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Music of 2016, half-time report

Ye.
Usually I only make one of these each year, but
I’ve been stepping up my music game a bit the last few months. Been bolder and gotten better at dealing with my (pretty deep-seated) apprehension of trying out new things. I absorb things quicker. Kept better track of it all (thanks, Spotify). Started to trust my own opinions more and yeah.
Generally just improved a bit, I guess.

Which is all well and good and it’s (mostly) been a very rewarding experience, but it does also mean that I’ve already managed to collect an AOTY list that’s twice the size of last years. Which is a lot to keep score of. When New Years does come around I’m going to have to be really cruel with my final choices or end up with something preposterously long, but I’ll deal with that hurdle when I get to it. As for now I just want to tally it up and make a mark of how much music I’ve already managed to experience in 2016, how far I’ve come.

Because I’m a little bit proud of the progress I’ve made, to be honest. Flash back to 2011, where I’d struggle to get my addled brain through maybe ten albums overall. And now I’m here.

And yes, I know we’re way over the 2016 halfway mark at this point but, yeah.
Initially I was going to hold out until I got my laptop back, but apparently that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
So ye. I got sick of it, and instead of sitting around waiting for my Photoshop to come back I got creative with my iPad and some low-rent Instagram apps.
So, here we go, the current mid-year longlist of my favourite albums of 2016:


* = Particularly excellent
** = Top 20 contender

The Field / The Follower | Daniel Wohl / Holographic | **Arca / Entrañas
Marissa Nadler / Strangers | HÆLOS / Full Circle | Olga Bell / Tempo
*Michael Kiwanuka / Love & Hate | *Broods / Conscious | Mourn / Ha, Ha, He.

*Björk / Vulnicura Live | Ash Koosha / I AKA I | **Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith / EARS
M83 / Junk | Mogwai / Atomic | Shearwater / Jet Plane and Oxbows
Moderat / III | *Little Scream / Cult Following | *Kaytranada / 99%

Daughter / Not to Disappear | **Laura Mvula / The Dreaming Room | Lone / Levitate
Wild Nothing / Life of Pause / Rihanna / ANTI | **Brian Eno / The Ship
Andrew Bird / Are You Serious | Pantha Du Prince / The Triad | *Cate Le Bon / Crab Day

Deakin / Sleep Cycles | The Range / Potential | Fennesz & O'Rourke / It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry
*Tweet / Charlene | ***Hiromi / Spark | *Hana / HANA
*Maxwell / blackSUMMERS'night | *Chinah / Once The Lights Are On | *Tegan & Sara / Love You To Death

*Tim Hecker / Love Streams | **dvsn / Sept. 5th | **Chance The Rapper / Coloring Book
*Chairlift / Moth | School of Seven Bells / SVIIB | Santigold / 99c
*Deftones / Gore | Flume / Skin | The Body | No One Deserves To Be Happy

White Lung / Paradise | KING / We Are King | Beth Orton / Kidsticks
*Anderson .Paak / Malibu / Snoh Aleagra / Don’t Explain | The Avalanches / Wildflower
Kanye West / The Life of Pablo | *Massive Attack / Ritual Spirit/The Spoils | Yeasayer / Amen & Goodbye

*Jessy Lanza / Oh No | **case/lang/veirs / case/lang/veirs | Tortoise / The Catastrophist
DJ Shadow / The Mountain Will Fall | Shura / Nothing’s Real | **Róisín Murphy | Take Her Up To Monto
**Beyoncé / Lemonade | *Future of the Left / The Peace and Truce of | Disclosure / Moog for Love

*Betsy / Fair | Lou Rhodes / theyesandeye | *Gold Panda / Good Luck and Do Your Best
**Mitski / Puberty 2 / Kendrick Lamar / untitled unmastered | **Kelsey Lu / Church
*Ólafur Arnalds / Island Songs | **James Blake / The Colour in Anything | Bat For Lashes / The Bride

