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Listen (!) Your Weekend Journey Mini-Playlist

11 Mar

Just a couple of gems i have recently discovered and that you need to hear for the weekend:

For the first Friday drink:

“You Belong To Me” – Ryan Adams

Say what you will about this Canadian icon, but he’s still rockin’ it long after the summer of ’69 and this is fun little ditty that will start you on the party trail in 2o seconds flat.

 

When the buzz kicks in:

“Hymn for the Weekend” – Coldplay

Coldplay talkin’ about being drunk and high? That is cause for celebration. Soon to be inescapable.

 

For driving in the Saturday morning sun:

“Can you Come Over?” – Shooter Jennings

Taken from the new Dave Cobb compilation album ‘Southern Family’ which has a bunch of country music stars singing about home. But all we care about is Shooter, son of Waylon, brother of Sturgill.

http://www.npr.org/player/embed/469693102/469813682

 

For that Saturday night dance:

“Smooth Sailin'” – Leon Bridges

So you’re in a jazz club and there is a hot Chiquita across the bar. Finish your old fashioned and go talk to her already.

 

For the Sunday hangover:

“Just Like A Woman” – Jeff Buckley

Recently uncovered/cover album of demos from Jeff Buckley called ‘You and I’. This is just a staggeringly beautiful cover of Dylan, perfect for that quiet moment of introspection.

 

For the weekend chore session:

“I Can Help” – Billy Swan

Something about this rhythm lends itself to getting some serious putterin’ done.

 

Happy Weekend!

January Jonesing

23 Jan

With spring seemingly an eternity away, and the last playlist a lifetime behind, its time for another Unsung batch of songs. These are the tracks that have been looping in my mind’s jukebox as of late. Eclectic, rare, popular, populist, and full of linky links. Enjoy!

  1. Rodriguez “I Wonder” – Searching for Sugar Man is a must see documentary for anyone who appreciates the Unsung. It might be one of the greatest Unsung stories of all time actually. And this song should have been a massive hit for the humble and austere Rodriguez. I’m thankful it has seen the light of day.
  2. Hozier “Someone New” – this Irish folk rocker is having quite a year isn’t he? Going from strength to strength with each new release, and each song a natural extension of Take Me To Church (check out this fine tribute by his fans). I can’t get the hook of this one out of my head.
  3. Basia Bulat “Tall Tall Shadow” – for a song to be an absolute classic, it has to sound fresh and new, but also be timeless, and not get stale dated like funky cheese (see: everything by every pop artist since 2009). This could have been released anytime in the last 50 years and still make sense and sound good. Another bright shining Canadian star, channelling Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant, reminding us all that you can’t run from your actions. Time to face that shadow, you January groundhogs!
  4. The Killers “Shot At The Night” – unlike our friend Basia, our buddy Brandon Flowers is unabashedly of a time when synthesizers ruled the land. My friend Tim thinks this is the best song of 2014 (even if it was released for Christmas 2013) and he’s not afraid to tell you all about it, along with all his other great picks for the year that was. Check it out, exclusively here.
  5. Al Green “I’m A Ram” – I’ve already ranted and raved about the genius of Al Green. This is the point in the album “Al Green Gets Next To You” where you are baptized by the holy spirit of funka soul and your life as a heathen is behind you. Here comes 2015. Ram on.
  6. The Zutons “Valerie” –  Warning: you are soon to be inundated with all things Mark Ronson. This guy is a bit of a super producer who has ecelectic tastes and a famous bunch of friends. His Bruno Mars track is already dominating the charts, and there will be others that follow. But ‘Valerie’ is where he got his start. The excellent Amy Winehouse version made her famous, but I’m digging the earlier Zutons version, and particularly this live one from Glastonbury. Don’t they look like they are having fun, those Brits? Bucket list: Go to Glastonbury before I am too old to wave a flag.
  7. Mickey Newbury “Why You Been Gone So Long” – this song was a direct influence on Kris Kristofferson and led him to write Me And Bobby McGee. And thus concludes the geeky music trivia portion of this playlist.
  8. Sunday Valley – Never Go To Town Again” – as I celebrate Sturgill Simpson’s victorious signing with Altlantic Records (he’s in some good company), let’s take a visit to his first band, Sunday Valley. I think he may have just invented heavy metal country. Brilliant.
  9. JJ Shiplett “Darling Let’s Go Out Tonight” – If Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen grew up in Calgary…..this is what they would sound like.
  10. The Velvet Undergound “Foggy Notion” – Speaking of Atlantic Records, the Velvets were there once. This is a demo off of their debut record. Gawd could these guys swagger. A million light years ahead of their time. The Velvet were underrated, then overrated, and now forgotten or taken for granted. If you are into the Strokes or anything to do with being NYKool, for the love of Lou Reed, please go check out their discography!!!
  11. Robert Plant “Rainbow” – I like living in a world with the possibility of epic battles between dwarves, elves and orcs. And l like living in a world where Robert Plant still croons like a Tolkien mystic about things that we only dream to see. I think he is probably walking along a misty mountain countryside right now, singing to himself, and that gives me comfort.
  12. The Tallest Man on Earth “Graceland”- the spiritual inspiration for Unsung is my favourite album of all time. The reimagining of its title track is different/good….on occasion it gives rise to goosebumps. Enjoy this January journey, and here’s hoping that you find the reason that you can’t explain.

