My Top Ten Songs of 2017

2017 was a stellar year for new music.  It was so very hard to arrive to ten songs, but here is my list finally:

Lourde – The Louvre

Lourde is a such an amazing talent.  Other great songs from her Melodrama album include “Green Light,” “Homemade Dynamite,” “Liability,” “Writer in the Dark,” and “Supercut.”  It is definitely my favorite album of the year, by far.


Jason Bajada – Blondie

Jason is one of my favorite artists.  For the past few years most of his material has been in French but for this new effort he’s back at singing in English.   His voice is amazing in any language.


Japanese Breakfast – Road Head

Japanese Breakfast is Michelle Zauner’s (of Little Big League) solo effort.  Would it be wrong to say that Japanese Breakfast is by far better than Little Big League?  This song seems ideal for driving in the dark.


The xx – I Dare You

The xx keep getting better and better.  Their 2017 album, I See You, doesn’t have a single weak moment.  This song is the big highlight.


Waxahatchee – Silver

I don’t know how I had never heard of Waxahatchee until this year.  I’ve caught up, however.  Is this not The Breeders for the teens?


The War on Drugs – Thinking of a Place

The War on Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding album is close to perfection.  I love Adam’s Dylanesque voice.


Japanese Breakfast – Machinist

I’m not a fan of autotuned voices, but Michelle’s use of it here is so well done.  I love the video too!

Depeche Mode – Where’s the revolution

Depeche Mode continues to produce amazing music, and remain my favorite band.   My LastFM account proves it:

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Beth Ditto – We could run

I’ve been a fan of Beth’s since her Gossip days.  Her 2017 album, Fake Sugar, is her best.  What a voice!


St. Vincent – Los Ageless

What could I say that hasn’t been said about St. Vincent?  She’s probably the best musician of the teens.

I hope this won’t be my only entry in this blog this year.  Life happens!

My Top Ten Songs of 2016

Ever since the arrival of our now 2 year old I’ve been remiss in updating this blog.  I’m sure that the small number of followers I once had will either not remember this blog, or have left.

Nevertheless, what better way to restart the blog than a “top ten list.”  The last time I did this was in 2013.  While I have a list for 2014, and 2015, it doesn’t make sense to rehash those years.

I had a hard time paring this down to just ten, but after much deliberation here are my most loved songs of 2016.

1 – Pékin (les amitiés) – Jason Bajada.  Jason is one of my favorite songwriters.  This was my favorite song of his 2016 Album, Volcano. “Comment va ton weekend?”

2- Adore – Savages.  It seems 80s inspired bands are de rigueur lately; there are several on this list.   This song is hypnotic, and just amazing!

3- Algorithm – Emmy the Great. I love Emma-Lee Moss’ voice.

4- Crying in Public – Chairlift.  Synthesizers have never been bad in my world.  I could see Everything But The Girl doing this song back in the 80s.

5 – A Beautiful Mystery – Katie Costello.  I’ve been a superfan of Katie since I saw her supporting Toad The Wet Sprocket many years ago.  All of her music is superb.

6 – Virtue – Bloc Party.  This British band seems to get better and better with each new album.

7 – Sister – Angel Olsen.  For 2017, Angel needs to comeback to the Newport Folk Festival (played there in 2015) but this time on the main stage.  That would make me very happy!

8 – Pull My Arm – Flowers.  This is one of those songs that sound familiar from the very first sound, but it’s entirely new, and you just love it.  At least that is what happened to me.

9 – Fold – Burnt Palms.  Tell me that the 80s aren’t back.  It’s The Ramones + Liz Phair.

10- Tokyo – TEEN.  The Lieberson sisters could easily have been an 80s band.  It’s the best of the “Next-Wave.”

What do you think?

For Marcella

Remember long ago
When I’d speak to you
Yet you were not possible

Now you are close
And your arrival is imminent
What will I say to you

Will it be fanciful or silly
Will I ruin the moment
Will I just fall in love

And then…

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It all happened
You arrived
It surprised me

I didn’t ruin anything
I wasn’t too silly
I did fall in love

Nothing was as I expected
You are here
You are teaching me all

My Top Ten Songs of 2013

Unlike last year, I’m not waiting until June to put together my list of my favorite songs from the previous year. My favorite songs of 2013, in order, are:

1. Fresh Strawberries by Franz Ferdinand. FF has been the best band of the past 10 years. Their 2013 Album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action was nothing short of amazing.

2. Gravediggress by CocoRosie. I don’t know how I have missed this group before, but CocoRosie is wonderfully weird. This song is addictive despite the horrible fact that there is a clown in this video.

3. I Got You by Jack Johnson. I couldn’t help being all romantic in 2013, with getting married to the most amazing woman and all, so yeah I had this song playing a lot this year.

4. A New Life by Jim James. And when I didn’t play Jack Johnson, I was playing Jim James’s A New Life. To be fair, we caught Jim James at the Newport Folk Festival. Now I get why people are so excited about My Morning Jacket.

5. Les jolies Françaises by Jason Bajada. Jason’s Le Résulta de mes bêtises was one of those albums that I couldn’t stop listening to, and still haven’t.

6. Changeling by Alison Moyet. Call me a child of the 80s, but Alison is back. Her voice is just as great as it was back with Yazoo.

7. All That’s Mine by Depeche Mode. Speaking of the 80s, Depeche Mode is still strong and possibly better. I seem to be biased since they are my favorite band. I was once embarrassed to say it, but there is no denying that I listen to them more than anyone else, my LastFM scrobbles don’t lie,

8. We Are Not Cool by Stripmall Architecture. I’m crazy about this band.

9. I’d Rather Be High by David Bowie. Bowie is also back. I don’t know what happened between Scary Monsters and now but this album, and this song, is excellent.

10. Came Back Haunted by Nine Inch Nails. I’ve been a Trent Reznor fan forever, but hide it well. NIN is fantastic for Monday morning commuting.

What do you think?

Snapshots of Willemstad


Warm breezes made of joy
Brotherhood of childhood
Parenting that doesn’t stifle

Dark men working hard under a harsh sun
Mankind bare and unresolved
Happiness of celebration for its own sake

Lizards and parrots
Orioles float above it all
Cactus overlook the ocean

Water soothes
Clumsiness in water
Desire to soar

Time is tangible as the waves come and the clouds roll
I close my eyes and try to capture being here

Willemstad, Curaçao

Willemstad, Curaçao

One to Ten

Now split

Early Goodbye
Welcome new sister
Another one delights

“Si me duele la pipa”
A copy of the one now gone
The land of snow calls to us, maybe

A dream
A true horror
Moving again, but why?
Crying wakes me leaving me cold
Change in plans once more, why do we have to?

Pots and pans
Mom is depressed
I’m a stranger in my skin
Dad sends us audio tapes we wear out

We make it to the football school finals
I wonder about Manitoba
Imagining a child in China
Aware and smarter than most
Soft bald head grow blonde curls
Pick a book and read
The last breath floats
All alone
Just me