Mecca Lecca’s Favorite Albums of 2016: 50 – 1

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Flock Of Dimes
If You See Me, Say Yes

[Partisan]

In this computer generated augmented reality, we still dream.

Favorite Tracks: Everything is Happening Today; Given/Electric Life; You, The Vatican


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Adrian Younge
Something About April II

[Linear Labs]

Sexy French lounge music within a 70s blaxploitation film.

Favorite Tracks: Memories of War; Winter is Here; Hands of God


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The Loom
Here in the Deadlights/em>

[Crossbill]

Finding yourself in darkness, buried alive, piecing together how it happened.

Favorite Tracks: Some Voice Other Than Mine; For Comfort Bates; Snowed In


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ANOHNI
Hopelessness

[Secretly Canadian]

Mother Earth weeping over the state of the world.

Favorite Tracks: Drone Bomb Me; Why Did You Separate Me from the Earth?; Marrow


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Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon

[Caldo Verde]

A melancholy stream of consciousness journal set to amplified tv static.

Favorite Tracks: A Song of Shadows; Last Night I Rocked the Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor; America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek


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Melt Yourself Down
Last Evenings On Earth

[The Leaf Label]

Frantic cosmic afrobeat from a far off universe.

Favorite Tracks: Jump The Fire; Big Children (Gran Zanfan); Communication; The God Of You


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Minor Victories
Minor Victories

[Fat Possum]

Distant whispers echoing from space from the shadows of another dimension.

Favorite Tracks: Folk Arp; Scattered Ashes (Song for Richard)


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Aesop Rock
The Impossible Kid

[Rhymesayers Entertainment]

A stoned “Motormouth” John Moschitta weaves together the text of the Oxford Dictionary into dizzying futuristic hip hop.

Favorite Tracks: Shrunk; Supercell; Water Tower


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XIXA
Bloodline

[Barbès]

Doing peyote at a dance party in the desert.

Favorite Tracks: Pressures of Mankind; World Goes Away; Vampiro;


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Damien Jurado
Visions Of Us On The Land

[Secretly Canadian]

He exchanged his earth tones for the most vivid hues he could find, and began painting surreal images of his journey.

Favorite Tracks: Sam & Davy; A.M.AM; QACHINA


40.


Leonard Cohen
You Want It Darker

[Columbia]

He welcomed death into his home, and shared everything he had learned from life.

Favorite Tracks: Traveling Light; You Want It Darker; Leaving the Table; If I Didn’t Have Your Love


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Dal Niente / Deerhoof
Balter / Saunier

[New Amsterdam]

Deerhoof reimagined as an avant chamber group.

Favorite Tracks: Ready; Rapture; Deerhoof Chamber Variations


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Alex Cameron
Jumping the Shark

[Secretly Canadian]

It was the 80s. He was the king of open mic night at the local dive, and he let everyone know.

Favorite Tracks: Real Bad Lookin’; Mongrel; Internet


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Cat’s Eyes
Treasure House

[RAF]

They found the singer from the retro 60s girl group in the trunk of a Cadillac parked deep in the woods.

Favorite Tracks: Be Careful Where You Park Your Car; Everything Moves Towards the Sun; Names on the Mountains


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Zoos Of Berlin
Instant Evening

[Self-released]

A bewildered Eno, Bowie and Kraftwerk frantically running around the streets of a futurist world designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Favorite Tracks: Ambition Sounds; Glen Riders; Constitution


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The Avalanches
Wildflower

[Astralwerks]

A wildly intricate collage of joyful moments, found after a long and extensive search.

Favorite Tracks: Harmony; Frank Sinatra; Live A Lifetime Love


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[Anti]

A trio of unique voices coming together in perfect unison.

Favorite Tracks: Best Kept Secret; Song For Judee; Atomic Number


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Kendrick Lamar
Untitled Unmastered.

[Aftermath Entertainment]

After receiving a standing ovation for his thought-provoking dissertation on the struggles of black youth, our new hero found he still had much left to say.

Favorite Tracks: untitled 03 | 05.28.2013.; untitled 06 | 06.30.2014.; untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.


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Joe Volk
Happenings And Killings

[Glitterhouse]

Many of the best aspects of the 70s, contained within a singer-songwriter record.

Favorite Tracks: These Feathers Count; The Thief of Ideals; Soliloquy

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Money
Suicide Songs

[Bella Union]

The psychedelic rock ballads of a hopeless soul.

Favorite Tracks: You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky; All My Life; I Am the Lord


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Mitski
Puberty 2

[Dead Oceans]

Manic episodes of self-discovery through exhausting anxiety

Favorite Tracks: A Burning Hill; Thursday Girl; Fireworks


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Adam Torres
Pearls To Swine

[Fat Possum]

A divine tearjerker.

Favorite Tracks: Where I’m Calling From; High Lonesome; Mountain River


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Frank Ocean
Blonde

[Boys Don’t Cry]

A stream of conscious plea of self-expression.

Favorite Tracks: Ivy; Self Control; Solo


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Jenny Hval
Blood Bitch

[Sacred Bones]

Blood drips from an unknown source within the obsidian chamber

Favorite Tracks: The Great Undressing; Conceptual Romance; Secret Touch


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The Veils
Total Depravity

[Nettwerk]

A preacher from the future screaming hellfire and brimstone.

