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Beat's 2016 Writers' Wrap Up

Find out what each of our writer's was loving in 2016.

Name: Abbey Lew-Kee
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Camp CopeCamp Cope
2. The Ride Catfish & The Bottlemen
3. Warm on a Cold Night HONNE
4. Chamomile Slowly Slowly
5. SIX  Cottonwood Firing Squad
6. Phase Jack Garratt
7. First Light Dustin Tebbutt
8. Boronia Hockey Dad
9. Diplomatic Immunity Client Liaison 
10. Painting of a Panic Attack Frightened Rabbit
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Lost: Season One Camp Cope
2. Drive Gretta Ray
3. You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me Alex Lahey  
4. Sly Polographia
5. New York, Paris Slowly Slowly
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Age Music Awards After Party 170 Russell
2. Julien Baker Northcote Social Club
3. Gretta Ray The Toff in Town
4. Dustin Tebbut Northcote Social Club
5. DMA’s The Croxton
 
Highlight of 2016: I am a literal fan-girl of Camp Cope so spotting Georgia Maq standing t-minus TWO METRES AWAY FROM ME was insane. Hehe.
Lowlight of 2016: I lost all of my words and couldn’t say hello to her lol.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: I’ll become Camp Cope’s band manager.
 
Name: Augustus Welby
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Feelin Kinda Free, The Drones
2. Blackstar David Bowie
3. Skeleton Tree Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
4. Atrocity Exhibition Danny Brown
5. We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service A Tribe Called Quest
6. A Moon Shaped Pool Radiohead
7. My Woman Angel Olsen
8. Blood Bitch Jenny Hval
9. Anti Rihanna
10. A New State Emma Russack
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Augustine Blood Orange
2. Cranes In The Sky Solange
3. Fade Kanye West
4. Destroyer Kevin Morby
5. Formation Beyonce
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. The Drones 170 Russell
2. You Am I Dingwall’s London
3. Kate Tempest Sugar Mountain
4. Ferla The Old Bar
5. Alex Cameron Moth Club London
 
Highlight of 2016: I moved to London.
Lowlight of 2016: I moved to London the day before Brexit.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: We all just get along.
 
Name: Bel Ryan
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Arctic Thunder Darkthrone
2. Abbath Abbath
3. II Crowhurst
4. I Want Your Blood Tankerville
5. Left With Nothing Choke
6.  Shape Shift With Me Against Me!
7. Tyrannamen Tyrannamen
8. Band Of The Future Ausmuteants
9. Birth ORB
10. Errata Convulsing
 
Top Five Songs of the Year:
1. DVP PUP
2. You Should Leave Him Tyrannamen
3. Bartender’s Lament Tankerville
4. Figurehead Wise Child
5. Boss Bitch Lazertits
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Cut Sick The Tote
2. We Lost The Sea Progfest
3. Miss Destiny & Spotting Labour in Vain
4. Lazertits, Billy Davis & Confidence Man Corner Hotel
5. Baroness Meredith
 
Highlight of 2016: Should prob say becoming music editor at Beat, but I also ate some really good sandwiches.
Lowlight of 2016: Missing out on At the Drive-In. A Wild Prediction for 2017: Bieber does black metal.
 
Name: Bronius Zumeris
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Lost Cities Ed Kuepper
2. More Rain M Ward
3. Delerium Tremens Mick Harvey
4. Skeleton Tree Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
5. Hole In Your Pocket The Panics
6. You Want It Darker Leonard Cohen
7. M: FANS John Cale
8. Painting Of A Panic Attack Frightened Rabbit
9. No Exit Marianne Faithfull
10. Remember Us To Life Regina Spektor
 
Top Four Singles of the Year:
1. Kerala Bonobo
2. Don’t Say A Thing Mick Harvey
3. Die Like A Rich Boy Frightened Rabbit
4. When Things Fall Apart The Augustines
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Black Cab Howler
2. Histrionics Private Party
3. David Bowie Retrospective Hamer Hall
4. Lisa Gerrard Hamer Hall
5. The Triffids The Corner Hotel
 
Highlight of 2016: An illegal hairstyle is no barrier to taking over the world.
Lowlight of 2016: Passing of a triumvirate of irreplaceable icons: David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Alan Vega.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Donald Trump goes bald.
 
