MFL’s Best Tracks of 2018

Every year I reach out to two of my absolute favorite music buffs, who happen to be dear friends as well. Brian Haviland works at a pharmacy in Alaska and is a new father to a gorgeous little girl. Our paths crossed wayyyyyyyyyyy back when I was a high school student at Hellgate High in Missoula. Mark Levy made his way to Bozeman from NYC several years ago and walked into my life because of his incredible wife who is also a dancer here in Bozeman. Mark is also part of the local soundscape band, Ranges.

These are folks I’ve had musical relationships for many years now and we could back and forth about music until the cows come home. The best part of it is, we share common threads in terms of the music we enjoy but we also have drastically different taste. The result is a mutual love for music in which we educate each other on what is out there and push each other to open an ear to something new. I wish I could say the three of us have been in the same room to discuss music but sadly Brian and Mark have never met. Maybe some day.

Enough b.s. Here is the playlist. The first 5 are Mark’s picks, the next 5 are Brian’s and the last 5 are mine. May 2019 bring love, happiness, and more music to ya’ll!


Rubblebucket, thank you for kicking off Wednesday.

I BLASTED “Carousel Ride” off of Rubblebucket’s newest album, ‘Survival Sounds’, this morning at 6:30 AM in the car. Yes, 6:30 AM. No, that’s not too early for fuzzy guitars, bursting vocals and catchy keyboards…Have a listen:

I adore this music video as well. That poor carnation-covered creature. I believe it has a name, that name is Vashti. Rubblebucket carries that costume around with them on tour and lets members in the audience pop it on during “Carousel Ride” and hop around on stage. It’s pretty neat. Guess how I know that? BECAUSE RUBBLEBUCKET WAS IN BOZEMAN THIS SUMMER! Can you believe that?! It was a truly fantastic show. Another favorite band of mine, Body Language, opened for them. It was one of the most dance-able, energy-producing, head-banging, crowd-bouncing show I’ve been to. There was not a still body in the Zebra. I really hope they come back here. Check out one of my favorites by Body Language as well:

And talk about energy. Body Language is one of the most fun-loving, colorful (lead singer, Angelica Bess was literally face-painting willing audience members), dance-inducing groups as well. They were initially what attracted me to the show at the Zebra and when I found out they were opening for Rubblebucket (though I thought the opposite at first….I thought Rubblebucket was opening for Body Language!), my excitement became uncontrollable. I hope Body Language will grace our lovely town with their musical presence again as well.

I had to edit this post and add this. NPR just released Rubblebucket’s Tiny Desk Concert and it’s somethin’ else:

The Doppelgänger at Chico

I was at Chico Hot Springs for a birthday get together last night. I do this thing sometimes when I leave town or go somewhere where I will likely not know very many people, and I look for Doppelgängers. They could be Doppelgängers of celebrities, friends, family…etc. I decided I spotted Ed Sheeran’s Doppelgänger at Chico Hot Springs. They look a little alike….a little. But, the likeness was enough to warrant a photograph with the celebrity Doppelgänger. This photograph spawned many photographs with other people. Not Doppelgängers, but just interesting people who also were having a good time at good old Chico Hot Springs. Everyone needs to feel famous every once and a while, right?