Best Albums of 2016

I’ll update this list as the year goes on, but here are my picks as of July.

Anderson .Paak – Malibu listen
Andy Shauf – The Party listen
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial listen
David Bowie – Blackstar listen
Deakin – Sleep Cycle listen
Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being listen 
Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered. listen
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity listen
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate listen
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool listen
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth listen
The Avalanches – Wildflower listen
Whitney – Light Upon the Lake listen

100ish Best Movies of the 21st Century

The hippest flicks of the third millennium.

50/50
A History of Violence
A Separation
Adaptation
Adventureland
All Is Lost
Almost Famous
Amelie
American Hustle
American Psycho
Avatar
Before Midnight
Best in Show
Birdman
Black Swan
Blow
Borat
Boyhood
Burn After Reading
Capote
Catch Me If You Can
Children of Men
City of God
Coherence
Deathproof
District 9
Drive
Eastern Promises
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Ex Machina
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Frances Ha
Funny Games
Ghost World
Gone Baby Gone
Gravity
Her
High Fidelity
In Bruges
Inception
Inglourious Basterds
Inherent Vice
Inside Llewyn Davis
Interstellar
It Follows
Kill Bill
King Kong
Knocked Up
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
Locke
Looper
Lost in Translation
Love & Mercy
Mad Max: Fury Road
Melancholia
Memento
Midnight in Paris
Minority Report
Moneyball
Moon
Mulholland Drive
No Country for Old Men
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Ocean’s Eleven
Old School
Oldboy
Pineapple Express
Requiem for a Dream
Rush
Sideways
Skyfall
Step Brothers
Superbad
Synecdoche, New York
Take Shelter
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The Babadook
The Cabin in the Woods
The Dark Knight
The End of the Tour
The Fall
The Fighter
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Hangover
The Hurt Locker
The Incredibles
The Kids Are All Right
The Master
The Pianist
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Social Network
The Spectacular Now
The Tree of Life
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wrestler
There Will Be Blood
This Is the End
Tropic Thunder
United 93
Up in the Air
Waking Life
Walk Hard
Wet Hot American Summer
Whiplash
Winter’s Bone
Wonder Boys
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Zodiac
Zombieland

1976

The best albums and films from four decades ago.

Music:
Station to Station, David Bowie
Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
The Modern Lovers, The Modern Lovers
Moondawn, Klaus Schulze
Desire, Bob Dylan
Ramones, Ramones
Stratosfear, Tangerine Dream
Small Change, Tom Waits
2112, Rush
Zombie, Fela Kuti & Africa 70
The Royal Scam, Steely Dan

Movies:
Taxi Driver
Rocky
Network
All the President’s Men
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Tenant
1900
The Shootist
The Omen
Marathon Man
Murder by Death

Ian Pooley, “Stonyridge Terrace”

Over the course of his more than twenty singles for Force Inc, the prime German label for forward-looking techno, Ian Pooley has been inspired by the minimalist sound of Detroit as well as deep house.

A Band of Bees, “(This is For The) Better Days”

The Bees (known as “A Band of Bees” in America) – British indie rock band’s feet firmly planted in 2000s with sprinkles of ’60s garage and psychedelia.

White Denim, “A Place to Start”

Ragged but right Austin, Texas combo that patches together a soulfully scatterbrained rock & roll assault.

Brazos, “Day Glo”

Austin-based jazzy, folky alternative rock band fronted by singer/songwriter Martin Crane.

Fleet Foxes, “In the Hot Hot Rays”

An overlooked gem from their early days.

1966

The best albums and films from five decades ago.

Music:
Revolver, The Beatles
Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, Ennio Morricone
Freak Out!, The Mothers of Invention
Face to Face, The Kinks
Da Capo, Love
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, 13th Floor Elevators
Speak No Evil, Wayne Shorter
Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Simon and Garfunkel
Blues Breakers, John Mayall with Eric Clapton

Movies:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Andrei Rublev
The Battle of Algiers
Persona
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Don’t Look Now… We’re Being Shot At!
A Man for All Seasons
Au Hasard Balthazar
Blow-Up
The Sand Pebbles
Seconds
How to Steal a Million

Whitney

Dreamy folk rock out of my sweet home Chicago. This is music that grows on you like a vine as songs evolve into multi-instrumental soundscapes of reverie. Listen to their debut album, Light Upon the Lake.  You’ll feeler cooler in no time.

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