Grimey's Staff Picks - Best of 2016

Here are some of our favorite (musical) things from 2016. Some are lists of new releases, some include reissues, some feature live shows. This is what the staff of Grimey's like dug the most this past year. Feel free to use these lists as recommendations or to make fun of our taste. We don't care. We just love music and we're happy to share.

Doyle "D-Funk" Davis, Vinylist / Co-Owner / Host of Indie Underground Hour

Doyle "D-Funk" Davis, Vinylist / Co-Owner / Host of Indie Underground Hour

new records:

David Bowie - Blackstar
Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Lydia Loveless - REAL
Raging Fire - These Teeth Are Sharp
Parquet Courts - Human Performance
Whitney - A Light Upon The Lake
William Tyler - Modern Country
The Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say
David Crosby - Lighthouse
Prince - HITnRUN Phase Two

Bubbling under
Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor
Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee
case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs
Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Cass McCombs - Mangy Love
Alejandro Escovedo - Burn Something Beautiful

plus lots of great new funky soul records from Lee Fields, Lady Wray, Charles Bradley, St Paul & The Broken Bones, Durand Jones & The Indications, The Olympians and Nashville's own Magic In Threes

reissues & from the vaults:

Pink Floyd - The Early Years (1965-1972)
NRBQ - High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective
Big Star - Complete Third
David Bowie - Who Can I Be Now (1974-1976)

select live highlights:

Sturgill Simpson at The Ryman
Margo Price at Third Man
Kacey Musgraves' Christmas Show at The Ryman
Bob Weir at The Ryman
Neil Young at Ascend Amphitheater
Omni, Ranch Ghost & Western Medication at Queen Avenue
Raging Fire at Exit/In
Kamasi Washington, Cymande & Chicano Batman at Bonnaroo
Car Seat Headrest in-store at Grimey's

select personal highlights from 2016

my wife & I buying our new (dream) house in Donelson
WXNA hitting the Nashville airwaves & the return of D-Funk
Mayor Megan Barry DJ'ing at our Record Store Day event

Mike "Grimey" Grimes, Grimey's Co-Owner / Basement Proprietor

Mike "Grimey" Grimes, Grimey's Co-Owner / Basement Proprietor


best shows of 2016 (in no particular order)

Jamie Lidell at The Basement East (Beast)
The Mavericks at The Beast
St Paul & The Broken Bones at The Beast
Raging Fire in-store at Grimey's
Anderson Paak at Stubb's (SXSW)
Guided By Voices at The Basement
Band Of Horses at The Basement
The Garden at Iron Bear (SXSW)
Black Mountain at Mercy Lounge
IAN SWEET at Hardly Art Showcase Club Deville (SXSW)


Anna Lundy, The Indie Pop Princess / Store Manager


16 Records I Really Like Released or Reissued in 2016

Allah-Las - Calico Review
The Chills - Kaleidoscope World (reissue)  
The Clean - Getaway (reissue)
Chris Cohen - As If Apart
The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
Milk N' Cookies - Milk N' Cookies (reissue)
Mothers - When You Walk a Long Distance
Thee Oh Sees - Weird Exits
Thee Oh Sees - Odd Entrances
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Parquet Courts - Human Performance
Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Quilt - Plaza
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Terry Malts - Lost At The Party 

"Smokin'" Josh Walker (assistant manager/import buyer)

"Smokin'" Josh Walker (assistant manager/import buyer)

My Favorite Record Label:
Erased Tapes Records. Honestly, this label has been my favorite label for almost 10 years now. I buy everything that they release and have never been disappointed. Their releases this year included amazing albums/soundtracks from these artists:
Rival Consoles
Peter Broderick
Douglas Dare
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
Woodkid & Nils Frahm
Ben Lukas Boysen
Masayoshi Fujita
Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm

Reissues that I bought this year & loved:
Kent LP reissues (finally!!!)
David Bowie LP box sets
Sianspheric “Somnium” & “Writing the Future in Letters”
Beck “Sea Change” LP
Phil Collins LP box set & Singles collection
The Verve “A Northern Soul” “A Storm In Heaven” LPs
Blonde Redhead “Masculin Feminin” LP box
Swirlies “Blonder Tongue Audio Baton” LP
Damien Jurado “Ghost of David” & “Rehearsals for Departure” LPs
The Afghan Whigs “Black Love” LP

And that’ll do it….phew, what an amazing year of music! I always feel like I left a lot of music off of my list, but as you can see…my list is always incredibly long. If it’s not on my list, I probably enjoyed it, but it didn’t stick with me through the entire year like these titles did. Look forward to seeing / hearing about everyone else’s best of lists. See you next year!

