Saturday, February 2, 2013

2012 Singles: #5 through #1

#5 "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
Your stare was holdin', ripped jeans, skin was showin'
Hot night, wind was blowin', where you think you're going, baby?
The most meme-ified song since "Single Ladies." Here's what you need to know about my personal version of the song: when I sing "where you think you're going baby" it's in the style of Louis Armstrong. You've been warned.

#4 "Take a Walk" by Passion Pit
I watch my little children, play some board game in the kitchen
And I sit and pray they never feel my strife
If you'd asked me a month ago, I'd have told you this was going to be my single of the year. That's why we spend the time reviewing the candidates, dumb ass (me a month ago, not you for asking).

I've liked Passion Pit, or possible Temper Trap, for 4 years now. Whichever one has the Diet Coke/Gray's Anatomy song ("which one?!" I hear  you implore, "there's like 6 songs!").

Maybe both bands now that I think about it.

Oh, this song is perfect for doing cardio.

I'm guessing.

#3 "Tonight" by Saint Etienne
Tonight when the lights are going down
I will surrender to the sound
And look at all the kids around
Here's what I wrote when I posted this song last June: "When is the last time you were out dancing at 3 in the morning, exhilarated by the communal energy of hundreds of others: a heady mixture of vodka, endorphins and, in some cases, Ketamine?"

I expected this song to resonate as a reminder of how intoxicating a great dance song can be.

I didn't expect its lyrics, about going to a concert, to take me back to Paisley, fighting back tears of joy and disbelief.


#2 "The Pit" by Silversun Pickups
Somebody somewhere will clean out your wounds
With dirty fingers
Oh thank God, it's another song with the New Order bass line thing (see also #42). The song doesn't need any embellishment from me.

#1 "When I Write My Master's Thesis" by John K. Samson
So I left home, cried the bumpy ride to highway twenty-three
Started west, they'll be there to say that I don't have to take their stupid test
I don't know if it's the weird nostalgia this song thrusts on me, of spring days in college doodling in a notebook for linear algebra or botany, one of the classes I failed. Or if it's the sunny optimism of a song with bright open chords that came on the downward slope of winter just as the days got mild enough to shed the coat for a jacket again. Or if it's just the desire to bask in others' comeuppance. I'll tell you when I finish this screenplay.

2012 Singles: #10 through #6

#10 "Some Nights" by fun.
Ten years of this, I'm not sure if anybody understands
This is not one for the folks at home, I'm sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?
It's the second appearance for fun. on my singles list, 1 of 3 artists with 2 ranked singles. I prefer the theatricality of this to "We Are Young" but clearly the use of the word "fuck" here doesn't hurt. And no "featuring" distraction.

#9 "Share My Love" by R. Kelly
Let go baby
And let this feeling get in you
Just the tip. 

R's the third of 3 artists with 2 ranked singles. That's what his love can do.

#8 "Home From War"
Well, here I lie like a lover who isn’t in love, who stares at the cracks in the ceiling six feet above
And who knows just how it feels to buckle beneath the weight, and there’s only so much you can take, there’s only so much you can take
Saturday March 9th at the Hawthorne Theatre. I'll be there, with goosebumps when they play this song with the fucking incendiary percussion and the anguished optimism of a great love song.

#7 "The Descent" by Bob Mould
I didn't want to play the song that gave people so much hope
I turned my back and turned away, here's the rope that made me choke
The saying goes you can't teach an old dog new tricks. The saying doesn't acknowledge whether or not an old dog can kick your fucking ass. This song makes a good case that yes, the old dog certainly can.

#6 "Heartbeat" by Jjamz
Maybe I'm ashamed to want you back. Maybe I'm afraid you'll never stay.
Thought I hated you a long, long time. There was my mistake.
The creepy stalkerish video and the relatively downbeat origin of the song (Jjamz is a a side project for members from Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley. Phantom Planet and The Like, and the songs an escape from pressures in those bands or relationships; the phrase "word vomit" is used) make its use in a Christmas ad all the more awesome!

