2016 in music

2016 was an atrocious year. We lost a ton of people whose work and/or art made the world a better place on a grand scale. The West slipped further to the right as fear of the mysterious "other" was sold by governments to embolden an ever more more power starved, massively wealthy, microscopic, oligarchic class. The United States took a dangerous step towards fascism and openly embraced this oligarchy. Global climate change continued to wreak havoc. Black men continued to be literally executed without trial on America's streets. Self appointed pundits like Tomi Lahren decried Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization while actual terrorists continued to rape and murder in Syria, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other parts of the world. Richard Spencer and his merry band of neo nazis bolstered by a sociopath president elect crawled out of the sewer and found a megaphone for their racist, misogynist, anti semitic agenda. The patriarchy stood fully entrenched. The glass ceiling remained intact. Some will call it a normal year. I thought it fucking sucked.

But the music, oh man. It was outstanding. Truly. Here are the records that helped get me through a year that I'd like to retroactively alter in my memory.

1. Frightened Rabbit - Painting of Panic
Favorite track: I Wish I Was Sober

2. Margaret Glaspy - Emotions and Math
Favorite track: You and I

3. David Bowie - Blackstar
Favorite track: Blackstar

4. Conor Oberst - Ruminations
Favorite track: A Little Uncanny

5. Shovels and Rope - Little Seeds
Favorite track: St. Anne's Parade

6. Kalyn Fay - Bible Belt
Favorite track: The Fight

7. David Bazan - Blanco
Favorite track: Trouble With Boys

8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Favorite Track: Rings of Saturn

9. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
Favorite track: Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

10. Emily Scott Robinson - Magnolia Queen
Favorite track: Ricochet Lines

11. Heather Styka - The Bittersweet Tapes
Favorite track: Blue Vintage Dress

12. Daughter - Not To Disappear
Favorite track: Doing The Right Thing

13. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your service
Favorite track: We The People....

14. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Favorite track: Hurtin' (On the Bottle)

15. Mitski - Puberty2
Favorite track: Your Best American Girl 

16. Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
Favorite track: The Falls 

17. Tegan and Sara - Love You To Death
Favorite track: Boyfriend 

18. Yuck - Stranger Things
Favorite track: Stranger Things 

19. Becky Warren - War Surplus
Favorite track: I Miss You 

20. Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are
Favorite track: Friend Hospital 

21. of Montreal - Innocence Reaches
Favorite track: it's different for girls 

22. Wolfie's Just Fine - I Remembered but Then I Forgot
Favorite track: Marie-Eve 

23. The Blind Suns - I Can Sea You
Favorite track: American Psycho 

24. Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
Favorite track: California Kids 

25. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
Favorite track: Chance 

26. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Favorite track: You Want It Darker 

27. Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life
Favorite track: Irene 

28. Angel Olsen - MY WOMAN
Favorite track: Shut Up Kiss Me 

29. Emmy The Great - Second Love
Favorite track: Swimming Pool 

30. Kyle Craft - Dolls of Highland
Favorite track: Berlin