Megan O’Shea’s Top Albums of 2016

listed alphabetically

  • Accidental Seabirds-Metedeconk
  • Ballroom Thieves-Dead Eye
  • Beatrix Potter-In Another Life
  • Bone & Marrow-Introspectator
  • Colton Kayser-Place To Settle
  • Eric Church- Mr. Misunderstood
  • Jamestown Revival-The Education of a Wandering Man
  • Joseph Makovecki- Lost Kids EP
  • The Lumineers- Cleopatra
  • Miranda Lambert-The Weight Of These Wings
  • Warbler Roost-Sancta Malleo

The Top 90 of 2016

  • 1) Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By
  • 2) Joe Bonamassa – Blues Of Desperation
  • 3) The Rolling Stones – Blue And Lonesome
  • 4) Blackberry Smoke – Like An Arrow
  • 5) David Bowie – Blackstar
  • 6) Marcus King Band – Marcus King Band
  • 7) Mudcrutch – 2
  • 8) Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep
  • 9) Ray Lamontagne – Ouroboros
  • 10) Jesse Malin – Outsiders
  • 11) Eric Clapton – I Still Do
  • 12) Santana – Santana Iv
  • 13) The Lumineers – Cleopatra
  • 14) Drive-By Truckers – American Band
  • 15) Foo Fighters – Saint Cecelia Ep
  • 16) Alejandro Escovedo – Burn Something Beautiful
  • 17) Mumford And Sons – Johannesburg
  • 18) Wilco – Schmilco
  • 19) The Pretenders – Alone
  • 20) Doyle Bramhall Ii – Rich Man
  • 21) Joe Jackson – Fast Forward
  • 22) St Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise
  • 23) The Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel
  • 24) The Record Company – Give It Back To You
  • 25) Cage The Elephant – Tell Me I’M Pretty
  • 26) Griffin House – So On And So Forth
  • 27) Sting – 57Th & 9Th
  • 28) Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
  • 29) Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger
  • 30) The Rides – Pierced Arrow
  • 31) The Avett Brothers – True Sadness
  • 32) Dawes – We’Re All Gonna Die
  • 33) Amos Lee – Spirit
  • 34) Willie Nile – World War Willie
  • 35) Eli “Paperboy” Reed – My Way Home
  • 36) Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart
  • 37) Brian Fallon – Painkillers
  • 38) Bruce Springsteen – Chapter And Verse Compilation
  • 39) Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers – Rehab Reunion
  • 40) The Head & The Heart – Signs Of Light
  • 41) Big Head Blues Club – Way Down Inside: Songs Of Willie Dixon
  • 42) Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land Or Bust
  • 43) Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
  • 44) Bob Weir – Blue Mountain
  • 45) Anthony D’Amato – Cold Snap
  • 46) Butch Walker – Stay Gold
  • 47) Nick Waterhouse – Never Twice
  • 48) Jamestown Revival – The Education Of A Wandering Man
  • 49) Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent
  • 50) 7Horse – Livin’ In A Bitch Of A World
  • 51) The Jayhawks – Paging Mr Proust
  • 52) Dylan Leblanc – Cautionary Tale
  • 53) Michael Kiwanuka – Love And Hate
  • 54) Mark Erelli – For A Song
  • 55) Jack White – Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
  • 56) Bob Mould – Patch The Sky
  • 57) Various Artists – The Musical Mojo Of Dr John Compilation
  • 58) Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is
  • 59) D Generation – Nothing Is Anywhere
  • 60) Band Of Horses – Why Are You Okay
  • 61) Hamish Anderson – Trouble
  • 62) Eric Lindell – Matters Of The Heart
  • 63) Cheap Trick – Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello
  • 64) Phish – Big Boat
  • 65) Lee Harvey Osmond – Beautiful Scars
  • 66) The Monkees – Good Times
  • 67) Pete Yorn – Arranging Time
  • 68) The Howling Tongues – Boo Hiss
  • 69) Southern Culture On The Skids – The Electric Pinecones
  • 70) Waiting For Henry – Town Called Patience
  • 71) Michael Franti & Spearhead – Soulrocker
  • 72) Grant-Lee Phillips – The Narrows
  • 73) The Heavy – Hurt And The Merciless
  • 74) Various Artists – Dear Jerry Compilation
  • 75) Fantastic Negrito – The Last Days Of Oakland
  • 76) Run River North – Drinking From A Salt Pond
  • 77) Young In The City – Young In The City Ii
  • 78) Colossal Street Jam – Colossal Street Jam
  • 79) Kula Shaker – K 2.0
  • 80) Various Artists – Songs Of Summer Compilation
  • 81) Elephant Stone – Ship Of Fools
  • 82) Young In The City – Young In The City
  • 83) Margaret Glaspy – Emotions And Math
  • 84) The Young Presidents – Firehorse
  • 85) The Shelters – The Shelters
  • 86) Anders Osborne – Spacedust & Ocean Views
  • 87) Violent Femmes – We Can Do Anything
  • 88) Miraculous Mule – Two Tonne Testimony
  • 89) The Wild Feathers – Lonely Is A Lifetime
  • 90) Joseph Makoviecki (Of Thomas Wesley Stern – Lost Kids
  • 90.5) Ryan Sheridan – Ryan Sheridan

