Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Top Ten Albums of 2016

Well it's that time of year again where I try to come up with a list of my favorite albums of the year. Of course I wasn't able to get everything I wanted, after all a guy only has so much money to spend on music. But here is my list of favorites for 2016.

1. Dean Ween - The Deaner Album
The first solo album by Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo of Ween. This is such a fun brown album to listen to. This got the most spins of any album I bought this year and it only came out in October. Brilliant!!!

2. Ween - God Ween Satan Live
A live album that was recorded Sept. 14, 2001 in their hometown of New Hope, Pennsylvania. This album is the band playing their entire debut 1990 album GodWeenSatan. This is the way this album was meant to be heard, full band backing up Dean and Gene. Awesome!!!

3. Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert!
Another live album in my top ten picks. I'm a sucker for anything Dylan, and this live set is amazing. This was the first tour Dylan did with The Band backing him up. First half of this double disc is just Bob, second half is Dylan with The Band. Love this whole album but it's the second half that blows my mind!

4. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth
An old school country album with a whole lot of soul!

5. David Bowie - Blackstar
Released a few days before his passing, an incredible album!

6. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
As the title says, a dark poetic album yet beautiful!

7. Tragically Hip - Man Machine Poem
Another thinking man's album from The Hip!

8. Wilco - Schmilco
An interesting release, took a few listens to really enjoy it, but have now played it enough to make my top ten.

9. Against Me! - Shape Shift With Me
Need some punk in the course of a year!

10. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
An old school sounding honky tonk country album!

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