2012 Singles: #20 through #11

#20 "That's Still Mama" by Cody ChesnuTT
All the reason I make this song because I love ya
All the reason I take the time cause I don’t wanna bury ya
Cody ChesnuTT's second appearance. ChestnuTT wrote this to a nephew disrespecting his mother. I wonder what that's like...

#19 "This Head I Hold" by Electric Guest
See the problem was I was fully consumed
With all of the petty things that I couldn’t do
Does this qualify as neo-soul? It's a couple of white kids from LA. I guess I make the rules, so it does.

#18 "The Art of Progress" by Work Drugs
Because we're too young to make this last forever
We're too strong, the art of progress
I'm not sure how Work Drugs have become one of my favorite up-and-coming bands, but they are one of my favorite up-and-coming bands.

#17 "Where Have You Gone?" by Carousel
I've been thinking 'bout the time when we would stay up till the sunrise
If I said I want you back would you meet me with the same eyes
I know it's a great song, I know it's a great single, but deep down I still am sure that some non-trivial amount of my affection for the song is that when he sings "I know you're falling" it sounds a lot like he sings "I know you farted."

#16 "Losing You" by Solange
I don't know why I fight it, clearly we are through
Tell me the truth boy am I losing you for good
When I first posted this song to the blog I played it a bunch. Like a shitload of times. Along with "Pound the Alarm."

#15 "Pound the Alarm" by Nicki Minaj
Sexy, sexy that’s all I do
If you need a bad bitch let me call a few
When I first posted this song to the blog I played it a bunch. Like a shitload of times. Along with "Losing You."

#14 "Greatest Hits" by Mystery Jets
I don't know if the knot just needs untangling
Cassette tapes get stuck all the time
But either way I'm keeping Double Nickels On The Dime
Ostensibly a fight over the record collection of a separating couple, the music is pure Stealers Wheel, the lyrics little more than a clever name check of classic album titles. The brilliance is in the simplicity.

#13 "Gun Has No Trigger" by Dirty Projectors
If you had looked, you'd be no one's coward
Distance, justice, power
Dirty Projectors defy an easy explanation as a source for great singles. How can I rank this ahead of pure pop genius like Mystery Jets or club excellence like Nicki Minaj? Listen for yourself, after the fourth time you'll either be infected or you're immune.

#12 "Glad You Came by The Wanted
You cast a spell on me, spell on me
You hit me like the sky fell on me, fell on me
And I decided you look well on me, well on me
Two words: totally tribal.

#11 "Dark Star" by Poliça
I’m gonna give her all my life until she until she's
Swooped up by the sea of love
Wikipedia says they have an electronic and R&B sound. Wikipedia says a lot of shit. This does not count toward my neo-soul theme.

Song of the Day: "Candy"

Oh Robbie Williams you're such a, yawn, cad.

Hey look, Amazon's Gold Box!

Song: "Candy"
Artist: Robbie Williams

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.

Avett awesome powers activate

Vote for this picture here.

You know how I'm always complaining about Allie, how she's all creative and talented and shit? I know, it IS annoying.

Way to make me feel lazy.

Or, you know, show me a mirror, that's another good way to make me feel lazy (I think I dropped some M&Ms around here, let me check the floor...).

Anyway, the girl's gone and gotten herself into some kind of a contest for some kind of prize. I'm not sure what. Let's assume luggage because we all know girls LOVE luggage.


Anyway, America's greatest Daughtry fan and his wife went to see the Avett Bros. on New Year's Eve (while I was fighting norovirus, but don't pity me, I came through it fine), and J-Rod told me that I would dig this song that might have been released before he was born, but whatever, I'm not that old.

Anyway, please vote for Allie's picture here. Because you know it's probably luggage and you know how girls love luggage!!! (Yes, I know why people never ask "why is Rich still single?")

2012 Singles: #40 through #31

#40 "The Right One" by The Phenomenal Handclap Band
So while you keep trying again and again
We'll just wait and let the right one in
The end result is far more than the sum of its parts. Something about the whole package of a band audacious enough to use a name like theirs sets my expectations high. They meet those pretty well.

