After writing for TWJ for about a year now, I have mutated into a spider of the Interwebs. I creep across my familiar threads and pluck tasty morsels from the regular traps with ease. Now that I seem to be officially a blogger (*gasp*), I have become more of a “Song” fiend, who sees and hears and then, licking his fingers, selects the shiny bits that appeal. It’s dangerous. It feels like I’m beginning to lose sense of what an album really is. Which is to say: an expression of an artist’s state of emotion and thought within a period of time, translated and transferred through a series of songs. So, because of this, I have retreated. For my “Favorite Songs of 2010,” I only selected those shiny bits from albums I was dear to, and they very dear to me. In the end, music is a very personal affair, and should never be dictated by the lists of the musically subterranean. In making this, I only hope to continue what we at TWJ have always wanted…to share and give.
Best Songs of 2010
50. Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar”
49. Lissie – “Everywhere I Go”
This track was initially released on Lissie’s 2009 Why You Runnin’ EP, with a more cavern like setting and a lonesome air. I tend prefer it to the new version released with her 2010 LP Debut: Catching A Tiger. Yet the sentiments lifted by her smoke-graveled voice quake even the sturdiest of boots, and the final rush of emotion released in the last third of the song make it blissful. Lissie becomes the angel she sings about.
48. Twin Sister – “All Around and Away We Go”
47. Shearwater – “Castaways”
Yes pounding drums. Yes fruitful piano. But mostly Jonathan Meiburg, and his voice.
46. Phantogram – “As Far As I Can See”
45. Django Django – “WOR” (!!!!!!!!)
44. Basia Bulat – “The Shore”
Chosen use of a Hammer Dulcimer and lyrics that long for a hand to take/lead them make Bulat’s quiver penetrate all the more.
43. The Besnard Lakes – “Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent”
42. Wild Nothing – “Summer Holiday”
41. The Octopus Project – “Circling”
I picture a stranger to our planet visiting a carnival, then returning to its planet and finding nothing that can compare. It’s the flashing, whirling lights of the Tilt-A-Whirl you hear.
40. Tindersticks – “Black Smoke”
39. Laura Veirs – “Make Something Good”
38. Lucky Soul – “White Russian Doll”
37. Wild Beasts – “Devil’s Crayon” (Acoustic)
This track was released as part of the vinyl single for “We Still Got The Taste Dancin’ on Our Tongues.” Hayden Thorpe’s countertenor and Chris Talbot’s oozing croon still make the best complimentary pair, ever.
36. Fierce Creatures – “Satan Is A Vampire”
Thanks again to this LA band for sending us their music. This, from their I Mostri Feroci, hit me the hardest with guitar sidestreets and vocal avenues through hills and battlefields.
35. Summer Camp – “Round The Moon”
34. Cloud Control – “Gold Canary”
33. Muchuu – “Dancing With A Ghost”
Quite possibly the saddest song on their Adventure We Go record, it’s still full of reminiscent sun and subaqueous piano. It really does sound like 4-stepping with a ghost.
32. The Kissaway Trail – “Beat Your Heartbeat”
31. Oh No Ono- “Icicles”
30. Young Man – “Five”
29. Theophilus London – “Humdrum Town”
Intermixed with lyrics about loss and resilient love, London etches the beat of “Humdrum Town” into clouds, on his flight out. If you can find a genre to fit this in, it would be music’s greatest hope.
28. Fang Island – “Sideswiper”
27. Muchuu – “Dudley” (Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover)
The UK Brother/Sister make the most wonderful cover of “Dudley”, fleshing the words out and dwelling under them. I will dare say it’s better than the original, the way Muchuu seems to revere the song, and “take it over, make it mine.”
26. The Radio Dept. – “Heaven’s On Fire”
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