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***December Fifteenth Two Thousand and Sixteen***



Since it's December I'm required by law to list my...
Top Records of 2016!!!
Very little of what I picked match any of the other lists around the internet.  Either I'm out of touch, have terrible taste in
music, or both.  Probably both.  


Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann (Merge)
His best work since the first Crooked Fingers record.  The doo-wop backing vocals were both unexpected and a fan-
tastic addition to his sound!
Belong To You
Dreaming
Modern Drugs


Flock of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes (Partisan)
Jenn Wasner's solo project, a slightly dancier/poppier version of the pop songs she writes for Wye Oak.  Impossible
not to like.  
Birthplace
Everything Is Happening Today


Fruit Bats - Absolute Loser (Easy Sound Recording)
At their worst Eric Johnson/Fruit Bats is dependable folk pop; at their best, you get gems like the opening track on this
album "From a Soon To Be Ghost Town."
From a Soon-to-Be Ghost Town
None of Us


Konvoi - Konvoi (Snot)
Local(ish) lads done well - the best Fall-like post-punk record to come out this year was surprisingly from a group of
young dudes from the mountains of North Carolina.  
Origin
Spinner


Moonface/Siinai - My Best Human Face (Jagjaguwar)
This Spencer Krug side project is sounding more and more like Wolf Parade with each passing release, not that I'm
complaining.  
Prairie Boy
Risto's Riff


Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are (Barsuk)
Pop perfection as always from these one-hit wonders.  The couple of tracks posted here are probably my two favorite
songs by them since "The Weight Is A Gift."
Friend Hospital
Rushing


Teenage Fanclub - Here (Merge)
Speaking of pop perfection, I would have bet every cent to my name this would make my top records list before I ever
heard a single note.  I have complete faith in these Scots to always produce quality tunes.  
I'm In Love
The First Sight


Wye Oak - Tween (Merge)
Probably more of a compilation than a proper album, but that didn't stop me from listening and enjoying it like a regular
full-length.  
Better (For Esther)
If You Should See



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Honorable Mention!
You know, stuff I really dug but not as much as the stuff I really really dug.  Sample songs provided if I had them easily
available aka on my computer and in the correct location so I didn't have to dig around forever looking for them.  Listed
in alphabetical order.  

Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar)
 - Goin Down

Skylar Gudasz - Oleander (Daniel 13)

Konono No. 1 - Konono No. 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)

Lambchop - FLOTUS (Merge)

Mandolin Orange - Blindfaller (Yep Roc)

 - Hey Stranger

Mind Spiders - Prosthesis (Dirtnap)

 - Cold
 - No Filter

Mount Moriah - How To Dance (Merge)

Outer Spaces - A Shedding Snake (Don Giovanni)

 - Mint on the Sill
 - Words

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)

 - Burn The Witch
 - Decks Dark


Dan Sartain - Century Plaza (One Little Indian)

 -
Do You Hear My Voice  
 - Walk Among the Cobras


Terry Malts - Lost At The Party (Slumberland)
 - Seen Everything
 - Used to Be

Wilco - Schmilco (dBpm)



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Best Singles/EPs!
ISS is the biggest winner in this category, for those keeping score at home.  

The Gotobeds - New Dress (Debutante) 7'' (Chunklet/Third Uncle)
ISS - Studs (Self-Released)
Spray Paint - Bogans and Hoons EP (Goner)
Wolf Parade - EP4 (Self-Released)


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Great records from previous years!
To be fair I barely thought about this section.  Every year I plan on noting albums I'm just now feeling despite being re-
leased in other years, and every year I mostly forget to do it.    


Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop) (2015)
 - See, I don't always hate the shit that's popular with the kids.  It just takes me a while to give it a chance.  
The Egyptian Lover - 1983-1988 (Stones Throw) (2016)
 - Technically the release is from this year but it's a compilation of all of his songs from the years 83 to 88 (duh).  So
   I'm sticking it here instead of with the other 2016 releases.  
Total Control - Typical System (Iron Lung) (2014)
 - This was actually one of my honorable mentions in 2014, but I listened to it a ton the first half of this year and felt it
   deserved to be mentioned again.  If I redid my "best of" for 2014 it would definitely be near the top.  2014 was pro-
   bably the best year for new music in ages. 





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