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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: The White Stripes, Lucy Dacus, Ian Sweet, Forth Wanderers, Jonny Fritz

August 16, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The White Stripes – City Lights:  This unreleased track not only makes me miss The White Stripes, but it makes me long for the days when Jack White wasn’t JACK WHITE.  The Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 is due out September 9 via Third Man.

:Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore:  Lucy Dacus is 21-year old who just recently signed to Matador (you can read all about that move here).  I think she has a rad voice.  The reissue of her debut, No Burden, is due out September 9.  By the way, she’s playing at Stubb’s tonight!

:Ian Sweet – All Skaters Go To Heaven:  While I’ve been into Ian Sweet for a bit, this is somehow the first time I’ve shared anything from them.  Oops.  In any case, the band is just noisy enough and the songwriting is really sincere -  I dig it.  Shapeshifter is due out September 9 via Hardly Art.

:Forth Wanderers – Slop:  First of all, I really love the name Forth Wanderers.  Secondly, these kids (they’re all under 21) really know how to write a good emo song.  The Slop EP is due out November 11 via Father/Daughter.

:Jonny Fritz – Are You Thirsty:  Here’s the first single off of Jonny Fritz’s upcoming Jim James-produced album.  Unsurprisingly, the songwriting is top notch.  Sweet Creep is due out October 14 via ATO.

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