Name: Claire Varley
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Let Me Be Clear Gang of Youths
2. WACO  Violent Soho
3. Don’t Let The Kids Win Julia Jacklin
4. Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande
5. Awaken My Love Childish Gambino
6. Reclaim Australia A.B Original
7. Raleigh St James Moloney and the Mad Dog Harrisons
8. My Woman Angel Olsen
9. Blonde Frank Ocean
10. Conscious Broods
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Me and your Mama Childish Gambino
2. On Hold The xx
3. Don’t Let The Kids Win Julia Jacklin
4. How to Taste Violent Soho
5. Creepin Kingswood
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Violent Soho Laneway Festival
2. Smith St Band Max Watt’s
3. Karnivool The Croxton
4. Foals Festival Hall
5. Chvrches Laneway
 
Highlight of 2016: I met a dreamy man, who makes me happier than my own company, and got to share many wonderful musical adventures in this wrap up with him.
Lowlight of 2016: Losing a job with no warning. But it was okay, I found my way to Beat and better things.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Surprise posthumous release of a festive David Bowie album:  The Freakiest Christmas.
 
Name: Dan Watt
 
Top Six Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. NULLABOR 1988-1989  friendships
2. Wear It Well Emily Ulman
3. Soft Rock For The Anxious The Pretty Littles
4. The Smackwave EP Spike Fuck
5. God Forbid Anyone Look Me In The Eye Two Steps On The Water
6. Black / Blue The Nation Blue
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Work Rihanna
2. Satan D.D. Dumbo
3. Bum Bum Die Antwoord
4. Nightcrawler Planete
5. A.I. Rat&Co
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Vasco Era Keep Star Shining benefit at The Corner (This show is so far ahead of anything else it could take up all five)
2. The Nation Blue The Gasometer
3. Band Of Horses The Forum
4. Paradise Music Festival
5. Spike Fuck The Tote
 
Highlight of 2016: A 28-year-old from Barbados turned pop music on its head with a song featuring a chorus descending from a clearly audible Work to a barely recognisable warble thus allegorising the mind numbing repetition we all face in our working lives…. And the word ‘lit’ being a thing.
Lowlight of 2016: Realising that by describing positive situations incessantly as ‘lit’ has disempowered the true wonder of this very special idiomatic adjective.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Channel 7 will air a new reality show called: 'Who Wants To Be A Cokehead Millionaire Who Cheats On Their Wife.
 
Name: David James Young
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. The Past Beats Inside Me Like a Second Heartbeat Urthboy
2. Lemonade Beyoncé
3. Wildflower The Avalanches
4. 22, A Million Bon Iver
5. Camp Cope Camp Cope
6. Quitting Will Improve Your Health H A N N A H B A N D
7. Inland Sea Marcus Whale
8. A Seat at the Table Solange
9. The Life of Pablo Kanye West
10. Cardinal Pinegrove
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Drive Gretta Ray
2. Into You Ariana Grande
3. Dang! Mac Miller feat. Anderson .Paak
4. Somebody Else The 1975
5. Too Good Drake feat. Rihanna
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Prince Sydney State Theatre
2. Kendrick Lamar Qudos Bank Arena
3. At the Drive-In Enmore Theatre
4. Gillian Welch Enmore Theatre
5. Bon Iver Sydney Opera House
 
Highlight of 2016: Being in the same room as Prince.
Lowlight of 2016: Among countless others, losing Prince.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: At the Drive-In make a masterpiece.
 
Name: Eben Rojter
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Let Them Eat Chaos Kate Tempest
2. The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat Urthboy
3. Reclaim Australia A.B. Original
4. Waco Violent Soho
5. Seven Mirrors Drapht
6. End of Time Ecca Vandal
7. Introverted Extroverts The Gooch Palms
8. Divas and Demons Remi
9. Wisdom Machine The Bennies
10. Become L-Fresh The Lion
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Take Me Home A.B. Original
2. Europe Is Lost Kate Tempest
3. Dhinawan Touch The Stars The Mob
4. Ketamine for Breakfast Kate Tempest
5.1955 Hilltop Hoods ft. Montaigne
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Drapht 170 Russell
2. Urthboy Howler
3. Waax Howler
4. Hilltop Hoods Restrung Tour Rod Laver Arena
5. Fat Freddy’s Drop Forum
 
Highlight of 2016: Return of my two favourite Aussie rappers, and discovering the incredible Kate Tempest.
Lowlight of 2016: Ventured into Glamorama more than once. Once is more than enough.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Aussie hip hop will make my top ten again.
 
