My Year-End Lists Of 2016

Posted on | December 28, 2016 | No Comments

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 2016:

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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A Tribe Called Quest “The Space Program”
We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service [ amazon ]
( epic )
website | twitter | facebook

Common “Pyramids”
Black America Again [ amazon ]
( def jam )
website | twitter | facebook

Kool Keith & Kutmasta Kurt “Black Sheriff”
Your Mom Is My Wife - The 1996 - 1997 Archives (EP) [ amazon ]
( funky ass records )
website | twitter | facebook

Action Bronson Feat. Big Body Bes “Durag Vs. Headband”
Durag Vs. Headband (Single) [ amazon ]
( vice records )
website | twitter | facebook

Danny Brown Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt
“Really Doe”
Atrocity Exhibition [ amazon ]
( Warp records )
website | twitter | facebook

Donwill “Chime In”
stop. waiting. (EP) [ amazon ]
( working creative )
website | twitter | facebook

Siimba Liives Long “W.I.A”
W.I.A (Single) [ Soundcloud ]
( independent release )
website | twitter | facebook

Wax Tailor Feat. Token, A-F-R-O & R.A The Rugged Man
“Back On Wax”
By Any Beats Necessary [ amazon ]
( le plan / lab’Oratoire )
website | twitter | facebook

Letters To Cleo “4 Leaf Clover”
Back To Nebraska (EP) [ amazon ]
( dot rat records )
website | twitter | facebook

Modern Baseball “Wedding Singer”
Holy Ghost [ amazon ]
( run for cover records )
website | twitter | facebook

Feeder “Universe Of Life”
All Bright Electric [ amazon ]
( cooking vinyl )
website | twitter | facebook

True Widow “O.O.T.P.V.”
Avvolgere [ amazon ]
( relapse records )
website | twitter | facebook

Jagwar Ma “OB1″
Every Now & Then [ amazon ]
( mom & pop music )
website | twitter | facebook

Cassius “The Missing”
Ibifornia [ amazon ]
( interscope )
website | twitter | facebook

K. Flay “You Felt Right”
Crush Me (EP) [ amazon ]
( interscope)
website | twitter | facebook

NxWorries “Get Bigger / Do U Luv”
Yes Lawd! [ amazon ]
( stones throw )
website | twitter | facebook

Gallant Feat. Jhene Aiko “Skipping Stones”
Ology [ amazon ]
( mind of a genius )
website | twitter | facebook

Moses Sumney “Lonely World”
Lamentations (EP) [ amazon ]
( independent release )
website | twitter | facebook

Seasick Steve “Ride”
Keepin’ The Horse Between Me And The Ground [ amazon ]
( there’s a dead skunk records )
website | twitter | facebook

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The Avalanches “The Noise Eater”
Wildflower [ amazon ]
( astralwerks )
website | twitter | facebook

Chaptabois “Settle Down”
Road to Chapta-City [ amazon ]
( chaptaboi ent )
website | twitter | facebook

Schoolboy Q “John Muir”
Blank Face LP [ amazon ]
( top dawg ent )
website | twitter | facebook

DJ Storm Feat. Shades Of Culture “Hip Hop Shit”
Kicks, Snares & Hi Hats, Vol. 01 [ cdbaby ]
( storm media )
website | twitter | facebook

Mac Miller Feat. Anderson .Paak “Dang!”
The Divine Feminine [ amazon ]
( warner bros )
website | twitter | facebook

Jamila Woods Feat. NoName “VRY BLK”
HEAVN [ free download ]
( closed sessions )
website | twitter | facebook

Kestrels “No Alternative”
Kestrels [ amazon ]
( sonic unyon )
website | twitter | facebook

Pity Sex “Bonhomie”
White Hot Moon [ amazon ]
( run for cover records )
website | twitter | facebook

Youth In Bloom “Feed My Dreams” (Demo)
Feed My Dreams (Demo) [ soundcloud ]
( 6131 records )
website | twitter | facebook

The Stargazer Lilies “Personal Autumn”
Door To The Sun [ amazon ]
( graveface records & curiosities )
website | twitter | facebook

Solids “Blank Stare”
Else (EP) [ bandcamp ]
( dine alone records )
website | twitter | facebook

Yung “Uncombed Hair”
A Youthful Dream [ amazon ]
( fat possum )
website | twitter | facebook

Jeff The Brotherhood “Toasted”
Zone [ amazon ]
( dine alone music )
website | twitter | facebook

Biffy Clyro “In The Name Of The Wee Man”
Ellipsis [ amazon ]
( warner bros )
website | twitter | facebook

Mitski “Your Best American Girl”
Puberty 2 [ amazon ]
( dead oceans )
website | twitter | facebook

DTCV “Bourgeois Pop”
Confusion Moderne [ amazon ]
( xemu records )
website | twitter | facebook

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam “A 1000 Times”
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine [ amazon ]
( glassnote )
website | twitter | facebook

Local Natives “Past Lives”
Sunlit Youth [ amazon ]
( loma vista recordings )
website | twitter | facebook

Bat For Lashes “Clouds”
The Bride [ amazon ]
( parlophone )
website | twitter | facebook

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Radiohead “Daydreaming”
A Moon Shaped Pool [ amazon ]
( xl recordings )
website | twitter | facebook

The Lees Of Memory “XLii”
Unnecessary Evil [ amazon ]
( john davis brand music )
website | twitter | facebook

Dinosaur Jr. “Tiny”
Give A Glimpse Of What Yur Not [ amazon ]
( jagjaguwar )
website | twitter | facebook

