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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: Bon Iver, Phantogram, Weaves, LVL UP, The Tallest Man On Earth

August 18, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S00N) (Bob Moose Extended Cab Version):  I’m not sure why, but I just listened to this new Bon Iver track.  It’s fantastic!  What a leap forward for an already great band.  22, A Million is due out September 30 via Jagjaguwar.

:Phantogram – Cruel World:  I haven’t been able to connect with the latest singles from Phantogram, but this track is something else.  One more like it and I’ll definitely go back to being excited about their upcoming LP.  Three is due out October 7 via Republic.  See the band at Sound On Sound Fest in November.

:Weaves – Help (Beatles Cover):  Weaves recently let slip this Beatles cover, and I can’t get myself to take it off of repeat.  It’s such a quirky, charming little number.  This track appears to be a one-off effort that was done for fun, so grab it while you can.

:LVL UP – Hidden Driver:  Whenever I listen to this LVL UP track I get a really strong Neutral Milk Hotel vibe, and I’m super into it.  More please.  Return To Love is due out September 23 via Sub Pop.

:The Tallest Man On Earth – Rivers:  Here’s the second (seemingly) one-off track that Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) has released while out on the road.  It’s just as magical as the one that came before it.

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