Hello friends! Some of us are unlucky enough to have to work this week, so why don’t we pass the time by reflecting on our favorite things of 2016? We’ll start with albums.
Many albums by popular recording artists were released in 2016 and some of them even were allegedly good! People seemed to like Lemonade and also Little Beyonce’s album A Seat at the Table. Apparently there was a Radiohead album this year, but my Radiohead-obsessed little sister never mentioned it in my presence so it can’t be all that great. People I have heard of but never listened to like Chance the Rapper, Angel Olsen and Frank Ocean are on Metacritic’s best albums of the year list. Good job, guys!
I personally only purchased two albums this year because for somebody who considers music their passion I really am very bad at listening to new stuff. So here is my list:
#1 Alaska Thunderfuck – Poundcake
This has been either a very good or a very bad year for Alaska Thunderfuck. On the one hand, she (very deservedly) won RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 and released a delightful album named for her surly child pageant puppet Lil Poundcake. On the other hand a bunch of Drag Race fans decided that she was a force of evil on par with Donald Trump because… she got upset when she didn’t do well in a challenge? I don’t know. They sent her millions of snake emojis and it was stupid. Anyhow, Poundcake is a lot of fun! Highlights include “Slaytina,” “The T” and “Puppet,” however my vote for top track goes to “Stun” which is very surprising as the featured collaborate, Gia Gunn, was not one of my favorite queens. But even if you aren’t into Alaska’s sound, you can at least appreciate the Puppet music video in which Alaska dresses as Lil Poundcake herself.
#2 David Bowie – Blackstar
You can all stop clutching your pearls about me ranking this second after a semi-comedic album by a reality TV drag queen because the fact of the matter is that on the day it was released I went to a record store and tried to procure a copy of Blackstar on vinyl, but it was sold out. I said “Well that’s a bummer, but I’ll try again when I’m in this neighborhood again next week, no rush.” Two days later, David Bowie died and everything was terrible and I just could not bring myself to listen to his final album because that would mean he was really and truly gone. I did eventually buy a copy over the summer but I still have not listened to it beyond watching the videos for the title track and Lazarus once each. I do intend to listen to it for the first time this week as a sort of sad cherry on top of a shit sundae of a year but for now it remains a mystery.
I know my list really can’t be beat for thoroughness and accuracy, but feel free to talk about your own faves in the comments!