Jeff Raspe’s Picks

All listed in alphabetical order

INDEPENDENT RELEASES
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears
American Babies – An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark
Andrew Leahey & The Homestead – Skyline In Central Time
Anthony D’Amato – Cold Snap
Ben Arnold – Lost Keys
BJ Barham – Rockingham
Butch Walker – Stay Gold
D Generation – Nothing Is Anywhere
Derik Hultquist – Southern Iron
Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not
Don DiLego – Magnificent Ram A
Eli “Paperboy” Reed – My Way Home
Griffin House – So On And So Forth
Hamish Anderson – Trouble
Hidden Cities – All New Friends EP
John K Samson – Winter Wheat
Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Take It, It’s Yours
Letters To Cleo – Back To Nebraska
Mark Erelli – For A Song
Michael McDermott – Willow Springs
Moreland & Arbuckle – Promised Land Or Bust
Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are
Nada Surf – Peaceful Ghosts
Richard Barone – Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village In The 60s
Run River North – Drinking From A Salt Pond
Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Silver Torches – Heatherfield
Steve Conte – International Cover-Up
Sulk – No Illusions
The Ballroom Thieves – Deadeye
The Candles – Matter & Spirit
The Fleshtones – The Band Drinks For Free
The I Don’t Cares – Wild Stab
The Pixies – Head Carrier
Waiting For Henry – Town Called Patience
Willie Nile – World War Willie
Young In The City – Young In The City EP/Young In The City II EP

LOCAL RELEASES
Accidental Seabirds – Metedeconk
Airacuda – Daydreaming
Bone And Marrow – Introspectator
Colton Kayser – Place To Settle
Dave Mooney – Costumes And Crowns
Dave Vargo – Burning Through
Dentist – Ceilings
Des & The Swagmatics – Des & The Swagmatics
EdTang & The Chops – Magic Tricks And Rolling Stone
Francis Lombardi – Francis Lombardi
Homeless Apians – Mr Sun
Jo Wymer – S.L.G.
Joseph Alton Miller – Songs Of Travel For The Vagabond
Lowlight – Where Do We Go From Here
Matty Carlock – Loveless
Remember Jones – Ladies And Gentlemen, Remember Jones!
Stolen Rhodes – Bend With The Wind
The Anderson Council – Assorted Colours
The Rock N Roll HiFives – The Beat The Sound The Dragon’s Roar
The Shady Street Show Band – Revelry
The Vansaders – This Time Around
Val Emmich – Whatever’s Chasing You

MAJOR LABEL RELEASES
Alejandro Escovedo – Burn Something Beautiful
Brian Fallon – Painkillers
Eliot Sumner – Information
Jamestown Revival – The Education Of A Wandering Man
Marcus King Band – Marcus King Band
NEEDTOBREATHE – Hard Love
Pete Yorn – Arranging Time
Sting – 57th & 9th
Tall Heights – Neptune
The Lumineers – Cleopatra
The Wild Feathers – Lonely Is A Lifetime
Various Artists – Sing Street soundtrack

IMPORT RELEASES
Blue Rodeo – 1000 Arms (CAN import)
Peter Garrett – A Version Of Now (AUS import)
The Wonder Stuff – 30 Goes Around The Sun (UK import)

Michele’s Top 10 of 2016

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers- “The Getaway”
  2. The Avett Brothers “True Sadness”
  3. Lumineers “Cleopatra”
  4. Mumford and Sons “Johannesburg”
  5. Tedeschi Trucks Band “Let Me Get By”
  6. Eli “Paperboy” Reed “My Way Home”
  7. Willie Nile “World War Willie”
  8. Nick Waterhouse “Never Twice”
  9. Ray Lamontagne “Ourorboros”
  10. Pete Yorn “Arranging Time”

Your Radio Daddy’s Dozen (among others)

(in order, more or less)

  1. “22, A Million” Bon Iver
  2. “Hamilton: An American Musical” Original Broadway Cast
  3. “Before the Dawn” Kate Bush
  4. “Schmilco” Wilco
  5. “case/lang/viers” Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Viers
  6. “Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind” King Crimson
  7. “Blue and Lonesome” The Rolling Stones
  8. “Lovers” Nels Cline
  9. “Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks” Xiu Xiu
  10. “Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers” Suzanne Vega
  11. “Blue Mountain” Bob Weir
  12. “Invention of Knowledge” Jon Anderson & Roine Stolt

Special Mention: It didn’t seem right to put these albums in a “top ten” list, as they are the final statements of men directly addressing their imminent deaths. They are among the best of the year, and of both artists’ careers.

