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Best of 2016...

Album of the Year

⇒ Plague Vendor BLOODSWEAT

Those moments of pure sonic magic get fewer and further between for music addicts—the moments that freeze you in place as your brain tries in vain to make a connection to something else you've heard. Is that a Morrison vibe in the vocals? Is the pacing like Fugazi? Can you hear a post-punk throwback in the layers? Standing in a dark club, beer in hand, you realize it's all of that—and none of that. Somehow, sixty years into the birth of rock, you're hearing something new. Something that it's completely unfair to compare to anything else. Something that stands up by itself. Plague Vendor did that to me this year when they opened for White Lung at the Beachland Tavern in Cleveland, and their latest release BLOODSWEAT went into instant, repeated rotation. Sure, after the initial amazement wears off (and the buzz of the night fades), bands tend to lose their luster. But not Plague Vendor, not BLOODSWEAT. Since July it's been my favorite album, and that feeling never faded.

A Dozen Other Great Releases

Bleached Weclome the Worms
Ladyhawke Wild Things
Aurora My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend
SWMRS Drive North
Brian Fallon Painkillers
Band of Skulls By Default
The Pack A.D. Positive Thinking
Beach Slang A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Savages Adore Life
Operators Blue Wave
Magic Shoppe Wonderland
White Lung Paradise
Best EPs
Kitten Heaven or Somewhere In Between
Lush Blind Spot
Best Comebacks
Peter Garrett A Version of Now
Metallica Hardwired... To Self Destruct

2016 shows...
Artist Date Venue
Elle King 01/29/2016 Masonic Auditorium
SWMRS 03/16/2016 Now That's Class
Beach Slang
Potty Mouth
04/23/2016 Grog Shop
Savages 05/18/2016 Grog Shop
Florence + the Machine
Of Monsters and Men
06/04/2016 Blossom
Plague Vendor
White Lung
07/19/2016 Beachland
Halsey 08/02/2016 Jacob's Pavilion/Nautica
Sleigh Bells 08/31/2016 Beachland
Lush 09/22/2016 Union Transfer (PA)
Kesha & the Creepies 09/29/2016 KSU
Beach Slang
10/21/2016 Grog Shop
Morrissey 12/09/2016 State Theater
Ruby the Hatchet
12/16/2016 Grog Shop
2016 Purchases...
Artist Album Format
Lush Chorus CD boxset
Pins of Light Home LP
SWMRS Drive North CD
Brian Fallon Painkillers LP
Bob Mould Patch the Sky LP
Kitten Heaven or Somewhere In Between EP CD
Bleached Welcome the Worms LP
AURORA All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend LP
Lush Blind Spot EP 10"
White Lung Paradise LP
Youth Code Commitment to Complications LP
Tegan & Sara Love You to Death CD
Kristin Kontrol X-Communicate LP
Ladyhawke Wild Things LP
Savages Adore Life LP
California California LP
Band of Skulls By Default CD
Fitz and the Tantrums Fitz and the Tantrums CD
Plague Vendor Bloodsweat CD
The Pack A.D. Positive Thinking LP
Blonde Redhead Masculin Feminin CD
Peter Garrett A Version of Now mp3
Beach Slang A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings LP
Magic Shoppe Wonderland LP
Metallica Hardwired to Self-Destruct CD
Sleigh Bells Jessica Rabbit LP
2016 Still To Buy...
Artist Album
Lady Gaga Joanne
Operators Blue Wave and Control EP
Computer Magic Obscure But Visible EP
Turnstile Nonstop Feeling and Move Thru Me EP
Trentemøller Fixion
The Avalanches Wildflower
Descendents Hypercaffium Spazzinate
2016 Year in Review...

