Oh, what a year. 2019 was a mess of a mess to finish out the decade. Like Charli XCX said, “the world is burning. literally and metaphorically.” Since the planet is in flames, we might as well dance while we try to save this burning ball we call home.
Kanye’s fall into chaos is the perfect metaphor for Earth in 2018. Everything is a hot mess and we aren’t really sure if we’re going to survive. Luckily, we will always have music to get us through the toughest and messiest of times.
2017 was a dumpster fire. Just went things couldn’t get any lower, the bar kept dropping. The political spectrum was a damn mess. Nature made everyone her bitch this year. Luckily, a little hope for humanity came in the form of some truly wonderful music.
With over 4 million Youtube views on his hit single “Falling for You”, Lyon Hart is one of the hottest acts coming out of NYC right now. Lyon Hart released his debut EP in 2015 and has worked with a host of artists including Noosa and Elephante. He recently dropped the video for “Delusional”—an evocative found-footage piece playing with unrequited love in classic imagery. I got to talk with Lyon Hart about his new track, the challenges of being a gay musican today, and what’s in store for 2017.
2016 is the year everyone wants to be over. So many events this year rocked us as a nation and a people. Usually when I’m feeling low, I listen to more pop music than usual. I think this year’s top list reflects that trend. There were so many great singles this year that I had quite the struggle editing down list. This year’s album list is a reflection of the struggles and hopes we all felt this year. Enjoy 2016 in music:
This past June I had the joy of interviewing Ji Nilsson about her single “Perfume”. The hauntingly beautiful musician released her first EP, “Blue Is The Saddest Colour” last week. It contains a wonderful blend of R&B, pop and electronic sensibilities. The EP features hit song “Heartbreakfree” as well as new tracks “Nothing” and “Special Kind”. I chatted with Ji about the EP, writing gender-neutral songs and her plans for the rest of 2015.
Missi Pyle is one of America’s great underrated actresses. She has appeared in over 120 films and television programs like The Sarah Silverman Program, Big Fish, Gone Girl and Warehouse 13. Both a talented dramatic and comedic actress, Missi has an acting range that isn’t shared by many of her contemporaries. Below are 10 times Missi lit up the screen and made all of us laugh:
Damiana Garcia (aka Michael Lucid) is an intrepid reporter who has interviewed such faux-celebrities as Madonna and Barbara Streisand. She has interviewed season after season of RuPaul’s Drag Race queens for World of Wonder. Damiana has also made a cornucopia of hilarious videos on her Youtube channel. I chatted with Damiana about her fashions, her favorite interview and making videos with her gal pals.
Mrs. Kasha Davis made the world laugh this past season on RuPaul’s Drag Race. The Rochester, NY queen filled the challenges with humor and brought class to the runway. Her catch phrase “There’s always time for a cocktail” has been all over social media. She just released a single and is touring a one-woman show. I talked with Mrs. Kasha Davis about her life after the show, her favorite spots in Rochester and boxed wine.