What percentage of the live video clips of your favorite artist on YouTube are even watchable? Most are out of focus, distortion heavy, partial recordings from the back of the venue. That’s what people are capturing for posterity and sharing with the world. The majority of the clips that are worth watching are professionally shot, and are set up through the venue and artist. I totally agree that going to a show is a social event, and not everyone there is totally focused on the musical performance. Still, you can’t shout “Fire” in a movie theater. Venues have rules that have to be adhered to. I don’t know if that is the case in this situation with Neko, but either way, if the artist doesn’t want that going on during the show, then be respectful to the artist and everyone else around, and just put the phone back in your pocket for an hour or so.
“Use It” might be number 1 or 2 for me. Surprised that didn’t make it somewhere in this list.
Glad to see “Krokodil” make the list since it presents a different side to her recorded work up to this point. “Year Of The Tiger” and “Your Lips Are Red” are the only ones I would put in there, but other than “The Apocalypse Song”, I’m not sure what I would take off. The list does lean heavily towards her later work, but I think the last two albums have been stronger overall than “Marry Me”. The debut set the stage for what was to come in my opinion.
“Good Vibrations” still astounds.
Nice to see “Nothin’” make the cut. That song is bleak, but very powerful.
Hard to argue with any handful of songs off of the Daft Punk record, but my rock selection would be “Freaky” by The Men.
I still get a rush of adrenaline from “The House That Heaven Built”, and really all of “Celebration Rock”. A couple of 90′s bands released some fine singles this year as well. Superchunk’s “This Summer” and The Afghan Whigs cover of Frank Ocean’s “Lovecrimes” have held up well after repeated plays in the second half of 2012.
“Police & Thieves” should be in the mix somewhere. Always preferred The Clash version to the original. Wouldn’t have minded seeing “Bankrobber” in the list either, but that one may not be in the top 10 for most.
Even though he didn’t write it, I really like his cover of Tom Petty’s “Walls” from the “Meet Glen Campbell” album. He took a sort of minor Tom Petty single, that probably should have been bigger, and then added some “Rhinestone Cowboy” type production to it. Sounds like a mess on paper, but it turned out really good in my opinion.