It’s a Top 164 this year…

OK here’s my big list for 2016. Usual caveats apply: numerical order gets pretty arbitrary pretty quickly, so please don’t assume too much significance/quality difference in what is listed at 132, and what comes in at 133 (the whole ordering concept gets dafter to me with each passing year, but I’m still a sucker for this sort of thing).

I’m sure I’ve missed some things, thorough as I am, so may well add some records as I recall them (please prompt my memory in the comments box). And yes, I know 164 is a crazy number of albums, but I’ve genuinely enjoyed all of these, to some degree, and, given the usefulness of these end-of-year lists as a tool of discovery, it seems to me best to go long and inclusive rather than limiting the process to a Top 20 or whatever. I’ve avoided embedding tracks this year, so that the page will actually load…

Hope that all makes sense. Thanks, as ever, for your indulgence.

 

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164 Khun Narin – II (Innovative Leisure)

163 Hieroglyphic Being – The Discos Of Imhotep (Technicolour)

162 Brian Case – Tense Nature (Hands In The Dark)

161 Protein – The Secret Garden (Alien Transistor)

160 Kate Carr – I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring (Rivertones)

159 Acid Arab – Musique De France (Crammed Discs)

158 Rafi Bookstaber – Late Summer (Woodsist)

157 Laraaji & Sun Araw – Professional Sunflow (W.25th/Superior Viaduct)

156 Bombino – Azel (Partisan)

155 The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset (Hardly Art)

154 Whitney – No Woman (Secretly Canadian)

153 Autechre – Elseq 1-5 (Warp)

152 The Limiñanas – Malamore (Because)

151 William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Decca)

150 Thee Oh Sees – Live In San Francisco (Castleface)

149 Sara Watkins – All The Wrong Ways (New West)

148 Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels (Columbia)

147 Dinosaur Jr – Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar)

146 Dreamboat – Dreamboat (MIE Music)

145 Tony Joe White – Rain Crow (Yeproc)

144 Devendra Banhart – Ape In Pink Marble (Nonesuch)

143 Dungen – Häxan (Mexican Summer)

142 MV & EE – Root Void (Woodsist)

141 Tortoise -The Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey)

140 Dexys – Let The Record Show: Dexys Do Irish And Country Soul (100%/Warner Music)

139 Coypu – Floating (MIE Music)

138 Karl Blau – Introducing… (Bella Union)

137 Konono N°1 – Konono N°1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)

136 Savoy Motel – Savoy Motel (What’s Your Rupture?)

135 Pony Hunt – Heart Creek (Hearth Music)

134 Bob Weir – Blue Mountain (Legacy)

133 St Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise (Records)

132 Simon Scott – FloodLines (Touch)

131 Radian – On Dark Silent Off (Thrill Jockey)

130 Matt Valentine – Blazing Grace (Timelag/Child Of Microtones)

129 Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger (Drag City)

128 Marissa Nadler – Strangers (Bella Union)

127 Seabuckthorn – I Could See The Smoke EP (Lost Tribe Sound)

126 Olivia Wyatt + Bitchin Bajas – Sailing A Sinking Sea (Drag City)

125 Claire M Singer – Solas (Touch)

124 Mark Pritchard  – Under The Sun (Warp)

123 Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win (Transgressive)

122 Daniel Lanois – Goodbye To Language (Anti-)

121 Papa M – Highway Songs (Drag City)

120 Dalthom – Frame Slip (Feeding Tube)

119 Various Artists – Songs To Fill The Air (WFMU)

118 Robert Stillman – Time Of Waves (Orindal)

117 Pita – Get In (Editions Mego)

116 Plaid – The Digging Remedy (Warp)

115 Phil Cook – Old Hwy D (Self-released)

114 Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances (Castle Face)

113 Chris Abrahams – Fluid To The Influence (Room40)

112 Jeff Parker – Slight Freedom (Eremite)

111 Dylan Carlson – Falling With A Thousand Stars And Other Wonders From The House Of Albion (Self-Released)

110 Underworld – Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future (underworldlive.com/Caroline)

109 Iggy Pop/Tarwater/Alva Noto – Leaves Of Grass (Morr Music)

108 Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until The Hunter (Tendril Tales)

107 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talk Tight (Ivy League)

106 Lisa/Liza- Deserts Of Youth (Orindal)

105 Allen Toussaint – American Tunes (Nonesuch)

104 Dave Heumann – Cloud Hands (2020)

103 Angel Olsen – My Woman (Jagjaguwar)

102 The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say (Daptone)

101 Big Thief – Masterpiece (Saddle Creek)

100 Sarathy Korwar – Day To Day (Ninja Tune x Steve Reid Foundation)

99 Charles Bradley – Changes (Daptone)

98 Mike Wexler – Syntropy (Three: Four)

97 Rosali – Good Life (Siltbreeze)

96 PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island)

95 Natural Child – Okey Dokey (Natural Child Records & Tapes)

94 Pye Corner Audio – Stasis (Ghost Box)

93 Head Technician – Zones (Ecstatic)

92 Laura Cannell – Simultaneous Flight Movement (Brawl)

91 Dylan Golden Aycock – Church Of Level (Scissortail)

90 Beyonce – Lemonade (Parkwood)

89 Factory Floor – 25 25 (DFA)

88 Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – Music Inspired By Philippe Garrel’s Le Révélateur (Thrill Jockey)

