Staff Best of 2016 Lists

As 2016 comes to a close, the staff would like to share the music and gift items that made an impression on them this year. See what made your own list, and maybe find something new to check out.

Cris
Duluth
1. Gojira - Magma
2. Opeth - Sorceress
3. Lacuna Coil - Delirium
4. Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
5. The Joy Formidable - Hitch
6. Katatonia - The Fall of Hearts
7. Korn - The Serenity of Suffering
8. Purple - Bodacious
9. Black Mountain - IV
10. Garbage - Strange Little Birds

Jacob
Minneapolis
1. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
2. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
3. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
4. Frank Ocean - Blonde
5. Lambchop - FLOTUS
6. Preoccupations - Preoccupations
7. Tortoise - The Catastrophist
8. Chris Cohen - As If Apart
9. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
10. Nonkeen - The Gamble

Runners Up:
1. Working For a Nuclear Free City - What Do People Do All Day?
2. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
3. Autolux - Pussy’s Dead

Madi
Minneapolis
Top 10 Gift Items:
1. The Burlap Bag candles
2. Blue Q socks
3. Jax Kelly earrings
4. Larissa Loden jewelry
5. Revive Lotion (Fir Needle & Grapefruit scents)
6. Hand Warmer mugs
7. Finger Zombies finger puppets
8. KitTEA Infuser
9. Duke Cannon “Big Ass Brick of Soap”
10. Yoga Joes - the classic green army men doing yoga

Jocie
Duluth
1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
2. Angel Olsen - My Woman
3. Anohni - Hopelessness
4. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
5. Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
6. Swans - The Glowing Man
7. The Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood
8. Deerhoof - The Magic
9. Flock Of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes
10. Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger

Al
Minneapolis
Top 10 Gift Items:
1. Larissa Loden jewelry
2. Finchberry soap
3. Blue Q socks
4. The Burlap Bag candles
5. Kalli incense
6. To The Moon coloring book
7. Loungefly bags & wallets
8. Electric Fetus “No Tern Left Unstoned” T-shirt
9. Creative Cursing book
10. Starry Night poster

Luke
Duluth
1. YG - Still Brazy
2. Bill Evans - Some Other Time
3. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
4. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
5. Betty Harris - The Lost Queen Of New Orleans Soul
6. Steve Reich - ECM Recordings
7. Gucci Mane - Everybody Lookin’
8. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
9. Kaytranada - 99.9%
10. Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial

Sarah
Minneapolis
1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman Spectacle
3. Luisa Maita - Fio da Memoria
4. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best
5. Posh Lost - Posh Lost
6. Cate Le Bon - Crab Days
7. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
8. Devendra Banhart - Ape In Pink Marble
9. Monica La Plante- Noir
10. La Femme - Mystère
11. Metronomy - Summer ‘08

Ed
Minneapolis
1. Led Zeppelin - Complete BBC Sessions
2. Phil Collins - The Singles
3. Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
4. Teenage Fanclub - Here
5. Kyle Dixon/Michael Stein - Stranger Things, Vol. 1
6. Maxwell - blackSUMMERS’night
7. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
8. Solange - A Seat at The Table
9. Various Artists - Southern Family
10. Dawes - We’re All Gonna Die

Cory
Duluth
1. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
2. Blonde Redhead - Masculin Femenin
3. Freakwater - Scheherazade
4. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Skeleton Tree
6. Tindersticks - The Waiting Room
7. Pixies - Head Carrier
8. Lambchop - FLOTUS
9. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
10. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

Brittany
Duluth
1. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
2. Purple - Bodacious
3. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
4. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
5. Mark Mallman - The End Is Not The End
6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
7. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
8. Jaedyn James & The Hunger - Raw
9. Various Artists (Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Sinead O’Connor, etc...) - God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson
10. Santigold - 99¢

Tom
Minneapolis
Top 10 Music:
1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
3. Pentangle - Finale
4. Alejandro Escovedo - Burn Something Beautiful
5. Ray Lamontagne - Ouroboros
6. Carter Tanton - Jettison The Valley
7. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
8. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Wake To The Dawn Of Another Astro Era
9. Various Artists – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson
10. Daniel Bachman - Daniel Bachman