Name: Gloria Brancatisano
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. All Our God’s Have Abandoned Us Architects
2. The Ride Catfish & The Bottlemen
3. I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It The 1975
4. If This Is All We're Going To Be Luca Brasi
5. Don’t Let The Kids Win Julia Jacklin
6. Quality Of Life Hellions
7. Spring Forever Columbus
8. Every Now and Then Jagwar Ma
9. Glorious Heights Montaigne
10. Dare Northeast Party House
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. No Longer Lovers Billy Davis
2. All For You Residual
3. Instant Coffee Bugs
4. 501’s Fortunes
5. Alive Warbly Jets
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Unify Gathering Tarwin Lower
2. The Used In Love and Death170 Russell
3. The 1975 Hisense Arena
4. Luca Brasi/Moose Blood Corner Hotel
5. Bigsound Fortitude Valley
 
Highlight of 2016: All the incredible new artists coming out of Australia. The future of our industry is really fucking bright.
Lowlight of 2016: I’d need a lot more space to get through this list.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: I’ll learn how to fly.
 
Name: Isabella Ubaldi
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Moodyman DJ-Kicks
2. Awaken, My Love! Childish Gambino
3. Lemonade Beyonce
4. IV BadBadNotGood
5. untitled unmastered Kendrick Lamar
6. Blonde Frank Ocean
7. Yes Lawd! NxWorries
8. The Colour In Anything James Blake
9. 99.9% Kaytranada
10. Skeleton Tree Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Cliff Lapsley
2. Redbone Childish Gambino
3. Livvin NxWorries
4. Idee Fixe Methyl Ethel
5. 1-5-9 Koi Child
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Mac Demarco 170 Russell
2. Motor City Drum Ensemble Let Them Eat Cake
3. BadBadNotGood The Corner
4. The Pretty Littles Northcote Social Club
5. Late Nite Tuff Guy Rainbow Serpent
 
Highlight of 2016: Visiting Little Soul Café in Tokyo.
Lowlight of 2016: Chump Trump.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: World peace.
 
Name: Jacob Colliver
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Let Them Eat Chaos Kate Tempest
2. Nonagon Infinity King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
3. Illirion Lubomyr Melnyk
4. The Peace & Truce Of Future Of The Left Future Of The Left
5. You Want It Darker Leonard Cohen
6. El Sol Average Rap Band
7. Feelin Kinda Free The Drones
8. The Mountain Will Fall DJ Shadow
9. Masterpiece Big Thief
10. Monolith Of Phobos The Claypool Lennon Delirium
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Old Green Thumb Eastward
2. Watch Your Back The Coathangers
3. The Plan The Timbers 4. Drummers & Lovers The Con & The Liar
5. Girlie Bits Ali Barter
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats 170 Russell
2. Aunty Donna Max Watt’s
3. Enter Shikari 170 Russell
4. Oh Pep! Melbourne Music Week
5. Mind Gamers Melbourne Music Week
 
Highlight of 2016: Working for Beat, celebrating a wonderful year together with my partner, and Penny Arcade Expo.
Lowlight of 2016: That spectaculary-terrible Meat Loaf album, and getting some mad food poisoning (again, from spoiled meat) the night before writing this.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Ska's coming back. Just for a bit.
 
Name: James Di Fabrizio  
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. Modern Country William Tyler
2. A Seat at the Table Solange
3. Colouring Book Chance The Rapper
4. Emily’s D+Evolution Esperanza Spalding
5. We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service A Tribe Called Quest
6. Time Is Golden Big Smoke
7. 22, A Million Bon Iver
8. Golden Sings That Have Been Sung Ryley Walker
9. IV BadBadNotGood 
10. Goodbye To Language Daniel Lanois
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Real Love Baby Father John Misty
2. Glorious Tetrahedra
3. Friends Francis and the Lights ft. Bon Iver and Kanye West
4. Do You Still Love Me? Ryan Adams
5. Garden Romeo Moon   
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Jason Isbell Melbourne Recital Centre
2. BadBadNotGood Meredith Music Festival
3. Tallest Man On Earth Melbourne Recital Centre
4. Tedeschi Trucks Band The Forum
5. Joshua Hedley Out On The Weekend
 
Highlight of 2016: Witnessing the State Library transform into a hub of music and good times, courtesy of Melbourne Music Week. 
Lowlight of 2016: Post-Meredith blues.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: 'Spice' becomes national shorthand for breaking news.   
 
