Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Best Albums Of 2016(Revisited)

Hello and welcome to Speed Glue and Music's best albums of 2016 compiled by Destroy the Scene. Below are my top 40 favorite albums of 2016.

This is the revisited list. I have gone back and removed albums I didn't really listen to a year later and added some that became better over time to my ears. Below are the additions and the subtractions.


Aaron Lee Tasjan-Silver Tears, Renaldo And The Loaf-Gurdy Hurding, The Caretaker-Everywhere At The End Of Time, Swain-The Long Dark Blue, Mary Halvorson Quintet-Away With You, Yak-Alas, Salvation, Deakin-Sleep Cycle, Scott Hirsch-Blue Rider Songs, Radian-On Dark Silent Off, De Staat-O


Margo Price-Midwest Farmer's Daughter, A Tribe Called Quest-We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service, Ash Koosha-I AKA I, The Body-No One Deserves Happiness, Iggy Pop-Post Pop Depression, YG-Still Brazy, Adult Jazz, Earrings Off!, The Avalanches-Wildflower, Arca-Entranas, Heron Oblivian-Self Titled, Noname-Telefone

Take note that I have not written anything about these albums. The reason for this is that I have come to the conclusion that my personal experiences with these albums mean nothing to the general public, therefore, I have chosen to not include any personal anecdotes about these albums. I have provided genre descriptors below to give you an idea of what kind of music these artists make. I want you to listen to these albums devoid of my opinion. You should form your own opinion. On that note, many of you will hate some of these albums, many of you will love some of these albums. I want this list to be used as a tool for you to find out what YOU like, not to necessarily fall in line with what I like. I have provided a playlist of some of my favorite tracks from each of these albums for your convenience below. So fire up those streaming programs, open up the itunes store(if you have the cash) buy these online or head to your local record store if you like what you hear! Hopefully you will find an album you can call a favorite for years to come!

-Sincerely, Sean Taylor (Destroy The Scene)

P.S.: As always we would love to hear from you so please leave some comments or feedback below in the comments section!

1. Kyle Craft-Dolls Of Highland (Sub Pop)

Genre: Glam Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Americana

2. Romare-Love Songs Part 2 (Ninja Tune)

Genre: Future House, UK Bass

3. Car Seat Headrest-Teens Of Denial (Matador)

Genre: Indie Rock, Power Pop

4. The Drones-Feelin Kinda Free (Tropical Fuck Storm)

Genre: Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Post-Punk, Noise Rock, Punk Blues

5. Danny Brown-Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)

Genre: Experimental Hip Hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop, Industrial Hip Hop

6. Jonny Fritz-Sweet Creep (ATO)

Genre: Country Rock, Folk, Singer/Songwriter

7. Lemon Twigs-Do Hollywood (4AD)

Genre: Psychedelic Pop, Glam Rock

8. Nice As Fuck-Self Titled (Loves Way)

Genre: Indie Pop, Indie Rock, LO-FI, Post-Punk

9. Guts Club-Shit Bug (Moderate Fidelity)

Genre: Indie Folk

10. Devendra Banhart-Ape In Pink Marble (Nonesuch)

Genre: Indie Folk, Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter

11. Mitski-Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans)

Genre: Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Dream Pop, Art Pop

12. Angel Du$t-Rock The Fuck On Forever (Pop Wig)

Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Pop Punk, Surf Rock

13. Whitney-Light Upon The Lake (Secretly Canadian)

Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alt-Country

14. Sam Coomes-Bugger Me (Domino)

Genre: Organ Music, Indie Pop, Post-Punk

15. Pup-The Dream Is Over (SideOneDummy)

Genre: Post-Hardcore, Pop Punk

16. St. Lenox-Ten Hymns From My American Gothic (Anyway)

Genre: Indie Pop, Indietronica, Singer/Songwriter

17. DJWWWWW-Arigato (Orange Milk)

Genre: Plunderphonics, Electronic, Sound Collage, IDM, Glitch

18. G.L.O.S.S.-Trans Day Of Revenge (Sabotage/Total Negativity/Nervous Nelly)

Genre: Hardcore Punk, Queercore, D-Beat, Anarcho-Punk

19. Anna Meredith-Varmints (Moshi Moshi)

Genre: Art Pop, Progressive Electronic, Post-Minimalism, Modern Classical

20. Sturgill Simpson-A Sailor's Guide To Earth (Atlantic)

Genre: Alt-Country, Country Soul, Southern Soul, Outlaw Country

21. Surgical Meth Machine-Self Titled (Nuclear Blast)

Genre: Industrial Metal, Synth Punk, Digital Harcore, Electro-Industrial

22. Aaron Lee Tasjan-Silver Tears (New West)

Genre: Americana, Alt-Country

23. Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam-I Had A Dream That You Were Mine (Glassnote)