  • “You Want It Darker” Leonard Cohen
  • “Blackstar” David Bowie

Top Reissues and Historical Albums

  • “A Night at the Odeon: Hammersmith 1975” Queen
  • “Live at the Hollywood Bowl” The Beatles

Tom’s Top 90 of 2016

In ranked order

  1. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  2. THE HEAVY – Hurt and the Merciless
  3. DAWES – We’re All Gonna Die
  4. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Chapter And Verse compilation
  5. ELI “PAPERBOY” REED – My Way Home
  6. THE LUMINEERS – Cleopatra
  7. THE PRETENDERS – Alone
  8. THE MONKEES – Good Times
  9. ANTHONY D’AMATO – Cold Snap
  10. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – The Getaway

Top 90 Albums of 2015

1 JESSE MALIN – Outsiders
2 JOE BONAMASSA – Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks
3 NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
4 BRANDI CARLILE – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
5 AMY HELM – Didn’t It Rain
6 JASON ISBELL – Something More Than Free
7 JESSE MALIN – New York Before The War
8 AMERICAN SCARECROWS – Yesteryear
9 WARREN HAYNES with RAILROAD EARTH – Ashes And Dust
10 JOSH RITTER – Sermon On The Rocks
11 LUCERO – All A Man Should Do
12 LOS LOBOS – Gates Of Gold
13 RHETT MILLER – The Traveler
14 MUDDY WATERS 100 w/ BOB MARGOLIN – Muddy Waters 100
15 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS – Medicine
16 FRANK TURNER – Positive Songs for Negative People
17 CAITLIN CANTY – Reckless Skyline
18 DAWES – All Your Favorite Bands
19 LORD HURON – Strange Trails
20 MONOPHONICS – Sound Of Sinning
21 LEON BRIDGES – Coming Home
22 STEREOPHONICS – Keep The Village Alive
23 GLEN HANSARD – Didn’t He Ramble
24 FATHER JOHN MISTY – I Love You Honeybear
25 RICHARD THOMPSON – Still
26 THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE – Whatever, My Love
27 SHAWN COLVIN – Uncovered
28 CRAIG FINN – Faith In The Future
29 LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW – The Spirit Moves
30 COURTNEY BARNETT – Sometimes I Sit And Think…
31 JAMES McMURTRY – Complicated Game
32 GARY CLARK JR – The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim
33 THE DOUGHBOYS – Hot Beat Stew
34 THE DECEMBERISTS – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
35 STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES – Terraplane
36 BOY & BEAR – Limit Of Love
37 FRANK VIELE with JOE BONAMASSA – Fall Your Way
38 RAYLAND BAXTER – Imaginary Man
39 NOAH GUNDERSEN – Carry The Ghost
40 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
41 MARK KNOPFLER – Tracker
42 GOOD OLD WAR – Broken Into Better Shape
43 EL VY – Return To The Moon
44 SONNY LANDRETH – Bound By The Blues
45 BUDDY GUY – Born To Play Guitar
46 CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Tell Me I’m Pretty
47 HOLLIS BROWN – 3 Shots
48 DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN – Lost Time
49 BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Holding All The Roses
50 ROD PICOTT – Fortune
51 JD McPHERSON – Let The Good Times Roll
52 RANDALL BRAMBLETT – Devil Music
53 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD – Wasted On The Dream
54 WILCO – Star Wars
55 DJANGO DJANGO – Born Under Saturn
56 BUTCH WALKER – Afraid Of Ghosts
57 THE WATERBOYS – Modern Blues
58 RICHARD THOMPSON – Family
59 JAMES MADDOCK – The Green
60 THE DAMNWELLS – The Damnwells
61 THE ZOMBIES – Still Got That Hunger
62 BOZ SCAGGS with BONNIE RAITT – A Fool To Care
63 JOE JACKSON – Fast Forward
64 THE CERNY BROTHERS – Sleeping Giant
65 CARY BROTHERS – Lovin’ On You EP
66 DAVID GILMOUR – Rattle That Lock
67 VERUCA SALT – Ghost Notes
68 BLUR – Magic Whip
69 JOHN MORELAND – High On Tulsa Heat
70 THE CHURCH – Further/Deeper
71 JOHN GINTY – No Filter
72 FOALS – What Went Down
73 CHRIS ISAAK – First Comes The Night
74 BLITZEN TRAPPER – All Across This Land
75 HEATHER NOVA – The Way It Feels
76 JJ GREY & MOFRO – Ol’ Glory
77 SQUEEZE – Cradle To The Grave
78 TV ON THE RADIO – Seeds
79 WILL HOGE – Small Town Dreams
80 OF MONSTERS & MEN – Beneath The Skin
81 DAVY KNOWLES – The Outsider
82 KELLER WILLIAMS – Vape
83 JORMA KAUKONEN – Ain’t In No Hurry
84 ERIC LINDELL – The Sun And The Sea
85 BEN FOLDS – So There
86 NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Chasing Yesterday
87 HIPPO CAMPUS – Bashful Creatures
88 SMASH PALACE – Some Kind Of Magic
89 SEASICK STEVE – Sonic Soul Surfer
90 THE DECEMBERISTS – Florasongs EP
90.5 THE GRIP WEEDS – How I Won The War

