Saturday, December 31, 2016

At Long Last: The 10 Greatest Hit Songs of 2016

Happy New Beer everyone. It's time to party to the steamiest, most inescapable records of the year.

There were so many fuckin' hot jams this year that it was just fuckin' very tough to choose, but alas, there can be only 10 in the top 10 and these are those 10. Some dick from fuckin' The Wall Street Journal posted some bullshit top 10 yesterday. Yeah, we saw that, and it was buncha fuckin bullshit. Don't believe his lies.

Hot party jams like these ones don't come around every year. Keep em pumpin' all night. The hits never stop.

#10 Sextina Aquafina "Get Dat Fetus, Kill Dat Fetus"

#9 Member Berries "Africa (Toto cover)"

#8 Dead Cold Inside "Not Really Living"

#7 Flame Princess featuring NEPTR "Spittin' Straight Flame"

#6 Bill Clinton & Bill Cosby "Gentleman's Club Theme"

#5 Your Space "Your Space"

#4 David Alan Thicke "The David Alan Thicke Song"

#3 Gary Young "Spit"

#2 311 featuring T-Pain "Down"

#1 Beetlejuice "Money Money Pussy"

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ten Nice Unearthed Relics from 2016 Reissues

Youtube, we need you to rap:

[BONUS] The most disappointing unearthed relic from 2016 was probably Big Star's cover of T.Rex's "Baby Strange" which appeared on Big Star: Complete Third. When the tracklisting was announced with "Baby Strange," we had reasonably high expectations. Now we know better. The first 45 seconds of the track are silent and the rest doesn't sound as if they cared. IMO a lot of Complete Third shouldn't have been included on there, and this is a good example.

10. Odion Iruoje "Anogo / Giri"

Originally from 1983's Down To Earth LP.

9. The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Rondstadt) "Are You Tired Of Me?"

From The Complete Trio Collection.

8. Pink Floyd "Green Is The Colour" & "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" (Live BBC Radio Session, 12 May 1969)

From The Early Years 1965 - 1972.
"Green Is The Colour" only:

7. The Rift Valley Brothers "Mucang'ang'o Ugiraga Mukindirio"

From Kenya Special, Vol. 2

6. Chris Weisman "The Hamburger Goal"

Originally from 2007's Trash Picture. Re-released on Trash Picture / August Demos.

5. Yoko Ono "Open Your Box"

Previously only available as a 7-inch edit on the b-side of Plastic Ono Band's "Power To The People" from 1971. A different 3-minute edit also appeared as "Hirake" on Fly, also from 1971. The 2016 re-release of Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band includes "Open Your Box" in its entirety.

4. Tad "Nuts N' Bolts"

From 8-Way Santa (Deluxe Edition).

3. Once "Joanna" / Joe Tossini and Friends "Wild Dream" / Some Of My Best Friends Are Canadian "Feeling Sheepish"

From 2013's Sky Girl comp, re-released by Efficient Space in 2016.
"Joanna" originally from 1981's The Hush:
"Wild Dream" originally from 1989's Lady Of Mine.
"Feeling Sheepish" originally the a-side from an out-of-print 1980 7-inch.

2. Queen "It's Late (BBC Session / October 28, 1977)"

From Queen On Air.

1. Heatmiser "Christian Brothers"

First surfaced on Soundcloud in 2013. From Heaven Adores You Soundtrack.

Top 10 Prince Songs Before and After 4/21/16

Top 10 Prince Songs
1/1/16 Thru 4/20/16

Here are the 10 highest placing Prince songs as they appeared in our "500 Hottest Jams" list originally posted on April 1, 2016:
1. "The Beautiful Ones"
2. "Purple Rain"
3. "God"
4. "Pop Life"
5. "I Would Die 4 U"
6. "Let's Go Crazy"
7. "Take Me With U"
8. "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man"
9. "Diamonds and Pearls"
10. "Little Red Corvette"

Top 10 Prince Songs
4/21/16 thru 12/30/16

Here are the 10 Prince songs that we listened to the most in 2016 based on the stats listed on our Last.Fm account:
1. "If I Was Your Girlfriend"
2. "The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker"
3. "She's Always In My Hair"
4. "17 Days"
5. "Strange Relationship"
6. "Another Lonely Christmas"
7. "Sign 'O' The Times"
8. "Starfish and Coffee"
9. "God"
10. "Good Love" / "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" / "Play In The Sunshine" / "When You Were Mine" / "Anotherloverholenyohead"

Hottest Prince jam to not appear on either list:

Memba Vids 2016: The Big Big List Of Vids

I memba!

TOP 10:
#10: Gumball Machine featuring cupcakKe "Pu$$y Market"
#9: Radiohead "Burn The Witch"
#8: Aphex Twin "CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ]"
#7: DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels "Nobody Speaks"
#6: Vince Staples "Prima Donna"
#5: (tie) Good Morning "Warned You" (2015)
#5: (tie) Cigarettes After Sex "Affection"

#4: Teen Suicide "Bright Blue Pickup Truck"
#3: David Bowie "Lazarus"
#2: Kanye West "Famous" (Unofficial Official Video)
#1: Ty Segall "Emotional Mugger"

Honorable Mentions:
(HM): Rae Sremmurd "Black Beatles"
(HM): Palm "I Don't Want To Know (VHS Sessions)"

Big Bad Bonus:
(Bonus): Angel Olsen “Shut Up Kiss Me”
(Bonus): Gucci Mane “First Day Out Tha Feds”
(Bonus): Rihanna “Needed Me”
(Bonus): Wolf Eyes “T.O.D.D.”

