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Old 06-30-2016, 08:30 PM   #1
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Favorite Albums of 2016: Mid-Year

What are your fav albums so far this year? Tell me now. Right now. Not tomorrow. Not in an hour. Not in a minute. Not in a second. Right here and now. It means everything.
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It has been a great year for music but a lot of stuff is struggling to stick, which is annoying me. That said, my favourite albums of the year thus far, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, are...

David Bowie - Blackstar
Kendrick Lamar - untitled. unmastered.
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
Jesu/Sun Kil Moon - s/t
Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Paul Dempsey - Strange Loop
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I'll have my list soon. Got to take another look at the lineup I saw on the Vans Warped Tour as that's where virtually all my selections come from.
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I'll have my list soon. Got to check with Bernie as that's where virtually all my selections come from.
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It has been a great year for music but a lot of stuff is struggling to stick, which is annoying me.
Agreed. My favorites, as of today:

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Wild Nothing - Life of Pause
David Bowie - Blackstar
Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
High Highs - Cascades
Savages - Adore Life
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway

23 albums in, but there's lots of catching up to do once summer's over.
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It's been a good year so far but not quite as exciting as the first half of last year. The top two is pretty firm, but the ranking of the rest is a bit uncertain.

1. Memoryhouse - Soft Hate
2. Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
3. Sulk - No Illusions
4. Horror My Friend - Stay In, Do Nothing
5. Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla
6. The Hotelier - Goodness
7. Fjørt - Kontakt
8. White Lung - Paradise
9. Rob Crow's Gloomy Place - You're Doomed. Be Nice.
10. School of Seven Bells - SVIIB
11. Borknagar - Winter Thrice
12. Pity Sex - White Hot Moon
13. Minor Victories - Minor Victories
14. Big Ups - Before a Million Universes

Also a nod to Turnover's "Humblest Pleasures" / "Change Irreversible" single, where the b-side outshines the a-side, and Major Leagues' Dream States EP, because "Someone Sometime" and "Leave" are incredible songs.

And some albums that are growing on me:

DIIV - Is the Is Are (some lovely songs but way too long an album)
Eagulls - Ullages (hard to live up to the debut and less distinctive in sound but still good)
Fallujah - Dreamless (prog metal I don't find utterly tedious?)
The Joy Formidable - Hitch (too long, and god that stupid out-take at the start of track 3 is really annoying)

Albums I need to listen to a bit more:

Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
Deep Heat - Still Life
Hammock - Everything and Nothing
Ladyhawke - Wild Things
Mt Mountain - Cosmos Terros
Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow
Tiny Moving Parts - Celebrate
True Cross - Pure Divorce
Yndi Halda - Under Summer
Yuck - Stranger Things
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The shear amount of new music you listen to every year is impressive Axver.

Gotta be Radiohead and Kendrick for me. Also liked Kanye and Blaqk Audio.
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Having a job where I can listen to my own music all day helps. But I feel pretty sluggish compared to LM!
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I've got a google doc with all the shit I want to listen to. It's too long and overwhelming. And then you listen to an album and you go "this is really good" but then you forget about it and never listen to it again.

Might spin the Yumi Zouma right now tho.
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Personally, I think this year has been ridiculously good so far. Here are my 10 favorite ones so far:

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Beyonce - Lemonade
David Bowie - Blackstar
Kendrick Lamar - untitled. unmastered.
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
Anderson Paak - Malibu
Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
James Blake - The Colour in Anything

Pretty sure I'm forgetting some obvious stuff (maybe the Parquet Courts album belongs in the list too).
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A few songs into the new Blood Orange album and I'm certain this can be in the discussion.
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A few songs into the new Blood Orange album and I'm certain this can be in the discussion.
I listened to it for the first time today. I loved the first half, but was disappointed with the end. I need to give it some more spins.
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My faves so far in alphabetical order:

Bat for Lashes: The Bride
Chairlift: Moth
David Bowie: Blackstar
Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered
Kevin Morby: Singing Saw
Marissa Nadler: Strangers
Parquet Courts: Human Performance
Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
Tim Hecker: Love Streams (probably my #1 at the moment)
White Lung: Paradise
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