Saturday, December 11, 2010

100 Songs for 2010: 71-75


We're counting down our 100 favorite songs of the year.  Today, 71-75.  Check out previous posts here.


75) Titus Andronicus - "Four Score and Seven"

As mentioned in one of the extended Hold Steady essays above, Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles will totally cat-sit for you if you need him to. As Craig explained it, “I went over to pick up my cat, and Patrick came to the door with a life-sized puppet of himself that he’d apparently spent the entire day making. He was really excited. I eventually confirmed that the cat was fine.”


Titus Andronicus - "Theme From "Cheers"
Titus Andronicus - "Upon Viewing Brueghel's 'Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus'"

74) Black Keys - "Everlasting Light"

I understand that oftentimes my blog is basically me screaming into the void, and I also understand that a lot of you who do read my blog get burned out on the hundreds of bands that I love and that you have to hear right now.

Every so often, though, I’ll get an extremely positive and largely unexpected response to a band. Obviously, this makes me very happy. This year, that band was Black Keys. I guess anytime Will Leitch, Drew Magary, and I can agree on a band, there’s bound to be more than a little crossover potential.


Black Keys - "Howlin' for You"
Black Keys - "Sinister Kid"

73) Teenage Fanclub - "Baby Lee"

In which Teenage Fanclub is the Silent Majority.

Saw Teenage Fanclub, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, and Green Day in concert in 2010. Kinda regret not seeing Weezer last week. Nineties nostalgia is here!


Teenage Fanclub - "Sparky's Dream"
Teenage Fanclub - "Alcoholiday"

72) Mayer Hawthorne - "No Strings"

On the ever-growing list of “Songs Inexcusably Left Off Of Aaron’s 100 Songs for 2009,” Mayer Hawthorne’s “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’” would have to be near the top. 2010’s “No Strings” isn’t quite as impossibly brilliant as that one, but it does highlight the man’s undeniable versatility. 2009 full-length A Strange Arrangement was all Motown, but Mayer’s live show features everything from yacht rock (a cover of Michael McDonald’s “What a Fool Believes”) to early-2000s hip hop (an extended jam on Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful”). This one, somehow, comes off as early-90s R&B, like an update on “Ain’t No Fun.” And from here … who knows?


Mayer Hawthorne - "Maybe So Maybe No"
Mayer Hawthorne - "Gangsta Luv" (f/ Snoop Dog)

71) Tallest Man on Earth - "King of Spain"

“I am a native of the North Pole, and that could mess up any kid.”

By a probably-unanimous vote, this was the most-hated song I blogged about in 2010. If you remember, in response to my original “King of Spain” post, Curt said “You’ve lost all credibility. This song is horrible. It’s so bad it makes me want to unfriend you on Facebook.” When it came in at number 42 on my Halfway Point 100, Jerry said “I really want to punch that guy in the face and I don’t know why.”

So, here it is again. I promise I’m not just doing this to be spiteful. I really do like this song quite a bit. But I guess I’ve given up talking anybody else into it at this point. I’ll post a couple more Tallest Man on Earth songs on the blog. Maybe we’ll have better luck with those. Or maybe they’ll drive Curt to finally follow through on his unfriending threats.


Tallest Man on Earth - "Like the Wheel"
Tallest Man on Earth - "The Blizzard's Never Seen the Desert Sands"

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