Top 10 Music Local/Regional:
1. Siama Matuzungidi - Rivers – From The Congo To The Mississippi
2. Charlie Parr - I Ain’t Dead Yet
3. Pines - Above The Prairie
4. Frankie Lee - American Dreamer
5. ZULUZULUU - What’s The Price?
6. Sarah White - Laughing At Ghosts
7. Maya Elena - Maya Elena
8. Various Artists - Bringing It All Back To Duluth Does Dylan
9. Dosh & Ghostband - Def Kith II: The Price Is Ill
10. Ilika/Ward Duo - Many Faces

Best Reissue:
Jack Rose - Dr Ragtime & His Pals

Best Song:
Charles Bradley - “Changes” from album Changes

Kendall
Minneapolis
1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
2. Explosions in the Sky - The Wilderness
3. Roy Montgomery – R M H Q: Headquarters
4. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like a Levee
5. Andy Stott - Too Many Voices
6. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
7. Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light
8. Mitski – Puberty 2
9. Night Moves – Pennied Days
10. Angel Olsen – My Woman
11. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
12. Holy Wave – Freaks of Nurture
13. Mono – Requiem For Hell
14. Juan Atkins & Mortiz von Oswald present: Borderland – Transport
15. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
16. DIIV – Is The Is Are
17. Swans – The Glowing Man
18. Russian Circles – Guidance
19. David Bowie – Blackstar
20. Kode9 – Nothing

Cass
Minneapolis
Top 10 Music:
1. Devata Daun - Look
2. New Madrid - magnetkingmagnetqueen
3. DIIV - Is The Is Are
4. James Blake - The Colour in Anything
5. Flamingods - Majesty
6. Preoccupations - Preoccupations
7. Omni - Deluxe
8. Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus
9. Black Marble - It’s Immaterial
10. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

Top 10 Gift Items:
1. Wildberry incense Dragon’s Blood scent
2. Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis book
3. Zodiac Constellation mug
4. Trump Insult coloring book
5. Caramel Knowledge caramels w/sea salt
6. Mad Libs word game
7. Burt’s Bees chapstick
8. Vanille+Tobacco Root Infusion candle
9. Larissa Loden jewelry
10. Sock It To Me socks

J.D.
Minneapolis
1. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
2. Goat - Requiem
3. Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos
4. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
6. Twin Peaks - Down In Heaven
7. Pixies - Head Carrier

Will
Duluth
1. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
2. Horse Jumper of Love - Horse Jumper of Love
3. The Body - No One Deserves Happiness
4. Weaves - Weaves
5. Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony
6. Touche Amore - Stage Four
7. Haley Bonar - Impossible Dream
8. 21 Savage - Savage Mode
9. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
10. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Brett
Minneapolis
1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
3. Morgan Delt - Phase Zero
4. Psychic Ills - Inner Journey Out
5. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
6. Flamingods - Majesty
7. Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
8. Allah-Las - Calico Review
9. Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros
10. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailors Guide to Earth
11. Steve Gunn - Eyes of the Lines
12. Teenage Fanclub - Here
13. Margo Price - Midwest Farmers Daughter
14. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
15. Wilco - Schmilco
16. Cavern of Anti-Matter - Void Beats
17. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
18. Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum
19. William Tyler - Modern Country
20. Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos

Val
Minneapolis
1. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is
2. Bombino – Azel
3. Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds
4. Judith Hill – Back In Time
5. John Prine – For Better, Or Worse
6. All Them Witches – Lightning At The Door
7. David Bowie – Blackstar
8. The Heavy – Hurt & The Merciless
9. Charles Bradley – Changes
10. Prince – Around The World In A Day Reissue

Brant
Minneapolis
1. Lake Street Dive - Side Pony
2. James Hunter Six - Hold On!
3. Quilt - Plaza
4. Céu - Tropix
5. Various Artists - Hamilton Original Cast Album
6. The Beatles - Live At The Hollywood Bowl
7. Frightnrs - Nothing More To Say
8. Regina Spektor - Remember Us To Life
9. Judith Hill - Back In Time
10. Haley Bonar - Impossible Dream

