DJ End-of-Year Picks

Check out our DJs' recommendations
for great music gifts this year!

Top 10 Recommended Industrial/Electronic Albums of 2016

1. Youth Code – Commitment to Complications
2. Body of Light – Let Me Go
3. Street Sects – End Position
4. S U R V I V E – RR7349
5. The Rain Within – Dark Drive
6. Schwefelgelb – Wie Die Finger Durch Den Nebel
7. Kanga – Kanga
8. GosT – Non Paradisi
9. Perturbator – The Uncanny Valley
10. Wreck & Reference – Indifferent Romance Rivers End

— DJ Adam Alexis, “Body to Body,” Tuesdays 11 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Darrin Bradbury, Elmwood Park:
A Slightly Melodic Audiobook

Darrin Bradbury’s most popular songs are about junkies, meth, and roadkill.  Some of his best characters are deeply flawed people living on the outskirts of polite society, and his songs are funny at times—really funny. What makes Darrin Bradbury a great songwriter—one of the best pure songwriters of this time, is that he recognizes the humanity of his characters, finds the humor in the situations, and he avoids the cheap laugh at the expense of his characters. Elmwood Park was recorded at Eastside Manor in East Nashville.  Laur Joamets and Jeff Crow from Sturgill Simpson’s band appear on the album—as do Tim Easton, Brian Wright, Megan Palmer and others. But, the songs them self are what  stand out. Some of his best known songs, “Junkie Love,” “True Love,” and “The Roadkill Song” are here. So are “Blue Highways,” Bradbury’s moving road song, and “The Almost Great Lakes,” an allegory about his old band, Big Wilson River.  Two of his newest songs appear here, and they are among his best work. The title track sets an idyllic late 50s/early sixties scene involving baseball and ice cream—and then rips it apart with a powerful allusion to November 22, 1963.  “I Knew Him As Sam” is a touching story told from the point of view of Mark Twain’s childhood friend who was the inspiration for Huck Finn. Add a song with a monologue involving the Misfits in New Orleans and a belligerent couch-surfer, and you end up with my favorite album of 2016.

— Joe Wolfe-Mazeres, “Double Shot,” Saturdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience. ELECTRIC LADYLAND. (Reprise, 1968)

If this is an old friend, now's a good time to visit it again. If it's new to you, then you have a treat in store. Double album, the band at its height, and Hendrix more expansive and adventurous. An album I will probably get around to playing most cuts on if given enough time on the show! Favorite cut, worth listening to at least once a month for the rest of eternity: the cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower."

— Sue Havlish, “Double Shot,” Saturdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Michael Roark of Slings & Arrows recommends Buffy Saint-Marie 's 2015 release Power In The Blood. Buffy wears her Native American spirit on her sleeve, and at the age of 75 the power of her words carry even more weight. This album has old and new songs, but all newly recorded and produced. The stand out songs are the inspiring "It's My Way" (1964) and the UB40 cover of "Sing Our Own Song" with added lyrics by Buffy. Also, the reboot of "Not The Loving Kind" (1972) rocks with ululating chants and jarring guitars. "Carry It On" (once called "Look At The Facts" originally written in 1976) is about taking care of the planet, it's the only one we have.

— Michael Roark, “Slings & Arrows,” Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.