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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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A Summer Playlist, Why Not

Is mid-July too late for a summer playlist? I hope not.

 

The sequence is meant for a picnic or dinner party, with the tracks gathering steam as the sangria takes hold. Some of the songs, like “Do You” and “Problem,” are included simply because they’re addictive as hell. After the boozy, hectic midpoint, around “22 Grand Job”–the all-time best pop song about low wages, even if it is in British pounds–things slow down to encourage a laid-back, flirtatious vibe.

Oh, and a hat tip to the bartender at Skylark for introducing me to “Pass the Hatchet.”

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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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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

Art by Christopher Muccioli

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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