Here it is in all of its shimmering glory. My list of new albums & reissues that I loved in 2016. I hope you loved as much music as I did this year.
Top albums of 2016 (no order, just albums that I played non-stop this year)

David Bowie “Blackstar”
Wray “Hypatia”
Tindersticks “The Waiting Room”
Suede “Night Thoughts”
Nada Surf “You Know Who You Are”
Primal Scream “Chaosmosis”
Damien Jurado “Visions of Us on the Land”
Cat’s Eyes “Treasure House”
Dungen “Haxan”
Pinkshinyultrablast “Grandfeathered”
Olafur Arnalds “Island Songs”
Autolux “Pussy’s Dead”
Coupler “Live at Third Man”
Weezer “Weezer (White Album)”
Deftones “Gore”
Nice as F@ck “Nice as F@ck”
The Magnetic North “Prospect of Skelmersdale”
Beverly “The Blue Swell”
David Bazan “Blanco” & “Dark Sacred Night”
Nothing “Tired of Tomorrow”
Mike Adams at His Honest Weight “Casino Drone”
Look Park “Look Park”
Paper Route “Real Emotion”
Starflyer 59 “SLOW”
Minor Victories “Minor Victories”
Jarvis Cocker “Music from Likely Stories”
Mogwai “Atomic”
Nonkeen “The Gamble”
Band of Horses “Why Are You OK”
Beak> “Couple in a Hole”
Kent “Da Som Nu For Alltid”
Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool”
LSD and the Search for God “Heaven is a Place”
The Stargazer Lilies “Door to the Sun”
Dinosaur Jr. “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not”
Lambchop “FLOTUS”
Kula Shaker “K2.0”
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Skeleton Tree”
The Divine Comedy “Foreverland”
Nocturnal Habits “New Skin for Old Children”
Public Service Broadcasting “Live at Brixton”
Damien Jurado & Richard Swift “Other People’s Songs Volume 1”

Honorable Mentions:
DIIV, Wild Nothing, The Besnard Lakes, Ablebody, Quilt, Cavern of Anti-Matter, La Sera, Sound of Ceres, PJ Harvey, The Dandy Warhols, Hammock, Travis, Richard Ashcroft, The Kills, Fear of Men, Big Jesus, TOY, Jim James, Hope Sandoval, The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Rodrigo Avendano

My 16 favorite new albums of 2016:
The Avalanches - Wildflower
Julianna Barwick - Will
David Bowie - Blackstar
The Features - Sunset Rock
The Field - The Follower
Klaus Johann Grobe - Spagat der Liebe
Lambchop - Flotus
Lionlimb - Shoo
Nots - Cosmetic
Parquet Courts - Human Performance
Pet Shop Boys - Super
Savoy Motel - Savoy Motel
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - Sunergy
Solange - A Seat at the Table
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
Warehouse - Super Low

Miscellaneous collections:
New Order - Singles box
Steve Reich - Drumming box
Various artists - Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde

This year I took over ordering from Light in the Attic for Grimey's. Sifting through their eclectic catalog of reissues and distro titles every week has been educational and inspiring. Here are my favorite records by way of Light in the Attic:

Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Press Color, Mambo Nassau & Zulu Rock
Bernard Fervre - Orbit Ceremony 77
Finis Africae - El Secreto De Aas & Amazonia
Francoise Hardy - Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles, Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour, Mon Amie La Rose, L’Amitié & La Maison Ou J’Ai Grandi
Lee Hazlewood - Cowboy In Sweden
Various artists - The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe 1970-1986
Lee Moses - Time & Place
Willie Thrasher - Spirit Child

My favorite label of 2016 has been Designer Medium. Rory's work as a curator and collaborator is of high musical and aesthetic quality. The label's releases are bound to no single genre leaving something to be enjoyed for any music fan.

My favorite musical experience of 2016 - Pet Shop Boys at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. Pure joy. 