#39 "The Keepers" by Sanitgold
Ask me why, dream that you buy
But later want is a dangerous thing
It bugs me that Santigold lags M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj in terms of critical acclaim or general popularity. Of course, Nicki outranks her on my own singles list so maybe some things are meant to be.

#38 "Reflection of You" Bear in Heaven
I wanna tell you secret things
My lips won't say anything that make sense
For some of these songs I feel like explaining my affection isn't required. "Just listen," I think, angrily, which is weird cause no one's actually expecting me to write anything, "it's so obvious." Then I mutter something vaguely homophobic which is also weird since I don't know for a fact that you're gay. But it's a safe bet anyway.

#37 "Standing Out in the Rain" by Uncle Green
It's not that I'm afraid but it makes me wonder
I got my back broke when I was younger too
The best part of second chances are when they come at a time in your life when you can really appreciate what you had. Nothing kicks ass as much as an under 2 minute pop song.

#36 "Everything is Embarrassing" by Sky Ferreira
I've been hating everything, everything that could have been
Could have been my anything, now everything's embarrassing
Maybe it's the video, maybe it's the vaguely echo-y sound, it all seems to hearken back to Madonna and True Blue. If you're going for a Madonna sound, you could do a lot worse. It's exactly the kind of song you can dance to without putting down your drink.

#35 "We Come Running" by Youngblood Hawke
Echoes in the dead of dawn, soon they're gonna know
The sound, the sound, the sound, when we come running
When I first posted the song I mocked the band's self-description of the song as an anthem. But I was wrong, because that's exactly what it is. Beyond the youthful exuberance there is a defiance of limits, an craving of possibility--or maybe that's just a by-product of having a chorus of kids singing along. It will be upsetting if they are relegated to one-hit wonder status. Unless they end up lame.

#34 "Temple of Heaven" by Nona Hendryx
Have you forgotten we were born in a garden
As thrilled as I am that Nona is a provocateur, it's this amazing return to funk rock that makes me happiest. Many people can bitch slap Rush Limbaugh (although not many as quickly as she did). Far fewer can craft something this fucking good.

#33 "Love Is" by R. Kelly
How many of you are a living witness that love is real?
And how many of you know that love will be there for you
The genius of R. Kelly, in his proto-70s soul stylings, is that he gets to have it both ways. He gets to celebrate the universal force of all that is wonderful that love is, and later he gets to complain about how awful and unfair and soul crushing love is. Love is. Damn right.

#32 "Fineshrine" by Purity Ring
I'll cut the soft pockets, let bleed
Over the rocky cliffs that you leave
The lyrics are really oblique. I'll confess to not really knowing what this song is about, if it's about anything at all. It's buoyed by the trippiness, the complicated rhythms (some people think it's easy to entertain me, and they're usually right).

#31 "Change the Record" by Melanie Fiona and B.O.B.
You can do better, do better
If you don't like how he's playing, change the record
This song is a celebration of moving on. I wish Brandy and Monica had made this song their reunion single. But I'll take Melanie, she'll do just fine.

Song of the Day: "Holla at the DJ"

Another of my cousins, Coco Jones, wrote this song for me, since I was a DJ at one point and she used to yell at me all the time.

I'm sure you can see the family resemblance in the video.

Of course she clearly doesn't understand now what she didn't understand then: as a DJ I do NOT have control over your personal volume dial.

Dumb ass.

Turn your own motherfucking music up.

Lazy ass bitch.

So cute!

Song: "Holl at the DJ"
Artist: Coco Jones

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Great moments in smartness!

Someone got paid to think up these shoes!

And someone else got paid to say "yes, let us make these!!!"

And then people got paid to make them.

And here they are.

I wonder if Adidas is hiring.

Song of the Day: "I'm Not Your Hero"

New stuff from Tegan and Sara.

Do you think Sara is bitter about the band name?

"Why couldn't it be Sara and Tegan, at least like every other album?"

Yes, why?

Song: "I'm Not Your Hero"
Artist: Sara and Tegan (and Sara)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Rodney Flame

I can't believe I spaced on the day. D'oh. I guess since seeing him constituted my very short bucket list I've started taking him for granted. Sad.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on! But no touring, cause fuck, I did a lot to see you live, I don't want you coming here. Shit. Oh, okay, if you insist.

