Zed Cutsinger [Interview]

Hello Folks! Welcome back to another wonderful interview here at Trainwreck’d Society. Today we have an absolutely wonderful guest. It’s Zed Cutsinger, Everyone! Zed is a former amateur wrestler, and current podcast co-host of the brilliant shows Views From the Vista & The Male Gaze, both alongside our dear friend and past guest Steve Hernandez, as well as the latter being co-hosted by another past guest of ours, the great Allen Strickland Williams. They are two of my favorite podcasts for very different reasons, both of which I never miss each week.

Zed is an absolutely hilarious human being and we are so excited to have him grace our digital pages. He’s just an overall sweet man, and it is an absolute joy to have him with us. He is also delightfully devoted to his wife, and also co-host of Views From the Vista, Honor Nezzo. So I offer my sincerest apologies if the above photo of Zed might have gotten you all riled up. Please try to control yourselves.

So Folks, please enjoy some wonderful words from the brilliant Zed Cutsinger!

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What inspired you to get into the world of entertainment? Was it something you have aspired to do since your youth, or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

My first tastes of “entertainment” were in high school. When I was a freshman I ran for class treasurer. I was thirsty for power. For my speech I just wrote a few minutes of inane drivel. Just a laundry list of reasons I should be elected: how I treated old ladies nicely, I always tied my shoes, etc. Really stupid stuff. It got a reaction and from that point forward my thirst for power could only be clenched by laughter. I never thought it was something I could do beyond the audience of a classroom until I lived in New York and took an improv class at UCB in 2006.

What was your first paid gig in the world of entertainment? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this project that still affect your work to date?

The first I can recall was in NY, it was an anti-piracy PSA commercial ~2010. During the audition I was supposed to be peddling bootleg DVD’s and I made some joke about Leslie Nielsen (he had died that day). At least one of them must’ve loved The Naked Gun as much as I did. The video was shot in Union Square during a cold period (Fall?) and I sat in a van with crew members waiting to do my “scene”. (It was just a couple lines.) There was some bigger name talent that had to go first and the whole ordeal took so long I never ended up doing my part. I still got paid. My big lesson: Pirating is good.

Can you tell us a bit about one of my new favorite podcasts, Views From The Vista? How did you link up with our new friend Steve Hernandez to create one of the best movie podcasts in the game right now?

The Vista Theater is the Greatest Movie Theater Ever. (GMTE). Their matinees were $6.50 so every friday I’d see the first showing of whatever was playing there because why the hell not. I kept running into Steve Hernandez (I liked to save money, I’m not sure what his excuse was). During one of our run ins, I was making him laugh an average amount (LOTS) and when he finally caught his breath he said, “We should do a movie podcast together.” At this point I had never podcasted but something about Steve made me say, “Yes.” We had my girlfriend on for episode ten and from that point forward she, Honor Nezzo, has been a co-host and eventually my wife. When we first started I liked movies but now I love them more than anything (including Honor by a LOT).

What would you say are some of the most difficult genres of films you have covered on VFTV?

Comedies. My natural inclination is to break down the jokes like math and figure out what and what didn’t work about them but I can see that being boring to listen to. And It’s hard to joke about jokes? If that makes sense. Also, since we’re in the world of comedy, belittling/criticizing a movie might come off like we’re better than it. I’m not better than anything (including Honor by a LOT). Then there are movies that are SO humorless and serious (AND NOT GOOD) that it can be a struggle to discuss. (2016’s The Birth of a Nation comes to mind.) We try not to review movies that we dislike. I’d rather recommend something than push someone away from something they might enjoy. I straight up feel bad when someone asks me what I thought about a movie and I say something bad to find out they loved it.

You also co-host another podcast, also with Steve Hernandez, as well as other former guest Allen Strickland Williams, entitled The Male Gaze? Same question as before, sort of. How did this show come to life, and what could our readers expect to hear on it?

Steve and Allen were trying to make a horny podcast with a focus on the news. Honor guilted Steve into having me co-host it with them. She was my girlfriend at the time. But she should’ve been my wife. Since day one. Then we asked Brodie Reed to join us. We do discuss what’s going on in the world but it’s mostly us just gabbing. We’re four dudes… but we’re sensitive. That’s the hook. The only sensitive guys ever. We have a lot of fun. And you will too. Just listen to us already.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers?

That’s the question! Watching movies and making people laugh by accident. Hopefully by then (tomorrow) I’ll figure out why they laughed. Check out my two podcasts, Views From The Vista & The Male Gaze, and my Letterboxd as well: @zedcutsinger.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

When I was answering your questions, Honor was watching Bridgerton on Netflix. She got my attention during an intense sex scene. (“Zed! Look!”) That made me smile. And it’s the last thing that’ll ever make me smile. I’m done.

