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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best New Music of 2016

2016! What a year. Many have completely written the past 12 months off, and 2016 seems destined to go down in history as the most hated year of the 21st century. However, trials and tribulations tend to inspire great art, and I for one would much rather sing into the void at the top of my lungs and dance in the dark.

Though I also worried about the state of humanity this past year, I also spent a lot of time discovering amazing new tunes and sharing them with my friends on my weekly radio show, Sound Sounds. Thank you all dear listeners for streaming me on KXSC, my Facebook live sessions, and Mixcloud. Your joy at vibing off my vibes keeps me going!

It took well over a month for me to whittle down the thousands of tracks I listened to this past year, and the hundreds upon hundreds that made it into my radio show, to a definitive list. I loved so many songs, and removing any from selection sometime felt like letting go of a piece of myself. So, it with much careful thought and pride that I present, in no particular order, my:

Top 100 Songs of 2016




PLAYLIST
A.D.K.O.B. – Ghost
Anderson .Paak – Am I Wrong (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
Angelica Garcia – Orange Flower
Animal Collective – FloriDada
ATTLAS – Ryat
The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
Banks – Mind Games
Bay Ledges – Safe
Bearson – One Step At A Time (feat. Natalola)
Bishop Briggs – Wild Horses
Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]
Brand New – I Am A Nightmare
Brasstracks – Get Your Way (feat. Roses Gabor)
Brent Cobb – Solving Problems
Caitlyn Smith – Before You Called Me Baby
Car Seat Headrest – Fill in the Blank
Cat Clyde – Mama Said
Chris Bathgate – Big Ghost
Chris Staples – Park Bench
COIN – Talk Too Much
Courtney Barnett – Three Packs a Day
courtship. – Stop for Nothing
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Have a Heart
Dana Falconberry and Medicine Bow – Powerlines
Declan McKenna – Isombard
Diana Gordon – Woman
Domo Genesis – Dapper (feat. Anderson .Paak)
Droeloe – zZz
The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers – At Night
Earl St. Clair – Man On Fire
Elohim – Hallucinating
Explosions In The Sky – The Ecstatics
Flock of Dimes – Everything Is Happening Today
Flume – Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)
Frances Cone – Arizona
FRENSHIP – Carpet
The Front Bottoms – Tighten Up
Future Elevators – Modern World
Gabe Dixon – Crave
Gold Panda – In My Car
Hestina – Belong
How To Dress Well – What’s Up
ICHI – Hippo + 47
Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No
Jain – Heads Up
James Blake – I Need A Forest Fire (feat. Bon Iver)
Jamestown Revival – Midnight Hour
The Japanese House – Leon
Johnnyswim – Let It Matter
Joseph – White Flag
Kungs – This Girl (Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners)
Lake Street Dive – Call Off Your Dogs
Leo Stannard – My Friends Got Love
Leon Vynehall – Wahness
LOLO – The Courtyard
Louise Burns – Dusk Till Dawn
M.I.A. – Go Off
Maggie Rogers – Alaska
Margaret Glaspy – Emotions And Math
Matt Pond PA – The Glow
Mesita – Both
Miranda Lambert – Vice
Mitski – Your Best American Girl
Modern Baseball – Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind
Monica Heldal – Coulda Been Sound
Nick Murphy – Fear Less
Nightly – XO
Noname – Sunny Duet (feat. The Mind)
Oyster Kids – Creepy
Porches – Braid
Porter Robinson – Shelter (feat. Madeon)
Pusher – Clear (feat. Mothica)
The Range – Florida
River Tiber – West (feat. Daniel Caeser)
Romare – Who Loves You?
Ry-Lo – New Friend
Ryley Walker – The Roundabout
San Fermin – Shiver (feat. Sam Amidon)
Sara Watkins – Young In All The Wrong Ways
Shapes In Calgary – Happy Now
Shovels & Rope – I Know
Sjowgren – Seventeen
Sorcha Richardson – Ruin Your Night
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Flow with It (You Got Me Feeling Like)
Star Parks – Theoretical Girls
Streets of Laredo – Devil And The Sea
Strong Asian Mothers – The More That I
Sylvan Esso – Kick Jump Twist
Tensnake – Tazaar
A Tribe Called Red – ALie Nation (feat. John Trudell, Lido Pimienta, Tanya Taguq, and Northern Voice)
Tycho – Epoch
Vacations – Day Dreamin
Vaults – Midnight River
Wilco – Nope
The Wild Reeds – What I Had In Mind
Will Joseph Cook – Girls Like Me
The Wind and The Wave – Grand Canyon
Young Mister – Pasadena
Youngr – Out Of My System

And, not in this list, because the word "song" doesn't really do it justice is "Hold Up" by Beyonce off her masterpiece Leomonade, a collection of expression and work that can't really be described as an album either. Bey and her musical art defy lists and cross artistic boundaries, so she gets a 2016 shoutout all of her own.



