Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 56

Helen Stratton - A book of myths (1915) New York

-takes my brain ~ 0.25 seconds to recognize that opening and be happy.

--another great sea breeze of an opening synth riff, carried off with pomp and lightness, which I'm realizing is something I really value--I want the song to be important to the singer, but I don't want the track to drop a thousand anvils to make that point.

---Less Thirsty Sade

----really refreshing companion to Robyn.  love how much space there.  after growing up in the age of ultra-compression, it is still refreshing to here spacious pop, room to breathe

-----the genre monkeys call it luxury pop as if sophistication necessitates wealth

A Book of Myths aren't they fucking all?  Ben is -5 vulnerable to primitive art nouveau.  


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 55


-I mean, if they did a movie of all the great Beyonce, Rihanna and Gaga videos and toured it in theaters, you'd go right?

--Yeah, same song, but it is my dream A.M. station so I get to load the dice how I want.  how chill this song is, great trumpet line, and 3 stacks.  Andre needs to be on everything.  Why do the video with the J COLE version?????? cmon smdh

---you need your dizzert

----sound of freshman year in college.  took over campus every friday night

-----dancefloor not technically one word...what are we even doing with English language?  dancefloor is lovely as one word, dance floor takes all the poetry out of it.  there's a lot of stuff like this, ballfield etc.  we need to go a little more german on this front.

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 54

-10 % grunge (mostly posture) 90% new wave

-- true anthem of Portland

--- an odd effervescent wisdom in this one.  like a koan, like getting hit in the with the big red balloon

----it might be the sugar high from two chugged Gatorades but wtf how perfect, how much like a snowglobe

---idiot kings?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 53

-can't imagine this ever not being fun

--when a lesser Rihanna #1 comes on, I always makes a "what sophistry is this" face, but not at the song, at the fact that I forgot the song in the first place.  whutchu doin ben?  This song is like twenty two hooks, much preferred to the calvin harris version of her stuff

---i probably should have been listening to this in '05 instead of my collection of 80's Neil Young tapes (bad bad bad but cheap)

----sorry but rihanna>beyonce

-----these nods to americana past are superfluous yet strangely rewarding, like a celebration of our thick denim fabric pysche

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 52

-meta-textually, this song is G.O.A.T. for making Pat dance upon car roofs

--Goating without gloating

---god I love this song.  key to these three songs so far is great rhythm front and center


-----i'll always associate this song with walking around Notre Dame's dining hall, empty tan tray in my hands, wanting to sing along with this real bad

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 51

-best selling living poet in America

--my middle school music teacher was from Alaska and worshipped Jewel.  we listened to this song on carpet squares in an old room full of tree softened light

---  this project seems to demand some sort of youtube power rankings...like maybe the average of an artist's top 3-5 songs.  the divergences for seemingly equivalent era+value songs is astonishing.

----you would be lying if you said you didn't hear that piano and turn up the radio every time

-----I'm a Hilary truther

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 50

-not many songs you choose to be played during your wedding.

--still my favorite Sufjan Stevens album.  arresting.

---one of my favorite banjo songs

----never fails to remind me of being a best man at an age where you hardly feel like a man at all.

-----unreal.  written in one day.  needs to be on a record so it isn't forgotten.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 49

-one of my favorite Christmas memories is walking Arthur through a sculpture garden in the snow, all lit up, listening to two hours of the Allman brothers

--youtube knows what's up where radio doesn't--when I see 69M views I know I'm not a crazy person.   this song would have been a radio monster anywhere from like '81 to '99.  I love the production so much.

("roar" has 1.5B views, so I'm not saying this rubric is flawless)

---there are at least 20 Gaga songs that will end up on here, and this is the most ear-wormy so proceed with caution

----i mean, it's gaga, beyonce, rihanna i get aggravated when others are placed on this tier.  gaga seems to me to be the most creative and least aware on how to harness her talent.  It's like in fantasy when they're trying to put dudes on the Antonio Brown tier.  Step off, Demaryius!

-even when she's makes songs where I don't buy in for swathes, she throws in hooks or bridges with this absurd amount of nuance.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 48

-did not know this existed now very very happy

--better start swimming

---This song was written in 1955, way before The Kingsmen made it famous in 1963...still, Portland!

----there was a golden age, and it messed up my expectations of the years after.

-----these guys had a bad rep as sleepy, nah they're woke af

This one goes out to Pat, who inexplicably hates Elaine.  I think this is my favorite season of VEEP yet, and a large part of that is that as President, JLD gets to be as mean as she wants to.  She's the best cruel actor living, RIP Alan Rickman.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 47

-we're on strange journey, you and me.

--how does a human sing like that?

---ok the Beach Boys knew how to open a song.  and <-- a="" also="" b="" how="" nbsp="" open="" song.="" to="">excitations

----he's not wrong!

-----Dennis was great too!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 46

-youtube is equal parts virtual Smithsonian and flea market swap meet.

--three and a half minutes of cure

---a bootleg Brian brought back from heaven

----what was it like when these songs were coming out every week?  how did people focus on anything else?

-----my favorite youtube find so far

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 45

-huge haunting gothic stateliness *and* fleet-footed torch song.....Beach House please take fucking notice

--sprightly little number presages twee twenty years away

---you keep me hanging on

----i'm in love with massachusetts

-----such is our inheritance, vast and invisible

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 44

-at some point in every year since '05 I've needed this song.

--I really need to get my hands on his poetry

---I think this is the song that converted Steph

----speaking of campfire songs...

