Friday Music Day: Year End Spectacular!

2016 was a weird year (well....duh).

Personally, I felt my tastes solidify quite a bit. I listened to less new music than ever before for a variety of reasons, and what I did listen to had a WAY lower retention than in years past.

Still, I did listen to a lot of stuff I enjoyed. You'll find a smattering after the jump (my actual top 20 list I'll just put a a reply). Feel free to post stuff you liked this year, in list form or not, doesn't matter.

My favorite songs of 2016:

5. Floating Points - Kuiper
4. White Lung - Kiss Me When I Bleed
3. Radiohead - Burn the Witch
2. Operators - Cold Light
1. Mitzki - Your Best American Girl

Favorite Moment in Music 2016

Sturgill Simpson - Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)

Damn. This one hit me right in the feels.

My Least Favorite Songs of 2016:

3. The Chainsmokers - Closer (feat. Halsey)
2. gnash - i hate you, i love you (feat. Olivia O'Brien)
1. Florida Georgia Line - H.O.L.Y.

Album I Listened to the Most This Year

Grimes - Art Angels

Album I Thought I Was Going to Love That I Actually Hated

M83 - Junk

24 thoughts on “Friday Music Day: Year End Spectacular!”

  1. Favorite Moment in Music 2016
    Sturgill Simpson - Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)

    From the 3D ultrasound, The Little One looks very much like I'm gonna have a son, so in my head that's what I'm having. First time I listened to this after I decided this, whoooo boy all the feels.

  2. I'm still undecided on Grimes. Got her first two. Like the first a lot, still going through her second. Kinda samey, all with those weird, flighty, ethereal vocals on every track.

        1. Okay, yeah. I've only listened to each of them a time or two. Visions was fine, but aside from the couple of big songs, it was pretty samey. Art Angels is most certainly a poppy album, but it's a poppy album that doesn't feel samey to me. Lots of hooks, a couple of oddities like "Scream" tossed in. It has staying power for me.

          1. Visions was fine, but aside from the couple of big songs, it was pretty samey.

            I agree, and that album has really been my only exposure to Grimes. I know there was enthusiasm for Art Angels but I could never convince myself to sit down and give it a listen. Finally decided that reluctance was telling me something.

            That said, I still have the big songs from Visions on my ipod and they get reasonable amounts of play.

  3. My twenty favorite albums of 2016!

    20. Mitski - Puberty 2 (eh. the highs are high enough that it evened everything out. I skip a lot, though)
    19. Forndom - Dauðra Dura (Swedish "ritual ambient" music. sounds sort of like you would expect a cultish version of those soundscapes CDs they sell at target might)
    18. Wolf Parade - EP 4 (a quick, but tasty treat that whets the appetite for more)
    17. Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger (i really liked this. it made me go back over my old paul simon albums again, which is never a bad thing)
    16. Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein - Stranger Things, volume 1 (great mood, never totally goes over the top. the main theme song is awesome)
    15. Alcest - Kodama (he added back some of the harsh elements again! it doesn't end up reaching the highs of Shelter, but is stronger overall, I think)
    14. Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack (not as good as they're old stuff, but they're still solid and capable of writing a great, emotional song)
    13. Casey Mecija - Psychic Materials (chillwave! kinda! great for listening on a warm day while in close proximity to a large body of water)
    12. 65daysofstatic - No Man's Sky: Original Soundtrack (65dos finally perfects their mix of electronics with post-rock here. easily their best, and it feels like what they've been building to all along)
    11. Kendrick Lamar- untitled unmastered (first time through, I was really disppointed. this is sort of a sprawling mess at times, but then I realized that the sprawl was half the greatness of it. the other half is that Kendrick Lamar is still a VERY good rapper)
    10. Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues (first JEW album in over a decade that I've liked. a good return to form)
    9. Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid (another highlight in a career full of them. "Blood Sandwich" has another one of my favorite moments in music in his description of the little league game)
    8. Pinegrove - Cardinal (great emo-ish indie rock album)
    7. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool (sort of reminded me of Coldplay's "I just broke up with the lady who runs Goop" album, the difference, of course, is that Radiohead is a hundred times better at music than late-era Coldplay)
    6. Harakiri For the Sky - III: Trauma (blackgaze without the "gaze". good riffs, good vocals, good everything. honestly, one of my favorite metal albums)
    5. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial (they've been played a few times around here, and they deserve every spin they get. this album is massive, but never crumples. it pretty much rocks the whole way through)
    4. Massive Attack - Ritual Spirit EP (sort of surprised this one got the "meh" treatment. all four songs are their own beast, and all four are excellent - especially "Voodoo in My Blood", which got played here earlier this year)
    3. Operators - Blue Wave (thank you, DK, for taking me to that show. would've never given these guys a chance otherwise)
    2. White Lung - Paradise (speedy riffs, shiny, but jagged female-fronted punk. I listened to this a LOT this year)
    1. Bon Iver - 22, a million (apologies to free. I can't help it. it's really, really good.)

