OK, OK, lets just admit it...YES, 2016 was an interesting year on so many levels. Some good, some bad. I have always found music as a refuge and inspiration. I got such a great response from my 2015 list that I decided to try and put a small list together this year. Well, so much for that. As I took time to really reflect on the year I realized that there has been some amazing music that was released in 2016. Similar to last year, I took a look at the releases I have bought (my wife will tell you about my addiction to buying music, especially physical releases) and the ones that were sent to me. (Now is probably a good time to say THANK YOU to all the labels and artist that have sent me promos. It is MUCH APPRECIATED but does not influence if they made the list or not. Good music is good music.)
Anyway, if you listen to my weekly radio show Eavesdrop Radio [Fridays on 91.7FM from 6-9PM (EST)] that I co-host with lil' dave this list isn't really a surprise. This list is in no particular order but does reflect releases I went back to over and over throughout the year. It's great that so many of these releases came out on vinyl and some even on cassette. I encourage you to click on the artwork to find out more about these projects and support their music.
I wish you all the best for the New Year and look forward to hearing more amazing music in 2017. I know Record Breakin' Music has some tricks up their sleeves as we get ready to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Thank you to the entire artists on this list and the labels for releasing music that has been our soundtrack for the year and years to come!