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iPod Top 100: 2020

Friday, January 1, 2021, 18:01
Section: Life

It’s not hard to see this list as a reaction of the year that was. Let’s hope 2021 and especially 2022 are heavier on happy, bouncy tunes.

1. “Ayeyayaya” – The Shredders
2. “Get Up Get Out” – Born Dirty
3. “Top Knot Turn Up” – Madame Ghandi
4. “50 Foot Woman” – Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
5. “Time Spent in Los Angeles” – Dawes
6. “For the First Time” – Best Coast
7. “Fuck Up the Friendship” – Leah Kate
8. “You’re Not Alone” – Semisonic
9. “March March” – The Chicks
10. “Malibu” – Kim Petras
11. “Looking for America” – Lana Del Rey
12. “I Would Die 4 U” – Mariachi El Bronx
13. “You Can’t Rule Me” – Lucinda Williams
14. “Loteria” – Mariachi El Bronx
15. “Take the Money and Run” – Run-DMC
16. “California” – Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers
17. “Black Steel” – Tricky
18. “I Wanna Be Like You” – Ukulena
19. “Antifa Dance” – Ana Tijoux
20. “House of Bamboo” – The Hi-Tide Orchestra
21. “Signal” – Automatic
22. “Making Love to the Dead” – Beginners
23. “Different Light” – Best Coast
24. “Goonda Gold” – Cartel Madras
25. “Monday” – Filous & Ashe
26. “A Hero’s Death” – Fontaines D.C.
27. “New Mood” – LPX
28. “Take What You Can Carry” – Mia Doi Todd
29. “Lonely Heather” – The Nude Party
30. “I Am America” – Shea Diamond
31. “Dystopian Boy” – Sólveig Matthildur
32. “Worry” – Songhoy Blues
33. “I’m a Man” – Spencer Davis Group
34. “Moral of the Story” – Ashe
35. “Running to Chad” – Baba Stilz
36. “Everything has Changed” – Best Coast
37. “Coming of Age” – Blondes
38. “Lay Me Down” – Dirty Heads
39. “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles
40. “Little Bit of Love” – Kesha
41. “I’m Sayin'” – Longshot
42. “Fortunate Son” – Sleater-Kinney
43. “South Gotta Change” – Adia Victoria
44. “Angola Rodeo” – The Black Lips
45. “Rise” – Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles
46. “Grounds” – Idles
47. “Lockdown” – Koffee
48. “Here Come the Warm Dreads” – Lee “Scratch” Perry
49. “Gypsy Woman” – Muddy Waters
50. “Bang!” – AJR
51. “Valens” – Graveyard Club
52. “Peaceful Easy Feeling” – Jim “Kimo” West
53. “Asleep on the Shore” – The Swingin’ Palms
54. “Give Us Justice” – Thee Sacred Souls
55. “(I Blame) Society” – Titus Andronicus
56. “Malibu” – Trixie Mattel
57. “Ball and Biscuit” – The White Stripes
58. “Sunglasses” – Black Country, New Road
59. “Stay High” – Brittany Howard
60. “Working” – Cartel Madras
61. “Supermoon” – Charly Bliss
62. “Steel Guitar Rag” – The Greasy Gills
63. “Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar” – The Hi-Tide Orchestra
64. “The Perfect Wave” – The MelTones
65. “Santeria” – Metalachi
66. “Justice Never Dies” – Quetzal
67. “Stay Away” – Randy Newman
68. “Sing Along” – Sturgil Simpson
69. “Over the Moon” – The Swingin’ Palms
70. “Kalua” – Arthur Lyman
71. “Hear It” – Bad Religion
72. “N.B.T.” – Black Market Brass
73. “Voodoo Bamboos” – Chaino
74. “Mystique” – Cosmique Hypnotique
75. “Rome” – Dojo Cuts
76. “Leisure Time” – Eyesore & The Jinx
77. “Swamp Meet” – The Greasy Gills
78. “Jaws” – Greg Townson
79. “Lockdown” – The Hi-Tide Orchestra
80. “All Eyes” – Mariachi El Bronx
81. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Mariachi El Bronx
82. “Moonlight Wahine” – Network Music Ensemble
83. “All I Want” – The Offspring
84. “Trouble in Paradise” – Rufus Wainwright
85. “Old Man” – Stella Donnelly
86. “Entrada” – The Swingin’ Palms
87. “Ten in 2010” – Bad Religion
88. “Pipeline” – The Chantays
89. “Waterfalls” – Death Cab for Cutie
90. “Mr. Rebel” – The Greasy Gills
91. “Tiki Diva” – Kenny Sasaki & The Tiki Boys
92. “Pearly Shells (P?p? A’o ‘Ewa)” – Maile Serenaders
93. “Wind of Change” – The Scorpions
94. “Makaha” – The Tikyaki Orchestra
95. “Brown Eyed Lover” – Allen Stone
96. “Rollercoaster” – Best Coast
97. “War Room” – Black Market Brass
98. “Shark Tank” – Bloodshot Bill
99. “Keep On” – Courtney Barnett
100. “U.F.S.” – The Greasy Gills

