My Year-End Lists Of 2016

Posted on December 28, 2016 |

Any other year, Autolux’s “Pussy’s Dead” would have been my undisputed,
#1 album. But then, the unthinkable happened. A Tribe Called
Quest
, which is fair to say, my favorite hip hop group of all
times and spaces
, released their sixth studio album, their first in
18 years
and their last with the late, great “Five Foot Assassin” Phife
Dawg
who passed away earlier this year.

It had no right to be this good but it was. Q-Tip is a goddamn genius.

So yeah, Autolux and A Tribe Called Quest shares the #1 spot.

Radiohead were a given.

Modern Baseball was a nice discovery. Emo-ish, indie rock band from
Philly that reminds me so much of Canada’s own The Weakerthans.

The Lees of Memory. If Superdrag’s John Davis releases any kind
of music in a calendar year, it will be on my list. It’s just
the law.

The rest of those picks, Tbh, could switch places at any time. I feel
at this point in my life and all the music i’ve listened to,
ranking it just seems a futile exercise. That is my true top 5 but
the rest of those 15 albums will be fighting their level of importance
and goodness in my mind for the rest of my existence.

Wanna hear why all these albums are so good? And made 2016 such a killer
year in music
, be it in musical form or the Grim Ripper having a field day
with all our Musical Gods, Come back here January 1st to find out.

Top 20 Albums Of 2016

01. Autolux Pussy’s Dead
01. A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service
03. Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
04. Modern Baseball Holy Ghost
05. The Lees Of Memory Unnecessary Evil

06. Letters To Cleo Back To Nebraska [EP]
07. L’Orange & Mr. Lif The Life & Death Of Scenery
08. NxWorries Yes Lawd!
09. Minor Victories Minor Victories
10. Filter Crazy Eyes

11. Rooney Washed Away
12. The Posies Solid States
13. Bob Mould Patch The Sky
14. True Widow Avvolgere
15. Patrick Boutwell Hi, Heaviness

16. James Blake The Colour In Anything
17. Jagwar Ma Every Now And Then
18. Jamila Woods HEAVN
19. Honeyblood Babes Never Die
20. Jeff Rosenstock Worry

Honorable Mention:

Cat’s Eyes Treasure House
Dinosaur Jr. Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not
Hamilton Leithauser And Rostam I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

Shoegaze /Dream Pop:

Nothing Tired Of Tomorrow
SIANspheric Writing the Future in Letters of Fire

Hip Hop:

Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition
Dälek Asphalt For Eden
DJ Storm Kicks, Snares & Hi Hats, Vol. 01
Koriass Love Supreme
Vince Staples Prima Donna [EP]
Wax Tailor By Any Beats Necessary

EPs And Singles:

Moses Sumney Lamentations [EP]

Disappointments / Pure Suckage:

My Vitriol The Secret Sessions

2015 Releases Discovered This Year And Enjoyed:

Mute Math Vital

Top 3 Shows Of 2015:

Jean Leloup @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier ( February 11th )
Radiohead @ Osheaga ( July 31st )
Letters To Cleo @ Bowery Ballroom ( November 17th )

My Fav Films Of 2016:

10 Cloverfield Lane
The Arrival
Deadpool
The Nice Guys
The Neon Demon

Honorable Mention:

Blood Father
Hunt For The Wilderpeople
The Invitation
The Witch

Documentaries:

Tower

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