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  • Best songs of 2010 so far

       June 29, 2010

    It's almost time for me to flip my Island-A-Day calendar, and so, predictably, it's also time for a "best music of the year so far" list. Here are NPR's listener picks. Here's my personal top 11 (old school Big Ten style!).

    11. Little Lion Man, by Mumford & Sons: In the true tradition of a bonus track, here's one extra song from the incomparable Mumford & Sons record. I will be absolutely shocked if something I like better comes out this year.

    10. When You Walk In The Room, by Fyfe Dangerfield: Just a fun, upbeat, happy song. It's a nice change of pace from the rest of my female-driven list here.

    9. The Gaudy Side of Town, by Gayngs: I like this dreamy song from the Minnesconsin supergroup. It works more as something to get lost into rather than to just listen to, if that makes sense.

    8. When I'm Small, by Phantogram: I love this song's deep, driving rhythm.

    7. Working This Job, by Drive-By Truckers: The Drive-By Truckers are everything the more highly regarded The Hold Steady want to be, with the added bonus that Drive-By Truckers can actually write songs with melodies.

    6. Answer In One Of These Bottles, by Caitlin Rose: It's a country song about drinking, but from the female perspective!

    5. Crash Years, by The New Pornographers: I like most of The New Pornographers' songs, but had to pick this one since it features the wonderful Neko Case the most.

    4. Tightrope, by Janelle Monae: This isn't normally my type of music, but I absolutely love this song, especially the way she says the word "scene".

    3. Dixon's Girl, by Dessa: Another cool, kinda old school song. I always get the "It's not much, but my money's on you" part stuck in my head.

    2. Sara Smile, by The Bird & The Bee: A lovely song from The Bird & The Bee's Hall & Oates cover record. I never liked Hall & Oates (Oates bugged me for some reason), but I love every song on this record. I guess I need a more open mind.

    1. The Cave, by Mumford & Sons: Finally, it's the perfect song. Seriously. It's just completely perfect.

    Posted by kris at June 29, 2010 12:47 PM

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    #  June 29th, 2010 4:15 PM      james
    not only have i never heard of those songs, but i've never heard of any of those artists.
    #  June 29th, 2010 4:22 PM      kris
    You haven't heard of Hall & Oates??

    Okay, hmmm...for you I would say listen to Mumford & Sons, Caitlin Rose & The Bird & The Bee.  
    #  June 29th, 2010 7:52 PM      cherlynda
    i love Hall and Oates....always have..simple romantic songs  
    #  June 29th, 2010 9:49 PM      kris
    cherlynda - you should listen to that Bird & The Bee song and let me know if you like it  
    #  June 30th, 2010 12:43 PM      kris
    And the after you all listen to those songs you should listen to Laundry Room by the Avett Brothers, even though it's from 2009.

    At the end when they're singing "I am a breathing time machine" I like to sing it as "I am a breathing TYME machine", because that would be awesome :)  
    #  June 30th, 2010 11:32 PM      drew
    I'm out on Hold Steady and Drive-By... based on what I know of your tastes, check out The Tallest Man on Earth (Burden of Tomorrow and Troubles Will Be Gone), Dr. Dog (Shadow People and Mirror Mirror), Matt Pond PA (Specks and Sparrows), and Delta Spirit (Bushwick Blues, Devil Knows You're Dead and Ballad of Vitaly)... I think you'll like them. Also, Old 97s have a new CD coming this Fall.  
    #  July 1st, 2010 8:10 AM      kris
    Thanks for the tips. I know I like Delta Spirit, but I will check out the rest!  
    #  July 3rd, 2010 7:30 AM      KVBigSis
    You were right - I DID like Tightrope! It's a fun song and video until those dementors show up.

    Any way you could find me those shoes?  
    #  July 3rd, 2010 7:42 AM      kris
    Her record is being compared to a young Stevie Wonder, so you might want to check more of it out sometime.

    Aren't the shoes just standard saddle shoes?  



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