My five “extra” songs of 2019 by Rick Kane

Since way back in 2004 a couple of good mates and me have had a Top 10 Songs of the Year night. Our friendships stretch back to the dawn of the 80s (and even earlier) and we know each other pretty, pretty, pretty well. Comfortable just hanging out, sharing laughs and curious to hear what songs have caught each other’s ear. For some reason our Top 10 is a Top 12. I can’t even remember why. We also include another five songs.

The five “extra” songs thingy is not meant to imply that they could not make the Top 12. We added this dimension to the night back in 2014. You see, Dylan had recently released The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete. So we decided we needed to hear each other’s five faves from that magnificent stew. Since then we have treated the five extras as a chance to play some songs that had a more personal connection or that might distract the flow of your Top 12. Or whatever.

So, without further ado, here’s my 2019 “extra” five… Continue reading

Top 12 songs of the year by Rick Kane


It’s a preposterous title isn’t it? Around this time of the year my mind goes mushy and hazy trying to distil everything I listened to in the last 365 days of my life, into a compact list. I still listen mainly to albums so this list is really a song from 12 great albums. But it’s not my top 12 albums (with a track from each). Missing from a list like that are standout records such as case/lang/veirs, Hayes Carll and Common. Anyway you get the gist. This is a cruel exercise that I will claim immunity from the moment I finish writing it. There are many, (very many) other as deserving songs.  Continue reading