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Dan Kinnaley from the Snarks top 9 of 2016

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Uncategorized

Here are my top 9 records for 2016 if you’re interested in publishing them. I tried to find a 10th, and nothing stuck out to me. Maybe I need to listen to more new music next year! Thanks for asking.
Savage Master – With Whips and Chains

Savage Master are a female fronted heavy metal band from Lousiville, KY in the vein of Manila Road, who know their way around some serious hooks, and trade in an image heavily indebted to 80s schlock. It’s campy heavy metal fun of the highest order.

Mean Jeans – Tight New Dime

The Ramones are the best punk band of all time, and a lot of bands that emulate their sound get the song structure and speed right, but miss the frenetic energy, ear worm worthy vocal hooks, and stupidity behind some of the best Ramones songs like 53rd and 3rd, Teenage Lobotomy, and I Wanna Be Sedated. Mean Jeans nail all of it. I’ve been humming this record involuntarily since it came out.

Natural Child – Okey Dokey

Groovy, southern rock with a few country leanings that tip off the bands’s Nashville roots. I’m not well versed in the nuances of this sort of thing, but it’s what my parents would have called “driving music”. When I need to clear my head, I’ll go for a drive and this is a staple.

Bob Mould – Patch The Sky

Husker Du is one of my all time favorite bands, and Bob Mould is, in my opinion, one of the greatest American songwriters. Starting with Silver Age in 2012 he’s been on a tear releasing some of the finest guitar pop committed to record.
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight – Casino Drone

“Underneath The Door” is my favorite song from 2016, it’s near perfect power pop. The riff could be from an early Cheap Trick record, or maybe something from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers? The track has this great Midwestern earnestness that made me fall in love with songwriters like Bob Mould and there is a guitar lead around the 2:40 mark that gets stuck in my head for days. The songs around it are nearly as good. Mike Adams is Indiana’s best songwriter and he hasn’t made a bad record yet.
Tenement – Bruised Music Vol. 2

I read a lot about how Beach Slang are the second coming of The Replacements, but to me their earnestness feels kind of put-on. Tenement are the real deal, playing pop-punk injected with a strong pop-sensibility with a healthy dose of classic rock all being torn apart at the seams by noise. It sounds to me like exactly the sort of thing the Mats would be doing if they were a contemporary band.
Dinosaur JR – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

The riff that opens this record on “Goin Down” is what I would show anyone who wanted to understand why I love this band so much. It’s thick and heavy, but hummable, and J. Mascis understated voice acts as the perfect counterpoint for the big riffs.

Mikey Erg – Tentative Decisions

After writing out this list, I realized I spent most of 2016 listening to guitar pop of some sort, and Mikey Erg is in my opinion the current heavyweight champ of the genre. It’s remiss to call this a pop-punk record, which might be easy since Mikey has written some of the best pop-punk songs of the last two decades. This is the best kind of pop, like Elvis Costello on My Aim is True or Joe Jackson on Look Sharp!, filtered through the last 40 years of grit and noise that’s been introduced to the genre. I’ll be listening to this one well into 2017.
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailors Guide to Earth

This record is beautiful. It’s just as much a soul record as it is country, the inclusion of The Dap Kings and the liberal use of Hammond organ, make this sound like a long-lost Memphis classic. Sturgill Simpson also has one of the best voices in modern Country, it’s deep and rich kind of like Johnny Cash’s, but with even more soul. I can’t recommend this enough.

20 albums, a year in review – Brandon Zolman From HGWD

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

2016

20 albums, a year in review 

by Brandon Zolman from Heaven’s Gateway Drugs

                    

Singing Saw

Artist: Kevin Morby

Release Date: April 15, 2016

Producer: Sam Cohen

Label: Dead Oceans

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Folk

                     Tess & Dave

<3 <3 <3

Artist: Tess & Dave

Release Date: August 26, 2016

Producer: David Vandervelde

Label: Friendship Fever

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Lush-Psych-Pop, Smooth-70’s-Rock