Jonathan Katz [Interview]

Photo by Michael Fein

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to 2021! Isn’t it great that everything is all better now?! Phew, what a relief! Just kidding, we are still living in a tunnel of misery, but the remote possibility of an end is (sort of) insight. Anyway, let’s kick this year off with an even more special than normal version of our signature interviews here at Trainwreck’d Society. I am really, really, excited for this one, Folks.

To kick off the year, we have some amazing words from the absolutely brilliant man and a legendary figure in the world of comedy. It’s Jonathan Katz, Everyone! If you’re a 90’s kid who grew up on mid to late 90’s Comedy Central (which sounds specific, but oddly I believe there are a lot of you out there), then you will definitely recognize Jonathan as the one and only, Dr. Katz. This was such an ideal show for me growing up. I knew a little bit about stand up comedy at that age. But, I was more on a level, say around 96 or 97, where I was wondering why all the comedians didn’t smash fruit with a mallet as a finale? But, through Dr. Katz, I discovered that what was happening was essentially just a few minutes of stand up, infused with a story line and additional characters. It was revolutionary to me at the time, and still holds as one of the greatest achievements in comedy history.

Basically, Dr. Katz started it all for me just over 20 years ago. I’ve stated my love on this site regarding past guests for pre-South Park Comedy Central, that held so many gems but didn’t really catch a ton of attention until South Park, and later The Chappelle Show. Don’t get me wrong, these shows are classics. But I, being the unknowing hipster that I am, was well into the channel before Viacom realized they have a sound investment on their hands.

Of course, I am rambling on about one single facet of the 40 year career of Jonathan Katz, a man who has an illustrious career both on and off of television. In fact, Dr. Katz has been turned into a wonderful Audible Original series, and he even has bigger plans in the near future. Jonathan was kind enough to take some time out if isolated yet busy schedule to share a few words with us below about how he got into comedy, the legend of Dr. Katz, and what the future holds for him. We are honored to have Jonathan with us to kick off the new year.

So, without any further babbling, please enjoy these amazing words from the brilliant Jonathan Katz!

 

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What initially drew you into the world of comedy? Was it something you were passionate about from your youth, or did you just happen to find yourself in this world one day?

I guess I discovered as a kid that I had a talent for making people laugh.  Before comedy I was drawn to the world of music. While I was living in Chicago, I met a Japanese jazz singer, named Debie Sabusawa and we formed an act called Sabusawa and Katz. I was Katz. In the late 70s, I formed a band in NYC called Katz and Jammers. I was Katz. That led to working as Robin Williams musical director and then, ultimately, to stand-up comedy.

What was your first paid gig in the world of comedy? And were there any sort of lessons learned from this experience that still affects your work to date?

I performed in a red-neck part of Connecticut. The  crowd consisted of a softball team that had just been defeated and they were very drunk. They hated me and after a few minutes the owner of the club came on stage, he took the mic out of my hand and said “You have no business being on stage you. You should get a job in factory” I said, “Wait! I have the administrative skills.”  What did I learn? My comedy is an acquired taste and not everyone has acquired it by the time they get to the club.

With close to 40 years of experience in the world of comedy, and the advancements in technology since you first began, there are clear and obvious differences in the way that comedy is produced and consumed. With that in mind, I am curious to know what aspects of the world of comedy have actually remained the same since you first began? At its core, what do you feel are some applicable characteristics in 2020 that were similar to 1981?

My comedy has always thrived on long pauses and well-crafted jokes. The only thing that has changed is that I’ve gotten better at it.

In my early days and for years, almost my entire act was pre-recorded. I held a guitar in my hands but I wasn’t playing it. The guitar had a tape-recorder built in which could play back on cue.  In fact,.  So the use of technology has always played a part in my act and I still love the challenge of combining comedy and technology.  Right now, I’m doing it on a much larger scale, performing virtually during this pandemic.

I grew up loving Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist on Comedy Central, and it remains one of my all time favorites. I am curious to know what it was like to develop this genius show? Where does an idea like the premise of the show come from? And what would you personally believe to be the ultimate legacy of the series?

Dr. Katz had two creators: Tom Snyder and myself. When we met I had been doing stand-up for 15 years. Tom had built a very successful educational software company.  We had very different skill sets but we both loved comedy. We did several projects together but Dr. Katz was the one with “traction.”

The part of the show that Tom and I liked best was the relationships between Ben, Dr. Katz, and Laura.

 

 

Back when we were allowed to leave our homes, you performed your genius comedy all across the globe. I always like to ask comedians about some of the more interesting rooms or locations that they have worked. Especially within the “fly over states”. So, what are some of the unique places that you have done comedy in? And what are some places that were incredible that most people may not realize are great to do comedy at? 

My favorite place to perform was at Catch a Rising Star in Cambridge, MA – great crowds. The Improv in NYC, where I cut my comedy teeth and learned how important it was to connect with the other comics. Their acceptance meant so much to me. It’s like being part of a club. One of my best night in comedy was opening for the legendary jazz singer and pianist, the late Mose Allison, at the Bitter End in NYC. That club had such an amazing history, with incredible musicians and comedians passing through. It was great feeling like I was a part of that.

