I am very, very late with this, but hey, the last few months have left me a little distracted. It's nearly the end of January, and I had to face the fact that I'm just never going to find the time to do a lot of writing about this, so... ship it. As I've said in previous years, I feel that year-end lists like this aren't of much use if the author doesn't say something about what the music is or why they like it, but, well, that's not going to happen this year. Oh well.
So. In only approximate order of favoriteness -- and for the fourteenth year in a row -- and since I didn't force myself to write about them, the order and everything else about this is extremely approximate -- here is my year-end wrap-up. As usual, a few of the entries on the following list were released earlier than 2016, but that is when I discovered them, so I'm allowing some slack. Though most were actually released in 2016.
This year I acquired around 50% more new music as last year: roughly 90 new releases, almost all released within the last 3 years, roughly half released in 2016. That's up 17% from 2014 but still down 25% from 2013.
Number of those bands that I saw perform this year: 22.
Number of those bands that performed at DNA Lounge this year: 11.
I like these things. You should like them too. Here's your shopping list:
- Garbage - "Strange Little Birds"
- The Casket Girls - "The Night Machines"
- Hælos - "Full Circle"
- Underworld - "Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future"
- Halsey - "Badlands"
- Holychild - "The Shape of Brat Pop to Come"
- Night Club - "Requiem for Romance"
- Allie X - "Collxtion I"
- The Naked and Famous - "Simple Forms"
- Holiday Mountain - "Shia"
- Femme - "Debutante"
- Computer Magic - "Davos"
- Introflirt - "Temporary Heaven"
- Mansfield.TYA - "Corpo Inferno"
- Meet Me in Orbit - "Elsewhere"
- Tove Lo - "Lady Wood"
- Silversun Pickups - "Better Nature"
- Painted Palms - "Horizons"
- Broods - "Conscious"
- Coco Morier - "Dreamer"
- Pvris - "White Noise"
- Sharkmuffin - "Chartreuse"
- Hank & Cupcakes - "Cash 4 Gold"
- Lupa J - "The Seed"
- Magic Wands - "Aloha Moon"
- Dolores Haze - "The Haze is Forever"
- September Girls - "Age of Indignation"
- Vök - "Circles"
- Fraea - "Bend Your Bones"
- De La Romance - "De La Romance"
And finally, here's mixtape 177, which includes one track by each of the above artists.
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