Friday, December 31, 2010

2010's Greatest Hits #40 to #31

| #100 - 91 | #90 - 81 | #80 - 71 | #70 - 61 | #60 - 51 |
| #50 - 41 | #40 - 31 | #30 - 21 | #20 - 11 | #10 - 1 |

Last post of the year prolly...

40 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti "Butt-House Blondes"

Side B kicks off with some balls trippin' shit, with the intro sounding almost as abrasive as MBV's "Only Shallow" before leading to a verse section that crosses Radiohead's The Bends LP with Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" (keeping with the AM Gold flavor)...

39 Janelle Monae “Cold War”
Seems like it's much longer than only 3:23, with so many hooks and ideas packed inside it's almost ready to burst, (possibly) matching up with the (possible) paranoia suggested by its lyrics (which might possibly be what this song is about but haven't really analyzed it enough to know for sure). When her band opened for Of Montreal like 2 years ago, I recall being impressed by the Jimi Hendrix looking guitar dude who played a nasty solo with his teeth while holding the guitar behind his head all at once, which required some crazy head acrobatics in order for him to get his teeth to the back of his head.

38 Nachtmystium “No Funeral”

It’s blackmetal for non-blackmetal fans, or more adventurous “outside of the box” metal listeners, or maybe for Rammstein fans who are more accustomed to darkness and church burning with a heavy injection of pop structure and techno beats.

37 Japandroids “Sex And Dying In High Society”
Remember when b-sides meant something? Leave it to Japandroids to breathe new life into the double-sided 45. (Is it worth campaigning for a return to calling them 45's instead of 7-inches?) They're currently 3 for 3 with choosing outstanding covers that fit their noise perfectly. The only thing I knew about X prior to this cover was how they presented themselves in The Decline Of Western Civilization, so their cover choices are educational as well. Think about the kids.

36 Katy Perry “Teenage Dream”
More guilty pleasures.. "Teenage Dream" is one of those that required a complete turnaround from "blah Katy Perry slutwave lol" to "holy fucking shit Single Of The Year?!" within the span of about 3 weeks back in September. Unsurprisingly, Katy Perry and her songwriting collaborator had a decent amount of help from Swedish uber-genius Max Martin when throwing this one together. After that point, a complete listen through the entire LP was considered, up until a month or two later when the abysmal follow-up single "Firework" flooded the airwaves.

35 Superchunk “Waiting For Something”
Much like the relief of Dinosaur Jr's reforming 3 years ago, the most refreshing aspect of the new Superchunk album is that it sounds just as good as the old school indie-kids who screamed out "The Question Is How Fast" and "Slack Motherfucker," although it's definitely more of an extension of the sound on their last few records circa-Y2K (the more "mature" sounding stuff) as opposed to the snotty immature stuff. Awesome video too!! Kinda bummed that "My Gap Feels Weird" just barely missed out on this list, but def check it out anyway because it's AWESOME.

34 Jay Reatard “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle”
I’d rather not Google whether or not this is true, and just keep it part of Jay Reatard’s mythic legend, but someone told me that after receiving his $100,000 advance from Matador, he paid off his parents house and his sister’s college education before spending all that was left on white lines. At the end of the statement that was his music, “Frances Farmer” could be considered his exclamation point, a final gift to the fans, tragically sealing closed an asskicking decade-plus of widely assorted punkrock. He wasn't trying to become a legend, but it happened anyway.

33 Earl Sweatshirt feat. Vince Staples “epaR”

“Wolf with a t-rex cock / Less talk while I invest stock in wet rock.” Reason #563 why Odd Future needs to blow up in 2011: The return of the 2-word rhyming scheme. Let’s make it happen, people.

32 Happy Birthday “Subliminal Message”
Just realized now that the lead singer from this band is also in Witch with J Mascis. Happy Birthday is also on Sub Pop. The grunge connections are there, but not as many as what any reviewers might suggest. With different production, this might have been an outstanding grunge album, with “Subliminal Message” potentially as some kind of sugary Smashing Pumpkins homage. But instead it's more fuzzy-guitar-based indie-pop.

31 Gucci Mane “Lemonade”
Holy fuck, the chorus of this was stolen from an album track from The Turtles. That's some fuckin swag right there. There's a new king of mushimouthness. Treat your mixtapes like albums. Treat your albums like mixtapes. Blackanyellow blackanyellow blackanyellow blackanyellow. Fuck.

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