Trailer Space, a record store in East Austin that I’d visit about once a week, closed its doors in October 2015. I’m still picking up titles from mail orders and trips to Goner in Memphis, but not having Spot at Trailer Space has slowed me down. Anyhow, here you go—my favorite LPs, 45s, tapes and books of 2016, in no particular order.

1. Andy Human and the Reptoids “Sarcastic” 7” (Goodbye Boozy)
Great single coming off of their debut LP (one of 2015’s best releases) on SS Records.

2. Couteau Latex “Hostile Environment”/”Morphee” 7” (Goner)

3. Executives “Jet Set” 7” (Rerun Records)
Killer reissue of their incredibly rare 1980 7” EP. No-brainer.

4. Slash - A Punk Magazine from Los Angeles 1977-1980 book (Hat and Beard Press)

5. Stick Men with Rayguns 'Property of Jesus Christ' LP (12XU)

6. Sadahiro Yamada/Watery Love “Jamon Joe”/”Leave Me Alone” split 7” (Selection)

7. James Arthur 'Digital Clubbing' LP (12XU)
James “Fashion Guy” Arthur proves that old ITR acts refuse to die. Or at least this one.

8. Black Randy and the Metrosquad 'Pass the Dust, I Think I’m Bowie' LP (Frontier)
Great to see this available on vinyl again at a nice price.

9. Jim Dickinson 'Dixie Fried' 2XLP (Future Days)
Lost Memphis (and Florida, I guess) gem. If you missed Sid Selvidge’s reissue on Omnivore two years back, that’s another one to get.

10. Dow Jones and the Industrials 'Can’t Stand the Midwest' 2XLP (Family Vineyard)

11. Amy Gassner “Brown Sugar”/”Call Me” lathe-cut 7” (Summersteps)
Memphis drug-punk Stones cover by Klitz bassist Amy Gassner, cut in ’79. As good as anything on 'Like Flies on Sherbert'. Excellent.

12. Nick Allison 'Players’ Lounge' cassette (M.E.R.C.I.T. County)
Latest cassette from the Berry Gordy of Austin’s tape game, MexMode and his M.E.R.C.I.T. County imprint. For fans of Compulsive Gamblers.

13. Beatniks “Heat Creatures” 7” EP (Goodbye Boozy)
If my sources are correct, members of Life Stinks and Andy Human and the Reptoids. Should sell itself.

14. Razz “No Time” 7” EP (Warm Wet Records)

15. Savoy Motel 'Savoy Motel' LP (What’s Your Rupture?)
Jeff Novak delves deep into mid-70s Island Records gems with a side helping of Dennis Coffey. Backing it.

16. Kleenex/LiLiput 'First Songs' 2XLP (Mississippi Records)
My favorite post-punk band of all time. RIP, Marlene Marder.

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