I would like to start out 2017 with an independent music store wish list:
1. The music industry finally realizes that exclusive releases to one vendor or format is bad for the artist, the manager, the label, the distributors and more specifically, the music fan who pays everyone’s rent. The proliferation of these exclusive deals has left the fan confused and often angry because they can’t access their favorite artists' music unless they pay umpteen monthly access fees. The regular chant in the stores has become “that’s only available as a digital file.” Does that really sound better than, “it's right here.” If this is really about money then why are you cutting away a large portion of your artists' fan base?
2. We begin to have parity with all formats (streaming, downloads, CDs, Vinyl) released at the same time so music fans can access your artists any way they want. This means everybody is happy: music fans, artists, physical music stores, download sites, streaming sites. Well, maybe not the streaming sites but they have had “favored nation” status for far too long. Be brave, think outside the box and give physical goods the same respect you do digital.
3. Music distributors and labels think twice before they do direct-to-consumer deals for their artists. Everyone talks about how they want to support real music stores, but the proof is in your actions, not your words. Quit competing with the very (physical) stores that have supported you and your artists for years.
4. Artists' sites begin using the Record Store Day Third Option button right next to the Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify buttons. Do they really not want to help out their local independent record store and give them the same opportunity to do well at selling their music? Really?
5. If you guys are going to change the damn street date to the worst day of the week then stick to it. You are destroying the entire street date concept, which had worked so well for so long until you started messing with it. Again, you are confusing the music fan who can’t figure out what the hell is going on--they just want to purchase the music they love. Stop making it so confusing and difficult for them to do just that.
Coalition of Independent Music Stores
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
208.343.0107 x3 office
Year End Lists:
Michael Bunnell - CIMS/ThinkIndie Executive Director
Leonard Cohen- You Want It Darker
Hayes Carll- Lovers & Leavers
David Bowie- Blackstar
Parquet Courts- Human Performance
Alejandro Escovedo- Burn Something Beautiful
Paul Simon- Stranger to Stranger
Rokia Traore- Ne So
Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau- Nearness
Black Mountain- IV
Margaret Glaspy- Emotions and Math
Andrea Paschal - CIMS/ThinkIndie General Manager
Andrea’s top albums of 2016 - in order of appearance
1) David Bowie- Blackstar
2) Junior Boys- Big Black Coat
3) Kanye West- Life of Pablo
4) M83- Junk
5) James Blake- The Colour in Anything
6) Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
7) Richard Ashcroft- These People
8) Minor Victories- Minor Victoires
9) La Femme-Mystère
10) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Skeleton Tree
11) Leonard Cohen- You Want It Darker
12) Radio Dept.- Running Out of Love
Best Used Bin Discovery: Metro- Metro
Favorite Re-issue: Verve- A Storm in Heaven
Scott Register - ThinkIndie A&R
Yearly Disclaimer – I hate best of lists and know there are a lot of titles I could have included. My best of changes daily. Off the top of my head, here's a baker's dozen of albums that moved me in 2016.
1. Lydia Loveless– Real
2. Jim James– Eternally Even
3. Shura– Nothing’s Real
4. Richard Ashcroft– These People
5. Sturgill Simpson– A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
6. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions– Until The Hunter
7. Tribe Called Quest– We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service
8. Empire Of The Sun– Two Vines
9. Brent Cobb– Shine On Rainy Day
10. Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam– I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
11. Lori McKenna– The Bird & The Rifle
12. Car Seat Headrest– Teens Of Denial
13. Drive-By Truckers– American Band
Liz Boger - CIMS Sales & Marketing
In all honesty, the sound I'd like to hear most is silence, but since I'm the mom of two small boys (a 16 month old and a 3 1/2 year old) that's not likely to happen until they lock themselves away in their rooms during their teenage years. So for now, I'm gonna pick Car Seat Headrest's album Teens of Denial. My brain at this point only has the room to hold on to one album from 2016 and this has been it. Maybe in 2017 my brain won't be mush and I'll have more "me" time to do things like listen to new music....and shower. Or, you know, maybe not (I'm not holding my breath) ;)
Russell Cothran - ThinkIndie Sales & Marketing
Top LPs…in no particular order
Coupler- Live At Third Man
Minor Victories- Minor Victories
Julianna Barwick- Will
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Skeleton Tree
Charles Bradley- Changes
Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool
Fear Of Men- Fall Forever
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam- I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
Childish Gambino- Awaken My Love
The Swans- Glowing Man
DIIV- Is The Is Are
A Tribe Called Quest- We Got It From Here…
William Tyler- Modern Country
Reissue Of The Year
Afghan Whigs- Black Love...as if there was any question
Honorable Mention…Lee Moses- Time & Place
Top Songs (From Records Not Found Above)
Strand Of Oaks- ''Radio Kids''
The XX- ''On Hold''
Mayer Hawthorne- ''Party Of One''
The Kills- ''Doing It To Death''
The Range- ''Florida''
Solange- ''Cranes In The Sky''
Domo Genesis- ''Dapper''
Whitney- ''No Woman''
Kaytranda- ''You’re The One''
Tennis- ''In The Morning I’ll Be Better''
Maggie Rogers- ''Alaska''
Burial- ''Young Death''
Car Seat Headrest- ''Drunk Drivers/ Killer Whales''
Parquet Courts- ''Berlin Got Blurry''
Angel Olsen- ''Shut Up Kiss Me''
Bryan Peters - ThinkIndie Warehouse Manager
In no order, my top 9 of 2016
Chance the Rapper– Coloring Book
Kanye West– Life of Pablo
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam- I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
A Tribe Called Quest– We Got It From Here…
Danny Brown- Atrocity Exhibition
Car Seat Headrest- Teens of Denial
Anderson Paak- Malibu
Charles Bradley– Changes
Deana LeSourd - CIMS/ThinkIndie Accounting
In no particular order, in 2016, I enjoyed these albums along with the soundtracks to all the Disney Jr and Nick Jr cartoons and movies.
Sia– This Is Acting
Kanye West– The Life of Pablo
Kendrick Lamar– untitled unmastered.
Bon Iver– 22, A Million
A Tribe Called Quest– We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
The Weekend– Starboy
Childish Gambino– “Awaken, My Love!”
Pete Yorn– Arranging Time
Andrew Bird– Are You Serious
Blind Pilot– And Then Like
Blake Wimberly - CIMS/ThinkIndie Favorite
Oren Ambarchi- Hubris
Akasha System- Vague Response
The Field- The Follower
Khotin- Baikal Acid
Nick Campbell - ThinkIndie Warehouse
Bibio- A Mineral Love Gold Panda- Good Luck and Do Your Best
The Radio Dept.- Running Out of Love
Wild Nothing- Life of Pause
Lush- Blind Spot EP
The Field- The Follower
The Avalanches- Wildflower
Junior Boys- Big Black Coat