|Doof's Top 100 Artists (2016 Update)|
Previous List: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=1060512&listid=163175
Angelic 2 The Core
THE FALLEN: Bloc Party, Mastodon, ISIS, Josh Rouse, Jens Lekman, Beck, The Cure, TV on the Radio, Korn, Everything Everything, Ariel Pink, Grizzly Bear, Air, Run the Jewels, Fennesz
> KING CRIMSON
100 [PRE: 100]
You guessed it, the mother in law guessed it...even AngryLittleAlchemist guessed it - yup, King Crimson is still lording it up at 100. I even listened to a new KC this year and it sounded like Talking Heads. Very strange, see above.
|99||The Blue Nile|
>NE< THE BLUE NILE
99 [PRE: n/a]
Bit of a cheat putting this here but whatever - it slays Crimson.
v JEFF BUCKLEY
98 [PRE: 88]
One album wonder.
v DJ SHADOW (Also: Unkle)
97 [PRE: 78]
One album wonder.
96 [PRE: 96]
One album wonder.
Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
v JOHN GRANT
The bigger they are the further they fall.
94 [PRE: n/a]
Still getting into this band but making progress ja.
The Colour of Spring
v TALK TALK (Also: Mark Hollis)
93 [PRE: 90]
I really got into the Hollis solo one for a while this year after previously dismissing it. Other than that...old band innit.
|92||The Velvet Underground|
v THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
92 [PRE: 85]
I'm tempted to throw Reed's solo stuff in here to bump them up...but then you'd think of including Cale's stuff etc. They survive the cull at least.
|91||Boards of Canada|
91 [PRE: 83]
Another band who wait for their hairlines to recede an inch before going back into the studio again.
The Winding Sheet
v MARK LANEGAN
90 [PRE: 84]
Listened to a few Lanegan albums I missed and 'The Winding Sheet' was excellent - so the scraggy ginger one lives to fight another day.
|89||My Bloody Valentine|
m b v
89 [PRE: 76]
An ice age will come and go before we get another MBV album is the problem here.
Tango In The Night
v FLEETWOOD MAC
88 [PRE: 79]
Think they're all still alive.
v SOUNDARDEN (Also: Chris Cornell)
87 [PRE: 73]
Quite a drop, they went up in my estimations when I saw them play 'Superunknown' live but still...I can't really justify them being higher than this.
86 [PRE: 71]
I sorta gave up on the Moggers back in about 2005 so really I should get to trying their recent output.
22, A Million
v BON IVER (Also: Volcano Choir)
85 [PRE: 74]
Hmmm, not overly impressed with the latest one, not sure how much longevity this man's work possesses. We'll see.
Just Like the Fambly Cat
84 [PRE: 72]
Pretty stoked they've got back together.
>NE< GLENN BRANCA
83 [PRE: n/a]
His stuff is genius, 90s guitar work would have been very different without Branca laying down the blueprint. I can't say his surname without thinking of a chinese edition of Street Fighter though.
On the Beach
>NE< NEIL YOUNG
82 [PRE: n/a]
Another essential artist I'd missed.
>NE< NICOLAS JAAR (Also: Darkside)
81 [PRE: n/a]
I rate the new album, perhaps not quite as strong as 'Space' or 'Psychic' but the man deserves to crash the list.
v ARCADE FIRE
80 [PRE: 51]
The biggest fallers here maybe? This band seem dead and buried after this pretty poor most recent release.
>NE< PATRICK WOLF
79 [PRE: n/a]
I had one Wolf album for years (Magic Position) and hardly listened to it, then I got into Sylvian and it all fell into place.
Welcome to Sky Valley
78 [PRE: 75]
I bumped 'Sky Valley' up a .5 after giving is a few re-listens.
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
v WU-TANG CLAN
77 [PRE: 66]
Awarded '36 Chambers' deserved 'classic' status.
v THE CLASH
76 [PRE: 70]
Listened to the later albums and they contain some great material buried under so much excess. Deserve to hold their position.
To Bring You My Love
>NE< PJ HARVEY
75 [PRE: n/a]
Thanks to Ars and Zak and whoever else rec'd me her early stuff - some excellent albums and she could climb the ranking next time if I check out more of her discog.
|74||Faith No More|
v FAITH NO MORE
74 [PRE: 67]
Did I not like 'Sol Invictus' but I've gotta respect the legacy.
