Top 16 Songs of ’16

By most means, 2016 was not a good year. “Before-and-After 2016” memes ran rampant, if memes are any insight into the morale of the populace. Britain’s divorce. Brangelina’s, too. Explosion of phones. Explosion of fake news. No peace in the Middle East. No peace, seemingly anywhere. All those we failed to help. Zika. Lochtegate. The many legends we…

15 Soul-Crushingly Sad Songs to Feel Sad to

Kettering — The Antlers (2009) One of multiple Antlers entries on this list, “Kettering” is the first full-length track from the 2009 “masterpiece of sad”, Hospice. “Kettering” nails every aspect of the staple, sad song: a slow tempo with haunting chords, barely audible vocals and unnecessarily depressing lyrics. The only real knock against “Kettering” on…

Top 20 Quintessential Indie Songs 1990’s-Present

The twenty songs that have defined the indie sound in the past two decades-ish In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — Neutral Milk Hotel (1998) Instantly recognizable and even meme-worthy New Slang —The Shins (2001) Because Natalie Portman said, “You gotta hear this one song — it’ll change your life; I swear.” Someday — The Strokes (2002) Julian Casablancas. Nick Valensi. Albert…