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***January Thirty First Two
Thousand and Seventeen***



Well, we're fucked.  Good luck everybody, let's hope we don't all die in a nuclear holocaust in the next couple of years.  


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Instas...


Burt vs. sunbeam.  Cary, NC.  


Lulu in front of the fire.  Marion, NC.


Lola's first snow day.  Cary, NC.  


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Vids and such...

There ar a shitload of good skate videos floating around out there right now...

Some kindly soul took it upon themselves to go through all the various clips of Rick McCrank skating in 2016, be it
in skate videos or on his TV show (he had a really great show called Abandoned on Vice that I highly recommend even
if you don't skate), and cobbled them together all in one spot.  I'm never not stoked for McCrank footage.  

Speaking of cobbled together videos, the GX1000 people made a nine minute long compilation of Jake Johnson
clips called "Thanks Jake".  This isn't just from 2016 as he's riding Alien Workshop boards in parts of it, but that
doesn't make it any less awesome.  

I guess it's just the month of compilations - end of the year and all that - here's nine minutes of Daan Van Der Lind
absolutely destroying everything in his path to one of the songs from the sound track of Disney's Robin Hood...they just
keep repeating the same song over and over.  It would be annoying if it wasn't so hilarious.  Also, Robin Hood is the
best Disney movie of all time for those keeping score at home.  Sword in the Stone is a close second.  

The Adidas team skating NYC in a vid called Broadway Bullet.  Goddamn that team is stacked...Gonz sighting!

Luan Oliveira
put out yet another part where he goes super fast, pops a mile high, and lands everything perfectly.  I'm
beginning to think he might actually be a cyborg.  


Photos from Florida (where we spent Christmas this year) and some other random garbage in the photo journal.

Someday I'll go to some more shows and write poorly about them.  Dinosaur Jr and Lambchop next month at a
minimum.


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"Two brothers... One speaks no English, the other learned English from watching "The Wide World of Sports." So you
tell me... Which is better, speaking no English at all, or speaking Howard Cosell?"


Bandway - Glossy Magazine.  It's entirely possible I've already posted songs from Bandway's 2015 masterpiece
"Buddies," but I'm not going to bother to double check because you can't post Bandway too often.  
Lasers
White Nipples

Best Coast - This Lonely Morning.  It might be overproduced and a little cheesy, but Best Coast can write some
good damn pop songs.  
Who Have I Become

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - Mariette.  Mark Kozalek is a dickhead (witnessed first hand plus countless stories
from trusted friends & acquaintances), but occasioanlly he puts out a record so good that I'll still listen to him.  Short of
a Red House Painters reunion, I can't imagine ever seeing him live again though.  
Tavoris Cloud

Mean Jeans - Cool 2 Drive.  Even if they are just ripping off the Ramones mostly, they do it in a really enjoyable way
and catchy songs are catchy songs.  
I Miss Outerspace
Total Creep

Warm Soda - Save This Dance for Me.  Warm Soda rose from the ashes of Bare Wires, and to my untrained ears
both acts sound kinda the same - glammy power pop that will worm it's way into your head for days.
Young Reckless Hearts

Three tracks a Stax reords comp I picked up at a thrift store a few months back....it's almost like that label had a bunch
of really talented musicians on it.  
Isaac Hayes - Walk On By
Mel & Tim - Starting All Over Again
Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long





***January Tenth Two
Thousand and Seventeen***

Hey, everyone loves lists and I love making them!  Here are the rest of my favorite things from 2016.

Top Live Shows of 2016!

I went to WAY less shows this past year than I usually do.  Maybe I'm getting old (definitely true), maybe my interest
level in new music is waning (probably true), or maybe it's the being a new dad thing (probably not true, I still stay up
late every night)...mostly it's probably laziness.  I'll try to do better in 2017.  


Eric Bachmann at Hopscotch Music Festival
Best I've seen him in years and years.  Perfect venue for his sparse arrangements.  Backup singers were fire.  