Listen: The Return of Ryan Adams

30 Jul

So I am really digging this set by Ryan Adams and his new band…. great mix of the old classics, new gems, acoustic and electric. He’s funny and all of the old depression and arrogance are long gone. Bodes well for his upcoming tour and new album in the fall. Enjoy!

Listen to the set, recorded live at Newport here.

Long Live Keef

5 May

My new patio drinking song. Have a great Summer everybaaahdy.

Listen (!): The Lion’s Roar

26 Feb

Here are some songs that are currently rocking my world. May they rock yours too.

1. Billy Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones “Long Time Gone” – when the lead singer of Green Day and a modern day jazz interpreter get together to record an album’s worth of largely forgotten Everly Brothers covers, we should all be skeptical. But gol’ darny it works. Billy Joe has never sounded better suited to something so many worlds away from his Dookie days; I love to hear unlikely influences come to life in an obvious labour of love.

2. Temples “Move With The Season” – the latest new British band obsessed with the spring of 1967, sounding and acting like the last 50 years never happened. Their debut album is a mix of Kula Shaker (RIP), early Pink Floyd, opium blossoms and apple cider. Groovy baby.

3. Cold War Kids “Audience” – my brother keeps trying to get me in the CWK….but I can never seem to grab hold because I don’t know where to start. Until he sends me a Gateway song….this will just have to do.

4. The Pharcyde “Runnin” – this takes me back to the mid 90’s, hoopin’ and ballin’. There was always a great hip hop track blastin’ on the ghetto blasta, while we made it rain on the asphalt. Yeah, I was that small town suburbanite white teen who dreamed of a better life in the ‘hood – sue me. Who’s got next?

5. Bob Marley & The Wailers “Concrete Jungle” – picture yourself sitting in an English living room in 1973. Disco, ska, alternative and rap haven’t been invented yet. You’re probably wearing terrible bell bottoms. Then this strange reggae band from Jamaica makes their telly debut and you pop your proverbial British buttons. This is the sound that launched a thousand trips.

6. Al Green “Love and Happiness” – one good soul turn deserves another. I think our generation doesn’t really understand Al Green, because he never had a big hit. But he’s a legend, right up there with Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Marvin Gaye. Check out his greatest hits.

7. Paolo Nutini “Scream” – coming soon to an Unsung profile near you, the very intriguing and eccentric Paolo Nutini and his new single from forthcoming album ‘Caustic Love’. He seems to have abandoned his previous Van Morrison meets the aforementioned Otis brilliance for whatever this is. While there are moments of funky freshness, I’m not sold on that rap breakdown and his growing reliance on the ‘green stuff’. Stay tuned….

8. Bad Company “Bad Company” – you read that right. This band was so bad ass 70’s awesome that they named a song after themselves. Paul Rodgers is one of the all-time great rock singers and appears on so many of the classics you love and know. Because of their now universal sound, I dare you to pick a Bad Company song out of a lineup with Foreigner, Free and Black Crowes songs. You can’t do it, but that doesn’t mean all those bands aren’t awesome. Til the day they die.

9. Brody Dalle “Meet the Foetus – Oh The Joy” – I’ve had a soft spot for this punk vixen since her days with the Distillers, when she routinely scorched the earth with her captivating vocals. She’s the hardened edge natural evolution of Hole, if only Courtney Love had sobered up in time/done more debauchery (you decide).

10. First Aid Kit “Emmylou” – if you haven’t checked out our Unsung profile on this wholesome duo from Sweden, start there. Teenagers shouldn’t be this good!

