Thursday, December 29, 2016

On the Right Side of 2016

   I'd rather not focus on the non-musical events of 2016 for this post since, strictly judging the year based on the musical releases, 2016 was a pretty good year.  With the exceptions of the dearly departed Leonard Cohen and Sharon Jones, I only included acts who hadn't appeared on my best of 2014 and 2015 compilations.  This was kinda tough as I had to leave out Angel Olsen's My Woman, but one must abide by some rules.  In the spirit of honoring those who died during the year, I've also re-upped the Bowie tributes, the Leonard Cohen-Patsy Cline-Cat Power compilations, and the Sharon Jones-Detroit Cobras compilation.

   Update: So only 24 hours after posting this, I found out that Bap Kennedy died in early November.  I'll just say he was an underappreciated singer-songwriter from Dublin and let my post on him from five years ago provide a little more depth about him.  RIP Bap.


Disc One

You Want It Darker Leonard Cohen
Thousand Mile Night Jonah Tolchin
The Soul Of A Man Tom Waits
Fast Fuse Blues Paul Burch
Two Kids Laura Gibson
Snowflake Carl Broemel
Days Spent Floating (In The Halfbetween) Okkervil River
Dusty Trails (Demo) Lucius
Faint Mystery Trixie Whitley
Red Moon Whitney
Royalty Capes De La Soul
Trouble in Here The Frightnrs
Put Me Thru  Anderson .Paak
Chicken Picken Circuit Des Yeux
O Mistress Mine (Clown's Song From Twelfth Night) Paul Kelly
Stanley Park Aoife O'Donovan
Desperate and Depressed Margo Price
Fickle Sun (iii) I'm Set Free Brian Eno







Disc Two

22 Bon Iver
Dyin' Bed Maker Kacy & Clayton
Light in the House The Cave Singers
Temptation M. Ward
Okoroba Family Atlantica
Firmeza (feat. Rodrigo Campos) Elza Soares
I'm Still Here Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Roadside Memorial Allah-Las
My Darling, Blue Skies John Doe
Georgia Stars case/lang/veirs
Lullaby Dori Freeman
Number One with a Bullet Freakwater
Let Me Get There Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions
Squash Squash Blood Orange
Clementine Jam Orchestra Baobab
Good to Be Back Home Charles Bradley
One Way to Pray Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
Tea, Milk & Honey Oh Pep!