16 Odd Ends from 2016

Summing it all up.

 

Even though we’ve all been talking about how 2016 is the worst year ever, this year did see a lot of good coming out of it.  Don’t get me wrong, 2016 sucked, but it does seem like the arts flourished.  We got Stranger Things this year!  I’ve heard the new Star Wars is pretty good, and I don’t even like Star Wars.  I saw Brand New, The Front Bottoms, and Modern Baseball twice each!  Those aren’t bad things.  Since music is where my passion lies (and I’m not that original), I wanted to post BurgerADay’s official standings on Pitchfork’s normal and bizarre year end lists.

1.Best Lyric of 2016: The Front Bottoms-“Joanie”

            “I finally am what I am, a fucking bag of bags”


Although The Front Bottoms are stealing a page from Katy Perry’s book here, Needy When I’m Needy provided some of the most refreshing, fun songs of the year.  When Brian Sella sings that he’s just “a fucking bag of bags,” it’s absurdist but enticing.  It’s a line that you can’t help but to sing along to.  Unlike Perry, I’ve never “felt like a plastic bag/drifting through the wind,” but I’ve totally felt like “a fucking bag of bags.”

2.Best Rap Album of 2016: Kanye West-The Life of Pablo Continue reading

Tiny Engines raises donations for Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center

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The independent label has followed in the footsteps of Run For Cover Records and Aaron West and placed all their music on Bandcamp to “pay-what-you-want” with proceeds going to Planned Parent Hood and The Southern Poverty Law Center.  Tiny Engines has released music by The Hotelier, Dikembe, Adult Mom (who was on our post-election playlist), and many more.  Listen and donate via Bandcamp.

Aaron West Raising Money For ACLU

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Dan Campbell’s project Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties has posted all music on Bandcamp at a “pay-what-you-want” price.  The Wonder Years’ frontman is donating proceeds to ACLU, similar to Run For Cover Records’ donations.  The releases include We Don’t Have Each OtherBittersweet, and a sweet cover of The Weakerthans’ “My Favourite Chords.”  Listen and donate via Bandcamp.