Joey Mooradian

My Favorites
Karl Blau - Introducing
Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor
David Bowie - Blackstar
Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like a Levee
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
Lee Moses - Time & Place (Reissue)
Parquet Courts - Human Performance
Prince - 4Ever
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger
Solange -  A Seat at the Table

Definitely Worth Listening to
Avalanches - Wildflower
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales
Deerhoof - The Magic
Johnnie Frierson - Have You Been Good to Yourself (Reissue)
Goat - Requiem
Mason Jennings - Wild Dark Metal
Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land
Lambchop - FLOTUS
Ray Lamontagne - Ouroboros
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Esme Patterson - We Were Wild
Preoccupations - Preoccupations
Margo Price - Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
Shearwater - Jet Plane & Oxbow
Luke Temple - Hand Through the Cellar Door
Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
Wilco - Schmilco

Will Orman:

Favorite albums of 2016:
1. Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered
2. Fear of Men - Fall Forever
3. Katie Gately - Color
4. Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales
5. Demdike Stare - Wonderland
6. Tiger & Woods - On the Green Again
7. Andy Stott - Too Many Voices
8. Angel Olsen - My Woman
9. Brood Ma - DAZE
10. Hanz - Reducer
11. Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla
12. ANOHNI - Hopelessness
13. Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat
14. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best
15. Arca - Entrañas (mixtape)
16. Grischa Lichtenberger - Spielraum | Allgegenwart | Strahlung
17. Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass
18. Olga Bell - Tempo
19. Huerco S. - For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
20. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
21. Oval - Popp
22. Deerhoof - The Magic
23. Jessy Lanza - Oh No
24. Chairlift - Moth
25. Braids - Companion (EP)
26. Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit
27. Ian Sweet - Shapeshifter
28. Tim Hecker - Love Streams
29. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
30. Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor

Honorable mention: ADR, How to Dress Well, Tim Hecker, The Range, Roly Porter, Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast, Julianna Barwick, Autechre, Pure Bathing Culture, MORO, Warehouse, Flock of Dimes, Samaris, Katie Day, Mitski, Public Memory, Adult Jazz, The Field, Machinedrum, Bryce Helm, Solange, A Tribe Called Quest, Clams Casino, Tasseomancy

Will Orman (cont'd)

Favorite record label of 2016: Tri Angle
Katie Gately - Color: overstuffed hyperactive cartoon nightmare singer-songwriter pop
Brood Ma - DAZE: zombie horror video game chase scene rave trip
Hanz - Reducer: surreal sample-based goofy sci-fi pastiche rhythms
Roly Porter - 3rd Law: bracing epic introspective space exploration score
serpentwithfeet - blisters: damaged ambient orchestral queer r&b
Adult Jazz - Earrings Off!: warped experimental maximalist genderfudged britpop

Best records for grinning in the face of adversity:
Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered: blaring glossy melodic prog-pop-gaze
Tiger & Woods - On the Green Again: irresistibly fun zen-out cut-up vocal disco edits
Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales: riffy catchy singalong happy cry power pop without being hypermasculine
Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla: sugary glowing muted-guitar melodic mumblepop
Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat: jazzy expressive racially incisive lyrically clever pop songs with vocal prowess
Olga Bell - Tempo: nerdy deranged wonky electronic dance-pop excursions
Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best: sparkling chiming head-bobbing bubbly electronic grooves

Favorite lady singers:
Raphaelle Standell-Preston of Braids: confessional impressionistic catchy controlled howl
Jess Weiss of Fear of Men: disarming chilly melodic Broadcast echoes with striking imagery
Katie Gately: alternately loopy and snarling witch choruses popping from cracks in found-sound cacophony
Angel Olsen: pouty and mopey or moaning and stunning killer lyrical vibrato
ANOHNI: sly political apocalyptic emotional devastation
Agnes Obel: bewitched dusty delicate swirling conspiratorial harmonies

Favorite dark and scary electronic music:
Demdike Stare - Wonderland: rickety layered polyrhythmic fake-out warehouse dub techno shuffle
Andy Stott - Too Many Voices: overdriven keyboard ghost vocal tech house lite
Grischa Lichtenberger - Spielraum | Allgegenwart | Strahlung: glitchy spacious danceable rhythmic experiments
Arca - Entrañas (mixtape): violent driving forward-thinking industrial club music (watch for a new album in 2017!)
Brood Ma - DAZE: (see Tri Angle list)


