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Music of the Year, 2016

It's more than the music now

For the last seven years we’ve been just about the music, and its spread online, but slowly our focus has shifted towards the live scene, as well. In 2015 we started to cover more festivals & shows, but it took until 2016 for that culture to greatly affect what music we’ll remember most.

I first set up Silence Nogood to share my favorite music, but I’ve learned there’s much more surrounding it that needs exposure. Hopefully in the next seven years we do.

Favorite Musicians of 2016

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Musician of the Year, Anderson .Paak

For the longest time I thought Tom Misch was going to be my favorite of 2016. And even though he put on my favorite show of the year, Anderson .Paak had more of the music and more shows than I’ve ever seen from any other artist.

.Paak performed solo at Hiero Day in 2015, but getting the chance to talk to him for a few minutes that day was way more memorable. It wasn’t until a few months later where his performance became a party.

One of his first shows with The Free Nationals was at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco, late January of 2016. Since then I’ve seen him six times this year, ending where it started at Folsom for New Years with Kaytranada [a free show to a $100 ticket, not bad].

From his shows in San Francisco to SXSW, he always brought the crowd. And they made it as fun of a party as he and The Free Nationals did this year. I’m just wondering what he’ll bring next year. I doubt he can go three straight years in a row as our favorite. Check out last year.

Tom Misch

Musician of the Year, Tom Misch

Tom Misch was the show to see in 2016. He sold out the Rickshaw in San Francisco faster than any show the promoter had seen before, including Amy Winehouse when she first started out.

The club announced a limited amount of tickets at the door a few days before. Even though we managed to get tickets already (love), we got there three hours before doors opened (we were really excited).

Once we got in line it was all about helping others hustle to get a ticket. The venue ended up giving out forty tickets, but there were at least double that wanting in too. And most really weren’t willing to pay the $100 on StubHub when it originally went for $15.

I met a girl in line half way through and she was just as in trouble as the rest. A few girls and I had went in to go to the bathroom, so we thought why not hide in there for a couple hours. But thankfully she got the ticket from an underaged kid who got kicked out of line for drinking. He sold her the ticket for $40 and a hug.

So I got to hang out with her the rest of the night! She made it more memorable than Misch. She found the set list and managed to get someone backstage to rip it off the ground. Sweetest thing a gal’s ever done for me <3

Kaytranada

Kaytranada Best Producer of 2016

Flamingosis

Flamingosis 2016's Soul

BADBADNOTGOOD

BADBADNOTGOOD Best Jazz of 2016

Tickle Torture

Tickle Torture Sex Music 2016

Best Playlists of 2016

Music of the Year, 2016 tracklist

NxWorries – Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge – Lyk Dis
Tom Misch – Wake Up This Day (feat. Jordan Rakei)
Flamingosis – Believe in Me

Brasstracks – Good Love (feat. Jay Prince)
Goldlink – Fall in Love ft. Ciscero (produced by KAYTRANADA & BadBadNotGood)
Croatia Squad – Street Dance
FREY – Harlem On The Rise
Tickle Torture – Forgotten

POLIÇA – Lime Habit
Amber Mark – S P A C E
BADBADNOTGOOD – In Your Eyes (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)

Childish Gambino – Redbone
Penthouse Penthouse & Bobby Saint – Saved // Forever
Leven Kali – Mine

Xam Volo – Down
NoMBe – Kemosabe
Lew – Raigetsu

Moods. – How I Feel (feat. Sam Wills)
Secret Rendezvous – Homie. Lover. Friend. (Moods Remix)
Robots Can’t Dance – without ya

JonEcks – Freak With You
JohnSavage – Come Back
Wayvee – Lately

VESTALUS – Is This Real?
VESTALUS – This Is Real

Josh J. – No Good Reasons
Tom Misch – Hark (feat. Alfa Mist)
Spire – Petal Falls

RECESS – The Brothel Gospel
eBlue – South Beach
In the blue shirt – toward morning
Jimmy Yitty – Lady Tsunade Pt. I (Prod. Margaret Backwoods)