Favorite albums of 2016

2016 recap:

Music in 2016 was amazing! It was an exciting year for the psych scene where reverb soaked guitars with vintage sounds in mainstream music. The underground bands are getting bigger and their tours are getting more crowded. The trend of American psych bands having great tours in Europe continues as even smaller bands are now playing their music abroad. 

The Biggest success for the psych scene was Desert Daze Music Festival in Joshua Tree California. It showcased 88 bands many from the west coast, specifically L.A. The list of bands was amazing including Thee Oh Sees, Black Angels, Godspeed You Black emperor, Television, L.A. Witch, La Luz, Night Beats, Brain Jonestown Massacre and many more. It was a multimedia art festival with a emphasis on great music for music lovers. Everyone is looking forward to next year.

On the downside of the scene is Levitation, formerly known as Austin Psych Fest was cancelled due to weather. The organization has announced no Levitation 2017; big time loss for this music community.

Lets dive into the music that spent the most time on my record player.

Allah-Las – Calico Review

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Woods – Sun Eater in The River of Light

Woods - Sun Eater In the City of Light

Night Beats – Who Sold My Generation

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Thee Oh Sees- An Odd Entrances

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Bombino – Azel

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Heaters – Baptisita

Heaters Baptista

Dead Coast – Shambolic

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Heron Oblivion – Self-titled

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Night Beats – Fuzz Club Live Sessions Vol. 1

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David Bowie – BlackStar

David Bowie Blackstar

L.A. Witch – Brian 7”

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Steve Gunn –  Eyes on the Lines

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Acid Mother Temple and the Cosmic Inferno – Anthem of the Space

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Suicide – Self-titled (reissue)

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Acid Guru Pond

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Thee Oh Sees – Live in San Fransisco

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TAU – Tau Tau Tau

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Our Solar System – In Time

Myrrors – Entranced Earth

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Thee oh Sees – Weird Exits

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Marissa Nadler – Strangers

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Eerie Wanda  – Hum

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Favorite labels of 2017:

Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records

Greenway Records

Sacred Bones Records

Fuzz Club Records

Woodist

Mexican Summer

Sky Lantern Records

Cardinal Fuzz Records

Written by: Temple Rose

 

Temple Rose is a professional writer and musician in the band Black Satori (https://blacksatori.wordpress.com).  He also blogs at https://psychrock.wordpress.com, https://transpersonalspirit.wordpress.com. He writes about music, science, psychology, yoga and holistic health; currently writing for a Minneapolis based essential oil company.