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Spanspek's Favorite Music of 2016 - Local Singles

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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 (Fresno, CA)

"Chokes"
Nah
Chill ass song with a singalong chorus that you will never get to hear because its not online and this band hardly plays shows. I feel super fortunate to have had a copy of Nah mailed to Spanspek Headquarters by singer/head honcho Luke Freeman.  Thanks dude for the rad tunage!

Carl Armada (Fresno, CA)

"Skypager Interlude" ft. Bnice
Hi My Name Is Carl (WhatIz)
I'm old now. This new kind of rap is makes me feel super irrelevant. I don't understand how it works. It's so deceptively simple, like Steve Reich composed it using a Casio keyboard. But oh lordy, it's catchy as hell and I can't stop signing the hook. Plus Armada's delivery is just so damn cool and untroubled.  Carl Armada is the future and I am the soggy pants past!

Dirty Limbs (Fresno, CA)

"Proto-Punk"
Dirty Limbs​/​Evelyn 7" Split (Manor House Recordings)
One of my favorite local bands continues being my favorite with this adrenaline shot of a punk song. Like if Vincent Vega had slammed this in Mia Wallace's chest she probably would have exploded and then Vincent really would've been in trouble.  Anywho, this song is super good, and you should watch Pulp Fiction because it is also super good.

  
The Eros (Kingsburg, CA)
"Happy Me, Lucky You"
Full disclosure, The Eros bandleader Cindy Toledo drums for my band Werebear. But that shit don't matter, cause this song is the real deal. The debut release from The Eros, "Happy Me, Lucky You" is a perfect bit of fuzz pop that somehow makes an appropriate backdrop to what I think is a bunch of cultists running down some wayward followers. 2016 saw many young bands make their first forays into the local music scene. The Eros is definitely a band I'm excited to see more of in the coming year.



MC Wicks (Fresno, CA)
"Momma"
Steady Stylin'
This track is the filthiest thing I've ever heard. Like Too Short probably blushes when he hears this shit. The beat from producer Jukebawks is a blaxploitation film personified. MC Wicks earns his "Big Nasty" moniker with a thesaurus' worth of sexual synonyms.  And that video. That fucking video. Oh my lord, I swear that Nektr dude needs Jesus! And I need to go to confession for watching this thing like a billion times.

The Millennials (Fresno, CA)
"Shoot Straight"
s/t
There is a blues punk band in Fresno folks. In the immortal words of Kevin Garnett, anything is possible!  "Shoot Straight" is the best of both worlds: the quick, succinct pacing of a punk song with the harmonic language and ragged vocals of the blues.  It's a quick shot to the ol' noggin that is endlessly listenable. Kudos in particular to singer Blake Patrick for smoking two packs a day for the sake of ROCK. 

Omar Naré (Fresno, CA)

"Sabor A Mi"
A Mexican classic reimagined as a slow burning plea by "nuevo mariachi" purveyor Omar Naré.  The song is beautifully orchestrated, with Patrick Contreras' solo violin matching Naré's sultry timbre note for note, after which both explode with energy and color at the songs finale. The performance is passionate and sexy and I have to go lie down cause I'm all sweaty for some reason! 

Paper Roses (Fresno, CA)
"The Worst Is Not Knowing"
Butterfly Pins (Sleepy Ghost Records)
After suffering a devastating loss, multi-instrumentalist Mike Flores untangles his mind with the graceful Butterfly Pins. Instrumental track "The Worst Is Not Knowing" seems to represent a moment of simple reflection among the more orchestral songs on the album.  This song has hit home more than others this year.  My wife and I also experienced a loss a few years back that we still struggle with today. This song helps me remember and provides some relief in its beauty. Thanks Mike and I'm thinking of you.

Otis Reed (Fresno, CA)
"Black Washed" feat. B.Wash
Otis King
When you put Otis Reed, producer K.Pizzle, and a sick Charles Bradley sample together, you better expect a hit with more going on beneath the surface. On "Black Washed" Reed and guest B.Wash lament the burdens that stereotypes, and subversion of said stereotypes, places on black men.  Questions of authenticity are grappled with all while each rapper exhibits their mastery of flow.  Reed in particular has been on a hot streak for the last few years, releasing album after album of woke hip hop. Here's hoping the rest of the world stops fucking around and takes notice. 


Sagey (Fresno, CA)
"Flaunt"
s/t
I'm still old and I still don't understand this genre. I think Sagey's brand of semi-industrial rap is meant to shove people my age into the grave. "Flaunt" is a take no prisoners anthem, reveling in the chaos and destruction it brings to the geriatrics in power. And that video is insane. Though as always, if there's gonna be female nudity, I demand to see some Sagey peen as well. 

Style Like Revelators (Fresno, CA)

"The Mountain"
The old school rock quartet Style Like Revelators stayed low key in 2016, quietly releasing a few singles on their Reverbnation page. Of the three "The Mountain" packs the biggest wallop, it's bombastic chorus and drum/guitar solos the perfect offerings to the Pantheon of Rock Gods. Hope to see more of these dudes in 2017. 

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