Another year down, another year filled with great tunes. Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of 50 albums I dug in 2016. Normally I shy away from naming my top album because quite frankly I think there is too much great music that gets released throughout the year but this year is different because to me, A Tribe Called Quest didn’t just shock everyone by announcing and releasing its first album in 18 years, coupled with the loss earlier this year of Phife Dawg but it was the perfect album at the right time when “We The People” needed it. We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service is the album of the year and if you haven’t for some reason, dive into it, listen closely. We need more like ATCQ in 2017 and the years to come, there is a purpose to this album, find yours as I found mine. Peace + Love + Music. See you in 2017.
|A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
|Anderson .Paak – Malibu
|Angel Olsen – My Woman
|Anohni – Hopelessness
|Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
|Blossoms – ST
|Boulevards – Groove!
|Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
|Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride
|Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
|Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
|Christine and The Queens – Charleur Humaine
|Crystal Fighters – Everything Is My Family
|David Bowie – Blackstar
|DAWES – We’re All Gonna Die
|DIIV – Is the Is are
|Empire of the Sun – Two Vines
|Flume – Skin
|Gallant – Ology
|Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being
|GOAT – Requiem
|Goldroom – West of the West
|J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
|Jack Garratt – Phase
|Kaiser Chiefs – Stay Together
|Kaytranada – 99.9%
|Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered
|Kings of Leon – Walls
|Lapsley – Long Way Home
|Lewis Del Mar – ST
|Mitski – Puberty 2
|Mumford & Sons – Johannesburg EP
|Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – A Little Something More From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
|Nice As Fuck – ST
|NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
|Phish – Big Boat
|Run The Jewels – RTJ3
|Saint Mesa – Jungle EP
|St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea Of Noise
|Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
|The Avett Brothers – Trus Sadness
|The Head and The Heart – Signs of Light
|The Lumineers – Ophelia
|The National +++++ – Day of The Dead (Grateful Dead)
|The Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome
|The Shelters – ST
|Tycho – Epoch
|Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
|Wolfmother – Victorious
|ZHU – Generation Why
Click play and give a listen to this Sia and Kendrick Lamar collab, “The Greatest.” Words from Rolling Stone, here.
New music from Kendrick. If you missed his performance on Jimmy Fallon last night, click play below to see him perform “Untitled 2.” The video has garnered nearly 800,000 views in under 24 hours.
Party People! If you haven’t already, you better move quick and snatch up your tickets to attend Life is Beautiful 2015, September 25-27 in Downtown Las Vegas. The single day lineups have dropped and while single day tickets go on sale Thursday, look at the below and I can’t find a way for you not to want to attend all three days!
Need a little more inspiration? Click HERE to listen to the Life is Beautiful 2015 Radio Station on Pandora.
What did you miss over the weekend? How about a whole lot of sheer awesomeness from some of the biggest stars in music.
Earth Wind and Fire bringing out Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper during their late night set at Bonnaroo. Fast forward to the 1:14 mark to see the magic unfold.
James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica performing the National Anthem at Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Mumford & Sons bringing out the calvelry to cover The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” to close out their headlining set at Bonnaroo. Guests included My Morning Jacket, Hozier, Dawes, Ed Helms and photographer-musician Danny Clinch.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters breaks his leg during a show in Sweden. Finishes the concert like you knew he would, then posts the x-ray image. Rock on! Read more about it HERE.
I’m very happy and proud to share with you the 2015 Life is Beautiful Festival lineup! We released the lineup earlier this week and the feedback has been tremendous. I truly hope you like this year’s collection and find both artists you love and artists to discover. While putting together the lineup I usually go a bit silent on DoYouHearTheMusic.com but now I’m ready to unleash a fury of new music for your ears, get some posts up of some of the baby bands on the Life is Beautiful lineup and a whole bunch of other fun things!
Tickets to Life is Beautiful are on sale now! I hope ou pick up a pair and make plans to head to Downtown Las Vegas for what is going to be an amazing weekend of peace, love and music!
P.S. we have more to announce 🙂
Over 600,000 spins in less than 24 hours for Kendrick Lamar’s new video for “King Kunta” off To Pimp A Butterfly which was shot in his hometown of Compton. Pair this with the release of the trailer for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton and it’s been quite a 24 hours for the California community.
Four days in Manchester, Tennessee can’t come soon enough! Bonnaroo is back June 11-14, 2015. Tickets on sale Saturday, January 17 at noon EST at http://www.bonnaroo.com. Can’t wait to be back. See you on the Farm fellow Bonnaroovians!
Mumford & Sons
Florence and The Machine
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters
My Morning Jacket
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Belle and Sebastian
The War On Drugs
Atomic Bomb! Who Is William Onyeabor?
Tears for Fears
The Bluegrass Situation SuperJam featuring Ed Helms & Special Guests
Earth Wind & Fire
Gary Clark Jr.
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
Run the Jewels
Trampled By Turtles
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester
The Very Best
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Hurray For The Riff Raff
Between The Buried & Me
Strand of Oaks
Gregory Alan Isakov
Brownout Presents BROWN SABBATH
Madisen Ward & Mama Bear
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Hiss Golden Messenger
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Unlocking the Truth