These are our top albums of 2016 in no particular order.

1. Animal Collective – Painting With
Label: Domino Recording Company
Genre: Psych-Pop
Release Date: February 19, 2016
Review: 7/10

“Times change, life intervenes. Painting With was the first time the band jumped right into the studio. Work can be scheduled, magic can’t.”
–Mike Powell (Pitchfork)

2. Allah-Lahs – Calico
Label: Mexican Summer
Genre: Rock **
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Review: 7/10

There are more than a few bands hell-bent on exhuming and reinventing the past. Few are as adept as the Allah-Lahs.”
–Ryan J. Prado (Paste Magazine)

3. The Growlers – City Club
Label: Cult Records
Genre: Synthpop, Post-punk revival ***
Release Date: September 30, 2016
Review: 8/10

“This is definitely a record that’s going to challenge some of The Growlers’ wholehearted fans, but others will enjoy the new sleek style that’s brought on by late-night antics and a craving for danger that can only be settled by exploring new scenes and avenues.”
–Austin Doty (Slug Magazine)

4. The Warlocks – Songs from the Pale Eclipse
Label: Cleopatra Records
Genre: Psych-Rock
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Review: 8/10

“Songs from the Pale Eclipse is an ambitious yet cohesive statement of intent that firmly cements its creators status as one of the leading exponents of psychedelic rock in its twenty-first-century incarnation.”
-Dom Gourlay (Drowned In Sound)

5. Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger
Label: Drag City
Genre: Garage Rock, Psych-Rock
Release Date: January 22, 2016

“Throughout the album, he is less focused on hitting the exact right notes and more concerned with establishing an offbeat vibe, one matching the cheerful
menace of the smiling doll heads on the sleeve.”
-Evan Minsker (Pitchfork)

6. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
Label: ATO Records
Genre: Experimental/Pysch Rock
Release Date: April 29, 2016

“Besides being a killer garage rock album, Nonagon Infinity is constructed as an infinite loop, meaning its final notes connect perfectly with the album’s opening.”
-Stuart Berman (Pitchfork)

7. Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits
Label: Castle Face Records
Genre: Psych-Rock/Garage Rock
Release Date: August 12, 2016

“John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees have produced yet another solid record in a long line of them, a record that will hold up to any amount of road testing and will continue to keep on thumping.”
-Adam Kivel (Consequence of Sound)

8. Jim James – Eternally Even
Label: Capitol/ATO
Genre: Psych-Rock
Release Date: November 4, 2016

“Throughout Eternally Even, the My Morning Jacket mainman renders his change gospel with conversational grace, Bill Withers warmth, Sly Stone optimism and Neil Young conviction – less soap box pugilist than lazy-Sunday sage.”
-Jon Dolan (Rolling Stone)

9. Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances
Label: Castle Face Records
Genre: Psych-Rock/Garage Rock
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“Dwyer shows his versatility in this album. This isn’t the loud, destructive, and fast Thee Oh Sees; but it is definitely refreshing.”
-PsychRock Staff

10. D.D. Dumbo – Utopia Defeated
Label: 4AD
Genre: Indie Psych Rock
Release Date: October 7, 2016

“Tales of another time that speak equally to the dark and capricious mood of 2016 are brought to life with painstakingly crafted collages of blues, world music and textured pop.”
-Sarah Smith (Rolling Stone Australia)

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