Friday, November 25, 2016

Best of 2016

Listeners,

2016 got weird. As we limp towards the end of a particularly fatiguing music, political and work year, there are a few things to celebrate and acknowledge.

We are still very pleased with our 2016 release, Cycle of Liminal Rites, and the reception it has received in the states and abroad. Thanks again to the shops who carried it and the BBC programme Late Junction for featuring Conrad Clipper on two episodes in April. Look for new videos and amazing music from Conrad Clipper soon. We are also priming our next release, Shout Music, which is a compilation we've enjoyed for years and would like to now share with everyone. Special thanks to Kevin Hein for helping with layout and design.

As always, much love to Angel Olsen and the 'Big Babies'... or is it the 'Hard Feelings?' Recording My Woman was an enorrmous pleasure (cheers Michael Harris and Vox) and there are many roads to travel yet on this tour!
 
I'd like to highlight the book, The Empty Bottle Chicago: 21+ Years Music / Friendly / Dancing published on Curbside Splendor. The Empty Bottle has been a home away from home for many and the location of countless amazing shows. We celebrated with employee of the decade, Bob Johnson, as he left his post as Empty Bottle doorman (and legend) after 13 years. Congratulations to the staff (Hi Gebel & Matt), bands, tamale guys, bartenders, Bite folks, repairers of the photo booth (Hi Dave), occupants of the upstairs apartment, sound engineers, and everyone who keeps the place open by attending live music. To 21 more!

Also, introducing our new category, 'Coffee.' Without it, none of this would be possible.

Love,
E

PS - Thank you Donita Sparks.



Jeff Parker - New Breed

ALBUMS
 

Cate Le Bon - Crab Day (Drag City)
Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch (Sacred Bones)
Jeff Parker - New Breed (International Anthem)
David Bowie - Blackstar (Sony)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Until The Hunter (Tendril Tales)
The Caretaker - Everywhere at the End of Time (History Always Favours The Winner)
Allen Toussaint - American Tunes (Nonesuch)
Wei Zhongle - Nice Mask Over An Ugly Face (Pretty Purgatory)
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
Horse Lords - Interventions (Northern Spy)
BadBadNotGood - IV (Innovative Leisure)
Tim Hecker - Love Streams (4AD)
Cass McCombs & The Skiffle Players - Skifflin’ (Spiritual Pajamas)

Cass McCombs - Mangy Love (Anti)
Goat - Requiem (Sub Pop)
Rihanna - Anti (Roc)
Marie Davidson - Adieux Au Dancefloor (Minimal Wave)
Alex Barnett - Chew From The Mind (Midwich)
Bryson Tiller - Trapsoul (RCA) 2015
Marisa Anderson - Into The Light (Chaos Kitchen)
Equip (Kevin Hein) - I Dreamed Of A Palace In The Sky (Dream Catalogue)
Charles Bradley - Changes (Daptone)
Kevin Morby - Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)
Brian Case - Tense Nature (Hands In The Dark)
Chris Cohen - As If Apart (Captured Tracks)
Lionlimb - Shoo (Bayonet)
James Blake - The Colour in Anything (Universal)

Solange - A Seat At The Table (Saint/Columbia)
Joanna Brouk - Hearing Music (Numero)
Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book (Self)

Rayon - A Beat of Silence (Morr)
Exploded View - s/t (Sacred Bones)
Angel Olsen - My Woman (Jagjaguwar)
Jeremiah Meece - Vocal EP1 (Nina Pop)
Frank Ocean - Blond (self)

The Hecks - s/t (Trouble In Mind)
Aluk Todolo – Voix (The Ajna Offensive)
Furia – Księżyc Milczy Luty (Pagan)

REISSUES


Gas - Box (Kompakt)
Impulse! reissues
Jack Rose reissues (Three Lobed)
Träd, Gräs och Stenar reissues (Anthology)
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (Republic)
Lifetones - For A Reason (Light In the Attic)
Steve Reich - Four Organs / Phase Patterns (Superior Viaduct)
 

Metallica - Ride the Lightning / Kill ‘Em All (self)
David Bowie reissues (Parlophone)

SHOWS
 

New Years Eve Cover Band Bonanza, The Mothlight
Unknown Mortal Orchestra/ Lower Dens, The Fonda
Joan Jett/ Beck, The Palladium
Oozing Wound, Empty Bottle
Benoit Pioulard, Revolve
Lambchop, Mill & Mine
Kamasi Washington, Mill & Mine
Nico Muhly/ Sam Amidon, Bijou Theatre
Dungen, Empty Bottle
Jenny Hval, Pitchfork
BadBadNotGood, Nelsonville Music Fest
Thee Oh Sees, Hurra
Warehouse, Mothlight
Jackie Lynn, Silent Funny
L7, Metro
Dolly Parton, Ravinia

Mary Lattimore, Basilica Soundscape
Rodrigo Amarante

The Raincoats/Angel Olsen, Islington Assembly Hall
Cass McCombs Band, Koorenhuis - Crossing Border
Tatsuya Nakatani & Makoto Kawabata, Allways Lounge

COFFEE
 

Reykjavik Roasters
Star Lounge, Chicago
Koladi Coffee, Alaska
La Colombe, NYC
Hometown, Den Haag
Izzy’s, Asheville
Roasted Coffee, Copenhagen
Mojo, New Orleans

Pilgrim, Hobart, TAS

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