Wishing all who read this, my listeners and my friends plenty of joy and peace in 2017!

Friday, December 23, 2016

KXSC Sound Sounds 12.21.2016

2016 may have been a rough year in a lot of ways, but sometimes a little strife is good for art, because it was a great year for new music. It was very hard to try and whittle down the hundreds upon hundreds of songs that I played on my show this past year down to the top 100, and I was only able to let go of the last few by putting them on this runner's up playlist. Here's a hand full of songs that almost made my top 100, but are still totes bae.

Looking for some morning inspiration? Tune in to Sound Sounds with Sachi Subterranean and discover new music from a range of genres from house to folk, post-punk to ambient, and everything in between. Each week I listen to all the new releases, handpick the choicest tracks, and lovingly craft them into playlists for music fans with curious minds and open ears. Come find your new favorite artist to obsess over with me!

Brought to you by KXSC.org, the student-run radio station of the University of Southern California.


I broadcast live from 7:30 to 8:30am PT (GMT -7) every Wednesday. You can stream the show at KXSC.org or by downloading the TuneIn App to your phone and searching for 'KXSC Radio' (click that heart button, yo!).

Podcasts and playlists of each show will be posted on this very fine interweb publication within a week of airing, lik dis:



PLAYLIST
1. Let’s Go Out by Alex Lahey
2. Kings of Summer by ayokay, Quinn XCII
3. 13 Kinds by The Bones of J.R. Jones
4. Queen of Them All by The Cactus Blossoms
5. Trying Not to Love YoubyCaroline Smith
6. Not Enough by Demo Taped
7. Upbeat Feelgood by Foy Vance
8. Hometown by Haley Bonar
9. Give Me a Reason by Jagwar Ma
10. Near to The Wild Heart of Life by Japandriods
11. No Matter What by Little Monarch
12. Love Like That by Mayer Hawthorne
13. Reminder by Moderat
14. Cold To See Clear by Nada Surf
15. Stone Blind by Smooth Hound Smith
16. Signal by SOHN
17. The Best Crew by Tep No
18. Rivers by The Tallest Man On Earth

Or you can follow me on Spotify where I keep playlists for every show. Though of course, listening on Spotify will cause you to miss the sweet sound of my voice in the talk-breaks ;)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

KXSC Sound Sounds 12.14.2016

I really think you'd have to do some serious digging to find another playlist this blends this much electronica with country. I smooth things out with some subtle ambient overtones, and you can treat your ears as well as your taste buds this holiday season with some sugary sweet indie pop tunes. Hope this episode brings you all kinds of visions of sugar plums dancing through your head, dear listener!

Looking for some morning inspiration? Tune in to Sound Sounds with Sachi Subterranean and discover new music from a range of genres from house to folk, post-punk to ambient, and everything in between. Each week I listen to all the new releases, handpick the choicest tracks, and lovingly craft them into playlists for music fans with curious minds and open ears. Come find your new favorite artist to obsess over with me!

Brought to you by KXSC.org, the student-run radio station of the University of Southern California.


I broadcast live from 7:30 to 8:30am PT (GMT -7) every Wednesday. You can stream the show at KXSC.org or by downloading the TuneIn App to your phone and searching for 'KXSC Radio' (click that heart button, yo!).

Podcasts and playlists of each show will be posted on this very fine interweb publication within a week of airing, lik dis:



PLAYLIST
1. Louie’s Lullaby by Harris Cole
2. Safe by Bay Ledges
3. Good side in by The Japanese House
4. Alone with You (Knight One Remix) by Kraak & Smaak, Cleopold
5. Joy Rider by Shy Luv
6. Aries by Daedelus, Teebs, Bass Sekolah
7. Only For Your Love by Futurebirds
8. Unknown by Ruen Brothers
9. Parlor by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
10. Highway Vagabond by Miranda Lambert
11. Skin And Bones by The Wind and The Wave
12. Kick Jump Twist by Sylvan Esso
13. Kerala by Bonobo
14. Black Fur by Elder Island
15. Mosquito by Sente, Ashnikko
16. Fevers by Mr. Little Jeans
17. Sober by Strong Asian Mothers
18. Afterthough by Close Talker
19. Maps (Star Slinger Sunrise Edit) by Emancipator

