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Tiny Engines bands’ top LPs of 2016 (Signals Midwest, Look Mexico, more)

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North Carolina indie rock label Tiny Engines had a pretty great 2016, releasing records like The Hotelier‘s Goodness (our 22nd favorite album of the year), Signals Midwest‘s At This Age, Look Mexico‘s Uniola, Mannequin Pussy‘s Romantic, and more.

Now that the year is coming to an end, we asked the Tiny Engines family what their favorite albums of the year were, and they’ve sent us year-end lists from The Hotelier (which you can read here), Signals Midwest, Look Mexico, label co-founder Will Miller, and label employee Karl Kuehn (who fronts Museum Mouth, who released Popcorn Fish Guinea Pig on Max Bemis’ Rory Records this year). Check out the latter four lists below.

If you’re in the NYC-area, you can catch The Hotelier opening one of the Thursday reunion shows at NJ’s Starland Ballroom next week (tickets) and playing a New Year’s Eve show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge (tickets).

Things are already looking good for Tiny Engines in 2017 too. The new Sinai Vessel album Brokenlegged is coming out in January and the two singles they’ve released are sounding promising:

Will Miller (Tiny Engines co-founder) (alphabetical order)

AlohaLittle Windows Cut Right Through (Polyvinyl)
Bent ShapesWolves of Want (Slumberland)
CryingBeyond the Fleeting Gales (Run For Cover)
Cymbals Eat GuitarsPretty Years (Synderlin)
Katie DeyFlood Network (Joy Void)
Explosions in the SkyWilderness (Temporary Residence)
Steve GunnEyes on the Lines (Matador)
HovvdyTaster (Sports Day & Merderhaus)
Japanese BreakfastPsychopomp (Yellow K)
LambchopFLOTUS (Merge)
Flock Of DimesIf You See Me, Say Yes (Partisan)
Frank OceanBlonde (Boys Don’t Cry)
Nap EyesThought Rock Fish Scale (Bachelors of Paradise)
John K. SamsonWinter Wheat (Anti)
Shy LayersShy Layers (Growing Bin)
SolangeA Seat at the Table (Columbia)
The ThermalsWe Disappear (Saddle Creek)
William TylerModern Country (Merge)
WilcoSchmilco (DBPM / Anti)
WoodsCity Sun Eater in the River of Light (Woodsist)

Signals Midwest (collectively in no order)

PUPThe Dream is Over
Jeff RosenstockWorry
John K SamsonWinter Wheat
Modern BaseballHoly Ghost
MarthaBlisters In the Pit Of My Heart
A Tribe Called QuestWe got it from here…
Aesop RockThe Impossible Kid
Angel OlsenMy Woman
Violent SohoWaco
The GunshyPorterhouse


Look Mexico

Childish GambinoAwaken, My Love!
A Tribe Called Quest We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
American FootballLP2
J. Cole4 Your Eyez Only
DikembeHail Something
Chris FarrenCan’t Die
Against Me!Shape Shift with Me
Chance the RapperColoring Book
Alexander & The GrapesHyper Self
Bon Iver22, A Million
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
Bruno Mars24k Magic

Karl Kuehn (mailorder for Tiny Engines / drummer & singer for Museum Mouth)

1. Lady GagaJoanne
2. RihannaAnti
3. Mannequin PussyRomantic
4. Cymbals Eat GuitarsPretty Years
5. Against Me!Shape Shift With Me
6. Japanese BreakfastPsychopomp
7. Infinity CrushWarmth Equation
8. Thin LipsRiff Hard
9. Tegan and SaraLove You to Death
10. PorchesPool

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