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Spanspek's Favorite Music of 2016 - Local Albums

What's up! This is it folks, we made it to the end of another year! And what a doozy it was. We saw a few local venues call it quits and some come under intense scrutiny by parties both well intentioned and not. Yet we also got to see a bunch of young bands flourish and a few old timers up and tour the country. It seems like the local scene is at a point of transition. And that's kinda of scary. But it can be exciting too. I'm hoping for more of the latter in 2017.

Ok, so on this last post we're gonna share our favorite local albums of 2016.  It's my favorite blog to write (though it takes for damn ever to do) and I'm looking forward to hear what y'all think!  But before we get to that Spanspek Co-Founder Israel Flores and myself would like to thank everyone  that has supported Spanspek this year. You are all really cool people and without your support we couldn't do any of this!  So THANK YOU! And you know, if you want to kick a few scrills our way to h…

Spanspek's Favorite Music of 2016 - Mike Oz

Hey! We got another blog for you! This is unprecedented! It's from Fresno renaissance man Mike Oz!  A lot of your faithful readers know who this dude is, but for those who don't Mike Oz covers baseball at Yahoo Sports, hosts Ozmosis on New Rock 104.1 and organizes Fresno-area events such as Taco Truck Throwdown, FresYes Fest and Tacos, Brews & Jams. Before all that, he wrote about music and pop culture at The Fresno Bee for 10 years. Follow him on social media, @mikeoz.  See, he's legit.

But before we get to his picks please consider donating to Spanspek by going to the TULARE COUNTY ARTS CONSORTIUM WEBSITE and clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.  All donations go to our scholarship fund and help us keep doing our podcast, blog, and music festival! Any amount helps!

Oh and by the way, be sure to hit up Mike's Tacos, Brews, and Jams event tonight at the Tioga-Sequoia Brewery!
Thanks and lets see what Mike Oz likes!
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Spanspek's Favorite Music of 2016 - Sam Retton

Yo! Hope you've been enjoying the end of the year posts so far! We got another guest bloggo for y'all today from Midwest Moms singer Sam Retton

But as usual, before we get to her end of year faves, please consider donating to La Causa Spanspek by going to the TULARE COUNTY ARTS CONSORTIUM WEBSITE and clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.  All donations go to our scholarship fund and help us keep doing our podcast, blog, and music festival! Any amount helps!

Ok, that's it, lets give it up for Sam!


Sam Retton here, of Midwest Moms. Vegan, straight edge, coffee enthusiast, forever in college. Much of my favorite music, or at least the things I keep on heavy rotation, came out twenty or more years ago, so believe it or not, trying to come up with five albums I loved that didn’t come out in 2015 or earlier was quite a challenge for me because I’m old and out-of-touch at 25. Nevertheless, here were a few of my most recent favorites:

Sci-Fi Caper (Fresno, CA)
Star Stuff
Any…

Spanspek's Favorite Music of 2016 - Local Singles

What's the word nerds!  We hope you're doing well! I'm watching SNL right now!  We're having fun.

Alright, here's what we're doing today for those of you who aren't in the know. Later in the week we'll share our Top Ten list of favorite local albums from 2016. It's all very exciting. Today we're gonna talk about all the other singles and album tracks we loved in the 2016 that aren't in our top albums list.  It's our way of covering as much local music as possible.

Speaking of which, if you want to help us continue to cover local music happenings, please consider donating to La Causa Spanspek by going to the TULARE COUNTY ARTS CONSORTIUM WEBSITE and clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.  All funds go to our scholarship fund and the continuation of the Spanspek Music and Arts Festival!

So with that, go put on your headphones, pick up the volume, and rock out to some of our favorite local singles!

Brother Luke & the Comrades(Fresn…

Spanspek's Favorite Music of 2016: Erica Najera

Good morning folks! It's been a while but we're glad to be back talking 'bout our favorite music of the year! It's gonna go down like this y'all: we'll be posting some guest blogs from friends of ours early in the week, followed by our own local music lists at the end of the week.  That's it! 

Oh, and if you would be so kind as to indulge us, we're also gonna take this time to ask that if you support Spanspek and all the things we do, please consider donating to "La Causa Spanspek" by going to the TULARE COUNTY ARTS CONSORTIUM WEBSITE. and clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.  All funds go to our scholarship fund and the continuation of the Spanspek Music and Arts Festival! Thank you!

Ok, lets get to it! Our first guest is Light Thieves bassist and La NiƱa bandleader ERICA NAJERA!
Hi! I'm Erica Najera aka Rica. 30 year old musician, avid dreamer, seeker of truth, and hopeless adult. I'm told I play a mean bass guitar, but my ba…