So I have put this off long enough. I know, I know… And being the excellent procrastinator that I am, I hope my list sits well with your soul. I can’t even comprehend the fact that this year is well over the halfway mark, but so it goes. My list is meaningful (to me), eclectic (like me), and damn good (like these awesome people I get to write with). It also marks one year that I have been writing for 50thirdand3rd- thank you, no presents please. This last year has taught me some things about the music I like and love, and maybe why I like and love certain kinds of music and not others, but it still comes down to how a full length album makes me feel. Start to finish. The whole damn enchilada. It says a lot about the artist and the way they have compiled their little collection and sent it out to the masses. Certain melodies bringing in certain moods and emotions, maybe no mood at all just a light and airy sort of feel to kick back and chillax. Anyway, my point is the whole album has to say something and make you feel something, whether it is partying, being lazy, being ridiculously mad, or wanting to start a girl punk group of your own and you feel like you could rule the world, anybody else? Okay just me, but you get it. So, with no further ado, I would like to present my picks and in no particular order because… come on!
The Kills, Ash & Ice– Ash & Ice is the fifth studio album by indie rock band The Kills. It was released on June 3, 2016 via Domino Records. The album was recorded in a rented house in Los Angeles and at Electric Lady Studios, New York City. It was produced by Jamie Hince and co-produced by John O’Mahoney. I feel like this album gets me and all my moods. I could listen to this album whenever any mood strikes me. “In an effort to not repeat ourselves, the path of least resistance has never been ours. Change is uneasy. Art should be uneasy”, says Alison Mosshart.
Bleached, Welcome the Worms– Released April 1, 2016, Welcome the Worms is the second studio album put out on the Dead Oceans label by the punk rock, punk pop band Bleached. Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, joined with Micayla Grace and Nick Pillot make up this west coast treasure. Drawing inspiration from the iconic hits of everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Heart to Roy Ayers.
Hinds, Leave Me Alone– Hinds debut album released Leave Me Alone on January 8, 2016, on the label Lucky Number. The album holds 12 tracks of pure garage rock and punk heaven. Hinds mentions Black Lips, Ty Segall, The Parrots, The Strokes, The Vaccines, and Mac DeMarco as their main influences.
The Coathangers, Nosebleed Weekend The Coathangers are a Punk Rock band from Atlanta. On April 15, 2016 the band released their fifth studio full-length entitled Nosebleed Weekend via Suicide Squeeze Records. Meredith Franco, Julia Kugel and Stephanie Luke make up the trio and their complete disregard for playing nice and sitting pretty have me entranced, they keep it real and they keep it raw.
Diarrhea Planet, Turn to Gold– Diarrhea Planet just released their third studio album,Turn to Gold on June 10, 2016. Diarrhea Planet is a six-piece garage punk band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2009. Diarrhea Planet has described their sound as “pop played through the filter of heavy metal” and have cited influences such as Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, and Dokken. Members are Evan Bird, Casey Weissbuch, Emmett Miller, Brent Toler, Jordan Smith, and Mike Boyle.
PUP, The Dream is Over– The Canadian punk rockers PUP released their second album, The Dream is Over on May 27, 2016 through SideOneDummy and Royal Mountain Records. The album hosts 10 powerful punk rock tracks at just over 30 minutes. Members are Stefan Babcock, Zack Mykula, Steve Sladkowski, and Nestor Chumak. According to the band, the title is a direct quote from Babcock’s doctor after damaging his vocal chords.
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Let Me Get By– Let Me Get By is the third studio album from blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band, released in 2016. The album was written fully by the band, with help from Doyle Bramhall II. Trucks produced the album himself, after having co-produced the band’s previous albums. I love the blues tinged songs soaked in that endless realm of pure jams. This is my go-to for road trips and long weekends.
Sturgill Simpson, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth– Sturgill Simpson’s third studio album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, was released on April 15, 2016, by Atlantic Records. His classic style of American country music and roots rock are easily loved among many different genres and listeners. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love Sturg! His voice is simply mesmerizing, reminiscent to some of our country heroes from past decades.