11. Rose Cousins and Jordie Lane “LA Freeway” – it wouldn’t be an Unsung playlist without a cover song, and what a dandy from this Aussie dude and Canadian gal. He’s touring Canada this spring and if you are a friend of mine, you will be there with me at his Calgary stop in Inglewood. I will buy you a beer, promise.

12. Madison Violet “Come As You Are” – meeting our required CANCON for this playlist was a breeze thanks to this outfit from Toronto. I think when a certain one of my friends hears this, he’s going to have to add Madison Violet to the list of female folkies he stalks. Move over, Sarah Harmer.

13. Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac “Fare Thee Well” – I’ve previously been critical of Mumford and Sons and their well-worn shtick. However this is a genuine cracker  (a cover again – maybe they should just realize their manifest destiny already!) by lead singer Marcus from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack, which is plumb full of nice traditional folk ditties.

As we sign off for another Unsung Playlist, remember that love is happiness, and don’t forget to have a little swagger this spring. Rawrr.

“Yes Virginia, there is a good Christmas Playlist”

3 Dec

Image15The snow is falling and Christmas season has begun! A few years ago, a similarly obsessed audiophile friend and I wanted to create a Christmas album that could be enjoyed by the young and old, of both sexes. After some spirited debate about what to include and exclude, and the merits of one version of a classic over another, the resulting playlist was a true collaborative effort, which, in the humble opinion of thy narrator, came pretty close to the mark.  The burnt CD has been on high demand since its very limited release to family and friends many years ago…..but now in the spirit of the season i think its only fair our greater UnSung audience gets a chance to listen. Below is the original excerpt from the disc:

The Christmas season is here all over again. In the spirit of giving and receiving, chestnuts and holly, hot totties and misteltoe, and ice and snow, a miracle brighter than the star of Bethelhem shines radiantly upon you – the gift of music. Two giant music labels (founded by two wise men) have come together to release a collection of Christmas songs that will be sure to leave you feeling more festive than the jolly fat man himself. From Sexsmith to Sinatra, the Boss to the Bing, this playlist is the soundtrack to our Christmases past, present and future. It is truly our Christmas wish that you sit down with those nearest and dearest, pour yourself a ‘lil rum and nog, close your eyes, and soak in the musical good tidings of comfort and joy” 

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Happy holidays!

Listen to the playlist “>here.

 

August and Everything After

30 Aug

August is the dying days of summer – hold on to that feeling! This month’s playlist is all about memory, looking back, looking forward, and living life. Cliché, catchy, covers, new and old, wanting to be different, wanting to belong. So just do it!

