Excited to share some new Grouper. This is a nice little holiday surprise. :)
The best year for the "dying" LP in recent memory. Thank you 2016. Check out our playlist below.
10) Vanishing Twin - Choose Your Own Adventure: This is an oddball LP that snuck up on me this year. It reminds me of a modern take on Stereolab. Let me know what you think.
9) Kaytranada - 99.9%: Hip hop and electronic music walking hand-in-hand.
8) Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool: How these guys keep putting out great records at their age and after all these years, I have no idea! Could be that many of these songs were written when they were still in their 20's. But these songs are beautiful and crushing!
7) Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book: For the record, he is not calling this his debut album. We might get that next year. The heir to Kanye is off to a great start
6) Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor: As if Billie Holliday or Nina Simone were around in 2016.
5) Bon Iver - 22, A Million: Justin Vernon simply pours his heart into another LP. Everyone is calling this their electronic album but it feels just as acoustic as anything else he's done.
4) Frank Ocean - Blonde: Get's better and better with each listen. I'm convinced that Frank will continue to amaze us as time goes on.
3) David Bowie - Black Star: What can be said about a nearly perfect album from a nearly 70 year old man that was to die three days after it's release? How about FUCKING AMAZING?
2) Anderson .Paak - Malibu: Is it me or was this guy every decent rap song from 2016? This album is probably better than the LP he did with Knxwledge
1) James Blake - The Colour In Anything: Well, I only just liked this album when I first heard it. I thought some gems and some filler. It was definitely too long. Fast forward a month or so and I was like okay, if he just cut it down to ten songs it would be album of the year. Fast forward to a month after that and I was in deep with 17 of the most intense songs of the year.
25) The Caretaker - Everywhere at the End of Time
24) Jessy Lanza - Oh No
23) Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
22) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
21) Gojira - Magma
20) Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
19) Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
18) Bad Bad Not Good - IV
17) Preoccupations - Preoccupations
16) Johann Johannsson - Orphee
15) Mitski - Puberty 2
14) A Tribe Called Quest - We Got it From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
13) Solange - A Seat at the Table and Beyonce - Lemonade
12) Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!"
11) NxWorries - Yes Lawd!
What a year!
50) Gonjasufi - Callus
49) Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus
48) Kristin Kontrol - X-Communicate
47) Prince Rama - Xtreme Now
46) Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
45) Porches - Pool
44) Soft Hair - Soft Hair
43) S U R V I V E and Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - RR7349 and Stranger Things
42) Jessy Lanza - Oh No
41) Honne - Warm on a Cold Night
40) Anhoni - HOPELESSNESS
39) Lady Wray - Queen Alone
38) LVL UP - Return to Love
37) Liss - First
36) Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
35) Gallant - Ology
34) Angel Olsen - My Woman
33) Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
32) The Avalanches - Wildflower
31) Inc. No World - As Light As Light
30) Alaskan Tapes - Beyond the Streets
29) Aldous Harding - Aldous Harding
28) Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
27) The Radio Dept. - Running out of Love
26) Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
So things haven't been great in the US and A of late but usually when I am down it is music that pulls be back up. Appropriately, one of my favorite artists of all time has returned with a pretty poignant record.
If you haven't listened yet, now's your chance to.
As if one of the best albums of the year wasn't enough? Kaytranada is back with his new mixtape. Check it out:
Great show, ya'll. Check them out.
There was an awesome article in the NYT last week that discusses the future of music. See my version of the "25 SONGS THAT TELL US WHERE MUSIC IS GOING" that has more than 25 songs and will be adding to it as I find more.
If you are a Spotify user I put together a playlist that is all of the samples that Kanye West used on the amazing new LP, The Life of Pablo. Check it out if you are interested.
Check out our Spotify playlist below the list. Enjoy.
10) Jamie XX - In Colour: Dance music to kill that EDM scene by being interesting.
9) Grimes - Art Angels: Pop music in 2016 is art.
8) US Girls - Half Free: You'll have a difficult time labeling this LP as rock or dance or...
7) Tom Misch - Beat Tape 2: Not sure there was a Beat Tape 1 but if there was I can't imagine the sequel being the lesser of the two. This kid is like 20 too.
6) Dominique Dumont - Comme Ca: Wildly unique album that pulls from AfroBeat and Hip Hop and is super awesome.
5) Maribou State - Portraits: An underrated gem. Chill out and dance to this album all at the same time.
4) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly: This album sounds at once incredibly modern and from the golden age of hip hop. Kendrick weaves jazz with hip hop and rock.
3) Leon Bridges - Coming Home: Feel good album of the year. Hard not to put this at number one. It is so easy to listen to even though some of the subject matter isn't. This is the album that your aunt could bring up to you at your holiday feast. She knows you love music, ya know?
2) Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color: Well, I liked these guys when I first heard them, then they dropped their first album and I didn't like them anymore. Then they dropped their second album and I liked them again and even their first album.
1) Tame Impala - Currents and Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (tie): First time we ever had a tie in our history. Tame Impala are flying high making the best rock music around that isn't rock music. I expect at least one more awesome album from these guys. You heard it here first, their masterpiece is next. FJM is making magical folk pop that is damn near perfect.
25) Thundercat - The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
24) FKA Twigs - M3LL155X
23) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
22) LA Priest - Inji
21) Lower Dens - Escape From Evil
20) Goldmund - Sometimes
19) Raury - All We Need
18) Abhi/Dijon - Stay Up
17) Beiruit - No No No
16) Movement - ST
15) Honne - Over Lover EP / Coastal Love EP / Warm on a Cold Night EP
14) Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
13) Romare - Projections
12) Shannon and the Clams - Gone by the Dawn
11) Jamie Woon - Making Time
10) Slow Meadow - ST
50) Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
49) Hanni El Khatib - Moonlight
48) Matthew E White - Fresh Blood
47) Pure Bathing Culture - Pray For Rain
46) American Wrestlers - ST
45) Viet Cong - ST
44) Yumi Zouma - EP II
43) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
42) Miguel - Wildheart
41) George Clanton - 100% Electronica
40) Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone
39) Ibeyi - ST
38) Vince Staples - Summertime '06
37) Knxledge - Hud Dreems
36) Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
35) Valet - Nature
34) Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
33) Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf
32) Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
31) Baroness - Purple
30) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
29) Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love
28) Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down...
27) Disclosure - Caracal
26) Thundercat - The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
Shannon and the Clams have been on heavy rotation at Musicology NYC Headquarters since my barber told me about them. Since then they dropped this awesome album. Peep "It's Too Late".
Loving the most recent full length by Slow Meadow. Super chill out music that is perfect just before bed. Check out a video from it and the LP if you can.
Rad cover by Daptone Records only reggae artist, The Frightnrs. Peep it.
Becuase this is awesome I will put it here. Enjoy Dominique Dumont and "Comme Ca"
Awesome new track from Julia Holter. Check it out. Full length due in September.
Loving the sounds coming from Maribou State from Hertfordshire in the UK. Really awesome stuff. Check out the whole LP if you can. It's below the Soundcloud embed.
The band, Shanon and the Clams have a new track called "Corvette". Check it out here.
I've fallen hard for this dude Honne.