FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums Of 2016

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.

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Top 5 Shows of the Weekend

tripmetal5) 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.
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FREEwilliamsburg’s Top 25 Albums of 2014

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2014 will be a year bookended by loss in Williamsburg. When 285 Kent closed its doors in January, it was like a shotgun blast through the heart of the local music community. While it was true that Williamsburg had been condofying for years, and spots like Monster Island, Secret Project Robot, Zebulon and Galapagos had been long shuttered, it was first of the area’s “last stand” to fall. Death By Audio followed months later, and in a little more than a week, Glasslands will follow to close out the year.

“DIY” in Williamsburg may be a dead concept, but it’s important to remember that independent music venues are always transient. It’s particularly depressing that everything closed in the blink of an eye, but there are still lots of venues keeping it real in and around Williamsburg. Times change and places close, but great music never goes away, and the twenty-five albums below prove that.

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