• Choosing the Songs, So You Don't Have To...
  • Jul10th

    Posting in a coffee shop, trying desperately to drown out the limpid musical taste of the baristas with the sultry jams provided below. Will this music prevail? Will we all go deaf in the process? Can disability (deafness) be a natural result of nobility (music)? MUSIC!

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    • “Ice Cream (Feat. Matias Aguayo)” by Battles | | |
    • “Bad Things” by Cults | |
    • “Catholic Pagans” by Surfer Blood | | |
    • “Headache” by Frank Black | | |
    • “Aéroport/Évolution” by Ô Paon | |
    • “Milkman” by EMA | | |
    • “Energy” by Spank Rock | |
    • “Plaything” by Wild Beasts | |
    • “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala” by Arctic Monkeys | | |
    • “Nose Art” by Flying Lotus | | |
    • “Go Outside” by Cults | |
    • “Second Song” by TV On the Radio | | |
    • “Rush Job” by Gold Panda | |
    • “Fugu” by Simian Mobile Disco | |
    • “The Morning” by The Weeknd
  • Jun25th

    What better time than now, six months into 2011, to unveil the Best of 2010 episode! I don’t think we need to discuss why this is happening now, right? I’ve atoned for my absence. And besides, all of these songs are good. Impossibly good. It isn’t possible for songs to be these good.

    And yet here they are. Try to avoid getting sucked into the hell dimension opened up by the paradox I created in the last sentence and listen to this episode. I should say that most of the albums these tracks appear on are also worth your time. Buy them, break ties with all your friends and spend the remaining weekends of 2011 listening to records in a dark room, alone.

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    • “This Is the Remix” by Girl Talk
    • “Bhang, Bhang, I’m a Burnout” by Dum Dum Girls | | |
    • “Record Collection (Feat. Simon Le Bon)” by Mark Ronson and The Business Intl | |
    • “Glitter” by No Age | |
    • “Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi)” by Janelle Monáe | | |
    • “Vesuvius” by Sufjan Stevens | |
    • “Everlasting Light” by The Black Keys | |
    • “Dirty Cartoons” by Menomena | | |
    • “Thieves In the Night” by Hot Chip | |
    • “Round and Round” by Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti | | |
    • “Home” by LCD Soundsystem | | |
    • “Flash Delirium” by MGMT | | |
    • “Good Intentions Paving Company” by Joanna Newsom | |
    • “Ambling Alp” by Yeasayer | | |
    • “Doe Deer” by Crystal Castles | |
    • “Fo Yo Sorrows (Feat. George Clinton, Too Short and Sam Chris)” by Big Boi | | |
    • “Infinity Guitars” by Sleigh Bells | | |
    • “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” by Arcade Fire | |
    • “King of the Beach” by Wavves | | |
    • “Hang With Me” by Robyn | | |
    • “Zebra” by Beach House | | |
  • Jun25th

    Let’s get one thing out of the way: Gloss Drop shouldn’t really be compared to its predecessor, Mirrored. The sole Battles record to feature Tyondai Braxton’s digitally cartoonified vocals, Mirrored is now consigned to brilliant one-off status in the Battles catalog; Gloss Drop, created after Braxton left the group entirely, is more of a refinement and expansion of Battles’ early work. In a way, for fans, the loss of Braxton was the best thing that could have happened to Battles. It meant they couldn’t record a true follow up, which might then pale (or just come off as more of the same) next to one of the most distinctive and unexpected debut LPs of the 21st century. Battles could have recorded an all-instrumental album in the Mirrored mold, or they could have drafted in another singer to try and imitate Braxton’s crucial contribution. Instead, they forced themselves, having lost their most immediately striking and divisive element, to move in a new and potentially radical direction. So the important questions with Gloss Drop become, “Is this new direction interesting?” and “Have Battles made it thrilling?”

    - pitchfork.com

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