Friday, December 4, 2015

100 Songs for 2015: Outtakes (Day Five)


That's just three more days! Here are the last of the near-misses.


(1)  Carly Rae Jepsen - "Making the Most of the Night"

Sia co-wrote this. Every song on E*MO*TION is a gem, and I have no idea why this song wasn't a bigger hit.

(2)  MisterWives - "Our Own House"

(3)  The Go! Team - "The Scene Between"

The Go! Team is known for a sound just this side of headache-inducing, with wall-to-wall samples and clattering drums, but "The Scene Between" builds on the band's toned-down success with 2011's "Buy Nothing Day."

(4)  Unknown Mortal Orchestra - "Multi-Love"

As one reviewer put it:
Nielson's ear for how something should sound is unparalleled, and his fastidious choices behind the boards are a large part of what makes Multi-Love a joy to listen to. It's as if he tried to make Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions and Prince’s Sign ‘O’ the Times in secret, so as not to wake the kids upstairs—private celebrations and private exorcisms.
Not bad for a dude from New Zealand who doesn't even have his own Wikipedia page.

(5)  Hop Along - "Waitress"

"The world's gotten so small and embarrassing"

(6)  The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - "I Can Be Afraid of Anything"

Joins I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky on the Mount Rushmore of ridiculously long band names. Out of the four, these guys write the best songs, though.

(7)  Destroyer - "Times Square"

Pitchfork compared this to both David Bowie and Joni Mitchell and somehow both are right.

(8)  Phoebe Ryan - "Mine"

According to one profile:
Ryan first gained interest in the music industry when her friends asked her to join their Grateful Dead cover band in high school.
As a veteran of a high school garage band who played more than their share of Dead covers, I agree wholeheartedly ... we were just fighting music industry interest off with a stick.

(9)  Tinashe - "I Wanna Get Better"

It was a big years for ambitious covers projects, and I wouldn't argue with anyone who said Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 was actually better than Ryan Adams' 1989.

(10)  Carly Rae Jepsen - "Boy Problems"

Sia co-wrote this, too. Seriously, America, what more did Carly Rae have to do to win you over?

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