Franti’s Latest LP “Rocks” Phil’s PIcks 2016 Albums Of The Year List

Michael Franti and Spearhead Soulrocker Cover Art

Courtesy: Fantasy Records

The time has come.  Today is New Year’s Eve eve.  That means 2016 is nearly in the books.  With that year right at it’s end, it’s time for the last two of this year’s Phil’s Picks best of lists.

Rounding out this year’s lists are the year’s top new albums overall and the year’s top new overall movies.  The year’s top new albums list is up first.  It was not an easy list to assemble either as there were so many stand out records released from across the musical universe’s many genres.

This year’s top albums list is represented by music from the jazz community, the world of children’s music, rock, blues, and even reggae in the form of Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new album Soulrocker.

As with every previous Phil’s Picks list, this list features Phil’s Picks’ top 10 new titles plus five honorable mention titles, bringing the total count to 15.  Having noted that here for you is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 new albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW ALBUMS

 

  1. Michael Franti & SpearheadSoulrocker

 

  1. Santana IV

 

  1. Joe BonamassaBlues of Desperation

 

  1. YellowjacketsCohearance

 

  1. FoghatUnder The Influence

 

  1. The Okee Dokee BrothersSaddle Up

 

  1. Songs of the Night: Dance Recordings by the Joseph C. Smith Orchestra 1916 – 1925

 

  1. Marian HillAct I

 

  1. Love and a .38Nomad

 

  1. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway

 

  1. Rich RobinsonFlux

 

  1. Charles Lloyd and the MarvelsI Long To See You

 

  1. Logan Richardson Shift

 

  1. Tedeschi Trucks BandLet Me Get By

 

  1. Mountain HeartBlue Sky

 

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Veteran Rock Acts Tops Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Rock Albums List

Courtesy: Santana IV Records

Courtesy: Santana IV Records

The rock community, it seems, was bursting at the seams with new releases this year.  While some records were okay at best, there were just as many that proved to be truly outstanding efforts.  Needless to say there were so many of said albums that it was anything but easy to come up with a list of the year’s top new rock records.  But somehow, Phil’s Picks managed it.  That list includes new efforts from bands young and old alike.  The more experienced bands featured on this list include: Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foghat just to name a few.  The younger bands represented here include the likes of Buffalo Summer, Love and a .38, and Zodiac.  Whether veteran or next generation, the rock community produced a slew of outstanding records this year.

Phil’s Picks presents 15 of those records with its Top 10 picks and five honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here is the Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2016 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

 

  1. SantanaIV

 

  1. FoghatUnder The Influence

 

  1. The Dead DaisiesMake Some Noise

 

  1. Love and a .38Nomad

 

  1. Buffalo SummerSecond Sun

 

  1. Alter BridgeThe Last Hero

 

  1. ZodiacGrain of Soul

 

  1. Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Getaway

 

  1. Blackberry SmokeLike An Arrow

 

  1. Resurrection KingsResurrection Kings

 

  1. SkilletUnleashed

 

  1. Apollo Under FireApollo Under Fire

 

  1. Fates WarningTheory of Flight

 

  1. Ray RocketDo You Wanna Go To Tijuana

 

  1. Candlebox Disappearing in Airports

 

 

 

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Hannah Williams’ Second LP Takes First On Phil’s Picks’ 2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums List

Courtesy: Record Kicks

Courtesy: Record Kicks

The countdown to the year’s end continue today with yet another addition to Phil’s Picks’ 2016 “Best Of” lists.  This time, Phil’s Picks offers its list of the year’s top new independent albums.  This list was just as difficult as any assembled.  Readers should understand independent doesn’t necessarily mean unsigned.  Rather it encompasses unsigned bands and bands signed to independent labels, thus the title “Independent Albums.”  Included in this year’s list are new releases from Cage9, All Hail The Yeti, Hannah Williams and the Affirmations among many others.  As always, the list includes the year’s Top 10 new albums on the list as well as five honorable mention titles, bringing the total album count to 15.  So, without further ado, here are Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums.

 

2016 Top 10 New Independent Albums

 

1) Hannah Williams and the Affirmations – Late Nights and Heartbreak

 

2) All Hail the Yeti – Screams From A Black Wilderness

 

3) Love and a .38 – Nomad

 

4) Buffalo Summer – Second Sun

 

5) Cage9 – Illuminator

 

6) Apollo Under Fire – Apollo Under Fire

 

7) The Heavy – Hurt and the Merciless

 

8) Celeb Car Crash – People Are The Best Show

 

9) Radio Exile – Soulfire

 

10) Ray Rocket – Do You Wanna Go To Tijuana

 

11) Another Lost Year – Alien Architect

 

12) Alexis Taylor – Piano

 

13) Garrett Klahn – Garrett Klahn

 

14) Pareidolia – Denied Truths

 

15) Phill Rocker – Hard To Bleed

 

 

 

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Love And A .38 Announces Release Date For Sophomore LP; Debuts Video For Album’s Lead Single

Courtesy:  Head First Entertainment

Courtesy: Head First Entertainment

Stoner rock band Love and a .38 will release its sophomore album Nomads later this month. In anticipation of the album’s release the band has premiered the video for the album’s lead single.

Love and a .38 will release its second full-length studio album Friday, February 19th. The ten-track album was self-produced by the band. It was produced at Hollywood’s Blushing Cad Studios. In discussing expectations for the upcoming album the band noted the clarity in its members’ heads in developing its songs. There was also note of how that clarity and focus helped to drive the energy in each song. The band’s members noted, “We’ve really honed in on what kind of feeling we want to portray with our music, and have focused our energy in a way that better serves that feeling than we ever have before,” the band says. The album can be pre-ordered online now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1080439776?ls=1&app=itunes. Audiences that pre-order the album now will get an instant download of ‘Big Leg Betty,’ another of the album’s featured songs.

In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release the band premiered the video for ‘Oh My God,’ the album’s lead single, this week. The video is streaming online now via the band’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUG88T9dZZ0.

 

 

Love and a 38 Video Grab

 

 

The video is also currently in rotation at the Universal Citywalk Jumbotron alongside videos from more well-known acts such as: Imagine Dragons, Paramore, and Pentatonix among others. Front man Ryan Hudson discussed the band’s inclusion in its rotation, noting the honor of being featured alongside such well-known acts and how much it means to the band. “For an up and coming band like us it’s really a thrill to be able to see ourselves side by side with artists who have accomplished so much in the industry,” he said. It’s energizing and humbling.”

Love and a .38 will celebrate the release of its sophomore album on its release day with a release party at the famed Viper Room in Hollywood, California. More information on that is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.loveanda38music.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Loveanda.38

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Loveanda38

 

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