STUFF I HEARD IN 2016

oh hey, did you notice it was 2017?
it's like... THREE MONTHS INTO 2017.
and only now i'm sitting down to write about my favorite music from 2016.
such procrastination! (much wow!)
anyway, i know in my heart what my top tunes of last year were.  but we are scientists.  we like data to back up hypotheses. so here it is!

i used smart playlists in itunes to build everything up (because i own my music, bitches.  support artists and pay up!  only a couple of dollars on bandcamp here and there, surely you can afford!) and i took a screen shot of the rules in case you want to check your top songs too.


BEST NEW SONGS OF 2016



- i discovered local band, Earl Grey, at the Motion City Soundtrack concert!  they were the opening band and i was so smitten, i immediately went home and bought their entire discography on bandcamp.  like, HOLY CRAP HOW ARE THESE GUYS NOT MORE WELL KNOWN THEY SOUND SO GOOOOOOD! i gush about them here if you want some more words and pictures: http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2016/10/slack-line-to-my-heart.html really, if you like Basement you are going to super fall in love with these guys.  i keep checking downbeat diner newsletter to see if they will be playing somewhere, i MUST SEE THEM AGAIN! https://earlgreyhi.bandcamp.com

- the SVIIB story is so tragic. i don't know these people personally but i felt really really sad when i heard about benjamin curtis. it just seemed so final.  i was bummed when claudia left. but when ben passed away it was absolutely heartbreaking; no hope for a reunion.  he's irreplaceable in the band and ally was very publicly devastated.  :C  fast forward two years and i hear another album is coming... really set my heart ablaze!  the songs are so beautiful and has just enough sadness and closure to their story.  i've been following this band since their start (sometimes you can find me under the pseudonym POLITE GHOST- that comes from their song "half asleep" on their first album) and this is such a perfect album in their progression and their ending.  http://www.sviib.com 

- Capsize... i heard this while walking through a store in kahala mall.  such an ear worm!  i don't know anything else about this band. 

- Phantogram.  I LOVE PHANTOGRAM. every song on this is gold. recently it's been my workout music... sarah barthel is such a badass, it makes me feel like a badass.  more gushing about phantogram: http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2017/03/mouthful-of-diamonds.html

- Balance and Composure- i wrote a whole post about this album here: http://liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2016/10/let-world-keep-spinning-on-stream.html (see i told you i knew what albums would be my favorites)

- La Dispute: so this song is not new.  but the album, Tiny Dots, was a new release of their live acoustic show interspersed with the soundtrack from their documentary of the same name.  it's a very mellow album compared to their previous releases.  a chill winter with poetry kind of vibe.  i got the vinyl version from their subscription club. 

OBJECTS IN SPACE

Nine might be my favorite LD song and it sounds so beautiful live.  it's not on the album, it was an extra download for subcribers and this alone made the subscription worth it (there was also a screen print poster but more on that later) here's the video for the song:


- culture abuse: my favorite album for running around in my one man mosh pit, destroying my house! love the song, chinatown!  sounds just like the chinatown around my neck of the woods too.  perfect companion to their earlier single (7"), Spray Paint the Dog.  https://cultureabuse.bandcamp.com/album/peach

- noticeably missing from this list: MORE TOUCHÉ AMORÉ!  i am a huge TA fan 


and Stage Four is REALLY REALLY GOOD.  it's just that... i was not in the mood.  it is a really gut wrenching, heart breaking album.  it's so honest that it hits you where it hurts and after i listened through the whole thing i was in tears and i was not ready to be sad again.  so i put off listening to it again until this year. except for "skyscraper".  it's a lovely duet with julien baker that makes me smile and think of a starry night. http://epitaph.com/artists/touche-amore/release/stage-four

here's what the playlist looks like by album cover.  a nice variety of color.  lots of reds. 




NEW TO ME IN 2016


a lot of singles from mixed tapes (from record labels) and reclaiming old favorites.  i used to torrent music and now that i have a job and am trying to be morally responsible (ha!) i can purchase good quality recordings.  i will admit, i listened to some songs for years and did not know they were actually bootleg recordings and the album version sounds different!!!!!! some songs i downloaded back in the days before ipod and the meta data was wrong! in reality they were not even tracks on the album! so embarrassing... some songs were from a few years before but hadn't REALLY listened to them until now (like the TA album i mentioned above). the spread is about two decades! some songs are from the late 90s! and some from just last year. 




