It was a crazy year, and in a lot of cases listening to some loud music was the best thing to shake of the cobwebs and get moving. Here are a few tracks I really liked that came out this year.
A Tribe Called Red's new record 'We are the Halluci Nation' is such a strong response to what has been happening to native people all over the world for far too long. The subject matter, imagery, and heavy music makes for a powerful product.
Beyonce absolutely destroyed the music industry this year. Issuing a new record outside of the major music distribution models that was VERY successful. Her Super Bowl performance was a turning point in my opinion, and really demonstrated what a pop music performance can be.
Run the Jewels gave us all a Xmas gift in the form of RTJ3. What a well thought out and executed record. Lyrically, Killer Mike and EL-P's sense of humor and wordsmithing is out of this world. The beats are on fire and the guest M.C.s kill it!
I don't know much about Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, but I do know I love this song. It sounds like Jake and Elwood are going to come screeching in at any moment to take the stage. It's no surprise the video is in the classic style of "prison show". Turn it up!
Bishop Briggs' song River was one that is still getting heavy rotation on the radio and for good reason. This song is good loud.
Lastly, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' new record "This Unruly Mess I've Made" was great for personal reasons as well as musical. I had the honor of tracking marching cymbals on this album along with Seattle Seahawk's Blue Thunder Drum Line. Track #1 features our line. Check it out here:
In the studio, "Brad Pitt's Cousin" was the most exciting track I had ever heard. The "Bee Sting" backing track was stuck in my head until the record came out.
Thanks for looking and listening. Have a great 2017!