One hotel room. One iPod. One pretentious music nerd, with no one to tell him to go to bed. A random manual selection of tracks that kick various proportions of ass. My Brevity Resolution almost in action.
The Courteeners - "Not Nineteen Forever"
There are a couple layers of guitar harmonics that set this up. Absolutely Manchester, with one key hook and dirty grace.
Miike Snow - "Cult Logic"
This song is a cornerstone track on a virtually perfect album. Only a handful of bands can bridge the organic instrument and electronic continuum this seamlessly.
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Amerie - "1 Thing"
This is not a guilty pleasure because it's too well put together. The percussion is up front and completely off kilter, and the guitar fills follow. Beyonce has never released anything quite this solid, and that`s from a fan.
Dinosaur Jr. - "Over It"
There is an inevitable 90`s grunge type indie guitar rock revival due to happen this decade. It will likely suck, but if we`re lucky it will sound like this and not Candlebox.
Marion - ``I Stopped Dancing``
It`s amazing after some 15ish years that 3rd tier type BritPop actually sounds like top 100 calibre sounds of all time compared to modern mainstream music. Go ahead Daughtry...write a song this good...I dare you.
Raphael Saadiq - ``100 Yard Dash``
One of the purest R&B tracks of the last 40 years and one of the best examples of showing respect to the sounds of old with a solid freshness. Pretty slick video too and wardrobe is absolutely on point.
Red House Painters - ``All Mixed Up``
For whatever reason, it took me a long while to get my head around RHP, especially for such a simple sound. This was the song that cracked that code. Perfectly beautiful and ... ahem ... mixed up.
Gary Numan - ``Are Friends Electric``
Almost 30+ years later and this still holds up 100%. With all the clever gear electronic artists have access to these days this should be redundant. It`s not.
Ra Ra Riot - `Dying Is Fine``
There will be plenty of casualties from the late 2000`s influx of Arcade Fire, Clap Your Hands, Talking Heads type bands, for better or worse. I really hope these guys keep it together and don`t slip even further into obscurity.
Julian Plenti - ``Games For Days``
I`m sure some would say it`s counter intuitive for a Paul Banks solo track to sound like Interpol. I would say wrong.
James - ``She`s A Star``
One of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands from my favourite city of music. Perfect in every possible way right down to Booth`s brilliant falsetto and the haunting slide guitar fill.