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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 1

November 28, 2016

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Hey there!  It’s time to start running down my favorite songs and albums (look for this list next week) of the year.  Below you’ll find Part 1 of my Top 50 Songs of 2016 list.  It (and every part that’s coming after today) consists of tracks that I found myself frequently revisiting throughout the year.  Simple!  Enjoy.

PS – One thing is a little different this year – I will not be including any Austin acts in this singles list.  I’m going to be doing a two-part year-ender via 101X Homegrown (my radio show) that will detail my favorite Austin tracks.  Look for Part 1 to air on 12/11, and then Part 2 on 12/18.

PPS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

50)  :Sia – Waving Goodbye (Produced by Diplo):  When I saw (and loved) The Neon Demon, I found myself really digging this anthemic number as it blasted over the credits.  Oddly enough, I didn’t even realize it was by Sia until I got home and looked it up.

49)  :Big Baby D.R.A.M. – Cute:  This is such a silly song by D.R.A.M., but it’s so damn catchy that I’ve been unable to escape it for most of 2016.  Just let it take you.

48)  :Polica – Lately:  If you ask me, this is the best song off of Polica’s latest album, United Crushers.  It’s hazy and sparse and the line “seems like we’re too comfortable in love” is a sharp one.

47)  :Father John Misty – Real Love Baby:  Whether you’ve ever fully boarded the Father John Misty hype train or not, it’s hard to deny just how charming this track is on all fronts.

46)  :Pity Sex – Bonhomie:  The boy/girl vocals in this Pity Sex track are so on point.  As is the 90s-lean it carries.  And well, everything else about it.

45)  :Screaming Females – Skeleton:  I sure do love me some Screaming Females.  This track was rightfully cut from 2015′s Rose Mountain, but I’m glad to have it now – it’s unhinged and great.

44)  :LVL UP – Hidden Driver:  You could criticize this LVL UP effort as being too Neutral Milk Hotel-esque, but that would be silly.  It’s just a great song.  Turn it up.

43)  :Forth Wanderers – Slop:  This one from Forth Wanderers has a meandering arrangement and lyrics loaded with obviously-youthful musings – “I love too much/Too hurt this bad” – but I dig it.

42)  :Frightened Rabbit – Death Dream:  I loved Frightened Rabbit, then I veered away, and now this song has brought me back to them.  That’s how stellar it is.

41)  :The Blow – Think About Me:  There’s an early-era Rilo Kiley vibe on display here that I’ve been caught up since I first heard this song.  Thanks for that, The Blow.

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Quickdraw: Jeff The Brotherhood, The Faint, Duchess Says, Tennis, Big Baby D.R.A.M.

August 8, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Roachin (Featuring Alicia Bognanno):  Here’s a quickie from Jeff The Brotherhood that features Alicia from Bully.  I love it, but I really do wish it was about four minutes longer.  Zone is due out August 12 via Dine Alone Records.

:The Faint – Skylab1979:  The Faint are getting ready to release a “greatest hits” comp of sorts, and with it will come a 7″ with some new tracks.  This is one of them.  It sounds like The Faint (in a good way, of course).  CAPSULE: 1999-2016 is due out September 30 via Saddle Creek.

:Duchess Says – I Repeat Myself:  I didn’t even think Duchess Says were a thing anymore, so it was a nice surprise when I stumbled across this new track from them.  It’s a very 80s-enthused effort, and I think it’s glorious.  Science Nouvelles is due out October 14 via Slovenly/Bonsound.

:Tennis – Ladies Don’t Play Guitar:  Tennis recently rolled out this new single.  Sound-wise it’s like their previous material, but the lyrics definitely feature a more assertive approach from frontwoman Aliana Moore.  Good for her.  No word yet on when a new album will arrive.

:Big Baby D.R.A.M. – Cute:  A couple of months ago D.R.A.M. (I guess he recently tagged Big Baby to the front of that?) played a show I put together for Red Bull Sound Select, and this song was one of the standout moments in his set.  I’m pumped to have a studio version.

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