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Derek of Heaven’s Gateway Drugs – 10 albums of 2016

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Local, Music

Heaven’s Gateway Drugs guitarist Derek

A few disclaimers to start:

  • I didn’t listen to a ton of new music this year, so this list is not exhaustive.
  • This list is in no particular order- ranking albums just seems silly.

“MY WOMAN” by Angel Olsen. The best parts of coked out era Fleetwood Mac + Patti Smith.

“Human Performance” by Parquet Courts. Short. To the point. The lyrics of this one are eerily similar to my inner monologue.

“Songs For Our Mothers” by Fat White Family. Gross. Offensive. Full of dread and songs about fascism. Yet, somehow the album I listened to the most this year. The final track is a love song written from the perspective of Hitler to Goebbels in the bunker. The album feels like 2016 in a nutshell.

“Post Pop Depression” by Iggy Pop. The biggest surprise of the year. A spiritual successor to “The Passenger” and “The Idiot” that David Bowie produced for Iggy in the 70’s, this time with Josh Homme producing.

“Requiem” by Goat. It isn’t easy to describe Goat but I will give it a shot: Psychedelic Scandinavian tribal music. This is their most wide-ranging record which is a nice change from their prior albums that all sort of found one groove and rode that the entire time. I would love to see them live in 2017 (cough Middle Waves).

“Skeleton Tree” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Absolutely heartbreaking. I put off listening to this one because I knew it would wreck me. I was right.

“House In The Tall Grass” by Kikagaku Moyo. A great album to zone out to.

“Dusk” by Ultimate Painting. Everytime I hear Ultimate Painting I want to play a guitar. I like that.

“Changes” by Charles Bradley. Title track is a soul cover of the Black Sabbath song, what isn’t there to like about that? Wishing Mr. Bradley a speedy recovery and good health in 2017.

“Third World Pyramid” by Brian Jonestown Massacre. Another surprise on the list. The album is a great mix of the more cinematic songs Anton has been doing lately with some great throwbacks to the “Take It From The Man!” era BJM.


Let me know what I missed. Here’s to a not so terrible 2017.



Mickyle James Top 10 – the Best Live Performances of 2016

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Mickyle James of My Dog Junior’s top 10 performances of 2016. My Dog Junior will have show at Trubble brewing on New Year’s Eve along with The Sugar Gliders and Bloody Tambourine and the Musical Mafia. $5 at the door.


    1. Belle & The Strange


The Orange Opera


Unlikely Alibi


James and The Drifters


Jess Thrower


Meat Flowers


Flamingo Nosebleed


The Be Colony


Heaven’s Gateway Drugs


Void Reunion

Jason Davis 10 from 2016

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Jason Davis from Streetlamps for Spotlights and Off the Cuff Sound recording studio his top 10 albums from 2016 in no particular order:

Deep Sea Diver – Secrets


Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Charles Bradley – Changes

Daughter – Not to Disappear

Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree

Dinosaur Jr. -Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

David Bowie – Blackstar

Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines

Lydia Loveless – Real

Any Local Release – buy whats in your own backyard.

Wes Davis’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

Written by Staff. Posted in Lists, Music

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

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Music


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool


Wild Nothing – Life of Pause


Parquet Courts – Human Performance


Whitney – Light Upon The Lake


Animal Collective – Painting With


Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven


Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial


Mitski – Puberty 2


Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye


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

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