Top 89 Staff Picks: Mike Novitzki, Duluth Host

Top 89 of 2016
The Current's Mike Novitzki shares his top local songs of 2016. (MPR graphic)

Top 10 Local Songs of 2016

"Maggie's Farm" – The Boomchucks, Bringin' It All Back to Duluth Does Dylan
Brad Nelson and Jamie Ness have been going undercover as The Freewheelers, and playing this Dylan classic for packed crowds at The American Legion in Two Harbors since the birth of Dylan Fest; but the slicing mandolin of Erik Berry (Trampled By Turtles) and Russ Sackett's lively bass re-energize the song on the version recorded for Duluth's fourth and latest Dylan tribute album.

"Granny Squares" – Ingeborg Von Aggassiz, Homegrown Rawk and/or Roll: Jason Wussow's Mix
It's one of the only readily available audio recordings out there from this enigmatic electro-folk artist; but that's all about to change, as she's currently working on an album for release sometime next year.

"Little Red Corvette" – Blake Thomas, Take It With You
By the time this episode of the popular radio theater show was recorded, the news of Prince's passing had been circulating for weeks, and what seemed like every artist under the Sun had paid some kind of tribute. My solidarity with the grieving community was quickly turning to jaded resentment for the notion that one can simply just "cover" Prince now. Then Blake Thomas and his beloved troupe of comedic theater rats took their turn. All the songs in that episode were Prince covers, but this slow, sad, nostalgic rendition of Little Red Corvette wins Best Tribute award from me.

"I Ain't Dead Yet" – Charlie Parr, Record Store Day Exclusive
Charlie Parr's 2016 Record Story Day exclusive is being reissued for the holiday season, and features some very unique cover art.

"One Too Many Mornings" – The Murder of Crows, Bringin' It All Back to Duluth Does Dylan It was the only new recording this year from the unique project featuring Gaelynn Lea and Low's Alan Sparhawk.
"Worth The Work" – Nonfic, Worth The Work The title track from the debut album by one of Duluth's most promising hip hop acts. It also stands out as a "message" track on an album that otherwise keeps itself casual and down to party.

"Sing it to the Sky" – Glitteratti, Sing It to the Sky
We have yet another project from Marc Gartman.(Two Many Banjos, Coyote, Feverdream) This group features Dave Carroll, Tim Saxhaug( both of Trampled By Turtles) and Kyle Keegan.(Ben Howard, Hiss Golden Messenger) Their debut E.P. released in July.

"Everchild" – Feverdream, Ever Child This four-part suite, produced with Low's Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington, is the last piece of music Marc Gartman released from his Feverdream project before deciding to shelf it. The video was shot with the Duluth Yoga Project.

"Play That Bossa One More Time" – TenderNess, Blues & Oranges
An authentic Brazilian Jazz tune from charming and well-traveled Duluth native Peter Witrak.
Listen here.

"Boardwalk Anthem" – Teague Alexy, The Circuit Sessions The brand new song from the long time Duluth based poet and singer features Steve Garrington(Low) and Eric Pollard.(Actual Wolf)It's a lively tune whose strong, steady beat and hastened blues melody hearken back the the birth of Rock n' Roll. Teague sings about his hometown of Somers Point, NJ, where cover bands used to reign supreme.

The Current Hosts' and Staffers' Top 89 of 2016

Brett BaldwinBill DeVilleJay GablerLeah GaraasJadeCecilia JohnsonLindsay KimballMary LuciaJim McGuinnSean McPhersonShelley MillerDan NassMike NovitzkiMatt PerkinsBrian OakeJill RileyJake RudhNate RyanDavid SafarDerrick StevensAndrea SwenssonLuke TaylorAnna ReedMark WheatMac Wilson

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