2016 playlists...
1600 2016 Year in Review

Plague Vendor | Savages | Operators | Aurora | Band of Skulls
Brian Fallon |Ladyhawke | Bleached | SWMRS | Beach Slang | The Pack A.D.
Kitten | Lush | White Lung | Metallica | Magic Shoppe

1612 Druids

Cherry Glazerr | Childish Gambino | Dead Horse One | Dante Elephante
Dorothy | Venter | Dada Plan | Justice | Charli XCX | Babyland | The Frights
Title Tracks | Milo Greene | Regina Spektor | Niall Horan | Part-Time Friends

1611 Adding Comics to a Database

The Orwells | Slothrust | Turnstile | Tales of Murder and Dust | Ulrika Spacek
Deep Sea Arcade | LEVV | Earthless | Ruby the Hatchet | Magic Shoppe
Violent Femmes | Dua Lipa | Dusky | Tor Lundvall | Metallica

1610 The Whiteboard in the Bathroom

Black Arcade | Potty Mouth | Stewart Lindsey | Empress Of | Operators
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions feat. Kurt Vile | Pop Evil | Junior Prom | Computer Magic
Blind Pilot | Alessia Cara | Trentemøller | Scarlett Johansson | Lady Gaga | Chris Farren

1609 Pink Headphones

Kasabian | Volbeat | Nothing But Thieves | Action Bronson with Mark Ronson and Dan Auerbach
Daughter | Suicidal Tendencies | Warpaint | Jeremy & the Harlequins | Nick Waterhouse with Leon Bridges
highasakite | NYTCLUB | Enforcer | Beach Slang | AURORA | Cassius with Cat Power and Mike D

1608 Parrot ISO

Plague Vendor | Monster Truck | Tinie Tempah feat. Zara Larsson | Young the Giant
EL VY with Ural Thomas | Black Marble | Holy White Hounds | machineheart | The Electric Sons
The Shrine | Bastille | Poolside | The Hunna | Weathers | Blood Orange | The Head and the Heart

1607 Back from Vacay

American Royalty | The Temper Trap | Mumford & Sons | DJ Shadow feat Run the Jewels
Prism Tats | Band of Skulls | Honey Wars | Anderson Paak | The Avalanches | Little Boots
Sun Gods in Exile | White Lung | StarBenders | Banks & Steelz | Kristin Kontrol | PINS | Elle King

1606 Food & Dishes

The Record Company | Bleachers | Lush | Alicia Keys | Black Marble | SKATERS
Miike Snow | Library Voices | The Bamboos | Bishop Briggs | Collective Soul
Coleman Hell | Ladyhawke | When in Rome | Finish Ticket | Gregory Alan Isakov

1605 Using Clay for Fun

Pumarosa | Matt and Kim | Fitz and the Tantrums | Zedd feat. Kesha | Pete Yorn
Public Access TV | Bibi Bourelly | Public Image Ltd. | Broods | SEXWITCH | Jidenna
Secular Ghost | Tegan and Sara | Ice Cube feat. Common | Band of Skulls | Pretty Lights

1604 Rebooting Virtual Machines

Santigold, B.C. | Eric Prydz, Rob Swire | Talisco | Of Monsters and Men
Kitten | Neon Indian | The Strumbellas | M83 | Chef*Special | Operators
The Perks | Swim Deep | AURORA | Family of the Year | Belly, The Weeknd

1603 Paying Bills is Killing Me

SWMRS | Bleached | Joywave | Night Things | Sea Ghost | Elektrik People
Broken Bells | The Gloomies | All Them Witches | Lush | Kitten | Savages
Tacocat | Beach Slang | Leftfield feat. John Lydon | The Outdoor Type

1602 Waiting for the Script

BORNS | Polica | Total Control | Pop Evil | Blue October | Chris & Cosey
Bleached | PINS | Pins of Light | Alison Wonderland | SKATERS | Dan Avery
School of Seven Bells | Flamin' Groovies | Cage the Elephant | Potty Mouth | Daughter

1601 Charity & Change

Brian Fallon | Andra Day | Andrew Belle | Flight Facilities | Liza Anne
!!! | The Aquadolls | Wolf Alice | I Am Snow Angel | Cage the Elephant
Red Hot Chili Peppers | Jack Garratt | REMMI | Disclosure + Lorde | Clowwns | St. Lucia

© Jack Beltane | last updated December 31, 2016