Tyler Glaser:

My 10 favorite records of 2016:

1. Angel Oslen - My Woman
2. Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
4. David Bowie - Black Star
5. Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial
6. Jonny Fritz - Sweet Creeper
7. Wilco - Schmilco
8. NxWorries - Yes Lawd!
9. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
10. Wussy - Forever Sounds

Rollum Haas

David Bowie-Blackstar
Radiohead-A Moon Shaped Pool
Parquet Courts-Human Performance
Bad Friend-Defeat Yourself
Solange-A Seat At The Table
Blood Orange-Freetown Sound
Prince-4Ever (Moonbeam Levels!)
Pet Shop Boys-Super
Lizzy Mercier Decloux Reissues

Raad Shubaily:

Best albums of 2016 in no particular order:

David Bowie "Blackstar"
A Tribe Called Quest "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
Czarface "Fistful Of Peril"
NxWorries "Yes Lawd!"
Anderson .Paak "Malibu"
Solange Knowles "A Seat At The Table"
Kendrick Lamar "Untitled Unmastered"
Kaytranada "99.9%"
Blood Orange "Freetown Sound"
De La Soul "And The Anonymous Nobody"
Whitney "Light Upon The Lake"

Honorable mention:
Iggy Pop, for keeping it real and kickin' out the jams.
Childish Gambino, for more or less making a really good Soul/R&B album, which is not what I expected from him.
Ty Segall, for being an intense weirdo and playing songs on national TV while wearing a creepy baby mask.

Luke Schneider:

my favorite new releases that i could remember off the top of my head in five minutes (often the best kind of list --editor):

Weyes Blood--front row seat to earth
Heron Oblivion--s/t
Natural Child--okey dokey
Angel Olsen- my woman
Western Medication--the entertainers secret
Chris cohen--as if apart
Kikagaku Moyo--house in tall grass
Glenn Jones--fleeting
Coupler--live at third man

Lee Hazlewood--cowboy in sweden ost
Microcosm: visionary music of continental europe
Imaginational Anthem Vol 8: the private press
Gimmer Nicholson--Christopher Idylls
Ariel Kalma--musique pour let rêve et l'amour

Anna Chittom:
Top 10 New Records:

1. David Bowie – Black Star
2. Charlie Hilton – Palana
3. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
4. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
5. Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony
6. Angel Olsen – My Woman
7. La Sera – Music for Listening to Music to
8. Eleanor Friedberger – New View
9. Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat to Earth
10. Nice As Fuck – s/t

Jess Chambers:

(in no particular order)

Kaitlin Aurelia Smith - Ears
Nite Jewel- Liquid Cool
Miserable -Uncontrollable
Blood Orange - Freetown sound
Agnes Obel- Glass Citizen
Angel Olsen- My woman
Solange- A seat at the table
Julianna Barwick - Will
Mitski- Puberty
Shye Ben Tzur and Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)- Junun

Larry Vaughn:

David Bowie - Blackstar
Kaytranada - 99.9%
Solange - A Seat at the Table
Luke Temple - A Hand Through the Cellar Door
The Microcosm : Visionary Music of Continental Europe 1970-1986
Space Echo : The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed
Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Pj Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
Kasha Bonet - The Visitor
Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass
Lee Fields - Special Night
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got it From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

Jason Bennett:

New Releases:
Big Thief - Masterpiece
David Bowie - Blackstar
Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Steve Gunn - Eyes On The Lines
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
Heron Oblivion
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Paul Simon - Stranger To Stranger
Solange -  A Seat At The Table
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
Wussy - Forever Sounds

Reissues/Archival Releases:
Van Morrison - It's Too Late To Stop Now...Volumes II, III, IV & DVD
Big Star- Complete Third
Lucio Battisti - Amore E Non Amore
Blonde Redhead - Masculin Feminin
Pink Floyd - The Early Years 1967-1972 Cre/ation
Betty Davis - The Columbia Years 1968-1969
Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music
Terry Reid - The Other Side Of The River
Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert
Judy Henske & Jerry Yester - Farewell Aldebaran