Peter’s Twenty Favourite Albums 2016

Rounding up the usual suspects and some first time offenders in 2016:

01. Jack Oblivian And The SheiksLone Ranger of Love

Mr. Yarber joins forces with Memphian Sheiks with a tip top record that embraces the whole spectrum from garage to country, maybe by the aid of products from Tip Top on Madison Ave.

02. Dan Stuart With Twin TonesMarlowe’s Revenge

Dan Stuart’s relocation to Mexico and associated musical company suits his Green on Red purposes exceptionally well.

03. Kurt Baker ComboIn Orbit

Likewise, Baker’s repositioning to Madrid, Spain, has made favors to his fairly new combo’s first studio album that is oozing with Little Steven-approved power pop.

04. Jeremy And The HarlequinsInto The Night

Fifth rule is: Never underestimate plain rock’n’roll.

05. PJ HarveyThe Hope Six Demolition Project

Polly Jean has traveled around and gathered impressions to her musically accompanied critical standpoints concerning a selection of so-called “social challenges”.

06. TyrannamenTyrannamen

Melbourne’s finest live act finally has a studio album (well, just about) out that all fans of brazen garage rock deserves to know about.

07. The I Don’t CaresWild Stab

When Paul Westerberg teams up with former Blake Baby Juliana Hatfield, we get some of the most evident reverberation of The Replacements heard in years.

08. Shovels & RopeLittle Seeds

Married couple and folk duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent collects a set of songs worth a ¾ 2 LP that in a positive way appears as well-known right from the first listening.

09. Frankie CosmosNext Thing

Second album from 22 year Greta Kline’s (yes, that Kline) alter ego contains lightweight intimate pop songs that brings big hopes for the future.

10. Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey BirdsLa Araña Es La Vida

Best-dressed Chicano old-timer is back again on his label In The Red Records with his band that took its name from the lyrics of Bowie’s Moonage Daydream.

11. BT’sBustin’ Out

These busters bust out breast-first confident enough to release a bunch of power popish songs that reminds of early Nobunny.

12. The FleshtonesThe Band Drinks For Free

Fleshtone “youngster” Ken Fox told me during the band’s Swedish visit in October 2016 that their long lasting Yep Roc record deal was running well because the group and the label have realistic expectations on each other.

13. The Mystery LightsThe Mystery Lights

Take two parts of garage rock, mix with one part psychedelia, and add some Daptone vintage stamina; then: voilà.

14. WilcoSchmilco

One thing certain about Wilco is that you never can be sure what to expect when they release a new album; in this case, an output that is surprisingly acoustic, subdued and mellow.

15. Handsome FamilyUnseen

Rennie and Brett Sparks carry on doing what they are good at; their tenth album contains subtle songs with surreal lyrics performed in the usual promenade tempo.

16. Javier EscovedoKicked Out Of Eden

Kicked Out Of Eden offers this ex-member of Zeros, True Believers and Chariot plenty of space to excel his Johnny Thunders-mannerisms.

17. The ParrotsLos Niños Sin Miedo

These kids from Madrid, Spain, attacks garage music without fear (of being accused as progressive or mimicking The Black Lips).

18. M. WardMore Rain

Eighth album by easy-going M. Ward if you want something ear soothing for a change.

19. Karl BlauIntroducing Karl Blau

In a stiff funny-hats-competition, an all-cover album finally won over the latest productions of Aaron Lee Tasjan, Cale Tyson and Paul Burch.

20. ApacheAlcatraz

Bay Area’s half punks half Indians, Apache has at last released a captivating album # 3 after a six years sentence of silence regarding long-playing records.

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