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2018 Favorite Things: Mike

December 19th, 2018
Photo: Jess Baumung

It’s that special time of year. As we gather round whatever it is we prefer to gather round, one topic that often gets discussed is favorite things from the year that was. So in that same tradition, and in case you’re looking for something to watch/listen to/read or think about during the holidays, we wanted to share with you some of our personal favorite things from 2018.

Thank you for helping make 2018 such a wonderful year for us as a band. We’re wishing you all the best for the holidays and can’t wait to see you in 2019.

Here’s some of Mike’s 2018 faves:

Song:  Robyn “Missin U”

It’s too hard to pick an album of the year (but if you twisted my arm it’d probably be the Arctic Monkey’s Tranquility Base Hotel) but I can say the song that hit me the hardest this year would be ‘Missin U’.  There’s something about the urgency in her voice, the crystalline synths, and her longing message for human connection that really sets a perfect mood. 

New Discovery:  Bob Dylan – Infidels 

Max showed me the song ‘Man of Peace’ off this record earlier this year, and since then I’ve dove head first into this record.  Produced by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame, along side reggae legends Sly and Robbie on drums and bass and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones on guitar, this record has some real heavy hitters playing on it.  I also think that Dylan’s lyrics here are some of his best – as packed with wit and wisdom as any of his work.  Aside from ‘Man of Peace’, I’m also loving the tracks ‘Jokerman’ and ‘Neighbourhood Bully’.

Book:  Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

This novel tells the story of a hedge fund manager on the run through America with nothing but a greyhound ticket and a suitcase full of vintage watches.  Woven into this ‘On the Road’-esque story line is a cutting analysis of the absurdity of the ultra wealthy, with a dark wit that’s legitimately laugh out loud funny. I read this while on tour and loved the way this book has a sense of constant motion with amazing little details about life on the road.

Movie:  First Man

I’ve loved the history of space travel since I was a kid, so this movie is right up my alley. It’s able to reflect the sober reality and humanity of Neil Armstrong and his family, while also capturing the intensity inside the Apollo spacecraft in a way that felt so vividly real. Amazing cinematography, especially during the dead silent *spoiler alert* moon landing scene. 

Radio Show:  Time Crisis

Hosted by Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Jake Longstreth and resident number cruncher (and fellow Canadian) Seinfeld2000, this zany Apple Music radio show has become one of my favourite podcasts/internet radio shows.  These guys have way too much fun deep diving on topics such as the tasteful palette of the 70’s, corporate food history, the Jokerman font, cold brew coffee and much much more.  Each episode ends with a the crisis crew’s hot takes on the top 5 songs of today and the top five songs from some point in music history.