My Favorite Music of 2016

My top albums of 2016

  1. Awaken, My Love! by Childish Gambino
  2. Sunlit Youth by Local Natives
  3. Signs of Light by The Head and the Heart
  4. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson
  5. Puberty 2 by Mitski
  6. Lewis Del Mar by Lewis Del Mar
  7. My Woman by Angel Olsen
  8. No Burden by Lucy Dacus
  9. A Man Alive by Thao & the Get Down, Stay Down
  10. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West

Songs I loved in 2016 not in the albums I mentioned

  1. Noise Pollution by Portugal. The Man
  2. Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales by Car Seat Headrest
  3. Radio by Sylvan Esso
  4. Real Love Baby by Father John Misty
  5. Okkervil River R.I.P. by Okkervil River
  6. Capsized by Andrew Bird
  7. Vodkasodaburg by Birdcloud
  8. Hold Up by Beyonce
  9. Fig in Leather by Devendra Banhart
  10. Alaska by Maggie Rogers
  11. Brazil by Declan Mckenna
  12. I am Chemistry by Yeasayer
  13. Captive of the Sun by Parquet Courts

Best shows of 2016

  1. Local Natives
  2. Head and the Heart
  3. Rayland Baxter
  4. Damien Jurado
  5. Beirut
  6. Sweet Spirit
  7. Thao and the Get Down, Stay Down
  8. Mitski
  9. Birdcloud
  10. Mother Falcon
  11. Yeasayer
  12. Chihuro Yamikaze Route 14 Band

Honorable mention: Houndmouth, City and Colour, Kendrick Lamar, Grizfolk, Bronze Radio Return, Okkervil River, The Arkells, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Anderson Paak, Borns, Kurt Vile, Tanlines, Thrice, Tokyo Police Club, Shovels and Rope, Parquet Courts, Lucy Dacus, Raury, Bombino, Cold War Kids, Bombino, M83, Lewis Del Mar, Andrew Bird, Wild Belle, Wild Child, Margo Price, HAIM

I saw a lot of music. Long live Austin, TX! I made a list and I saw 64 bands in 2016, many of them multiple times. I wanted to write some thoughts about each show or album but this is already long.

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