- i will always be a =weezer= fan.  EWBAITE was an album that felt to me like a return to the =W= i knew and loved.  i'm aware a white album came out after.  i haven't listened to much of it ("thank god for girls" was a turn off for me.  i just don't get that song. ) .  i also just listened to the single they dropped this week- it's good, but not necessarily the weezer that i want.  i'm curious to see what else they have up their sleeve! 

- bread.  O!A!L! is ally and claudia before sviib.  fyi. do you like psychadelic pop?  this song is so hypnotic, i just play it on repeat for hours. i have this on vinyl too. but i barely listen all the way through, i only want to hear bread over and over and over...

bread

- i know some people find it hard to listen to The Saddest Landscape because they are not used to the yelling.  but the music is so pretty.  and when you REALLY see the lyrics you will realize, it is the most romantic music on the planet.

- Rozwell Kid's Weirdo is my new theme song. that is all.


MOST PLAYED SONGS OF 2016

https://www.last.fm/user/POLITEGHOST/library/tracks?to=2016-12-31&from=2016-01-01

i scrobbled over 2000 different songs last year!  in december when i was looking at the data, i saw i had a lot of duplicate scrobbles- the same song twice (or more!) with the same time stamp or with a time stamp one minute later.  i manually deleted about 3k individual scrobbles that i assumed were duplicates... and then i realized when i check my data for this year that songs that are on single repeat or in a playlist that is uninterrupted by pauses or reordering, etc. ALL GET THE SAME TIME STAMP.  so sometimes when i had ten scrobbles of the same song with the same time stamp i was probably working and was looping the same song ten times in the background and then later it got uploaded to last.fm... they might not have been duplicates at all!  i can't be sure and i can't put back scrobbles that i erased so it is what it is.

here is the individual scrobble report from last.fm: https://www.last.fm/user/POLITEGHOST/listening-report/year i out-scrobbled my friends by a long shot!  but again, it says i scrobbled one band 300+ times in one day?  this doesn't seem right... i am not sure if the numbers are correct, even with my manual deletions.




and here is the first page of the unique song list:






my analysis: even if the count is off, the songs are legit.
i just added Cleopatra to my library and i really latched on to that song so it got the most plays.  same for Kangaroo Pocket.  the reason why kangaroo pocket didn't show up in my itunes playlist near the top is because i picked up the song from the top shelf record mixed tape.  i listened to this song on repeat for about a month and then decided i wanted the whole album.  and once i got the album, i removed the single (from the mixtape) from my library for organization purposes (because i am a crazy person) and lost my play count.

on a daily basis, i organize my itunes library by playcount.  then i pull a smart playlist (called frequency) of the most listened to songs for my ipod and typically only listen to that on shuffle.  the majority of the most played songs in 2016 are songs from that playlist, so no surprises there either.


HARDCOPIES


i guess to round out this post that has gone on too long already is to take a look at physical media.  some of the vinyl i added to my collection, off the top of my head:

- Weezer (buddy holly/jamie single)
- The Zombies (b/o)
- The Doors (s/t)
- La Dispute (thirteen flexi, tiny dots)
- Basement (colourmeinkindness)
- Atreyu (b/o)
-  Jawbreaker (dear you)
- Jack White (black bat licorice)
- Phantogram (Three)
- Rozwell Kid (Too Shabby)
- School of Seven Bells (Disconnect from Desire, SVIIB)



here is my record collection spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QSyWdlc-Z70pUfJlIqg8ndZPwOWuREMi-wBBoKG3SYM/edit?usp=sharing





what did you love in 2016? what are you looking forward to in 2017?
do we have similar music taste?  or are my ear drums whack?
i loooooove long discussions about music so tell me in the comments!

No comments:

Post a Comment

INSTANT TIME MACHINE!

