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.
You spend half the year waiting for summer and then you go to the beach and get terrible sunburn that still hasn’t gone away 5 days later. I’m here to tell you that summer is awful and you should just stay within 4 walls and listen to some live bands instead.
Dilly ding, dilly dong. We can cut the smalltalk, you really have some great options this weekend and the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Beverly, Waxahatchee and a Woods/Ultimate Painting double-header didn’t even make the cut. If you aren’t getting out to see a show, I’m not sure I can ever be any help.
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.
I’m still not sure if I thank Washington, Lincoln, both, or none, for the short work week, but here we are, it’s Thursday already. We’re not going to get record-breaking freezing temperatures or 2 feet of snowfall this weekend, so for those who have been hermits the last couple of weekends, this is especially for you.
CMJ celebrate their 35th anniversary this year and have just announced their initial lineup for the ‘music marathon’. The festival runs from the 13th until the 17th of October, featuring hundreds of bands and showcases (see our thoughts on last year here).
The full lineup (so far) can be seen on the official site here, and a first run down the lists sees the likes of Destruction Unit, Evans the Death, Ex Hex, Mercury Rev, Panda Bear, Protomartyr, Savak, The Album Leaf and The Men jumping out at me. No need for any competitions for silliest name this year, step forward Ham Sandwich to claim your crown.
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