73 [PRE: 68]
The boys from Brazil put in a good show thanks to me finally listening to all of 'Beneath' and 'Arise'.
Black And White
v THE STRANGLERS
72 [PRE: 65]
Listened to at least four more Stranglers albums this year...they're patchy, but it's still helped prop up their position in time for this recount.
71 [PRE: n/a]
I think this is the third or fourth new entry on this list I need to thank TwigTW for. 70s were quality.
Over the Edge
70 [PRE: n/a]
Another new discovery for me, really rate their three first albums.
|69||Manic Street Preachers|
The Holy Bible
69 [PRE: 47]
I only really love 'The Holy Bible' and I actively detest half their discog...so I'm more comfortable them sitting here.
v JANE'S ADDICTION
68 [PRE: 49]
Simply didn't release enough material and now it's hurtin' their ranking on a Doof list. Fools.
v PINK FLOYD
67 [PRE: 64]
So the good news is I checked another Floyd album...the bad news is I chose 'The Wall'. Bit yucky all told.
v TOM PETTY (Also: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
66 [PRE: 63]
So I found another decent Petty album in 'Wildflowers' plus I checked a couple of mediocre Heartbreakers ones.
|65||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
65 [PRE: 52]
Still haven't given their newest a full listen, seeing them play it live put me off a bit.
|64||Yo La Tengo|
v YO LA TENGO
64 [PRE: 54]
Enjoyable band, I'm lazy at checking their newest stuff though.
v THE BEATLES
63 [PRE: 61]
The lovable mop topped bin dips keep their peckers up at 63.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
v DINOSAUR JR
62 [PRE: 53]
I'm officially declaring I don't need anymore new Dino material after listening to their 2016 remix album 'Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not'.
You Want It Darker
v LEONARD COHEN
61 [PRE: 56]
Laughing Len has a new album out and it sounds pretty fly.
|60||The Psychedelic Furs|
Talk Talk Talk
>NE< THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS
60 [PRE: n/a]
New discovery, this lot have really grown on me, their first three albums are excellent.
v NICK DRAKE
59 [PRE: 50]
Long gone, even the fruit tree is about to cark it now.
|58||Stone Temple Pilots|
v STONE TEMPLE PLIOTS (Also: Scott Weiland)
58 [PRE: 42]
It was always going to happen, whatcanyoudo?
57 [PRE: 40]
v PORTISHEAD (Also: Beth Gibbons)
56 [PRE: 43]
This band are averaging one album release per decade. This is not enough to rate higher than this. Sorry.
|55||Queens of the Stone Age|
51 [PRE: 32]
Surprised I had QOTSA so high in the previous ranking - a bit of sput brainwashing there. Decent band, not top 50.
Shaking the Habitual
v THE KNIFE (Also: Fever Ray)
54 [PRE: 36]
Shame they split but them's the breaks.
|53||Nine Inch Nails|
v NINE INCH NAILS
53 [PRE: 44]
Has he retired?
v APHEX TWIN
52 [PRE: 45]
Haven't kept up with what he's been up to this year, sure he'll release something unmissable soon.
Carrie and Lowell
v SUFJAN STEVENS
51 [PRE: 48]
'C&L' hasn't lost any of its charms, Sufjan treads water.
|50||Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds|
>NE< NICK CAVE (Also: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)
50 [PRE: n/a]
Always been waiting for him to drop an album I consider an absolute classic...now he has.
49 [PRE: 39]
Are they tarnishing their reputation right now? A bit, yeah.
You Can't Go Back if There's Nothing to Go Back To
^^ RICHMOND FONTAINE (Also: The Delines)
48 [PRE: 62]
This band split up this year but at least they signed off with an absolute belter.
47 [PRE: 39]
This band split up long ago.
v SIGUR ROS (Also: Jonsi)
46 [PRE: 33]
Not listened to much Sigur Ros this year, unlikely to cling to a top 50 spot next year.
v TRICKY (Also: Nearly God)
45 [PRE: 37]
I'm so unexcited about 'Skilled Mechanics' I haven't even got round to spinning it...I did bump 'Maxinquaye' to a 5 though
|44||Alice in Chains|
Black Gives Way to Blue
v ALICE IN CHAINS (Also: Mad Season)
44 [PRE: 34]
Not a lot to report, Staley rots, I still don't like the new line up, I checked the Mad Season and it was ok.
