2016 was the dirt fucking worst. There’s no other way to put it. It seems almost absurd to talk about what a great year it was for music, in light of all of the terrible things that have happened, but music helped us cope a lot over the last twelve months. And serendipitously, a wealth of great records were released this year, as everything else seemed to go for broke. Here are twenty-five of them that allowed us to forget the cruel dystopia that has become our reality, if only for a little while. We needed both their comforts and catharsis, perhaps more than ever before.
In the sea of cynicism, sarcasm, and post-whatever irony that is New York City, LVL UP’s latest opus, Return to Love, possesses an endangered quality: Earnestness. A neo-biblical tale of finding a reason to wake up in Brooklyn circa 2016, the band’s third LP—which drops Friday via Sub Pop—provides the focused indie-pop answer to their previously sprawling rock n’ roll rabble, capturing in its 10 hook-stuffed tracks the true bleary-eyed spirit of LVL UP.
Seems like the year is in full throttle now, even with the handbrake turn that is a leap year, and here we are in March already. This weekend sees multiple bands with new records, anniversaries and one of my favourite artists of the last few years. If there isn’t something to love here then we just aren’t talking the same language.
As the great moral philosopher Blain said, “I ain’t got time to bleed”, and so we’re skipping pleasantries today to get right down to it, you have a weekend to enjoy, so here are my recommendations.
Will he, won’t he? Everyone’s wondering if Hurricane Joaquin is going to ruin our weekends. I would recommend everyone stock up on ice cream just in case, maybe I’ll finally finish Breaking Bad… however, let’s plan for good times and getting outside! After working 12 hour days all week, I’ll be keeping this brief…
They miraculously cleaned out nearly an entire back trunk floor full of yellow lab’s long hair.
– Some girl on Yelp
My Red 3000gt looks great.
– Some bro on Yelp
Paid for my boyfriend’s detailing cause I had too much to drink at the wedding. Let’s just say the car did not smell too good, so the next day we took it here and they got 95% of the smell out.
– Some waste product on Yelp
If you need to get your car washed or detailed, give Williamsburg Hand Wash & Detail Center located at 646 Lorimer Street (between Jackson and Meeker) a try! 95% is pretty good! They have 4 stars on Yelp!
Established in 2006, Williamsburg Hand Wash & Detail Center’s goal is to offer an alternative to the standard machine wash.
– Williamsburg Hand Wash & Detail Center Mission Statement
The average wash takes about 30 minutes, but for an extra $10 you can get the alternative wash which, on Saturday, October 17, apparently includes sets from basically the best punk bands around: Destruction Unit, Perfect Pussy, Porches, LVL UP, Downtown Boys, Pity Sex, Potty Mouth, Protomartyr, Sheer Mag and Whitney. That bill (brought to you by AdHoc) covers everything from emo to post-punk to bands with friggin saxophones to rockabilly-tinged 70s album rock. In other words, there’s something for everyone, even if your ride is looking tops.