Of course, I never did get around to doing write-ups of my top albums for 2016 – or even posting them on the main blog! – much less posting what didn’t quite make it. (The list is, and will remain, over at the Top Tens page.)

Still, this blog feels incomplete without the list living here, even sans commentary, so I’m popping in to retroactively post it, along with the Best Of The Rest list I had written up at the time.

So without further ado…


10. Myrone – Drift Stage Vol. 1 [spotify]

9. Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini [spotify]

8. 18th and Addison – Makeshift Monster [spotify]

7. Boys Night Out – Black Dogs EP [spotify]

6. Cash Cash – Blood, Sweat & Three Years [spotify]

5. Garbage – Strange Little Birds [spotify]

4. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It [spotify]

3. Kitten – Heaven Or Somewhere In Between EP [spotify]

2. David Bowie – Blackstar [spotify]

1. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo [spotify]



American Football – American Football [spotify]

Bon Iver – 22, A Million [spotify]

Brand New – 3 Demos, Reworked [spotify]

Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book [spotify]

Dinosaur Pile-Up – Eleven Eleven [spotify]

The Downtown Fiction – Alligator Tears [spotify]

Frank Ocean – Blond(e) [spotify]

From Indian Lakes – Everything Feels Better Now [spotify]

The Hotelier – Goodness [spotify]

Jeff Rosenstock – Worry [spotify]

John K. Samson – Winter Wheat [spotify]

k.flay – Crush Me [spotify]

King Neptune – A Place To Rest My Head [spotify]

Lights – Midnight Machines [spotify]

Look Park – Look Park [spotify]

The Monkees – Good Times! [spotify]

Moose Blood – Blush [spotify]

Pity Sex – White Hot Moon [spotify]

Suede – Night Thoughts [spotify]

Tancred – Out Of The Garden [spotify]

RIP Davy Jones

The very first concert I ever attended was The Monkees at the Oakdale Theater in CT in 1986.  Weird Al opened.  I was 6, almost 7. The Monkees had become a staple on the nascent Nickelodeon a year or two prior. I don’t think I had any conception of who the Beatles really were, or that the show was basically a take-off on “A Hard Day’s Night” and their other movies, but you didn’t need any kind of context to enjoy the Monkees and their lighthearted, goofy, off-kilter antics, not to mention the songs.

Ultimately, I saw the Monkees in concert four more times, mostly during my college years when my Monkees-obsessed friend Lee rekindled my dormant love for the group. We caught them together a couple times, including one memorable trek up to Lowell in a snowstorm to see them. We must have been the youngest people in attendance by a good 30 years, and of course Mike Nesmith wasn’t with the group (after a falling out in 1970, he had but one brief reunion with the band), but it was undeniably a blast. I had the opportunity to catch a sixth show last year but ended up passing it up.  I’m regretting that now.

I’m not going to write a Monkees history here; there are a number of truly excellent ones out there, just a Google away. Suffice it to say, while they were created, they were as great a creation as one could hope for; when they took hold of their own destinies, they became (briefly) even greater.  They began playing timeless classic songs written for them by others; they finished writing their own just-as-classic bits of timeless pop. It’s too easy to forget just how great the music was.

Davy only took a couple lead vocals on each album, and I think Mickey and Mike got most of the best songs.  Of Davy’s, “Daydream Believer” is undeniably the best, but you don’t really need to hear that one again (also, I’m sure you will be hearing it everywhere for the next week).  Of the rest, I think most people would argue for “Star Collector” or “Valleri”, but “Hard To Believe” is pretty damn good.

So fare thee well Davy Jones. There’s been too much death on this blog lately.  Is that what happens when you hit a certain age? Life turns into watching as pieces of your childhood die, one by one? I don’t remember signing up for this.

Jimmy Eat World – “Firestarter”

now playing: Jimmy Eat World – Firestarter [spotify]


Erin, thank you for enlightening me as to the pleasures of Mickey Dolenz solo. So-lo, so-good!


originally posted 12/19/02

The Monkees – “The Door Into Summer”

now playing: The Monkees – Pisces Aquarius Capricorn & Jones [spotify] – The Door Into Summer [spotify]


Hit up Off the Record, racked up some more debt on my charge card, and walked out with Caitlin Cary – While You Weren’t Looking, Beachwood Sparks – Once We Were Trees (can you tell I’ve been in a Y’allternative mood lately?), Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters, and Cato Salsa Experience – A Good Tip for a Good Time. Reviews to come perhaps? I haven’t written any since college, and I kind of miss it, so maybe I’ll give it a go later.


originally posted 11/27/02

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