Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2016

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Well, 2016 was kind of a shit year. Maybe not completely for you (or me) personally, but by most accounts I think it’s fair to say that things could’ve been better (to say the least). In many ways the same thing could be said for the music released in 2016. Don’t get me wrong, there were still plenty of quality records released; but in comparison to past years, I found the music of 2016 to be more devoid of year defining standout records and a bit underwhelming in terms of genre range and uniqueness of music releases. Or maybe i’m just getting jaded and my musical taste buds are stagnating to the point I don’t “get” what “the kids” are into these days. Maybe. But, maybe not?

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Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2015

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Damn, 2015 is already over and (sadly) I’m just now discovering that this is my first blog post since last years Top 100 albums listravaganza. I’m really pumping out these posts at a record pace! Hurry and get me a pacemaker! Or make me some tomato paste (picante salsa will also do)! Or go to Indiana and watch an nba game! Or just press Ctrl+V for christ’s sake! Not that Jesus would know how to use a computer anyways. But I digress…there was a lot of great music in the last year and it would be silly and naive for me to assume this hodgepodge list of mine is comprehensive. But, I can confidently say that I did listen to a lot of records in 2015 and probably more than your average joe schmo (screw that guy anyways, everyone’s always talking about him like he’s so average…). Take the order for what you want but give some of these artists, bands, djs, and producers tunes a test drive. You might be surprised the places they’ll take you.

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Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2014

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Ok, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’ve finally made my objectionably arbitrary picks for best music releases of the year 2014 (remember? that year a little over a month ago). However, since I’m late and all I’m going to cut the blasé pun banter and just give you my list, as well as a bunch of others to read for relativity. Plus, this year I made a Spotify playlist!

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Flashflooder DJ Mix: Move It Or Lose It Live

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I DJ’ed this past Friday night at Monarch in San Francisco to open the “Move It Or Lose It” party. To put it simply, I played lots and lots of (electronic, eclectic, deep, tech, house, or whatever) jams I’ve been digging recently. They also all happen to be on the lower end of the four on the floor bpm scale like 115-122 As of right now It’s probably my favorite mix of mine just cuz I like da songz so much. You should listen to hear what this self fabricated non buzz is all about. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Or what was the deal with the hokey pokey anyways?

Read on for the tracklisting and stuff. Or maybe not stuff. To be determined upon further typing.

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Slowdive Live in SF, CA (11/7/14)

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It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but Slowdive was just too good to resist. For a 20 year reunion tour it felt appropriate to capture the magic of arguably my favorite song of theirs “Alison” on video. Anyways, read on for the video, a full audio recording of the show, and an informative interview explaining that there may be an eventual new Slowdive album!

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Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper: The Behind The Scenes Story with Sonic Boom

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Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear (from Animal Collective) has been teasing the follow up album to 2011’s Tomboy for some time now with tour dates spanning the last year featuring almost all new songs, eerie new Danny Perez visuals showcasing a grim reaper figure, rumors from friends/fans, and the cryptic, captivating, and elusive words of Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember, who also produced Tomboy).

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Caribou: BBC1 Essential Mix & 2014 HD Concert Video

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Dan Snaith (aka the man behind the band Caribou) has been keeping quite busy lately in support of his masterful new album Our Love. He’s been doing insightful interviews on all sorts of media sites, began a massive worldwide Caribou tour, fitting in a few Daphni (his DJ/dance production alias) DJ sets here and there, and just released his first essential mix for the famed BBC Radio 1.

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