In contrast – sometimes I’d be doing a one-nighter in a remote Mid-West town and it felt like I was wearing a Tutu in front of a bunch of pirates — I just wasn’t who they had in mind.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

I’m looking forward to the vaccine.  In the meantime, I’m working on a new virtual show being streamed by a company called RushTix. This will be the “home version” of Dr. Katz Live.  All my patients and I will be performing in our own homes. Laura and Ben will be part of it and I’ll probably have 4 or 5 patients — TBA.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

A video of my 29 year-old daughter that cracks me up every time I see it. I watch it at least once a day.

 

Be sure to check out Dr. Katz: The Audio Files, only at Audible! And stay in touch with everything that Jonathan has going on a jonathankatz.com.

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2020 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Film]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to this year’s Top 50 Films list for 2020. Needless to say, as it probably applies to most of you as well….I consumed ALOT of film content this year. In fact, by the time I realized that I was watching so many damn movies (about the time I wrapped up the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as much as Disney+ would let me anyway) around May, I set 3 goals, 2 of which I came just shy of meeting: The goals were to watch 100 newly released films, 365 films I have never seen, and add 500 entries into my Letterboxd diary for 2020 (to include re-watches, comedy specials, short films, & mini-series such as Tiger King, which I still love).

As of this writing (December 29th) I managed to watch 110 newly released films, 307 films I have never seen, and have added 405 entries into my Letterboxd diary. And while these numbers may change by the end of the year, I have a feeling that I may not be about watch 58 movies in the mere 60 or so hours left in the year. Time doesn’t work in my favor on this one. But alas, I feel like I came pretty close at set of goals that took no real effort on my part and isn’t really worth mentioned. Except that this my site, and I will do as I please. So there you have it. 2020 sucked, but there was some pretty damn good viewing.

And for the task at hand, and the reason some (any?) of you are here, is that 2020 had some pretty amazing new releases. Now, I feel it is only right to clarify that while Trainwreck’d Society is prestigious for many (none?) reasons, we do not follow the traditions of the Oscars. Even pre-pandemic, I was shamefully not seeing many movies in theaters. The majority of my movie viewing is done via streaming services as well as digital screeners. Thus, alot of these films may have actually been made, and in some cases released in outside of the U.S. markets, the year prior or even earlier. In the case of 2020, one film literally goes all the way back to 2012 (what a year!).

The reason for this disclaimer is basically because of just that. 2020 was a year that we all (should have) stayed home and watched movies in the discomfort of our own house. Thus, there were several films released digitally that very well could have not even seen the light of day if the demand for streaming content and shit to watch in our own domiciles wasn’t in such demand. Thus, many of the films listed below were actually credited on sites such as IMDb as being released in 2019, or even later. I believe there is even a 2015 in there.

Alas, it doesn’t matter. Each of these wonderful hand-selected films received a release of some sort in 2020, and more importantly, they are all wonderful. I hope you dig the list as in the time it took to craft it all together, I could have probably watched another film, and would have had to do this whole thing over again.

So Folks, please enjoy Part 2 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2020!

 

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25. The Last Blockbuster

Directed by Taylor Morden

Written by Zeke Kamm

Starring Doug Benson, Lauren Lapkus, Samm Levine

 

24. Da 5 Bloods

Directed by Spike Lee

Written by Spike Lee, Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, & Kevin Willmott

Starring Delroy Lindo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Clarke Peters

 

23. Up on the Glass

Directed by Kevin Del Principe

Written by Kevin Del Principe & Nikki Brown

Starring Nikki Brown, Chelsea Kurtz, Chase Fein

 

22. The Wall of Mexico

Directed by Zachary Cotter & Magdalena Zyzak

Written by Zachary Cotter

Starring Esai Morales, Marisol Sacramento, Carmela Zumbado

 

21. Una Great Movie

Directed by Jennifer Sharp

Written by Jennifer Sharp

Starring JoNell Kennedy, Numa Perrier, Melissa Pino

 

20. Quezon’s Game

Directed by Matthew E. Rosen

Written by Janice Y. Perez

Starring Raymond Bagatsing, David Bianco, Rachel Alejandro

 

19. A Private Dancer in Mom’s Kitchen!

Directed by Bill Briles

Written by Bill Briles

Starring Bill Briles, Aleta Doroudian

 

18. The Taste of Betel Nut

Directed by Hu Jia

Written by Hu Jia

Starring Bingrui Zhao, Yue Yue, Shen Shi Yu

 

17. My Hindu Friend

Directed by Hector Babenco

Written by Hector Babenco & Guilherme Moraes Quintella

Starring Willem Dafoe, Maria Fernanda Candido, Barbara Paz

 

16. The World Without You

Directed by Damon Shalit

Written by Dan Pulick

Starring P.J. Byrne, Radha Mitchell, Lyndie Greenwood

 

