Michael Ornstein [Interview]

Michael Ornstein1Much like the rest of the world, I have fallen in love with FX’s Sons of Anarchy.  The show has gained so much praise and love over the last few years that it actually as an Anonymous Support Group on Facebook boasting almost 13,000 members (including myself).  I’m serious, check it out.  I once dubbed this show a “soap opera for men”, but it has obviously evolved in to so much more.  And as you may remember, we have interviewed cast members in the past and had to perform background checks too.  It is an addicting drama that is so much more than a show about a cutthroat motorcycle club.

But, as we like to do here at Trainwreck’d Society, we need to know more about the folks involved with the series.  That is why I was so interested in learning more about Michael Ornstein, the man behind one of the strangest characters of the show known as Chucky.  He is a character who’s chronic masturbation led him to be cast aside from the Chinese underground, and led to the ever-embracing arms of the more “caring” SAMCRO (Obviously there is more to the story, but we shall leave it at that for now).  Of course, there is more to Michael Ornstein than just this role, and that is exactly what we want to learn.

And through some research, I discovered that Ornstein might very well be one of the finest artists and musicians working today.  As a painter, he is far too impressive within the world of abstract and impressions for a simple minded fool and/or blogger such as myself to truly convey.  You really have to check out his work for yourself (you owe it to yourself to go HERE, but do come back!).  He is also a wonderful musician with influences that range from Bob Dylan to ragtime.  This is a man who personifies the idealism that a character actor does not simply have to remain a character actor.  One man’s genius should not be restricted, but highlighted in several variations of genius.  This is exactly what Michael Ornstein has done.  And with that, I am very excited that Mr. Ornstein has agreed to let us ask him a few questions to share with you fine readers.  So here we go!

You are an accomplished actor, painter, writer, musician, and so much more.  Tell us if you would, what was your first artistic love, and when did you know you wanted to create art for a living? 

My first artistic love was for painting. My parents took me to a lot of museums and gallery shows in NYC when I was a kid and there was something about the paintings that turned me on in a big way. The theater, too, turned me on quite a bit. There is nothing like that moment when the lights go down in the theater and the story begins. I learned real early on, from those moments, that I was an artist, way before I actually performed in front of people or put paint to canvas. So, painting and performance go hand in hand with me, still. I call my work “Hand Painted Radio” and view the paintings as performance and music. Check out http://handpaintedradio.com Making a living from art is still a struggle and I think it’ll always be that way, but I signed up for that struggle long ago and there’s no turning back on it now. I wouldn’t know what to do outside of that, except maybe be a cook. Open a little place, hang paintings on the wall and serve up some food. I could do that.

What sort of music do you like to perform?  Any works we should be, or should have been, looking for?  

I like to perform very simple music with a repetitive structure. Real old story songs. I’d say that everybody should explore Alan Lomax’s field recordings and hear as much of that as possible. He collected music for the Library of Congress, recorded people in their living rooms, on their porches from Appalachia to the Delta to the West to Europe. He recorded prisoners working in chain gangs and longshoreman in Genoa singing acapella on the docks. That’s my favorite kind of music to listen to. Story music told by real people. Start here, http://www.culturalequity.org/alanlomax/ce_alanlomax_index.php Bob Thiele draws on a lot of that music for SOA, actually. Songs like “John the Revelator”, “House of the Rising Sun”, etc. I also love hunting down new bands and love what Elvis Costello and the Roots just recorded. I listen to a whole lot of everything. I love Flamenco. Folks should also revisit the music that was coming out of NYC and the UK around 1975 for some background on what’s happening now, all those amazing bands. I feel like people ought to be aware of the history of where today’s music and performance came from. Take a look at Little Richard when he first hit the scene. Gene Vincent. Buddy Holly. Blind Willie McTell. Glen Gould. Monk. Miles. Django Reinhardt. I think you can learn a lot about people and the world by traveling through the history of music.

We recently spoke with one of your former castmates, Christopher Douglas Reed, who was sadly killed off this season.  Now, your character Chucky has survived a lot during your tenure.  But, obviously nobody is safe from the brilliant mind of Kurt Sutter.  But no matter if Chucky gets offed or survives through the show’s entire existence, what do you think Chucky’s legacy will be when we look back at the show?  What have you wanted to convey to audiences?

I think what Chucky personifies is how a person survives against a whole lot of odds and never complains about it, just finds a way to go on and on, helping those around him as best he can. He’s a totally selfless man who places importance on loyalty, integrity and family in top priority / above himself. The club saved his life. He honors that with how he lives his life. There’s a lot of strength and soul to living like that.

