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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 1

November 30, 2015

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Hey!  It’s time to start counting down my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  As always, the entire list is made up of tracks that have steadily been in my rotation since I came across them.  Enjoy.

50)  :Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:  I officially boarded CRJ’s bandwagon this year.  Her latest is LP is pretty damn fun, and I think this is the best song off of it.  You’re legit stone cold if you can listen to it and not want to dance.  From Emotion.

49)  :Icky Blossoms – In Folds:  I was all about this driving, synth-filled track from Icky Blossoms before I even finished listening to it for the first time.  It’s an all-around stellar sounding song that just dominates the room.  From Mask.

48)  :Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  This is the first Death Cab For Cutie single in a very long time that’s stuck with me.  Probably because it moves well and the band actually sounds awake in it.  From Kintsugi.

47)  :Albert Hammond Jr. – Born Slippy:  It’s nice that the Strokes are still working together, but I’d be fine if they called it quits and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just went about churning out more solo albums.  As shown here, the guy really knows how to write an inviting pop tune.  From Momentary Masters.

46)  :The Suffers – Make Some Room:  Houston’s The Suffers really took off this year, and I’m so very happy for them.  As for this track, I think it’s one of 2015′s most endearing efforts.  From the Make Some Room EP.

45)  :Sweet Spirit – Babydoll:  I’ve been watching locals Sweet Spirit play this live for a long while, so I love that a recorded version finally came along.  It’s definitely one of those songs that I find stuck in my head seemingly all of the time.  From the band’s self titled EP.

44)  :Jeff The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie:  This song from Jeff The Brotherhood features a goddamn flute solo by Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) and has a chorus that mentions wanting to stab someone in the eye.  Those two things alone should warrant its placement on anyone’s year-end list.  From Wasted On The Dream.

43)  :Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:  The Conor Oberst that fronts Desaparecidos is my favorite Conor Oberst.  I think his emo-y voice is best used in tracks like one, which is an anthemic scorcher.  From Payola.

42)  :Dan Friel – Rattler:  Dan Friel is a master at twiddling knobs (not a euphemism).  I frequently put this inspired tune on whenever I need to rally up for something.  From Life.

41)  :jj – Truce:  The immense amount of attitude that’s all throughout this jj song has entertained me for much of 2015.  The whole thing is just ridiculous (and fun).  From Truce.

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Dan Friel

October 1, 2015

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This morning I crawled out of bed hoping to find something new that might put me (and you, if you’re going) in the right mindset to conquer ACL this weekend, and I found exactly that in form of the Dan Friel’s latest single.  As always, the former Parts & Labor frontman has created something that’s energetic and infectious, and I’m going to leave it on repeat as I ride into a weekend of chaos.  Enjoy.

:Dan Friel – Rattler:

Life is due out October 16 via Thrill Jockey.

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Quickdraw: Big Grams, Shmu, Birthmark, Club 8, Dan Friel

September 21, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Big Grams – Lights On:  Here’s the latest from Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram).  The previous single felt like Phantogram guesting on a Big Boi track, and this one is pretty much the other way around.  Both work.  The act’s self titled debut is due out September 25 via Epic.

:Shmu – Pictionary:  Austin’s own Shmu is Sam Chown (of Austin’s own Zorch).  If you like experimental pop music, then he needs to be on your radar.  SHHH!!!! is due out October 30 via GTZ Records.

:Birthmark – Suit Of Armor:  Just in case you don’t know, Nate Kinsella (American Football) is the main brain behind Birthmark.  This new pop tune of his is a bit dramatic, but I dig how well crafted and catchy it is.  How You Look When You’re Falling Down is due out October 16 via Polyvinyl.

:Club 8 – Love Dies:  I got really excited when I received a press release about Club 8′s upcoming album.  In their 20 years of existence, I’m not sure they’ve ever done anything that didn’t sound absolutely beautiful.  Pleasure is due out November 20 via Labrador.

:Dan Friel – Life (Pt. 1):  I love Dan Friel.  The former Parts & Labor-member just always churns out the most inspired, punk-enthused bits of instrumental glory.  Life is due out October 16 via Thrill Jockey.

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Quickdraw: Dan Friel, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, MS MR, Sorne, Screaming Females

January 28, 2013

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Today’s music can’t be stopped.  Enjoy.

:Dan Friel – Thumper:  Dan (formerly of Parts & Labor) put out one of my favorite songs last year, so I was pretty pumped to finally see him release something new.  This is a great track, especially if you dig stuff that’s noisy and kinetic.  Thrill Jockey will release Total Folklore on February 19.

:Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Let The Day Begin:  I’ve never been an overly huge fan of BRMC, but I certainly recognize that they’ve been a solid band for a long time.  On March 19 they’ll put out their six full length, Specter At The Feast, on Abstract Dragon/Vagrant.

