Best of 2016 Playlist

 

Ready…it turns out, that once you remove all of the songs from Ezra’s plays, there is a whole lot less music than you think. Somewhat unfortunately, this has become the reoccurring theme over the past few years – a whole lot less – due to the time/space warp that are kids and life…and it doesn’t stop at music: skiing, camping, house cleaning, and photography are also easy victims of this dilemma. My several year long non-intentional transition away from jam bands and into more electronic music continues, but there are still songs on the list that hint backwards to a style of music I cannot forget. The playlist builds throughout, so if you feel slow/bored near the beginning…don’t fret, it’ll come around.  Some songs on the list are here because they defined a particular moment in the year, some because they just kept playing and playing, and some because they are just that damn good.

Like always, there are three rules that go into qualifying for the list: Rule #0 (because it applies every year): fit on a traditional CD and come to my library in the calendar year (even though the songs may be older than that). Rule #1: Don’t suck. Rule #2 (and most important): Be interesting.

1 – Judah & The Lion – Stockholm

2 – The Strumbrellas – Spirits

3 – Pandas & People – Hands

4 – Mudcrutch – I Forgive It All

5 – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats – I Need Never Get Old

6 – Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Beyond Belief

7 – Mitski – Your Best American Girl

8 – Japandroids – Near To the Wild Heart Of Life

9 – Radiohead – Burn The Witch

10 – Animal Collective – FloriDada

11 – Odesza – Kusanagi

12 – Kaytranada – Lite Spots (not Explicit although it sounds like it)

13 – Busdriver – Worlds To Run

14 – Sylvan Esso – Radio (Explicit)

15 – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Arthropoda

16 – The 1975 – The Sound

17 – Esperanza Spalding – Earth To Heaven

18 – Ages And Ages – As It Is

19 – Cold War Kids – First

20 – Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling

  • Elia’s Song Choice: Spirits
  • Ezra’s Song Choice: Stockholm
  • My Favorite: Lite Spots
  • The One Despite All Efforts I Couldn’t Keep Off: Spirits
  • Biggest Surprise: Can’t Stop The Feeling (watching the kids dance to this is what got it a spot)
  • Really Crank This One…No, Louder Than That: Lite Spots, Your Best American Girl
  • Band Not Making The List For The First Time In A Few Years: Pan Astral
  • Bands Continuing Their Run: Pandas & People
  • Dammit If They Didn’t Show Up Again: The 1975
  • Last Song Dropped From The Playlist: The Growlers – I’ll Be Around

Previous Year’s Best Of Lists:

Best of 2015

Best of 2014

Best of 2013

Best of 2012

Best of 2011

Best of 2010

Best of 2009

Best of 2008

Elia – 48 Months!

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Elia 36 Months!

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Elia’s Growth Statistically Speaking – 4 Years

Weight

  • Birth: 7 lbs 1 oz
  • Three Days: 6 lbs 11 oz – 50%
  • Two Weeks: 7 lbs 5 oz – 50%
  • One Month: 8 lbs 6.5 oz – 50%
  • Eight Weeks: 10 lbs 10.5 oz – 50%
  • Four Months: 14 lbs 10 oz – 50%
  • Six Months: 16 lbs 2 oz – 40%
  • Ten Months: 18 lbs 4 oz – 40%
  • 12 Months: 18 lbs 12 oz – 40%
  • 15 Months: 19 lbs 13 oz – 30%
  • 18 Months: 19 lbs 15 oz – 20%
  • 24 Months: 23 lbs – 20%
  • 36 Months: 27 lbs 8 oz – 50%
  • 48 Months: 32 lbs 4 oz – 25%

Length

  • Birth: 20″ (we think this was .5 off)
  • Three Days: 19.5″ – 50%
  • Two Weeks: 20.5″ – 75%
  • One Month: 21.75″ – 75%
  • Eight Weeks: 22.60″ – 75%
  • Four Months: 24.50″ – 75%
  • Six Months: 26.5″ – 60%
  • Ten Months: 28.5″ – 60%
  • 12 Months: 28.5″ – 30%
  • 15 Months: 29.75″ – 25%
  • 18 Months: 32″ – 50%
  • 24 Months: 34″ – 60%
  • 36 Months: 37.5″ – 60%
  • 48 Months: 38.5″ – 30%

