Wes Davis’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

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By Wes Davis

I had a lot of trouble deciding on the best albums from this exciting and emotional year for music. The deaths of David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen represent the end of an era where artists stood behind their music, seen best by Bowie’s persona of Ziggy Stardust. However, we are starting to see a revival of this idea that the music can speak for itself. Look at Bon Iver’s 22, A Million, and Chance the Rapper’s gospel album, Coloring Book. Despite the modesty in some artists, we are reminded that fame exists and it is intoxicating. As I listened to Life of Pablo I could feel Kanye’s desire for redemption from the people and his knowledge that God’s grace can set him free from his sins. Life of Pablo goes from praising and thanking God in “Ultralight Beam” to pleading for forgiveness in  “FML”.

Despite there being a plethora of great Indie albums this year, like Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, Whitney’s debut album Light Upon the Lake, Mitski’s Puberty 2 and many more, I kept finding myself coming back the Hip Hop and rap albums released this past year. From underground Chicago rappers like Joey Purp to Kanye. Without a doubt, 2016 is a big year for the hip hop scene. West Coast hip hop in the past year has been heavily influence by Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 To Pimp a Butterfly, prominently seen in Anderson Paak’s Malibu and Isaiah Rashad’s The Sun’s Tirade. Childish Gambino’s recently dropped album, Awaken, My Love has unexpected throwback sound for the young rapper, bringing the west coast groove and ’70’s rock to the hip hop scene, with his sound and his transition from “word-play” rap to this hip hop groove makes it one of my favorite albums this year.  So it makes sense that many of Top 10 albums this year revolve around the hip hop genre.

  1. Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book
  2. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  3. Kanye West, Life of Pablo
  4. Solange, A Seat at the Table
  5. Frank Ocean, Blond
  6. Conor Oberst, Ruminations
  7. Anderson Paak, Malibu
  8. Noname, Telefone
  9. Car Seat Headrest, Teens of Denial
  10. Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love

WCYT’s Most Played albums of 2016

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1.

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

2.

Wild Nothing – Life of Pause

3.

Parquet Courts – Human Performance

4.

Whitney – Light Upon The Lake

5.

Animal Collective – Painting With

6.

Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven

7.

Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

8.

Mitski – Puberty 2

9.

Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye

10.

Dr. Dog – The Psychedelic Swamp

11.Adore Life – Savaged

12.Lost Time – TacocaT

13.Is The Is Are – DIIV

14.Dolls of Highland – Kyle Craft

15.Sunlit Youth – Local Natives

16.We Disappear – The Thermals

17.Leave Me Alone – Hinds

18.Nonagon Infinity-King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard

19.New Misery – Cullen Omori

20.Singing Saw – Kevin Morby

Top Ten – Hope Arthur

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Hope

Hope Arthur's 2015 has been busy with her various musical projects being a Piano Instructor, composing for different art projects, leading the way for The Hope Arthur Orchestra and on top of that she is a accompanist for the Fort Wayne Ballet. It is difficult to even guess how much music Hope has absorbed during 2015. Hope wanted to share her top ten list, a list of what has colored her world in the year of 2015. (in no particular order)
Before we jump into her list, Hope wants to share her latest project a tribute to Hulk Hogan's "Hulk Rules" a cover of "I Want To Be A Hulkamaniac" and her next show is January 23rd at The Arts Lab in collaboration with Mikautadze Dance Theatre, The Hope Arthur Orchestra, and introducing Silbo Gomero and Saitnkini-Productions

Fugue from 33 Variations by Ludwig von Beethoven (piece) This was my first classical piano gig outside of a university setting without the help of my teacher. It was for a play. I had to perform this piece in the dark with a crazy man screaming at me. That’s a new experience to put under my belt!

The Music of Stones For The Resonating Stones of Elmar Daucher by Stephan Micus (album) To me, feeling anything resonate is a powerful experience. So naturally, when my friend introduced The Music of Stones to me I was very excited. I was having a very hard time musically, but the sounds of stones resonating was very healing.

Areski and Brigitte Fontaine – L’Incendie  (album) This album just plain rocks. I listened to it a lot when I moved into my new apartment. I should probably give it back to my friend now….

Kate Bush “50 Words for Snow” (song) A friend introduced Kate Bush to me this year. All of her music is brilliant, but if you haven’t heard 50 Words For Snow, you’re missing out. Go listen to it now! It’s amazing!

Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (song) Before you judge me, I was working on a project where I had to compose a radio hit pop anthem. I spent weeks dissecting all sorts of pop music, including this song.

Bjork – Debut (album) I know this is the year of Vulnicura, but I actually spent more time listening to Debut. I love Bjork’s music so much that sometimes I’m afraid to listen to it.

Sylvan Esso – Self-titled  (album) Great album by a great band. I also saw them live in Indianapolis. Very important part of my year!

Pow Wow Songs Music of the Plains Indians (album) I’m super fascinated by Native American history. My friend and I did an album trade and he decided to share this one. I am so thankful.

Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (piece) I’m actually not that crazy about this piece, but I’ve spent hours and hours and hours and hours helping a colleague arrange it for piano solo. So I had to include it on the list.