15. Same Boat

Directed by Chris Roberti

Written by Chris Roberti, Josh Itzkowitz, & Mark Leidner

Starring Chris Roberti, Leah Rudick, Katie Hartman

 

14. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Directed by Charlie Kaufman

Written by Charlie Kaufman

Starring Toni Collette, Jesse Plemmons, Jessie Buckley

 

13. Drive Me to the End

Directed by Richard Summers-Calvert

Written by Richard Summers-Calvert

Starring Richard Summers-Calvert, Kate Lister, Eve Kathryn Oliver

 

12. Flint: The Poisoning of an American City

Directed by David Barnhart

Written by David Barnhart

Starring the unjustifiably wronged people of Flint, Michigan

 

11. Inside the Rain

Directed by Aaron Fisher

Written by Aaron Fisher

Starring Aaron Fisher, Ellen Toland, Rosie Perez

 

10. Red Rover

Directed by Shane Belcourt

Written by Shane Belcourt & Duane Murray

Starring Kristian Bruun, Cara Gee, Meghan Heffern

 

9. Limbo

Directed by Mark Young

Written by Mark Young

Starring Richard Riehle, Lucian Charles Collier, Mandela Van Peebles

 

8. Soundtrack to Sixteen

Directed by Hilary Shakespeare

Written by Hilary Shakespeare & Anna-Elizabeth Shakespeare

Starring Scarlett Marshall, James Calloway, Jamal Hadjkura

 

7. Complacent

Directed by Steven R. Monroe

Written by Steven R. Monroe

Starring Cerina Vincent, Adrienne Barbeau, Kerri Green

 

6. Call Me Brother

Directed by David Howe

Written by Christina Parrish

Starring Christina Parrish, Andrew Dismukes, G-Su Paek

 

5. All Joking Aside

Directed by Shannon Kohli

Written by James Pickering

Starring Raylene Harewood, Brian Markinson, Burak Agan

 

4. Immortal

Directed by Jon Dabach, Tom Colley, Danny Isaacs, & Rob Margolies

Written by Jon Dabach

Starring Samm Levine, Jason Stuart, Robin Bartlett

 

3. Nobody Knows I’m Here

Directed by Gaspar Antillo

Written by Gaspar Antillo, Josefina Fernandez, & Enrique Videla

Starring Jorge Garcia, Millaray Lobos, Lukas Vergara

 

2. Escaping Freedom

Directed by Edd Blott

Written by Edd Blott & Patrick D. Green

Starring Patrick D. Green, Kelly Godell, Brian Adrian Koch

 

1. American Trial: The Eric Garner Story

Directed by Roee Messinger

Written by Roee Messinger

Starring Eric Garner, Esaw Garner, Anthony Altieri

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2020 Part 1: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Hello Folks! And welcome to this year’s Top 50 Films list for 2020. Needless to say, as it probably applies to most of you as well….I consumed ALOT of film content this year. In fact, by the time I realized that I was watching so many damn movies (about the time I wrapped up the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as much as Disney+ would let me anyway) around May, I set 3 goals, 2 of which I came just shy of meeting: The goals were to watch 100 newly released films, 365 films I have never seen, and add 500 entries into my Letterboxd diary for 2020 (to include re-watches, comedy specials, short films, & mini-series such as Tiger King, which I still love).

As of this writing (December 29th) I managed to watch 110 newly released films, 307 films I have never seen, and have added 405 entries into my Letterboxd diary. And while these numbers may change by the end of the year, I have a feeling that I may not be about watch 58 movies in the mere 60 or so hours left in the year. Time doesn’t work in my favor on this one. But alas, I feel like I came pretty close at set of goals that took no real effort on my part and isn’t really worth mentioned. Except that this my site, and I will do as I please. So there you have it. 2020 sucked, but there was some pretty damn good viewing.

And for the task at hand, and the reason some (any?) of you are here, is that 2020 had some pretty amazing new releases. Now, I feel it is only right to clarify that while Trainwreck’d Society is prestigious for many (none?) reasons, we do not follow the traditions of the Oscars. Even pre-pandemic, I was shamefully not seeing many movies in theaters. The majority of my movie viewing is done via streaming services as well as digital screeners. Thus, alot of these films may have actually been made, and in some cases released in outside of the U.S. markets, the year prior or even earlier. In the case of 2020, one film literally goes all the way back to 2012 (what a year!).

The reason for this disclaimer is basically because of just that. 2020 was a year that we all (should have) stayed home and watched movies in the discomfort of our own house. Thus, there were several films released digitally that very well could have not even seen the light of day if the demand for streaming content and shit to watch in our own domiciles wasn’t in such demand. Thus, many of the films listed below were actually credited on sites such as IMDb as being released in 2019, or even later. I believe there is even a 2015 in there.

Alas, it doesn’t matter. Each of these wonderful hand-selected films received a release of some sort in 2020, and more importantly, they are all wonderful. I hope you dig the list as in the time it took to craft it all together, I could have probably watched another film, and would have had to do this whole thing over again.