Michael Ornstein2SAMCRO is definitely all about family, friendship, loyalty, etc.  Is there the same kind of feeling behind the scenes amongst the cast and crew? 

Absolutely. Working together on this level for this number of years, traveling through this particular story is a deep experience for all of us. We’re real tight as people, as a cast & crew. It doesn’t get tighter than this. It’s evident in the work we’re doing and how it’s being communicated to fans all over the world, from our hearts to yours.

What exaclty are your fake fingers made of?  Are they easy to function in?

They’re a type of rubber, like thick rubber gloves. They’re made from a mold of my hands, so they’re very comfortable.

You seemed to create quite the buzz with your soon to be legendary kazoo scenes.  How was it filming those scenes?  Could there be a pretty hilarious blooper reel made from shooting the scenes?

The kazoo is an insane instrument. It’s inherently funny that a person would “play” a thing that makes those sounds. It was a pretty integral instrument in the 20’s, actually, with early ragtime. It’s a home-made instrument, like a jug whistle or a wash bucket bass. I love the spirit of that kind of thing. Plus, even with a harmonica, you have to hold it and manipulate it with your hands, unless you’re wearing a neck holder, like Dylan and Neil Young do. A kazoo, you could just stick it in your mouth and go to town, hands-free, which is a perfect instrument for Chucky to express himself with. So, yeah, we had a lot of fun with that kazoo.

I heard that you displayed some of your art at the wonderful Beat Museum in San Francisco.  As a huge Beat fanatic, it behooves me to ask you what you dig about the beats?  Did any writer, or writers, have any direct influence in your own writing and acting?

I embrace the writings of those guys the way I embrace music. I grew up to the sounds of Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac. I come from an Italian / Jewish household and listening to my family speaking and telling stories was like listening to music, too. The music of language has always had a serious impact on me. I first read On the Road when I was about ten or eleven and it sparked something very large inside of me. Hearing the sounds of just being in New York City, when I was a kid, was like swimming inside of a symphony. Reading Kerouac exposed me to the possibilities of what a writer could do with words on a page. Later on in life, I was fortunate to have hung out with Greg Corso and Alan Ginsberg and Herbert Huncke. Alan grew up in Patterson, NJ, a town very close to my hometown of Passaic. We both come from mill towns. Kerouac also grew up in a mill town. There’s something to living around flowing water, I think. Reading those guys when I was a kid and later spending time with them, I related to them a great deal. The show I did at the Beat Museum was about Kerouac in New York City. I settled on six NYC locations that were important to Jack Kerouac and also important to me, and I wrote six poems about those places and painted six paintings, corresponding. So, at the show, I linked the paintings to audio tracks of me reading the poems, via QR Codes, so that people could stand in front of the paintings and listen to the stories. This show can be mounted anywhere. I’m sure I’ll put it up again. Here is the story, online, if you want to check it out, http://handpaintedradio.com/Jack-Kerouac-in-NYC

Original art by Michael Ornstein

Original art by Michael Ornstein

What do you consider to be your greatest non-artistic accomplishment?

Having children with Zoe and raising them to be good people. But, even that’s artistic in some way, right?

What else is in the future for Michael Ornstein?  Do you have any other projects of any sort in the works we should be looking forward to?

I’m going to keep on writing and painting and performing for as long as I’m around.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My children, just now. I smile all the time.

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 37 1/2 Albums of 2013 [Exclusive]

37halfcoverI know I say this every year but….what a year 2013 was!  We had a great bit of material up on the site for you fine readers this year.  It was especially a great year for the TWS Interview world.  We interviewed everyone from an Oscar Award winning screenwriter to the original April O’Neil from the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.  From new school filmmakers making movies about YouTube and shit demons, to legendary filmmakers who have credited such amazing films involving everything from punk rock in Mormon country, Leonard Cohen, and the acclaimed Fokker series.  We even spoke with writers who have touched on everything from the acclaimed Chelsea Hotel during the 80’s and 90’s, to the obsessive compulsions of Alfred Hitchcock.  Yes, we indulged ourselves in the film and literary world quite immensely this year.  But, one of our main focuses will always be on music.  This is our bread, and the film and literary world is our butter.  We wouldn’t be worth a damn if it weren’t for so many fine folks out there spilling their guts through microphones in bedroom closets or glamorous studios with excellent fruit assortments.  Yes, we thrive to honor the masters of the song.