  1. Grouplove  – “Itchin’ on Photograph”. Back during Xmas 2011, Unsung turned you onto this very special band via their breakthrough single, Tongue Tied….at the time they were “an entire house party in 3.5 min, including that little hint of melancholy as the room clears and people go home.“ Their second single is an edgier affair that showcases lead singer Christian Zucconi’s range and gusto. I’m a sucker for a clapping and a good mid song kick-in and this one has ‘em in spades. Just don’t ask me what it means to be a itchin’ on a photograph or scratchin’ on a thermostat. Also check out their latest single “Ways to Go”.
  2. Arctic Monkeys – “I Wanna Know”. A swaggering sexy confessional stomp from Sheffield’s finest about that age old issue – The Drunk Dial. It’s been fun to watch these lads grow up and embrace their place amongst rock’s finest. Could their new album AM be their breakthrough in the US? Stay tuned for an Unsung breakdown next week.
  3. Alkisti Protopsalti  – “How You Remind Me” (Greek Version) . 1o days ago, I heard this on a bus from Athens to Alonissos and it took me a second to place it. Greeks have this very weird affection for some things Canadian. I always find it interesting what songs translate to other parts of our globe, and Nickelback’s first (and undisputedly, their best) hit certainly has a universal appeal. But something about the Greek language provokes passion and anthem; maybe it’s the economy, the Balkan powder keg, or all that sweet sun. Chad Kroeger, remember when you weren’t Avril’s sk8r boi?
  4. Lorde – “Rulers”. Hype surrounds this New Zealand teen, groomed by the star maker machinery  since the age of 13 to be the next big thing. Enjoy her before the tweensters do, along with her novel take on the rap-pop game.
  5. Grimes – “Genesis”. If you are listening to this playlist on your headphones without watching the videos, do yourself a favour and switch over and get little visual pleasure. Grimes is from Vancouver and the hipsters have known about her for ages; she is their dancing synth-messiah. But the straight-up weirdness of this video, a fun romp with swords through California, belittles the tender soul and hypnotic rhythm of this track. For something brilliantly different, check out her major label debut, Visions.
  6. Janelle Monae  – “Primetime”. A solid R&B banger that recalls vintage Toni Braxton and Whitney.  If you’ve never heard of Monae, watch this first and be prepared to be electrified. Her ambitious major debut was a concept album about her turning into a robot in the future. Yeah. Who knows what her new album, out in September, will concoct?
  7.  David Gray – “Money (That’s What I Want)”. The annuls of time will record that the White Ladder album was one of the millenium’s classics, a rudimentary melding of machine beats and tender folk, since evolved and aped over and over again. If you’re like me, you’ve lost track of David Gray, the bobble-headed voice overshadowed by the eclipsing power of a colossal debut. But this cover has to be one of the all-time greats, far better than the Beatles’ version, because it interprets Chuck Berry in a different light and adds a whole lot of soul. Enjoy.
  8. T- Rex- “Buick McKane”. How awesome would this song sound live in concert, drinking, doing drugs, stealing money, having sex, or just walking down the street? Rock and fucking roll. What every Oasis song aspires to be.
  9. Beady Eye – “In The Bubble With A Bullet”. Speaking of Oasis, unless you are an Oasis freak like me, you may not know that they broke up for good after one final back stage dust up involving insults about wives and busted guitars. In the fallout, brother Noel went onto a successful solo career, and brother Liam took the rest of the band and formed the oddly named Beady Eye. The rest is history. Beady Eye are mostly middle of the road and middling Brit-pop, struggling to remain relevant, still trading on the legacy of their forbearers. But this song, hidden and obscured as a UK only b-side, is an absolute gem (like most Oasis b-sides used to be), a folked-out romp that would have been at home on Rod Stewart’s classic ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’. Gawd, I miss Oasis.
  10. Kings of Leon – “Wait For Me”. Yeah, I know, you’re probably sick of Kings of Leon and are ready to lump them into the Nickelback / Bon Jovi bucket of overplayed and obvious ever since “Use Somebody” and “Sex On Fire”. But don’t, as Unsung will argue next week. This is gonna be their next single, and their next album is gonna be massive. If you haven’t pledged and pleaded to a loved one to be straight and honest and true, to be open and intimate, no more messing around, no more pain in the rain, next time, this time –  just like the messed-up self-professed drinker Caleb promises on this Downbound Train, you probably aren’t living life. Isn’t that all we can ask from a song? Til next time. Winter is coming, get ready.

Rainy Day Monday

3 Jun

There are those times when fortunes and weather patterns collide to give you a rainy Monday, literally and figuratively. And that day is today. So here are some of my favorite rainy day songs that are admittedly mellow, and probably borderline sad. Are there shameless mentions of rain in the titles, and do tears feature prominently in the lyrics? You bet. Will you probably feel like curling up on the couch with a herbal tea? Most likely. Enjoy.

