Once upon a time, I worked in the music industry. Newbury Comics, WFNX, Harborlights, Paradise Rock Club, Warner/Electra/Atlantic, Maverick Records, and last, but not least, Ryko Distribution. Remember Rykodisc? Their CDs had green jewel cases? Those guys. In the past few years, I have dipped my toe back in a wee bit as a merch girl for friends’ bands.
So, obviously, you should take great stock in my Top Ten List. No one else is writing Top Ten Lists at this time of year! Also, I am sarcastic.
10. David Bowie – Blackstar
9. Deftones – Gore
8. Butch Walker – Stay Gold
7. Joy Formidable – Hitch
6. Savages – Adore Life
5. Phantogram – III
4. Daughter – Not to Disappear
3. Deap Vally – Femijism I am obsessed with this album. I saw this duo open for DFA and BRMC and they killed it. That’s them in the photo up top.
2. Garbage – Strange Little Birds
1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
And my favorite EPs of 2016 are ..
Lush – Blind Spot
Letters to Cleo – Back to Nebraska
Best Split 7″
Julee Cruise and King Dude – Julee Cruise and King Dude Sing Each Other’s Songs
Of course, as soon as I publish this list, I’ll realize that I’ve forgotten an album or two. On December 23, I hope that I will be impressed with Not the Actual Events EP by Nine Inch Nails. On the Nine Inch Nails website, there’s a quote from Trent Reznor:
“IT’S AN UNFRIENDLY, FAIRLY IMPENETRABLE RECORD THAT WE NEEDED TO MAKE.”
That sounds pretty, pretty, pretty delicious to me.