Dnak 2013 – Top 50 Songs of 2013

Putting together my year-end list is something I always look forward to. It’s been another year full of music for me, so much so that I took a job at Amazon working on digital music! And despite pouring myself into the job, I still managed to see over 40 different bands this year. Some of my favorite live acts this year were The XX, < Pickwick, Frightened Rabbit, Wild Cub, Chvrches, Phoenix, and Vampire Weekend. Continue reading Dnak 2013 – Top 50 Songs of 2013

Dnak 2012 – Top 50 Songs of 2012

Music was a huge part of my life this year,especially going to see live shows. I managed to see over 60 different bands on stage in 2012, which has to be a personal record for me. There were too many great performances to name them all, but some highlights for me: getting to see Of Monsters and Men, Blitzen Trapper, & Polica up front in tiny venues at SXSW. M.Ward in a church in Austin. Alabama Shakes at the Moody Theater. Pillow Fight (Dan The Automator/Emily Wells/Kid Koala) with 20 people in a bar. M83 and The XX both in Seattle’s gorgeous Paramount Theater. Passion Pit, The Lumineers, & Metric at Key Arena. And wrapping it up with a high energy Macklemore & Ryan Lewis show in San Francisco.
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DNAK 2011 – Top Songs from 2011

Putting together a list of my favorite tracks for 2011 was a blast. Personally,I managed to see more live music this year than ever before, both in the SF Bay Area and Seattle, and I gorged myself on Indie music at SXSW in Austin this past spring. I pared down hundreds of candidates down to the top 40 songs that I will remember the year by. For me, 2011 was another great music year.

For many of the tracks, you’ll see that I’ve put pointers to other songs from that artist, as my not-so-underhanded way of adding more to this list.
Here we go, starting with number 40.
You can also view a summary list along with iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Rdio playlists.

DNAK 2010 – 30 Best Tracks of The Year

Looking back at my favorite tracks of the past year is something I always look forward to. It has been another exceptional year for music, which has made it almost impossible to whittle this list down. I had to restrain myself from making this a top 50 list and have pared it down to my favorite 30 that I will most remember 2010 by.

So, without further ado… here are my favorites, starting at number 30.

KNAK 2008


It’s been quite the year! We had one of the most energizing political campaigns ever culminating in the election of Barack Obama,whose inauguration is just around the corner. The economy has had a breathtaking collapse of historic proportions…. let’s hope for a better 2009. And while pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to new seasons for my favorite sports teams. You can’t get much worse than the Mariners (last place), Husky Football (worst in the NCAA), Sonics (awful & left to OK City), and the Seahawks (disappointing). But personally, it’s been a pretty big year for me…. specifically my decision to take a professional “extended sabbatical”, which has been fantastic so far!

Since I’ve had a little more free time, I’ve been able to put out KNAK playlists more regularly… we’ll see if I can keep it up. Most of the best-of lists out there are for full albums, not individual tracks. And while I respect all of the work that goes into them, it’s rare these days that I listen to full albums anymore. There are exceptions of course, like Girl Talk’s remix extraordinaire Feed the Animals. If you haven’t gotten it yet, you should. There was a lot to choose from for my end-of-year round up of my favorite tracks. Way too many. But I’ve cut it back, and cut it back some more, and here are the 25 that will go in my personal playlist to remind me of 2008. Everybody has their own favorites, and you’ll probably be surprised at some of my choices, and even more at some of my omissions. Think that I’m smoking crack? or that I’m missing your favorite? Let me know!
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