Orion
Minneapolis
1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
3. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
4. La Femme - Mystere
5. Eros & The Eschaton - Weight of the Matter
6. Kitten Forever - 7 Hearts
7. Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
8. Prince Rama - Xtreme Now
9. Monica LaPlante - Noir
10. Goat - Requiem

Top 5 reissues
1. Twin Peaks soundtrack
2. Betty Davis - Columbia Years
3. Devo - EZ Listening
4. Sparks - Sparks
5. Colin Newman - A-Z

Patrick
Minneapolis
1. Kaytranada - 99.9%
2. Frank Ocean - Blonde
3. Solange - A Seat at the Table
4. ZULUZULUU - What’s The Price?
5. David Bowie - Blackstar
6. Devendrá Banhart - Ape in Pink Marble
7. Charlie Hilton - Palana
8. Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
9. Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman Spectacle
10. Metronomy - Summertime ‘08

Parker
Minneapolis
Jessy Lanza - Oh No
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
Kaytranada - 99.9%
Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun
Bibio - A Mineral Love
Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best
Mary Lattimore - At the Dam
Frank Ocean – Blonde
Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus

Bjorn
Minneapolis
Prins Thomas - Principe Del Norte
Biosphere - Departed Glories
Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald - Transport
Mark Pritchard - Under The Sun
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande
Djrum - Forgetting/La/Space Race Eps
Convextion - 2845
Telephones - Vibe Telemetry
Kassem Mosse - Disclosure
Zombie Zombie - Slow Futur
Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus
ZULUZULUU - What’s The Price?
Floorplan - Victorious
Jay Daniel - Broken Knowz

Corinne
Minneapolis
1. Mitski - Puberty 2
2. Har Mar Superstar - Best Summer Ever
3. Angel Olsen - My Woman
4. Weezer - Weezer (The White Album)
5. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Garrett
Minneapolis
1. Moor Mother – Fetish Bones
2. Purling Hiss – High Bias
3. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – The Rarity of Experience
4. Parquet Courts – Human Performance
5. Pill - Convenience
6. Roy Montgomery – R M H Q: Headquarters
7. Horse Lords - Intervention
8. Heron Oblivion – Heron Oblivion
9. Cate Le Bon – Crab Day
10. Karl Blau – Introducing Karl Blau

Essential Reissues:
Terry Allen – Juarez / Lubbock (On Everything)
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band – Wede Harer Guzo
Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Träd, Gräs och Stenar box set
Local H – As Good As Dead
John Bender – I Don’t Remember Now / I Don’t Want To Talk About It
Blonde Redhead – Masculin Féminin
The Scientists – A Place Called Bad
Lee Moses – Time and Place
Anna Homler & Steve Moshier – Breadwoman & Other Tales
Ornette Coleman – To Whom Keeps a Record

Paul
Minneapolis
1. Claypool Lennon Delirium – Monolith of Phobos
2. Parquet Courts – Human Performance
3. The Blind Shake – Celebrate Your Worth
4. The Nots – Cosmetic
5. Ausmuteants – Band of the Future
6. Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming
7. Sneaks – Gymnastics
8. Various Artists – Punk 45: Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils
9. Uranium Club – All of Them Naturals
10. Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger

Chance
Minneapolis
1. DIIV - Is The Is Are
2. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
3. Swarvy - Elderberry
4. Goon - Dusk of Punk
5. Black Milk & Nat Turner - Rebellion Sessions
6. Exploded View - Exploded View
7. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
8. Waveless - Spirit Island
9. Bombino - Azel
10. Vinyl Williams - Brunei

