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Favorite Music of 2016

It would be laughable to present a “Best of 2016” list, given my nodding acquaintance with most new music. Instead, here are 15 songs that looped through my headphones and dreams this past year. Enjoy.






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Favorite Records and Songs of 2012


If you’ve seen Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2012, the following list will be pretty familiar. What can I say? I’m predictable. Here are the records and songs I most enjoyed in the past twelve months. (Handily collected into a Spotify playlist.)

Favorite Records:

This felt like a very strong year for music, or at least the music I listen to. I became borderline obsessed with new releases by Frank Ocean and Tennis, while others hummed along in my playlist for months and months.

In no particular order:

  • Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
  • Wild Nothing, Nocturne
  • Hospitality, Hospitality
  • The Vaccines, Come of Age
  • Dean Deacon, America
  • Twin Shadow, Confess
  • The Walkmen, Heaven
  • Tennis, Young & Old
  • Chromatics, Kill for Love
  • Japandroids, Celebration Rock
  • The Weeknd, Trilogy

Favorite Songs:

Some of these are culled from the albums above, while others are standout tracks that will always remind me of 2012. Here’s a Soundcloud set of most of ’em:

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Best Records of 2009

The following list is pretty Pitchfork-y, which shows how much less attention I pay to new music compared to previous years. (I used the check the blogs. I used to DJ the musics. I used to waste hours.) That’s okay. I’m sure I missed a ton of great 2009 releases that I’ll encounter next year. Or in the comments? Feel free to let me know your favorites. And unlike my Best Books of 2009, I have no problem enforcing hierarchy here. NB: songs hosted elsewhere. If the link’s dead, try Hype Machine.

10. Dan Deacon – Bromst
“Get Older” (mediafire)

09. The Field – Yesterday and Today
“Yesterday and Today” (mp3)

08. The xx – xx
“Crystalized” (mp3)

07. The Horrors – Primary Colours
“Who Can Say” (mp3)

06. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
“Young Adult Friction” (mp3)

05. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
“French Navy” (mp3)

04. Japandroids – Post-Nothing
“Wet Hair” (mp3)

03. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
“Soft Shock” (mp3)

02. Girls – Album
“Lust for Life” (mp3)

01. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
“The Lisbon Maru” (mp3)

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