Lemon: Hey – you have time and inclination to do a best of 2010 list for Copia blog?
Lemon: With me, I mean.
Lemon: And you can have “Fuck You” because for me that song was ruined when I saw Gwyneth Paltrow sing the radio edit on Glee.
McLovin: don’t want “Fuck You”. The radio edit alone ruined it for me. And yes – I’d love to! *off to choose songs!*
And with that we present: our best of 2010 collection… or something close since neither of us wanted to overthink this thing, which explains why it’s so long. Enjoy!
Mar30mar posted in our Shuffle thread that she wanted a new playlist. And I’m powerless to resist a powerlist. So here you go….
Mar asked me for a playlist
1. Secret Sisters – Tennessee Me
I’m a sucker for beautiful voices and harmony. I literally just bought this so I just picked the song I found the most easily accessible on first listen. My daughter keeps saying “I hate country music” at my CDs lately. I haven’t realized how much I’ve been veering genre-ly generally.
2. Benjy Davis Project – Mississippi
OK so I’d be a liar if I said this song doesn’t sound exactly like John Mayer’s Who Says, but it’s better. Mainly because it’s not John Mayer. This will be the first of several Matt Hires mentions, sorry, can’t be helped. Matt opened for Benjy last summer and they slipped onto my radar. I still didn’t pick this up til it was a free download and I’m glad I did get it because it’s a nice collection of music. It doesn’t all sound like John Mayer. Some of it sounds like Jason Mraz.
3. Habib Koité and Bamada – Din Din Wo (Little Child)
I really have no idea why I own this. I suspect it was a free download. But I think it’s pretty cool. It kind of screams “World Music”. Turns out Koité is a Malian singer known for playing his guitar on the pentatonic scale, and further research led me to discover that this song was included in Windows Vista. What? Well, whatever gets your music heard dude. You still apparently gave it away for free on Amazon. Score 1 Lemon! Woot!
4. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Come In Please
Don’t be fooled by this innocent track. This is one bizarre CD. Unapologetically too. It’s just a crazy mess of crazy ass music. For my playlist, I chose something appealing for mass listeners, or so I hope. The single off this CD is called Home and I’ve heard it a bunch on the radio. It’s totally radio unfriendly. It begs the question – what in the hell does it take to get radio play? (I’m thankful for music like this breaking the monotony… Just makes me wonder how they do it.)
5. Sufjan Stevens – Enchanting Ghost
Speaking of defying radio-friendly. This EP is an hour long. 2 of the songs alone make up 30 minutes. Once again, I’m just fooling you with this attractive song. If you’re not sure if you love Sufjan, you might want to buy a song at a time. Or if you think that 99 cents for a 17 minute song is a bargain, then plunge forth!
6. Brandon Flowers – Magdalena
I bought this CD because Matt Hires was literally a-twitter about it. I like the Killers so it wasn’t a tough sell, but you never know. Did you know Mayi is going to see Brandon Flowers? She has tickets. Lucky.
7. Ray LaMontagne – This Love is Over
Yeah so if you don’t have this CD, you’re just cheating yourself. Absolutely stupefying work of art.
8. Beck – Ramona
You might have seen this coming. Did you know that Scott Pilgrim is just Beck? Well yeah. But even I would tell you to avoid that movie soundtrack like the plague. This was the one salvageable track I could find from that mess.
9. Arcade Fire – Deep Blue
This is me buying what everyone else is buying and not caring. This is a hell of a great CD and I really wasn’t sure what to include on this list. I admit too that I bought this mid-August so I don’t know if it counts as “new” so much as “recent” and I don’t care. The song from this CD I hear most on the radio, btw, is Ready to Start which is cacaophonous and nuts.
10. Brer – Alight On My Limb
And this is worse, time-wise. This goes back to July for me, and back to 2008 for Matt Hires. This is from that CD that we scored when I found a picture of the artwork for this release from Matt’s old band and then begged Matt to let us buy a copy off him. Of all the tracks that haven’t been reworked for the new CD, I found this one the most promising. I do think that the use of the word “limb” is asking for me to make some untoward remarks. But I’ll refrain…. You have to admit, this is about the most endearing thing you’ve ever heard. Right? Or am I just guzzling my own kool-aid? Mmmmm. Kool-aid.
This playlist is destined to be a flop… The goal was to do a “reverse cover songs” list where I tried to find the originals of songs which have been eclipsed by cover versions.
This is not altogether easy because where I think the original has been long forgotten, someone is bound to say “*I* remember the orginal perfectly well” or “I’ve never even *heard* the cover of that” or worse “I’ve never heard *any* version of that song.” So I gauged this the old fashioned way – prostitution general observation. In my opinion, some of the originals are better. Sometimes they are worse. Sometimes they are remarkably the same.
Forgive me for what I’m about to do…. (after the jump)
As is my wont, I asked for theme suggestions for the Tuesday playlist to help me narrow things down a bit. mar30mar came through with a bunch of great ideas. Two themes resonated with me: songs by girls with guitars and favorite cover songs. I liked both of these and wanted to narrow it down as much as possible so I decided to go with girls with guitars covering songs originated by boys with guitars. Maybe we’ll do the reverse next week…
Here are some rules I imposed on myself to narrow this further:
* The original song has to be well known. Not an obscure Beck song.
* The cover song cannot be more famous than the original. Like Bobby McGee.
* The cover song has to be listenable. Sorry Camille Velasco.
* Nothing too obvious. So I removed Joan Jett’s Crimson and Clover.
* And the girls have to play guitars and/or (thanks to the panel) piano.
The theme was still limitless. I apologize for this being so long and I apologize to the women who didn’t make the cut. It’s all after the jump.
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