And it was another great year for music in 2013.  Things jumped off pretty quick, with many of the albums in our top ten being released in the first quarter of the year alone.  2013 happens to be one of the most peculiar years Trainwreck’d Society has ever tallied.  We have many folks returning from years past, some debut acts, even a couple of A-List celebrities with some great pipes and strumming abilities. I also broke one of the unspoken laws of year end lists, and included a film soundtrack that was simply too delightful to pass up.  Hip hop music had it’s strongest showing yet to add to the peculiarity.  It goes without saying, that this is one of the most diverse lists we have had to date.  So here it is folks!  I present to you Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 37 1/2 Albums of 2013.

Note: As per usual, the highlighted Artist and Album Titles will contain a link to a related article on the featured artist and/or album.  Enjoy!

37.5 Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children Macnuggits - Meal Deal with the Devil EP

37.5.  BOBBY JOE EBOLA & THE CHILDREN MACNUGGITS – MEAL DEAL WITH THE DEVIL

37. Collisionville - The Revenge of Two-Gun Pete 37.  COLLISIONVILLE – THE REVENE OF TWO-GUN PETE

 36. Hailer - Another Way

36.  HAILER – ANOTHER WAY

35. Lonely & The Socialites - Connections 35.  LONELY & THE SOCIALITES – CONNECTIONS

34. Grayskul - Zenith 34.  GRAYSKUL – ZENITH

33. Helene Greenwood - Collectable You 33.  HELENE GREENWOOD – COLLECTABLE YOU

 32. The Fire Tapes - Phantoms

32. THE FIRE TAPES – PHANTOMS

31. The Spin Doctors - If the River Was Whiskey 31.  THE SPIN DOCTORS – IF THE RIVER WAS WHISKEY

 30. The Morrisons - Morrison Brew

30. THE MORRISONS – MORRISON BREW

 29. George Glass - Welcome Home

29.  GEORGE GLASS – WELCOME HOME

 28. Star Anna - Go To Hell

28.  STAR ANNA – GO TO HELL

27. She & Him - Volume 3

27.  SHE & HIM – VOLUME 3

 26. Nathan Angelo - Out of the Blue

26.  NATHAN ANGELO – OUT OF THE BLUE

 25. Sleep - Lockland 95

25.  SLEEP – LOCKLAND 95 (THE STORY OF US)

 24. Brother Dege - How To Kill A Horse

24.  BROTHER DEGE – HOW TO KILL A HORSE

 David Bowie's The Next Day

23. DAVID BOWIE – THE NEXT DAY

 22. STRFKR-MiracleMile

22.  STRFKR – MIRACLE MILE

21. Electric Needle Room - The Presidents of the United States of America Volume 3 21.  ELECTRIC NEEDLE ROOM – THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA VOLUME 3

20. The Head and the Heart - Let's Be Still 20. THE HEAD AND THE HEART – LET’S BE STILL

19. Joseph Demaree and the Square Tires - Sunbeams 19.  JOSEPH DEMAREE & THE SQUARE TIRES – SUNBEAMS

18. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You 18. STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL – LOVE HAS COME FOR YOU

 17. Jack-Wilson-Spare-Key-Cover-w-sticker-420x420

17.  JACK WILSON – SPARE KEY

 16. alela-diane_about-farewell

16.  ALELA DIANE – ABOUT FAREWELL

 15. Greetings From Spektor Island

15.  GREETINGS FROM SPEKTOR ISLAND: MUSIC FROM THE FILM “TEN”

14. The Sea The Sea - Love We Are Love We Are 14.  THE SEA THE SEA – LOVE WE ARE LOVE WE ARE

13. Marshall McLean - Glossolalia - cover 13.  MARSHALL MCLEAN BAND – GLOSSOLALIA

12. Smooth Hound Smith 12.  SMOOTH HOUND SMITH – SMOOTH HOUND SMITH

 11. Dedere - Little Ease in the Bell Jar

11.  DEDERE – LITTLE EASE IN THE BELL JAR

10. Guilt Monkey - World On A Thread (Songs About Politics and Surfing) 10.  GUILT MONKEY – WORLD ON A THREAD

 9. Sadistik - Flowers For My Father

9.  SADISTIK – FLOWERS FOR MY FATHER

 8. National Pastime - All Our Yesterdays

8.  NATIONAL PASTIME – ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

7. Lotte Kestner - The Bluebird of Happiness 7.  LOTTE KESTNER – BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS

 6. Cerny Brothers

6.  THE CERNY BROTHERS – THE CERNY BROTHERS

5. Grandhorse 5.  GRANDHORSE – PORTRAITUREFOLIO

 4. Blitzen Trapper - VII

4. BLITZEN TRAPPER – VII

3. Cleemann - Different 3.  CLEEMANN – DIFFERENT

 2. There Is No Mountain - There Is No Mountain

2.  THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN – THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN

1. Bodi - The Fall of Atlas 1. BODI – THE FALL OF ATLAS

Anja McCloskey & Dan Whitehouse: Still EP [Album]