4 More For Fun:
Melkbelly “Elk Mountain”
Stove “Stupidest”
Sad13 “Just a Friend”
Surface to Air Missive “The New Look”

Memba Vids 2016 #1: Ty Segall “Emotional Mugger”

The director and Ty Segall premiered this video album by disclosing a huge influence from Terry Gilliam and David Cronenberg, so that got our attention right away. As moderate-at-best Ty Segall fans, it definitely surpassed our expectations and redefined the possibilities (albeit on a lower scale of popularity than something like Lemonade): All the music from Emotional Mugger that appears in this was remixed and altered to fit with the pacing of the story. And probably in the best interest of fitting within ADD/internet culture, it doesn't force viewers to listen through any full songs. They supply the basic jist of the album's atmosphere in a concise and thoroughly engaging package, detailing the experience of “walking dead” in Los Angeles, and possibly influencing Vince Staples who tried out a very similar theme for his 10-minute Prima Donna clip.

Memba Vids 2016 #2: Kanye West “Famous"

Fun Fact: No acting skills required for the entirely genuine reactions to authentic Italian cuisine and red wine. One can only say "magnifique" and "delizioso" so many times before it makes you wanna dry hump parked cars. Aziz & Eric’s “Famous” is so awesome that we actually got angry when Kanye posted his own gigantic-piece-of-shit “official” version 2 months later. Ultimately, they received a free pass, making this a rare instance of a Kanye-approved “unofficial” video. Maybe he’s not that crazy afterall.

Memba Vids 2016 #3: David Bowie "Lazarus"

Our entire top 3 is basically tied for #1. Within the past 24 hours, the 6 possibilities of their arrangement all made sense to us for one reason or another. We saw all three of them appear on other blogs "best video" picks, so we ultimately decided on the opposite order of how often they showed up.

One year ago when “Blackstar” appeared in Vid Kids 2015, we noted:

The “Blackstar” premiere actually lived up to its event-ness. In the parallel universe where MTV still shows videos and labels them with tags like "Breakthrough Video" and "Buzz Clip," this vid might have received a red carpet premiere not unlike GNR's "Estranged."

A year ago, it seemed unthinkable that MTV would pay any attention to past music legends. Due to the unfortunate circumstances, MTV surprisingly snuck “Lazarus” into their late-night video rotation (literally appearing between Drake and Weeknd videos). While it lost its 3 VMA noms to Beyonce (go figure), “Blackstar,” earned Bowie his final VMA win for Best Art Direction. We'd like to think his lifetime achievement would have earned him these same accolades even if he hadn’t passed away this year.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Memba Vids 2016 #4: Teen Suicide “Bright Blue Pickup Truck”

We notice some commonality flowing through the 4 videos for Teen Suicide’s 2016 double-LP. For starters, 3 of them resemble trailers for imaginary Sundance mumblecore.

“Bright Blue Pickup Truck” caught our attention first, and we’re surprised it didn’t appear in more “Best of 2016” lists, but then again we might just be suckers for this particular style: Coming-of-age elements, young womanhood, a desire to break away from the suburbs, wanting more out of life. It reminds us of the first film we ever saw at Sundance, Laurel Nakadate’s Stay The Same Never Change (which is still unreleased in any commercial form, although the trailer is still on Youtube, embedded below).

We’re also suckers for cigarette smoking in videos (even though we’re non-smokers, but it just looks so friggin’ cool). The only Teen Suicide video from 2016 with no smoking shows a dude getting pelted with a hundred empty Marlboro packs. We also love the religious imagery in “The Big Joyous Celebration” (embedded below) and the superfluously intense guitar almost-smash in “Alex.” The album is good too, but they deserve credit for what might have been the most solid run of music videos from any band this year.

Memba Vids 2016 #5: Good Morning “Warned You” / Cigarettes After Sex “Affection”

We found the Youtube account with these 2 videos about 1 year ago after locating the “Dating Game” Homeshake video (which placed at #8 in Vid Kids 2015). This dude Alejandro repurposes his collection of beautiful ‘60s and ‘70s films, re-cutting the money shots to fit into 2-5 minutes, placed alongside dreamy, modern indie rock. “Warned You” is our new favorite, but the video was first posted in 2015, and the infectious song easily could have placed Top 10 in our 2014 Hot Mix. (Boo-urns.) “Affection” is our favorite out of the handful from 2016.

Memba Vids 2016 #6: Vince Staples "Prima Donna"

Truly in its infancy, the “video album” concept supplied 2016 with a freshly untapped method of combining music, art and film while engaging listeners with several album tracks (or in the case of Prima Donna, an entire release worth of music) as opposed to a collection of singles. We know “video shoot within the video” is nothing new, but the first 30 seconds (“Big Time”) might be our favorite mini-video of 2016. We wish it were longer. As the story continues, a satanic cab driver sings the hook from “Smile,” a crowd of demon fans cheers him on for “War Ready,” and Vince ultimately lies in a pool of blood following a verse of “Loco.” We’re pretty sure the entire EP is represented at some point throughout its 10-minutes. It’s pretty goofy, but strangely infectious.

Memba Vids 2016 #7: DJ Shadow featuring Run The Jewels “Nobody Speaks”

The future of C-SPAN.

Memba Vids 2016 #8: Aphex Twin "CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ]"

Finally. A return to the good ol’ days when Aphex Twin and Radiohead can place alongside each other in a “best videos of the year” list. It’s truly been way too long. MVGA.

In “CIRKLON3,” the young tween-age director refreshingly doesn’t add or remove anything to the peculiar dream-like specificities set in place by AFX’s preexisting visual universe co-created by Chris Cunningham. Everything in this clip could easily have taken place in the same timeline as “Rubber Johnny,” “Windowlicker” or “Come To Daddy.” But what’s even more intriguing is that he accomplishes this with a budget that likely hovered around the low, low cost of $0.00.