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

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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.

 

 

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

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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.

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

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