Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Records Of The Year 2016



















2016 will probably go down in history for all the famous musicians we lost this year - David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Leonard Cohen, Glenn Frey and Rick Parfitt to name just a few. On a more positive erm note, it was also a year that saw returning heroes - Metallica, Pixies, Descendents and a revitalised Blink 182 now with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in their vastly improved ranks. Exciting new bands were spearheaded by Britain's very own Creeper, a gloriously gothy hybrid of The Cramps and Meatloaf, and by some distance the year's finest singles band (their debut album not due 'til early 2017). Gig-wise the year's hottest shows for me included The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon on his debut solo tour, great shows from PiL and Against Me! and the year's definite musical highlight, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with yet another epic, age-defying extravaganza at Coventry's Ricoh Arena in June. As for favourite albums and songs, well howzabout these....

THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2016:


1) BRIAN FALLON – PAINKILLERS 
Falling somewhere between The Gaslight Anthem's heart-on-sleeve rock standards and the more reflective, soulful stripped down melodies of his Horrible Crowes side-project, Brian Fallon's debut solo record is a glorious collection of sincere, sensitive, bittersweet belters. He's left the 'darkness on the edge of town' here and headed for Nebraska, with a suitcase full of roots and rock n' roll inspired songs about love, loss, redemption, regret, Hollywood dreams and glory days, all delivered with an emotionally raw gravel-throated maturity and confidence. 
 
2) THRICE – TO BE EVERYWHERE IS TO BE NOWHERE

3) AGAINST ME! – SHAPESHIFT WITH ME
4) BEACH SLANG – A LOUD BASH OF TEENAGE FEELINGS
5) LONELY THE BRAVE – THINGS WILL MATTER
6) MOOSE BLOOD – BLUSH
7) BON IVER – 22 A MILLION
8) TAKING BACK SUNDAY – TIDAL WAVE


  9) SLAVES – TAKE CONTROL
10) THE GENERATORS EARN YOUR STRIPES
11) HANDS LIKE HOUSES – DISSONANTS
12) A DAY TO REMEMBER – BAD VIBRATIONS

13) DAVID BOWIE – BLACKSTAR
14) FATHERSON – OPEN BOOK
15) METALLICA – HARDWIRED TO SELF DESTRUCT
16) BLACK FOXXES – I’M NOT WELL
17) BLINK 182 – CALIFORNIA
18) GREEN DAY – REVOLUTION RADIO
19) BOSTON MANOR – BE NOTHING
20) DESCENDENTS – HYPERCAFFIUM SPAZZINATE
21) PIXIES – HEAD CARRIER
22) JIMMY EAT WORLD – INTEGRITY
23) THE BREAKS – BACK ROADS
24) THE HUNNA – 100
25) KINGS OF LEON – WALLS
26) TIGER ARMY – V

27) DRIVE BY TRUCKERS – AMERICAN BAND
28) BOB MOULD – PATCH THE SKY
29) TEMPER TRAP – THICK AS THIEVES
30) DEFTONES – GORE
31) FRIGHTENED RABBIT – PAINTING OF A PANIC ATTACK
32) BAND OF HORSES – WHY ARE YOU OK
33) CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN – THE RIDE
34) THE BOUNCING SOULS – SIMPLICITY

35) FRANK IERO AND THE PATIENCE - PARACHUTES
36) PIERCE THE VEIL – MISADVENTURES
37) LETLIVE – IF I’M THE DEVIL….
38) PUP – THE DREAM IS OVER
39) BAND OF SKULLS – BY DEFAULT
40) BLOSSOMS – BLOSSOMS
41) GOO GOO DOLLS – BOXES
42) DINOSAUR JR – GIVE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YER NOT



43) DEAP VALLEY – FEMIJISM
44) SO PITTED – NEO
45) HELMET – DEAD TO THE WORLD
46) EVERY TIME I DIE – LOW TEENS
47) PENNYWISE NINETEEN EIGHTY EIGHT
48) IGGY POP – POST POP DEPRESSION
49) MUNCIE GIRLS – FROM CAPLAN TO BELSIZE
50) SOUL ASYLUM – CHANGE OF FORTUNE


THE BEST TRACKS OF 2016:


1) THRICEBLACK HONEY
Returning after a five year hiatus, California's post-hardcore titans and officially one of the most underrated bands on the planet, deliver a riff-heavy reminder of just how vital, visceral and relevant they still remain. Black Honey is a thunderous slab of angsty, angry, moody melody - the standout track on a stunning comeback album by a band constantly evolving, progressing and punishing our ears with beautifully brutal tunes. 