CERCA TROVA:

TAG MANIA

music Aerial friday5 hawaii yoga samadhi bikeventure school book concert lists science poweryoga hawaii bicycle food la dispute live show microbiology movie movies spring break spring break 2015 vinyl 2010 Book review cardistry cooking destiny phantogram reads rooster teeth silversun pickups touché amoré work EmM Stephen king beach books coffee metric movie review pyhiflygirls shopping virology b9 bacteria bus clothes comics deafheaven drug church interpol mlt roman literature socks vales 6131 YYY aerial problems amyz art balance and composure batman blood blood bank catullus ceremony cheese coffeesundays cover dengue earl grey exercise gymnastic linguist koji memories mlt adventures molecular motion city soundtrack needle work nightwing no sleep records octopus other realms pacific rim raveonettes recipe republik review saga scattegories sspu summer sunbather taking back sunday tattoo tiny cats tissu tycho wiwt yummiestars #hrf2015 2014 accident adult swim singles afi album review anakin anamanaguchi angels and airwaves asm beer best of blast bruises cadence caitlin doughty campy cards carnavas carpe noctem checklist manifesto chemistry chinese christmas concussion culture abuse dc comics deathwish descendents descender dress fight club fishing glow flow goodtime boys grouplove handstand heart shaped box hematology hip key how to with joel and adam hungry ear hurricane interstellar joe hill lab last look lily allen live lucky hell lululemon lyra makeup manoa megwin melissa modern baseball mr mercedes nails ncbi nerves never come undone orange bang poetry pool ps4 research rick and morty rohnert park rtpodcast sandwich sephora sequencing shameless shave ice sick sirens sleep society of s star wars static trap stereochemistry strava sviib sysmex the donnas the modern waikiki the winter passing third man records thrice tove lo training for aerial on the ground unpopular opinion waiola weezer xcm yeah yeah yeahs #hrf2016 #myhour #tdf2015 '68 007 100% 11-22-63 16s 1970s 1999 2011 2015 35mm 3hive 7seconds 90s :) @8_semesters @wild_twinkies Carrie Fishbones GITS Godzilla Groundhog Day HST L-cuts L4D2 MCR Pink vans RIP SEM Streptococcus The Great Wall UH a favor house atlantic a girl walks home alone at night abraham lincoln vampire hunter aculpture aesop rock agar aji fry ala moana alam alfa beach american hustle antics arcade fire art of play atlas genius atul gawande autoclave b sides backstage bai san bakasana baking bandcamp battlewagon bayonetta beach house beach slang beastie boys beats begiragons big bang theory big grams bike biochem biomusicology birds in a row bitter clarity uncommon grace black dress blaisdell blink 182 bond boscia brad meltzer brambles brazil brew bridge 9 bro force broke for free bronchial wash burrito buxom buy local calzone campy group campylobacter cancer candida candida albicans candy hearts carrot carrot cake cascade casket lottery catbird cayetana cdc cheap monday chet faker chinese new year chirashi chloe cho dang chores chozo cinerama circuits circulus cisco kid clarity clones of the queen cloning cls coexist coffee stout coheed and cambria coincidence coli com truise comicon common reactor conference constantine contortion cotq cremation crow csf cursive dads daiei dan and dave daniel dae kim dashboard david rees day by day records dead weather deadlines dealersgrip death deep blue defender class delerium demetri martin destiny 2 detective dee devart dhm diamond youth dick grayson dinosaur pile up disco discordia discount dance discovery distance/closure divination diy dl dna dntel does it work don quijote donnie darko doodles double ankle hang down the cliff dragonette dreamcar dreams dscvry dustin nguyen e. coli earth wind and fire ebola edge edward benz 27 times el pintor el-p electricity elle king emb emily haines enbalming enjoy your burrito epidemiology eqs esr evenings event evil needle exam exotica fall behind me family fashion fat bob fatale fck felix cartal fiction firefly fitz and the tantrums flash flash fact fletcher c johnson flight facilities flight of the conchords forever 21 forgettable formula x fountains of wayne frameworks franz ferdinand fresh cafe friday the 13th fuck yes fulton funeral game of thrones gate gatsby genetics ghost bc ghost feet ghost in the shell ghost key ghostly giant glass good charlotte gpc grant imahara grayson