Tuesday, November 30, 2010

100 Songs Outtakes: Tuesday

(It's Day Nine of our look at some quality songs that couldn't crack the Top 100.  The full list of my 100 Songs for 2010 will be available December 6.) 

Judging by all available hit count data, it's unbelievable how quickly everyone stopped caring about these Outtakes blog posts. I don't know what to tell you. They'll be over on Sunday. Then we'll see who's laughing.*

*Note: I have no idea who will be laughing, or why.

Jonsi - "Go Do"

Side project of the lead singer for Sigur Ros, a band who sometimes sings in Icelandic and sometime sings in a totally made-up language. This song is in English, though it may take you awhile to realize it. You'll go into it expecting a beautifully incomprehensible Sigur Ros song, and then Jonsi's purposefully irregular enunciations and emphases will further confuse you, until you get to a more straightforward English section and think to yourself, "Holy crap, I think I'm starting to understand Icelandic!" You are not. Though that would be awesome.

Janelle Monae - "Tightrope"

Sorry, Grace.

Penguin Prison - "Animal Animal"

Nothing has changed since the last time we discussed this song. There will still never be a more profound lyric than, "I wish Mike Tyson was my friend / Then I would tell him everything / That I'm so nervous ..."

Mike Tyson would totally understand. Then maybe you guys could go up to the roof and watch pigeons.

Kite Flying Society - "Coney Island"

Probably better than the "Coney Island" song that made my 2008 list. Early bird gets the worm, though. On the Top 100, we're moving forward.

Miles Kurosky - "I Can't Swim"

At a certain point, I realized I only wanted this song to make the Top 100 so I could talk about how much I loved Beulah, Miles' old band. Then I thought, well, I can just do that here. So ... I miss Beulah. Go listen to them here.


  1. Well I might as well comment and give you some encouragement on the blog b/c I am far too lazy to find new music to listen to on my own and really have found bands I greatly enjoy on here.

    As for these five I think the Jonsi song and the Kuroski song stand out for me, though I think the Jonsi songs sounds like it was meant for Ben Gibbard to sing (just my opinion).

    Kite Flying Society sounds like they are trying to impart an emotion that they never actually felt. They seem too clever. Then again I am a horribly jaded consumer of pop culture and can't take anything at face value.

    I found Penguin Prison kind of grating, but I see its value and chalk it up to personal taste.

    The Janelle Monae song is great in the sense that it brings back old time motown, but bad in the fact that it relies way too much on one hook.

    All in All if the Kurosky song didn't make the top 100 there must be some good music to look forward to this year.

  2. I couldn't check the blog this past weekend, I was too busy partying with Floyd on the field of TCF Bank Stadium.

    *insert Howard Dean yell*

    Also, I would like to vote against "F*** You" going on the Top 100. That song really didn't age well and the more I listened to it, it came off as a cheap "Hey Ya" cover. It was fun at first, but now it's a song that is going to be selling kitchen cleaning products in five years. (I'm gonna, clean youuuuu, clean, clean, yoouuu, etc.)