Live Ledge #269: Best of 2016

As I do every December, I spend a few days surrounded by piles and piles of records, CD's, and an electronic device or two. The great debates of these days are all inside my head - Bowie or Lydia? Cheap Trick versus Bun E. Carlos? Whiskey vs. wine? Oh wait, that's a Day Drinking debate.

With a giant headache, I inevitably come up with an article or two that details my 40 picks for this year. You can find mine HERE! I also created a shorter list of reissues, box sets, and other catalog type releases HERE!!!

Tonight's show is a Casey Kasem-ish countdown of my 40 favorite albums of the year. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, only 32 of my 40 made it to air. For the most part, I deleted the more well-known artists (Radiohead, Neil Young) and/or quietest material (Jayhawks, Wilco, Leonard Cohen). But the 32 that are presented are in the reverse order they appear in my article. So yes, David Bowie's "Blackstar" is what I believe to be the best album of the year.

As always, grab this from the usual sources, including iTunes and Stitcher, and please go read my articles. In fact, read them right after you...

1. Bun E. Carlos, Do Something Real (Featuring Robert Pollard)  
2. Pale Lips, (You Make Me) Wanna Be Bad 
3. Ty Segall, Californian Hills 
4. Bleached, Keep on Keepin' On
5. Dinosaur Jr., Goin Down  
6. Diarrhea Plant, Announcement
7. The Men, Dreamer  
8. Parquet Courts, Outside
9. Tracy Bryant, Subterranean 
10. Todd Snider, Hey Pretty Boy 
11. CTMF, A Song For Kylie Minogue
12. Audacity, Umbrellas 
13. Jacuzzi Boys, Boys Like Blood  
14. Drive-By Truckers, Ramon Casino 
15. Night Beats, Power Child
16. Public Access T.V., In Our Blood 
17. Twin Peaks, Walk To The One You Love 
18. Alejandro Escovedo, Horizontal Burn
19. John Doe, Go Baby Go 
20. The Fleshtones, Love Like A Man 
21. Hinds, Garden
22. D Generation, Lonely Ones
23. Descendents, On Paper 
24. Rolling Stones, Ride 'Em On Down
25. Beach Slang, Punks In A Disco Bar
26. Two Cow Garage, Brand New Flag 
27. The Coathangers, Make It Right  
28. Bob Mould, Pray for Rain 
29. Car Seat Headrest, Just What I Needed/Not Just What I Needed 
30. The I Don't Cares, Born For Me 
31. Lydia Loveless, Bilbao 
32. David Bowie, Lazarus 


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