PMA posting “Play By Play” as their #1 made me go back and listen to it because I kind of forgot about a lot of those early year releases. I’ve had it on repeat for the past few days, and it’s the reason I’m surviving finals week.
My slow brain thought the $400 question was The Black Keys. I should be shamed in some way.
Totally agree. He seemed to redefine his voice on this last album, and I think that moment is the climactic thesis statement.
Reall glad ya’ll decided not to not the typical route on this. I think lists like these, non-linear and personalized, become much more interesting and give way to more enjoyable discussion. Rather than getting tons of ‘this list is bs, blah blah blah is not even on it/needs to be higher/is too high/is not Yeezus/is Yeezus,’ people seem more comfortable to actually post their full thoughts, and we get to hear even more songs that we wouldn’t be exposed to otherwise. In spirit of that:
1. Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
2. Vampire Weekend – “Hannah Hunt”
3. Autre Ne Veut – “Play by Play”
4. Factory Floor – “Two Different Ways”
5. Diarrhea Planet – “Kids”
6. Rhye – “Open”
7. Majical Cloudz – “Turns Turns Turns”
8. King Krule – “Easy Easy”
9. Disclosure – “When a Fire Starts to Burn”
10. Parquet Courts – “Borrowed Time” / Fuck Buttons – “The Red Wing”
I split the last one because some will probably say Light Up Gold came out last year so it can’t be considered. And because I had hard time keeping off the massive hip-hop strut that is “The Red Wing.” Can’t say much as far as actual diversity goes for my songs, even though they each stand-out to me a ton. Hopefully I can catch up on all the rap of 2013 in 2014. As for my number 1, I don’t think a song has made me simultaneously want to cry my eyes out and dance my ass off like “Afterlife” did. AF still has my heart by the balls.
The Knife! The fact this isn’t on the list is probably the most surprising to me.
Fiona Apple y’all
It’s always changing, but Sgt. Peppers is the one I come back to the most. Such a cohesive unit played on that album. Also, A Day In The Life is possibly the best closing track on any album, ever.
Here’s Geologist telling how some of those transition sounds were made.
“…While mixing Centipede Hz, we were killing time at the studio by playing around with some synthesizer apps we just found, and it turned into a pretty long drone jam. I got hungry and wanted to tell the other guys we should get lunch, but I didn’t want to kill the vibe so while we were playing I quickly looked for a robot voice app that I could program to say ‘Who wants lunch?’ and started looping it until the other guys realized what it was saying. We ate shortly after, and later went on to use the same voice on the album and in the videos we’ve been releasing on our website.”
Wow, Wide Eyed into Father Time was one helluva transition. More please.
Yeah, I feel you on that one.
Listening to this mix, I feel like I’m at a musical festival waiting for the headliner to come on. Feels magical y’all.
I feel like I’m the only one who thought, “Wow…she’s pretty strong.”
Saw them open for St. Vincent in Pittsburgh. Meiberg can belt it. Like, really, REALLY belt it. Worth seeing them just for that.
When listening to a sophomore album’s first track makes you stop everything, then immediately go listen to their first album, I think that’s a good sign. *cues up Intro…*
Also, tour dates are up
My first thought was where’s the Birdman, so I was glad to see him mentioned in the comments. Still a good list, but I expect the second half of the year dominate.
Thank you! Danse Carribe is probably one of his best songs. Also, I agree with your statement about the year so far. Pretty underwhelming.
Age of Adz – Sufjan Stevens
Shine on you crazy diamond (part I)
Damn, you really went all out with this. Great new addition. Can’t wait to see where else this will go.
Very much a Lou Reed – Transformer guy
Wish You Were Here. The first time that guitar comes in, damn.
Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
LCD Soundsystem – The Sound of Silver