The Explain Podcast: EP 03 - The Year In Music

The Explain Team (from left to right) : Ali, Quinn, Steph, Sahan & Evan

The Explain Team (from left to right) : Ali, Quinn, Steph, Sahan & Evan

2016 was a fantastic year for music, both nationally and and locally for us here in Milwaukee. For this special edition of the Explain Podcast, Ali, Steph, Evan, Sahan and Quinn sat down to discuss their favorite moments in 2016 music, as well as to look forward at what the new year will bring. This podcast was recorded earlier this week by us and mixed by drummer extraordinaire, Tim Baltes.

We'd like to take this time again to thank all of the readers, listeners, viewers and artists who helped make 2016 a successful year for Explain. Expect even more from us in 2017!

Listen to the podcast and read a streamlined list of our picks below. Thanks for reading and we'll see you all in 2017!

-Ali, Steph, Evan, Quinn & Sahan


Favorite National Releases:

Deftones - Gore
Ab-Soul - Do As Thou Wilt
ASAP Mob - Cozy Tapes Vol. 1
Gojira - Magma
American Football (LP2)

Childish Gambino- Awaken, My Love!
Chance The Rapper- Coloring Book
Warpaint- Head Up
Twin Peaks- Down in Heaven
High Waisted- On Ludlow

Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade
Kevin Abstract - American Boyfriend
Frank Ocean - Blonde
No name - Telefone
Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Autolux- Pussy's Dead
The Du Rites- J Zone and Pablo Martin are the Du Rites
Danny Brown- Atrocity Exhbition
Chester Watson- Past Cloaks
De La Soul- ...And the Anonymous Nobody

Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
Thee Oh Sees - An Odd Entrances
Hoops - Self-titled EP
Lemonade - Beyoncé
Noname - Telefone

Favorite National Singles:



Da$h- Shaded

Code Orange - Forever

Blink 182 - Bored To Death

Schoolboy Q - Tookie Knows PT 2

The Sword- Empty Temples



King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Gamma Knife

Vic Mensa- 16 Shots

Kanye West- Fade

Princess Nokia- Brujas

The Orwells- Double Feature



Earl Sweatshirt (Prod. Knxwledge) - Balance

Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles

Kanye West (ft. Chance The Rapper) - Ultralight Beam





The Avalanches- Because I'm Me

Carly Rae Jepsen- Higher

J Dilla & Nas- The Sickness (Prod. Madlib)

DJ Shadow feat Run the Jewels- Nobody Speak

Esperanza Spalding- One



Whitney - No Woman

A Tribe Called Quest- We the People...

Hoops- Cool 2

Queen Tut- Dominion

LVL UP- Naked in the River with the Creator





Coasting - Summertide EP

Psychic Abi - Sleepy Hollow (Prod. Tony Tambien)

Wit's End - Last Rites EP

BoodahDARR - Sour (Prod. 808 Louie)

Chakara Blu - Activation



Thane- Topia

Ugly Brothers- 16 Tiny Mountains

The Rashita Jones- Wide Eyes/Alien Ocean

Slow Walker- Robert Plantain's Grunge Lords Vol. 1

The Pukes- Revenge of the Pukes



Lorde Fredd33- Dead Man's View

IshDARR- Broken Hearts & Bankrolls

Mike Regal- Premonitiions

Trapo- Shade Trees

KennyHoopla- Beneath The Willow Tree



Cairns- Current EP

Lex Allen- Mama's Boy

Scallops Hotel- Too Much of Life is Mood

Vincent Kircher- Am I Ghost

Tenement- The Self Titled Album



Scallops Hotel- Too Much of Life is Mood

The Wheels- Ye Lang Zi Da

Zed Kenzo- Touchdown

Slow Walker- Robert Plantain's Grunge Lords Vol 1

Joey Dadass- 17th Century (prod. Mammoth)



Quinn: Midnight Reruns, Zed Kenzo & Juiceboxxx & Riverwest Public House

Evan: WebsterX Homecoming Show @ The Miramar & Trapo Homecoming Show @ The Majestic

Sahan: Mike Krol at Cactus Club 5/5/16

Steph: Twin Peaks @ Thalia Hall & Calliope, Slow Walker, Moon Rats and Shogun @ Boone Row

Ali: Mike Regal Record Release Show @ Miramar Theatre


Explain Staff Pick Album of the Year:

Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!

Most Anticipated Release of 2017:

Ali: Gorillaz

Steph: The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings

Evan: Nas

Sahan: Pissed Jeans-Why Love Now?

Quinn: Dogs In Ecstasy