87 Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC – Blues From WHAT (Three-Lobed)

86 Rob Noyes – The Feudal Spirit (Poon Village)

85 D D Dumbo – Satan (4AD)

84 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Bad Seed)

83 Jim James – Eternally Even (ATO/Capitol)

82 Loscil – Monument Builders (Kranky)

81 Daniel Bachman – Daniel Bachman (Three Lobed)

80 Israel Nash – Live At Plum Creek Sound (www.ISRAELNASH.com)

79 Eleanor Friedberger – New View (Frenchkiss)

78 Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real – Earth (Reprise)

77 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (Heavenly)

76 Woods – City Sun Eater In The River Of Light (Woodsist)

75 Marisa Anderson – Into The Light (Bandcamp)

74 Christine & The Queens – Christine & The Queens (Because)

73 Horse Lords – Interventions (Northern Spy)

72 Marielle V Jakobsons – Star Core (Thrill Jockey)

71 Cool Ghouls – Animal Races (Melodic)

70 Feral Ohms – Live In San Francisco (Castle Face)

69 Case/Lang/Veirs – Case/Lang/Veirs (Anti-)

68 Glenn Jones – Fleeting (Thrill Jockey)

67 Various Artists – Day Of The Dead (4AD)

66 Norah Jones – Day Breaks (Blue Note)

65 Purling Hiss – High Bias (Drag City)

64 Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)

63 Itasca – Open To Chance (Paradise Of Bachelors)

62 Padang Food Tigers & Sigbjørn Apeland – Bumblin’ Creed (Northern Spy)

61 White Denim – Stiff (Downtown)

60 Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke – It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry (Editions Mego)

59 Ryley Walker & Charles Rumback – Dhoodan (Dead Oceans)

58 Hans Chew – Unknown Sire (Divided By Zero)

57 Imarhan – Imarhan (City Slang)

56 Kaia Kater – Nine Pin (Kingswood)

55 Drive-By Truckers – American Band (ATO)

54 Shirley Collins – Lodestar (Domino)

53 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – FRKWYS Vol 13: Sunergy (RVNG INTL)

52 Noura Mint Seymali – Arbina (Glitterbeat)

51 Steve Hauschildt – Strands (Kranky)

50 NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge) – Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)

49 Cian Nugent – Night Fiction (Woodsist)

48 Mary Lattimore – At The Dam (Ghostly International)

47 Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – We Be All Africans (Strut)

46 The Double – Dawn Of The Double (In The Red)

45 Spacin’ – Total Freedom (Testoster Tunes)

44 Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered (Top Dawg)

43 Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion (Sub Pop)

42 Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat To Earth (Mexican Summer)

41 Prins Thomas – Principe Del Norte (Smalltown Supersound)

40 King – We Are King (King Creative)

39 Steve Gunn – Eyes On The Lines (Matador)

38 The Dead Tongues – Montana (Self-released)

37 Oren Ambarchi – Hubris (Editions Mego)

36 Chris Abrahams – Climb (Vegetable)

35 Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits (Castleface)

34 Rhyton – Redshift (Thrill Jockey)

33 Neil Young – Peace Trail (Reprise)

32 Cass McCombs – Mangy Love (Anti-)

31 Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)

30  Nathan Bowles – Whole And Cloven (Paradise Of Bachelors)

29 The Still – The Still (Bronzerat)

28 Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Anyway You Love (Silver Arrow)

27 David Bowie – Blackstar (Isolar)

26 Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)

25 Cavern of Anti-Matter –Void Beats/Invocation Trex (Duophonic)

24 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears (Western Vinyl)

23 Botany – Deepak Verbera (Western Vinyl)

22 Brian Eno – The Ship (Warp)

21 Teenage Fanclub – Here (PeMa)

20 Wilco – Schmilco (dBpm)

19 Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties (Drag City)

18 Xylouris White – Black Peak (Bella Union)

17 The Avalanches – Wildflower (XL)

16 Lambchop – FLOTUS (City Slang/Merge)

15 William Tyler – Modern Country (Merge)

14 Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Third Man)

13 Scott Hirsch – Blue Rider Songs (Scissortail)

12 Tim Hecker – Love Streams (4AD)

11 Psychic Temple – Psychic Temple II (Asthmatic Kitty)

10 The Skiffle Players – Skifflin’ (Bandcamp)

9 Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – The Rarity Of Experience (No Quarter)

8 Solange – A Seat At The Table (RCA)

7 Brigid Mae Power – Brigid Mae Power (Tompkins Square)

6 A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)

5 Psychic Temple – Plays Music For Airports (Joyful Noise)

4 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (Sony)

3 Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee (Merge)

2 Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)

1 75 Dollar Bill – Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist)