You’ve perused the book and movie part of my list. I’m sure you’ve absorbed it and decided I’m an awesome dude because of all the awesome stuff I read and watched. Good, good. That’s how it should be. That was a great advertisement for myself. You’re welcome, self.
Now, let’s do the songs I liked from last year. Albums? Pfft. I got shit to do, man. I have only a ten-minute commute, and that doesn’t leave me time for a lot of album digestion, dig? I need my songs punchy and gratifying within a 5-minute interval. Give me suspense, give me shredding guitar riffs, give me climactic choruses, but do it quick. I’m practically at work already.
In no particular order…
UPDATE: How did I forget this song? The lead singer was “carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees” and lived to tell about it! Wowser!
Breathe Owl Breathe – I’m not a big fan of the name, but several songs from their newest record, Magic Central, were popular songs in my car this fall and winter. This song is very pretty, adorable, and makes me nostalgic for shit I didn’t even do.
And then there’s this song. I could not pick just one from these kids.
I don’t understand why this next song didn’t get more popular, at least in the indie music blogodome. It’s awesome, and the whispered threats just kill me.
Heartbreaking, hopeful, just damned lovely.
I listened to this next one more than any other song. It makes my ears feel nice.
The entire Teen Dream record is great, and “Silver Soul” is probably my favorite song, but I already uploaded this one, and I’m too lazy to change it.
Again with the shitty name, but my god what a jam.
Guilty pleasure perhaps? My second most-listened-to song.
Do I really even need to include this one?
Some of that there rap music. This dude is great.
If you are a frequent patron of the Alamo Drafthouse, you know they produce exceptional promotional videos of upcoming events and movies. The editing is great – they are masterful in their clip selection. Furthermore, they always pick kick ass songs to soundtrack the spots, and I appreciate how they never forget to credit the musician/band. For example, Fitz & The Tantrums.
I like everything I heard from TOBACCO. All of it.
I’m sure a large part of my obsession with this next song is due to the video, as it features one of my favorite television characters, from one of my favorite shows.
Or maybe I like it because I relate so closely to the narrator, Kid Cudi, and how he “Hides the pain with some pussy and mimosas,” with “Costa Rica next on [his] agenda.” Yeah, that’s probably it.
Good god, now can we finally end with the list-making? Can we stop with the top 25 lists about the top 100 things about the number 4 in 2010? I have a lot of respect for people who can create, and actually assign a rank, to artistic creations. I mean, I think it’s respect. I don’t know what it is, because I eventually had to give in and relax. I could have worked on a list all of this year and still not been satisfied. Why did I even do this to myself? This was hard, and I’m not even sure it was all that rewarding.
What a great ending!