K.’s 2016 in Music

To help the “favorite albums” exercise remain more love than labor, I took a page from Sasha Frere-Jones’ book and shortlisted albums in my Notes app as they caught my attention. To qualify, an album had to warrant at least two full listens. All 168 of those albums are listed below.

21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode (self-released)

75 Dollar Bill – Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock (Thin Wrist)

All Them Witches – Lightning At The Door (New West)

Luke Bell – Luke Bell (Bill Hill/Thirty Tigers)

The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum (Outside Music)

Big Ups – Before a Million Universes (Exploding in Sound)

Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties (Drag City)

6LACK – Free 6LACK (LoveRenaissance / Interscope)

Black Merlin – Hipnotik Tradisi (Island Of The Gods)

Black Milk – The Rebellion Sessions (Computer Ugly)

Black Party – Mango (Wolf & Rothstein)

Bleached – Welcome the Worms (Dead Oceans)

F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm – Tag Eins Tag Zwei (Sonic Pieces)

Pablo Bolivar – The Obscure Figure (Seven Villas)

Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor (Fat Possum)

Botany – Deepak Verbera (Western Vinyl)

C. Diab – No Perfect Wave (Injazero)

The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming (Red House)

Car Bomb – Meta (self-released)

Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes – Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes (Super Secret)

Paul Cauthen – My Gospel (Lightning Rod)

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Hell or High Water OST (Milan)

CCR Headcleaner – Tear Down the Wall (In the Red)

Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book (Apple Music)

Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!” (Glassnote)

Nels Cline – Lovers (Blue Note)

Cobalt – Slow Forever (Profound Lore)

D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M. (Atlantic)

Melanie De Biasio – Blackened Cities (Play It Again Sam)

Dead Vibrations – Reflections (Echo Drug)

Death Grips – Bottomless Pit (Third Worlds / Harvest)

Death Index – Death Index (Deathwish)

death’s dynamic shroud.wmv – CLASSROOM SEXXTAPE (Orange Milk)

Deep Vally – Femijism (Cooking Vinyl)

Dreamtime – Strange Pleasures (Sky Lantern)

Every Time I Die – Low Teens (Epitaph)

Expire – With Regret (Bridge 9)

Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke – It’s Hard for Me to Say I’m Sorry (Editions Mego)

Flamingosis – Pleasure Palette (self-released)

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter)

the FRIGHTNRS – Nothing More To Say (Daptone)

FRIGS – Slush EP (Arts & Crafts)

Frontierer – Orange Mathematics (self-released)

Fumaça Preta – Impuros Fanáticos (Soundway)

Future of the Left – The Peace & Truce of Future Of The Left + To Failed States and Forest Clearings (Prescriptions)

G.L.O.S.S. – Trans Day of Revenge (Sabotage)

Gnod – Mirror (Rocket)

Goat – Requiem (Sub Pop)

Grand Blanc – Mémoires vives (Entreprise)

Gucci Mane – Everybody Looking (Atlantic)

Guerilla Toss – Eraser Stargazer (DFA)

Halshug – Sort Sind (Southern Lord)

Harley Flanagan – Cro-Mags (171-A)

Head Wound City – A New Wave of Violence (Vice)

Tim Hecker – Love Streams (4AD)

Holy Fuck – Congrats (Innovative Leisure)

Horse Lords – Interventions (Northern Spy)

Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression (Loma Vista)

Inter Arma – Paradise Gallows (Relapse)

Nicolas Jaar – Nymphs (Other People)

Malte Cornelius Jantzen – No One Does It Like You Do (Low Perspective)

Jaye Jayle – House Cricks and Other Excuses to Get Out (Sargent House)

Durand Jones and The Indications – Durand Jones and The Indications (Colemine)

Glenn Jones – Fleeting (Thrill Jockey)

Damien Jurado – Visions Of Us On The Land (Secretly Canadian)

Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus (Brownswood)

Kaytranada – 99.9% (XL)

Khun Narin – II (Innovative Leisure)

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate (KIDinaKORNER / Interscope)

Knocked Loose – Laugh Tracks (Pure Noise)

Knxwledge – Buttrskotch (Leaving)

La Femme – Mystère (Born Bad)

Daniel Lanois – Goodbye to Language (ANTI-)

Mary Lattimore – At the Dam (Ghostly International)

Lawrence – Yoyogi Park (Mule Musiq)

Dylan LeBlanc – Cautionary Tale (Single Lock)

Left Behind – Seeing Hell (Unbeaten)

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone – Sélébéyone (Pi)