Jet Plane and Oxbow
43 [PRE: 55]
Thought I'd give Shearwater a little bump up thanks to releasing a solid new album and for performing the best tribute I've seen to Bowie so far in the form of their live cover version of 'Lodger' (which is quite amazing).
v WILCO (Also: Loose Fur)
42 [PRE: 28]
Ah, how to explain this slide? They've not released a truly great song since 'A Ghost is Born' - let alone a great full album.
>NE< SONIC YOUTH
In a case of the biggest brain fart of the decade I forgot to include Sonic Youth on the last list. I've checked out a lot more of their discog this year and getting into my man Glenn Branca helped resurrect my interest too.
>NE< GAVIN CLARK (Also: Sunhouse, Clayhill, Evangelist)
40 [PRE: n/a]
No explanation necessary.
v MASSIVE ATTACK
39 [PRE: 31]
The EP wasn't bad, full album release required.
|38||Oneohtrix Point Never|
Garden of Delete
>NE< ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER
38 [PRE: n/a]
My AOTY 2015 and his previous releases are up there too. Deserves billing as my favourite electronic act (unless you count Eno as electronic I guess)
v WILD BEASTS
37 [PRE: 30]
The new album was one of the riskier releases of 2016 but worked for me, the Beasts tread water.
The Heart of Saturday Night
^^ TOM WAITS
36 [PRE: 60]
Tom climbs the chart as now I've listened to most of his first ten albums.
v DEERHUNTER (Also: Atlas Sound)
35 [PRE: 29]
I think 'Fading Frontier' was actually a little underrated. Very consistent band.
Red Apple Falls
^^ BILL CALLAHAN (Also: Smog)
34 [PRE: 58]
Combining all his stuff, this year I investigated 'The Doctor Came...' and 'Red Apple Falls' (which is a top 4 Callahan album imo from what I've heard of his work so far).
For Your Pleasure
>NE< ROXY MUSIC
33 [PRE: n/a]
Another new band to me in 2016, I've now listened to most of their discog, must listen for fans of Bowie/Talking Heads/Eno etc.
v MEGADETH (Also: Donald Trump)
32 [PRE: 19]
Big year for Dave, released a middle hitter of a new album and has been campaigning for the White House. Slowly falling down my chart though.
>NE< THE RESIDENTS
31 [PRE: n/a]
Ok, forgive me this little indulgence - plus people love surprises right? This band are...?!?! Love 'em.
Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
30 [PRE: 25]
Still missing Mark Linkous, dunno if you feel the same.
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
29 [PRE: 24]
We've all heard the new songs and...no one is anticipating 'Ride the Lightning 2'. Still, it's Metallica, they're top 30 (for now).
28 [PRE: 23]
'Disquiet' was a surprisingly badass listen so Therapy? can keep swinging it with the big boys for another year.
Before and After Science
>NE< BRIAN ENO
27 [PRE: n/a]
I've listened to six Eno albums now, four of them this year, and 'Green World' and 'Before and After' have impressed me most of all. If you love 'Heroes' and 'Low' you should really give those two a spin at the least.
v PEARL JAM
26 [PRE: 16]
Unfortunately for Pearl Jam it'll probably be a case of 'hello bottom 50' in next year's list but for now, while I'm still half way through a load of discogs, they cling on.
Heaven Adores You
v ELLIOTT SMITH
25 [PRE: 21]
Listened to a lot of Elliott this year, revisiting 'Either/Or' I finally bumped it to a 5. This soundtrack I haven't listened to too much I have to admit though.
The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
24 [PRE: 18]
Huge discog now, hasn't done anything outstanding for a while so sliding a shade.
^^ CASS MCCOMBS
23 [PRE: 57]
Huge climber thanks to him releasing my AOTY so far of 2016 and because I picked up copies of 'Prefection', 'A', 'Dropping the Writ' and this year's weird but enjoyable B-Sides compilation 'A Folk Set Apart'.
In Through the Out Door
v LED ZEPPELIN (Also: Robert Plant, Page & Plant)
22 [PRE: 17]
Finally got to checking out the later albums, not earth shattering but some great standalone tunes (Achilles, Carouselambra) - so for those alone Zeppelin deserve to tread water.
