Lots of good tracks this year, so if I was to make an imaginary two disc compilation of my favorite tracks of the year and give it to people to download and burn on to cd’s here is what would be on it!
I have written a blurb on each track.
01 – Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Caribou put out one of the best records of the year, this is one of the best tracks off of it.
02 – FKA twigs – Two Weeks
May have usurped Grizzly Bear for my favorite track called “Two weeks”. No one ever writes a song called “Three weeks” for some reason and obviously, Barenaked Ladies own “One Week”
03 – Bad Bad Not Good – Can’t Leave The Night
Toronto trio’s third album featured this amazing instrumental. BBNG’s best experienced live so just turn off the lights, turn this one really loud and then pour beer on your living room floor to mimic a live show atmosphere.
04 – Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
This is song sounds like Canadian Richard Hawley according to Vik
05 – Jessie Ware – You & I (Forever)
Jessie Ware put out probably the best pop album this year. You could of picked a bunch of songs off this album and it would fit nicely. Reminds me of the glory days of 90′s pop without the horrendous fashion of the time.
06 – La Roux – Sexotheque
Not sure why she named herself after a thickening agent, but La Roux’s second album was another one in a long line of extraordinary pop records released this year. I am disappointed she didn’t seem to catch on as much as she did when her debut rolled around a mere five (!) years ago.
07 – Belle And Sebastian – The Party Line
B&S released one song this year (AFAIK) and it was perhaps a glimpse into their new synthy danceable sound. I am excited. I bought tickets for their show while in Budapest. Not sure how much that cost my company in roaming fees but I’m sure it was worth it.
08 – St. Vincent – Digital Witness
St. Vincent is the current queen of indie pop. Her new album once again, redefines what the St. Vincent sound is and with choreographed shows featuring highly organized costumes, I feel like the St. Vincent experience is only going to getting started. This track is one of the tracks of the year.
09 – Calvin Harris – Pray To God (feat. HAIM)
somehow Calvin Harris went from singing “the girls” to becoming one of the biggest DJs and producers in the world. While his music is quickly veering towards “samey”, there is no doubt when he makes it hit, it is spectacular. Pray to God combines sounds like an 80′s power ballad on whatever drugs the kids are taking these days.
10 – Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
A great example of how people from different countries can get along. Norway’s Royksopp and sweden’s Robyn collaborated on a EP this year and as is all things Robyn it is quite a treat.
11 – Tennis – I’m Callin’
If some people in my company can provide as consistent an output as Tennis does every year, I would be so happy. Tennis music is summery, vibrant and makes you want to get on a boat.
12 – Jenny Lewis – Just One of the Guys
The Wizard turns 26 in 2015. The power glove is 26. Some people on this email thread are not even 26.
13 – Lykke Li – Never Gonna Love Again
Lykki Li put out a spectacularly sad and amazing record this year. This is just one of the many tracks off it. I wonder if Jian Gomeshi listens to this track.
14 – TOPS – Outside
This Montreal band released a stellar sophomore record this year and this tune is best imagined as a romantic montage in a 80′s era John Hughes era featuring Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Matthew Broderick and also a bunch of really stereotyped minor characters.
15 – La Sera – Summer of Love
I remember first time I saw La Sera at SXSW a few years ago, I was all excited because the girl from it used to be in Vivian girls. But then a few minutes later, I was like ‘who are Vivian girls?’
16 – Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Body Electric
I don’t know who she is, but Paul and Gary really like it. When Gary said he was going to see them at SXSW, I thought he meant the rapper that James Franco’s character was based off of in Spring Breakers.
17 – Sharon Van Etten – Every Time the Sun Comes Up
I just realized I committed myself to writing a lot more then I intended.
01 – Jungle – Busy Earnin’
This English collective sounds like a a band from another time and their lead single would do well as a theme song for a 70′s Cop show staring OJ Simpson
02 – Kasabian – Eez-Eh
Kasabian are like celery. People either love them or hate them with passion. I think people were pissssed when they headlined glastonbury. Despite all the resentment that they receive, even the naysayers would have to agree – they are a helluva live band. 48:13 was a record they wrote exclusively for Glastonbury and Eez-Eh was a single clearly designed to jump and down to. so listen to it and jump up and down in your home.If anything, do it for cardio.
03 – Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
Pretty much the song and dance move of the year. They and Pusha T played my open bar birthday party for free on the island this year as well, so really nice guys. Actually, Vice hosted that party but whatever.
04 – Temples – The Golden Throne
Every year there seems to be a UK band that listens to a lot of 70s music that comes to the forefront. This year, it was Temples Where will they be next year? Probably bagging groceries. Still, glory!
05 – The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
Boo boo beep boo
06 – Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
1a in terms of song of the year.
07 – Parquet Courts – Bodies
Their music reminds me of being in college, which is weird, because I went to University and not college. How come they only have college rock and not university rock? Probably because people in university are too busy studying.
08 – Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
Cleveland’s had an up and down year, for the ups, Lebron came back and the new Cloud Nothings record. For the downs, it’s still Cleveland.
09 – Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)
Including this song means I’m keeping it real. What are the odds that Zack de la rocha would be on one of my best of’s? Next year: Derek Whibley
10 – Spoon – Rent I Pay
Spoon has managed to keep sounding good all these years, their Horseshoe show was one of my favorite NXNE highlights and a really good use of my media wrist band.
11 – Ex Hex – Waterfall
I caught on to Ex Hex way too late. This isn’t a TLC cover.
12 – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Eurydice
I’ll always remember the POBPAT for blowing up a speaker and starting a fire at this one bar at SXSW.
13 – TV On The Radio – Ride
14 – I Break Horses – Faith
It’s rare to see a Swedish band not be on Labrador records or be Robyn, so we should all appreciate the appearance of I Break Horses on this compilation. Meatballs.
15 – Warpaint – Disco-Very
Warpaint used to be the band that former IT girl Shannon Sushamananya was on, but since they ditched her, their music has improved dramatically. Full Ewing theory in effect here.
16 – James – Moving On
I’m equally ecstatic and horrified that this song is on a Scotiabank or RBC commercial. Hopefully this will entice them to visit our city one more time.
17 – The Horrors – I See You
The Horrors have come a really long way from back when they were merely a joke on the show The Mighty Boosh. Every release from them brings forth a new sound and this shoegazey track is just another example of how much they’ve grown since Sheena is a Parasite was released.