Les Halles – Transient + Sentient (Not Not Fun)

Like Rats – II (Southern Lord)

Lionlimb – Shoo (Bayonet)

Lustmord – Dark Matter (Touch)

Male Gaze – King Leer (Castle Face)

Cass McCombs – Mangy Love (ANTI-)

Dan Melchior – Filthy Frozen River Rag (Stolen Body)

Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep of Reason (Nuclear Blast)

Jenks Miller and Rose Cross NC – Blues From What (Three Lobed)

Mind Spiders – Prosthesis (Dirtnap)

Mndsgn – Body Wash (Stones Throw)

Nils Petter Molvær – Buoyancy (Okeh)

Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)

The Motet – Totem (self-released)

Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us (Nuclear Blast)

Naked Lights – On Nature (Castle Face)

Natural Child – Okey Dokey (Natural Child)

New Madrid – magnetkingmagnetqueen (Normaltown)

Noname – Telefone (self-released)

Norma Jean – Polar Similar (Solid State)

NxWorries – Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)

Octagrape – Aura Obelisk (Sounds Familyre)

Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits (Castle Face)

Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä (Steel Wool)

Anderson .Paak – Malibu (Svart)

Surya Kris Peters – The Hermit (Electric Magnet)

Pinkcourtesyphone – Taking Into Account Only a Portion of Your Emotions (Editions Mego)

Poison Headache – Poison Headache (Metal Blade)

Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Third Man)

Primitive Knot – Disciples of the Black Sun (Ritual Void)

Psychic Temple – III (Asthmatic Kitty)

Pye Corner Audio – Stasis (Ghost Box)

Radian – On Dark Silent Off (Thrill Jockey)

Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade (Top Dawg Entertainment)

Rhin – Passenger (Grimoire)

Rihanna – ANTI (Westbury Road Entertainment / Roc Nation)

Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel (Silver Arrow)

Rotten Sound – Abuse to Suffer (Season of Mist)

Salem’s Pot – Pronounce This! (RidingEasy)

Savages – Adore Life (Matador)

Phillip Sayce – Scorched Earth, Vol. 1 (self-released)

SBTRKT – Save Yourself (self-released)

Travis Scott – Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Grand Hustle)

Scroll Downers – Hot Winter (Ehse)

Sheer Mag – III (Static Shock)

Sherpa – Tanzlinde (Sulatron)

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic)

Slaves – Take Control (EMI)

Smith & Mudd – Gorthleck (Claremont 56)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS (Western Vinyl)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy (RVNG Intl.)

Solange – A Seat at the Table (Saint / Columbia)

Ssaliva – Mercury Coast (Not Not Fun)

Vince Staples – Prima Donna (Def Jam)

StoneRider – Hologram (self-released)

Sunwatchers – Sunwatchers (Castle Face)

Sweat Lodge – Talismana (Ripple Music)

Tangents – Stateless (Temporary Residence)

The Body – No One Deserves Happiness (Thrill Jockey)

Tobacco – Sweatbox Dynasty (Ghostly International)

The Traditional Fools – Fools Gold (In the Red)

Trap Them – Crown Feral (Prosthetic)

A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service (Epic)

Tuatara – Shamanic Nights: Live in the City (Sunyata)

Twin Peaks – Down in Heaven (Grand Jury)

William Tyler – Modern Country (Merge)

Ultimate Painting – Dusk (Trouble In Mind)

Uranium Club – All Of Them Naturals (Static Shock)

Useless Eaters – Relaxing Death (Castle Face)

Reinier Van Houdt – Paths Of The Errant Gaze (Hallow Ground)

Vanity – Don’t Be Shy (Katorga Works)

Various Artists – AOR Global Sounds, Vol. 2 (Favorite Recordings)

Various Artists – Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash (Concord Music Group)

Vatican Shadow – Media in the Service of Terror (Hospital Productions)

Vermin Womb – Decline (Translation Loss)

Vincas – Deep in the Well (Learning Curve)

Kelsey Waldon – I’ve Got a Way (Monkey’s Eyebrow)

Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)

Weekend Nachos – Apology (Relapse)

The Well – Pagan Science (RidingEasy)

White Denim – Stiff (Downtown)

Whores – Gold (eOne)

Wild Nothing – Life of Pause (Captured Tracks)

Wooden Indian Burial Ground – How’s Your Favorite Dreamer? (EXAG’)

Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light (Woodsist)

Wovenhand – Star Treatment (Sargent House)

Wrong – Wrong (Relapse)

Youth Code – Commitment To Complications (Dais)

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