Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Once again, our Year-End Special is dedicated to ALL KINDSA GIRLS!

All Kindsa Girls- The Real Kids Real Kids
Good Times- The Monkees Good Times!
Janine- David Bowie Man Of Words/Man Of Music 
Upside Down- Kurt Baker Combo In Orbit 
I'm in Love- Teenage Fanclub Here 
Terry- Farrah Moustache 
Pontiac- Mimi Betinis Music Sounds 
Play It (On Repeat)- The Dahlmanns Play It (On Repeat) 
^Ah! Leah!- Donnie Iris Back On The Streets 
Heart On the Line- Cheap Trick Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello 
Postdoc Blues- John K. Samson Winter Wheat 
Kitty- Racey Smash And Grab 
Smile- Descendents Hypercaffium Spazzinate 
Squirrel vs Snake- The Posies Solid States 
*California Kids- Weezer Weezer (White Album) 
*Trust Your Instincts- Nick Piunti Trust Your Instincts 
*Don't Open That Door- Michael Carpenter The Big Radio 
*The Book Of Too Late Changes- Cotton Mather Death Of The Cool 
*Back Among Friends- TUNS TUNS 
Maryann- Cherry Twister At Home With Cherry Twister 
Kill The Lovers- The Jangle Band Edge Of A Dream 
Sha La La- The Lash Outs State of Excess 
Ginny- Denny and the Dropouts Denny and the Dropouts 
Ladies Man- Soul Asylum Change Of Fortune 
You Say You- Bob Mould Patch The Sky 
>We Deliver- The Miamis We Deliver: The Lost Band Of The CBGB Era
Old Letter- Seth Swirsky Circles and Squares 
Hit You With A Flower- The Jeremy Band Hit You With A Flower 
Someone Else- Emitt Rhodes Rainbow Ends 
52 Girls- The B-52's The B-52's 

^Power Pop Peak:

*SacroSet:  2016 Top 5 Albums 

>Power Pop Prototype:  1975

2016?!?  What can I say that hasn't already been said?  At best it was surreal, at worst, terrifying.  On the plus side, the Love family remains healthy and we live in Sonoma, California.  My roles in We Players' Romeo and Juliet in Petaluma/Saratoga along with my Power Pop radio show ALL KINDSA GIRLS were also bright spots.  Thank God for the music... and films... and TV shows... and books that made this year better.  Back in January 1999 I started sharing my favorites in each category and the tradition continues as I humbly submit my 2016 Top 5's:

Hell Or High Water (who are the real bad guys?)
Sing Street /La La Land (Musicals are back!)
Green Room (RIP Anton Yelchin)
Manchester By The Sea (Lonergan's lament)
Moonlight ("a machine that generates empathy")

Everybody Wants Some! (grand slam)
Hunt For The Wilderpeople (Kiwi classic)
Force Majeure (man test)
The End of the Tour (Infinite Jest)
Experimenter/Stanford Prison Experiment (how Abu Ghraib happens)

Weezer- s/t (White Album) (California Kids!)
Nick Piunti- Trust Your Instincts (pronounced "pewn-tee")
Michael Carpenter- The Big Radio (Wizzard of Oz)
Cotton Mather- Death of the Cool (I Ching-errific!)
TUNS- TUNS (Oh Canada!) 

The Goldfinch- Donna Tartt (wish I had a Boris)
Everything I Never Told You- Celeste Ng (sins of the father... and mother)
The Whites- Richard Price (the master returns)
The Girls- Emma Cline (save our Evies!)
We Are Not Ourselves- Matthew Thomas (family first)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 1 (musical comedy gold)
The Leftovers Seasons 1-2 (sudden departure)
Shameless (US) Seasons 1-6) (oh those Gallaghers!)
Fargo Season 2 (mid-western massacre)
Rectify Seasons 2-3 (Free Daniel Holden) 

Fudged it on the "Top 5" a bit but I'm going to let it stand- plus they'd each make for an awesome double feature!  While not all of the above came out in 2016, that's when I came across them.  I'm always on the lookout for quality viewing/listening/reading material so please share your 2016 favorites- perhaps your selection will show up on next year's list.  Want to see past lists?  Check out the blog Rick Top 5 Lists for everything back to 1999.  Let's all try to be there for each other in 2017!

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