Friday, December 30, 2016

Best of 2016 with Teacher On The Radio

It’s that time of year when most of the major critics have already posted their “best of” lists, and we in the “fan critic” scene finally get around to posting ours. Every year, I wonder if I can even pull this off, but music is such an integral part of my internal spiritual response to surviving life in these times, I feel more-or-less obligated to share the energy and hope I have found from these songs and albums! When I began sorting and sampling a few days ago, I thought I might have five or ten albums or discs on here. Yet I ended up with thirty.

Here is my middle-aged Gen X fanboy confession. Whenever I look at all the important “best of” lists at places like Pitchfork or NPR Music or even Rolling Stone, I feel guilty for not listening to even more music and not-getting-what-others-get, perhaps even being old, ucoool, not-quite-hip.

There are always some records that everybody who is somebody seemed to list on their list -- but not me. But I am too old to care now about being in or out, but must admit it, music is still part of my daily essential spiritual diet; music is a big part of what gets me through life, especially a year like 2016. This two-hour Spotify mix of folk, Americana, soul, gospel, and psychedelic “jesushippy-Dadrock” is from the heart. I have seen the famous critics lists. Surely I have left some important things off this list, but it comes close to what helped me survive. Here is my personal list. The top thirty is followed by a link to a Spotify playlist. If you made a list or playlist, I want to see yours.

Artist - Album/Song (date of release) Artist Twitter
  1. Avett Brothers - True Sadness (6.24.2016) @theavettbros
  2. Cloud Cult - The Seeker (2.12.2016) @CloudCult
  3. Jim James - Eternally Even (11.4.2016) @jimjames
  4. Woods - City Sun Eater In the River Of Light (4.8.2016) @WOODSIST
  5. Judah and the Lion - Folk Hop N Roll (3.4.2016) @judahandthelion
  6. Crowder - American Prodigal (9.23.2016) @crowdermusic
  7. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By (1.29.2016) @DerekAndSusan
  8. Mavis Staples - Livin on a High Note (2.19.2016) @mavisstaples
  9. Run River North - Drinking From A Salt Pond (2.26.2016) @RunRiverNorth
  10. Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros (3.4.2016) @RayLaMontagne
  11. Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee (10.7.2016) @hissgldnmssr
  12. Steve Gunn - Eyes On The Lines (6.3.2016) @SteveGunnMusic
  13. Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack (4.8.2016) @FRabbits
  14. Kings of Leon - WALLS (10.14.2016) @KingsOfLeon
  15. The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome (12.2.2016) @RollingStones
  16. Drive By Truckers - American Band (9.30.2016) @drivebytruckers
  17. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - PersonA (4.15.2016) @EdwardSharpe
  18. Michael Franti & Spearhead - SOULROCKER (6.3.2016) @michaelfranti
  19. River Whyless - We All The Light (8.26.2016) @RiverWhyless
  20. Amos Lee - Spirit (8.19.2016) @amoslee
  21. St. Paul & the Broken Bones - Sea of Noise (9.9.2016) @StP_BrokenBones
  22. Shearwater - Jet Plane And Oxbow (1.22.2016) @ShearwaterBand
  23. The Head and the Heart - Signs Of Light (9.9.2016) @headandtheheart
  24. Sam Bean & Jesca Hoop - Love Letter for Fire (4.15.2016) @IronAndWine
  25. Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything (3.18.2016) @violentfemmes
  26. Conor Oberst - Ruminations (10.14.2016) @conoroberst
  27. Black Mountain - IV (4.1.2016) @_blackmountain_
  28. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - This Unruly Mess I’ve Made (2.26.2016) @macklemore
  29. My Morning Jacket - “Magic Bullet” (11.11.2016) @mymorningjacket
  30. Various - Day of the Dead (5.20.2016) @dayofthedead

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