"Her life was really sad and awful"

There are spoilers in the song if you don't know the story but think you'll see the movie. Which would be weird.

The details behind this spoof are really funny. Go read them.

2012 Singles: #50 to #41

#50 "Back of Your Neck" by Howler
You think we're Bonnie and Clyde, but both of them fuckin' died
I think you're mid-July, smoke you in hot as a crack pipe
Howler sound both indie and retro simultaneously and while that's probably not very unique, I still dig it; their gratuitous use of "fuck" is just a bonus in my book.

#49 "Mountain Sound" by Of Monsters and Men
Some hid scars and some hid scratches, it made me wonder about their past
And as I looked around, I began to notice, that we were nothing like the rest
A favorite album of 2011 and a song ubiquitous enough to be a 2012 single for me. That he sounds like PD Heaton from a time in my life when that was a good thing, with back-up from a chipper sounding Bjork, is probably more compelling to me than the lyrics.

#48 "The First Time I Ran Away" by M Ward
The second time I ran away I saw
Warriors of the train catching
Tigers by the day
The extent to which this bittersweet song from Ward has insinuated itself into my psyche surprises me. I would not have guessed a ranked position for it. Certainly not ahead of Rihanna. 

#47 "Capricornia" by Allo Darlin'
Don’t you wanna be someone, you've got to let it go
If you stay will be old before you know
I'm a little embarrassed to share my brutal realization from yesterday afternoon, months after first hearing the song, months after paying to download the album. So I won't. But if you wanted to, I don't know, compare this song with Mary Lou Lord's "Some Jingle Jangle Morning" (he said, picking a song totally at random), you might, I don't know, hear some similarities. That Lord ranked #1 on my singles list in whenever that was ('94? '93?) just goes to show the rate of decay on that song vis-à-vis all the other songs, etc. Yes, I said vis-à-vis.

#46 "Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
If "happy ever after" did exist, I would still be holding you like this
All those fairy tales are full of shit, one more fuckin' love song, I'll be sick
Even without Adam Levine's propensity for exposing his adorable torso and the gratuitous using of "fucking" and "shit" there's a pretty good chance this song would have rated with me. Even if it were Blake Shelton. It's in the drum machine (oh, sorry dude, "drums"... whatever [no actual drums were harmed in the recording of this song, I'm sure])--intricate rhythms do it for me, even if shirts are kept on and lyrics are strictly G-rated.

#45 "1904" by The Tallest Man on Earth
But the lesson is vague and the lightning, shows a deer with her mind on the moor
And now something with the sun is just different, since they shook the earth in 1904
I take the song literally, and I keep looking for some post-turn of the century event to associate with this. But I also take the song figuratively, associating the lyrics and the pensive nature of the music with one of Clark's hospitalizations. Unless informed otherwise, I proclaim this to be about Nikola Tesla. I think Clark will be okay with that. And you're welcome.

#44 "We Become Wolves" by Enola Fall
Well the trees come up and stand behind me and now we live in the forest and you can't find me
And when I dream I see the oceans and still watch my hands for a revolution
There's an urgency to this song the captures me every time.

#43 "Sleep Alone" by Two Door Cinema Club
He sleeps alone, he needs no army where he's headed cause he knows
That they're just ghosts and they can't hurt him if he can see them
Heard back to back with Enola Fall this song is an interesting contrast. Similar driving rhythms, but lacking the urgency. In its place, big pop optimism. If you wanted to draw conclusions about me, that might be an interesting starting point. My preference for DC over Marvel might be another.

#42 "Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It" by Stars
The world won't listen to this song and the radio won't play it
But if you like it sing along, sing cause you don't know how to say it 
Early in reviewing the various candidates for 2012 singles, I thought neo-soul was the watchword (or watchword and prefix) of the whatever watchwords watch. But apparently brazenly ripping off Peter Hook's bass from any number of New Order songs was, while not a watchword, certainly emerged as a clear theme of songs I loved. This might be the most prominent but certainly isn't the only one. And by writing about that aspect of this song, I don't need to consider the lyrics or why they affect me as much as I will never admit they do.

