Friday, February 1, 2013

2012 Singles: #30 through #21

#30 "Betty Wang" by Hospitality
Betty Wang, you don't lie
When you give career advice
There is something delightfully twee ("60's career girl twee" not "twee = Belle and Sebastian") about this song from Hospitality. I can't explain it beyond wanting to describe it as a missing episode of Mad Men, the musical episode with a time traveling Audrey Hepburn as the special guest star. Since she already was a full E.G.O.T. winner Hepburn wouldn't need the Emmy or Grammy she wins for the episode, but maybe she can lend the Grammy to Liza or the Emmy to Bob Newhart (on principle).

#29 "You Ain't Never Played the Bass" by Nabiha
Look you're the sweetest liar I know, I know,
But you ain't never played the bass
Nabiha and this song come our way via the Fabulous Clinton, who is fabulous. I think this was the one new thing I was able to turn Chris Wilson onto from 2012 and it wasn't even mine. Sigh.

#28 "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" by P!nk
I am sick, whiskey-dick, no more battles for me
You'll be calling a trick, cause you'll no longer sleep
In the post-apocalyptic world, when shit goes down, I wanna be on P!nk's good side. I'm pretty sure she's our best option for picking up Tina Turner's legacy as an ass kicker like Auntie Entity. Patent pending in case some Hollywood types are reading my HIGHLY INFLUENTIAL BLOG about music and other gay shit like sex and the Bible and the business world and gun rights. I cover it all.

#27 "This Girl" by Punch Brothers
Father you of all gods ought to know how little to expect from people
But I think you might be pleasantly surprised to see what this girl
Would bring out of me
I discovered Punch Brothers in a brazen attempt to one-up J-rod in his knowledge of alternative twangy-type music (he's unbeatable in terms of Daughtry music, so don't even bother). But regardless of that initial review, I have grown to fucking love them on their own merits. Imagine. Oh and dude is a MacArthur Fellow (aka a Genius Grant recipient). I'm not saying that makes him better than you. But the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are. Your beef's with them, dumb ass.

#26 "Free" by Graffiti6
But I can't lie here beside you, beside you
Cause you steal my soul when you leave
What's funniest to me about this song is that I thought for sure this was sung by a female and not a cute boy with cheekbones. Still this song makes me think of someone, which is probably so fucking trite as to be laughable coming from me. That being said, I did correctly recall Jane Seymour as Solitaire in an old James Bond movie. A shitty one (aka Roger Moore as Bond). So it's not like my brain is totally gone. And if dude had taken off his shirt I might have known more about the band months ago. Just making it clear.

#25 "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
But between the drinks and subtle things
And the holes in my apologies
You know I'm trying hard to take it back
How in the name of holy fuck does this song "feature" Janelle Monáe? Seriously?! Love her to death but there is no tangible evidence of her particular sound! Seriously, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child OR Michelle Williams of Dawson's Creek could have sung that part. "Featuring"... shit.

#24 "Work" by The 2 Bears
Every day I wake up with just one thing on my mind
I will bring it home to you until the day I die
This style of music is pop-hip-house. You're welcome. Frankly if you told me THIS song featured Janelle Monáe I'd have believed it more than the fun. song.

#23 "Til' I Met Thee" by Cody ChesnuTT
I felt your heal hand all on me, Lord I felt your healing
Now on full that was with me, I never approached to the shore
Remember how I was talking about neo-soul and the watch word. Cody's Landing on a Hundred is a big part of that. Regardless of one's faith, it's impossible not to be moved by this. Unless you're a stone cold bitch. Are you?

#22 "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone
Kelly represents a lot of things to a lot of people. I don't think I'm one of those people. I give her credit for an occasionally great pop song, like this one, but I still think I'll align with P!nk in a post-apocalyptic world. You know, when the shit really goes down. I think it's the hair. And you probably have to put your drink down to dance to this song. Such an imposition.

#21 "The Only Place" by Best Coast
We've got the ocean, got the babes
Got the sun, we've got the waves
This is the only place for me
Despite the song's blatant perkiness it will forever be haunted by my associations of it with saying goodbye to Midge. But the sunny side of that is Midge at the beach. See the picture at the header of this blog, over on the right, looking at the camera, making sure her people were still near. Unlike Rebel, on the left, running after the seagulls or whatever she was after. There's your yin and yang: independence and neediness. I miss them both.

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