Dnak 81

Summer is here, which means we’re in the swing of Festival season. I was fortunate enough to go to the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle again this year,with some great performances by Father John Misty, Ivan & Alyosha, and Jamie XX. And the rain couldn’t put a damper on a cool performance by Lower Dens. My playlist this time features new music from Of Monsters and Men, Mew, Atlas Genius, and More. Enjoy.

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Dnak 80

Lots of great new music to check out. Since my last update, I had a fantastic trip to SXSW and got to see some great up and coming bands. I’m including a few new tracks from some of my favorite SXSW performers: Twin Shadow, Courtney Barnett, and Passion Pit. The new singles from Tame Impala, Future Islands, and Chromatics are amazing, and the new Django Django and Mew albums are must listens. Enjoy.

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Spring is in full effect here on the west coast, and we’re getting flooded with a ton of great new music, particularly early singles from upcoming LPs by Passion Pit, Alabama Shakes, Twin Shadow, Death Cab For Cutie, Hot Chip and more. Even long dormant bands Blur and Modest Mouse are previewing new recordings. We have full albums out now from Sleater-Kinney, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, and Bjork, and I’ve sprinkled in some bands you may be less familiar with. Check out Pond, Lower Dens, Diagrams, Saint Motel, Lost Lander, and Natalie Prass.

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Dnak 2014 – Top 50 Songs of 2014

Looking back at the year, I definitely took advantage of as many opportunities as I could to go listen to live music. Aided by attending multiple festivals (SXSW, Outside Lands, Treasure Island, Capitol Hill Block Party), I saw over 80 bands this year! My favorite live shows this year were Lucius, Jungle, Warpaint, Soundgarden, Temples, Lykke Li, Cut Copy, and We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Some of these bands are included in my list of top 50 tracks for 2014. I love all of these songs, and encourage you to give them a shot.

If you prefer, you can jump to the end to see the YouTube, Spotify, Rdio, and Amazon playlists.

Let’s get started with Songs 41-50

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.

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