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Music 2016

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I have been doing this year end music blog over the past few years, this year I decided to switch things up a little and give myself the challenge of writing a new music blog for every month.  Needless to say, I have lived up to my slacker stoner stereotype and the monthly/bi-monthly music blog fell by the wayside.

I had grand ambitions of doing a big year end blog where I talked about all the bands I listened to and failed to write a blog for.  However, with the holidays along with family and friends from far and near around, the grand ambition floundered and died.  I think I have come up with a method for staying on top of my music writing for the year 2017, so we’ll see how it goes.

Still, I will give you my favorite album of the year and the list of albums I listened to along with the Spotify playlist, I hope you enjoy.

My favorite album of the year was Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.  A country singer who you would be hard pressed to find on any modern country station.  This is the follow up to his 2014 critically acclaimed album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.

What I love about this album is the way all the songs weave together to form a cohesive story that turns this album into a must listen.  Simpson pens a letter to his son using an array of musical stylings from his arsenal.  Whether it’s the southern rocker “Brace For Impact (Live A Little)”, straight country “Sea Stories”, the soul bearing “Oh Sarah”, or the out of left field cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom”, there is something for everyone on this album.  Interspersing horns courtesy of the Dap-Kings throughout the album adds an ear pleasing texture to these well written tunes.

Other albums from 2016 that have tickled my eardrum (along with a link to a Spotify playlist with a song from each album that stood out):

Perry’s Playlist 2016

Julune Jamboree
May’s More Than Casually Late Music Blog
March & April Music Awesomeness
February Music
January Jams

  • Allah-Las – Calico Review
  • Avers – Omega/Whatever
  • Band of Skulls – By Default
  • The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl
  • Benji Hughes – Songs in the Key of Animals
  • Black Mountain – IV
  • Broods – Conscious
  • Brothers Osborne – Pawn Shop
  • Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
  • Chairlift – Moth
  • Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Fitz and The Tantrums – Fitz and The Tantrums
  • Frank Ocean – Blonde
  • The Frights – You Are Going to Hate This
  • Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
  • Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being
  • Hanni El Khatib – Savage Times Vol. 1-5
  • Hayes Carll – Lovers and Leavers
  • Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion
  • Holy Fuck – Congrats
  • Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  • Jack White – Jack White Acoustic Recordings
  • Jagwar Ma – Every Now & Then
  • JEFF The Brotherhood – Zone
  • Jim James – Eternally Even
  • The Joy Formidable – Hitch
  • Joywave – SWISH
  • Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo
  • Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered
  • The Kills – Ash & Ice
  • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  • KING MUD – Victory Motel Sessions
  • Lera Lynn – Resistor
  • Lewis Del Mar – Lewis Del Mar
  • The Lumineers – Cleopatra
  • M83 – Junk
  • Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
  • Miike Snow – iii
  • Mudcrutch – 2
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  • of Montreal – Innocence Reaches
  • Prophets of Rage – The Party’s Over
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • The Record Company – Give It Back To You
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
  • Santigold – 99 Cents
  • Savages – Adore Life
  • Seratones – Get Gone
  • Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds
  • Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  • Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony
  • Tortoise – The Catastrophist
  • Unloved – Guilty of Love
  • Warpaint – Heads Up
  • The Weeknd – Starboy
  • White Denim – Stiff
  • White Lung – Paradise
  • Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
  • Wild Belle – Dreamland
  • Wild Nothing – Life of Pause
  • Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light
  • Young the Giant – Home of the Strange
  • Yuck – Stranger Things