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Staff Picks of 2016: Josie Rubio

January 17th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | 1 Comment »

Staff Picks of 2016: Josie Rubio

Some people may be tired of hearing about how terrible 2016 was, but I don’t really care. It was not only bad on a global level; for me, it started with cancer and a major surgery, ended with cancer and chemo, and was punctuated by two pet deaths and some illnesses along the way. Thankfully, there were many musical highlights as bright spots. Of course, …

Staff Picks of 2016: Dorian S. Ham

January 16th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks of 2016: Dorian S. Ham

Did any music come out this year? It feels like the year was spent in a hole of existential dread and that listening to music was something that slid through the cracks. Thankfully that wasn’t always the case, and here are some records that eased the pain of screaming into the void.

Top 12 Albums

12. RJD2, Dame Fortune (RJ’s Electrical Connections)
It’s been more …

Staff Picks of 2016: Kevin J. Elliott

January 13th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | Leave A Comment »

Staff Picks of 2016: Kevin J. Elliott

Top 10 Albums

10. The Lemon Twigs, Do Hollywood (4AD)
If you know where to look, there has never been a drought of the fanciful, orchestrated, power pop of bands like 10cc and ELO. Sure, there are the Flaming Lips and Of Montreal, but go further and you’ll find Foxygen and now the Lemon Twigs, the latter being a brotherly duo actually mentored and recorded …

Staff Picks of 2016: Richard Sanford

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Staff Picks of 2016: Richard Sanford

Top 10 Albums

10. Miranda Lambert, Weight of These Wings (RCA Records)
In a field with lots of competition, this was the mainstream country record that dug its hooks in me the deepest this year. Songs about dreams of escape and the consolation of fantasy (as well as when those things come up short), along with the dangers of routine and habit—all strapped to the …

Staff Picks of 2016: Matt Slaybaugh

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Staff Picks of 2016: Matt Slaybaugh

Top 10 of 2016

10. David Bowie, Blackstar (Columbia Records)
What a way to end the story. The timing was incredible in and of itself, but the fact that Bowie recorded his best work in at least 35 years, one of his boldest adventures, makes Blackstar an achievement that might never be matched.

9. Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book (self-released)
It was May in Ohio, …

Staff Picks of 2016: Jamie Pietras

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Staff Picks of 2016: Jamie Pietras

It’s earned its own hashtag: #WorstYearEver. The music world’s losses started with David Bowie in January and went on to claim luminaries including Phife Dawg, Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Pete Burns, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and in a Christmas surprise, George Michael. While fans mourned on social media they also took solace in some incredible swan songs—for Bowie and Cohen, records consciously …

Staff Picks of 2016: Matthew Lovett

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Staff Picks of 2016: Matthew Lovett

Best Rock Songs of 2016

In 2016, the best rock music went emo. (And no, there were no nostalgic homages to Fall Out Boy.) Though of course some artists are more deserving of this designation than others, emo was never about observing any aesthetic; it was more or less about ripping hearts out. Headlined by the likes of The Hotelier’s Goodness, Pinegrove’s Cardinal, …

Top 10 Reissues of 2016

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Top 10 Reissues of 2016

#10
White Zombie
It Came from NYC
Numero Group

Vocalist Rob Zombie and bassist Sean Yseult churned through five guitarists and two drummers during the band’s initial four years which are covered on this meticulous (typical of Numero) collection. “Gentleman Junkie” and “Black Friday,” from White Zombie’s debut 7-inch, reveal the first glimmers of the self-aware wink and the head-bang/hip-swivel combo that the band rode …

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2016

January 3rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in Best of the Year | 1 Comment »

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2016

Fuck 2016. Excuse my French, but there’s no other way to say it. This past year was as horrible as it gets. We not only lost an inordinate number of creative talents, but the morons who make up a large portion of our country’s population elected king dipshit to lead our country for the next four years. Add in a big helping of police murdering …

Staff Picks of 2015: Stephen Slaybaugh

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Staff Picks of 2015: Stephen Slaybaugh

Each year, when looking back at the 12 months of music that have passed, it is always tempting to make a definitive qualitative statement. But whether or not 2015 was on the whole a good year for music is completely irrelavant. If the takeaway is one incredible record or a handful of good but not great albums, I’ll take the former every time. Anyway, I …