I enjoyed making my list of favorite albums of the year more than this list, because it’s easier to think of things to say about an entire album than it is a single song, but this list is probably more appropriate for the times in which we live. It also allowed me to include some stuff that couldn’t make the albums list because it is from an EP or an otherwise unspectacular album.
A few notes: If the song was released as a single, I generally used the single’s release date, if only to get some great songs from albums released in 2009 on the list (notably the two Florence + the Machine songs near the top). Also, sorry that this takes a minute to load; I think I’m going to have to start breaking up these video-heavy entries up into multiple parts. As always, this is not a list of the best songs of the year, which I don’t necessarily feel qualified to write, and rather just a list of my favorites.
Remind to listen to some more hip hop in 2011. All that really made the list here is Kanye, and that doesn’t even completely sound like what I think of as hip hop anymore. I miss it.
40) MNDR – “I Go Away”
As I’ve said before, I’m very charmed by MNDR, even though normally someone with as many affectations as she obviously has would drive me crazy. OK, by “many affectations” I really just mean her crazy, unnecessary glasses. That’s pretty much all I know about her. Also, yes, I know it’s technically a duo, but c’mon, you know what I mean. Don’t be that person.
39) Active Child – “When Your Love Is Safe”
I was introduced to this band and several others on this list by this great post over at Stereogum, so props to them. This song sounds like it could have been an outtake from that Holland album Beirut put out under the name Realpeople. You know, falsetto vocals on top of pretty electronic music. Although, in the video below it isn’t electronic.
It seems wrong to say this should be the official video, considering the original features Christina Hendricks, but this homemade mashup of the Hall and Oates video for “Private Eyes” and the Broken Bells song “The Ghost Inside” is great. They should be playing it on MTV or Fuse or wherever they play videos nowadays. Actually, I guess the only place anyone watches music videos anymore is YouTube, so mission accomplished!
It’s uncanny how well this works. Surely we can get John and Daryl to sign over the rights; they’ve got nothing going on.
These aren’t the best videos or songs ever; most of the bands I’m really liking lately seem to be video-averse, or just too poor to make a video. If this keeps up I’m going to have to start posting fan-made stuff, or, heaven forbid, those videos where the song just plays over still photos that seem like something an old person would use the internet to make.
Warpaint – “Undertow”
Remember last week when I posted that other Warpaint video and said that I actually really preferred a different song? Well, they released this video for the other song, “Undertow,” today, just in time for Music Video Monday! Unfortunately, the video is sort of a hazy snoozefest. I guess that’s what happens when you hire the girl from A Knight’s Tale, Shannyn Sossamon,as your director. (I briefly felt bad about the unprovoked dig, and then I read her IMDB page and discovered that she was born “Shannon” and added the “y” to her name herself. The dig stays in!)
Belle & Sebastian – “I’m a Cuckoo”
There’s a new Belle & Sebastian album out tomorrow, but I’ve yet to hear anything off of it, mostly because I have way too short of an attention span to watch any of the 30-minute long videos they’ve been putting online. So, in honor of the release, rather than posting one of those behemoths, I’m included this favorite of mine from a couple of albums ago, which is a much more manageable four minutes in length.
Tonight Johanna took Ernie to his dog training class. I intended to use my time alone to go for a bit of a walk and then settle in for an evening of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Alas, this was not to be, as I got completely sucked in watching music videos on YouTube. When she got home I was in the same position as when she left, except the apartment was now dark.
Here are the results of my busy evening.
By the dubs, if the new M.I.A. video were available on any of the sites that I know how to embed video from, it would absolutely be represented here, because it is completely awesome.
Girls – “Lust for Life”
It’s seems weird to give your song the same name as another song that is much, much more famous than your song will ever be. But it also seemed weird that the Iggy Pop song of the same name was used to advertise cruise ships, even though it’s about heroin or something. What do I know.
Miike Snow – “Animal”
From the guys who brought us Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” I love the Swedes.