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2016, in review

Alas, 2016 has now drawn to a close, an event which ought to make everyone say “finally, thank God”.  Though make no mistake, 2017 could very well be worse; as much damage as Trump has done to our country this year, just imagine what could happen when the man actually holds executive power.  From a music perspective, who knows – hard to imagine we’ll lose as many legends as we did this year, though to be frank here all the stars of the 60’s and 70’s are really getting up there aren’t they?  Granted, some of these deaths were particularly tragic – Bowie kicking off a week after releasing his best album in decades; Prince passing despite remaining as youthful and busy as ever; Keith Emerson dying by his own hand.  Christ, who’s next?  (12/8/2016: turns out I didn’t have to wait long – it’s Greg Lake.)

So it’s bittersweet in a sense, but 2016 was really a great year for new music (so long as what.cd wasn’t your primary source), though I say that with my usual disclaimer that I’m not even close to caught up on the year yet.  My year end list is going to look a lot different than everyone else’s, mostly because I’ve heard like three of the albums that are mainstays on the yearly Top 50s.  So I’m just going to split this up into the stuff I really liked, and then everything else I feel like writing about.  And we’ll just call it at that.  Rather than prattle on about the respective qualities of all these albums (many of which I’ve already written about on this site…follow the links on the titles if you want to read those), I’ll tackle them from the perspective of time, since a lot of these are from people that have been around the block a few times.  I mean, a lot of these acts I’ve been a fan of for over a decade; I turned 30 this year, my son turned 2, I have a daughter on the way…time is marching on.  So let’s start:

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Har Mar Superstar – Best Summer Ever (2016)

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The first time I saw Har Mar Superstar (a.k.a. Sean Tillman) perform, it was on Jimmy Kimmel in 2003.  I remember this because Har Mar is unforgettable; like it or not, you will always remember where you were when you saw a man who looked like a cross between Jon Lovitz and Ron Jeremy strip down to a thong within the first 15 seconds of his performance.  At the time nobody was quite sure what to make of him – if it was a joke, then it’s a joke without a punchline.  Any subtext there (“it’s quite strange when a dude does this, isn’t it?”) was obscured by the fact that Har Mar was clearly a talented performer – he had moves, he had the voice, and the original song he performed (“Power Lunch”) had a hell of a hook to it.  To hear him tell it – “if I looked like Usher, nobody would say anything”…well, maybe, but Har Mar’s performances were about ten times more sexually charged than that.

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