Name: Jess Zanoni
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1.Yes Lawd NxWorries
2.Utopia Defeated D.D Dumbo
3.99.9% Kaytranada
4. Lemonade Beyonce
5.The Sun's Tirade Isaiah Rashad
6. IV  BadBadNotGood
7. untitled unmastered Kendrick Lamar
8.A Seat at the table  Solange
9.Telefone Noname
10.Gary Mangelwurzel
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Am I Wrong Anderson Paak
2. Ivy Frank Ocean
3. 24K Magic Bruno Mars
4. Redbone Childish Gambino
5. Cube Jarrow
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Kendrick Lamar Rod Laver Arena
2. Wayne Shorter Arts Centre
3. Two Steps On The Water The Tote
4. NO ZU Golden Plains Festival
5. Peaches Meredith Music Festival
  
Highlight of 2016: Skipped three weeks of Melbourne's absolute worst weather in Portugal, and my band released an EP that we were really proud of.
Lowlight of 2016: Not spending that $300 to see Prince
A Wild Prediction for 2017: The demise of Triple J
 
Name: Joe Hansen
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Paradise White Lung   
2. Bottomless Pit Death Grips
3. Stake My Claim Big Eyes
4. Band of the Future Ausmuteants
5. Colleen Green EP Colleen Green
6. We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service A Tribe Called Quest
7. Wildflower The Avalanches
8. Nonagon Infinity King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
9. You Will Never Be One of Us Nails
10. Reclaim Australia A.B. Original
 
Top Five Songs of the Year:
1. Dead Weight White Lung 
2. You Will Never Be One of Us Nails
3. Giving Bad People Good Ideas Death Grips 
4. January 26 A.B Original
5. Kill the Warden Career Suicide
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Sleater-Kinney The Croxton
2. Screaming Females The Curtin
3. Rort The Tote
4. Hard-Ons Northcote Social Club
5. Mindsnare  The Bendigo Hotel
 
Highlight of 2016: Going to as many shows as possible.
Lowlight of 2016: Barely remembering any of said shows. 
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Every band quits music.
 
Name: Joseph Earp
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Feelin’ Kinda Free The Drones
2. The Hope Six Demolition Project PJ Harvey
3. Joy The Peep Tempel
4. Blank Face Schoolboy Q
5. Blackstar David Bowie
6. Skeleton Tree Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
7. We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service A Tribe Called Quest
8. Don’t Let The Kids Win Julia Jacklin
9. Queen's Speech EP Lady Leshurr
10. Full Closure And No Details Gabriella Cohen
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Boredom The Drones
2. January 26  A.B. Original
3. Lazarus  David Bowie
4. Where Are You Now? Lady Leshurr
5. You’re A Fucking Joke Bec Sandridge
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. The Drones Metro Theatre
2. The Drones Fairgrounds Festival
3. The Drones Melbourne Town Hall
4. MK-Ultra (AKA The Drones) Sydney Opera House
5. Kendrick Lamar Qudos Bank Arena
 
Highlight of 2016: Henry Rollins called me ‘man’.
Lowlight of 2016: I miss Bowie. I miss him a lot.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: The insane thing the polls tell you won’t happen will 100 percent definitely happen.
 
