Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017: Top Songs

1. Joe Goddard f/SLO- Music Is The Answer
2. LCD Soundsystem- Tonite
3. The Jesus & Mary Chain- Always Sad
4. Coasts- Come On Over
5. Katy Perry f/Skip Marley- Chained To The Rhythm 
6. Future Islands- Ran
7. The Golden Filter- Dust
8. The Killers- The Man
9. Cut Copy- Airborne
10. Moonlight Cove- For I Am You
Bonus: The XX- On Hold*

*(released in late 2016, it missed my top 10 last year, because I wasn't familiar enough with it but would have been in my top 3 this year if I didn't believe in rules)

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016: Top Songs

  1. Pet Shop Boys- The Pop Kids
  2. Gwen Stefani- Make Me Like You
  3. Steve Angello f/The Presets- Remember 
  4. Shura- What's It Gonna Be?
  5. The Weeknd f/Daft Punk- Starboy
  6. Röyksopp f/Susanne Sundfør- Never Ever
  7. Years & Years- King
  8. DJ Snake f/George Maple- Talk
  9. Clarke:Hartnoll- Better Have A Drink To Think
  10. Beyond The Wizards Sleeve- Diagram Girl

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015: Top Songs

  1. Brandon Flowers- Lonely Town
  2. Chemical Brothers- Go
  3. Miami Horror- Real Slow
  4. Grimes- Entropy
  5. Hot Chip- Huarache Lights
  6. Courtney Barnett- Dead Fox
  7. Say Lou Lou- Games For Girls
  8. Chvrches- Leave A Trace
  9. Foxes- Body Talk
  10. The Weeknd- I Can't Feel My Face
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: Top Songs

1. Temples- Shelter Song
2. La Roux- Uptight Downtown
3. Foster The People- Coming Of Age
4. Kelis- Friday Fish Fry
5. Todd Terje featuring Bryan Ferry- Johnny And Mary
6. Caro Emerald- Liquid Lunch
7. Röyksopp & Roybn- Do It Again
8. The Presets- No Fun
9. Shirobon- The Perfect Machine
10. Calvin Harris- Summer

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: Top Songs

1. Chvrches- Recover
2. Daft Punk- Get Lucky
3. Arcade Fire- Reflektor
4. Pet Shop Boys- Vocal
5. Lorde- Royals
6. Capital Cities- Safe And Sound
7. Zedd- Clarity
8. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- Helen Of Troy
9. Disclosure- Control
10. Annie- Invisible

It can be streamed as a convenient Spotify playlist.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Portishead Third Verdict

When Portishead's Third was released I promised to form an opinion within five years.  As it turned out it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: Top Songs

1. Ladyhawke- Black White & Blue
Did people loose interest in Ladyhawke this year? I must have missed the memo because this song is tremendous. Was there another single so strong, so immediate and demanding of attention as this released this year? If so, I haven't heard it yet.

2. Underworld- Caliban's Dream
As luck would have it the London Olympic Games placed the world's spotlight on many of the musicians who provided the soundtrack to my formative years. While the prospect Underworld scoring the Opening Ceremonies was exciting, the execution exceeded my expectations and cemented one of this year's most concrete collective memories.

3. Meiko- Leave The Lights On
This Is My Jam has been my go to music destination on the web since I joined back in January and the site's social nature has help expose me to all sorts of great music I might not have heard otherwise.  Of everything I have listened to, nothing hit me like the New Order-tinged "Leave The Lights On" which @april jammed back in the spring.

4. The Killers- Runaways
This might be the weakest lead single from The Killers to date, yet it still spins endlessly in my mind half a year later.

5. The Chemical Brothers- Theme For Velodrome
The second London Games track to make an appearance on this list find the brothers chemical Ed & Tom channeling Kraftwerk on this bicycling inspired track (who would have thought to make that connection) to great effect.

6. Saint Etienne- Tonight
Not that there was anything wrong with their post-Too Young To Die efforts, but Saint Etienne finally got down to the business of making brilliant pop this year.  This is just one of the high points.

7. Van She- Jamaica
The Austrialian electropop group have been creating underground buzz over the past few years but took a huge leap forward with this tropically flavored single.

8. School Of Seven Bells- Lafaye
The dreampop of my dreams.

9. Scissor Sisters- Let's Have A Kiki
One of the two self-produced tracks on the all-over-the-place Magic Hour had all of the charm you could want from a Scissor Sisters jam. Popservations has the track's history.

10. Soulsavers featuring Dave Gahan- Longest Day
Let's hope there is something near the emotional honesty of "Longest Day" on DM's upcoming long-player.