**The Gloaming / 2 | *Esperanza Spalding / Emily’s D+Evolution | Blood Orange / Freetown Sound
Lindstrøm / Windings / Swans / The Glowing Man | *Susanna / Triangle

Yumi Zouma / Yoncalla | **Ian William Craig / Centres | Death Grips / Bottomless Pit
u-Ziq / Aberystwydth Marine | **Xenia Rubinos / Black Terry Cat | Niki & The Dove / Everybody’s Heart Is Broken Now
Matmos / Ultimate Care II | Kayo Dot / Plastic House On Base Of Sky | Explosions In The Sky / The Wilderness

Clare Maguire / Stranger Things Have Happened | Julianna Barwick / Will | *Underworld / Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
*Radiohead / A Moon Shaped Pool | *Andy Stott / Too Many Voices | **Anohni / Hopelessness
**Ital Tek / Hollowed | Kiiara / Low Kii Savage | LUH / Spiritual Songs For Lovers To Sing

Porches / Pool | PJ Harvey / The Hope Six Demolition Project | **Anna Meredith  / Varmints
Clark / The Last Panthers | Classixx / Faraway Reach | *Fear of Men / Fall Forever
Clams Casino / 32 Levels | *Nils Frahm & Ólafur Arnalds / Trance Frendz | **Kristin Kontrol / X-Communicate
*Ulver / ATGCLVLSSCAP | *David Bowie / Blackstar | **Autechre / elsec


Yet To Listen To
Animalia, Cat’s Eyes, Corinne Bailey Rae, Chloe x Halle, Darkstar, Dawn Richard, Drake, Gallant, Glass Mountains, Honne, K. Michele, Kvelertak, Leo Abrahams, Masayoshi Fujita, Me And My Drummer, Minor Victories, NAO, Olympia, Ray Lamontagne, Rufus Wainwright, SBTRKT, Woodkid, Zayn

Honorable Mentions
Animal Collective, Aphex Twin, Ariana Grande, Aurora, Betsy, Bibio, Birdy, Brooke Fraser, Chelsea Wolfe, DIIV, Eliot Sumner, Elliphant, Emika, Garbage, Gazelle Twin, Gundelach, Highasakite, Ida Maria, The Invisible, Katy B, Ladyhawke, Last Shadow Puppet, Lion Babe, Låpsley, Miike Snow, Mt. Wolf, Nisennenmondai, Nosaj Thing, Pet Shop Boys, Polica, Prince Rama, Ra Ra Riot, Savages, Tricky, Wild Belle

Looking Forward To
Agnes Obel, Alicia Keys, AlunaGeorge, Angel Olsen, Banks, Brooke Fraser, Crystal Castles, Dawn Richard, Danny L Harle, FKA twigs, Frank Ocean, Glass Animals, Gothic Tropic, How To Dress Well, Ingrid Michaelson, Jem, Jenny Hval, Jóhann Jóhannsson, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, Mabel, Massive Attack, M.I.A., Missy Elliott, Miynt, MØ, Norah Jones, Ólafur Arnalds, Phantogram, Pixx, Preoccupations, Rachael Yamagata, Rainbow Chan, Regina Spektor, Rostam, Russian Circles, serpentwithfeet, Sigur Rós, Sky Ferreira, Sleigh Bells, Tove Lo, Trentemøller, Woodkid, Zomby, Warpaint, Wild Beasts


There’s a Spotify/YouTube link to an album highlight on each one if you’re curious. And here’s a (regularly updated) playlist over pretty much everything + loads more if you want to browse. Or put on shuffle, if you’re feeling extra spicy.

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What are your top songs? I'm looking for new stuff.