Low at the Cat's Cradle
If I see Low in a particular year, Low is one of the best shows of that year.  It's not even possible for this not to be true.  


Weather Warlock featuring D-Town Brass at Moogfest
First time I've ever gotten up before sunrise to see a band play.  Totally worth it.  


Television at Hopscotch Music Festival
A lot of people found this performance boring - I was mesmerized.


Nada Surf at the Cats Cradle

Not enough people recognize the pop genius of this band.  

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):

Baroness at Hopscotch Music Festival
Guided By Voices at the Cats Cradle
Gary Numan (night 2) at Moogfest
Protomartyr / Spray Paint / Bodykit at Cat's Cradle Back Room
Silver Apples at Moogfest
Superchunk at the NC State Fair
Wye Oak at Hopscotch Music Festival
Yo La Tengo at the Orange Peel


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Top Movies of 2016(ish)!
I took a slightly different approach with my movie list - thing is, I watch a ton of movies but rarely go to the theater.  And
as a general rule the bulk of the best films of the year all come out at the very end of the year, so I rarely see most of
them.  So this is two lists - my favorites of what I saw that actually came out in 2016, and my favorites that I saw in 2016
that came out other years.  

Favorite movie of the year:

Midnight Special (2016)  - I found this film totally mesmerizing.  Incredibly acted across the board, even down to the
                                                kid (Alton, played by Jaeden Lieberher).  Director Jeff Nichols has now made three out-
                                                standing films (see also Mud and Take Shelter), and has earned my total fandom.  


Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):

Deadpool (2016)
Everybody Wants Some (2016)
 - A perfect spiritual sequel to Dazed & Confused.
Hush (2016)

The Nice Guys (2016)
 - Strong Big Lebowski vibes in this one. 
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Favorites from other years that I saw in 2016:
The Baby (1973)
 - One of the most ridiculous movies I've ever seen.
The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2014)
The Green Room (2015)
It Follows (2014)
 - Favorite horror movie of the last decade probably. 
Kingdom Of Shadows (2015)
Mavis (2015)
Northern Soul (2014)
The Rover (2014)
 - Reminded me a lot of the original Mad Max. 
The Salt Of The Earth (2014)
Sicario (2015)
 - I'd have to go back and review, but possibly my favorite movie from 2015.
Thank You For Playing (2015)
 - One of the saddest documentaries/movies/anything I've ever seen. 
What We Do In The Shadows (2014)


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Top Television Shows of 2016!

Favorite new shows...

Gomorrah  - this came out in 2014 in Italy, but was released this year on Sudance here in the US so it counts on a
                       technicality.  Brutal and unforgiving, a mobster epic set in Naples (Napoli) that follows the ups and downs
                       of the Savastano clan.  Unlike the Sopranos, you never feel sorry for any of these people, other than their
                       victims.  My favorite show all year.  

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
Atlanta
The Grand Tour (We can pretend this is a new show and not an exact replica of Top Gear)
Luke Cage
One Mississippi
Preacher
Stranger Things

Westworld



Favorite returning shows...

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - the funniest show on TV (or rather streaming) by a large margin.  It should probably
                                                          be mentioned here that I am a Tina Fey superfan who has watched 30 Rock from
                                                          start to finish at least four or five times, and every joke she writes feels like it is cus-
                                                          tom designed just for me.  

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order):
The Americans
Black Mirror
Halt and Catch Fire
Narcos
Rectify
You're the Worst


Favorite single season shows / mini-series...
The Night Manager
The Night Of
OJ: Made in America


Favorite show I thought came out this year but apparently I'm wrong but I'm including it anyways...

Deutschland 83 - this would be my second favorite show of 2016 if it had come out this year, but it's still my second
                                 favorite show I watched this year.  I've always been fascinated by East Germany and the eighties
                                 soundtrack here is perfect - it's impossible not to like this.  





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