Or you can follow me on Spotify where I keep playlists for every show. Though of course, listening on Spotify will cause you to miss the sweet sound of my voice in the talk-breaks ;)

Friday, December 9, 2016

KXSC Sound Sounds 12.07.2016

Unfortunately I was way too sick to do my show this week. I sound like a 60 year-old smoker, your "fun" aunt, who sneaks you sips of peppermint Schnapps in middle school and makes the family watch her reenactment of Cabaret when she gets tipsy on holidays, like Easter. I didn't have an aunt like this growing up, but it's "fun" to imagine. Clearly all the cold medicine has made me delirious. This is why we can't have nice things... I mean... this is why I couldn't do my show this week. Anywho, I've got the next best thing for you, the Spotify playlist. Enjoy without any of my raspy inane rambling.

Looking for some morning inspiration? Tune in to Sound Sounds with Sachi Subterranean and discover new music from a range of genres from house to folk, post-punk to ambient, and everything in between. Each week I listen to all the new releases, handpick the choicest tracks, and lovingly craft them into playlists for music fans with curious minds and open ears. Come find your new favorite artist to obsess over with me!

Brought to you by KXSC.org, the student-run radio station of the University of Southern California.


I broadcast live from 7:30 to 8:30am PT (GMT -7) every Wednesday. You can stream the show at KXSC.org or by downloading the TuneIn App to your phone and searching for 'KXSC Radio' (click that heart button, yo!).

You can follow me on Spotify to see playlists for every show, lik dis:



PLAYLIST
1. On Hold by The xx
2. Sirens by Nylo
3. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) by K'NAAN, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC
4. Conrad by SOHN
5. Blood Work by ATTLAS
6. Did You Wrong by Sweater Beats, MAX
7. Naked by Elin Bergman
8. One Step At A Time by Bearson, Natalola
9. Too Keen by Youngr
10. Leon by The Japanese House
11. Moon by Beth Orton
12. Image by Lera Lynn
13. Dead Alive by The Shins
14. Greenwood by You Blew It!
15. Near To The Wild Heart Of Life by Japandroids
16. Lonely by Emeli Sande
17. Close by Ryan Kinder
18. Cocoon by Milky Chance

Or you can follow me on Mixcloud where I keep post podcasts for every show, which come with the added bonus of the sweet sound of my voice in the talk-breaks ;)

Monday, December 5, 2016

KXSC Sound Sounds 11.30.2016

Kicking things off with a dance party this week! Cut a rug, kids! Some spoonfuls of R&B and a crossover track from Amos Lee then help us transition into some soulful folk before a lil' post punk night cap. It's a myriad of motions in oceans from me to you, dear listener xoxo

Looking for some morning inspiration? Tune in to Sound Sounds with Sachi Subterranean and discover new music from a range of genres from house to folk, post-punk to ambient, and everything in between. Each week I listen to all the new releases, handpick the choicest tracks, and lovingly craft them into playlists for music fans with curious minds and open ears. Come find your new favorite artist to obsess over with me!

Brought to you by KXSC.org, the student-run radio station of the University of Southern California.


I broadcast live from 7:30 to 8:30am PT (GMT -7) every Wednesday. You can stream the show at KXSC.org or by downloading the TuneIn App to your phone and searching for 'KXSC Radio' (click that heart button, yo!).

Podcasts and playlists of each show will be posted on this very fine interweb publication within a week of airing, lik dis:



PLAYLIST
1. Je T’aime by Romare
2. 8Am by NVDES
3. Warm by Becky Hill
4. Trying Not to Love You by Caroline Smith
5. When I’m Down by Whethan, Oliver Tree
6. No Matter What by Little Monarch
7. Talk To Me by Nightly
8. Get Back by Alex Frankel
9. Save Me by Majik
10. Vaporize by Amos Lee
11. Midnight Hour by Jamestown Revival
12. Broken Hearted Past by Beau James
13. My Mind Is An Endless Sea by The Wind and The Wave
14. Who You Selling For by The Pretty Reckless
15. Aix by Helena Deland
16. Permission Slip by Mainland
17. Door by Nice As Fuck

Or you can follow me on Spotify where I keep playlists for every show. Though of course, listening on Spotify will cause you to miss the sweet sound of my voice in the talk-breaks ;)