Head

  • Birth: Unknown
  • Three Days: 13 7/8″ – 75%
  • Two Weeks: 14″ – 75%
  • One Month: 14.5″ – 75%
  • Eight Weeks: 15 3/8″ – 75%
  • Four Months: 16.25″ – 75%
  • Six Months: 17″ – 60%
  • Ten Months: 17.75″ – 60%
  • 12 Months: 17.75″ – 55%
  • 15 Months: 18.15″ – 60%
  • 18 Months: 18.5″ – 60%
  • 18 Months: 18.5″ – 50%

Ezra’s 8th Birthday Party

The party part of the party was held at a bowling alley this year…our first year doing a pay-for-someone-else-to-clean event…and it was pretty easy. But, not quite as easy as advertised. Still to do were the party favors, the cake, the organization, etc. Just the activities and the bulk of the cleaning was left to someone else – which we didn’t really complain too much about. It was nice to just walk away…

That evening, we had his family dinner/party at the house; so we still managed to have to figure out food, cleaning, etc even though we paid to not have to do any of that earlier in the day. Bad planning, I suppose.

Oh, the cake. Ahna continued her streak (started when Ezra turned three) of making a super awesome cake at home in the theme of the party.

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Ezra – 96 Months!

8 YEARS OLD!!!

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Ezra - 84 Months!

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Elia – 42 Months!

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Ezra – 94 Months!

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Easter Egg Painting

A bit of snow outside, a Nana and Papa inside, and some hard-boiled eggs the Friday before Easter.

Ezra & Elia Go Tubing

Best of 2015 Playlist

If you needed a representation of 2015 in notes, melody, and taste…here it is! All year long, I think about this list and if a song may or may not make the cut for consideration. As I sat down to put together the list, I had some preconceived notions as to the direction of the music; but setting those aside and choosing the songs lead the list in a rather different direction. Of course, each kid has the opportunity to pick a song to go onto the list – their favorite for the year. In the rest of the list, I found a few reoccurring themes: notably, the heaviest Colorado band influence to date, songs that finish a lot better than they start (which is the exact opposite of my very first qualifier to a good song – a first 30 seconds that sinks it’s teeth into you), and a lot of input from television shows and movies. That brings me to my next confession: this is one of the smallest raw pools of music that I have had in years. I really didn’t visit a lot of the music blogs that I normally would have (and one of the best, I am Fuel you are Friends, is shutting/slowing down), so my exposure this year was mostly through friends, entertainment, and podcast. The result is a few gems that I probably wouldn’t have come across in other years, and a few songs that may have had a tougher time making passing grade in other lists. Either way, these are my favorite songs from 2015…

Like always, there are three rules that go into qualifying for the list: Rule #0 (because it applies every year): fit on a traditional CD and come to my library in the calendar year (even though the songs may be older than that). Rule #1: Don’t suck. Rule #2 (and most important): Be interesting.

1 – Worthless by The Yawpers

2 – Who I Wanna Be by Pandas & People

3 – We’re Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes

4 – Grew Up At Midnight by The Maccabees

5 – Bend To Colors by Chemistry Club

6 – Clearest Blue by CHVRCHES

7 – The Skylab Plan by Daniel Pemberton

8 – Occupied by The Radio Dept.

9 – Oceancrest by My Body Sings Electric

10 – Fresh Blood by The Eels

11 – When Summer Comes by Pan Astral

12 – Squeeze by Monroe Monroe

13 – Red Right Hand by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

14 – Girlfriend by In The Whale

15 – The Feast And The Famine by Foo Fighters

16 – Go’head by Rocstrong

17 – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Elia’s Song Choice: Red Right Hand (right? my 3 y/o digging post-punk? awesome)
Ezra’s Song Choice: Who I Wanna Be (he has picked Pandas & People two years in a row)
My Favorite: Worthless
The One Despite All Efforts I Couldn’t Keep Off: The Skylab Plan
Biggest Surprise: We’re Going To Be Friends (mostly because it sounds nothing like The White Stripes)
Really Crank This One…No, Louder Than That: Girlfriend or The Feast And The Famine
Band Not Making The List For The First Time In A Few Years: RAC
Bands Continuing Their Run: CHVRCHES, Pandas & People
Dammit If They Didn’t Show Up Again: Pan Astral
Last Song Dropped From The Playlist: Sea Of Love by The National

 

Previous Year’s Best Of Lists:

Best of 2014

Best of 2013

Best of 2012

Best of 2011

Best of 2010

Best of 2009

Best of 2008

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