Doug Jayne's TOP-10 of 2016

Dec 19, 2016

From Doug Jayne:

Recently, I compiled my top ten list of albums that came out in 2016. Keep in mind that this is the list of a 62 year old coot.

If you want a list of cool albums, picked by younger, in-the-know people, talk to Gerry, Josh, Ethan & Midori at the shop. (The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa)

And of course there is Hoyt, my business partner of 34 years, who often has a musical opinion to share. 
 

ARTIST: Bonnie Raitt

ALBUM: Dig in Deep (released in February) 

Bonnie took some time off between albums. She dealt with personal loss, and came back strong with Dig In Deep, featuring the great Jon Cleary on keyboards. When Bonnie Raitt has it going on, there’s no one better. 
 

ARTIST: Iggy Pop 

ALBUM: Post Pop Depression {released in March) 

Produced by the dude from Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme. 8 new songs, much of the recording done over two weeks in Joshua Tree with QOTSA members and the drummer from Arctic Monkeys. Check out “Gardenia”, GREAT song. 
 

ARTIST: Sturgill Simpson 

ALBUM: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (released in April) 

Sturgill’s 3rd album and he has moved forward as an artist. While his first 2 albums were good in a Waylon Jennings sort of way, this new album is beautiful in ways I can’t really describe. It sounds fresh and unique every time I play it. 
 

ARTIST: Mudcrutch  

ALBUM: 2 (released in May) 

This album seemed to come out at the right time. Tom Petty making another album with the band he played with as a teen in Florida.

He certainly doesn’t save his great songs for The Heartbreakers; check out “Trailer”. A classic. 
 

 

ARTIST: Sarah Jarosz  

ALBUM: Undercurrent (released in June) 

Sarah Jarosz hits her stride on her 4th album. She is 25, and musically comparable to Gillian Welch. Check out “House of Mercy.”  
 

ARTIST: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle  

ALBUM: Colvin & Earle (released in June) 

I’m a huge Steve Earle fan, and a moderate Shawn Colvin fan, so I was thrilled that this album is so good. 10 songs, 5 covers, 5 originals that they wrote together. Listen to “You Were On My Mind”. 

 

 

ARTIST: Allen Toussaint 

ALBUM: American Tunes (released in June) 

Allen was working on this album with producer Joe Henry when he died unexpectedly in November of 2015. It’s a tribute to great American composers: Ellington, Professor Longhair, Fats Waller, Paul Simon. Allen was a treasure.
If you have time, there is a great podcast here:
http://americanroutes.wwno.org/archive/ 

Thank you, NPR. 
 

ARTIST: Drive-By Truckers 

ALBUM: American Band (released in September) 

On their 11th studio album, DBT goes political. The writing is really good. Check out “Once They Banned Imagine”.

Yeah, that happened. 
 

ARTIST: The Devil Makes Three 

ALBUM: Redemption & Ruin (released in September) 

A concept album: 5 songs of Ruin (drinking, drugs, good stuff) followed by 5 songs of Redemption (death, God, Tom Waits)

I love this band. 
 

 

ARTIST: Leonard Cohen

ALBUM: You Want It Darker (released October 21, 2016)  

I am so glad that my wife made me take her to see Leonard Cohen in concert. He toured like a kid with a crazy dream from 2008-2013.

He put out albums of new songs in 2012 and 2014, and completed the trilogy in October with You Want It Darker.

I still have hard time saying, “The late, great Leonard Cohen”.  

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You can find these and other great albums at:

The Last Record Store 
1899A Mendocino Avenue 
Santa Rosa, CA 95401  
(Just north of SR Junior College)  
Telephone (707) 525-1963  
http://thelastrecordstore.com