Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Halfway Point 2010: 76-80

And now we're a quarter of the way through the Halfway 100.  It's important to treasure these milestones.

76. Hot Chip – “One Life Stand”

More than any other song on this list, this one needs to be played as loud as possible ... you're not listening to it as much as you're feeling a series of vibrations.

77. Big Boi – “You Ain’t No DJ”

This new Big Boi album is just so incredibly good ... it's crafted as a cohesive whole in a way that I haven't heard from a hip hop album in a long time ... and this song features production from Andre 3000, in full genius-starchild mode ... but it's the two middle verses by some guy named Yelawolf (who?) that really set this one apart, just dripping originality.

78. National – “Anyone’s Ghost”

"You said it was not inside my heart, it was / You said it should tear a kid apart, it does" ... define those pronouns a few different ways, and you have every National song ever written.

79. Frightened Rabbit – “Skip the Youth”

"If you don't stare at the dark / If you never feel bleak / Life starts to lose its taste" ... apparently, in Scotland, the phrase "depression anthem" is not an oxymoron.

80. Voxtrot – “Whiskey and Water”

Now that they've officially broken up, we can track Voxtrot's career arc from a good band that sounded almost exactly like the Smiths to a good bad that sounded almost exactly like Belle & Sebastian (and if this song makes the year-end list, I hope to find a version of it that doesn't skip at the end).

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