Genre: Chamber Pop, Indie Rock, Doo-Wop, Traditional Pop

24. DVA[HI:Emotions]-NOTU_URONLINEU (Hyperdub)

Genre: UK Bass, Progressive Electronic, Vaporwave, IDM, Glitch, Post-Industrial

25. Renaldo And The Loaf-Gurdy Hurding(Klanggalerie)

Genre: Zolo, Avant-Folk, Minimal Wave

26. Conor Oberst-Ruminations (Nonesuch)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Piano Music

27. Frankie Cosmos-The Next Thing (Bayonet)

Genre: Twee Pop, Indie Pop, Singer/Songwriter

28. Swet Shop Boys-Cashmere (Customs)

Genre: Conscious Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop, Political Hip Hop

29. The Caretaker-Everywhere At The End Of Time (History Always Favours The Winners)

Genre: Turntable Music, Ambient, British Dance Band

30. Parquet Courts-Human Performance (Rough Trade)

Genre: Indie Rock, Art Punk, Post-Punk, Garage Rock

31. Demdike Stare-Wonderland (Modern Love)

Genre: Dub Techno, Jungle, Industrial Techno, Ambient Dub

32. Swain-The Long Dark Blue(End Hits)

Genre: Grunge, Hardcore Punk, Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore

33. Mary Halvorson Octet-Away With You (Firehouse 12)

Genre: Avant Garde Jazz

34. Yak-Alas Salvation (Octopus)

Genre: Garage Rock Revival, Noise Rock, Garage Punk, Punk Blues

35. Deakin-Sleep Cycle (My Animal Home)

Genre: Neo Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop, Ambient Pop, Psychedelic Folk

36. Scott Hirsch-Blue Rider Songs (Scissor Tail)

Genre: Electronic, Country

37. Radian-On Dark Silent Off (Thrill Jockey)

Genre: Glitch, Post-Rock

38. De Staat-O (Caroline Benelux)

Genre: Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Synthpop

38. Thao And The Get Down Stay Down-A Man Alive (Ribbon)

Genre: Indie Pop, Art Pop, Progressive Pop

39. Weaves-Self titled (Kanine)

Genre: Indie Rock, Garage Rock Revival

40. Noura Mint Seymali-Arbina (Glitterbeat)

Genre: Moorish Music

Friday, October 6, 2017

Monthly Roundup-September 2017

Some great stuff for the month of September. Directly below are the highlights of the highlights. Also, don't forget to check out the spotify playlist I have put together for this month!

LCD Soundsystem surprised the hell out of me with their new album. Very reflective of the direction I saw them go in when I saw them live at FYF. Very Can meets disco party meets talking heads.

Alex Cameron released an amazing follow-up to his first album. Contains one of the best songs of the year with his duet with Angel Olsen called "Stranger's Kiss". Highly recommended. Focus on the lyrics!

Micah P. Hinson released an incredibly thoughtful(to the genre) Americana album. Very true to it's roots.

The new old album Neil Young released was a great addition to his slew of amazing 70s era albums.

New Ariel Pink is excellent for all the wrong reasons. The album is more thoughtful, the weirdness paired down(a bit) to give us what is probably his most solid focused album yet. I thought I would be bored, the opposite effect happened.

Moses Sumney dropped his first album after releasing a decent amount of cassettes and eps over the past couple of years. This album is very thoughtful in it's execution. It has a very intimate sound to it and was very much worth the wait.

Sept 1st:

The Babe Rainbow-Self Titled(Flightless)

Genre: Neo Psychedelia, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Folk, Garage Rock

Dalek-Endangered Philosophies(Ipecac)

Genre: Industrial Hip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop, Dark Ambient, Political Hip Hop

Madeline Kenney-Night Night At The First Landing(Company)

Genre: Dream Pop, Indie Pop, Indie Rock

LCD Soundsystem-American Dream(DFA/Columbia)

Genre: Dance-Punk, New Wave, Synthpop, Alternative Dance, Post-Punk Revival

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark-The Punishment Of Luxury(White Noise Ltd.)