So Folks, please enjoy Part 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Films of 2020!

 

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50. Driven

Directed by Glenn Payne

Written by Casey Dillard

Starring: Richard Speight Jr., Casey Dillard, Maddie Ludt

 

49. Gold Dust

Directed by David Wall

Written by David Wall

Starring David Wall, David Wysocki, Kerry Wall

 

48. Girl with No Mouth

Directed by Can Evrenol

Written by Can Evrenol

Starring Elif Sevinc, Denizhan Akbaba, Mehmet Yilmaz Ak

 

47. Human Zoo

Directed by John E. Seymore

Written by John E. Seymore, John Crawford, & Selfin Morose

Starring Robert Carradine, Raw Leiba, Edward Hong

 

46. The Departure

Directed by Merland Hoxha

Written by Merland Hoxha

Starring Kendall Chappell, Grant Wright Gunderson, Jon Briddell

 

45. The Tent

Directed by Kyle Couch

Written by Kyle Couch

Starring Tim Kaiser, Shelby Bradley, Kyle Couch

 

44. Monstrous

Directed by Bruce Wemple

Written by Anna Shields

Starring Anna Shields, Rachel Finninger, Catharine Daddario

 

43. Expulsion

Directed by Aaron Jackson & Sean C. Stephens

Written by Aaron jackson & Sean C. Stephens

Starring Colton Tapp, Rosalie Fisher, Lar Park-Lincoln

 

42. Carol of the Bells

Directed by Joey Travolta

Written by J.C. Peterson

Starring RJ Mitte, Andrea F. Friedman, Donna Pescow

 

41. The Retreat

Directed by Bruce Wemple

Written by Bruce Wemple

Starring Grany Schumacher, Dylan Gunn, Ariella Mastroianni

 

40. The Half of It

Directed by Alice Wu

Written by Alice Wu

Starring Leah Lewis, Alexxis Lemire, Becky Ann Baker

 

39. No Such Thing As Monsters

Directed by Stuart Stanton

Written by Stuart Stanton & Karen Elgar

Starring Angel Giuffria, Georgia Crisfield Smith, Michaela Pascoe

 

38. I’ll Be Around

Directed by Mike Cuenca

Written by Mike Cuenca & Dan Rojay

Starring Sofia Grace, Sarah Lawrence, Jonah Ray

 

37. Horse Girl

Directed by Jeff Baena

Written by Jeff Baena & Alison Brie

Starring Alison Brie, Molly Shannon, Dendrie Taylor

 

36. The Dinner Party

Directed by Miles Doleac

Written by Miles Doleac & Michael Donovan Horn

Starring Lindsay Anne Williams, Alli Hart, Kamille McCuin

 

35. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Directed by Jason Woliner

Written by Jena Friedman, Nina Pedrad, Lee Kern, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham

Starring Maria Bakalova, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rudy Giuliani

 

34. Love in a Dangerous Time

Directed by Joss Refauvelet

Written by Ryan Willer

Starring Tyler Cole, Christanna Rowader, Kasey Lansdale

 

33. Goalie

Directed by Adriana Maggs

Written by Adriana Maggs & Jane Maggs

Starring Mark O’Brien, Georgina Reilly, Kevin Pollack

 

32. Sweet Parents

Directed by David Bly

Written by David Bly & Leah Ruddick

Starring David Bly, Leah Ruddick, Chris Roberti

 

31. Greatland

Directed by Dana Ziyasheva

Written by Dana Ziyasheva

Starring Arman Darbo, Bill Oberst Jr., Chloe Ray Warmoth

 

30. Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad

Directed by Matt Harris

Written by Matt Harris & Susan Brand

Starring John Buultjens, Maximillion Cooper

 

29. Palm Springs

Directed by Max Barbakow

Written by Andy Siara

Starring Cristin Milioti, Andy Sandberg, Peter Gallagher

 

28. Magnum Dopus: The Making of Jay & Silent Bob Reboot

Directed by Josh Roush

Written by Josh Roush & Liv Roush

Starring Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Scott Schiaffo

 

27. Angelfish

Directed by Peter Andrew Lee

Written by Peter Andrew Lee, Luna Del Rosario, Patrick Lee, Ella Mische

Starring Princess Nokia, Jimi Stanton, Rosie Berrido

 

26. Homewrecker

Directed by Zach Gayne

Written by Zach Gayne, Alex Essoe, & Precious Chong

Starring Alex Essoe, Precious Chong, Kris Siddiqi

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020 Part 2: 25 – 1 [Exclusive]

 

Well Folks, the year is wrapping up, and I’m certain that I am not alone in my excitement for this sinkhole of a year to be behind us. Of course, the root cause of what has us going so insane is still around, but I dare say we have a bit of hope coming our way in 2021. Hopefully. Maybe not. Who knows.