2) CREEPER – BLACK MASS
3) BRIAN FALLON – NOBODY WINS
4) THE MENZINGERS – LOOKERS



5) AGAINST ME! – CRASH
6) BRIAN FALLON – WONDERFUL LIFE
7) LOUIS BERRY – 45
8) THRICE – HURRICANE 
9) LONELY THE BRAVE – DIAMOND DAYS

10) AGAINST ME333
11) BRIAN FALLON – ROSEMARY
12) LONELY THE BRAVE – RATTLESNAKES
13) CREEPER – MISERY
14) TAKING BACK SUNDAY – TIDAL WAVE
15) BEACH SLANG – BAD ART AND WEIRDO IDEAS
16) BRIAN FALLON – PAINKILLERS
17) SLAVES – SPIT IT OUT 
18) MOOSE BLOOD – HONEY
19) BLACK FOXXES – WHATEVER LETS YOU COPE


20) FRANCIS AND THE LIGHTS – FRIENDS 
21) BAND OF HORSES – IN A DRAWER
22) THE STONE ROSES – ALL FOR ONE
23) CREEPER – SUZANNE
24) MOOSE BLOOD – KNUCKLES

25) A DAY TO REMEMBER – NAIVETY
26) DAVID BOWIE – I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY
27) DAVE HAUSE – WITH YOU
28) BLINK 182 – TEENAGE SATELLITES
29) BRAND NEW – I AM A NIGHTMARE
30) CHASE & STATUS FT. SLAVES – CONTROL
31) DAVID BOWIE – LAZARUS

32) FATHERSON – ALWAYS
33) RISE AGAINST – PEOPLE LIVE HERE
34) MOOSE BLOOD – SHIMMER
35) KINGS OF LEON – WASTE A MOMENT
36) WHITE DENIM – HOLDA YOU (I’M PSYCHO)
37) MYSTERY JETS – BUBBLEGUM
38) REAL FRIENDS – COLDER QUICKER
39) CRYSTAL FIGHTERS – ALL NIGHT
40) THE DIRTY NIL – NO WEAKNESSES
41) A DAY TO REMEMBER – PARANOIA
42) ALL SAINTS – ONE STRIKE

43) PIERCE THE VEIL – CIRCLES
44) BON IVER – 22 (OVER SOON)
45) PIXIES – CLASSIC MASHER
46) SWMRS – PALM TREES
47) AGAINST ME! – 12:03
48) BRIAN FALLON – SMOKE
49) WILD BEASTS – BIG CAT
50) HANDS LIKE HOUSES – COLOURBLIND
51) DEAF HAVANA – TRIGGER 
52) GREEN DAY – REVOLUTION RADIO 


53) LONELY THE BRAVE – DUST AND BONES
54) THE MENZINGERS – BAD CATHOLICS
55) BLINK 182 – NO FUTURE 
56) BECK – WOW
57) CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN – SOUNDCHECK
58) TONIGHT ALIVE – HOW DOES IT FEEL
59) PROPHETS OF RAGE – PROPHETS OF RAGE 

60) FRANK CARTER AND THE RATTLESNAKES – SNAKE EYES
61) NORMANDIE – COLLIDE
62) THE GENERATORS – YANKEE BOY 
63) THE BREAKS – SHOW
64) PIXIES – TENEMENT SONG

65) DAYDREAM FRENZY – SHOUT
66) DEFTONES – HEARTS / WIRES
67) CAR SEAT HEADREST – DESTROYED BY HIPPIE POWERS
68) GHOST – SQUARE HAMMER

69) GREEN DAY – STILL BREATHING
70) THE HUNNA – YOU AND ME
71) METALLICA – ATLAS RISE!
72) BAND OF SKULLS – SO GOOD
73) BLACK FOXXES – I’M NOT WELL
74) LETLIVE – RELUCTANTLY DEAD
75) LONELY THE BRAVE – BLACK MIRE
76) ESTRONS – MAKE A MAN
77) FATHERSON – LOST LITTLE BOYS

78) BLINK 182 – BORED TO DEATH
79) DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS – RAMON CASIANO
80) GREEN DAY – BANG BANG
81) BOB MOULD – VOICES IN MY HEAD
82) IGGY POP – GARDENIA
83) THE QUEMISTS – RUN YOU
84) FRIGHTENED RABBIT – GET OUT
85) DEFTONES – PRAYERS / TRIANGLES
86) CAR SEAT HEADREST – FILL IN THE BLANK
87) ANOHNI – 4 DEGREES
88) A DAY TO REMEMBER – BULLFIGHT
89) METALLICA – MOTH INTO FLAME
90) LOUIS BERRY – RESTLESS 

91) BRIAN FALLON – RED LIGHTS
92) THE BREAKS – CAN’T KEEP ROLLING
93) HIGH TYDE – DARK LOVE
94) THE TEMPER TRAP – FALL TOGETHER
95) HONEYBLOOD – SEA HEARTS
96) MAYDAY PARADE – THE PROBLEM WITH THE BIG PICTURE…
97) CREEPER – VALENTINE 

98) DEATH HAVANA – SING
99) CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN – 7
100) BLINK 182 – SHE’S OUT HER MIND
101) BOSTON MANOR - LEAD FEET
102) THE STRUMBELLAS – WE DON’T KNOW
103) LONELY THE BRAVE – RADAR
104) AGAINST ME! – BOYFRIEND 


