Mike’s Top 10 for 2017

Here it comes folks! My 5th or 6th or possibly 7th ( I’m just guessing) annual top 10 list of my favorite albums of the year. Starting of at #10 Is The Nashville Sound from Jason Isbell and the 400 unit. Brilliant, talented songwriter and performer

#9 The National from the album Sleep Well Beast. Really like this band. last album good . this album great.

#8 Up all night from Becks album Colors. Another left turn for this musical chameleon. Great beats, fun, catchy and impossible to get out of your head.

#7 Concrete and Gold from one of my all-time favs the Foo Fighters. This is “The Line.”

#6 From Philly and Scranton making their first appearance in my top 10, the Menzingers with After the Party. “Lookers” really got me . How can you not like a song that name checks the wonder bar from Asbury park and references Jack Kerouac.

#5 Japandroids album Near to the Wild heart of Life an absolutely great listen top to bottom (played really loud). This song made every hard run a little easier.

#4 Saw Dave Hause when he opened for Frank Turner at a gritty little club in Reading. Fantastic live. This album got played more than any other by me this year. It doesn’t hurt that he’s from Philly The album is “Bury Me in Philly.”

# 3 The War On Drugs latest is amazing. Great music , fantastic guitar. . Listen with headphones, eyes closed, in the dark. (also from Philly!)

#2 Just when I thought U2 was winding down, they blew me away with some of the best music they’ve made in years. Songs of Experience is optimistic, and has all the best stuff I’ve always loved about the band. This song has all of it.

#1 Soulfire by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.  I saw him about 30 years ago when he toured behind a solo album and waited a LONG time for him to release another one. This was worth the wait. Of course , seeing him live for an amazing concert with my oldest , best friend pushed this right to number one on my list.

Mike’s Top 10 for 2013

Ok, its New Year’s Eve and time for my annual end of the year top ten albums! Disclaimer: These are my favorite new releases of 2013. They may not be yours and you may even hate some. Hopefully you’ll like a few. In a change from prior years this year much more mellow. (Maybe it’s an age thing).

#10 This group is like 80s pop mixed with Motown soul. This song stuck in my head for weeks

Fitz and the Tantrums performing “6AM” Live at KCRW’s Apogee Sessions

#9 I posted this song recently because i think it’s one of the best things i heard this year. Actually, pushed the album into my top 10.

Moby performing “The Perfect Life” Live at the Village on KCRW

#8 These guys just keep making great music. If you love that Southern Cal 70s feel, this is for you.

Dawes – From a Window Seat

#7 Great release from a Philly boy. Second time in my top ten. Hard to pick one song to highlight but this one is great.

[HD] Amos Lee – Chill In The Air – David Letterman 10-8-13

#6 Did I say mellow? This guy epitomizes the word. Consistently great.
(This one’s for you Kris McHugh!)

Jack Johnson – Shot Reverse Shot

#5 This was really tough because he technically had 2 US releases this year but i picked one. Rockabilly folk punk from a 19 year old prodigy who signs with maturity beyond his years and plays guitar like a monster. (check out the you tube video for Broken. It’ll make ya cry)

Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You (Live) (+playlist)

#4 And now for something completely different. Mike Doughty is unique, uses odd samples and redid songs from his old band from the 90s. LOVE this album. Had it on replay for weeks.

Mike Doughty – The Idiot Kings

#3 At the risk of getting a little hipsterish here…fantastic album.  Gream to listen to in the car by yourself late at night.  This acoustic version is even better than the album version.

The National – I Need My Girl (Live Acoustic)


#2 Magpie and Dandelion… Avett Brothers. Right on the heels of The Carpenter the put out another amazing mix of rock country pop and bluegrass. (can’t wait to see them at Musikfest in August)

Live On Letterman – The Avett Brothers: Open Ended Life

#1 Picking Recovery by Frank Turner was a foregone conclusion months ago. It is simply one of the best albums I’ve heard in years not made by someone named Springsteen. I have 10 favorite songs from this album. Also puts on one of the best shows you’ll ever see. Folk rock punk pop.

Frank Turner – Polaroid Picture

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