The 50 best new-to-me albums of 2016

  1. Spiritual Unity – Albert Ayler Trio (1965)
  2. Moanin’ – Art Blakey and His Jazz Messengers (1959)
  3. s/t – Beach House (2006)
  4. s/t – Beat Happening (1985)
  5. Jamboree – Beat Happening (1988)
  6. By the Throat – Ben Frost (2009)
  7. Sunday at The Village Vanguard – Bill Evans Trio (1961)
  8. Undercurrent – Bill Evans/Jim Hall (1962)
  9. Comme à la radio – Brigitte Fontaine (1970)
  10. Looking Ahead! – Cecil Taylor (1959)
  11. The World of Cecil Taylor – Cecil Taylor (1960)
  12. Joy Shapes – Charalambides (2004)
  13. The Clown – Charles Mingus (1957)
  14. The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady – Charles Mingus (1963)
  15. Night Flights – Christina Kubisch (1987)
  16. Codona 3 – Codona (1983)
  17. Horse Rotorvator – Coil (1986)
  18. Two Sevens Clash – Culture (1977)
  19. Peace and Love – Dadawah (1974)
  20. Bug – Dinosaur Jr (1988)
  21. Money Jungle – Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach (1963)
  22. Wa-Do-Dem – Eek-a-Mouse (1981)
  23. Out to Lunch! – Eric Dolphy (1964)
  24. Tous les garçons et les filles – Françoise Hardy (1962)
  25. Today – Galaxie 500 (1988)
  26. Flaming Tunes – Gareth Williams and Mary Currie (1985)
  27. Soon Forward – Gregory Isaacs (1979)
  28. Moanin’ in the Moonlight – Howlin’ Wolf (1959)
  29. My Favorite Things – John Coltrane (1961)
  30. Olé Coltrane – John Coltrane (1961)
  31. Africa/Brass – The John Coltrane Quartet (1961)
  32. The Dance of Death and Other Plantation Favorites – John Fahey (1964)
  33. Tragedy – Julia Holter (2011)
  34. Madvillainy – Madvillain (2004)
  35. Utakata No Hibi – Mariah (1983)
  36. Up on the Sun – Meat Puppets (1985)
  37. Through the Looking Glass – Midori Takada (1983)
  38. s/t – Moondog (1956)
  39. The Sand and the Stars – Movietone (2003)
  40. Pirates Choice – Orchestra Baobab (1982)
  41. Accordion and Voice – Pauline Oliveros (1982)
  42. Deep Listening – Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster & Panaiotis (1989)
  43. A Saucerful of Secrets – Pink Floyd (1968)
  44. The Stars Are So Big, the Earth Is So Small… Stay as You Are – Pram (1993)
  45. Odyshape – The Raincoats (1981)
  46. Old Rottenhat – Robert Wyatt (1985)
  47. Private Parts (The Record) – Robert Ashley (1978)
  48. Cut – The Slits (1979)
  49. From Gardens Where We Feel Secure – Virginia Astley (1983)
  50. Colossal Youth – Young Marble Giants (1980)
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