105) CREEPER – HIDING WITH BOYS
106) VANT – FLY-BY ALIEN
107) THE CROOKES – THE WORLD IS WAITING
108) BAND OF SKULLS – KILLER
109) A WILL AWAY – MY SITTER
110) MILK TEETH – SWEAR JAR AGAIN
111) TELLISON – WRECKER
112) BON IVER – 33 (GOD)
113) BLOSSOMS – GETAWAY
114) FATHERSON – JUST PAST THE POINT OF BREAKING
115) METALLICA – HARDWIRED

116) TAKING BACK SUNDAY – DEATH WOLF
117) APOLOGIES I HAVE NONE – LOVE AND MEDICATION
118) DEAP VALLEY – GONNAWANNA
119) LOWER THAN ATLANTIS – WORK FOR IT
120) HIGHLY SUSPECT BLOODFEATHER  
121) AGAINST THE CURRENT – RUNNING WITH THE WILD THINGS
 
122) BLACK FOXXES – HUSK
123) ESTRONS – DROP
124) AFI – WHITE OFFERINGS
125) THE BOUNCING SOULS – WRITING ON THE WALL
126) SUNFLOWER BEAN – WALL WATCHER
127) HIGH TYDE – SPEAK
128) GOO GOO DOLLS – THE PIN
129) BEACH SLANG – ATOM BOMB
130) JIMMY EAT WORLD – GET RIGHT

131) TOUCHE AMORE – PALM DREAMS
132) BAND OF HORSES – CASUAL PARTY 
133) VIOLA BEACH – BOYS THAT SING
134) CAN’T SWIM – STRANGER 
135) THE GENERATORS – THROW AWAY THE KEY 

136) DAUGHTER – NO CARE
137) BOSTON MANOR – CU
138) SUNDARA KARMA – LOVEBLOOD
139) PVRIS – YOU AND I
140) BLOSSOMS – CHARLEMAGNE
141) ROB ZOMBIE – WELL EVERYBODY’S FUCKING IN A UFO
142) FRANK CARTER AND THE RATTLESNAKES – LULLABY 

143) RADIOHEAD – BURN THE WITCH
144) TAKING BACK SUNDAY – IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL
145) WSTR – FOOTPRINTS
146) AS IT IS – PRETTY LITTLE DISTANCE
147) DINOSAUR JR – TINY
148) DESCENDENTS – VICTIM OF ME
 
149) WSTR – LONELY SMILES 
150) JAMIE T – TINFOIL BOY
151) THE SHERLOCKS – WILL YOU BE THERE
152) BLACK MOUNTAIN – FLORIAN SAUCER ATTACK
153) STEVE MASON – ALIVE
154) LETLIVE – GOOD MOURNING AMERICA
155) SLAVES – HYPNOTISED

156) PUP – DVP
157) THE DIRTY NIL – ZOMBIE EYED
158) SLAVES – PEOPLE THAT YOU MEET
159) ESTRONS – I’M NOT YOUR GIRL
160) ARCANE ROOTS – CURTAINS
161) DEAP VALLEY – SMILE MORE
 
162) COLUMBUS – SAY WHAT YOU WANT
163) VANT – KARMA SEEKER
164) VUKOVI – ANIMAL
165) THE FALCON – HASSELHOFF CHEESBURGER
166) THE KING BLUES – OFF WITH THEIR HEADS 

167) CORTES – CLOSE TO NOWHERE
168) JOYCE MANOR – FAKE I.D.
169) I PREVAIL – STUCK IN YOUR HEAD 
170) GOD DAMN – FAKE PRISONS
171) COLUMBUS – DAFFODILL
172) SPRING KING – RECTIFIER
173) YAK – HARBOUR THE FEELING
174) KNIFE PARTY & TOM MORELLO – BATTLE SIRENS
175) A THOUSAND HORSES – FIRST TIME
176) TRASH BOAT – STRANGERS

177) REIGNING DAYS – RENEGADE
178) BLACK ASH – BLACK WITCH
179) SAVAGES – SAD PERSON
180) ASKING ALEXANDRIA – SEND ME HOME
181) THE WYTCHES – C-SIDE
182) LADYHAWKE – A LOVE SONG
183) AT THE DRIVE IN – GOVERNED BY CONTAGIONS 

184) PURPLE – BLISS
185) SWMRS – DRIVE NORTH
186) STRANGE BONES – GOD SAVE THE TEEN
187) IDLES – WELL DONE
188) FACE TO FACE – IT ALMOST ALL WENT WRONG
189) MAX RAPTOR – OLD ROMANTICS
190) BLACK HONEY – ALL MY PRIDE
191) JIMMY EAT WORLD – SURE AND CERTAIN
192) KINGS OF LEON – WALLS 

193) SHARP / SHOCK – SUB SOCIETY
194) THE CUT UPS – END OF THE ROAD
195) YOU ME AT SIX – GIVE
196) THE STARTING LINE – ANYWAYS
197) BABY STRANGE – FRIEND
198) DEAD! – SOMETHING MORE ORIGINAL
199) THE KENNETHS – HOLLYWOOD
200) GOD DAMN – SING THIS.  


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