As 2016 has continued forward, the year has continued to take away music legend after music legend. After losing David Bowie and Phife Dawg earlier in the year, the world was stunned again by the losses of Prince, Merle Haggard, George Martin, Bernie Worrell, and the list goes on.

While surpassing Bowie’s final masterpiece has proven a near impossible task, debut albums by Anna Meredith, Throws, and Moken have all been incredible reminders that music will never run out of new ways to mesmerize us.

In Santa Fe, the summer concert season is now upon us. AMP Concerts has already begun their series in the Railyard, which will undoubtedly peak with The Jayhawks on July 29th. FantaSe Fest showcased many of the area’s best bands. Santa Fe Bandstand launches tonight, bringing free concerts to the Plaza nearly every night for the next two months. Explosions in the Sky will play a huge concert in Meow Wolf’s parking lot on August 25th. And there’s plenty more to be excited about with AHA Festival in September, and loads of other good shows coming up in the area (including Neko Case at the Santa Fe Opera and Of Montreal at Meow Wolf).

AJ Woods

AJ Woods

FEATURES

Getting Personal With: Bardo Martinez of Chicano Batman
Getting Personal With: AJ Woods
The Legend of H. Thunderbolt


Chicano Batman @ Meow Wolf

Chicano Batman @ Meow Wolf

LIVE PHOTOS + RECAPS

Star Anna + Mishka Shubaly + Greg Butera @ Zephyr |4.11.16
Deer Tick + Ryley Walker @ Meow Wolf | 4.13.16
Chicano Batman + JJUUJJUU @ Meow Wolf | 5.3.16
Aunt Kackle & The Coleslaw King + Logan & Lucille + Johnny Bell @ Zephyr | 05.30.16
FantaSe Fest @ DeVargas Park | 6.18.16


albumcovers_2016-firsthalfMecca Lecca’s Favorite Releases

Trying to keep up with new releases is a Sisyphean task. With each week comes a new avalanche of releases to get lost within. I’ve mostly lost track of just how many albums I’ve heard this year, but it’s somewhere between 300-400. Many have left little impression, but others have stuck with me greatly.  Below is a list of my 75 favorite releases through the first half of 2016.
* alphabetical order

 
A Dead Forest Index – In All that Drifts
Adrian Younge – Something About April II
Aesop Rock – Impossible Kid
AJ Woods – The Fence
Anderson .Paak – Malibu
Andy Shauf – The Party
Animal Collective – Painting With
Anna Meredith – Varmints
ANOHNI – Hopelessness
Autolux – Pussy’s Dead
Baaba Maal – The Traveller
Bianca Casady & The C.i.A – Oscar Hocks
Black Mountain – IV
Bombino – AZEL
Bullion – Loop The Loop
Carter Tanton – Jettison the Valley
Case / Lang / Veirs – Case / Lang / Veirs
Cat’s Eyes – Treasure House
Charles Bradley – Changes
Charlie Hilton – Palana
Chimurenga Renaissance – Girlz With Gunz
Claire Cronin – Came Down a Storm
Cross Record – Wabi-Sabi
Dal Niente & Deerhoof – Balter / Saunier
Dälek – Asphalt for Eden
Damien Jurado – Visions Of Us On The Land
Daniel Romano – Mosey
David Bowie – Blackstar
Deakin – Sleep Cycle
Deerhoof – The Magic
The Drones – Feelin’ Kinda Free
Eddi Front – Marina
Ela Orleans – Circles of Upper and Lower Hell
Frankie Cosmos – New Thing
Fumaca Preta – Impuros Fanáticos
Ghastly City Sleep – Lulling Skulls
Globelamp – The Orange Glow
Greg Butera – Tell Me Now
Jackie Lynn – Jackie Lynn
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon – Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Joe Volk – Happenings And Killings
John Cale – M:FANS
Jozef Van Wissem – When Shall This Bright Day Begin
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered.
Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo
Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini
The Loom – Here in the Deadlights
Lust For Youth – Compassion
Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams
Mass Gothic – Mass Gothic
Melt Yourself Down – Last Evenings On Earth
Minor Victories – Minor Victories
Mitski – Puberty 2
Moken – Chapters of My Life
Money – Suicide Songs
Moonface – My Best Human Face
Odonis Odonis – Post Plague
Open Mike Eagle & Paul White – Hella Personal Film Festival
Pinegrove – Cardinal
PJ Harvey – Hope Six Demolition Project
Porches – Pool
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Shearwater – Jet Plane And Oxbow
Skeletons – Am I Home?
Stein Urheim – Strandebarm
Suuns – Hold/Still
Teleman – Brilliant Sanity
Throws – Throws
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Kim Myhr & Jenny Hval – In the End His Voice Will Be the Sound of Paper
Weezer – White Album
Working for a Nuclear Free City – What Do People Do All Day?
Xiu Xiu – Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
XIXA – Bloodline
Yoni & Geti – Testarossa


And here’s an expansive Spotify playlist of 2016 tracks.