Top 90 Albums of 2015: 10 – 90

10 JOSH RITTER – Sermon On The Rocks
11 LUCERO – All A Man Should Do
12 LOS LOBOS – Gates Of Gold
13 RHETT MILLER – The Traveler
14 MUDDY WATERS 100 w/ BOB MARGOLIN – Muddy Waters 100
15 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS – Medicine
16 FRANK TURNER – Positive Songs for Negative People
17 CAITLIN CANTY – Reckless Skyline
18 DAWES – All Your Favorite Bands
19 LORD HURON – Strange Trails
20 MONOPHONICS – Sound Of Sinning
21 LEON BRIDGES – Coming Home
22 STEREOPHONICS – Keep The Village Alive
23 GLEN HANSARD – Didn’t He Ramble
24 FATHER JOHN MISTY – I Love You Honeybear
25 RICHARD THOMPSON – Still
26 THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE – Whatever, My Love
27 SHAWN COLVIN – Uncovered
28 CRAIG FINN – Faith In The Future
29 LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW – The Spirit Moves
30 COURTNEY BARNETT – Sometimes I Sit And Think…
31 JAMES McMURTRY – Complicated Game
32 GARY CLARK JR – The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim
33 THE DOUGHBOYS – Hot Beat Stew
34 THE DECEMBERISTS – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
35 STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES – Terraplane
36 BOY & BEAR – Limit Of Love
37 FRANK VIELE with JOE BONAMASSA – Fall Your Way
38 RAYLAND BAXTER – Imaginary Man
39 NOAH GUNDERSEN – Carry The Ghost
40 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
41 MARK KNOPFLER – Tracker
42 GOOD OLD WAR – Broken Into Better Shape
43 EL VY – Return To The Moon
44 SONNY LANDRETH – Bound By The Blues
45 BUDDY GUY – Born To Play Guitar
46 CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Tell Me I’m Pretty
47 HOLLIS BROWN – 3 Shots
48 DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN – Lost Time
49 BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Holding All The Roses
50 ROD PICOTT – Fortune
51 JD McPHERSON – Let The Good Times Roll
52 RANDALL BRAMBLETT – Devil Music
53 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD – Wasted On The Dream
54 WILCO – Star Wars
55 DJANGO DJANGO – Born Under Saturn
56 BUTCH WALKER – Afraid Of Ghosts
57 THE WATERBOYS – Modern Blues
58 RICHARD THOMPSON – Family
59 JAMES MADDOCK – The Green
60 THE DAMNWELLS – The Damnwells
61 THE ZOMBIES – Still Got That Hunger
62 BOZ SCAGGS with BONNIE RAITT – A Fool To Care
63 JOE JACKSON – Fast Forward
64 THE CERNY BROTHERS – Sleeping Giant
65 CARY BROTHERS – Lovin’ On You EP
66 DAVID GILMOUR – Rattle That Lock
67 VERUCA SALT – Ghost Notes
68 BLUR – Magic Whip
69 JOHN MORELAND – High On Tulsa Heat
70 THE CHURCH – Further/Deeper
71 JOHN GINTY – No Filter
72 FOALS – What Went Down
73 CHRIS ISAAK – First Comes The Night
74 BLITZEN TRAPPER – All Across This Land
75 HEATHER NOVA – The Way It Feels
76 JJ GREY & MOFRO – Ol’ Glory
77 SQUEEZE – Cradle To The Grave
78 TV ON THE RADIO – Seeds
79 WILL HOGE – Small Town Dreams
80 OF MONSTERS & MEN – Beneath The Skin
81 DAVY KNOWLES – The Outsider
82 KELLER WILLIAMS – Vape
83 JORMA KAUKONEN – Ain’t In No Hurry
84 ERIC LINDELL – The Sun And The Sea
85 BEN FOLDS – So There
86 NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Chasing Yesterday
87 HIPPO CAMPUS – Bashful Creatures
88 SMASH PALACE – Some Kind Of Magic
89 SEASICK STEVE – Sonic Soul Surfer
90 THE DECEMBERISTS – Florasongs EP
90.5 THE GRIP WEEDS – How I Won The War