green river gtd guardians of the galaxy guest blogger gym class heroes habits haemophilus influenzae haim halloween handwriting harlem harmonica harrow heavy circles helena bertinelli hello hellogoodbye hematocrit heroquest high water marks history channel holiday mart homework houdini howl howl gaff gaff hummus hxc i love crazy tags iasip ice cream identity crisis in all dishonesty in and out of control in gratitude instagram instax interpro into the wayside intrepidity ipod iwant iyo udon jack johnson jack white japan jaspas jejuni jellys jimmy fallon jisuk jjak jld jock john wick joy departed joy division jpb julian casablancas justice league justice league dark kaimana kakaako kapiolani kat von d kegg keratin kiki kimchi kimchijeon kingsman kitsune kittygeddon klaxons koolau ballroom korean koundinyasana lab report latte art lazaretto le castle vania leahi left 4 dead 2 leotard leptospirosis les savy fav let me in lgc library light we made like like drive in lil gothams liquid nitrogen lismore lit little richard llea lol lolita loma prieta longboard lookbook love luster luck lust lust lust lymbyc systym magic magic island magnolia cafe mah jong maiden heist mail day mais2 major league makapuu maldi-tof martin denny martin solveig marvel matty matheson mavica me earl and the dying girl me first and the gimme gimmes media memento memento bento meta metamorphoses mf doom michael crichton micr490L midweek milk tea mind of a chef miss manners mls adventures modest mouse mogwai mohawk monty python monuments men moon moose blood morbid mortdecai motown mr robot mr tea my chemical romance my sharona naked juice ncis ncisla nerd nerdist new eagle cafe new politics new scene nickleback nicole atkins nightmare before christmas nijiya nimitz no backup plans no doubt noisey nonfiction novo biocin ofelia only in youth origa osaka loop line ovid pai gow pam pancakes pandemic paramore paranormal activity part time job party past present felix patreon patrick kindlon pcr pe'ahi peanut butter and jelly peb pecan tree penny dreadful performance peter pan collar pfam photog physics pita pizza plants plastic metal platelets poker pole polefiction politics popo popoitis post office potpourri pow wow hawaii prey primer prince procrastination protein pu er pun punk pyogenes pyromaniac quiche r dorothy wayneright rage ramblings ramen random random weirdos rap record shop dude records red machine redbone reflective replacements revision rhcp ripd roller skates rooms of the house roxy rozwell kid rsd run for cover run the jewels sailor moon sakura mochi salem's lot salonpas samurai ice cake sapling scans scarjo scary scorpion sds page searching for a pulse sed rate seeking a friend for the end of the world self defense family self published separation sequins seven psychopaths shadowplay shaloha sheezus shimmering stars shoes shout out louds show sierra nevada sikdorak silly girl sinclair library skateboard skyfall slipshift small brown bike smart db smoke gets in your eyes snl somnio sorority noise soundcloud speech and debate sphere spyral stamps staph staphylococci star trek steam stellastarr* straddle ups string db suetonius suicide squad suis la lune sunday morning at a funeral sunny day real estate surya namaskar sushi sushi king swim swoon taco tuesday taiyaki tantalus target taste tea taunt tcb technical writing tempura tf2 tguk thanksgiving the angels the audition the bougies the calm blue sea the chase the get up kids the hives the killers the kingsmen the kinks the pipettes the quick the raconteurs the russian the saddest landscape the supremes the things we think we're missing the voices the weight of the world the wolfpack the xx there's nothing thieves like us threadless three cheers for sweet revenge thursday ticket to ride tideland tigers jaw time travel tiny me title fight tittibhasana toby tokyo milk tom moffat topshelf records totoro tour de france transfection transformation tricks trojans tron tv two dots udon uniprot unknowns unrelatableexperience vacation valve vampire vegetables verde verse vertigo vibrio vice video dump volary walking backwards man walmart waning star want to read war wednesday addams welwing what we do in the shadows white house down white stripes whole foods wildhoney wildlife wired won tons workaholics wu xia xbox 360 xbox one xur yoga ball yogagypsy zatanna zero zippys zombie zones