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favorite songs 2016

( General and Mixes )

Posted on Sunday 8 January 2017

If this year’s mix of my favorites is any guide, 2016 was a good year for mainstream music. And I think that’s fair: Beyoncé’s incredible concept album signaled a shift in how high profile artists approach their audience as they move from roles as ‘top selling’ artists towards ‘most streamed’ artists whose exclusive content could make waves amongst the competition between streaming sites. So the music industry is still looking at music as ‘content,’ but at least there is an acknowledgement that art will draw people, where previously the industry looked to catchy hooks grabbing attention through repetitive play.

I’m happy with what I heard. Here are some of my favorites:

favorite albums 2015

Posted on Thursday 31 December 2015

Here’s what I loved this year:

01. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
02. Tame Impala – Currents
03. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
04. Torres – Sprinter
05. U.S. Girls – Half Free
06. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa
07. Denny Lile – Hear The Bang: The Life and Music of Denny Lile
08. Main Attrakionz – 808s and Dark Grapes III
09. Violent Mae – Kid
10. Girlpool – Before the World Was Big

favorite songs 2015

( General and Mixes )

Posted on Wednesday 30 December 2015

2015 Best-of-Mix Tracklist:
01. Beach House – Levitation
02. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
03. Mbongwana Star – Malukayi
04. Thundercat – Them Changes
05. Jr Thomas & The Volcanoes – Get A Hold Of You
06. Danny Lile – Hear The Bang
07. Tame Impala – New Person Same Old Mistakes
08. Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy Late Show
09. U.S. Girls – Window Shades
10. Craft Spells – Our Park By Night
11. Finale – Choppy Waters
12. Courtney Barnett – Depression
13. Deerhunter – All The Same
14. Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – So Strange Here
15. Flume feat. Andrew Wyatt – Some Minds
16. Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming
17. Sufjan Stevens – Fourth of July
18. Kenn Starr – The Movement II

12 years of mixes

( General and Mixes )

Posted on Tuesday 12 March 2013

Here’s the tracklist for 2012:

01. Moses Gold – Powder and Blood
02. Grimes – Oblivion
03. Serengeti feat. Yoni Wolf – Geti Life
04. Sean Born – Pour Out Liquor
05. Divine Fits – Shivers (The Boys Next Door cover)
06. Cloud Nothings – No Future No Past
07. Daughn Gibson – Lookin’ Back on ’99
08. Trailer Trash Tracys – You Wish You Were Red
09. Tashaki Miyaki – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Father John Misty cover)
10. Jai Paul – Jasmine (Demo)
11. Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
12. Earl Sweatshirt – Chum
13. Chromatics – Back From The Grave
14. Beach House – Irene
15. COOLRUNNINGS – The Fool
16. The Walkmen – Song For Leigh
17. Oddisee – Slow It Down
18. Dark Dark Dark – Patsy Cline
19. Moonface – Lay Your Cheek On Down

favorite songs 2011

Posted on Saturday 31 December 2011

Hearsay Best of 2011 Mix
I’m officially not doing an albums of the year list. There have been so few that I wholeheartedly enjoy, I’d have to do a top 10 that starts at 8. But that is not to say that there wasn’t some exceptional new music this year. Click HERE for my favorite tracks from 2011. I’m hoping that 2012 will pick up the pace, but if not, I’ll just further recede into the vintage music that I love so much. I hope you enjoy listening to the mixes as much as I like making them.

favorite videos 2011

( Videos )

Posted on Wednesday 28 December 2011

Look what the cat dragged in…

01. Jorge & Alexa Narvaez – Home [Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros cover]
02. Madeon – Pop Culture [directed by Nathan Barnatt]
03. Orelha Negra – M.I.R.I.A.M. [directed by Vhils]
04. I Break Horses – Hearts [directed by Alex Southam]
05. Bill Callahan – America! [directed by Okay Mountain]
06. Loose Fit – Table Beggar [directed by Abbie Stephens]
07. Appetite – Tussy [directed by Sean Stout & Teddy Briggs]
08. M83 – Midnight City [directed by Fleur & Manu]
09. Youth Lagoon – Montana [directed by Tyler T Williams]
10. Pogo – Bloom [directed by Pogo]

favorite songs 2010

Posted on Sunday 9 January 2011

Hearsay Best of 2010 Mix
Click HERE for this year’s “best of” mix. I just needed this weekend to wrap it up. My actual completely subjective and nonsensical list of favorite tracks of the year is in the comments.

favorite videos 2010

( General and Videos )

Posted on Saturday 8 January 2011

It took me a while, but here are my favorites. I’m sure I missed some good ones. I think this is the first time I’m putting a video of a live performance in my top 10, but the footage by 521studies of Future Islands live in North Carolina is just that good. They didn’t make my list, but honorable mentions go to Erykah Badu’s remake of last year’s Matt & Kim video, as well as the crew at Auto-Tune The News crew for turning every worthless youtube sensation into a hilarious music video.

01. Colourmusic – Yes! [directed by Nick Turner]
02. Broken Social Scene – Meet Me In The Basement (unofficial) [anonymous]
03. Future Islands – An Apology (live) [directed by 521studies]
04. Vitalic – Poney Part I [directed by Pleix]
05. Denki Groove – Fake It [directed by Hideyuki Tanaka]
06. Eskmo – We Got More [directed by Cyriak Harris]
07. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Get Out Of Here [directed by Luke Harris]
08. Daft Punk – Derezzed [directed by Warren Fu]
09. Flying Lotus – Kill Your Coworkers [directed by beeple]
10. Real Estate – Suburban Dogs [directed by Richard Law]

[2009 list]

goodbye 2010

Posted on Friday 31 December 2010

The Black Keys

I didn’t get around to do any best of 2010 lists yet… even without work it’s been a busy week. Videos of the year is always one of my favorites to pull together, so I’m pretty sure I’ll do that and a best of the year muxtape mix, at the very least. 2010 was a really good year for music… much better than 2009, I think. It was also, as the long hiatuses and lack of posts on this site might hint at, a really good year for me personally, filled with a lot of changes for the better.

most anticipated 2010

Posted on Friday 1 January 2010

01. Oddisee-produced Finale album {05.25.2010} 02. Pavement reunion shows, maybe new material 03. Arcade Fire – LP3 {05.2010} 04. Beach House – Teen Dream {01.26.2010} [sample] 05. Black Milk – Album Of The Year [sample] 06. Frightened Rabbit – The Winter Of Mixed Drinks {03.09.2010} 07. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Part II: Return of […]