Anyway, we can all agree that the fucking music in 2020 was plentiful and pretty damn great! Hell, what else did people really have to do? Sure creative spirits could have been diminished for some, but as you can tell with the incredible list we have compiled below, not to all! We have a wonderful batch of albums to share with you all. And this is only part one! Due to the unique circumstances of the dates of Holidays this year,  I thought it would be fun to tease you all a bit by releasing one edition on Friday, and the next one on Monday. Oh how we kid around here. I guess this is what stir crazy looks like in a digital blog format.

But in all seriousness Folks, there has been some wonderful music released in 2020. If you followed along our journey in our Top 100 Songs of 2020, you will likely recognize literally every artist on this list. 50 ofolks from our Top 100 Songs are reflected in the full albums below, and they are all incredible. You’re going to love this. So please enjoy part 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020!

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Well, here we are, Folks. Below is what could possibly be my very last end of year list ever. I mean, in digital print format anyway. It has been a wild dozen years, and it has been so much fun bringing these lists to my wonderful reader(s). This top 25 is pretty special because it includes so many of the artists that we have continued to showcase over the years, but there are also so pretty amazing new faces that will surely remain in the zeitgeist of whatever it is I do in the future after Trainwreck’d Society is nothing more than an encyclopedia of cool shit that existed from 2011-2021. Atmosphere, Lotte Kestner, The Sea The Sea, and of course, Blitzen Trapper, are just a few of the artists who have appeared on my lists over the years each and every time they put out a record. And I am not ashamed of this, as they all fucking rule, and I honestly don’t give a single fuck how biased that seems.

Speaking of biased, I actually had to re-edit the original introduction to this thing because I decided to break my own rules, and include Miel’s Tourist Season in the Top Albums list, even though it is technically an EP. I mean, do the rules really even matter anymore? Only megastars are putting out long form albums because they may actually make money from streaming, so fuck it. And this “EP” is hands down one of the best things I have listen to this year, with the exception of the top two albums, including one from our pal Honey Gentry who finally put our her first full length album!

So Folks, it’s been a real damn delight over the years. And if you find yourself looking into the third portion of the Trembath trilogy (whatever that may be), I may be able to provide you with these similar lists. But, until then, please enjoy the final installment of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 37 1/2 or 50 Albums of the year. Enjoy!

 

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25. Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah – L.A. Yesterday

 

24. Atmosphere – The Day Before Halloween

 

23. The Furious Seasons – La Fonda

 

22. Lisa Loeb – A Simple Trick to Happiness

 

21. Thurston Moore – By the Fire

 

20. Sunset Canyoneers – Sunset Canyoneers

 

19. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

 

18. Berlin – Strings Attached

 

17. Car Sea Headrest – Making a Door Less Open

 

16. Leonard Cohen – Thanks For the Dance

 

15. Belle and Sebastian – What to Look For In Summer

 

14. Ciaran Lavery – Plz Stay, BB

 

13. Megan Thee Stallion – Good News

 

12. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher

 

11. Aesop Rock – Spirit World Field Guilde

 

10. Juice Wrld – Legends Never Die

 

9. Lotte Kestner – Covers Vol. 2

 

8. Bike Thiefs – Leaking

 

7. John Craigie – Asterik the Universe

 

6. The Sea Sea – Stumbling Home

 

5. Mac Miller – Circles

 

4. Grayson Capps – South Front Street

 

3. Miel – Tourist Season

 

2. Blitzen Trapper – Holy Smokes Future Jokes

 

  1. Honey Gentry – H.G.

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020 Part 1: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Well Folks, the year is wrapping up, and I’m certain that I am not alone in my excitement for this sinkhole of a year to be behind us. Of course, the root cause of what has us going so insane is still around, but I dare say we have a bit of hope coming our way in 2021. Hopefully. Maybe not. Who knows.

Anyway, we can all agree that the fucking music in 2020 was plentiful and pretty damn great! Hell, what else did people really have to do? Sure creative spirits could have been diminished for some, but as you can tell with the incredible list we have compiled below, not to all! We have a wonderful batch of albums to share with you all. And this is only part one! Due to the unique circumstances of the dates of Holidays this year,  I thought it would be fun to tease you all a bit by releasing one edition on Friday, and the next one on Monday. Oh how we kid around here. I guess this is what stir crazy looks like in a digital blog format.

But in all seriousness Folks, there has been some wonderful music released in 2020. If you followed along our journey in our Top 100 Songs of 2020, you will likely recognize literally every artist on this list. My favorite batch of music this year was technically an EP, so it they won’t be showing up here, but I still implore you all to check out Miel’s Tourist Season, which is incredible. But 50 other folks from our Top 100 Songs are reflected in the full albums below, and they are all incredible. You’re going to love this. So please enjoy part 1 of Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 50 Albums of 2020!

