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.
5) Washer, Patio, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control and Spit at Palisades
If you’re in the hunt for some good ol’ fashioned indie rock, then Palisades has the show for you this weekend. Washer don’t really sound anything like Slint, but in my mind, they take their name from the hushed Spiderland track of the same name. Their songs are more conventional; clearly more indebted to the legendary Louisville band’s contemporaries Pavement and Superchunk, but their name certainly evokes the era of indie rock they’re operating within. They’re one of the most promising bands on the venerable Exploding In Sound Records, with two solid splits to their name this past year (with Big Ups and Flagland.) Doubting Thomas Cruise Control, Spit and a a new band, Patio open.