Best Reissue:
Hailu Mergia - Wede Harer Guzo

Neil
Minneapolis
Noteworthy Titles:
Orior - Strange Beauty (Album of The Year)
Beak> - Couple in a Hole
Laure Briard - Sur la Piste de Danse
Steve Mason - Meet the Humans
Working for a Nuclear Free City - What Do People Do All Day?
Nisennenmondai - #N/A
Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke -
It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry
Andy Stott - Too Many Voices
Trust Punks - Double Bind
Wire - Nocturnal Koreans
Preoccupations - Preoccupations
Belbury Poly - New Ways Out
Silver Apples - Clinging to a Dream
Pye Corner Audio - Stasis
White Denim - Stiff
Be - One
Cavern of Anti Matter - Void Beats/Invocation Trex
Vijay Iyer/Wadada Leo Smith -
A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Chris Abrahams - Fluid to the Influence
Jack DeJohnette/Matthew Garrison/Ravi Coltrane - In Movement
Nonkeen - The Gamble
Nonkeen - Oddments of the Gamble
Mamiffer - The World Unseen
David Nance - More Than Enough
Tim Hecker - Love Streams
Minor Victories - Minor Victories
Demdike Stare - Wonderland
A Tribe Called Quest -
We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Lake Ruth - Actual Entity

Jon Jon
Minneapolis
1. ZULUZULUU - What’s The Price?
2. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
3. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
4. Anderson Paak & Knxweldge - Yes Lawd
5. Warpaint - Heads Up
6. Schoolboy Q - Blank Face
7. James Blake -The Colour of
8. Frank Ocean - Blonde
9. Solange - A Seat at The Table
10. Yusseff Kamaal - Black Focus

Jim
Minneapolis
1. Charles Bradley - Changes
2. David Bowie - Blackstar
3. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
4. Cactus Blossoms - You’re Dreaming
5. Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau
6. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Sea of Noise
7. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
8. Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
9. Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future
10. King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard - Nonagon Infinity

Bob
Minneapolis
1. Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee
2. Night Moves - Pennied Days
3. Twin Peaks - Down In Heaven
4. Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau
5. Cactus Blossoms - You’re Dreaming
6. Frankie Lee - American Dreamer
7. M. Ward - More Rain
8. Sturgill Simpson - Sailor’s Guide To Earth
9. Various Artists - Space Echo-The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde...
10. Jimmy Rabbitt & Renegade - Texas Album
11. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

Max
Minneapolis
1. LVL UP - Return to Love
2. Mild High Club - Skiptracing
3. Kaytranada - 99.9%
4. The Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood
5. The Avalanches - Wildflower
6. Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
7. Twin Peaks - Down in Heaven
8. Mitski - Puberty 2
9. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
10. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
11. Votaries - Psychometry
12. Hoops- Hoops EP 1, 2, & 3
13. Omni - Deluxe
14. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
15. Preoccupations - Preoccupations
16. Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger
17. Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
18. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered.
19. Soft Hair - Soft Hair
20. ZULUZULUU - What’s The Price?
21. The Body - No One Deserves Happiness
22. Waveless - Spirit Island
23. Angel Olsen - My Woman
24. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
25. Jay Som - Turn Into

Brad
Minneapolis
New Releases:
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone
Céu - Tropix
Gaz Coomes - Matador
Aiofe O'Donovan - In the Magic Hour

Reissues:
Bert Jansch - Avocet
Bunny Wailer - Solomonic Singles Vol. 1 & 2
Joyce - Visions of Dawn
Jorge Ben - Jorge Ben (1969)
Woody Shaw & Louis Hayes - The Tour Volume 1

Mady
Duluth
1. Angel Olsen - My Woman
2. Devendra Banhart - Ape In Pink Marble
3. Bon Iver - 22, A Million
4. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
5. Of Montreal - Innocence Reaches
6. Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor
7. Frank Ocean - Blonde
8. Higher Authorities - Neptune
9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
10. Metronomy - Summer '08

David S.
Minneapolis
1. Juan Atkins/Moritz Von Oswald - Transport LP
2. Floorplan - Victorious LP
3. Orlando Voom - In My World LP
4. Population On - Detroit City At Night 12"
5. Arnold Steiner - Mood Sequence 12"
6. Kimyon - Pema Ozer 12"
7. Deep'a & Biri - Ecttoic Memories 12"
8. Aphex Twin - Cheetah E.P. 12"
9. Music of D.C. Comics - Vol. 2
10. Hanz Zimmer & Junkie XL - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
11. ZULUZULUU - What’s The Price?
12. Pet Shop Boys - Super

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