Thursday, December 3, 2015

100 Songs for 2015: Outtakes (Day Four)


Four! More! Days! Here's ten more favorites that didn't make the cut.


(1)  Desaparecidos - "Te Amo Camila Vallejo"

As America enters the last year of an election cycle that has served to highlight all of the worst attributes of our national identity, it's worth pointing out again that Chile is electing 27-year-old Communist student revolutionaries with nose rings. #CAMILA2016

(2)  The Wonder Years - "I Don't Like Who I Was Then"

Resting easy in the knowledge that there are people out there keeping pop punk alive.

(3)  Autre Ne Veut - "World War Pt. 2"

That's an interesting band name, where does it come from?
The name Autre Ne Veut is taken from an inscription in French on a 15th-century British dress ornament that is stored at The Cloisters and is translated to English as "I want no other."

(4)  Mark Ronson - "Heavy and Rolling"

From the same album that gave the world "Uptown Funk," Ronson enlists Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow (and the bass line from an uncompleted xx remix) for a much smoother ride.

(5)  Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - "Familiar"

I am fascinated by Chance the Rapper. He's become a legit star despite the fact that he still doesn't have a proper album, and he has this uncanny ability to blend seemingly disparate elements into a cohesive whole. Here it's a beat featuring aggressive flute trills, a verse from one of the guys from Migos, and, according to, an obscure reference to Vanilla Sky ("I'll see you in another life, when we are both cats"). And it works.

(6)  Miguel - "Coffee"

Pitchfork called him "kind of a cornball," and then immediately compared him to Prince.  Both accurate.

(7)  Jaymes Young and Phoebe Ryan - "We Won't"

Imagining a "More Cowbell" scenario where Young and Ryan argue in the studio about how loud that snapping sound in the background should be.

(8)  Ms. John Soda - "Hero Whales"

Just before The Postal Service blew up, there was a groundswell of kinda glitchy headphone pop, and Ms. John Soda's fragile "Elusive" remains the standout of the genre. Thirteen years later, "Hero Whales" expands that framework into a poppier tune just begging to soundtrack a heartwarming TV show montage.

(9)  Ben Folds - "Phone In A Pool"

Not surprising that a song about Folds throwing his phone in a pool is based on a true story, but I wasn't expecting the part where "Kesha was there and dived in with all her clothes on, retrieved the phone and then advised me to put it in rice to dry out."

(10)  Iris - "I'll Wait For You"

Part of an excellent crop of Haim substitutes that popped up in 2015, but still no match for the real thing.

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