10.12.12

A Robot on the Dance Floor




If you're interested, here is a collection of some of my favorite songs from the past year. As it goes with things like this, I've probably overlooked a few titles (it's so difficult to keep up!), so don't judge me too harshly.

Random thoughts:
Grimes actually shows up twice, once with her own song Oblivion and she guests on Blood Diamonds' Phone Sex. Call Me Maybe might raise an eyebrow or two, but I don't care because that song is so catchy and I didn't hear it often enough to get sick of it. I originally included PSY's Gangnam Style, but hearing it at the SF Giants' World Series parade effectively sounded the death knell; it was just too much overkill for me. It's practically a parody of itself now.

I also included Where The Wild Roses Grow from Kylie Minogue's Abbey Road Sessions album because it was re-worked plus she and Nick Cave recorded new vocals for it. I guess that qualifies that for a cover, even if it's being re-done by the original artists.

There are a few other covers; Tara Jane O'Neil doing Rainbow Connection, The National covering The Rains of Castamere which originally appeared in the Game of Thrones books (sorry, Song of Ice and Fire series). Jessica Paré covered Zou Bisou, Bisou which was in Season 5 of Mad Men and was also released on red 7" vinyl. Boris and Asobi Seksu released a RSD 7" on which they covered each other. I really love the Boris cover of New Years (they spell it Neu Years), so that one found its way onto the list. I also very much enjoyed Austra's cover of Radiohead's Paranoid Android.

Finally, I'm guessing the Songs from "Friday Afternoons", Op.7 - Cuckoo! by the Choir of Downside School, Purley is an old song (I haven't bothered to look it up), but it was featured on the Moonrise Kingdom soundtrack from earlier this summer and that's good enough for me.

iamamiwhoami's Play might be my favorite song of the bunch. It's like a siren-song lullaby from an alien world. What a jam.

In any case, this is it, for better or worse. I tried to sequence it for flow or what felt best to me, hopefully you'll enjoy on some level.

Tracklist after the jump.


1. Jessica Paré - Zou Bisou, Bisou
2. Best Coast - The Only Place
3. AKB48 - Sugar Rush
4. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
5. Perfume - Spring of Life
6. Allo Darlin' - Capricornia
7. The Magnetic Fields - Andrew in Drag
8. The Raveonettes - The Enemy
9. Kelly Hogan - Haunted
10. First Aid Kit - Emmylou
11. Sera Cahoone - Nervous Wreck
12. David Byrne & St. Vincent - The One Who Broke Your Heart
13. iamamiwhoami - Play
14. elite gymnastics - h e r e,  i n  h e a v e n  4  &  5  (Remix by CFCF)
15. Chromatics - Running from the Sun
16. Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
17. Ringo Deathstarr - Brightest Star
18. Bat For Lashes - Winter Fields
19. Austra - Paranoid Android
20. Lana Del Rey - Ride
21. Chairlift - Wrong Opinion
22. Blood Diamonds (feat. Grimes) - Phone Sex
23. Solange - Losing You
24. Tennis - Origins
25. Melody's Echo Chamber - I Follow You
26. Metric - Clone
27. Spiritualized - Little Girl
28. Aimee Mann - Labrador
29. Calexico - Fortune Teller
30. Sun Kil Moon - Sunshine in Chicago
31. Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
32. Neko Case - Nothing To Remember
33. Norah Jones - Travelin' On
34. Beach House - The Hours
35. Exitmusic - White Noise
36. Memory Tapes - Sheila
37. Grimes - Oblivion
38. Niki & The Dove - Somebody
39. Team Ghost - Dead Film Star
40. Deerhoof - Fete d'Adieu
41. Boris - Neu Years
42. Japandroids - Fire's Highway
43. A Place to Bury Strangers - Mind Control
44. Bob Mould - The Descent
45. Jack White - Sixteen Saltines
46. Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
47. Frank Ocean - Crack Rock
48. The Bootleggers feat. Emmylou Harris - Cosmonaut
49. Sara Watkins - Lock & Key
50. Fiona Apple - Periphery
51. Tara Jane O'Neil - Rainbow Connection
52. Chelsea Wolfe - Spinning Centers
53. The National - The Rains Of Castamere
54. Dirty Three - Sometimes I Forget You've Gone
55. Ellie Goulding - Dead In The Water
56. Frankie Rose - Pair Of Wings
57. Choir of Downside School, Purley - Songs from "Friday Afternoons", Op.7 - Cuckoo!

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