Sunday, December 12, 2010

100 Songs for 2010: 66-70


We're counting down our 100 favorite songs of the year.  Today, 66-70.  Check out previous posts here.

70) Chromeo - "Don't Turn the Lights On"

From Wikipedia: Chromeo is an electrofunk duo based in Montreal, Canada composed of P-Thugg (real name Patrick Gemayel) on keyboards, synthesizers, and talk box, and Dave 1 (real name David Macklovitch) on guitar and lead vocals. The two childhood friends jokingly describe themselves as “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture.” Their second album Fancy Footwork is their mainstream breakthrough.

I think that pretty well covers it.


Chromeo - "I Could Be Wrong" (f/ Ezra Koenig)
Chromeo - "Hot Mess" (f/ Elly Jackson)

69) Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks"

In which Joe Posnanski is the best writer of our time.

I’ve done a pretty exhaustive search, and I’m pretty sure this is the only Foster the People song that exists in recorded form. It may be the only song they have. And yet, they play shows. Those shows may be very short.

If this one is their only song, though, they’re definitely batting 1.000 so far. It’s almost impossibly light and summery, even though the lyrics appear to be about shooting kids for their shoes. So it goes, I guess.

68) Tokyo Police Club - "Bambi"

A song that sounds like it was made not by playing instruments but by flipping a series of switches.


Tokyo Police Club - "Breakneck Speed"
Tokyo Police Club - "Tessellate"

67) Two Door Cinema Club - "Something Good Can Work"

In which I own two Avril Lavigne albums.

From the “History” section of Two Door Cinema Club’s Wikipedia entry: “Trimble and Halliday first met whilst attending Bangor Grammar School. They met Baird when he was trying to ‘get with’ girls they knew.”

That’s pretty much the story of every band in the history of the world, isn’t it?


Two Door Cinema Club - "Cigarettes in the Theater"
Two Door Cinema Club - "I Can Talk"

66) Thermals - "Never Listen to Me"

Chris Walla plays guitar in Death Cab for Cutie, but, over the last five years or so, he’s mostly worked as a producer. Here’s his resume over that time:

2010 – Ra Ra Riot, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, The Thermals
2009 – Tegan and Sara
2008 – Mates of State, Nada Surf
2006 – Decemberists

And, before that, he worked on multiple other albums for Tegan and Sara, Decemberists, and The Thermals. He also produced the Postal Service album.

So I don’t know what he actually does behind the boards, but wow … Chris Walla is absolutely producing my album.


Thermals - "A Stare Like Yours"
Thermals - "I Might Need You To Kill"

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