Album: Cost of Living
Artist: Downtown Boys
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Favorite Tracks: “A Wall,” “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas), “Lips that Bite” and “Clara Rancia.”
Thoughts: The Providence-based, bilingual punk band is back with an energetic new album filled with hard riffs and pointed lyrics. I particularly like it when the horns kick in. This is the music for our fraught political times, filled with anger but leavened with hope.
Once again, it’s time to look back on the music of 2016 with my favorite songs of the year.
I’ve featured many of this songs in my Song of the Week posts this year. If you see a link from a song title it will take you back to the Song of the Week post for that song, or other time I wrote about that band.
For previous year-end lists of previous years check out my lists for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.
In alphabetical order, here are my ten favorite songs of the year:
“Atomic Number” by case/lang/veirs
“Brother, What Happened” by Muddy Magnolias
“Big Bad Good” by My Bubba
“Freedom” by Beyoncé
“Mighty (feat. JFTH)” by Caravan Palace
“Quiet” by Erik Blood
“To Have You Back” by Tourist
“Wave of History” by Downtown Boys
“Your Best American Girl” by Mitski
“You Want it Darker” by Leonard Cohen
And here are five honorable mentions:
“Augustine” by Blood Orange
“Frankie Sinatra” by The Avalanches
“Stranger Things” by Kyle Dixon, Michael Stein
“This Girl” by Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners
“Yeah, I’m Okay With My Shit Life” by Bethlehem Steel
What were your favorite songs of 2016?
Bilingual socialist punk rock with horns from Providence? Sign me up!
“Wave of History” is the lead track off the Downtown Boys most recent album Full Communism.