carseatheadrest

MAGNET’s #7 Album Of 2016: Car Seat Headrest’s “Teens Of Denial”

We don’t need another new Bob Dylan, Nobel laureate notwithstanding. But we sure can welcome a new Bob Pollard. Although
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MAGNET’s #8 Album Of 2016: Lucinda Williams’ “The Ghosts Of Highway 20”

Lucinda Williams has been making music for nearly four decades. The Ghosts Of Highway 20, her 12th studio album, is a
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beachslang

MAGNET’s #9 Album Of 2016: Beach Slang’s “A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings”

“Play it loud/Play it fast/Play me something that will always last,” growls lead singer James Alex on “Future Mixtape For
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MAGNET’s #10 Album Of 2016: Dinosaur Jr’s “Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not”

Consider, if you will, two bands from Massachusetts that formed in the mid-’80s, broke up for more than a decade,
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drivebytruckers

MAGNET’s #11 Album Of 2016: Drive-By Truckers’ “American Band”

It’s been an annus horribilis of Nasty Women and Bad Hombres, aggressive groping and building a wall and making them
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mitski

MAGNET’s #12 Album Of 2016: Mitski’s “Puberty 2”

For Mitski Miyawaki, happiness is neither a self-evident truth nor an unalienable right, instead a boorish lout who eats her
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cassmccombs

MAGNET’s #13 Album Of 2016: Cass McCombs’ “Mangy Love”

Mangy Love is a slippery album, by turns didactic and Dada-esque, sensitive and pissed-off, somber and humorous. Cass McCombs has
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MAGNET’s #14 Album Of 2016: Radiohead’s “A Moon Shaped Pool”

Even after a five-year wait between albums, it’s weirdly easy to take Radiohead for granted. Maybe it’s a slight tempering of
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angelolsen

MAGNET’s #15 Album Of 2016: Angel Olsen’s “My Woman”

Angel Olsen has one of those voices. She can belt her songs out, but her control is excellent. This is
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avalanches

MAGNET’s #16 Album Of 2016: The Avalanches’ “Wildflower”

If Happy Mondays were Antipodean rather than Mancunian and plied their wares using turntables and samplers rather than spaced-out guitars,
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boniver

MAGNET’s #17 Album Of 2016: Bon Iver’s “22, A Million”

Justin Vernon is widely beloved for constructing heartfelt pastorals, but on 22, A Million, the artist radically altered the blueprint.
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parquetcourts

MAGNET’s #18 Album Of 2016: Parquet Courts’ “Human Performance”

Parquet Courts are the nation’s finest indie-rock band by a very old-guard measure. They churn out quality releases at the
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MAGNET’s #19 Album Of 2016: Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam’s “I Had A Dream That You Were Mine”

In food-and-wine pairings, you either go with (congruent) or against (complementary). The same can be said of duos, and Paul
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bobmould

MAGNET’s #20 Album Of 2016: Bob Mould’s “Patch The Sky”

“Will the earthquakes shake our cottage to the ground?/Hear the silence, there’ll be no one left around,” snarls Bob Mould
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wilco

MAGNET’s #21 Album Of 2016: Wilco’s “Schmilco”

Wilco’s Star Wars wasn’t just MAGNET’s 2015 album of the year; it was also a surprising soft reboot. After a
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MAGNET’s #22 Album Of 2016: Nada Surf’s “You Know Who You Are”

Nada Surf songwriter Matthew Caws tends to wear his heart on his sleeve, and relationships remain a recurring theme on
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birdofyouth

MAGNET’s #23 Album Of 2016: Bird Of Youth’s “Get Off”

Beth Wawerna wrote the songs on Get Off during one of the most trying periods of her life. She was
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anohni

MAGNET’s #24 Album Of 2016: ANOHNI’s “Hopelessness”

2016 was a good year for protest records, and none was more bitter or more beautiful than Hopelessness. It’s a
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