Part of the joy of working in non-commercial, independent-minded radio is the freedom to conceptualize and quantify outside conventional expectations–and year-end lists are no exception. Thusly, here are my Top 5 selections for 2016 (and 2017) across a variety of categories:
Top 5 National Releases:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree
Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker
David Bowie, Blackstar
PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project
Margaret Glaspy, Emotions and Math
Top 5 Local Releases:
Jillian and the Giants, Mr. Airplane (listen to their Locals Only session here)
XIXA, Bloodline (watch their acoustic in-studio here)
Pipelights, 518 (listen to their Locals Only session here)
Foxx Bodies, Foxx Bodies (listen to their in-studio here)
The Mission Creeps, Fright Night Creep Out
Top 5 Singles (click on links for an ad-free listen):
Drive-By Truckers, “What It Means”
Kim Gordon, “Murdered Out”
Charlie Faye & The Fayettes, “Eastside”
Eric Bachman, “Small Talk”
Lando Chill, “Floating to Nowhere”
5 Most Memorable In-Studios:
Mission Creeps on Halloween!
Lee Harvey Osmond (listen here)
The Head and The Heart (listen here)
Top 5 Most Anticipated Local Happenings for 2017:
The recorded collaboration between local producer/musician Gabe Sullivan and Katie Haverly.
The Tucson Hip Hop Festival in February.
Lando Chill’s forthcoming sophomore release.
Hopefully getting a new record from local band Loveland, quite possibly Tucson’s most quietly under-appreciated band.
Opening our auxiliary studio in Hotel Congress!