  1. Beth Orton “Couldn’t Cause Me No Harm”: an old 90’s gem that sets the stage for us nicely. Always reminds me of how Beth Orton dated Ryan Adams, dumped him, and inspired his fantastically underrated ‘Love is Hell’ album, my favorite depressing album of all time. You go, Beth, you heartbreaker you.
  2. Cat Power “Lived in Bars”: Cat Power has a reputation of being an uneven performer (see: Sled Island, 2007), but this smoky classic is reason enough to believe that some singers are best in the studio.
  3. Gordon Lightfoot “Early Morning Rain”: one of my all-time favorite songs, period. It will always remind me of listening to it while hiking the highlands on the Isle of Skye before heading to the Talisker distillery for a wee bit of scotch. God, I sound like Peterman.
  4. Bob Dylan “Shelter From The Storm”: another classic from Mr. Zimmerman from the essential Blood on the Tracks, a perfect mixture of metaphor and mercy.
  5. The Beatles “Misery”: The original Fab Four can’t help but be upbeat, even when misery is the topic of the tune.  Must be all that rain in Liverpool.
  6. Bruce Springsteen “Downbound Train”: the Beatles rock us nicely into a deep track from the immortal Born in the USA. It includes my favorite Boss lyric of all time: “I work down at the carwash, where all it ever does is rain”. Tragically comic.
  7. Coldplay “Postcards from Far Away”: there is probably a whole album of worthy Coldplay rainy day songs, but I chose a little known piano medley from the Prospekt’s March EP. A lovely little piece of music; you can practically hear the rain hitting the eaves trough.
  8. Frightened Rabbit “Good Arms vs. Bad Arms”: a sad little ditty that builds to a rousing clatter. The rabbit isn’t frightened anymore.
  9. Eddie Vedder “Without You”: is there anything better than Eddie Vedder live? I can’t think of many things. From the absolutely brilliant Ukulele Songs album, something so pure in devotion, love, and sadness that I still can’t bring myself to listen to it in its entirety years after a bad breakup.
  10. Crowded House “World Where You Live”: I’m beginning to realize that this playlist is getting depressing. What comes first, the rain, or the tears? No matter, the troubadours from Down Under are masters at intertwining melancholy with anthemic choruses, leaving you somehow soothed.
  11. Sarah Harmer “Uniform Grey”: one of Canada’s cherished darlings. Don’t know if the flute in this live version helps or hinders the cause.
  12. Travis “Driftwood”: The Man Who is one of the all-time great rainy day albums. Betcha you’re surprised I didn’t pick ‘Why Does It Always Rain on Me?’ C’mon, give me some credit.
  13. Blue Rodeo “Rain Down on Me”: …erm, okay, you got me.
  14. Doves “Cedar Room”: the blindingly epic finish to our Rainy Day Monday. The Doves are an absolutely killer band; if you like what you hear, there is so much more on the horizon. May tomorrow bring sunshine!

Sprung Fever

12 Apr

Spring is approaching. Can you feel it in your lungs and in the air? That wonderful two weeks (in Canada at least) where the promise of summer has never been closer. This playlist will get your ass off the couch and ready for sunny days of barbeques, brews, young love, new kisses, patios, road trips, lake swimming, and nostalgia for all that has come and gone and will come again. Go on, get sprung!

  1. The Matinee “Young and Lazy”: A promising new band hailing from Quebec channeling more than a little American Girls era Tom Petty here. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The rest of their album attempts early Ryan Adams meets Bon Jovi, but unfortunately not as good as that arranged marriage of Americana sounds. Just stick to thinking about days when you were young and lazy and the world was easy.
  2. The Eagles “Already Gone”: I just watched two documentaries on the Eagles, which might have been one too many. I discovered that Glenn Frey might be one of the most arrogant men in rock; someone asked him why the Eagles have stood the test of time, and his answer involved a deadpan and lengthy listing of his greatest hits catalogue. Pompous. Still, the Eagles from ‘72-76 were untouchable, and this hit the road FU anthem is a perfect example. Long live the Eagles and take it easy.
  3. Royal Wood “Not Giving Up”:  Canada’s latest adult alternative star. Why does that sound derisive? It shouldn’t….the man known as Royal Wood has a grown up sound that is just starting to catch on, like a mature Electric Light Orchestra with catchy piano bits and heartfelt song writing. Check out “On Top of Your Love” as well.
  4. Fitz and the Tantrums “Out of My League” This band deserves your love for their name itself. Their new album is out now and promises to be another great mix of ‘60s retro soul twisting, funkified for modern times. May you find love this summer that feels out of your league and more than a dream.
  5. Tame Impala “Not Meant to Be” – if you’ve never heard Tame Impala, Unsung has got you covered. Throw on either of their albums and just let a lazy afternoon drift by. I hear so much Lennon in the vocals that it’s eerie.
  6. The Strokes “Chances” – I’m still trying to comprehend the Strokes new album. It’s a bizarro mix of Thriller-esque beats, falsetto, and enough 80’s synthesizer to make Ah Ha blush. But it’s good, and different good, and they can’t keep making ‘Is This It’ over and over again, as much as the 7 remaining Strokes fans would like. As long as they keep taking Chances, we should be alright. See what I did there? Thanks, I’m here all night, try the fish.
  7. Thin Lizzy “Cowboy” – Everyone knows the Boys are Back in Town and Jailbreak, two other classics for good weather days. But this little known gem is perfect for a road trip up the country. It’s a mystery why a quintessential Britrock band can sing a song about the wild west in 70’s rock fashion and still make that sound convincing and damn near endearing….when lead singer Phil Lynot wails “lonesome on the trail….LORD I’m just thinking about a certain female!” you really wonder what the story is. Does anyone know why they pronounce Thin Lizzy as ‘Tin’ Lizzy? Beats me.
  8. Father John Misty “Well You Can Do It Without Me” The one time drummer of Fleet Foxes is a talent all his own. He reminds me a lot of the Wolf King of LA, who deserves an Unsung all his own…don’t worry, its coming. But back to the Father. This is a tune that could have been recorded in 1970, and it just has that natural ramshackle quality of effortless songwriting. The rest of his latest album ‘Fear Fun’ is well worth checking out, as is his highly amusing website.
  9. Stereophonics “Indian Summer” They’ve done it again…..changing tastes and times and the death of a drummer (someone I interviewed once, lovely bloke) still  don’t seem to stop lead singer/songwriter Kelly Jones from seizing the moment and crafting brilliant pop rock songs. And this second single off their new album is the perfect anticipatory post summer anthem….are we getting ahead of ourselves?
  10. Steely Dan “Dirty Work” – we close the set with a forgotten classic about the pitfalls of booty calls and home-wrecking. May that be a word of warning as you embark on your summer of love.  Enjoy the beer and hamburger at the bbq, but as Paul Newman says, don’t forget that you have steak at home.

