Most years I struggle to find ten albums that I enjoy listening to, from start to finish. This year, I struggled to narrow the list to a mere ten because excellent albums abound. Genre did not limit the excellence, nor did age or visibility. The musical landscape is more diverse than ever. Whether the lack of major label control has led to true creative freedom for all musicians remains to be seen, but it is beginning to look like artists are increasingly willing to make music on their own terms. And, in a year that many considered to be terrible, that is a bright, shiny ray of hope. Celebrate with me by listening to these albums and songs and supporting these artists.
Despite, or maybe because of, everything going on in the world, 2016 has been one of the best years for music in recent memory.
Join us in the basement one last time this year as we count down our favorites, feel out our disappointments, and more.
Put two musical powerhouses together and blend them up, and what comes out is bound to be (mostly) genius.
We've assembled an all-star panel featuring Marcus J. Moore (Bandcamp,Pitchfork), Briana Younger (Washington Post,Bandcamp), Marcus K. Dowling (Bandcamp,Pitchfork) and Julian Kimble (The Undefeated, Washington Post), to dig deep into NxWorries Yes Lawd!, the new collaboration from Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge!
PLUS! John Davis's Title Tracks has a new album (Long Dream, out 11/18) on the way, and we've got a taste of it's first single, "Low Cool".
We’re dipping our toes into a conversation about what it means to be a music journalist in 2016. What do we do? What is our place is in the “music industry”? How can we all, musicians and critics alike, do better. Everything is fair game as Marcus Dowling and Marcus J. Moore return to help us dig in and ask some serious questions about ourselves and the work we do.
Anderson .Paak is on a hot streak that culminated at this year’s SXSW. His latest album Malibu is the spark that lit that fire and we’re here to talk about it.
KING’s debut album We Are King is a stellar exploration of R&B sounds both old and new. We’ve got a taste of their genius to make sure you know that.
If Pablo pops up and the album still isn’t finished, did it really happen?