  1. boys - sky ferreira
  2. spiderhead - cage the elephant
  3. eighteen cool - hoodie allen
  4. where is my mind? - pixies
  5. im only joking - kongos
  6. tonight she comes - the cars
  7. dancehall domine - the new pornographers
  8. bangs - brick + mortar
  9. green eyes - wavves
  10. there is a light that never goes out - the smiths
  11. eclipse - pink floyd
  12. spies - coldplay
  13. fools gold - fitz and the tantrums
  14. centuries - fall out boy
  15. breaking up - charli xcx
  16. kids - childish gambino
  17. killing lies - the strokes
  18. 12:51 - the strokes
  19. lost stars - adam levine 
  20. the wizard - black sabbath 
  21. silly boy - the blue van
  22. cornerstone - arctic monkeys
  23. ill try anything once - the strokes
  24. catapult - arctic monkeys
  25. make room!!! - my chemical romance
  26. na na na - my chemical romance
  27. fake your death - my chemical romance
  28. kaleidoscope - blink-182
  29. wishing well - blink-182
  30. dysentery gary - blink-182
  31. wild heart - bleachers
  32. where did the party go - fall out boy
  33. xo - fall out boy
  34. beta love - ra ra riot
  35. homesick - catfish and the bottlemen
  36. shades of cool - lana del rey
  37. henrietta - the fratellis
  38. gravity - surfer blood
  39. toothpaste kisses - the maccabees
  40. pure pressure - drowners
  41. square one - coldplay
  42. yellow - coldplay
  43. almost over - hedley
  44. junk of the heart(happy) - the kooks
  45. summer mood - best coast
  46. evil friends - portugal. the man
  47. love it all - the kooks
  48. how long - the view
  49. bigger than us - white lies
  50. fire n gold - bea miller 

feel the beat now 

a mix for the best bros with homoerotic inclinations and a bad taste in tunes

TRACKLIST

The Night Out - Martin Solveig ✧ Talk Like That - The Presets ✧ Don’t Wanna Be in Love - Good Charlotte ✧ Shake It - Metro City ✧ Little Secrets - Passion Pit ✧ Anna Sun - Walk the Moon ✧ The Harold Song - Ke$ha ✧ Great Escape - Boys Like GIrls ✧ Beta Love - Ra Ra Riot ✧ On Melancholy Hill - Gorillaz ✧ Midnight City - M83 ✧ New Perspective - Panic! at the Disco

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[Tadashi Hamada’s most played songs]

The bathroom is steamed up from your shower, but you don’t care. Your favorite song is playing and you belt it out as you open the door to exit, not bothering to hide your grin as your little brother moves past you with a muffled “ugh.”

Today’s going to be a good day.

[Tracklist]

Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars) // The Lining is Silver - Relient k // Amazing - Mystery Skulls // Human After All - Daft Punk // What Would I Want? Sky - Animal Collective // All Eyes - Imagine Dragons // Lions! - LIGHTS // Beta Love - Ra Ra Riot // Sweater Weather - The Neighborhood // Some Boys - Death Cab for Cutie // This Side of Paradise - Coyote Theory

[Art]

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Ra Ra Riot - “Boy” (via barsukrecords)

This song is soooo addicting..

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Ra Ra Riot - Boy

Dance Your Hipster Butt Off

Danceable indie music of various sub-genres for un-ironic jamming out.

Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon // Polite Dance Song (Totally Rude Remix) - The Bird and the Bee // I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor - The Arctic Monkeys // Let’s Dance To Joy Division - The Wombats // Dancing on My Own - Robyn // Dance Without You - Skylar Grey // Fred Astaire - San Cisco // Dance With Me - Ra Ra Riot // I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You - Black Kids // Dance, Dance - Fall Out Boy // Dance Floor - Apples in the Stereo // Dance Apocalyptic - Janelle Monae

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so catchy! 

[ quia scientia ] - a mini playlist dedicated to what's left of aperture science

1. reconstructing science - aperture science psychoacoustics laboratory || 2. on a good day - oceanlab || 3. centuries - fall out boy || 4. savior (feat. ra ra riot) - the knocks || 5. ghost - mystery skulls || 6. exile vilify - the national || 7. Banana Co. (Acoustic ver.) - Radiohead || 8. The Grand Finale - Danny Elfman || 9. Still Alive - Jonathan Coulton

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