 

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50. Joan Osborne – Trouble and Strife

 

49. The Jason Daniels Band – Downloads From the Universe

 

48. Brandy – B7

 

47. Pearl Jam – Gigaton

 

46. Kate MacLeod

 

45. Eels – Earth Dora

 

44. Felt – Felt 4 U

 

43. The Kid Laroi – Fuck Love

 

42. Iron Maiden – Nights of the Dead

 

41. Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By

 

40. Ted Russell – Down in the Den

 

39. Ezra Bell – This Way To Oblivion

 

38. Lucid Child – My Universe

 

37. Fleet Foxes – Shore

 

36. Nick Cave – Idiot Praryer (Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace)

 

35. Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?

 

34. Alestorm – Curse of the Crystal Coconut

 

33. Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways

 

32. Open Mike Eagle – Anime, Trauma, and Divorce

 

31. Ultimate Fakebook – The Preserving Machine

 

30. Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks in the Road

 

29. Run The Jewels – RJ4

 

28. King Ropes – Go Back Where They Came From

 

27. Bright Eyes – Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was

 

26. Michael Baker – Salt

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 4: 25 – 1 [Exclusive!]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

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Here it is Folks! Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 25 Songs of 2020. Some folks that you have seen over the last few days, and even the last few years, as well as some new faces that we are so proud to have entering the TWS zeitgeist. So please enjoy! And be sure to give these folks a listen!

 

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25. Blitzen Trapper – Don’t Let Me Run

 

24. Warren G (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – And You Know That

 

23. Fleet Foxes – Shore

 

22. Lisa Loeb – Doesn’t It Feel Good

 

21. YG – FTP

 

20. Miel – Must Be Fine

 

19. Tyla Yewah (feat. Post Malone & Tommy Lee) – Tommy Lee

 

18. Kate MacLeod – The Secret Forest Lament

 

17. Car Seat Headrest – Can’t Cool Me Down

 

16. Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

 

15. Juicy J – Hella Fuckin’ Trauma

 

14. Bi-Product – Selfish Girl

 

13. Phoebe Bridgers – Halloween

 

12. Bike Thiefs – Hockey Dad

 

11. Juice Wrld – Wishing Well

 

10. Grayson Capps – Harley Davidson

 

9. Trae the Truth, T.I., Styles P, Mysonne Ink, Anthony Hamilton, Conway, Krayzie Bone, David Banner & Bun B – Time For Change

 

8. The Sea The Sea – I’ll Be Loving You

 

7. Joseph Demaree – Shattered Castles

 

6. Mac Miller – Circles

 

5. The Black Tones – The Devil and His Grandmother

 

4. Steven David McKellar – Don’t Ask Why

 

3. Blitzen Trapper – Sons and Unwanted Mothers

 

2. Honey Gentry – Valentine

 

  1. 1. Miel – Tourist Season

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 3: 50 – 26 [Exclusive]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

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50. The Kid Laroi (feat. Juice Wrld) – Go

 

49. Lisa Loeb – This Is My Life

 

48. Ezra Bell – The Joke Was On Me

 

47. Fleet Foxes – Can I Believe You

 

46. Ted Russell Kamp – Home Sweet Hollywood

 

45. Open Mike Eagle – I’m a Joestar (Black Power Fantasy)

 

44. The Ultimate Fakebook – Sad Soldier

 

43. Alanis Morissette – Reasons I Drink

 

42. Run The Jewels – Holy Calamafuck

 

41. Blitzen Trapper – Dead Billie Jean

 

40. Brandy – Baby Mama

 

39. Mac Miller – Good News

 

38. Atmosphere – She Loves My Not

 

37. Bradley Wik – I Started Killing Myself Years Ago

 

36. Passenger – Year on Year, Day by Day

 

35. Ciaran Lavery – I Was Drunk When I Made The World For You

 

34. Bright Eyes – Hot Car in the Sun

 

33. Phoebe Bridgers – DVD Menu

 

32. Heart Bones – Hurricanes

 

31. Megan Thee Stallion – B.I.T.C.H.

 

30. Emerald Comets – Isolation Daydreams

 

29. Eminem (feat. Juice Wrld) – Godzilla

 

28. Tom Speight – Dakota

 

27. Sadistik – Hell is Where the Heart Is

 

26. Anti Flag (feat. Tom Morello, De’ Wayne, Jalise Della Gary, Jordan Montgomery, – A Dying Plea Vol. 2

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs Part 2: 75-51 [Exclusive]

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

 

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In Part 2 of our Top 100 Songs of 2020, we have a ferocious blend of new and old school hip hop, so beautiful singer-songwriter tracks, and we even get a bit more metal than we have in the latter years. There are some repeats from yesterday’s, and even a couple within this list alone. Which if you are paying attention, could mean something for the list to come. And as we promised yesterday, the appearance of our first, and probably last, holiday song makes its appearance, courtesy of our dear friend and hilarious comedian Tommy McNamara, who may have actually turned this Grinch heart around on the idea of Christmas music. Or not. He’s just hilarious, and I really loved his Christmas EP.

There you have it, Folks. The first half of the list is out there. I’ll see you all tomorrow for Part 3!

