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Topping the list are three local acts: Eureka California, who dropped the excellent Versus in March; Mothers, whose When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired was Flagpole‘s No. 1 album of 2016; and former Star Room Boy (and ex-Flagpole news editor) Dave Marr, who released the terrific comeback record We Were All in Love in February.
Other local projects on the list—which features national top-sellers from Radiohead, David Bowie, Bon Iver, Angel Olsen and A Tribe Called Quest—include Kishi Bashi’s Sonderlust, Pylon’s Live, Drive-By Truckers’ American Band and of Montreal’s Innocence Reaches.
2016 was a year of overall growth for the music industry. According to a recent report from analytics firm BuzzAngle, vinyl sales were up nearly 26 percent compared to 2015, while CD sales dropped 14 percent. On the digital front, 2016 was a boom year for streaming services, with a record 250 billion streams representing an eye-popping 82 percent increase over the previous year.
Check out Wuxtry’s full list here.
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