Album of the Year: Many good albums this year. But none was better than FIDLAR’s Too. Viva garage punk.
Music Video of the Year: Shia LaBeouf, the awesome kid dancer lady, and last year’s best song. Of course this is my pick for video of the year:
Cover of the Year: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield’s album of Elliott Smith covers was fabulous. My favorite track is “Between the Bars.”
Weezer – “Do You Want to Get High?”
Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”
Public Access TV – “In Love and Alone”
FIDLAR – “40oz on Repeat”
Alabama Shakes – “Gimme All Your Love”
Palma Violets – “Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better at the Beach”
Brandi Carlile – “The Eye”
Blur – “Lonesome Street”
Django Django – “Reflections”
Hop Along – “Horseshoe Crabs”
Song That Got Played to Death But I Still Love: The answer to this questions is usually Adele. And this year was no different. Runner up: The Weeknd.
Concert of the Year: Such a good year for concerts! Blur at MSG was bucket list material, so that has to get the top prize. But rounding out my top five for the year are the Replacements at Echostage, Sleater-Kinney at the 9:30 Club, FIDLAR at the Black Cat, Courtney Barnett at the 9:30 Club.
Book of the Year: Twas the year of amazing musical memoirs. In 3rd place I’ll go with a tie between Your Band Sucks by Jon Fine and M Train by Patti Smith. In 2nd place I’ll go with Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon. And in 1st place I’ll go with Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. All are fantastic reads.
Festival of the Year: The Foo Fighter’s 4th of July blowout at RFK Stadium was a fabulous mini festival and I hope that they’ll make it an annual tradition. But I’ll give this honor to Burgerama IV because I had such a great time in California and caught dozens of outstanding sets.
Guilty Pleasure of the Year: Well, I did travel to another state to see a Miley Cyrus concert this year (review up next week), so it’s hard not to pick that.
Sports Moment of the Year: Much as I appreciated Left Shark, this was a solid soccer year for me. My beloved Chelsea FC won the premier league title, but since they are currently in shambles after firing the best manager in world football, I’ll pick the USWNT winning the World Cup. I wish I would have been there for the final instead of the group stage, but I’m still thankful that I got to see it in person.
Movie of the Year: I doubt I enjoyed a movie more this year than A Deadly Adoption. So ridiculous.
Best TV of the Year: South Park crushed it this year and I love love loved the Wet Hot American Summer prequel on Netflix. But nothing can beat this Game of Thrones musical.
2016 Pop Culture Moment that I’m Most Looking Forward to: The possibility of an LCD Soundsystem reunion is becoming more and more real, folks. They seem set to headline Coachella. Let’s just hope there are plenty of east coast opportunities to see them too. Preferably not at huge music festivals.