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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 232: Skylar Gudasz

Episode 232: Skylar Gudasz

Singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz's debut LP, Oleander, is a sublime exploration of modern romance that wears its influences on its sleeve and is bursting at the seams with humor, heart, and class. It's also one of the best albums of 2016.

When she's not busy making great albums, Gudasz can be found palling around on stage with members of Big Star, Wilco, R.E.M., and more.

She's KINDA a big deal.

Lucky for you, Skylar had time to hang out with us in the basement to talk about her unique approach to songwriting, the making of Oleander, performing with music legends and much more.

Guys...we're gonna need you to get hip to this, OK?


Mount Moriah @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 3/11/16

Mount Moriah @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 3/11/16

North Carolina-based alt-country rockers Mount Moriah released their third album, How to Dance, on Merge Records recently. The record doesn’t deviate much from what has, at this point, become their well-established sound, but it serves to solidify their position as one of the strongest , most consistent new bands to appear in the genre in a long time. On Friday night, the band brought their Southern Gothic stylings to the Rock and Roll Hotel.


Episode 166: Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land

Episode 166: Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land

Last week it was 311 day. If you don't know what that is you're lying. To yourself.*

Damien Jurado is back with an expansive, mind-bending, psycho-trip of a  new album, Visions of Us on the Land. We buy the ticket and take the ride.

Skylar Gudasz's exceptional debut album Oleander is out NOW. We've got a track to help convince you of said exceptionality.

*Now would be a good time to reiterate that we are not a facts based podcast.