Guilty Pleazzzurs

2 Mar

Ok, stay with me here, this is a turn down a dirrrty alley where the highs are high and the hangover is sugar induced. No self-respecting rocker can like, nay dance uncontrollably, to these songs, but things happen in da club or when you are alone in your car and only the people on the freeway can smirk at your lip synching. Hypothetically speaking of course. Guilty Pleazzzurs….do I mean pleasure or pleasers? You decide.

  1. Icona Pop “I Love It” – this is what pop should be. Driving, yelling, and primarily Scandinavian. I love girls singing about crashing cars and screaming “I’m a 90’s bitch” even though they were probably 3 years old in the 90s.
  2. Will I Am “Scream and Shout” – is there anything better than a faux East German accent? Almost makes up for a pleasantly plump Britney and my hatred for Will I Am. I refuse to acknowledge him as will.i.am, despite my begrudging respect for his shameless ability to exploit terrible pop songs to obtain great personal wealth. I hope all the money is going to help East German children whose parents didn’t make it as East German voice actors.
  3. Sisco “Thong Song” – I now shall make an academic argument that this song is ground zero for every popsong bottle that has blown up and fizzed out in the New Millenium: catchy, provocative, sexy, funny, and honest, what every pop songs strives to be. And this is what guys talk about. At least sometimes. Dumps like a truck indeed. The classicist violin and overwrought soul singing slays me every time.
  4. Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis “Thrift Shop” – already 4 months old and likely to soon be relegated to the land of forgotten and used up, like any club dancer past 30 and every pop song in the history of pop songs. That’s why I like rock, it’s timeless. Anyways, I digress – this video is fanatastic and Mackelmore gets extra props for bringing in a Nate Dogg esque singer for the chorus (sorely missed in hip hop), paying homage to the Wire (“Sheeeeit!”),  and making fun of anyone who buys a $50 t-shirt. It had to be said.
  5. Kelly Clarkson “Since You Been Gone” this is probably my favorite pop song of all time. The guitar riff, the voice, the kick-in, all brilliant. But I wish whoever wrote it would have let The Strokes or The Yeah Yeah Yeahs sing it first before selling their soul to a record label so that Kelly Clarkson could become a pop queen.
  6. Lady Gaga “Alejandro” – may this song be in your head all day. Abba on Steriods. Gawd, the shamPain is hitting me now.
  7. Two Bears “Warm and Easy” mmm yeah. Leave your war time ambitions at the door. At least that’s what I think he said, I’m really drunk right now and someone just touched my bum.
  8. Britney Spears “Toxic” – More Britney, bitch. What did you think this playlist was about?? A high point in her oeuvre if you ask me, whoever wrote it and played the computer instruments did a good job. Yes, that’s snarkasm. She really should have been a Bond villain instead of an x-factor judge.
  9. Beck “Milk and Honey” what is that? A guitar riff? Sounds….foreign. The break down starting at 1:49 is one of my favorite moments in music. God bless Beck and his Midnite Vultures, criminally underrated. Probably deserves an Unsung. Don’t worry, I’m on it.
  10. Fallon, Crosby, and Nash  “Party in the USA” – feeeeufph, we almost got lost in that pop purgatory. Time to bring it back to the classics and this perfect cover of Miley Cyrus or Alaska Nebraska or whatever she is. Just goes to show you that a perfect pop song can become golden and timeless in the right hands. Long live pop.