Top 90 of 2015: 20 – 90

20 MONOPHONICS – Sound Of Sinning
21 LEON BRIDGES – Coming Home
22 STEREOPHONICS – Keep The Village Alive
23 GLEN HANSARD – Didn’t He Ramble
24 FATHER JOHN MISTY – I Love You Honeybear
25 RICHARD THOMPSON – Still
26 THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE – Whatever, My Love
27 SHAWN COLVIN – Uncovered
28 CRAIG FINN – Faith In The Future
29 LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW – The Spirit Moves
30 COURTNEY BARNETT – Sometimes I Sit And Think…
31 JAMES McMURTRY – Complicated Game
32 GARY CLARK JR – The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim
33 THE DOUGHBOYS – Hot Beat Stew
34 THE DECEMBERISTS – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
35 STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES – Terraplane
36 BOY & BEAR – Limit Of Love
37 FRANK VIELE with JOE BONAMASSA – Fall Your Way
38 RAYLAND BAXTER – Imaginary Man
39 NOAH GUNDERSEN – Carry The Ghost
40 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
41 MARK KNOPFLER – Tracker
42 GOOD OLD WAR – Broken Into Better Shape
43 EL VY – Return To The Moon
44 SONNY LANDRETH – Bound By The Blues
45 BUDDY GUY – Born To Play Guitar
46 CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Tell Me I’m Pretty
47 HOLLIS BROWN – 3 Shots
48 DAVE ALVIN & PHIL ALVIN – Lost Time
49 BLACKBERRY SMOKE – Holding All The Roses
50 ROD PICOTT – Fortune
51 JD McPHERSON – Let The Good Times Roll
52 RANDALL BRAMBLETT – Devil Music
53 JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD – Wasted On The Dream
54 WILCO – Star Wars
55 DJANGO DJANGO – Born Under Saturn
56 BUTCH WALKER – Afraid Of Ghosts
57 THE WATERBOYS – Modern Blues
58 RICHARD THOMPSON – Family
59 JAMES MADDOCK – The Green
60 THE DAMNWELLS – The Damnwells
61 THE ZOMBIES – Still Got That Hunger
62 BOZ SCAGGS with BONNIE RAITT – A Fool To Care
63 JOE JACKSON – Fast Forward
64 THE CERNY BROTHERS – Sleeping Giant
65 CARY BROTHERS – Lovin’ On You EP
66 DAVID GILMOUR – Rattle That Lock
67 VERUCA SALT – Ghost Notes
68 BLUR – Magic Whip
69 JOHN MORELAND – High On Tulsa Heat
70 THE CHURCH – Further/Deeper
71 JOHN GINTY – No Filter
72 FOALS – What Went Down
73 CHRIS ISAAK – First Comes The Night
74 BLITZEN TRAPPER – All Across This Land
75 HEATHER NOVA – The Way It Feels
76 JJ GREY & MOFRO – Ol’ Glory
77 SQUEEZE – Cradle To The Grave
78 TV ON THE RADIO – Seeds
79 WILL HOGE – Small Town Dreams
80 OF MONSTERS & MEN – Beneath The Skin
81 DAVY KNOWLES – The Outsider
82 KELLER WILLIAMS – Vape
83 JORMA KAUKONEN – Ain’t In No Hurry
84 ERIC LINDELL – The Sun And The Sea
85 BEN FOLDS – So There
86 NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – Chasing Yesterday
87 HIPPO CAMPUS – Bashful Creatures
88 SMASH PALACE – Some Kind Of Magic
89 SEASICK STEVE – Sonic Soul Surfer
90 THE DECEMBERISTS – Florasongs EP
90.5 THE GRIP WEEDS – How I Won The War