What're your top ten songs of the year up to this point? This'll be the the place for lists, and when the year is done, we'll revisit and see.
1.Deerhunter-Nothing Ever Happened (It starts out like a really good Deerhunter song. About 2 minutes in, they switch to that mid section that lifts it into my favorite instrumental section from an album in ages. It's krauty, it's psychedelic, but it also becomes something more. They make a sound that is just Deerhunter, and they also make the best song of the year.)
2.Grizzly Bear-While You Wait for the Others (This isn't even officially out, but I haven't been able to stop listening since March when they played it on KCRW and then at the Disney Concert Hall. It's, quite simply, the best song Grizzly Bear's yet written. Dan's vocals are gorgeous, they've got those harmonies that they always bust out, but the melody line and song structure are more assertive than before. It's a beast, and this'll be the album of next year.)
3.High Places-From Stardust to Sentience (The first time I heard this was at a show in Chicago. The whole crowd was completely quiet and exploded in applause at the end. High Places are usually fun. Here, they're transcendent. It's a vaguely sad, old sounding track, perfect for late nights and quiet times.)
4.The Mae Shi-Party Politics (I've had more fun with this album than anything else on the list, and this song always gets me the most pumped. It's got that 90s punk song feel, so I get the nostalgia, and it always gets the crowd moving like crazy.)
5.Dodos-Jodi (After seeing them open for Akron/Family, I had to find out what the one song that sounded like a mix between Led Zeppelin 3 and an upbeat Elliott Smith. This was it. Everything on the album is great, but this one stands out the most for me.)
6.No Age-Ripped Knees (They jack the riff from Where Were You by the Mekons for the opening, and then they blow the door off. I think this is the most energetic song off Nouns, and it fits so well.)
7.Vivian Girls-Tell the World (I keep thinking of this as the Velvet Underground song on this album. They don't hide the fact that they love old rock music, and this sounds like a great mix between MBV fuzz, girl group harmonies and early VU darkness.)
8.Department of Eagles-Nobody Does it Like You (Dan Rossen can do no wrong. This could be a Grizzly Bear song, but it's more personal, less lush, and just as good.)
9.TV on the Radio-Dancing Choose (The start of the song is good. Really good, in fact. I like the fast vocals into the chorus that's catchy. What seals it for me is the end. The vocals cut out and the horns kick up, and I'm in love.)
10.Marnie Stern-The Crippled Jazzer (Lightning Bolt has a song called Riffwraith; I think Marnie might be one. This song rocks, and that's why I like it. Simple.)
And that's in order. I'll maybe go thru and say why in a little bit.