Favorite Tracks: King of Chrome; Do Your Bones Glow At Night; In The Nightfall


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Angel Olsen
My Woman

[Jagjaguwar]

Heartbreaking melancholy ala Patsy Cline singing Roy Orbison tunes in a dimly lit nightclub.

Favorite Tracks: Intern; Shut Up Kiss Me; Sister


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A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

[Epic]

The mass injustices of the world lead to an uprising led by familiar faces.

Favorite Tracks: Kids…; We The People; Dis Generation


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Beverly
The Blue Swell

[Kanine]

Fond memories of carefree summertime fun provided a nice distraction from troubles of the world.

Favorite Tracks: The Smokey Pines; Crooked Cop; Victoria


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Daniel Romano
Mosey

[New West]

A contemporary update on Lee Hazelwood’s cowboy psychedelia pop of the 60s. 

Favorite Tracks: Sorrow (For Leonard and William); Valerie Leon; Maybe Remember Me


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Autolux
Pussy’s Dead

[30th Century]

All of the best aspects of Moonshake, Enon, My Bloody Valentine, Sparklehorse, etc were placed into a blender and combined with the world’s best rock drummer.

Favorite Tracks: Hamster Suite; Anonymous; Becker


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Mass Gothic
Mass Gothic

[Sub Pop]

Wading through the sludge of melancholy in search for eternal happiness.

Favorite Tracks: Every Night You’ve Got To Save Me; Want To, Bad; Subway Phone


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Pinegrove
Cardinal

[Run For Cover]

The moment when the of free-spirited attitude youth is overtaken by the self-awareness of adulthood.

Favorite Tracks: Old Friends; Aphasia; New Friends


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P.J. Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project

[Island]

The helpless feeling of seeing the pain of the world firsthand but not being able to make a difference.

Favorite Tracks: River Anacostia; Dollar Dollar; The Ministry of Defence


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Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

[Glassnote]

Former Walkmen frontman is still the powerhouse crooner who’s magnificent voice will carry you home after last call.

Favorite Tracks: A 1000 Times; When The Truth Is…; 1959


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Open Mike Eagle & Paul White
Hella Personal Film Festival

[Mello Music]

Hanging around, passing a joint, and talking about life with a good friend.

Favorite Tracks: Admitting the Endorphin Addiction; Insecurity; Check to Check


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Throws
Throws

[Thrill Jockey]

Catchy indie rock informed by the Canterbury scene and comprised of Icelandic grandeur.

Favorite Tracks: Bask; Sun Gun; Knife


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Laura Mvula
The Dreaming Room

[Sony]

A funkified contemporary Nina Simone brings dance floor grooves.

Favorite Tracks: Bread; Show Me Love; Angel


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Anna Meredith
Varmints

[Moshi Moshi]

An intricately arranged sugar high.

Favorite Tracks: Last Rose; Taken; The Vapours


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Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition

[Warp]

Danny Brown is to acid, what ODB was to crack, an unhinged rhymeslayer that is as incomparably fun to listen to as is disorienting.

Favorite Tracks: Ain’t It Funny; Golddust; Dance in the Water


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Grumbling Fur
Furfour

[Thrill Jockey]

Buoyantly floating through space towards an oddly colorful abyss.

Favorite Tracks: Heavy Days; Acid Ali Khan; Golden Simon


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Cass McCombs
Mangy Love

[Anti]

The acerbic wit of the soft-spoken man leaves the room in a daze.

Favorite Tracks: Low Flyin’ Bird; Medusa’s Outhouse; Run Sister Run


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Blood Orange
Freetown Sound

[Domino]

Seductively touching upon race and identity politics without losing his shit.

Favorite Tracks: With Him; Augustine; Best To You


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Moken
Chapters Of My Life

[Bantu]

A look into the life of a Cameroonian who sounds like an otherworldly combination of Manu Dibango and Nina Simone.

Favorite Tracks: Wild Wild Ways; Ma Masse; A Bone To Grind With Einstein


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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

[Bad Seed Ltd]

Desolation. Devastation. Pain. Loss. Tragedy.

Favorite Tracks: I Need You; Skeleton Tree; Girl in Amber; Rings of Saturn; Jesus Alone


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Exploded View
Exploded View

[Sacred Bones]

If Nico put out a politically-driven krautrock record in the 21st century.

Favorite Tracks: Orlando; Disco Glove; No More Parties in the Attic


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The Drones
Feelin Kinda Free

[Tropical Fuck Storm]

An unhinged Australian slurring his political grievances with vivid detail.

Favorite Tracks: Boredom; Taman Shud; Tailwind


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Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool

[XL]

When all those paranoid delusions become reality, depression sets in.

Favorite Tracks: Ful Stop; Decks Dark; Identikit


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Goat
Requiem

[Sub Pop]

Witnessing a cult ritual in a prismatic forest.

Favorite tracks: I Sing in Silence; Trouble in the Streets; Psychedelic Lover


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Andy Shauf
The Party

[Anti]

A 70s singer-songwriter with slight lisp sings about his night at a party.

Favorite Tracks: Quite Like You; The Magician; Eyes of Them All


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David Bowie
Blackstar

[Columbia]

Bowie’s masterful swan song was the prophetic opening statement for a truly awful year in which the constant reminders of the mortality of our idols seemed trivial but nonetheless metaphorical to the state of the world.

Favorite Tracks: Sue (Or In A Season of Crime); ‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore; Blackstar