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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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A Summer 2016 Playlist

If I had a Jeep Wrangler, these are the songs I’d blast out of it while cruising the neighborhood.

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A Summer Playlist

As we head into the July 4th weekend, what better time to create a summer playlist? (Besides a month ago.)

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Labor Day / Summer’s Not Over Playlist

Mid-August is about the time everyone looks at their Summer To-Do list, panics, tells the boss they have mono, and decamps for beaches and BBQs. Here’s a playlist to go along with all that

A little of something for everyone. Play it sequentially and you’ll start with some classic Brazilian and reggae, then add a little funk, maybe some Brit-rock and House, then it basically becomes really schizophrenic. In a good way.

 

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Favorite Records and Songs of 2012

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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
  • TNGHT, TNGHT
  • 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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2012 (Late) Summer Mix

My “A-1 Summer Mix” for your beach blanket bingos and rooftop shindigs. (via Spotify)



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Favorite 30 Tracks of 2011

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This was much more a year for singles than albums, which may just reflect the change in my listening habits. (Blame Spotify.) In fact, with the exception of LPs by James Blake, Washed Out, Cults, and Destroyer, I was content with a track or two from most of the bands listed below. Enjoy.

(And yes, there’s a Spotify playlist.)

Washed Out “Amor Fati”

James Blake “The Wilhelm Scream

Tennis “Marathon”

Cults “Abducted”

Girls “Honey Bunny”

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