I think we’re finally drying out here in California after a drought-busting rainy season. It was just in time for a beautiful warm night in Berkeley last Friday to see New Order at the Greek Theater where I got to experience some of my favorite all-time songs live. I also caught The XX (w/ Sampha) in San Francisco a couple weeks back, so I’m keeping up my live music streak. You can see a couple Instagram pics below. My latest playlist is packed with new pre-release singles, including tracks from Gorillaz, Mew, Future Islands, alt-J, Sylvan Esso, Whitney, Cold War Kids, and Waxahatchee, amongst many others. Definitely check out the new tracks from Joseph of Mercury and Slowdive.
My first full playlist of the year is heavily inspired by my recent music-filled SXSW trip to Austin where I saw 58 bands over 5 days and nights. While there were too many highlights to mention them all, the performances by Sylvan Esso, Hamilton Leithauser, and Maggie Rogers left as lasting impression. Check out a few of my Instagram pics below of the performances, or see all of them at https://www.instagram.com/dnak/. 25 of the 30 artists in this list performed at SXSW this year.
In some ways, I think many of us are happy to say goodbye to 2016, with the loss of so many treasured artistic talents, let alone what’s happening in the news. But that hasn’t stopped me from listening to as much music as I can and going to see as much live music as possible. Some of my favorite shows this year were Brandi Carlile, Cold War Kids, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Foals, Miike Snow, Lucius, M83, Car Seat Headrest, Yeasayer, Bloc Party, & Mitski, amongst many others. I loved putting together this list of Indie-ish songs that I keep coming back to after repeated listenings. Without further ado, here are my favorite 50 songs of 2016….
If you prefer,you can jump to the end to see the Amazon, YouTube, and Spotify playlists.
Let’s get started with Songs 41-50
My latest playlist has new music teased from The XX, Jagwar Ma, and Miya Folick, and tracks from the new albums out by Empire of the Sun, Bon Iver and more. And definitely checkout the tracks from Sundara Karma and Amber Coffman. I did manage to go see a bunch of live music recently as well, seeing M83, The Strumbellas, Yeasayer, Warpaint, and Blind Pilot. A few instagram shots are below.
With summer ending and fall upon us, some of my favorite artists are teasing new music, releasing singles ahead of their upcoming albums. We have singles from Lower Dens, Sylvan Esso, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, Empire of the Sun, Bon Iver and more. And I’ve included songs from the new LPs out from Glass Animals, Blind Pilot, Kishi Bashi, and Angel Olsen, amongst others. We even have new music from Wolf Parade!
Immersing myself in 3 days of live music at Outside Lands was a great way to celebrate summer coming to a close. Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem blew me away on the main stage, but I also loved many of the great performances on the Sutro stage like Foals, Ibeyi, and Brandi Carlile. You can see some of my favorite pics below. This month in my latest playlist, we have great new songs from some of my favorite artists, like Warpaint, Kishi Bashi, Blind Pilot, Bat For Lashes, and Father John Misty. Bon Iver has returned as well!
I just watched 3 full days of live music in Seattle at the Capitol Hill Block Party. And certainly, I enjoyed seeing the more well known acts (Chvrches, The Joy Formidable, Washed Out) and breakout local acts (ODESZA, Car Seat Headrest) put on great performances. But I also loved seeing a number of small acts play some awesome sets, like Oh Pep!, Tangerine, Benajamin Francis Leftwich, and Iska Dhaaf. Checkout some pics I took below. I included songs from some of those bands in my list this month amidst a number of tracks from some familiar groups, like Jagwar Ma, Blind Pilot, Bat for Lashes, Blood Orange, Angel Olsen, and more. And I’m opening the list with some fantastic songs from Justice and The Avalanches. Enjoy.