BEST OF 2016: Kirsten Ferguson’s Top Concerts & Albums

December 30th, 2016, 3:00 pm by Greg

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Lists and photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

Yes, it’s that time of year once again – best of the year list-time, that is. We’re gathering together Best of 2016 from various media outlets, our own contributors and our readers, too.

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Here’s the list of the Top Concerts, Albums and Local 518 Releases of the Year compiled by Nippertown contributor Kirsten Ferguson:

TOP 20 SHOWS

20. Snoop Dogg @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, August 7
19. Television @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, September 4
18. Wussy/Sky Furrows @ the Low Beat, Albany, July 9
17. The Feelies @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, July 16
16. Neko Case @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, March 5
15. Freakwater @ the Low Beat, Albany, July 21

14. Meltasia Music Festival @ Catskill Game Farm, Catskill, September 2
13. Fleshtones/Off the Record @ the Hanger on the Hudson, Troy, October 15
12. Miracle Legion/the Winterpills @ The Linda, Albany, July 14
11. Titus Andronicus/Craig Finn @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, March 23
10. The Sun Ra Arkestra @ Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, April 23
9. The Figgs/the Upper Crust @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, May 20
8. Mac McCaughan + the Non-Believers @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, May 6
7. Dr. John & the Nite Trippers @ Alive at 5 in Tricentennial Park, Albany, June 9
6. Gogol Bordello @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, April 1
5. Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds @ Tanglewood, Lenox, June 19
4. Beach Slang @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, April 21
3. Elvis Costello & the Imposters @ Palace Theatre, Albany, October 26
2. Bob Mould Band/Ted Leo @ Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton, April 30
1. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ the Times Union Center, Albany, February 8

TOP 15 ALBUMS

15. Freakwater: Scheherazade
14. Parquet Courts: Human Performance
13. Blood Orange: Freetown Sound
12. Nada Surf: You Know Who You Are
11. Ryley Walker: Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
10. Margo Price: Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
9. Miracle Legion: Portrait of a Damaged Family (reissue)
8. Kevin Morby: Singing Saw
7. The Figgs: On the Slide
6. Mavis Staples: Livin’ on a High Note
5. Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression
4. David Bowie: Blackstar
3. Robert Glasper: Everything’s Beautiful
2. Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
1. A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It from Here

TOP 10 LOCAL 518 RELEASES

10. Last Conspirators: Hold that Thought Forever
9. The Lazy Suns: Bar Hotel Music
8. Dust Bowl Faeries: Dust Bowl Faeries
7. Kimono Dragons: Swirldoggin’ with Kimono Dragons
6. Dryer: Bright Moon, Bright Sun
5. Candy Ambulance: I Feel Fantastic
4. Hospital Corners: Birdfire
3. 1313 Mockingbird Lane: Have Hearse Will Travel (reissue)
2. Jason Martin: Power Animal System Methods
1. Great Mutations: Many Battles

MORE BEST OF 2016 LISTS
Washington Post’s 10 Best Graphic Novels
Greg Haymes’ Favorite Concerts, Albums, More
The New York Times’ Top 10 New Podcasts
Steve Nover’s Top 50 Concerts
Tim Reidy’s Top 10 Concerts In and Out of Albany
Fred Rudofsky’s Favorite Live Music Events
Albert Brooks’ Top Jazz Albums
Rudy Lu’s Top 10 Concerts
Kathy Conway’s Top 10 Concerts
Paste’s Top 10 Comedy Specials
Fact’s Top 10 Album Covers
Entertainment Weekly’s Top 15 Entertainers
Richard Brody’s Top 13 Concerts
Fred Rudofsky’s Top 27 Albums
Ed Conway’s Top However Many Shows
American Songwriter’s Top 10 Songs
J Hunter’s Top Jazz Albums (Part Deux)
Newsweek’s Top 11 Documentary Films
Don Wilcock’s Top 10 Blues Albums
The Chicago Tribune’s Top Four Poetry Books
Pitchfork’s Top 25 Music Videos
Stanley A. Johnson’s Top 10 Favorite Musical Places
Time Magazine’s Top 10 Nonfiction Books
TV Guide’s Top Television Shows
J Hunter’s Top Jazz Albums (Part 1)
Esquire’s Top 25 Movies (So Far)