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Best Musical Moments of 2016

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by cwhit, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    This is a thread I always like to make. What individual moments, recorded or live, really are defining moments for you of 2016? It's a really loose definition, but I feel these are the things that people take most with them.

    some of mine are:

    The part in Car Seat Headrest's "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" when the second chorus explodes and it becomes a giant singalong. That live is just one of the most fun things ever

    Bon Iver - Creeks “But all I'm trying to do is get my feet out from the crease” is probably the most bonechilling part of the whole record

    The moment when I realized Joyce Manor sang about Kanye West

    Sufjan at Pitchfork when during "Seven Swans" his wings came out and everyone flipped out

    The Kendrick Lamar grammy performance

    PWR BTTM covering "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" days after the Pulse shooting

    Chance The Rapper coming out during Jeremih’s set at Pitchfork and it being the most lit moment of the weekend

    Frank Ocean’s normal vocals coming in for the first time in Nikes

    Nicole’s drunken speech during TWIABP’s set at Broken World Media Fest, just defined how great that whole weekend was

    The transition from Bang On The Door to Rainbow to Planet Luxury to HELLLLHOOOOOLE on Jeff Rosenstock - Worry

    Hearing Nora’s voice on the premier of “Fill In The Blank”, I wasn't sure if that was going to make the record and flipped when I heard it

    Hearing Mitski’s “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars” for the first time recorded after waiting almost two years not knowing what song it was

    Hearing Emperor X’s recorded “Wasted On The Senate Floor” after what feels like hundreds of times listening to the live version

    Prawn giving me a shoutout at the 9:30 club was really one of those moments that helped justify why I've worked so hard to promote and book artists throughout the years. just a really nice moment

    I'm sure I have more, haha.
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  2. TheWater(s)

    Kiss The Sky Prestigious

    Hearing Ultralight Beam (Chance's verse) for the first time in a group of friends and everyone getting emotional.
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  3. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    oh yeah, i've been thinking about my first reactions to the kanye record for the last few days since i relistened. sort of wish the AP thread still existed, that live stream first reaction stretch of the thread was crazy. especially since we knew so little about the album at that point.
  4. angel paste

    grey hairs, get out of me zoots! Prestigious

    watching the premiere of ultralight beam at madison square garden when they pull the tarp off the display was amazing

    the second verse of "self control" by frank ocean and also the beginning of "Godspeed"
  5. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    kanye giving the aux cord to thug to play "with them"
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  6. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    seeing sun live
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  7. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    I'll move my hands away and speak them oooouuuutttttt
  8. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    run away with me Platinum

    The realization that Beyoncé was interpolating Maps and Turn My Swag On in Hold Up followed by learning how Ezra was involved
  9. Elder Lightning

    A lightning bolt without a cloud in the sky Supporter

    The first time I heard "Soft Animal", two days after my twins were born and I listened through a shitty phone speaker in a hospital waiting room where I had stepped out to make a phone call. I definitely teared up a bit and sat there in a silence for a few minutes afterward.
  10. zmtr


    Hearing the horns solo from (8) circle for the first time.

    Chance unexpectedly jumping on stage at Eaux Claires to play "Friends" with JV and Francis + lights.

    Rushing home from work early to watch the TLOP premiere and hearing Ultralight Beam for the first time.

    All of Blonde because I really never was into Frank before it.

    Seeing Deafheaven live.

    Pinegrove in general
  11. ComedownMachine

    Prestigious Supporter

    Watching the TLOP premier in theaters

    Counting down the hours until A Moon Shaped Pool came out and then laying down and crying once True Love Waits came on since I wasn't expecting it

    Driving around LA and getting a notification that Blonde released so I rushed to the pop up shop
  12. Elder Lightning

    A lightning bolt without a cloud in the sky Supporter

    Definitely this.

    Also, the guitar solo in Crying's "Wool In the Wash", and all of "There Was a Door", and basically just that album in general.
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  13. suicidesaints

    Trusted Prestigious

    TLOP is theaters.

    Kanye and Chance on SNL.