:MS MR – Fantasy:  I’m very much looking forward to hearing this band’s debut full length.  I really liked the EP they put out last year, and now there’s this pop number, which is just fantastic.  Second Hand Rapture is due out in May, but you’ll be able to pick up the Fantasy single on March 10.

:Sorne – Ego Altar:  If you want to know who currently has the most experimental and interesting sound in Austin, it’s Sorne.  This guy has the potential to really blow up this year, so you should take this intense, soulful track and use it as your excuse to jump on the bandwagon now.  Ego Altar is due out April 9.

:Screaming Females – Poison Arrow:  Some health issues may have sidelined the Screaming Females’ touring plans, but they’re staying busy.  This garage rock tune is off a collection of home recordings that’s only being put on on a cassette.  Chalk Tape is due out February 10 via Don Giovanni.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 4

November 29, 2012

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At least if the world ends in a few weeks, you’ll have some good music to go out to.  That’s sort of comforting, yeah?  Anyhow, below you’ll find the fourth part of my Top 50 Songs Of 2012.  In case you’re curious, I chose the songs from the 400+ tracks that I shared around here throughout the last 11 months.  Enjoy.

20)  :MIA – Bad Girls:  This single was supposed to be from a new album, but that has yet to materialize.  Oh well.  For now it simply serves as a nice reminder of how great MIA is when she’s having fun and not taking herself too seriously.

19)  :Action Bronson – A Simple Man:  I had a long list of Action Bronson songs to choose from for this spot, but I went with this one-off single because it’s what originally made me want to champion the guy.  It’s just stellar stuff.

18)  :Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing:  I don’t know how many times I listened to this in 2012.  I just couldn’t seem to get it out of the part of my soul that wants to dance in a dark corner somewhere.  From the Ghost EP.

17)  :The Eastern Sea – Wasn’t For Love:  With this song, The Eastern Sea went from just being an Austin favorite of mine to being something much bigger and better.  Glad I hopped on the bandwagon early.  From Plague.

16)  :Dan Friel – Valedictorian:  For those that don’t know, Dan is the former frontman of Parts & Labor.  This song sees him being as noisy and wild as can be, and I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of it.  From Total Folklore (due in 2013).

15)  :Chvrches – The Mother We Share:  I’ve yet to come across anything else from this band, and that’s OK because I’m far from being done with this Purity Ring meets Cults combo of a single.

14)  :Yeasayer – Longevity:  My love for Yeasayer has always been in regards to their live show, so I was a little surprised to find myself so attached to one of their studio tracks.  I greatly dig the off-balance mix here.  From Fragrant World.

13)  :Fiona Apple – Every Single Night:  You have to appreciate that Fiona keeps coming up with ways to stay interesting.  This pop effort pulls no punches.  From The Idler Wheel.

12)  :POS – Fuck Your Stuff:  This is exactly what I always expect POS to deliver – it’s aggressive, playful, and smart.  From We Don’t Even Live Here.

11)  :San Cisco – Awkward:  I love this indie pop tune, but I do have to admit that I’m not so sure a song about stalking should be this enjoyable.  From the Awkward EP.

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Quickdraw: Dan Friel, Chomp, Social Studies, El Perro Del Mar, AC Newman

August 27, 2012

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Today’s music knows where you live.  Enjoy.

:Dan Friel – Valedictorian:  Now that Parts & Labor have decided to call it quits, Dan has started doing some solo work.  I don’t know if it’s all going to sound like this relentless and raucous track, but I hope so.  Be sure to crank the volume as loud as you can.  The Valedictorian/Exoskeleton 12″ is due out on October 16 via Thrill Jockey.

:Chomp – Fresh Wounds:  Here’s a new one from Chomp, which features members of Cloud Nothings and Total Babes.  It’s kind of a weird pop creation, but I dig it.  The band will release Buddha Jabba Momma on September 18 via Exit Stencil Recordings.

:Social Studies – Terracur:  I’ve liked this band for a while, but I think this moody gem marks the first time they’ve thoroughly impressed me.  The song is a pretty simple, straight forward affair, but there isn’t a part of it that doesn’t feel inspired.  I can’t wait to hear more of the new stuff.  Developer is due out November 13 via Antenna Farm.

:El Perro Del Mar – Walk On By (Radio Edit):  Sarah Assbring is an incredibly talented woman, and I’m happy to see that she’s back with some new music.  This track, like everything she does, has a slick sound and is easily accessible.  I recommend headphones.  Pale Fire is expected out on November 12 via The Control Group.

:AC Newman – I’m Not Talking:  In case your brain is having issues today, AC Newman is from the New Pornographers.  He put out a solo effort back in 2009, and now he’s rolled out this overwhelmingly pleasant piece of pop to let the world know that’s he’s readied a new full length.  I like it.  Matador will release Shut Down The Streets in the fall.

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