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    The Point 91fm, November 15, 2016
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Matt Kelley from Legendary Trainhoppers: Top 10 of 2016

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Matt Kelley plays mandolin in The Legendary Trainhoppers and runs The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar.

Hiss Golden Messenger: Heart Like a Levee. Sometimes music is just right time, right place; this album (and its bonus collection, Vestapol) felt like a harpoon shot into my soul, to staggeringly beautiful results.

The I Don’t Cares: Wild Stab. Paul and Jules, sand-paper and daffodil, as they say (and said). Wild ’n’ wily, Westerberg is sharper than ever here; funny, heartbreaking, snide, out of tune and bled out, yet still believing, still rising. My hero.

Sam Evian, Premium. Started listening because he/they were opening for Teenage Fanclub, got lost in it. Saw them open for Teenage Fanclub (and, prior to that, Whitney), and didn’t just get lost IN it, but rather, I lost it altogether.

Paul Burch, Meridian Rising. I’m in a band; I wouldn’t mind if that band sounded like this. In other words, a concept album about Jimmie Rodgers’ life and death, ramshackle and loose and bawdy and boisterous.

Drive-By Truckers, American Band. Or this. If Joe Strummer were to write an album about America in 2016, it would sound pretty much just like American Band. I know you think you know the DBT’s; go listen again.

Whitney, Light upon the Lake. Pop album of the year; beautiful to just drop the needle on, and go about your day, well, unless you listen a little more closely, that is…

Teenage Fanclub, Here. This album is really terrific—better than Wilco’s, which came out the same day—but the real highlight of the Fannies and me this year was finally getting to see ‘em live, after desiring to do so for 25 years…

The Avett Brothers, True Sadness. Hey now, I, too, started running from Rubin. I ran like hell, I really did. But this album is pure brills. Redemption, despite the tape loops.

Slow Dakota, The Ascension of Slow Dakota. I was talking to PJ Sauerteig about this and he’s like “You’re in a band too?” and I said, “Yeah, we’ve got songs about cars AND girls” and he was like, “Oh. My songs are about existentialism in a post-ironic past-modern society, that come to terms with the bars that keep all of us privately in a struggle against an outside world that’s actually an internal monologue…” PS It’s shockingly enjoyable to listen to, too.

Warpaint, Heads Up. Slinky and atmospheric, out all night, whiskey on an ice cold tongue.

Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, Casino Drone. Tremendous, but if only Mike had picked the best here, and combined it with last year’s unbelievable Preparation Age EP, he’d been top three of the year.

Mickyle James Top 10 – the Best Live Performances of 2016

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

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.

Top 10 Albums of 2016 From Dani House

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Dani House from Microwave Miracles

Dani House from Microwave Miracles

#1

Bedbug – if i got smaller grew wings and flew away

#2

Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing

#3

Tenniscoats – Music Exists Vol. 3

 

4. Andy Shauf – The Party

5. Kalan Ya Heidi – Kemuri

6. bunny boy – Shelly

7. soccer mommy – for young hearts

8. Gorgeous Bully – n.w.o.b.h.m.

9. Brendan Sepe – Songs Over the Telephone

10. Siobhan – St. Pius Session

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
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