Best of 2016 … So Far (Encore Episode 127)

This week’s episode of Encore looks at our favorite albums so far from 2016. Next week we’ll be posting our contributor and moderator list feature, but, before that you can hear your favorite podcast hosts explain what albums they like the best and how they came up with their very scientific lists. We also talk about beer, the NBA finals, Yellowcard saying goodbye, Paramore, Every Time I Die, Eisley, and a little about Blink-182 (but expect much more on that album in the next episode).

We’d love to hear what albums you’ve been enjoying this year as well, so please hit the the little quote bubble to join us in the forums and let us know. Also, feel free to leave any questions you’d like us to tackle in future episodes. Thanks to everyone who listens.


The Sound and The Story: The Sound and the Story is a podcast that dives deep on albums, songs, and the music in an attempt to untangle it all. New episodes come out each month and explore one album in detail. The latest episode is all about Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘Transatlanticism’ – check it out in iTunes right now.

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Show Notes

Jason’s list:

  1. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep
  2. The Hotelier – Goodness
  3. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  4. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  5. Direct Hit – Wasted Mind
  6. Blink-182 – California
  7. PUP – The Dream is Over
  8. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  9. Daughter – Not To Disappear
  10. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman

Thomas’s list:

  1. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
  2. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  3. PUP – The Dream Is Over
  4. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
  5. The Hotelier – Goodness
  6. Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
  7. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  8. JANK – Awkward Pop Songs
  • We discuss why we make these lists, whether mid-year lists are actually useful, how hard we think about these things, etc., and ask each other about certain inclusions on our lists.
  • JT Recommends: New Direct Hit! album, OJ Simpson documentary on ESPN, Zootopia.
  • TN Recommends: A few podcasts — Recode Replay (really enjoyed the ones with Jack Dorsey and DeRay McKesson, Sundar Pichai, Mark Fields, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk), Reply All’s “On The Inside” multi-part story, StartUp’s “From The Cell to the Sell” multi-part story, and also I’ve been enjoying the Star Wars trade paperback comic book collections more than expected.


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