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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 3

November 30, 2016

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I was going to stop at #31, but I figured that was silly.  So, the list continues on!  Enjoy.

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.

PS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

30)  :Mystery Lights – Follow Me Home:  Daptone launched a rock imprint – WICK – in 2016, and this Mystery Lights single was its first release.  I dig how loud and sloppy it is.

29)  :Weaves – Coo Coo:  If you like things that are clever and quirky, then this song from Weaves will delight you.

28)  :Twin Peaks – Walk To The One You Love:  This might be my favorite Twin Peaks track.  It’s such a breezy slice of garage pop.

27)  :Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips:  I’m all about Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos) and her rather sincere voice here.  Also, I appreciate that this song mentions David Blaine.

26)  :The Tallest Man On Earth – Time Of The Blue:  Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) cut this late one night while out on the road.  I think it’s one of his better songs.

25)  :Field Mouse – The Mirror:  Mostly 90s, sort of emo, entirely great.  That’s probably the best way to describe this one from Field Mouse.

24)  :The Hotelier – Piano Player:  The Hotelier offer up a lot of song here (roughly six swirling minutes worth), but thankfully it’s a great ride that’s totally worth the time and attention it requires.

23)  :Tancred – Control Me:  Here’s one of my favorite 90s-inspired tracks of 2016.  It’s just about perfect.  Good work, Tancred.

22)  :LIV – Wings of Love:  This is a fantastic Fleetwood Mac-like effort from LIV, a “supergroup” that features Lykke Li, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg, Peter Bjorn & John’s Björn Yttling and producer Jeff Bhasker.

21)  :Priests – JJ:  Frontwoman Katie Alice Greer destroys in this Priests track.  That voice of hers is just so very rad.

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Quickdraw: Bon Iver, Phantogram, Weaves, LVL UP, The Tallest Man On Earth

August 18, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S00N) (Bob Moose Extended Cab Version):  I’m not sure why, but I just listened to this new Bon Iver track.  It’s fantastic!  What a leap forward for an already great band.  22, A Million is due out September 30 via Jagjaguwar.

:Phantogram – Cruel World:  I haven’t been able to connect with the latest singles from Phantogram, but this track is something else.  One more like it and I’ll definitely go back to being excited about their upcoming LP.  Three is due out October 7 via Republic.  See the band at Sound On Sound Fest in November.

:Weaves – Help (Beatles Cover):  Weaves recently let slip this Beatles cover, and I can’t get myself to take it off of repeat.  It’s such a quirky, charming little number.  This track appears to be a one-off effort that was done for fun, so grab it while you can.

:LVL UP – Hidden Driver:  Whenever I listen to this LVL UP track I get a really strong Neutral Milk Hotel vibe, and I’m super into it.  More please.  Return To Love is due out September 23 via Sub Pop.

:The Tallest Man On Earth – Rivers:  Here’s the second (seemingly) one-off track that Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) has released while out on the road.  It’s just as magical as the one that came before it.

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The Tallest Man On Earth

June 20, 2016

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While clearing out my inbox on Saturday I noticed I had a new – seemingly one-off – tune from The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Kristian Matsson).  The song is pretty stripped down (it was apparently recorded late one night while on tour), and it’s really damn good.  So good in fact that it’s had me hankering for a revisit of Matsson’s previous efforts.  Maybe I’ll do that today.  Enjoy.

:The Tallest Man On Earth – Time Of The Blue:

Bonus Videos:

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Quickdraw: Empress Of, Rose Windows, The Mary Onettes, Girlpool, The Tallest Man On Earth

April 16, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Empress Of – Water Water:  Lorely Rodriguez (aka Empress Of) has readied her debut LP.  I don’t know if this is an “official” single or just a promise of what’s to come, but I like it.  She has moments where she sounds like Bjork.  Look for the album later this year via Terrible Records.

:Rose Windows – Strip Mall Babylon:  Bad news!  Rose Windows just called it quits.  Good news!  They’re still going to follow through with the release of their new album.  As for this song, it’s slinky, loud and weird.  Expect to dig it.  The band’s self titled album is due out May 4 via Sub Pop.

:The Mary Onettes – Ruins (Featuring Maria Usbeck):  Here’s one from The Mary Onettes that was originally crafted as an instrumental track for a Swedish film.  I think it’s beautiful.  Kudos to the band for deciding it needed some vocals.  The Ruins single is currently available via Cascine.

:Girlpool – Before The World Was Big:  Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad are a clever pair of ladies, and I’m a big fan of what they’re doing together as Girlpool.  This may be their best song yet.  Before The World Was Big is due out June 2 via Wichita Recordings.

:The Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home:  I didn’t much care for the first song that was released off of the upcoming album from The Tallest Man On Earth, but this one works for me.  I love the guitar-work a lot, and (of course) Kristian Matsson’s voice is terrific.  Dark Bird Is Home is due out May 12 via Dead Oceans.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 2

November 27, 2012

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You know who loves a good list?  Every single one of you.  Now get on with checking out the second 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.

40)  :Passion Pit – I’ll Be Alright:  I’m still not sure what Passion Pit were aiming for on their sophomore effort, but I dig this track a lot.  I think it shows how adventurous their sound can be.  From Gossamer.

39)  :Why? – Sod In The Seed:  Just when I thought that Yoni Wolf was done with his collage-like rambles, he provided nearly five minutes of lyric-heavy joy via this song.  That guy has a wonderful brain.  From the Sod In The Seed EP.

38)  :Beach House – Myth:  I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to this song just to listen to it.  Not much else in 2012 was as well crafted as this.  From Bloom.

37)  :Dana Falconberry – Lake Charlevoix:  I’ve long supported Austin’s Dana Falconberry, but this song put her on a different level for me.  Folk music is often not overly accessible, but it is when she does it.  From Leelanau.

36)  :Alabama Shakes – Hold On:  The year began with nothing but buzz for this band, and somehow it all actually ended up being warranted.  Way to go, taste-makers.  This song is an outright jam.  From Boys & Girls.

35)  :Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger:  I love that the Dirty Projectors just do whatever they please.  How many other bands could release such a challenging single and actually have it go well for them?  From Swing Lo Magellan.

34)  :Bobby Womack – Please Forgive Me Heart:  Bobby’s soulful voice thrown over a modern electronic arrangement?  Such a thing seems like it should be all wrong, but then there’s this gem screaming otherwise.  From The Bravest Man In The Universe.

33)  :Jack White – Love Interruption:  It was nice of Jack to finally go solo, and it was even nicer of him to make his first single such a quality piece of modern rock.  From Blunderbuss.

32)  :Social Studies – Terracur:  Social Studies was always one of those acts that I knew about and liked, but didn’t love.  This inspired tune changed that.  Forever.  From Developer.

31)  :The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904:  Kristian Matsson is a fantastic songwriter, and this inviting number is just further proof of that.  It’s only a matter of time before I just hang out with him all the time on a mountain.  From There’s No Leaving Now.

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