What’s to be said about this year that hasn’t been said already? Mostly everything that happened fell under the category of “never thought it would happen” and yeah, honestly most of it sucked. But no matter how awful things are, music is still there to pull your soul out of an abyss and it always will be if you’re willing. It’s the only thing I know to be true at this point. Here’s what worked for me:
Mitski – My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars
As if Liz Phair was born 20 years later and still knocking it out of the park like Exile in Guyville.
Let’s Eat Grandma – Rapunzel
Basia Bulat – Let Me In
Appeared on no “best of” lists that I could find, but I thought this was her best effort in a while.
HINDS – Easy
you turned out to be a letdown
The Tragically Hip – In Sarnia
It’s a Tragically Hip song on a best of the year mix that I made. I maintain that they’re not a great live band, but this song did it for me.
Francis – Holy
we’ll break the ugly borders too
Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
The Casket Girls – True Believers
Black Mountain – You Can Dream
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Rings of Saturn
Frightened Rabbit – An Otherwise Disappointing Life
Jenny Hval – Conceptual Romance
Agnes Obel – Familiar
for the inevitable haunt
Bat For Lashes – I Will Love Again
Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
I’m short on time and didn’t give full notes or link everything up this year, but please please google and give people your money. Give your money away. Austerity is not the answer and greed turns my stomach. Furthermore: my advice to you is to be honest, read more books, hug people who deserve it and listen to as much music as you can. Tell me what did it for you. I’ll be back in 2017, just trying to do my best.