Previous top 100 lists: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.



Books read, 2020

Friday, January 1, 2021, 12:03
Section: Arts & Entertainment

Jan. 9: Midnight Riot

Feb. 1: Earthquake Weather

Feb. 29: Guards! Guards!

March 26: We’re with Nobody

April 5: Wizards & Spells

April 14: Eric

June 26: The Once and Future King

June 30: Our Towns

July 31: Moving Pictures

Aug. 18: To Be Taught, If Fortunate

Sept. 14: Annihilation

Sept. 29: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Sept. 30: Magic for Liars

Oct. 11: Traveler: The Shining Blade

Oct. 18: Reaper Man

Nov. 20: Beasts & Behemoths

Nov. 23: The Hate U Give

Dec. 10: Moon Over Soho

Dec. 13: Squeeze Me

Dec. 30: Witches Abroad



My most popular stories of 2020

Friday, January 1, 2021, 11:41
Section: Journalism

As you might expect for 2020, they weren’t happy stories.

1. Inland Empire angry, resigned to Newsom’s new coronavirus lockdown

2. Schools will reopen without in-person classes in most of California, Newsom says

3. California School for the Deaf, Riverside, official under investigation for 2006 photo of Nazi-style salute

4. Three teens killed in Temescal Valley crash were ‘inseparable’

5. How Inland Empire schools plan to reopen in the coronavirus era

6. Moreno Valley Unified: Boy killed by bullies died due to own negligence

7. Coronavirus concerns close all San Bernardino County public schools

8. Hemet Valley Mall staff cleans up after looters break in

9. Parents of 3 teens killed in Temescal Valley crash: ‘We have to forgive’

10. What will Inland Empire’s 2020-21 public school year look like?

Here’s hoping for happier news in 2021.



Muck Rack interview

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 9:00
Section: Journalism

I use the Muck Rack web page to consolidate my portfolio, social media links and other elements of interest to journalism and public relations professionals in one place.

They apparently liked my profile page, as they’ve now interviewed me as a featured journalist. Check it out.



iPod Top 100: 2019

Thursday, January 2, 2020, 0:03
Section: Arts & Entertainment

1. “Red Bull & Hennessy” – Jenny Lewis
2. “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – Lana Del Rey
3. “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
4. “Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix]” – Lil Nas X
5. “bad guy” – Billie Eilish
6. “Younger” – The Mountain Goats
7. “What’s Up Danger” – Blackway & Black Caviar
8. “Gotta Get to Know Ya” – Seratones
9. “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” – The Bob Seger System
10. “Doin’ Time” – Lana Del Rey
11. “Change” – Mavis Staples
12. “Final Form” – Sampa the Great
13. “Holy Roller” – Emily Wolfe
14. “Lo/Hi” – The Black Keys
15. “Son of a Lovin’ Man” – Buchanan Brothers
16. “Pretty” – Ingrid Michaelson
17. “Grendel’s Mother” – The Mountain Goats
18. “Ashamed” – Omar Apollo
19. “Treat Her Right” – Roy Head & The Traits
20. “Los Angeles” – X
21. “Celebrity Skin” – Hole
22. “Game of Thrones” – Los Straitjackets
23. “Eia La” – Barefoot Natives
24. “Connection” – Elastica
25. “What You Need” – INXS

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