It’s list time! Here are some of the records we think deserve some attention. Β 2016 has been a helluva year for new tunes so far. Β So here’s our favorite records up to this point…in no particular order.

D’Angelo Black Messiah (RCA)

Built to Spill Untethered Moon (WB)

Pops Staples Don’t Lose This (Anti)

Jake Xerxes Fussell s/t (Paradise of Bachelors)

Jamie XX In Colour (Young Turks)

METZ II (Sub Pop)

Tobias Jesso, Jr. Goon (True Panther)

Hop Along Painted Shut (Saddle Creek)

Jim O’Rourke Simple Songs (Drag City)

Courtney Barnett Sometimes I sit… (Mom+Pop)

Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)

Bob Dylan Shadows in the Night (Columbia)

UMO Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)

Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp (Merge)

Sir Richard Bishop Tangier Sessions (Drag City)

Leon Bridges Coming Home (Columbia)

Best Reissues:

Beale Street Saturday Night (Omnivore)

Modest Mouse early records (Glacial Pace)

The Stone Roses s/t & Turns to Stone (Light in the Attic)

The Meters Fire on the Bayou (WB)

Trojan Records compilations (Trojan)

Charlie Rich So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hi Records)

Air vinyl reissues (Rhino)

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (Dust to Digital)

Willie Nelson Teatro (Light in the Attic)