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Best of 2016

Best of 2016

We've been with you discovering great new music all year long.  We've also been saddened by the loss of legends like Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and so many others.  It has been both a great year and a terrible year when it comes to music.

Here's the PDF of this year's list, the Top 97 of 2016. And here's the PDF of the Top 60 Local 518 of 2016.

We are hoping you'll join us by sending along your selections for the Best of 2016.  Send an email.  The DJ's lists are below.

Dave Michaels
(M-F 5-10a)

Albums of 2016
Schmilco by Wilco
A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
Stranger to Stranger by Paul Simon
Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not by Dinosaur Jr.
Cautionary Tale by Dylan LeBlanc

Songs of 2016
“Lazarus” by David Bowie
“Trailer” by Mudcrutch
“That’s How I Got to Memphis” by Karl Blau
“My Church” by Maren Morris
“Where’d You Go” by Boy & Bear

Local 518
On The Slide by The Figgs
Edges by Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
A Murmuration of Starlings by Steve Candlen
Bar Hotel Music by The Lazy Suns
Been Away by The North & South Dakotas

(M-F 10a-3p)

In no particular order...
Joseph “I’m Alone, No You’re Not”
Kaleo “A/B”
The North and South Dakotas “Been Away”
Kaia Kater “Nine Pin”
A Tribe Called Quest “We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”
David Bowie “Blackstar”
Margo Price “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter”
Doolin “Doolin”
Andrew Bird “Are You Serious?”
Hiss Golden Messenger “Heart Like A Levee”

Chris Wienk
(M-F 3-9p)

1.  Becky Warren "War Surplus"
2.  William Bell "This is Where I Live"
3.  Brent Cobb "Shine On Rainy Day"
4.  The Figgs "On the Slide"
5.  Kiefer Sutherland "Down In A Hole"
6.  Jocelyn & Chris Arndt “Edges”
7.  The North & South Dakotas "Been Away"
8.  Various  "Southern Family"

Andy Gregory
(The Local 518 Show - Thu 11pmSat 6pm )

Albums from The Local 518 -
The Last Conspirators – ‘Hold That Thought Forever’
Jocelyn & Chris Arndt – ‘Edges’
Dust Bowl Faeries – ‘Dust Bowl Faeries’
The North & South Dakotas – ‘Been Away’
Jason Martin – ‘Power Animal System Methods’
Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys – ‘When It Rains’
Darling Valley – ‘Crooked Orchards’
Great Mutations – ‘Many Battles’
Luminous Crush – ‘Lumina’
Rhiannon’s Lark – ‘Sky Full of Phoenix’
The Lazy Suns – ‘Bar Hotel Music’
Capitle – ‘Greatest Hits Vol.1’
Girl Blue – ‘I Am Not a Star’
Kimono Dragons – ‘Swirldoggin' with Kimono Dragons’
Belle-Skinner – ‘We Shut Our Eyes’ 
Jouska – ‘Topiary’
EPs from The Local 518 -
The Sea The Sea – ‘In the Altogether’ (EP)
*Candy Ambulance – ‘I Feel Fantastic’ (EP)
Stellar Young – ‘The Spark Caught’ (EP)
Titanics – ‘Hotel’ (EP)
Yankee Holler - ‘Folk Magic’ (EP)

Howard Glassman
(Fabulous Sounds, Sat 10p)

Heron Oblivion "Heron Oblivion"
Death By Unga Bunga "Pineapple Pizza"
Freakwater "Scheherazade"
Parquet Courts "Human Performance"
The Figgs "On The Slide"


Hello Pretty City

(Sun 8a and 8p)

Fave albums of 2016: 
Sharon Signs To Cherry Red – Independent Women 1979-1985: Volumes 1 + 2
Matt Pond PA: In Winter
Cass McCombs: Mangy Love
Angel Olsen: My Woman
Damien Jurado: Visions of Us on the Land
Mitski: Puberty 2
Yumi Zouma: Yoncalla
Kevin Morby: Singing Saw

For more of Laura's faves, visit her website.

Joyce Jackey
(Sun 10a-3p)

Hiss Golden Messenger  "Heart Like a Levee"
Sturgill Simpson  "A Sailor’s Guide to Earth"
Darlingside  "Birds Say"
The Record Company  "Give it Back to You"
Amos Lee  "Spirit"
Walter Trout  "Alive in Amsterdam"
Amy Helm  "Didn’t it Rain"
Moreland & Arbuckle  "Promised Land or Bust"
Tedeschi Trucks Band  "Let Me Get By"
The James Hunter Six  "Hold On!"
St. Paul and the Broken Bones  "Sea of Noise"
The Marcus King Band  "The Marcus King Band"

(Sun 3-8p, and Bluegrass Around The Bend)

Bluegrass Around The Bend:

Town Mountain Southern Crescent

The Hackensaw Boys Charismo

The Lonely Heartstring Band Deep Waters

Kaia Kater Nine Pin

Sierra Hull Weighted Mind


Exit 977 WEXT:

Kiefer Sutherland Down in a Hole

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry Shine A Light: Field Recording from the Great American Railroad

Various Southern Family

Hiss Golden Messenger Heart Like a Levee

Dwight Yoakam Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars



Purple Rain – Dwight Yoakam

Upbeat Feelgood – Foy Vance

Steve McQueen – Brian Fallon

Pictures On My Phone – John Craigie

My Church – Maren Morris

Livin’ On a High Note – Mavis Staples

Binghamton – Dan Johnson (local)

The Roundabout – Riley Walker

How I Love You – Robert Ellis

Love is a Burden – Jameston Revival


Rob Brown
(fill in DJ, and afternoons on 89.1, WMHT-FM)

James Hunter Six  "Hold On!"
Jayhawks  "Paging Mr. Proust"
Kiefer Sutherland  "Down in a Hole"
Norah Jones  "Day Breaks"
LoLo  "In Loving Memory of When I Gave a Sh*t"

Joyce grew up listening to her older brothers Beatles records and when she was old enough to get a job babysitting every penny went towards buying her own records. Joyce also is an animal lover and rescuer. When she’s not rescuing animals she’s out at concerts and supporting the local 518.
Tabitha Clancy sometimes obsesses over one song and sometimes she obsesses over a band (she listened only to Pearl Jam for about a two year stint). Sometimes it’s a lyric, or a simple measure of musical content that will grab her. She will hear the music before the words find a way. She will never say, "I love all kinds of music." Sometimes it takes Tabitha time to warm up to a song, or a band, and sometimes that magic just isn't there. People who are walking encyclopedias for anything music related fascinate her, though she has a good grip of her own on music history. She often travels the country, following her favorite band, Railroad Earth. She’ll let loose at a festival yet still manages to find a balance between fun and business; often times she brings that festival spirit into the station with her.
Andy Gregory is a Capital Region native, architectural design professional, and supporter of the local arts. During the day he helps manage construction design and building projects for clients. Most other times he can be found supporting the local musicians in almost any way possible.