McLemon’s Best Songs of 2010

So it went like this via twitter DM…

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!

 

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Happy Birthday, McLovin!

McLovin – I’m not gonna lie. We miss you. So consider this the Happy Birthday/Wish You Were Here playlist of 2010.

Happy Birthday, McLovin!
Wish You Were Here

 

1. Del Shannon – My Little Runaway
Remember when we put together a playlist of songs to give to Michael Castro in case he made it on Idol and needed theme suggestions? “Runaway” was your awesome contribution for the 1960s? Who knew I’d be singing this song about you by summer? We’re missing you, McLovin.

2. Jason Castro – Clumsy
Remember when we put together a website for Jason Castro because YOU heard something special in his pre-Idol recordings? (Am I hitting below the belt? Tough, we all miss you.)

3. Amos Lee – Listen
One of your pretend boyfriends and one of the many artists I wouldn’t have ever heard of if not for you. Thanks for being my musical better half.

4. Matt Hires!! – Out of the Dark
One of my pretend boyfriends and one of the many artists we discovered along this Jason journey. Thanks for not getting too jealous of my cupidity.

5. Vancouver – Jeff Buckley
Beyond the moment that ends our bondage.
I am your failed husband contender,
I’m your loan shark of bliss.

Wait…. let’s not get carried away. I just needed a V song to spell out your name. And Jeff will always, for the rest of my life, make me think of you. I know that tomorrow will be a tough day for you. Thank you for keeping Jeff’s memory alive.

6. Kings Of Leon – I Want You
Heterosexual life partner, there’s nobody else on earth who I could seduce with lyrics from Jesus Christ Superstar. You’re a friend who tosses out a pretend boyfriend without a second thought when her chick’s dicked over by a prick. You always know one Followill from another. You speak hard truths, but soft words to friends. You swear as zealously as me, but with far more art. You could make a pro blush. You could make me laugh if you were only allowed to utter 2 words. Especially if 1 of the words was “squealhole”. I hope you have a hell of a birthday, with copious amounts of rum… and that you stagger in here at some point and say inappropriate things in totally wrong threads. I love you, girl. Everybody here wants you.

7. Black Keys – Never Gonna Give You Up
What? You were expecting Rick Astley? Yeah, you know me too well.

The McLovin Non-Shuffle

As February is Black History Month, today’s Non-shuffle is a celebration of the contribution of Black artists to the landscape of American Music, which would be little more than a vast prairie of nothingness if not for their work and influence. This playlist could have easily been a couple hundred songs long, but I forced myself to limit it to 10 — and then cracked under the pressure of choosing the last song. So nine it is. I also decided to spare you from my lame-assed commentary (for today, anyway. Heh.) and instead added some links to the official sites or other information about each of the artists. Enjoy!

Little Willie John – Fever
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

Jimi Hendrix – Fire
Jimi Hendrix Official Site

Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand the Rain
Ann Peebles’ Musicians Guide entry

Nina Simone/Christine & Katherine Shipp – See Line Woman
Library of Congress Field Recordings
Nina Simone’s Official Site

Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Sly Stone Music

Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
Howlin’ Wolf’s entry on Sliding Delta

The Shirelles – Baby It’s You
The Shirelles’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame page

Bo Diddley – My Babe
Bo Diddley’s Official Site

Muddy Waters – You Need Love
Muddy Waters Official Site

You wouldn’t have to search very far to find overwhelming evidence of most of these people not getting the money they deserved for their work. Don’t add insult to injury — if you want it, buy it.

The McLovin Non-Shuffle

It’s still Tuesday somewhere, isn’t it? No?

I’m calling this one The Children’s Hour: Five Songs I’m playing Because I Wanted To.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Aeroplane [Explicit]
Don’t let that [Explicit] tag give you pause to stop and worry about the kiddies; I have it on good authority* that Anthony Kiedis used the international “Earmuffs!” signal immediately before each and every F-bomb.

*made up fact

Cat Power – Good Woman
Sometimes it’s the simplest songs that say the most.

Karen O and The Kids – All is Love
Grammy-nominated for Best Song from a Motion Picture (Where the Wild Things Are), this one slid into the fifth nom spot after Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb” was withdrawn from contention when someone realized it wasn’t originally written for the Hannah Montana movie. To which I say, “A Miley Cyrus song made it in over a Karen O song in the first place? Are you fucking kidding me?”

Yeasayer – 2080
I wonder if this is one of the Yeasayer songs that Cantiello thought was too hippy-dippy for his taste. I also wonder if – somewhere out there – there’s a polar opposite of this band named Boosayer.

Dean Man’s Bone’s – My Body’s a Zombie for You
Ryan Gosling a) is talented b) is fearless c) used his talent to scare the shit out of me in “The Believer” or d) all of the above. The correct answer, of course, is e) Why could I not have been Rachel McAdams during filming of “The Notebook”?

Dead Man’s Bones is a project Ryan did with his friend, Zach Shields, and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children’s Choir for what was going to be a staged musical but ended up as a collection of songs instead (all of which can be heard in their entirety here. Sort them by “Newest” to get them in the order in which they were intended to be heard.) They put some crazy parameters on themselves for the project; from allmusic.com:

They played instruments they’d never touched before making the album, and brought in the Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children’s Choir to add young voices to their virtually untrained ones. They also set rules for themselves while recording: no electric guitars or click tracks were allowed, and they could only do three takes for any given part.

See? Fearless. Which doesn’t mean that E isn’t still the correct answer.

Bonus video of Ryan and Zach with the Children’s Choir:

Scared of zombies? Then don’t illegally download music or the zombies will eat your brains. And while it’s true that Jesus made zombies, that doesn’t mean that He won’t let them have a brain munch on your skull if you’re not careful. Consider yourself warned.

McLemon’s Best Songs of 2009

It’s that time of year when it seems like every asshole with a blog comes up with a “Best of” list for something or other — books, movies, music. So we were thinking:

a) Hey – *we’re* assholes with a blog!
b) make that “assholes with a *music* blog”
therefore c) we’re just as qualified as anyone else to post our own “Best Songs of 2009” list.

And they’re after the jump — in no particular order.

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