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Forgot about Day of the Dead too! "Black Muddy River" was a standout to me, along with "Peggy-O" and "Attics of my Life."
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December 7, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
I really wanted to see James Blake when he came through, but the venue has notoriously sub-par sound and I honestly felt it would have been a waste.
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December 6, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of 2016
Very jealous of William Tyler and Destroyer.
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December 6, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of 2016
I saw Shellac last month -- the vibe reminded me of something from a Hard Times article, but they were great! It makes me wonder if they're going to drop something new soon.
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December 6, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of 2016
"Wham City" is a must. I like to throw in some Molly Nilsson or John Maus for good measure, too.
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December 6, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of 2016
Yet to come in 2016: Kurt Vile / Woods / Nathan Bowles
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December 6, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of 2016
Is this a good place for favorite shows of 2016? Fuck it, sure it is. 1. Bardo Pond / Birds of Maya / Chris Forsyth (Johnny Brenda's 10-year anniversary show. Bardo Pond played the first show there 10 years prior to the day.) 2. Kevin Morby (K. Morb's lead guitar player is awesome. "Harlem River" was one of the best live takes I've heard all year.) 3. Steve Gunn / Nap Eyes / Spacin' (Eyes on the Lines album release show. Steve's transition from feedbacky noise to finger-picked acoustic at the close of Parkbench Smile was the highlight) 4. Thee Oh Sees (What else is there to say? John Dwyer is a wizard. Highlight goes to "I Come from the Mountain.") 5. Heron Oblivion / Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band (Climax to High Castle Rock had me in near tears.)
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December 6, 2016 on The Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of 2016
Billboard's system is baroque and needs to be fixed.
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December 6, 2016 on Sorry, Drake: Mozart Had The Best-Selling CD Of 2016
Karl Blau, "Fallin' Rain" Julien Baker, "Ballad of Big Nothing" Steve Gunn, "Visions of Johanna" Jim O'Rourke, "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands"
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
HGM's "Ace of Cups." Maybe K-Morbs "Black Flowers" or Sturgy Simps "Oh Sarah"
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
I should also note I did absolutely none of that this year, and this December routine has been more difficult as a result.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
"Diversion" fuckin' rips. I think "Breakfast Eggs" takes the cake for me on Emotional Mugger.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
You are right about that tip, MO. Last year I had a spreadsheet with every album I listened to, release date, initial impressions, and then over time update how much I listened and longer-term impressions. Also, a list of each show with impressions. For songs just a list for each notable song listened to. In short, the list thing works.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
I'm all about "The Great Unwind." Forgot about Ryley Walker. "The Roundabout" is such a great song, too. He sings it with lots of conviction during his live set -- it really elevates the song.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
10 songs is exponentially more difficult than 10 albums. But yes, you are correct.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
I really liked it too. It's weird, though -- I don't think there is a single bad song on it, but it's just too long. If I start from the beginning, I lose a bit of interest halfway through, but can take a break and pick up the second half a little later. I also feel the same way every time I listen to Swans.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
Fuck, Bon Iver: "22 (Over Soon)" I hate this.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
Feel the exact same way about Ultralight Beam.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
16. Angel Olsen: "Woman" 17. Frank Ocean: "Nikes" 18. James Blake: "Radio Silence" 19. Chris Forsyth: "High Castle Rock" 20. Cass McCombs: "Rancid Girl" 21 - 150 coming soon.
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
1. Kevin Morby: "Beautiful Strangers" 2. Mitski: "Your Best American Girl" 3. Parquet Courts: "One Man No City" 4. Danny Brown: "Really Doe" 5. William Tyler: "The Great Unwind" 6. Itasca: "Henfight" 7. Dead Tongues: "Graveyard Fields" 8. Kanye West: "Ultralight Beams" 9. Thee Oh Sees: "The Poem" 10. Sturgill Simpson: "Sea Stories" 11. Steve Gunn: "The Drop" 12. Daniel Bachman: "Brightleaf Blues I" 13. Eric Bachman: "Mercy" 14. Hiss Golden Messenger: "Biloxi" 15. David Bowie: "I Can't Give Everything Away" Loose-ish order
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December 6, 2016 on Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016
I'm not into #sports but Connor Barwin is a legitimately awesome person.
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December 3, 2016 on Watch Kurt Vile’s Wacky New Year’s Eve Show Commercial With Philadelphia Eagles’ Connor Barwin
Yay Fake Boyfriend. RIP.
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December 2, 2016 on 25 Great EPs From 2016
I'm more about Patrick Stickles than Will Toledo for my millennial voice.
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December 2, 2016 on Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Shares Hot Take On Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell, Then Apologizes
Cream cheese, of course. Try smearing a marshmallow on an everything bagel. But then again, try putting cream cheese in your pumpkin-spiced pumpkin spiced latte. Touche...
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December 2, 2016 on Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo Shares Hot Take On Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell, Then Apologizes
Living in the right city at the right time!
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December 2, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Great live performance. That groove could have gone on all night. On one of these threads, I think a recap of 2016 in live music is in order.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Hmmm, might just be feeding the troll at this point but I've been playing music in one way or another for 23 years (before the "internet era") and think this top 10 is just fine. Not my top 10, but it wasn't supposed to be.
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016
Disagree, 22 A MILLION is astonishing, and I was pretty much prepped to not give a fuck about it when it came out (not that that should really give more to my endorsement of it).
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December 1, 2016 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2016