Genre: Synthpop

Sept 8th:

Antwood-Sponsored Content(Planet Mu)

Genre: UK Bass, Post-Industrial, IDM, Spoken Word

Angelo De Augustine-Swim Inside The Moon(Asthmatic Kitty)

Genre: LO-FI, Indie Folk

Beaches-Second Of Spring(Chapter Music)

Genre: Neo-Psychedelia, Noise Pop, Dream Pop, Shoegaze

Alex Cameron-Forced Witness(Secretly Canadian)

Genre: Synthpop, New Wave

Faith Healer-Try ;-)(Mint)

Genre: Indie Pop

Micah P. Hinson-Presents The Holy Strangers(Full Time Hobby)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Americana

Jack Johnson-All The Light Above It Too(Brushfire)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Folk Pop, Soft Rock

Kedr Livanskiy-Ariadna(2MR)

Genre: Hypnagogic Pop, Outsider House, Ambient Pop, Minimal Techno, Ambient House

Midnight Sister-Saturn Over Sunset(Jagjaguwar)

Genre: Psychedelic Pop, Soul


Genre: Art Pop, Glam Rock, Progressive Pop

Walter TV-Carpe Diem(Sinderlyn)

Genre: Indie Pop

Neil Young-Hitchhiker(Reprise/Warner Bros.)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Folk Rock

Sept 15th:

Ariel Pink-Dedicated To Bobby Jameson(Mexican Summer)

Genre: Hypnagogic Pop, Psychedelic Pop, New Wave, Zolo, Progressive Pop

Biblical-The City That Never Sleeps(Tee Pee)

Genre: Hard Rock

Cool Kids-Special Edition Grandmaster Deluxe(Self Released)

Genre: Pop Rap, Hardcore Hip Hop


Genre: Dark Folk, Atmospheric Black Metal, Nordic Folk Music, Doom Metal, Blackgaze

Rostam-Half Light(Nonesuch)

Genre: Art Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative R&B, Electropop, Ambient Pop

Cat Stevens/Yusef Islam-The Laughing Apple(Cat-O-Log)

Genre: Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Folk Pop

Superfood-Bambino(Dirty Hit)

Genre: Indie Rock

Sept 22nd:

The Clientele-Music For The Age Of Miracles(Merge)

Genre: Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Chamber Pop

Eric Copeland-Goofballs(DFA)

Genre: Outsider House, Hypnagogic Pop, Acid Techno, Acid House

Godspeed You Black Emperor-Luciferian Towers(Constellation)

Genre: Post-Rock, Drone, Chamber Music

The Horrors-V(Wolf Tone)

Genre: Neo Psychedelia, Post-Punk, Shoegaze, Synthpop

Metz-Strange Peace(Sub Pop)

Genre: Noise Rock, Garage Punk, Post-Hardcore

Omni-Multi Task(Trouble In Mind)

Genre: Post-Punk, Indie Rock

Moses Sumney-Aromanticism(Jagjaguwar)

Genre: Art Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Ambient Pop, Neo-Soul

Chelsea Wolfe-Hiss Spun(Sargent House)

Genre: Doom Metal, Gothic Rock, Atmospheric Sludge Metal, Darkwave, Ethereal Wave, Noise Rock

Sept 29th:

Chain & The Gang-Experimental Music(Radical Elite)

Genre: Garage Punk

Ben Frost-The Centre Cannot Hold(Mute)

Genre: Electronic, Post-Industrial, Dark Ambient, Drone, Noise

Leyland Kirby-We, So Tired Of All The Darkness In Our Lives(History Always Favours The Winners)

Genre: Ambient, Downtempo, Post-Rock

Jessica Lea Mayfield-Sorry Is Gone(ATO)

Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Grunge

Primus-The Desaturating Seven(ATO)

Genre: Progressive Rock, Funk Rock, Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Rock

Snapped Ankles-Come Play The Trees(Leaf)

Genre: Art Punk, Post-Punk, Minimal Synth