Folk music can be hit or miss sometimes. Many bands and artists create cheesy or melodramatic music that leads to their inevitable dismissal after a while. But then you have the ones that really say something that immediately resonates with you. Gregory Alan Isakov is one of those.
“Second Chances” is a great song with its focus on being forgiven for past indiscretions. Check it out.
This year saw some of the best albums released by many band’s and musicians. Several of the records remarked on the turbulence that was 2016 and the wild political landscape. From a unique take on G-funk to a direct message on what it means to be black in America, here are the top 20 albums of 2016.
20. YG- Still Brazy
19. Porches- Pool
18. Common- Black America Again
17. Blood Orange- Freetown Sound
16. Isaiah Rashad: The Sun’s Tirade
15. Joyce Manor- Cody
14. Anderson .Paak- Malibu
13. Balance and Composure- Light We Made
12. Kevin Morby- Singing Saw
11. PUP- The Dream Is Over
10. Young Thug- Jeffery
9. Preoccupations- Preoccupations
8. Jamie Isaac- Couch Baby
7. Motorama- Dialogues
6. Maxwell- blackSUMMER’Snight
5. Drake- Views
4. Kanye West The Life of Pablo
3. Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
2. Frank Ocean- Blonde
- Solange- A Seat At the Table
Death Cab for Cutie is one of my favorite bands of all time. Their music really grabbed a hold of me and has not let go. Ben Gibbard’s melancholy lyrics has always drawn me in, to the point where I feel the band is at their best, when sad. Kinda like Brand New.
“Scientist Studies” is one of the best tracks from the band’s album “We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes”. It starts off kinda quiet then eventually erupts in distortion. Check it out.
Frank Ocean released his phenomenal second studio album “Blonde” a few months ago to critical acclaim. While fans wait for the tour, here is an outstanding live performance of “Pyramids”. Check it out.
James Carr has a great soulful voice that resonates with you after hearing many of his classic songs. “A Man Needs a Woman” is one of Carr’s memorable songs with its slow tempo and pleading lyrics. Check it out.
This year, many musicians and bands created very stylish music videos that stood out amongst the rest. From the aggravations of touring to a crazy killer party, here are the top 10 music videos of 2016.
10. PUP- If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I Will
9. ScHoolboy Q- Groovy Tony
8. Porches- Car
7. Anderson .Paak- The Season/ Carry Me/ The Waters
6. Drake- Child’s Play
5. Preoccupations- Anxiety
4. Rae Sremmurd- Black Beatles
3. Joyce Manor- Last You Heard of Me
2. Kanye West- Fade
- Solange- Cranes in the Sky
Moving Mountains’ produces some of their greatest songs in the early 10’s that had the band grow in popularity. They mixed post-hardcore with post-rock and emo that displayed the band’s range. “Alleviate” is one of their best songs from their second album “Waves”. Check it out.