-----I think we played every song from this album on my radio show...we heard each for the first time while on air and were mystified.  It was his breakthrough, no one we knew had ever heard of him, and it felt electric and mysterious.  That DJ partner is now on Sirius XMU btw, check out Julia.  She's got by far the most+best personality on the network.


The A.V. Club has lost most of its talented writers and become a too instant-content, clickbaity, but their screengrab game has never been better:


MEANWHILE, the brainy Brits mull the Brexit over breakfast and get to read headlines like this:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 43

-Shakeer had this on the mixcd he made me senior year in high school, a top five gift all-time

--The spirit of Frank O'Hara lives on in Stephen Merritt.

---This song needs to be an American standard, sung by campers around the fire.

----stately voice, sly sense of humor and a heart big enough to pitch a tent in

-----love this one too

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 42

-very important album for me going into senior year in high school, hoping against hope that Bush would be voted out.  I probably should have cared about school dances 95% more and politics 95% less

--played at the conclusion of the Kerry rally at Waterfront park, felt enormous


----most crucial to me then, still love it. wildly evocative

-----only halfway done with songs I love from this album.

Over 2% of the way done and it is very clear that there are well over 10,000 great songs in the English language alone.  we are rich:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 41

-theme song to my then favorite show, Ed, and one of the things that first got me suspecting there might be music that meant something to me, unlike everything I'd hated or been indifferent to up until then.

--that is a goddamn elegant falsetto jump

---  I remember the kids at the Beaverton PAL listened to this all summer in the computer lab.  Miss you Doug!


-----remember crossing the Morrison bridge singing this some weirdly glorious sunny day

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 40

-who needs time travel?

--maybe by seeing how much affection I have for this weird past I can find more for the present?

---piano riffs are underused in pop/rock (esp. male lead vocal pop/rock--hard to get the balance right?) and that is a big part of Coldplay's success

----aging well!

-----the best part of disengaging from ad-driven TV is not having to watch commercials that inevitably grow upon and degrade on the substrate of good songs.  I don't think it's wrong to wish songs you like aren't associated with pills to give fat old dudes boners.  A of great Motown songs I thought were just commercial jingles when I was a kid.  Like what if we used Monet prints as wallpaper for public restrooms...we'd have a negative association, right?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 39

- I need to hear this song everyday.  maybe I'll make it my alarm clock.

-- I could go for an alternate history where Petty was in Fleetwood Mac the whole time.  They would have chilled the fuck out and made more records.

--- frank ocean eat your heart out

---- bowie nickname I just came up with boweezy don't hate me

-----WHUUUUHT?  1973?  I had always assumed this was just an 80's arena rock song.  This video is the truth.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 38

-STYX you beautiful bastards

--such a great opening riff

---starting to believe having a killer, distinctive opening is becoming a lost art.

----see what I mean?!?!

-----AAAAHAHAHA youtube is the funniest invention in history, it is like a printing press factory that makes fucked up 3-D printers with 10 seconds of sentience/day. 

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 37

-I had *no* idea who created this song until today, but I always appreciated when it came on the radio.

--dude has such a cool voice.

 ---In my memory, this was the song that played over the Baywatch end credits and I don't know why but it makes me happy.

---September is one of my favorite words.  I love how loaded it is.

-----Rod singing one of my favorite Bob covers

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 36

- listen now, because the Patriots are trying to own it like the Red Sox took over "Sweet Caroline"

--even the Red Sox can't tarnish it!!

---feel good now

----a staggering number of views


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Monday, June 06, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 35

-I love how delicate yet full their voices are on this one.

--If I was Scorsese, this would be my Gimme Shelter

---the apocalypse never sounded so sweet

---- what would dudes like me have had to bitch about back then when the radio was solid fucking gold???

-----new favorite video on youtube

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 34

-looking for a new friend/who's it gonna be?

--My favorite version.  (least favorite is GnR's, which I had to play damn near weekly on my radio show for one historically alcoholic listener, until I finally lied and said we couldn't find the LP.  I don't lie often, but when I do, it is usually extremely low stakes.)  Singers-songwriters post-Dylan have it rough; I think the best ones find an element of him and make it their own.  Zevon perfected the arch-jester version, and doubled-down on it with his extraordinarily polished full band sound, almost like the E Street Band went to art school.  As you can tell, I don't think the man gets enough credit, but I hope now you'll be partisans too.

---worth more than albums of faux americana

---- lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand/and lead me through the World of Self

-----Warren's talent for the mot juste is damn near unparalleled in music.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v.33

-always fun

--all alone on the road to perfection

---name of our fantasy football league. Dad, get me out of this.

----such a great arranger and bandleader.

-----I wish Smithsonian would have sponsored him to do a thousand historical story-songs.  so much better than the overly earnest folk folks

Playlist so far:

Friday, June 03, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 32

-if you stay you'll all be slain 

--I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful

---I love Zevon's sense of history and geography and economy.  forces that control the world and our best defense is a laugh at their expense.

----dry your eyes my little friend

-----my brothers and I sing this song with rare dramatic flair

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 31

-the most elegant farewell

-- he makes an air conditioner hum a battle hymn

---I hope that you can spread the true history, that Warren won the Neil v. Skynyrd war resoundingly: the cattle all have brucellosis/we'll get through somehow

----in high school I bought a couple of his tapes for 2 bucks each used at the Burnside Music Millenium, because I new Letterman liked him.  this slayed me throughout high school

-----kiss off art form

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Ten Thousand Favorite Songs, v. 30

-the sound seems 100% lost.....

--not that far

---waiting for something that will never arrive

----give me your eyes

-----I love Krug but blame him for WP not being the biggest alt band in the world.