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.
1. Light upon the lake – Whitney
2. Puberty 2 – Mitski
3. My woman – Angel Olsen
4. Masterpiece – Big Thief
5. Teens of denial – Car seat headrest
6. 22, a million – Bon iver
7. I had a dream that you were mine – Hamilton leithauser + Rostam
8. Next thing – Frankie cosmos
9. Pool – porches
10. Midnight room – springtime carnivore
Since it’s an ep, Tess and Dave ep by Tess and Dave gets an honorable mention
March On, Comrade will be performing with a 12-piece chamber orchestra, January 21st in a one-night-only performance. Hosted at ArtsLab in the Auer Center, 300 E Main st. more information is available at Facebook. Tickets available now!
I felt like I wasn’t too on top of things this year, probably partly because I feel like most of the albums that got the most attention didn’t do much for me (Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, etc.)… But once I gave it some thought, there was some great stuff.
These are the albums I listened to the most in 2016. Not all of them actually came out in 2016 but most of them did.
1. Microwave Miracles-The World Is A Trash Can
“The most important album of the year, hands down, and quite possibly the most important album in the history of recorded music.”
2. Kevin Hambrick-Mox Nix
“Every riff and every hook is gold. I probably listened to this album from start to finish close to 100 times this year.”
3. Lord3 Fredd33-Dead Man’s View
“This album takes me to a very strange corner of my brain and I am very comfortable there.”
4. Childish Gambino-Awaken, My Love!
“I heard someone say this album sucked and it instantly made me hate that person.”
5. Dani House-Nothing Left To Fear But Myself
“Dani House has made great albums since the beginning of time and this album is no exception. Sounds like it was recorded on a lonely, beautiful planet on a keyboard that fell from a passing spaceship. The boi has done it again.”
6. Dr. Dog-Abandoned Mansion
“A+. Top notch. Top gear. Top gun.”
7. Jimmy Whispers-Summer In Pain
“I think this one came out in 2015 but I discovered it this year and listened to it a million times. For fans of love songs and love in general.”
8. Oasis-Definitely Maybe
“I listened to a lot of Oasis in 2016.”
9. The Fatty Acids-Bolero
“A few years old, but a gd classic from start to finish. Cyber tribal synth pop rock n’ roll with riffs and melodies that get stuck in your brain and chill there forevz.”
10. White Reaper-White Reaper Does It Again
“Mega catchy power pop / punk with more keyboard riffs than guitar riffs. Cool as heck. Yes.”
Atticus from The Be Colony
1. Jim James- Eternally Even
2. Charles Bradley- Changes
3.Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
4.David Bowie- Black Star
5. Radiohead – Moon Shaped Pool
6. Anderson Paak- Malibu
7. Childish Gambino- Awaken My Love!
8. A Tribe Called Quest- We Got it From Here…Thank you 4 Your Service
9. Kendrick Lamar Untitled Unmastered
10. Heaven’s Gateway Drugs- Rubber Nun