  4. 1. “Coming’ Around Again” – Houndmouth
    2. “Mess Around” – Ray Charles
    3. “Cleopatra” – The Lumineers
    4. “North Side Gal” – J.D. McPherson
    5. “My Cousin Greg” – Houndmouth
    6. “Where Is My Mind?” - Pixies
    7. “How’s It Going To Be?” – Third Eye Blind
    8. “Just Breathe” – Willie & Lukas Nelson
    9. “Beautiful Day” – U2
    10. “Holiday” – Green Day

  5. 01. “The Dolphins” – Fred NeilFred Neil
    02. “Pure Bug Beauty” – WilcoThe Wilco Book CD
    03. “The End Of The World” – Skeeter Davis - Skeeter Davis Sings The End of the World
    04. “Do That Stuff” – ParliamentThe Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein
    05. “Baby Watch Your Back” – Nellie McKayGet Away From Me
    06. “Beat (Health, Life, And Fire) – Thao And The Get Down Stay DownWe Brave Bee Stings And All
    07. “Run The Heart” – Sleigh BellsTreats
    08. “Menagerie” – Caitlin RoseThe Stand-In
    09. “Goldeneye” – Frank OceanNostalgia-Ultra
    10. “Crying Out To The Flies” – Le ButcherettesCry Is for the Flies

  6. I have some best-of-year thoughts, but they'll have to wait til tomorrow or Sunday.
    Going to see Emot tonight with my wife near Free's house.
    No random list today, I've been listening to a mix of Emot, and Bjork's Post and the b-sides from the related singles.

  7. I don’t take in enough music to have an sort of definitive “best of” list, but I started thinking about what I listened to the most last year, and I realized I could divide it into seasons. Never mind that not all of these are actually 2016 albums . . . these are the ones I’ll most associate with the year that was.

    Early Spring
    Sprained Ankle Julien Baker
    Carrie & Lowell Sufjan Stevens

    (aside: man . . . do I know how to live it up or what?)

    Lemonade Beyoncé
    A Man Alive Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
    WGOM Summer Mix

    A Sailor’s Guide to Earth Sturgill Simpson
    Boxer The National

    Winter (so far)
    Hundred Waters and The Moon Rang Like a Bell Hundred Waters

    Albums I Want to Spend More Time With:
    My Woman Angel Olsen
    Puberty 2 Mitski
    Blonde Frank Ocean

    1. I had not heard that. Might have to look into that one. They were in Milwaukee line three , four years ago, but Imissed that one even though my neighbor went but didn't say anything until it was to late.

  8. 1. I, Zombie - White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000**
    2. When She Comes - EMA - The Future's Void
    3. Pink Maggit - Deftones - White Pony
    4. Concrete Walls - Fever Ray - (self-titled)
    5. Alone All the Way - The Body - I Shall Die Here***
    6. Ruiner - Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    7. Telling Ghosts - Puscifer - Conditions of My Parole
    8. I.O.U. - Metz - II
    9. Cradle Pyre - Two Gallants - The Bloom and the Blight
    10. Whirring - The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar

    ** Is White Zombie a guilty pleasure?

    *** Every time I see that The Body has a new album out I argue with myself about whether I should get it. I'm not sure I need more of them in my collection, but there is always one or two things on an album that are pretty cool. (For example - "Hail to Thee, Everlasting Pain" with The Haxan Cloak on this album - it's pretty awesomely dark)

  9. So, 2016 list. This year was kind of weird in that I actually did a lot more sampling of new stuff and styles (especially metal) than I had before, but I kept track of everything I listened to much worse than I had before. Don't know if I'll have much to say of capsule comments on everything, but I'll try to think of something.

    20. Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows (Metal exhibit #1. Good eclectic mixture of metal styles without being abrasive)
    19. Anderson .Paak - Malibu (Is he the next Kendrick? I hope so)
    18. Hampire Weekend RostHam Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine (I never get too tired of Hamilton's voice, or the styles he likes to sing in)
    17. Wye Oak - Tween (Kind of weird in that the songs come from before their previous album, so it doesn't really indicate they're "back" to their older style)
    16. Sad13 - Slugger (I'm kind of in love with Sadie Dupuis right now)
    15. Wild Beasts - Boy King (Not sure anybody liked this one but me)
    14. Deftones - Gore (Old (nü-)metal band making good new metal. Taking me back to my youth here)
    13. Cobalt - Slow Forever (This is like black metal that's less Scandinavian and more influenced by Tool/Swans, a little long but lots of strong parts)
    12. Preoccupations - Preoccupations (I don't know if anyone ever commented on how The Band Formerly Known As Viet Cong seemed to be making a statement about that outrage cycle with their new name)
    11. Beyoncé - Lemonade (My words don't approach her majesty)
    10. Khemmis - Hunted (I think they call this, like, "doom 'n roll". This is more doomy than their first album was)
    9. Wolf Parade - EP4 (please make a new full album soon)
    8. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool (I felt before like I was past the part of my life of really caring about Radiohead like Radiohead fans do, but this is good music)
    7. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial (New age kings of the dead Indie Rock Kingdom)
    6. Pinegrove - Cardinal (This guy is about as verbose as the CSH guy, and I love verbosity)
    5. Drive-By Truckers - American Band (I still don't love their production style of the last 7-8 years or so, but these are their best songs in over a decade)
    4. Operators - Blue Wave (I love everything Dan Boeckner does basically)
    3. Frank Ocean - Blonde (Worth the wait)
    2. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years (They never get the attention they deserve)
    1. Bon Iver - 22, A Million (I love you too nibbish)

    1. I picked up Hunted a couple months ago and loved it. I'll have to check out Inter Arma and cobalt. I liked what I read about both on metal-archives.

  10. Am I going to be a outlier again (Bon Iver) in my thinking that the new Foxygen album is really bad?

    Albums I dug this year:
    Car Seat Headrest
    Sturgill Simpson
    Dinosaur Jr
    Lydia Loveless (not getting a lot of love from Citzens?)

    Fave concerts:

    GBV (natch)
    Sturgill Simpson
    Tired Eyes

    Drunkest concert
    Ike Reilly

    Old album I discovered and really loved
    Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison

    Old album I forgot I loved and then remembered again
    Girlfriend - Matthew Sweet

    1. Lydia Loveless (not getting a lot of love from Citzens?)

      I'd see her again live in a heartbeat. But the latest album as a whole just didn't grab me in the same way the earlier ones did, apart from a couple of songs (e.g. "Out on Love").

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