Best Albums Of 2016

Best Albums Of 2016

2016 will go down in history as the year that we lost an inordinate amount our friends and maybe even lost ourselves, but through it all we had music. 

We've talked enough this year, so here's our Top 25 Album Of 2016 as determined by science. 

For the quick fix hit the list to the right. For a more in depth take, links to listen, and links to interviews with many of the artists, please enjoy the gallery below. 

We'll see you in 2017 everyone. We love you. 

- Kevin, Paul, Carrie, Patrick, Eduardo, Matt, Mauricio...and Gus. 

Best of 2016: Kevin's Take

Best of 2016: Kevin's Take

One of my favorite quotes of all time can be attributed to one Hunter S. Thompson:

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl, Rolling Stone #155

The simple wisdom of that rallying cry has driven myself and so many other creative people I know for as long as I can remember, but never so much as in 2016, because, let me tell ya: SHIT. GOT. WEIRD.

From the death of David Bowie right out of the gate right up to the potential death of our democracy and all of the outrageous pit-stops along the way, 2016 delivered chaos in a way that no other year has in my forty-four years of existence.

It also delivered music.

So much legitimately great music in fact that it's almost pointless to parse any of this into a list when all of it struck to the core of different parts of what makes us human, and did so in a way that we haven't seen before, and likely won't see again for years to come.

Would I trade any of this awesome for maybe a little less chaos? Not a chance. But man alive, do we have great GREAT music to chew on for the next few decades now.

So here you go. A little order to the chaos. It's ultimately as meaningless as anything else I suppose, but to me, these are the things that meant everything in 2016. 

Episode 243: Best of 2016 - Part One

Episode 243: Best of 2016 - Part One

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.

Episode 167: Anderson . Paak - Malibu

Episode 167: Anderson . Paak - Malibu

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?