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Thanks, Joel.  I need good lists like these.  Any other lists you've found helpful? 

Question  from the uninformed: is Andy Whitman still active as a music writer?  I miss reading his lists.

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13 minutes ago, Joel said:

Good question - I haven't seen anything from him in a long time! Anyone else know?

I'm friends with Andy on Facebook and he posts about music on there, but he's not writing at any publications at the moment that I'm aware of.


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"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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My favorites of 2016. Tweaked slightly from the version I posted on Facebook a few weeks ago:

 

1. Pinegrove — Cardinal
2. Mitski — Puberty 2
3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — Skeleton Tree
4. David Bowie — Blackstar
5. Adam Torres — Pearls to Swine
6. Eric Bachmann — Eric Bachmann
7. Miranda Lambert — The Weight of These Wings
8. Kevin Devine — Instigator
9. Sleep Experiments — Passages
10. Lucy Dacus — No Burden
11. Starflyer 59 — Slow
12. Tortoise — The Catastrophist
13. Anohni — HOPELESSNESS
14. Sturgill Simpson — A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
15. A Tribe Called Quest — We got it from Here….Thank You 4 Your service
16. Frank Ocean — Blonde
17. Teenage Fanclub — Here

18. Chance the Rapper — Coloring Book
19. Jeff Parker — The New Breed
20. Lydia Loveless — Real
21. John K. Samson — Winter Wheat
22. Paul Simon — Stranger To Stranger
23. Leonard Cohen — You Want It Darker.
24. Vince Gill — Down To My Last Bad Habit
25. Cass McCombs — Mangy Love
26. Brad Mehldau Trio — Blues and Ballads
27. Angel Olsen — My Woman
28. Nada Surf — You Know Who You Are
29. Wussy — Forever Sounds
30. PUP — The Dream is Over

Favorite EPs:

Adam Remnant — When I Was a Boy EP
Mint Mile — The Bliss Point EP

Honorable mentions:

Mary Halvorson Octet — Away With You
Solange — A Seat At the Table
Mick Harvey — Delirium Tremens
Drive-by Truckers — American Band
Mogwai — Atomic 
Deftones — Gore
Shearwater — Jet Plane and Oxbow
De La Soul — and the Anonymous Nobody….
Neko Case, Laura Veirs, k.d. lang — case/veirs/lang

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6 hours ago, Jason Panella said:

Shearwater — Jet Plane and Oxbow

I completely forgot about this album when compiling my lists. Shoot.


"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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I did 100 albums this year and won't subject you to the whole list, but you can begin Here

Edited by Justin Hanvey

"The truth is you're the weak, and I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin Ringo, I'm tryin real hard to be the shepherd." Pulp Fiction

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*Revised, and much smaller list.

#1. Choir Boy - Passive With Desire

#2. Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth

#3. Kyle Craft - Dolls of Highland

#4. Yndi Halda - Under Summer

#5 Ogre and Dallas Campbell - Beyond the Infinite

#6 Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love

#7 Alex Cameron - Jumping the Shark

#8 Santigold - 99 cents

#9 Okkervil River - Away

#10 Kristin Kontrol - X-Communicate

 


"The truth is you're the weak, and I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin Ringo, I'm tryin real hard to be the shepherd." Pulp Fiction

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On 4/7/2017 at 1:24 PM, Anodos said:

Thanks for introducing me to John K Samson. I've been listening to Winter Wheat regularly. Any recommendations for similar songwriters?

 

On 4/7/2017 at 6:57 PM, Justin Hanvey said:

Do you know of his main band The Weakerthans? They're great. 

 

Yes, every Weakerthans record is amazing.

 

I honestly can't think of anyone I'd put in the same category as Samson. John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats? Neil Young?

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