Top 10 of ’10 | for 89.3 The Current

Top 89 | Ballot Confirmation | 89.3 The Current.

Boy, that’s a lame ‘Share.’  I’d fantasized that upon clicking the “Share this via WordPress” button on the page it would magically transfer my Top 10 songs of 2010 selections.  Instead it provides a link to a page that’s useless even to me once I close it out.  So it goes.  I’ll have to do this the ol’ fashioned way.

A Begrudgingly Manually-Entered List:

Matt and Kim – Cameras
Dessa – Chaconne
Broken Bells – The High Road
The Hold Steady – Hurricane J
Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man
Gil Scott-Heron – Me and The Devil
Big Boi – Shutterbugg
Gorillaz – Stylo
Hot Chip – We Have Love
Charlie Parr – Where You Gonna Be (When The Good Lord Calls You Home)
Underworld – Always Loved a Film

I had to write in the last one, as it is mysteriously absent from their list.  It’s not entirely surprising, especially given they’ve only recently (in the past 6 months) started playing songs from ‘Beacoup Fish,’ released a whopping eleven years ago.  And if you haven’t discovered ‘Beacoup Fish‘ for yourself, please do.  For your own sake.

Now that I look at the list, I see that I’ve missed a couple.  Ten songs is simply not enough.

Big Boi’s Shutterbug has elements that are at the core of everything I love about music.  From the bassy sample to the the simple, playful synth, to the seemingly random cut to “back to life, back to reality,”  I love it.  The song has no low point.   It doesn’t build up to a big pay-off.  It even gets away with a little auto-tune.  Like a lot of Outkast, et al, I can’t get enough.  Well done.

I don’t like ‘Stylo’ as much as I do ‘Empire Ants’ by Gorillaz.  That song does build, and it’s so worth it when it gets there.  I’m a little annoyed at the first two minutes of the song sometimes.  It’s like waiting for the bus when you got to the stop a few minutes early.  Which usually happens right after the watching the bus pull away without you because you’re one minute late and it is one minute early.  But when you show up early, the bus is always late.  ALWAYS.  So you’re stuck there, waiting for ten minutes in single digit weather, facing away from the wind trying to avoid frostbite and/or death.  But when the bus comes, you aren’t angry.  It’s heaven by then, and you greet it with grace and awe.  By the time you sit down, carefully right by the heater than blows at your feet, it’s glorious.  And that’s the same feeling (and in some ways, very much the same/similar synth as Shutterbug) I get when ‘Empire Ants’ really kicks in.

I started this post a few days ago, and my list has already changed.  I might need a top twenty instead of ten.  Or perhaps I should go all out and do the full Top 89 songs.  That may work.  Again, I’m arranging these randomly.

Matt and Kim – Cameras
Dessa – Chaconne
Kanye West – Lost in the World (feat Justin Vernon)
The Hold Steady – Hurricane J
Mumford and Sons – Little Lion Man
Gil Scott-Heron – Me and The Devil
Big Boi – Shutterbugg
Gorillaz – Stylo
deadmau5 – Some Chords
Charlie Parr – Where You Gonna Be (When The Good Lord Calls You Home)
Underworld – Always Loved a Film

I nixed the Broken Bells because it’s good.  It should be, James Mercer and Danger Mouse are two predictably adept songwriters.  But the song doesn’t necessarily wow me.  Lost in the Woods wows the living shit out of me.  It creeps me out.  It seems there are a lot of purists who weren’t happy when Kanye went in with his giant ego and carved up Justin Vernon’s vocoder-licious work, but he cut that shit like a surgeon and transplanted it carefully into a very well crafted song.  I can’t say that I love Kanye as a person, but I do heart his music.

I also got rid of Hot Chip because I didn’t love it.  Certainly not like I love deadmau5’s ‘Some Chords.’  Friends had attempted to introduce me to him last year, but I snubbed it/him/them.  It was a mistake, I’ve made them before and I believe I’ve made good on it.  This past summer, I went to the ‘Global Dance Festival,’ which, for anybody familiar with my Frankenstein-like demeanor at concerts will certainly make them laugh.  It makes me laugh thinking about it.  It wound up the most happy, loving crowd I’ve seen in a long time, if ever.  When he started up, everybody rushed in and I found myself very….close to everybody around me, and people kept pushing up, trying to get closer.  It turned out we were in just the right spot, as he has a roughly living-room sized ‘cube’ that he’s perched on, cartoon mouse head on, putting on easily the most amazing light show I’ve ever seen.  And that’s counting Laser Pink Floyd.

Observe:


I liked the live show so much I went home and bought the album.  I tried to buy it on record, but nobody in the Minneapolis area apparently likes dance music AND sells vinyl, so I went to iTunes.  One of my mid-year resolutions was not to buy any more cd’s, that if I’m to purchase any more music media, that it be either virtual (from iTunes, for example) or on vinyl.  Then deadmau5 came through in October and I bought tickets for that, too, which is something of a rarity anymore.  But I digress…this song is amazing.  Dance your face off, even if you have to do it in your living room with your dog like I do.

I also find Gil Scott-Heron and Dessa’s songs to be somewhat unnerving.  Dessa is morose, sounding mournful over a simple, reluctant piano loop, while Gil sings with a kind of muted angst, which goes well with the marching percussion and impending-doomy bass.  They’re addictive, and I can’t stop playing them.  And I won’t stop playing them until they’re good and used up.  Then I’ll play them some more.

I like all of them, in fact I love all of them, but The Hold Steady speak for themselves.  Craig Finn does enough speaking for all of us.  Matt and Kim?  Whatever the drummer’s banging on, it sounds like a pipe to me, that’s what keeps me in the song and distracts me from the fact that I’m not a huge fan of his voice.  I’m back and forth on him, but the song is solid.

So there they are.  At least for today.  I’ll add a comment if any of my selections change between now and then.  What are your top 10?

Also of note: I do realize that this is a very hipster-y set of songs.  I could very easily justify throwing Ke$ha and Gaga up there without flinching.  Well, that’s not true, I’d flinch a lot, so I’m not going to.  I can withstand whatever flack I’d get from that.  They’re fun songs.  It’s fun music.  Get over it (he tells himself).

 

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