                    Eternally Even

Artist: Jim James

Release Date: November 4, 2016

Producer: Jim James, Blake Mills

Label: ATO, Capitol

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Neo-Psych, Funk

                Light Upon the Lake

Artist: Whitney

Release Date: June 3, 2016

Producer: Jonathan Rado, Whitney (Julien Ehrlich, Max Kakacek)

Label: Secretly Canadian

Genre: Singer- Songwriter, Indie-Folk, Psych-Pop

                         Premium

Artist: Sam Evian

Release Date: September 30, 2016

Producer: Sam Evian

Label: Saddle Creek Records

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Dream-Pop, Easy Listening

                      

Double Vanity

Artist: BRONCHO

Release Date: June 10, 2016

Producer: Jared Evans, Chad Copelin (Blackwatch Studios)

Label: Dine Alone

Genre: Lo-Fi/Alt/Indie-Rock, Alt/Garage-Punk,

                  Ape in Pink Marble

Artist: Devendra Banhart

Release Date: September 23, 2016

Producer: Devendra Banhart, Noah Georgeson, Josiah Steinbrick

Label: Nonesuch Records

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Indie-Folk

                   Awaken, My Love!

Artist: Childish Gambino

Release Date: December 2, 2016

Producer: Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson

Label: Glassnote Records

Genre: Funk, R&B, Soul

                         Schmilco

Artist: Wilco

Release Date: September 9, 2016

Producer: Jeff Tweedy, Tom Schick

Label: Dbpm Records, Anti-

Genre: Alt/Folk/Rock

                           Palana

Artist: Charlie Hilton

Release Date: January 22, 2016

Producer: Jacob Portrait, Jarvis Taveniere

Label: Captured Tracks

Genre: Pop/Chamber Pop/Electro Pop/Experimental Pop

                          Changes

Artist: Charles Bradley

Release Date: April 1, 2016

Producer: Thomas Brenneck

Label: Daptone/Dunham Records

Genre: Soul/R&B/Funk

                    untitled unmastered  

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Release Date: March 4, 2016

Producer: Astronote, Bizness Boi, Cardo, Egypt Daoud,

                 DJ Khalil, DJ Spinz, Frank Dukes, Hit-Boy,

                 Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Swizz Beatz, Adrian Younge,

                 Yung Exclusive, Ritz Reynolds

Label: Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope

Genre: Hip-Hop, West Coast-Rap, Funk, Jazz

                       Mangy Love

Artist: Cass Mccombs

Release Date: August 26, 2016

Producer: Cass McCombs, Rob Schnapf, Dan Horne, Sam Owens

Label: Anti-

Genre: Singer-Songwriter/Indie-Rock

                            The Party

Artist: Andy Shauf

Release Date: May 20, 2016

Producer: Andy Shauf

Label: Anti-

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Alt-indie-pop

                   You Want it Darker

Artist: Leonard Cohen

Release Date: October 21, 2016

Producer: Leonard Cohen, Adam Cohen, Patrick Leonard

Label: Columbia

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Rock

                   A Sailors Guide To Earth

Artist: Sturgill Simpson

Release Date: April 15, 2016

Producer: Sturgill Simpson

Label: Atlantic

Genre: Outlaw-Country, Americana, Psych-Rock

                            Blackstar

Artist: David Bowie

Release Date: January 8, 2016

Producer: David Bowie, Tony Visconti

Label: ISO, RCA, Columbia, Sony

Genre: Art-Rock, Jazz, Experimental-Rock

         City Sun Eater in the River of Light

Artist: Woods

Release Date: April 8, 2016

Producer: Jarvis Taveniere, Jeremy Earl

Label: Woodsist

Genre: Psych-folk, African-jazz, indie-rock

 

                  People Can’t Stop Chillin

Artist: SPORTS

Release Date: October 21, 2016

Producer: Cale Chronister, Chad Copelin (Blackwatch Studios)

Label: n/a

Genre: Dream-Pop, Psych-Pop, Disco-Shoegaze, 80’s-synth-pop

                             Pearl Charles

Artist: Pearl Charles

Release Date: July 28, 2016

Producer: Matt Adams, Scott Kinnebrew, Jordan Chini, Joel Jerome

Label: Burger, Kanine

Genre: Alt-Country, Desert-Rock, Americana, Folk

 

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