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New DFA1979 and RAA on the same day?! What a great day for Canadian music
I thought I could come up with a top 10, but that was really hard, and I’m not even sure if I’d choose the same ten if I had to try again tomorrow. anyhow, in no particular order -
Clint Eastwood, Feel Good Inc., DARE, Superfast Jellyfish, White Flag, November Has Come, All Alone, Dirty Harry, El Manana, Empire Ants.
Other special favorites of mine:
“Latin Simone” (the English version from G Sides) – I haven’t heard the original version with Ibrahim Ferrer in ages, but I’ve always loved Albarn’s vocal delivery on the sung English version. Stunning.
“Doncamatic” – Such a KILLER tune, honestly. Should’ve been on Plastic Beach (and released as lead single) instead of Stylo IMO
“DoYaThing” – If I recall correctly this didn’t get the best reviews, but I LOVE this track. Andre kills on this, and it’s just so fun
If I recall correctly, Deafheaven were on the ballot last year. I would definitely like to know what pop radio stations you guys have in the US
Just to clarify – it’s also possible I haven’t heard some of those songs just because I don’t listen to mainstream radio at all, but fact is I’ve never even heard of over half of them!
I’d reckon a big pop hit (if that’s what we’re going for) was at least something someone with little musical awareness would hear about even if he lives far from the US (not to talk about someone who spends half their time reading and discussing music), so I still find that kinda odd
This may be due to this site and most of the readers being from the US, but I literally haven’t ever heard over two-thirds of the songs in this list. Seeing almost every song on this list is by a radio friendly top 10 artist, It’s either that they’re not that big outside of the US or that in my country it takes some time for those songs to catch, if they at all do (very possible).
Anyhow, the couple songs I do know from this list are definitely not “songs of the summer”, at least not what I would define as such. It also kind of saddens me to say that I haven’t heard any song this year that could qualify as such, including one left out of the poll and that most commentators (myself included) posted. Which in reality kinda sucks – I would gladly vote for a “poptimist” song if it was as good as the ones we had last year (Get Lucky even tho it’s got “indie cred”, or Blurred Lines even), but I honestly don’t feel like there was any big pop hit this year that will also stay beyond the upcoming season (except for Let It Go obvs.).
So to sum it up, my song of the summer will probably be the Pixies’ Debaser, just because I saw them live last week and they were killer.
I really hope Tom Vek’s Luck wasn’t included just because it came out last week. It’s pretty damn great
St. Vincent – Rattlesnake
Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
Real Estate – Crime
Girl Talk & Freeway – Tolerated
you’re the best, Doris
that aside, this is a great write up. I haven’t gotten around to listening to the album yet, but I’m really looking forward to it now
There should have been a Yeezus reference thrown in along with Drake, for good measure