Northbound Coffee Roasters is a small, family-owned roaster in Mount Shasta, CA. We had the opportunity to visit their home base last month and chat with owner Keith Hamrick.
I've done a AOTY list for as long as I can remember. But living out of a car broke my rhythm I guess. I didn't have the time or patience to do a full write up but figured I'd still put together a list of my favorite albums and EPs. 2016 was a crazy year for music and it was tough to narrow it down to 20 or so release, but I gave it a shot. What was your favorite release of this year? Did you hear anything on here that you just weren't a fan of? Is there something I slept on that I still need to hear? Let me know!
2016 Album of the Year
1) Bon Iver - 22, A Million
2) Pinegrove - Cardinal
3) Thieves - No Motive
4) Bibio - A Mineral Love
5) Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow
6) Renounced - Theories of Despair
7) Balance & Composure - Light We Made
8) Microwave - Much Love
9) Mothman - Answers To No One
10) Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
11) Angel Du$t - Rock The Fuck On Forever
12) Basement - Promise Everything
13) Diiv - Is There Is Are
14) Lord Raja - PARA
15) Slingshot Dakota - Break
I'll be the first to admit that we didn't have the best time in California. It's damn near impossible to sleep in a car legally and/or free anywhere on the coast south of San Francisco. That along with almost a 40 cent jump in gas prices made it super difficult for us to stay within our daily budget. Thankfully, we made it out alive and are now in Oregon for the foreseeable future. Check out some photos and quick stories from our time in California below.