 

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75. Bowling For Soup (feat. 10k.caash) – Erase Me (Kid Cudi cover)

 

74. Lucid Child – Dreaming in a Walking Land

 

73. Miel – Mean Something

 

72. Kurupt – Ain’t the Same

 

71. Iron Maiden – Sign of the Cross

 

70. Juan Tigre – Drama Bomb

 

69. Article (feat. Mark Boals) – You Run Away

 

68. Tremendous – Bag of Nails

 

67. Portugal the Man. & Weird Al Yankovic – Who’s Gonna Stop Me

 

66. The Furious Seasons – As a Matter of Fact

 

65. King Ropes – The Danger Zone (Ray Charles cover)

 

64. Michael Baker – Shed My Skin

 

63. Honey Gentry – If You Sit Very Still You Can Hear the Sun Move

 

62. Taylor Swift (feat. Bon Iver) – Exile

 

61. Lee Gallagher & The Halleluiah – Highway 10

 

60. Public Enemy – State of the Union (STFU)

 

59. Felt – Don’t Do Me Like That

 

58. Iron Maiden – The Evil That Men Do

 

57. Honey Gentry – The Bell Jar

 

56. Joseph Demaree – Floating on a Breath

 

55. John Craigie – Used it All Up

 

54. Tommy McNamara – That’s What I Know About Christmas

 

53. Blitzen Trapper – Masonic Temple Microdose #1

 

52. Bob Dylan – Goodbye Jimmy Reed

 

51. I’ll Be Holding

 

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 100 Songs of 2020 Part 1: 100-76 [Exclusive]

 

 

 

Folks, there really isn’t much I can say that hasn’t already been beaten like a Covid related-dead horse. This year has sucked in so many ways. Even when looking back on the good thing(s) that occurred in November, it still doesn’t quite take away of the sting of what 2020 has left behind. In fact, to acknowledge that there was still so much wonderful content out there in the world of film, television, and music is a pretty sad take in its own right. It just seems that so many of us had a whole lot more time to consume the arts. Which we should always be doing, but when it’s pushed upon you, it’s not nearly as fun.

Well, now that I got that downer ass first part of the introduction out of the way, I do have to admit that, possibly because of having more time, I did manage to listen to some wonderful tunes this year. Although we once again did not showcase nearly as many artists this year as we have in the decade past, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t get the e-mails (looking at all you fine PR folks, thank you). It doesn’t mean that throughout the underground and mainstream media world, there wasn’t an abundance of great songs to check out and enjoy.

This year’s list sees quite a collection of brand new faces, some that only came to the site as near as 2019, and some classic folks who have been regularly showing up on our lists for the last decade, as they never cease to impress. Hell, this year will even include our very first (and probably last) holiday song we have ever had. So Folks, I hope you enjoy the list, and if you find yourself looking for something that you may have missed throughout this insane year, give these folks a listen! You’ll love it. I guard-damned-tee it. Enjoy!

 

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In Part 1 of our Top 100 Songs of 2020, we come out the gates hard with some recognizable faces, as well as some less familiar but equally as talented folks. From pirate themed party rock anthems, to 90’s darlings coming back around, to arguably the biggest hit of the summer, there is something for everyone in this first segment. And spoiler alert (sort of) you can bet that there will definitely be some returning faces in the days to come. And if you are a regular reader (Hi Dad!) of the site, you probably won’t have too hard of a time figuring out who they may be. I hope you all enjoy this eclectic mash up of indie folk, alternative rock bangers, and twerk anthems. See you tomorrow!

 

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100. Gabriella Metz – Awake

 

99. Nick Cave – Into My Arms (Live at Alexander Palace)

 

98. Miel – Columbus Day

 

97. Blink 182 – Quarantine

 

96. Joan Osborne – Boy Dontcha Know

 

95. Tommy Ashby – Blood Wolf Moon

 

94. Of Monsters and Men – Circles (Post Malone cover)

 

93. Brandy – Lucid Dreams

 

92. Collective Soul – The One I Love (R.E.M. cover)

 

91. Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

 

90. Mariah Carey (feat. Lauryn Hill) – Save the Day

 

89. Juice Wrld (feat. Halsey) – Life’s a Mess

 

88. Less Than Jake – Lie To Me

 

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87. Ben Bostick – Absolutely Emily

 

86. Jeremy Beck & The Heavy Duty Horns – Oh Baby

 

85. The Avett Brothers – This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie cover)

 

84. Eels – Are You Fucking Your Ex?

 

83. The City Gates (feat. Francis Nothingwater & Alexander Donat) – Siegried 1969

 

82. Beyonce – Black Parade

 

81. Blitzen Trapper – Don’t Let Me Run

 

80. Pearl Jam – Superblood Wolfmoon

 

79. Alestorm – Treasure Chest Party Quest

 

78. Sadistik – Canary In a Mine

 

77. Bob Katsionis – Boss Fight I: The Doctor

 

76. Cardi B (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) – WAP