Whatever you want to say about 2016 (and we’ve said plenty), it was a great year for music and Chunky Glasses covered the hell out of it. Well, it was a great year for musical output at least. We lost far too many of our favorite artists but, by fortune or design, we gained some truly extraordinary albums before they passed. More than that, those that remained took up the mantles of the fallen to produce a bounty of sharply observed, deeply felt works. To call it a changing of the guard would be overly simplistic; an artificial narrative created to instill some sense of order on a chaotic year. But, be that as it may, it appears that as the world lurches into an uncertain 2017, at least we’ll still have plenty of exemplary musicians to help us make sense of whatever happens next.
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.
Bob Dylan hands over his archives and one of our crew squeeeeeeeeeees with joy.
Thao Nguyen, her Get Down Stay Down, and Merrill Garbus have made a career defining, motherf@$%er of a record. That's pretty much it if you wanna cut to the chase.
You crave metal? We've GOT metal. From Finland. Put Oranssi Pazuzu in your putki and smoke it.
RIP George Martin because GEORGE MARTIN. ;(