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Albums of the Year 2016

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2016 was another pretty good year for music. Here’s a list of our favourite albums, EP’s and other releases from the past 12 months. Let’s hope 2017 is even better. Happy New Year!

Albums of the Year…

  • A Tribe Called Quest – We Got This… Thank You 4 Your Service
  • BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
  • case / lang / viers – case / lang / viers
  • Cavern of Anti-Matter – Void Beats-Invocation Trex
  • Colin Stetson – Sorrow
  • Common – Black America Again
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
  • Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield
  • Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
  • Ian William Craig – Centres
  • isvisible – xxiv
  • Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor
  • Lambchop – FLOTUS
  • Mogwai – Atomic
  • NAO – For All We Know
  • Noname – Telefone
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Solange – A Seat at the Table
  • Swans – The Glowing Man
  • The Caretaker – Everywhere at the end of time

Best of the Rest…

  • Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  • Bat For Lashes – Bride
  • Cat Le Bon – Crab Day
  • Deerhoof – The Magic
  • DIIV – Is The Is Are
  • Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
  • Katie Dey – Flood Network*
  • KA – Honor Killed The Samurai
  • Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass
  • KING – We Are KING
  • Lorn – Vessel
  • Magic Magic – TV Life
  • Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
  • Saul Williams – MartyrLoserKing
  • Soccer96 – As Above So Below
  • Ultimate Painting – Dusk
  • Wild Nothing – Life of Pause
  • Xiu Xiu – Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
  • Young Romance – Another’s Blood

EPs of the Year…

  • Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit
  • Nine Inch Nails – Not Actual Events
  • Seanh – Sadevillain EP
  • serpentwithfeet – blisters

Compilations and Live Albums…

  • Air – Twentyears
  • Kate Bush – Before The Dawn
  • King Crimson – Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind)
  • Placebo – A Place for Us to Dream
  • Sun Ra – Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection
  • Ulver – ATGCLVLSSCAP
  • Various Artists – Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995

Ones to Watch in 2017

  • Kadhja Bonet
  • KING
  • Noname
  • serpentwithfeet

Playlist…

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Music in 2015

2015 Album Covers

Albums of the Year…

The Very Best:

  • To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
  • From Kinshasa by Mbongwana Star
  • Never Were The Way She Was by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
  • Y Dydd Olaf by Gwenno
  • Choose Your Weapon by Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Black Messiah by D’Angelo and the Vanguard
  • No Cities to Love by Sleater-Kinney
  • Meliora by Ghost
  • Ones and Sixes by Low
  • Etch and Etch Deep by Haiku Salut
  • Have You In My Wilderness by Julia Holter
  • I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty
  • asdfasdf by Katie Dey

The Best of the Rest:

  • Fading Frontier by Deerhunter
  • Currents by Tame Impala
  • Music In Exile by Songhoy Blues
  • Ghost Culture by Ghost Culture
  • Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Simple Songs by Jim O’Rourke
  • f (x) by Carter Tutti Void
  • From Sleep by Max Richter
  • Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
  • The Epic by Kamasi Washington
  • so the flies don’t come by milo
  • Mutilator Defeated At Last by Thee Oh Sees
  • Picture You by The Amazing
  • La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful by Petite Noir
  • Star Wars by Wilco
  • Beach Music by Alex G
  • Viet Cong by Viet Cong
  • Hinterland by LoneLady
  • The Miraculous by Anna Von Hausswolff
  • Another One by Mac DeMarco
  • II by Time Is A Mountain
  • Golem by Wand
  • Elaenia by Floating Points
  • Divers by Joanna Newsom
  • Natalie Prass by Natalie Prass
  • Matador by Gaz Coombes
  • Escape From Evil by Lower Dens
  • My Love is Cool by Wolf Alice
  • Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes
  • I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside by Earl Sweatshirt
  • White Men Are Black Men Too by Young Fathers
  • Chambers by Chilly Gonzales
  • No Stairway by glassine
  • Depression Cherry by Beach House
  • Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
  • Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett
  • Vulnicura by Björk

Honourable Mentions:

  • In Colour by Jamie xx
  • Architect by C Duncan
  • Itasca Road Trip by Boreal Network
  • The Race For Space by Public Service Broadcasting
  • Born Under Saturn by Django Django
  • Signs Under Test by John Tejada
  • Ivy Tripp by Waxahatchee
  • Discreet Desires by Helena Hauff
  • A Dream Outside by Gengahr
  • Loom by Ms. John Soda

EPs of the Year…

  • Deerhoof Chamber Variations by stargaze and Greg Saunier
  • Crosswords by Panda Bear
  • King of Anxiety by Petie Noir
  • Nymphs II by Nicolas Jaar
  • Nymphs III by Nicolas Jaar
  • A Special Episode Of by Open Mike Eagle
  • I Don’t Want To Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
  • The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam by Thundercat
  • Side By Side by Natalie Prass
  • Lost Worker Bee by Elbow

Reissues, Compilations and Live Releases of the Year…

  • Central Belters by Mogwai
  • Fever 121614 by Deerhoof
  • Utakata No Hibi by Mariah
  • Songs From Suicide Bridge by Kaufmann and Caboor
  • Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary Edition by Okkervil River
  • People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm by A Tribe Called Quest
  • Black Bastards by KMD
  • Re-Loaded by Velvet Underground
  • Five Years by David Bowie
  • Complete Works by Harmonia
  • Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
  • IV/Houses of the Holy/Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
  • Nowhere by Ride

Live Gigs of the Year…

  • Gang of Four @ Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
  • Speak Galactic @ Texture, Manchester
  • Haiku Salut @ Halle St. Peter’s, Manchester
  • Richard Hawley @ The Dome, Liverpool
  • Gwenno @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester
  • Ghost @ The Ritz, Manchester
  • Chuman @ Texture, Manchester
  • The Bluetones @ The Ritz, Manchester
  • Deerhunter @ Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
  • Public Service Broadcasting @ Manchester Academy

Tracks of the Year…

 

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France passes new surveillance law in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

Angelique Chrisafis reports for The Guardian:

Demonstrators hold placards reading "Stop to Mass Surveillance", and "Members of Parliament Protect our Freedom", during a gathering at Invalides, Paris, to protest against the emergency government surveillance lawThe French parliament has overwhelmingly approved sweeping new surveillance powers in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris in January that killed 17 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris.

The new bill, which allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without seeking permission from a judge, sparked protests from rights groups who claimed it would legalise highly intrusive surveillance methods without guarantees for individual freedom and privacy.

Protesters for civil liberties groups launched a last-ditch campaign against the bill under the banner “24 hours before 1984” in reference to George Orwell’s dystopian novel about life under an all-knowing dictatorship. Groups including Amnesty International warned of “extremely large and intrusive powers” without judicial controls.

But despite opposition from green and hard-left MPs, the bill won the overwhelming backing of the majority of MPs from the Socialist and rightwing UMP parties, which said it was necessary to tackle the terrorist risk. The bill was passed in the national assembly by 438 votes to 86, with a handful of no votes from Socialist MPs.’

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