Anja McCloskey & Dan WhitehouseOr old friend with one of the sweetest voices and killer accordion skills in indie rock history, Anja McCloskey, is back once again!  And this time she has brought along the equally brilliant Birmingham (UK) based singer/songwriter Dan Whitehouse to help create the absolutely stunning and beautiful EP they have called Still.  Where Anja’s vocals are almost extravagant and sweetly exasperated, Dan’s soft folk heavy voice follows up with his own brand of sweetness and the delicacy of a dandelion in the light wind.  Seriously, we should feel so fortunate that these two fine folksmiths have found each other, and have shared their talents with the world.

Still is a small collection of tracks that will surely leave you breathless and begging for more when it ends, all too soon.  In fact, the only complaint I can come up with when listening to this album is that there just isn’t more of it!  But that being said, this is a brilliant sample of the treasures that McCloskey and Whitehouse have right on hand and available for you.  It seems trite and ridiculous to try and pick a standout track, but I do have to admit that “Petals” was probably on repeat the most.  It is one of the less complex tracks on the record, but that may very well be what is so damn compelling.  Let it be known, this is one of the finest displays of folk music this writer has heard since Robin Grey’s released our favorite album of 2011, Strangers With Shoes.  And it is not just that Whitehouse’s style is similar to Grey’s, it is that both of these artists are along the same lines of brilliant as him.

And if a few tracks turns out to be just not enough for you as it was for me, you may be in luck!  Well, if you find yourself in the Canada or Germany you will have a few great chances.  The duo will be doing a couple of shows in Anja’s current home country, as well as a nice little Canadian tour.  Check out these dates and see if you can make it!  You really owe it to yourself, you know.

9th January 2014 – House Concert in Kronprinzenkoog (Anja Only, w/Fredrick Kinborn and Mike Kenney)
10th January 2014 – Industriemuseum Elmshorn (Anja Only, w/Fredrick Kinborn and Mike Kenney)
11th January 2014 – The Boat that Rocks, Flensburg (Anja Only, w/Fredrick Kinborn and Mike Kenney)
24th January 2014 – Bozzini’s, Chilliwack, BC, Canada
25th January 2014 – Benoit’s Wine Bar, Revelstoke, BC, Canada

26th January 2014 – Wild Flour Bakery, Banff, AB, Canada
28th January 2014 – Harvest Coffee House, Pincher Creek, AB, Canada, 2pm
29th January 2014 – Centre 64, Kimberley, AB, Canada
30th January 2014 – Cafe Books West, Rossland, BC, Canada, 7pm
31st January 2014 – Minstrel Cafe and Bar, Kelowna, BC, Canada
1st February 2014 – The Art We Are, Kamloops, BC, Canada
2nd February 2014 – Cafe Deux Soleils, Vancouver, BC, Canada

You can also pre-order your copy of Still right HERE.  Official release date is January 20th 2014.

Electric Needle Room: It’s Getting Personal [Album]

Electric Needle Room - It's Getting PersonalElectric Needle Room is a band that has been on my radar for about as long as I have been writing about music.  In most recent years, you may recognize the band’s name from some features we have done on the Presidents of the United States of America volumes that one half of the group, Sir Matt Beat, has been releasing under the moniker that I thoroughly enjoy and find just as catchy and lovely as they are informative and enlightening.

But, Electric Needle Room is indeed two folks.  Brothers actually.  Matt and Steven Beat to be even more precise.  And for many years now, these two have been delighting audiences with the most indie popish, indie pop songs you will ever hear.  And on their latest effort It’s Getting Personal (technically ENR’s 7th album), they bring more of the brilliance I have held to be self-evident.  As you could imagine from a band featuring a guy who wrote a song about every president in history (even Millard Fillmore for chrissakes), the storytelling is absolutely amazing.  Simple pop tunes about real life, all in realm of bands like They Might Be Giants or Barenaked Ladies.  There are songs about Twitter, Facebook, dancing like no one is watching, simply surviving, and so much more.  Yes, It’s Getting Personal is another brilliant display of the finest indie pop group with a brilliant grace of storytelling to come out of Kansas since, well, probably ever.  I seriously could never get enough of these two.  Their songs are without a doubt create some of the most fun listening experiences I have ever had.

