While waiting for today’s second pot of coffee to brew, I’ve decided to get that obligatory “Top Ten Tracks” thingy out of the way… only I don’t use iTunes exclusively, so I’ve had to go by my Last.fm profile. So here goes:
1. Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan: The song that got me hooked on “post-rock” music — an instrumental work-out that goes from quiet strumming to feedback-drenched squealing and back again. For more than ten minutes. Takes me back to my techno-obsessed high school daze, only with rock.
2. M.I.A. – U.R.A.Q.T. (The Root Out Mix): A juvenile, totally 2000s song of M.I.A. threatening the girl who texted her man. Kinda dumb, but I can’t get it out of my head.
2. The Indelicates – New Art For The People: Total opposite of the M.I.A. track — a grim (but rather funny) indie track about sex, drugs, settling for a relationship, and selling out.
2. (Yup, it’s a many-way tie) Mogwai – Glasgow Mega-Snake: Again, a total opposite, this time to my #1 track — where “Mogwai Fear Satan” wanders, fades out, fades back, Glasgow Mega-Snake begins with a punch of squalling guitar… and just keeps punching you in the ears for four minutes. Sounds like torture, but I need a good punch to the ears once in a while.
2. DJ Earworm – United State of Pop: A great mash-up of a bunch of 2007’s top songs, highlighting the sameness of it all… pretty much sums up why I (generally) don’t listen to music on the radio anymore.
6. RX – Sunday Bloody Sunday: Another tongue-in-cheek mash-up (as if there’s another kind), this one with G. W. Bush singing U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday”. Makes me chuckle every time.
7. Acid House Kings – Say Yes If You Love Me: A great, tambourine-shaking piece of twee pop, from a band with one of the best (and most deceptive) names out there.
7. The Mountain Goats – Sax Rohmer #1: Another set of great lyrics from the Mountain Goats (“I am coming home to you/With my own blood in my mouth… I am coming home to you/If it’s the last thing that I do.”)
7. Steven Malkmus and the Jicks – Baltimore: Finally made me understand why everyone always talks about Pavement so much (well, that and finally hearing “Summer Babe”.)
10. Yo La Tengo – Upside-Down: I’d heard Yo La Tengo’s later, more moody/experimental stuff, and yeah, it’s OK… but this is just a great little piece of pop. Love it.
10. Jonathan Coulton – The Presidents: All of the presidents in U.S. history, sung off to a bouncy little pop tune. Mildly educational, totally hilarious.
10. Mates of State – My Only Offer: Another bouncy piece of indie pop — do I listen to anything else? Not really.
So there it is — my music mind of the past few months.