    Tribe on SNL.
  14. TheWater(s)

    Kiss The Sky Prestigious

    Weird one but when I found out that Ty$ was on that Fifth Harmony song because his daughter likes them and he wanted to be on something she'd listen to and like it suddenly heightened that song a lot more for me even tho I already loved it
  15. vidiviciveni


    The moment after the bridge ends in Third Eye Blind's "Company of Strangers" and Jenkins sings "Fuck, fuck, fuck-a, fuck away the emptiness until you get caught" gets me juiced

    The first time hearing "Settled Down" by Owen and trying to wrap my head around those time signatures was pretty great
  16. Letterbomb31

    Trusted Prestigious

    The extent to which I've grown to love Blonde over the last four months. When I first heard it I wasn't sure what to think because it was so different to Channel Orange, but at this point it's easily one of my favourite albums ever. Everytime I listen to it, I seem to enjoy it a little bit more. I've never had an album continuously grow on me like that before.

    I discovered Otis Redding's music this year. Obviously I had heard songs of his here and there but I'd never actually listened to any of his albums in full before. I've now listened to his entire discography and I love it all. He's probably the greatest vocalist of all time.

    Gallant's ridiculously awesome performance on Jimmy Fallon.
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  17. Signifire

    Headphones blaring three stacks Prestigious

    When Thug played "With Them" at the MSG event for The Life of Pablo.
  18. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    Seeing if you don't don't live
  19. Dirty Sanchez

    Prestigious Prestigious

    Watching Thursday perform on YouTube.
  20. ImAMetaphor

    absence 8/20/21 Prestigious


    The entire lead-up to the release of Goodness was incredible, I don't think I've ever anticipated an album that much.

    Personally, getting to ask Julien Baker a question during a Q&A after her show was awesome.

    Blonde finally clicking.

    The first time I heard Not To Disappear lying in bed in the dark and being overwhelmed by New Ways.

    Seeing Brand New at a 10,000 cap venue that was nearly full on a gorgeous summer night and being absolutely blown away by their stage presence and tightness. I've seen them play You Won't Know 4 times live and that was by far the hardest it ever hit me.

    I have so many I could come up with.
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  21. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    oh yeah, seeing brand new cover julien baker was a pretty surreal moment
    tbh that may have be the lowlight of the show being one of the few songs of that set i don't care for/really know at all lol
  22. Leftandleaving

    I will be okay. everything Supporter

    Def my favorite Jimmy song, and everyone in the room sang the chorus together and it was great
  23. whitenblue88

    The rivalry is back on

    Let's see...

    Bon Iver's "I could go forward in the night but I better fold. my. clothes." in 33 "GOD"

    The solo in "Masters" by Local Natives

    Watching all the 1975 super fans awkwardly squirm through Ghost's set at Shaky Knees while they waited for the 1975 to come on

    The first time I heard the chorus hit in "Your Best American Girl" by Mitski

    Hearing a Christian song that just bluntly starts with "It's OK to be afraid" right as I was about to give up on the genre for being too unrealistically happy ("In This Ocean" by King's Kaleidoscope)

    Getting to "Agnes" on my first listen through of Glass Animals' album and being completely floored and thrown off by it

    Getting to meet more of my favorite musicians this year than any other year so far
  24. tumbleweedterror

    music is all we got

    Listening to Goodness for the first time between being awake and asleep on a long, early morning road trip, which made it feel dreamlike and mystical and now every time I listen to that record it takes me back to that moment & it feels ethereal.

    Seeing Real Friends play Scared to be Alone and Colder Quicker live for the first time ever at the $5 tour in Seattle.

    Hearing Sleep Debt by City Mouth for the first time and freaking out over how great it is, listening to them non-stop for the entire month of September, then getting to see them open the Real Friends secret show in Tinley and being more blown away by a live performance than I have been in a very, very long time.

    The entire Real Friends secret show in Tinley / the fact that I got to fly across the country to see my favorite band play their hometown.

    ^ This

    Seeing Glacier Veins play the Portland Warped date & blow everyone away.

    I was without a car for almost a month so I had to walk a bunch and I listened to Stories For Monday by The Summer Set the entire time. The Night Is Young hit me really hard.

    Road tripping to California for Self Help Fest with my best friends, getting to see Came Out Swinging by TWY as the sun went down.
  25. sophos34

    Prestigious Supporter

    "paris" by the 1975

    "10:56" into "second son of r" by oathbreaker

    the chorus of "last you heard of me" by joyce manor

    "through" by jimmy eat world

    gunshot on primma donna

    chorus of "song of myself" by frameworks


    drum hits at the end of "end of reel"

    chorus of "into you" by ariana grande

    skepta sampling queens of the stone age

    all of hopelessness by anohni

    the amazing drum sounds on "hallucinations" by dvsn
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