#41 "Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin" by Pet Shop Boys
It ended with the motorbike, a search for evidence
Poring over old photographs, to make it all fake sense
Glamorous in its own way, shouting above the din
Solemn and shabby like a requiem, in denim and leopard skin
There's something about the bridge and chorus reminiscent of Pet Shop Boys at their most masterful. Clever, stylish, cunning. I infer, as I typed that, this simply means Pet Shop Boys are still at their most masterful. It's my own fault for not staying current with them. That I can't embed the song is a serious frustration. Fortunately you all probably have a copy. Play it now.

2012 Singles: Certificates of Achievement (H through A)

"Survivors" by Hipster Death Squad

"How Do I Know" by Here We Go Magic

"Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra

"Easy Way Out" by Gotye

"Perfect World" by Gossip

"Take You Higher by Goodwill & Hook n Sling

"My Mistakes" by Friedberger, Eleanor

"Lord Knows" by Dum Dum Girls

"Do the Trick" by Dr. Dog

"California" by Delta Spirit

"Tuck the Darkness In" by Bowerbirds

"If I Die Young" by Band Perry, The

"Knock Knock" by Band of Horses

"Levels" by Avicii

"Live and Die" by Avett Brothers, The

2012 Singles: Certificates of Achievement (Z through I)

How do you think I feel: a six-figure budget for trophies and none for Liza!!!

Let's just get through this.

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Swift, Taylor

"Comeback Kid" by Sleigh Bells

"Don't Say" by Scars on 45

"North Star" by Rural Alberta Advantage, The

"We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Harris, Calvin

"Gangnam Style" by Psy

"Silver Age" by Mould, Bob

"Unless I'm Led" by Mates of State

"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

"Drinking and Driving Me Crazy" by Lee, Erica Sunshine

"Sunday Drive" by Ladyhawke

"Tears Always Win" by Keys, Alicia

"Room for Happiness" by Kaskade with Gray, Skylar

"First of My Kind" by Kane, Miles

"Runaway" by Imperial Teen

Song of the Day: "Missions"

Trippy hop by Calvin Love. I just invented a musical genre. You're welcome.

Song: "Missions"
Artist: Calvin Love

2012 Singles: Certificates of Accomplishment (T through Z)

Yes, we ARE still in Saigon, why do you ask?

"My Better Self" by Tennis

"QueenS" by THEEsatisfaction

"At Transformation" by Tragically Hip, The

"Anna Sun" by Walk the Moon

"Chasing the Sun" by Wanted, The

"Live Your Life" by Yuna

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2012 Singles: Certificates of Accomplishment (O through S)

I know!

I know.

Yet here we go.

"Good Time" by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

"The Only One" by Page, Morgan & Coury Palermo

"Walk of Shame" by P!nk

"Glow" by Ray, Amy

"Cruise Night" by Samson, John K.

"Baby Come Home" by Scissor Sisters

"You As You Were" by Shearwater

"Simple Song" by Shins, The

"Backup Plan" by Stone, Angie

"Co-Sign" by SWV

This makes us safer

Dog House Diaries Via I Love Charts

We are safer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2012 Singles: Certificates of Accomplishment (A through M)

You didn't believe me when I said everyone gets a ribbon, but here we are, yet another way of celebrating those who didn't quite make the top of the podium (which has, in fact, several levels).

Back to alphabetical order, but switching from song title to artist name, take that expectations.

"A Father's First Spring" by Avett Brothers, The

"Octopus" by Block Party (editorial note: I generally want a traditional full version, unless a shirtless dude is involved, in which case, whatever, have fun)

Okay, that was kinda lame even with a relatively enjoyable torso. Do over!
"Octopus" by Block Party

"Peoples" by Cheers Elephant

"The Magic Clap" by Coup, The

"(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing" by Field Music

"Boxing Night" by Frightened Rabbit

"All Day Today" by Hospitality

"Winter" by Maps and Atlases

"Open Your Heart" by Men, The

"Cry for Judas" by Mountain Goats, The

If you didn't get a ribbon yet, there's still lots of time.