And if their music wasn’t intriguing enough, some of their promotional practices are intriguing as well.  For example, they are currently running an Indiegogo Campaign to help spread the joyous words of Electric Needle Room across the glove via college radio.  If you know anything about myself or my work, you know that I absolutely adore college radio and community radio stations.  They are seriously the only dials worth tuning in to.  I also love helping out bands get the word about the beauty they create, all the while getting some cool swag for doing so!  Seriously, for just a $5 donation to this campaign, you will be e-mailed a compact disc version of It’s Getting Personal as well as a sticker which claims that “Electric Needle Room is the 1,536th Best Band in the World”.  And for $20, they will even throw in a t-shirt.  And if you are Mr. or Mrs. Moneybags, for a chump change of $100, you can get all of this as well as a song written by Matt Beat, about whatever the hell you want!  This is an opportunity that is not to be missed.

But, if you are just a common listener, and not looking to become a part of a college radio campaign that could change history, that is fine.  I guess.  You can listen to and even download for FREE your own copy of It’s Getting Personal.  The very least you could do is check out these beautiful songs written with a zeal and zest for life and the art of telling stories about who fun and/or disparaging it can be.  Head on over to their Bandcamp page to do so.

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 40 Songs of 2013 [Exclusive]

playa2013Feliz Ano Nuevo everybody, and greetings from Spain!  It’s long been the 1st for us over here, but for the rest of you just waking up from your up to late hangovers, and heavy thoughts of how impossible those new year resolutions you swore you were going to keep last night, I have a treat (or at least a fine distraction to check out before you “head to the gym”) for all of you!  Let us begin!

I have never been one for “singles”.  I love songs!  I grew to loving music in the mid to late 1990’s when the “one hit wonder”‘s were rampant.  Things are different now, just as they were different in the decades that precluded my time of Dog’s Eye View, Eagle Eye Cherry, or Soul Asylum listening times.  I understood, and still understand, the reason for “singles”, in an entirely promotional sense, and I imagine the concept is still alive today.  But in this age of being able to download exactly what you want, and discarding the rest, we no longer rely on clever marketing of single tracks as much as we rely on the sound a musician or band creates altogether.  Yes, this is debatable, and I may be wrong, but no one can stop me from thinking this at this precise second, not even myself.  What is even more strenuous on the soul is the immense amount of music that is at your fingertips these days.  There is just so much to listen to, it’s pretty intimidating.

Maybe that is why I have never done a list of my favorite songs for a year here at Trainwreck’d Society.  Like most of you out there, my “favorite song” probably changes quicker than the seasons of each year, so it seems ridiculous to try to make a list.  But, this might as well be a season for change.  So, I thought I would try something new, and create a list of we here at Trainwreck’d Society considered to be the best songs of 2013.  In all reality, many of these songs most likely appear on albums that will very likely appear on our Top 37 1/2 Albums of 2013 list coming soon.  But in this situation, we get to pay respect to some truly talented artists that may not end up in the year-end album list, but were still very amazing.  Of course, on the other side of the spectrum, our favorite albums may not have a track that makes it on this list.  Everything is subjective anyway, right?   And if I ever stopped pussy footing around and make a year-end list longer than 37 albums, all of these artist might make the list.  I guess I can’t break that all things Kevin Smith addicted attitude I have had for almost twenty years.

So with that being said, I am excited to present to you, Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 40 Songs of 2013!

Note: Artist and Song Titles that are highlighted will provide a link to any previous posts on our site featuring said artist.  Enjoy!

