For the darkest night of…ever!…enjoy some super sexy tracks that became favorites of the year. Continue reading
For #TBT–here are two artists that still got it decades past their “prime”–and are kicking out incredible tracks. Continue reading
What do these two songs have in common? Both songs are from two of the best live acts I saw all year. And I see a lot of shows. Continue reading
Robyn. Ugh. I love her so much! Here’s hoping there’s a full length Robyn release in 2015! But until then–her fantastic collaboration with Royksopp Continue reading
Welcome to the Schoolboy Q edition of my favorite songs of the year! I fell for Q when I caught his set at Pitchfork Fest in 2012. Admittedly, I knew nothing about him. I hadn’t even heard Hands On the Wheel. But that’s why I love festivals–you catch artists you might’ve otherwise missed. Q was at Pitchfork again this year–although on a bigger stage much later in the day Continue reading
These two songs represent the newest and oldest songs to make the list.
The newest is Shamir’s On the Regular–and after one listen–you’ll know why it was immediate included. Continue reading
From now until the end of the year, I’ll be sharing two songs a day that made my list of favorite songs of the year. Conveniently, there were 40 songs that fit on two CDs and 20 days to share them.
To kick off the list–here are two songs that feature work by Christopher Taylor—first as a producer–and then as the artist, SOHN. Continue reading
(Spoilers ahead! Spoilers also if you live on planet Earth and have ever seen a Godzilla movie/army movie/summer blockbuster basically)
15 YEARS AGO
MUTO: What the…?! A whole bunch of miners just fell into my relatively shallow subterranean chamber of dormancy! Lady!! LADY!!! LAAAADDDYYYYYY WAKE UP!! Do you wanna kick it with me to Tokyo?
LADY MUTO: Uuuuuuuugh……….. I’m…. uummm… I need to wash my hair. I’ll meet you when we’re less, you know, pupal?
MUTO: Wurd. Imma go eat some radiation- laters!! *pchew!*
GODZILLA: (awakened, grumpy) YOU GUYS!! SHUT UP!!! SLEEPING ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN HERE!! (muttering to self) I’m not really clear on why I hate those guys so much but I really hate those guys!!!
MUTO: *yaaawwwwwwn* OMG I can’t believe I slept for 15 years and meanwhile ate this whole nuclear power plant!! I better motor to find my lady.
Tries to leave, is trapped by steel cables
MUTO: What in the what is… aaahh!! Rude!!
Emits EMP blast, rendering humans useless
MUTO: LOL! Flies away
HUMANS: WTF WINGS?!!?!
MUTO: LADY!!! Laaaaaadddddyyyyyyy!!! Where you at? I totes stole a nuclear submarine!! Want half?
LADY MUTO: I’m in Nevada! OMG I ate a whole mountain of nuclear waste!!! Like literally. A MOUNTAIN.
MUTO: Well I was going to fly over to you but clearly you need to walk that shit off. Meet up in San Fran?
LADY MUTO: Sounds good!! I just have a few Cirque du Soleil shows to step on on my way!
GODZILLA: Shut up. Shut up shut up shut up!!! SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS. ARE. SO. ANNOYING!!! DON’T MAKE ME COME OVER THERE OR I WILL TOTALLY ATOMIC BREATHE ON YOU BECAUSE I HATE YOU FOR…. REASONS!!
Starts swimming to Hawaii…. derp derp derp….
MUTO: Loo loo loo I’ll just put my submarine down in this jungle… hey! Jerk!! Stop shooting at me! That stings!
Emits EMP blast, planes fall from sky
MUTO: Can I even eat a plane? I don’t know how I’d digest it since I only eat radiation but ok *chomp chomp* LOL.
MUTO: Hey what’s going on at this luao? Can I hula with you?? Are you all having a nice vacation??
GODZILLA: *emerges from ocean* What did I say? WHAT. DID. I. SAY??
MUTO: Whatever atom-breath!! More like OUT OF BREATH, amirite?? Let’s brawl!!
GODZILLA: What?? No!! I just swam halfway across the damn Pacific ocean!! *PUNCH!*
MUTO: Ahhh! *WHACK!*
Fight ensues, humans are not pleased
MUTO: Hahahahaha you are too old and fat and I have wings. Laters!! *zing!*
Here are some of my favorite songs so far this year. (I didn’t include Counting Stars because you certainly know it. But seriously–how great is that song?!)
As you will quickly discover, many of these songs are quite…British. BBC Radio One’s Chart Show has been a go-to source for new music this year.
Additionally, I continue to gravitate toward electronic tunes with an R&B feel, so you’ll find a lot of these tracks on the list. (Lucky for you!)
But you will also find a couple rock tunes–and hopefully–a song or two that will become your favorites, too.
Here we go!
1. Rather Be, Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynn
2. It Won’t Stop, Sevyn Streeter featuring Chris Brown
3. Cavalier, James Vincent McMorrow
4. I’m Not Part of Me, Cloud Nothings
5. Into the Blue, Kylie Minogue
6. 3Jane, EMA
7. Look Away, Lo-Fang
8. Waiting Game, BANKS
9. Do It Again, Royksopp & Robyn
10. Fall in Love, Barcelona
11. Ready for Your Love, Gorgon City featuring MNEK
12. You’re Not Good Enough, Blood Orange
For my Spotify using friends:
As the year comes to a close, so does my list of favorite songs of the year.
Thanks for reading the posts and checking out the tracks! I love the feedback you give me–and yes–as requested I promise to post music more often in 2014!!
Here are my top two favorite songs of the year along with the songs I didn’t get a chance to post earlier.
1. Open, Rhye
This song was going to be my favorite song of the year the first time I heard it.
There are two videos for this song, the one below and the one that requires you to log into YouTube to verify your age. I recommend you check out both.
Money Line: I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs
I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs
I’m a fool for your barely
I’m a fool for your love
Live?: Yes–and I met Michael Milosh and his wife/muse. Pretty amazing.
2. Retrograde, James Blake
Money Line: I’ll wait, so show me why you’re strong
Ignore everybody else
We’re alone now
3. I Love You, Woodkid
So cinematic and extremely special.
Money Line: In the waves I’ve lost every trace of you.
Where are you?
Live?: No–here’s hoping he tours in 2014.
4. Silent Treatment, The Joy Formidable
Simple and sad. Raw and honest. I’d be really surprised if there was a third Joy Formidable album.
Money Line: You tumble home
Twisted now, but at the time
No fears, a treasured prize
Live?: I’ve seen them twice. Once in support of their first album and then this year for the new one. What a difference. One of the most awkward and sad experiences I’ve ever had at a concert–watching a relationship that has broken down live out on stage.
5. Dust to Dust, The Civil Wars
Another heartbreaking break-up song. But I find a lot of comfort at the end of this one. While we don’t know what really happened between them–it’s fairly obvious there is ZERO chance we’ll get a third album from The Civil Wars.
Money Line: We’ve been lonely, too long
Live?: No–and sadly–it appears I’ve missed my chance.
6. Clarity, Zedd
I am such a sucker for this song. Oh my goodness.
Money Line?: If you pull, then I’ll push too deep
And I’ll fall right back to you
7. I Won’t Be Long, Beck
Welcome back, Beck!
Money Line: We’re counting down the minutes
From an hourglass full of ice
Live?: Never! I know!