Song of the Day: "I Am Sorry"

I typically avoid live versions for songs of the day, but Martha tends to challenge my reasons. This track opens her recent Come Home to Mama. Give it a whirl.

Song: "I Am Sorry"
Artist: Martha Wainwright

Monday, January 28, 2013

2012 Singles: Certificates of Participation

One step more engaged that those merely attending, these songs represent the next up on the singles totem pole. But not in a way that's meant to convey they are better because EVERYBODY GETS A RIBBON here. Except those singles not getting a ribbon because fuck them, they suck.

Remember how we went alphabetically before? We will do that again, except backwards because, fairness!

"Youth Without Youth" by Metric

"You Can't Say That" by Honey Ryder

"We Can't Have Nice Things" by Kelly Hogan

"Wave, The" by Miike Snow

"Time to Dance" by The Shoes

"Splitter" by Calexico

"Renegade" by Patty Crash

"Prairie Girl" by Rah Rah

"Otis" by Kanye West/Jay-Z/Otis Redding

"Only in My Dreams" by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

"Old Mythologies" by The Barr Brothers

"Mercy" by Dave Matthews Band

"Make My" by The Roots featuring Big KRIT whoever the fuck that is

"Is Your Love Big Enough?" by Lianne La Havas

"I'm Writing a Novel" by Father John Misty

"Ichiro's Theme (Go Go Ichiro)" by Ben Gibbard

"History's Door" by Husky

"Hey Ho" by The Lumineers

"Full Circle" by Ben Kweller

"Free" by Twin Atlantic (the other concert I saw in Glasgow)

"Five Seconds" by Twin Shadow (who I thought I was going to see when I saw Twin Atlantic)

"Fall, The" by Rhye

"Echo (You and I)" by Anggun

"Default" by Django Django

"Closer" by Mindy Smith

"Calling Me Names" by Good Old War

"Blue" by First Aid Kit

If your favorite from 2012 hasn't gotten a ribbon yet, there's still plenty of time. And then we get into the actual ranked shit. So stay tuned.

2012 Singles: Certificates of Attendance

Everyone gets a ribbon! Not everyone everyone (but Everything Everything do), but everyone who made the master list of songs I liked enough to list them on the songs I like from 2012 list.

Our first type of ribbon is the certificate of attendance (yes, the certificate is a ribbon in the sense that you're annoying me so shut up). And here are our recipients in alphabetical order by song title, where a, an and the are not counted as the first word, you know, like we learned in school. Funniest part of that? The only time I needed it, it didn't change the sort order!

"Always" by The Stanleys

"Beetle in the Box" by Admiral Fallow

"Biding My Time" by Busby Marou

"Charmer" by Aimee Mann

"Cold Feet" by Jack Ladder & The Dreamladders

"Cough Cough" by Everything Everything

"Doughnut for a Snowman" by Guided by Voices

"Following" by The Phenomenal Handclap Band

"I'll Never Know" by Charli XCX

"Just Love Me" by Icebird

"Love Interruption" by Jack White

"Masterpiece" by Madonna

"So On Nevada" by Damien Jurado

"Theory of Relativity, The" by Stars


Prince Charles tweaks the nipples of Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is used to much worse from her husband, octogenarian Michael Douglas.

3 dog morning

There's probably room for 2 more dogs on the couch.

Song of the Day: "Curse Me Good"

You know The Heavy from that Kia Sorento ad that everybody loves.

So it's a nice relief to you and me both that they're not just 1-hit James Brown sound-alikes. I'm digging this groove and you will too once you click play and get off your high horse.

High horse sitter.

For some reason I decided The Heavy are from South Carolina but that is incorrect. They're from Bath, England. Which is the South Carolina of England I'm sure.

Shut up.

Song: "Curse Me Good"
Artist: The Heavy

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Song of the Day: "Suit & Tie"

This song is a piece of shit until 0:42 in. A more caring blogger would figure out how to start the embed then.

I cared enough to warn you, that should be enough.

More than enough really. Maybe I should have let you learn, no, discover, the shit, for yourself.

But then what would I have written about in this post?


Song: "Suit & Tie"
Artist; Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z