40. Polly Scattergood - Disco Damaged Kid

40.  POLLY SCATERGOOD – DISCO DAMAGED KID

39. The Petticoat Tearoom - Love Isn't Gone

39.  PETTICOAT TEAROOM – LOVE ISN’T GONE

38. Nathan Angelo - Don't Leave Me In the Dark

38.  NATHAN ANGELO – DON’T LEAVE ME IN THE DARK

37. Jennifer Leonhardt - As I Went Down To The River To Pray

37.  JENNIFER LEONHARDT – AS I WENT DOWN TO THE RIVER TO PRAY (COVER)

36. The Love Dimension - Bound to the Sound

36.  THE LOVE DIMENSION – BOUND TO THE SOUND

35. Sweet Felony - Truckstop

35.  SWEET FELONY – TRUCKSTOP

34. David Bowie - I'd Rather Be High

34.  DAVID BOWIE – I’D RATHER BE HIGH

33. Collisionville - The Devil Can't Hurt You If You Don't Believe

33.  COLLISIONVILE – THE DEVIL CAN’T HURT YOU IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE

32. Jack Wilson - Rainbow:Tiger

32.  JACK WILSON – RAINBOW/TIGER

31. Daft Punk (featuring Pharell Williams) - Get Lucky

31.  DAFT PUNK (FEATURING PHARELL WILLIAMS) – GET LUCKY

30. Armed With Legs - Little Sinner

30.  ARMED WITH LEGS – LITTLE SINNER

29. Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu - When My Man Comes Home

29.  BRITTANY HOWARD & RUBY AMANFU – WHEN MY MAN COMES HOME

28. She & Him - Somebody Sweet To Talk To

28.  SHE & HIM – SOMEBODY SWEET TO TALK TO

27. Star Anna - Come On Up To the House

27.  STAR ANNA – COME ON UP TO THE HOUSE

26. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You

26.  STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL – LOVE HAS COME FOR YOU

25. Brother Dege - Crazy Motherfucker

25.  BROTHER DEGE – CRAZY MOTHERFUCKER

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24. National Pastime – Like A Boxer

23. Sleep (featuring Speciez & Eyekue) - Tyler & Ron

23. SLEEP (FEATURING SPECIEZ AND EYEKUE)  – TYLER AND RON

22. The Spin Doctors - Another Man Instead

22.  THE SPIN DOCTORS – SOME OTHER MAN INSTEAD

21. Strfkr - While I'm Alive

21.  STRFKR – WHILE I’M ALIVE

20. Sam Cregger - The Country Life (live at The Local)

20.  SAM CREGGER – THE COUNTRY LIFE (LIVE AT THE LOCAL)

19. Head and the Heart - Homecoming Heroes

19.  HEAD AND THE HEART – HOMECOMING HEROES

18. Twin Forks - Back To You

18.  TWIN FORKS – BACK TO YOU

17. Secrets For September - Letting Go

17.  SECRETS FOR SEPTEMBER – LETTING GO

16. The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library - Faith In Free Pt. 1

16.  THE MICHAEL J. EPSTEIN MEMORIAL LIBRARY – FAITH IN FREE PT. 1

15. Marshall McLean Band - Sinking Ships

15.  MARSHALL MCLEAN BAND – SINKING SHIPS

14. Alela Diane - Hazel Street

14. ALELA DIANE – HAZEL STREET

13. Darling Pet Munkee - Genuine Soul From Dacula's Castle

13.  DARLING PET MUNKEE – GENUINE SOUL FROM DRACULA’S CASTLE

12. Grandhorse - Washington

12. GRANDHORSE – WASHINGTON

11. Sadistik (featuring Lotte Kestner) - City of Amber

11.  SADISTIK (FEATURING LOTTE KESTNER) – CITY OF AMBER

10. Smooth Hound Smith - California Sway

10.  SMOOTH HOUND SMITH – CALIFORNIA SWAY

09. Guilt Monkey - Waiting For the Rain

9.  GUILT MONKEY – WAITING FOR THE RAIN

08. The Sea The Sea - Guess It Was (photo CREDIT ON FACEBOOK)

8.  THE SEA THE SEA – GUESS IT WAS

07. Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children Macnuggits - Punk You Let Me Down

7.  BOBBY JOE EBOLA  & THE CHILDREN MACNUGGITS – PUNK YOU LET ME DOWN

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6.  THE CERNY BROTHERS – DON’T YOU RUN AWAY FROM ME

05. There Is No Mountain - Blowing Away

5.  THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN – BLOWING AWAY

04. Lotte Kestner - The Wrestler

4.  LOTTE KESTNER – THE WRESTLER

03. Blitzen Trapper - Ever Loved Once

3. BLITZEN TRAPPER – EVER LOVED ONCE

02. Bodi - Clotho

2.  BODI – CLOTHO

01. Golden Bloom - No Day Like Today

1. GOLDEN BLOOM – FLYING MOUNTAIN

So there is folks.  Feel free to disagree.  Hell, I may even disagree with myself in a few days.  Thanks for reading!