Strangers to Ourselves
v MODEST MOUSE
21 [PRE: 15]
I liked 'Strangers' a fair bit, didn't change my life, but it keeps them ticking over until we see what they can do on the next one.
|20||Bonnie 'Prince' Billy|
^^ WILL OLDHAM (Also: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Palace Music, Palace Brothers)
20 [PRE: 35]
Busy as ever and I'm including all his collaboration work in here - including the Bitchin' Bajas one from this year.
19 [PRE: 14]
I checked 'Monster', s'alright, nothing else to report. Band is good.
|18||The Flaming Lips|
Clouds Taste Metallic
v FLAMING LIPS
18 [PRE: 13]
Checked out 'Clouds Taste Metallic' and think it's a pretty good proto version of 'Soft Bulletin', they have a new album out soon too so could climb yet.
17 [PRE: 12]
They are still locked in the new age-y phase and probably need to try something new now, still deserve a spot in the top 20.
Secrets of the Beehive
>NE< DAVID SYLVIAN (Also: Japan, Rain Tree Crow)
16 [PRE: n/a]
The highest new entry is David Sylvian and I'm cheekily throwing in his Japan stuff too. Not an artist I'd heard much about before 2016, all of what I've heard so far has been at least good, usually excellent
v ANIMAL COLLECTIVE (Also: Panda Bear, Avey Tare, Deakin)
15 [PRE: 11]
The new album was a huge disappointment, the Deakin wasn't too shabby.
14 [PRE: 9]
Kurt Cobain is dead, the vaults are empty.
13 [PRE: 10]
I enjoyed 'Poison Season' a lot and caught Bejar on tour twice so that's why he stays so high on the ranking.
Speaking in Tongues
v TALKING HEADS
12 [PRE: 7]
I've listened to all the discog now. 'Speaking in Tongues' has grown on me a lot this year.
The Light In You
v MERCURY REV
11 [PRE: 8]
Revisiting 'Yerself is Steam' and 'Deserter's Songs' you really appreciate the classics they are. The new album was just ok overall but had some of the magic of old hidden in there.
Monuments to an Elegy
v SMASHING PUMPKINS (Also: Zwan)
10 [PRE: 5]
I don't enjoy any of Corgan's recent output all that much, hence the slow slide down the ranking.
Didn't It Rain
^ JASON MOLINA (Also: Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co)
9 [PRE: 22]
I've combined all Molina's output too, this year I investigated 'Didn't it Rain' which is another near perfect release.
|8||Sun Kil Moon|
^^ MARK KOZELEK (Also: Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon)
8 [PRE: 26 + 27]
I've combined Kozelek's stuff here, 'Universal Themes' didn't blow me away but it certainly adds more depth to an already impressive discog.
|7||American Music Club|
^^ MARK EITZEL (also: American Music Club)
7 [PRE: 20 + 77]
Ok, I've decided to combine some artist's work under the one banner - firstly to free up space and secondly because I think it makes more sense. This year I checked 'United Kingdom' for the first time and it is perhaps my favourite Eitzel release of all and also revisited some of his solo material and was really impressed.
^^ LAMBCHOP (also: HeCTA)
6 [PRE: 41]
Huge climber, this year I checked 'Is a Woman' (5/5), What Another Man (4/5) and their new one FLOTUS (4.5/5). I also investigated the HeCTA side project which is decent too. This band are now in my mind one of the most consistent I could name.
The Waiting Room
^ TINDERSTICKS (also: Stuart Staples)
5 [PRE: 6]
Finally got to see them live, found the new album solid enough and also checked out 'Simple Pleasure' for the first time.
> THE THE
4 [PRE: 4]
I checked out some of the soundtrack work but it didn't do much for me, another non mover at no. 4.
Trouble Will Find Me
> THE NATIONAL (also: EL VY)
3 [PRE: 3]
No real activity, the EL VY Berninger project was mildly disappointing.
> DAVID BOWIE (also: Tin Machine)
2 [PRE: 2]
I was all set to crown him number one but Radiohead met the challenge.
A Moon Shaped Pool
> RADIOHEAD (also: Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood)
1 [PRE: 1]
So for a brief period when 'Blackstar' dropped Bowie resided in the top spot but...then Radiohead drop an excellent album themselves.