Name: Julia Sansone
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Uninvited Mallrat
2. Honey Bones Dope Lemon
3. The Dream Is Over PUP
4. Digital Zodiac Dorsal Fins
5. Telluric Matt Corby
6. Utopia Defeated D.D Dumbo
7. Everyone Is Good At Something Skegss
8. Is the Is Are DIIV
9. 2003 Dream Jarrow
10. The Altar Banks
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Wolfie (feat. Julia Stone) Golden Features
2. Do You Ever GlowGreen Buzzard
3. Because I’m Me The Avalanches
4. Lauren Men I Trust
5. Long HolidayFlyying Colours
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Violent Soho/DZ Deathrays/Dune Rats The Forum
2. Dope Lemon 170 Russell
3. Matt Corby Palais Theatre
4. Alex Lahey/Ainslie Wills/Nai PalmState Library Of Victoria (Face The Music)
5. TomppabeatsThe Workshop Bar
 
Highlight of 2016: Getting my bank account stable enough to buy Spotify premium.
Lowlight of 2016: Missing out on The Strokes at Splendour. And missing out on Festival Of The Sun. So much FOMO.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: The return of some big name hardcore/post-hardcore acts.
 
Name: Krystal Maynard
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Roses Never Die Sarah Mary Chadwick
2.Human Performance Parquet Courts  
3. Cosmetic NOTS
4.Demo CS Spotting
5. Terry HQ Terry
6. Snack Pappy
7. Temporary Mutilation Useless Eaters
8. Saturn Returns Loose Tooth
9.Black Star David Bowie
10. You Yang Lost Animal
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1.Phone Drone School Damage
2.Cut Me Down Cable Ties
3.Boss Bitch LAZERTITS
4. Lazarus David Bowie
5. Gardenia Iggy Pop
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Eddy Current Suppression Ring Golden Plains Festival
2. Peaches Meredith Music Festival
3. Pissed Jeans Cropped Out Festival
4. Fred and Toody Meredith Music Festival
5. The World GonerFest
 
Highlight of 2016: Seeing Fred & Toody perform three times.
Lowlight of 2016: Not seeing The Cure.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: The VR device that they joke about in Portlandia that allows you to experience music festivals from the comfort of you own home will become a reality.
 
Name: Lachlan Kanoniuk
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. A Seat At The Table Solange
2. The Smackwave EP Spike Fuck
3. My Woman Angel Olsen
4. Roses Always Die Sarah Mary Chadwick
5. Reclaim Australia A.B Original
6. Hard To Handle Hi-Tec Emotions
7. Tronc Pikelet
8. Terry HQ Terry
9. #TriggerWarning40 Simona Castricum
10. Inland Sea Marcus Whale
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Guts Spike Fuck
2. To Think That I Once Loved You The Drones
3. January 26 A.B Original
4. Makin’ It Work Sarah Mary Chadwick
5. Cranes In The Sky Solange
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Western Bulldogs d. GWS Giants Preliminary Final, Spotless Stadium
2. Western Bulldogs d. Sydney Swans Grand Final, MCG
3. Western Bulldogs d. Port Adelaide Round 12, Adelaide Oval
4. Western Bulldogs d. Hawthorn Semi Final, MCG
5. Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Golden Plains
 
Highlight of 2016: Have a guess.
Lowlight of 2016: That it’s all downhill from here.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Despite all odds, my wild prediction for this year came true (Bob Murphy holding up the Cup). So with this great power I predict in 2017 that Trump will cark it on the dunny after caning too much rack.
 
Name: Lee Spencer-Michaelsen
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Emotional Mugger Ty Segall
2. The Psychedelic Swamp Dr. Dog
3. IV Black Mountain
4. Nonagon Infinity King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
5. Tyrannamen Tyrannamen
6. Mystery Lights Mystery Lights
7. A Weird Exits Thee Oh Sees
8. Feelin Kinda Free The Drones
9. Blackstar David Bowie
10. Skeleton Tree Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Dead Record Player Dr. Dog
2. Sexxy Skyype The Blank Tapes
3. Cemetery Breeding Black Mountain
4. If I Ever Was a Child Wilco
5. Blackstar David Bowie
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Chelsea Wolfe Odeon Theatre
2. Kadavar Cherry Rock
3. Tyrannamen Bodriggy Brewery
4. The Drones The Tote
5. Lubomyr Melnyk Federation Concert Hall
 
Highlight of 2016: Really good musicians released really good records.
Lowlight of 2016: Really good musicians died.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: More really good musicians will release really good records and die.
 
