Friday, July 23, 2010

Halfway Point 2010: 36-40

Had a great time at the show last night. Thanks to everyone who made it!

And now, some songs that will hopefully get me back on Curt's good side.

36. Two Door Cinema Club – “You’re Not Stubborn”

Well, that was easy ...

37. Sambassadeur – “High and Low”

After this, only one more Sweden song on the list. It's a bittersweet feeling. We've all been through so much on this countdown. You, me, Swedish pop music ... so many memories.

38. Neon Indian – “Sleep Paralysist”

Highest ranking chillwave song on the list. Ilana's dream is to one day invent a ridiculous-sounding catchphrase that somehow becomes a permanent part of American cultural discourse, like "death panels" or "trickle-down economics." I think I would like to invent a genre. It doesn't seem that hard.

39. Jeremy Messersmith – “Violet!”

Ilana and I both think this sounds like the theme song for a 1960's sitcom. I get the feeling, though, that only one of us sees that as a huge compliment.

40. Apples in Stereo – “Hey Elevator”

Previously discussed here.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Elevator- I havn't decided if this is a positive or a negative, but if the Beegies were growing up today this is the music they would make.

    Violet- I think it is a good song. Very "Turtles" influenced.

    Sleep Paralysist- I know the whole post punk revival movement has been going on for a while, but it mostly consists of bands like interpol, she wants revenge, and the editors whose goal in life is to be Joy Division. This song sounds like it is going one step further and saying what if we emulated factory records about five years later (84-86ish) and were influenced by new order and the happy mondays. I think it works.

    High and Low- The arrangement is simple, the chord progression is simple, the (harpsicord?) is like two notes, the singer has a pretty pedestrian voice, and the song might just be perfect. I don't know why. I just like it.

    You're Not Stubborn- I like up-picking in non-regea/ska settings.