La Comtessa de Dia “A Chantar” (Trobairitz song from the 1100s) La Comtessa de Dia (or Beatriz de Dia) was a singer in the 1100s during a time when women were not encouraged to be musicians. Her music survives though and this song is an awesome description of her calling out a dude for playing with her heart. Part of my year involved organizing a concert featuring the works of female composers throughout history, and this was one of the songs we performed.


Hope and her Orchestra can be caught all around the city, keep up with them on their Facebook page and here is her cover of the Hulk Hogan original “I Want To Be A Hulkamaniac”

Sam Carroll’s Selections: 2015

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10. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

 

Panda Bear’s funky electronic psychedelia maintains traces of his signature Beach Boy-esque poppiness but pushes the frontier of the Animal Collective’s aural legacy into a more mechanically organic creation.

Best Track: Come To Your Senses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHQnMdPMZW4

 

9. Jeff Bridges – Sleeping Tapes

Jeff Bridges’ spoken word ambient album.

“Sleeping Tapes. Ha. I love that right there. And all that it implies, you know?
Sleeping Tapes.
Sleep, of course implies waking up.
Tapes – imply recording. Yeah? Sharing things. Sort of implies, you know, the past and the future. Things recorded in the past, to share in some future time.
(Sigh) I think ah, done everything… Ha Ha Ha.
Everything implies everything else, you know? Yeah. Sleeping Tapes.”

– Jeff

Best Track: Temescal Canyon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHEv-Go1Bcc

 

8. The Underachievers – Evermore: The Art Of Duality

Two of Brooklyn’s finest philosophically highlight contradictions in life while the stark duality of thought and behavior they explore manifests itself in two distinct phases of their album.

Best Track: Unconscious Monsters (Evermore Outro) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlhtMU_NFvo

 

 

7. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl

A brilliant Norwegian singer with hybridized electro-instrumental backdrops gives a bird’s eye analysis of culture.

Best Track: Heaven https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufcx1wamdkE

 

6. Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom

Idaho’s 2011 lo-fi dreamy bedroom pop icon has developed his sound into a crisp, heavy, and unique array of electronic rock. Dealing with his own form of ennui, Trevor Powers’ lyrics explore loss and nostalgia in a replayable 40 minute ride.

Best Track: Free Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8J-sPFZx-I

5. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Amidst cultural and existential ennui, Father John relates the multifaceted mysteries of the concept of love and the place it occupies over lush and complex instrumentation.

Best Tracks: Strange Encounter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hefr781v2pc

True Affection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X36cTqByZ7c

 

4. Oddisee – The Good Fight

“Smart. Way smarter, way smarter than your average bear. And you gotta get that right off the tap, like, first things first, listening to Oddisee there’s just a couple of things you’re gonna have to acknowledge that are gonna go over your head, like just get ready for that… We’ve dumbed it down to the point where we want things to be super simple, we just want everyone to get it and Oddisee doesn’t really focus on that, I don’t think he really focuses on you getting it, I think he’d rather have you keep up with him, like actually use your brain for more than a hat rack, and you know, go ahead and keep pace with what’s going on in the music and if you need to rewind it, rewind it there’s no shame in that; if you need to look something up, look it up there’s no shame in that, but like, as far as the where the concepts are gonna go, and, and what the lyrics are gonna be, Oddisee is a dude who really holds that mark solid, and I think the only thing that keeps him from being mainstream is the fact that he won’t dumb down. Like he’s still fighting, I don’t know if it’s even fighting the good fight.”

– Worse Before Better

Best Tracks: Want Something Done https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0cGnfx4nWU

First Choice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJJzyvjmZes

3. Jamie xx – In Colour

This album is British. A colorful feast for the senses, a smattering of stylistic influences come together here to weave an electronic web of sounds that define individual patterns within songs but transition effortlessly between those designs to form one cohesive and addictive journey. I, and most people I know, weren’t initially impressed by this album; after I started with the second last track and let it loop- infection.

Let it loop.

Best Tracks: The Rest Is Noise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDiQgUS7HsE

Loud Places https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmtFPqZmOdU

 

2. Tame Impala – Currents

An album about change in a world solely defined by perpetual change. In a world solely defined by perpetual change, a word exists to define cultural pillars that embrace and contemplate the nature of the perpetual change that defines, enables, and is inextricably entangled with the concept of time itself: Timeless.

Enjoy the second law of thermodynamics.

Best Tracks: Let It Happen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ed6UeDp1ek

‘Cause I’m A Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hefh9dFnChY

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

“I remembered you was conflicted
Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same
Abusing my power full of resentment
Resentment that turned into a deep depression
Found myself screamin’ in the hotel room
I didn’t wanna self destruct, the evils of Lucy was all around me
So I went runnin’ for answers”

Best Tracks: Wesley’s Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0QtdISwioc

Alright https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z938ya2fbPo

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Going Down

Cannibal Ox – Blade of the Ronin

Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon

The Internet – Ego Death

Jib Kidder – Teaspoon to the Ocean

Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

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