Name: Michael Cusack
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Afterlife NO ZU
2. Priestess / Bravado Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda
3. IV BadBadNotGood
4. 8 Prince of Denmark
5. Escapism II Sam Gellaitry
6. Utopia Defeated D.D Dumbo
7. House of Dad Andras
8. Red Leopard Thriftworks
9. Swim Against The Tide The Japanese House
10. House of Silk Throwing Shade
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. That’s O.K Jonwayne
2. Eyes Closed Roland Tings
3. Subways The Avalanches
4. Nightcrawler Planete
5. Kerala Bonobo
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Jon Hopkins Let Them Eat Cake
2. Antigone My Aeon
3. BadBadNotGood Meredith Music Festival
4. Violent Soho Laneway Festival
5. NO ZU Max Watt’s
 
Highlight of 2016: Making music with pals.
Lowlight of 2016: The week after Meredith.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Jungle back in a big way.
 
Name: Naj
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Skeleton Tree Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
2. Emotional Mugger Ty Segall and the Muggers
3. Feelin’ Kinda Free The Drones
4. A Weird Exits Thee Oh Sees
5. IV Black Mountain
6. Zone JEFF The Brotherhood
7. Live at Third Man Death From Above 1979
8. Jesu Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
9. Blackstar David Bowie
10. White Denim Stiff
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. To Think That I Once Loved You The Drones
2. The Axis Thee Oh Sees
3. (I’m the One) Big Big Fun White Denim
4. CHEETAHT7b Aphex Twin
5. The Greatest Conversation Ever In The History Of The Universe (30 Days, 30 Songs) Sun Kil Moon
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Prince State Theatre
2. Chelsea Wolfe Dark Mofo
3. The Flaming Lips Mona Foma
4. Thee Oh Sees Howler
5. Kamasi Washington Prince Bandroom
 
Highlight of 2016: Eight different renditions of Daryl Braithwaite’s Horses at Winery Walkabout.
Lowlight of 2016: Sometimes it snows in April. RIP Prince.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Acca Dacca hang up the boots.
 
Name: Peter Hodgson
 
Top Ten Albums or EPs of the Year:
1. Blackstar David Bowie
2. Hardwired …To Self Destruct Metallica
3. Scambot 2 Mike Keneally
4. Periphery III: This Time It’s Personal Periphery
5. Dystopia Megadeth
6. The Serenity Of Suffering Korn
7. Handmade Cities Plini
8. Outlier Twelve Foot Ninja
9. Transcendence Devin Townsend Project
10. Sorceress Opeth
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
Singles aren’t metal.
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. The Cure Rod Laver Arena
2. Black Sabbath Rod Laver Arena
3. Steve Martin & Martin Short Santa Barbara Bowl
4. Plini Max Watt’s
5. The Cult Festival Hall
 
Highlight of 2016: Interviewing the mighty Mr. Tony Iommi, a goal I’ve had since I was 13 years old.
Lowlight of 2016: Knowing that even a kickass new Metallica album and the glory that is Rogue One weren’t enough to offset the loss of Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Garry Shandling, Sir George Martin, Lonnie Mack, Scotty Moore, Kenny Baker, Leonard Cohen…
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Slayer Pez Dispensers.
 
Name: Tom Parker
 
Top Ten Albums of the Year:
1. 99.9% Kaytranada
2. Palm Haus Spaceman
3. In Search of Free Time Free Time
4. Human Performance Parquet Courts
5. Bloom RUFUS
6. Tyrannamen Tyrannamen
7. Around the House Chook Race
8. Light Upon The Lake Whitney
9. We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service A Tribe Called Quest
10. Birth ORB
 
Top Five Singles of the Year:
1. Ultimate Painting Bills
2. No Woman Whitney
3. Tutti Frutti New Order
4. Glowed Up  Kaytranada, Anderson Paak
5. Priestess/Bravado Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda
 
Top Five Gigs of the Year:
1. Eddy Current Suppression Ring Golden Plains Festival
2. Free Time The Tote
3. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Wollongong Uni Bar
4. RUFUS Festival Hall
5. Client Liaison The Forum
 
Highlight of 2016: Grasping Brendan Suppression's panties as he glided across the Golden Plains crowd.
Lowlight of 2016: Missing Gizzfest and Meredith... ahhhhhhh.
A Wild Prediction for 2017: Collingwood wins the premiership.