Hello, dear reader! Thanks for checking out our list of 2016’s best music videos. We had three main goals in mind when we went to formulate this list: first and foremost we limited scope and tried to pick videos from artists and bands you might hear on 99.9 instead of just the best videos in general, we tried to sneak a few picks in that we haven’t seen featured on lists elsewhere along with those few that are simply undeniable (like our #1), and we also tried to pick a mixture of videos that aimed to make a significant statement or were artfully done along with a few that are just plain lighthearted and fun (and a few that are somewhere in-between!). We think we nailed it. Let us know what you think!
10. Kaytranada – Lite Spots
Why is this one on the list?! Two words: DANCING ROBOT
9. The Avalanches – Because I’m Me
With a throwback look, jubilant dancing, and an adorable kid performing his heart out this charming video and song are sure to put a smile on your face.
8. Polica – Wedding
This poignant video speaks to the issue of police violence by depicting a dark, chilling reimagining of a typical children’s television show.
7. Radiohead – Daydreaming
This beautifully eerie and surreal video for A Moon Shaped Pool track “Daydreaming” was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice, There Will Be Blood, The Master) and features Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke wandering through a series of doorways and locales until finally escaping to find rest at video’s end.
6. DJ Shadow Feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak
In a year where the partisan divide between political sides both here in the US and abroad has never seemed more tense or vitriolic, this video and the scenario it depicts feels uncomfortably relevant and all too believable. The video opens with a number of politician types sitting in a conference room where tensions between one another continue to rise. It doesn’t take long for it all to boil over, and then? …chaos ensues!
5. Pup – Sleep in the Heat
Be forewarned: this video from Toronto punkers PUP (that features a familiar face for all you “Stranger Things” fans!) will make you cry.
4. Mitski – Your Best American Girl
This video manages to be both pretty funny and full of heartache at the same time, dealing with the relatable discomforts of awkwardness, unrequited attraction, not fitting in…and Coachella Brand Hipsterdom™.
3. Francis & The Lights – Friends ft Bon Iver and Kanye West
A simple yet incredibly fun video that was probably destined to make our “Best Of” list due to a goofy choreographed dance featuring EC’s patron saint of indie rock himself, Mr. Justin Vernon.
2. Mick Jenkins Feat. BADBADNOTGOOD – Drowning
This video is a testament to what talented filmmakers can do with just over 6 minutes; it’s more of a harrowing short film than it is your typical music video. It is set in the antebellum south and delves into violence, oppression, innocence and forgiveness. It’s beautifully shot and a truly powerful work.
1. David Bowie – Lazarus
This video is sure to make most “Best Of” lists. It’s a creepy, powerful, and prescient depiction of inspiration and creation in the face of frailty and death. It’s a fitting tribute to the song and album it was made for, and quite the goodbye from the irreplaceable and remarkable artist that was David Bowie…a man whose work–like this song title implies–will continue to live on.
…alright, so there’s our top 10. However, we’d be remiss to talk about the best videos of 2016 without at least mentioning Beyonce. Sure, as stated in the intro for this list we were aiming to represent videos from artists you might hear pretty regularly in rotation on our little indie rock station and admittedly Beyonce doesn’t quite fit that bill (though we’re huge fans!) but Lemonade is such a dynamic and undeniable work we have to take a moment to give credit where credit is due and recommend that you check it out if you haven’t already. Here’s “Formation” off of Lemonade to get you started:
…alright, now that we’ve given kudos to Beyonce it’s time to show some love to two really terrific videos produced by local bands We’re Wolves and Waldemar.
We are thrilled to announce that after working with the fine folks at UWEC, The Blugold Radio Stage of the NYE Gala at The Lismore will now be open to all those who purchase the $10 wristband!
Blugold Radio worked to make this stage inclusive as possible while still watching important matters. Station Manager Scott Morfitt says, “We wanted to ensure that we were able to have as large of a crowd as possible, while still making sure that every band gets paid. Part of ‘supporting the scene’ is paying artists. It’s great we could make this work all around!”
That means in addition to giving you access to the live music and entertainment taking place at The Mousetrap Tavern, The Plus, The Lakely, The Firehouse, and The Stones Throw, you’ll also be able to enjoy the likes of We’re Wolves, LASKA, Jerrika Mighelle, The Jaggernauts, and sloslylove on our stage at The Lismore!
For those looking to stay put and enjoy a more upscale celebration the $55 tickets and $125 tickets are still available (more information on those below!) but for those of you looking exclusively to catch your favorite local band on the Blugold stage on NYE…now you can! Hope to see you there.
Info on ticket packages:
Get tickets now for the first annual New Year’s Eve Gala at The Lismore downtown Eau Claire! Proceeds of the event go to benefiting the Confluence Arts Center.Multiple ticket options available, including a plated dinner option. Book an entire table of 10 or table of 8 and receive $250 off of your total! Contact the UW-Eau Claire Service Center at 715-836-4636 to book your table now!
Single Table Seat: $125
Table of 8: $750
Table of 10: $1,000
Skip the dinner and join us at 9:00pm for live entertainment, inclusive hor dourves, beverages and a champagne toast for only $55!
In addition, limited discounted hotel rooms available at The Lismore for a special event rate. To book a room please utilize one following options:
It’s our pleasure to debut “Graves” a new single by We’re Wolves.
They will be joining LASKA, The Jaggernauts, Jerrika Mighelle, and sloslylove at Blugold Stage of the NYE Gala in Downtown Eau Claire (more info here)
Now, with no further adieu, here’s “Graves”
More on We’re Wolves
Without question one of the biggest earworms in terms of local artists on our airwaves was the chorus of “River” by this band, We’re Wolves. If you haven’t had “I dive, go wading in the water…” stuck in your head at least a few times the past 6 months then you probably haven’t been listening to Blugold Radio nearly as much as you should. This collaborative group combines hip-hop, folk, and indie rock into a unique and catchy package.
So much new music, so little time: We’re Wolves howled into first place with an uber-cool blend of folk, pop, and hip-hop, while Sniffle Party’s neat beats and woozy vocals waltzed into second place. New kid on the block and Fall Creek hip-hopper extraordinaire Brayton Meyer came in third place this year; check out his EP, Real Life. — Darrion Behrendt (original article)
From Volume One: “Kalispell is the name under which singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard releases his original material. As a sideman, Leonard has worked with J.E. Sunde and Field Report, among others. Kalispell is releasing their highly anticipated album, Printer’s Son, this summer. The new album explores jazz and minimalist ideas while keeping the Paul Simon-infused folk songwriting sensibilities. UWEC alum Sarah Lou Richards has carved out a niche for herself as an established country singer in Nashville. Her voice has drawn comparisons to Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack. Her second full-length album of original songs, The Woman Behind The Curtain, was released in 2014. We’re Wolves is a brand new folk/hip hop trio featuring rapper Fathom and Adam and Alyssa Thoms.”