The Thermals “Hey You”
We Dissapear [ amazon ]
( saddle creek )
website | twitter | facebook

White Lung “Vegas”
Paradise [ amazon ]
( domino recording co. )
website | twitter | facebook

Pup “DVP”
The Dream Is Over [ amazon ]
( sideonedummy records )
website | twitter | facebook

Band Of Horses “The Moon”
Why Are You Ok [ amazon ]
( interscope )
website | twitter | facebook

The Duke Spirit “Hands”
Kin [ amazon ]
( ex voto records )
website | twitter | facebook

Limblifter “Key Of Caravana”
Pacific Milk [ amazon ]
( eone music )
website | twitter | facebook

Rooney “Washed Away”
Washed Away [ amazon ]
( beachwood park music )
website | twitter | facebook

The Posies “Titanic”
Solid States [ amazon ]
( mymusicempire )
website | twitter | facebook

DJ Shadow Feat. Run The Jewels “Nobody Speak”
The Mountain Will Fall [ amazon ]
( mass appeal records )
website | twitter | facebook

Homeboy Sandman Feat. Mystro “Keep it Real”
Kindness For Weakness [ amazon ]
( stones throw records )
website | twitter | facebook

Full Course “Empty L”
Between Time [ bandcamp ]
( independent release )
website | twitter | facebook

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper Feat. Illa J “They Can’t Hold Me Down”
Everything’s Beautiful [ amazon ]
( columbia )
website | twitter | facebook

Joey Purp Feat. Chance The Rapper “Girls @”
iiiDrops [ mixtape ]
( independent release )
website | twitter | facebook

Kristin Kontrol “X-Communicate”
X-Communicate [ amazon ]
( sub pop )
website | twitter | facebook

Ladyhawke “Dangerous”
Wild Things [ amazon ]
( polyvinyl records )
website | twitter | facebook

SBTRKT Feat. Sampha “TBD”
Save Yourself [ amazon ]
( save yourself )
website | twitter | facebook

Kaytranada Feat. Craig David “Got It Good”
99.9% [ amazon ]
( xl recordings )
website | twitter | facebook

Holy Fuck “Chimes Broken”
Congrats [ amazon ]
( innovative leisure )
website | twitter | facebook

Cat’s Eyes “Everything Moves Towards The Sun”
Treasure House [ amazon ]
( raf records )
website | twitter | facebook

James Blake “Always”
The Colour In Anything [ amazon ]
( universal records )
website | twitter | facebook

Radiohead “True Love Waits”
A Moon Shaped Pool [ amazon ]
( xl recordings )
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Autolux “Hamster Suite”
Pussy’s Dead [ amazon ]
( 30th Century Records )
website | twitter | facebook

Bob Mould “Black Confetti”
Patch The Sky [ amazon ]
( merge records )
website | twitter | facebook

Weezer “L.A. Girlz”
The White Album [ amazon ]
( crush music )
website | twitter | facebook

Frightened Rabbit “Get Out”
Painting Of A Panic Attack [ amazon ]
( canvasback )
website | twitter | facebook

Kevin Morby “Dorothy”
Singing Saw [ amazon ]
( dead oceans )
website | twitter | facebook

Soulwax (as The Shitz) “How Long”
Belgica - Original Soundtrack By Soulwax [ amazon ]
( PIAS america )
website | twitter | facebook

Filter “Your Bullets”
Crazy Eyes [ amazon ]
( wind-up records )
website | twitter | facebook

Deftones “Prayers/Triangles”
Gore [ amazon ]
( reprise records )
website | twitter | facebook

Bleached “Trying to Lose Myself Again”
Welcome the Worms [ amazon ]
( dead oceans )
website | twitter | facebook

Nothing “Eaten By Worms”
Tired Of Tomorrow [ amazon ]
( relapse records )
website | twitter | facebook

Lush “Out Of Control”
Blind Spot (EP) [ amazon ]
( edamame records )
website | twitter | facebook

Phife “Nutshell”
Nutshell (Single) [ amazon ]
( smokin needles records )
website | twitter | facebook

J Dilla “Fuck The Police”
The Diary [ amazon ]
( mass appeal records )
website | twitter | facebook

Flatbush Zombies “R.I.P.C.D.”
3001: A Laced Odyssey [ amazon ]
( glorious dead recordings )
website | twitter | facebook

Jimi Tents “Landslide”
5 O’Clock Shadow [ amazon ]
( vate media, inc. )
website | twitter | facebook

Dälek “Guaranteed Struggle”
Asphalt For Eden [ amazon ]
( profound lore )
website | twitter | facebook

Anderson .Paak Feat. ScHoolboy Q “Am I Wrong”
Malibu [ amazon ]
( steel wool / OBE / art club / empire )
website | twitter | facebook

Charles Bradley “Ain’t It A Sin”
Changes [ amazon ]
( daptone records )
website | twitter | facebook

M.I.A. “MIA OLA / Foreign Friend”
MIA OLA / Foreign Friend (Single) [ free download ]
( independent release )
website | twitter | facebook

Azealia Banks “The Big Big Beat”
Slay-Z (Mixtape) [ free download ]
( independent release )
website | twitter | facebook

PJ Harvey “The Community Of Hope”
The Hope Six Demolition Project [ amazon ]
( vagrant records )
website | twitter | facebook

Mothers “Too Small For Eyes”
When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired [ amazon ]
( grand jury music )
website | twitter | facebook

Minor Victories “Folk Arp”
Minor Victories [ amazon ]
( fat possum )
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