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Records Of Thee Year
The year 2016, or perhaps Thee year 2016 has been about one band for us at Drift, San Francisco's explosive Thee Oh Sees. John Dwyer's garage polymaths dropped THREE releases this year, firstly a face melting live LP back in the early summer, a paradigm for their assault on the senses. In August their seventeenth studio album (and our record of the year) in A Weird Exits, a duel drumming adrenaline bubbling rawk LP that we've played to death over the last few months. Finally, they saw the year out with An Odd Entrances, very much the companion to Weird, but an altogether more psychedelic trip into the marshy underground. Hell of a band.
Elsewhere we've played and grieved equally the last swansongs from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen. Nick Cave's Skeleton tree was almost too much to play with any kind of regularity and some gargantuan returns from Radiohead and The Avalanches really did not disappoint against all the anticipation. Most spun albums from Whitney, Angel Olsen, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ryley Walker, Kevin Morby, Heron Oblivion, Preoccupations and our good friends Ultimate Painting.
Biggest "who is this?" sellers off the turntable have doubtless been BADBADNOTGOOD and Kaytranada, two of the most brilliantly sculpted albums and such a privilege seeing people loose their mind too for the first time. That's why we do it right? Turning people on, that's why record shops open the door every morning.
Hello, My name is Frankie Brack and I am Twist and Shout family. I now live in Brooklyn, NY making pizza (of course) and drawing cartooons!! This is my sick list of 2016.
My top 20 albums from 2016. in no particular order.
1. Pizza Time – Todo
2. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until the Hunter
3. B Boys - No Worry No Mind
4. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
6. Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
7. The Game – 1992
8. Ty Segall & The Muggers - Emotional Mugger
9. Feels – Feels
10. Angel Olsen – My Woman
11. Geneva Jacuzzi – Technophelia
12. Jeremih – Late Nights: Europe
13. Mild High Club – Skiptracing
14. Morgan Delt – Phase Zero
15. Cosmonauts – A-Ok!
16. The Reverberation Appreciation Society Presents – A Tribute To Pet Sounds
17. Alex Cameron – Jumping The Shark
18. Soft Hair – Soft Hair
19. The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset
20. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits
My top 16 albums that didn’t come out in 2016 but I got OBSESSED wit em. in no particular order.
1. Gato Barbieri – Caliente (1976)
2. Les McCann – Much Les (1969)
3. Miles Davis – In A Silent Way (1969)
4. Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby (1976)
5. Part Time – What Would You Say? (2011)
6. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Vol II (1994)
7. Good Morning – Shawcross (2014)
8. Brian Bennett – Voyage (A Journey Into Discoid Funk) (1978)
9. Horace Silver - Song for My Father (1964)
10. Venom – Welcome To Hell (1981)
11. Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes – Paix (1972)
12. Deru – 1979 (2014)
13. Graham De Wilde – Clouds (1981)
14. MC Pooh - Life Of A Criminal (1992)
15. The Liminanas - The Liminanas (2010)
16. Geneva Jacuzzi – Lamaze (2010)
I’d have to say my favorite show was Angel Olsen at a place called Warsaw here in Brooklyn. I even got to meet her that day! Swoon! <3 Second favorite was Junior Brown, got to meet him too! But I also went to a lot of other really great shows. Including Ty Segall & The Muggers, Morgan Delt, Cherry Glazerr, Still Corners, The Cosmonauts and many more that I can’t remember right now.
I didn’t go to a lot of new movies this year but my favorite movie experience was a 35mm print of David Lynch’s Wild At Heart. Which is like the best movie ever! I also got to see Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud by Louis Malle in the theatre, which was also excellent.
There were a lot of bummers this year but there were also some very cool things. Thank you Twist and Shout for reminding me that not everything sucks! Miss you, Love you!!
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1) Royal Headache – High.
2) Q5 – New World Order.
3) Sloucher – Certainly.
4) Joseph Arthur – The Family.
5) Ages And Ages – Something to Ruin.
6) Anomalisa soundtrack.
7) Neil Young – The Monsanto Years.
8) Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree.
9) J Churcher – Borderland State.
10) Money – Suicide Songs.