Spoon – “Finer Feelings”

Year: 2007

Album: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Is this Spoon’s best song? It has the usual suspects of a good Spoon song; Britt Daniel’s wordplay sung like a nervous cool-kid junkie (“Memphis comes creeping down my back / Somehow this place tastes just like an attack”), Rob Pope’s lean bass, Jim Eno’s tight no-frills drums, and Eric Harvey’s spacious keys. It’s a song that rewards with each listen, yet it has the instant catchiness that comes from fuzzy noise that only Spoon, and sometimes Wilco, can create. Be damned those who say Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is Daniel’s Billy Joel record (“The Underdog”), this is Spoon true and true, the only band in the world that can try something entirely new and still sound like themselves. All hail Spoon.

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Headphone Nation’s 100 Favorite Songs Of The Decade (So Far): 2010-2014

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Am I an idiot for thinking that I can only pick 100 songs to share with y’all and not feel guilty about all the other music that I’m leaving out? Is this list completely bias? Am I brain-dead from trying to write about why I love every single song on this list?

The answer is yes.

Reminder: this is a list of MY FAVORITE songs of the decade, not THE GREATEST songs of the decade. There is a key difference. Same rules apply to this list as they did for my favorite albums of the decade so far.

Also make sure to check out the spotify playlist with all these songs at the end of this list.

Alright, let’s begin.

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Playlist: 20 Songs For December 2014

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This month’s playlist comes a little earlier than usual, since I will be away from my computer from Christmas till New Years.

Here are my 20 songs for December 2014:

1. Mad Season – “River Of Deceit”

2. J Mascis – “Me Again”

3. Galaxie 500 – “Decomposing Trees”

4. Eels – “It’s A Motherfucker”

5. Jake Bugg – “Broken”

6. Elliott Smith – “Everything Reminds Me Of Her”

7. Buena Vista Social Club – “Chan Chan”

8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Into My Arms”

9. Bikespeed Champion – “Overgrown”

10. Intimate Stranger – “Imaginary Conversation #1”

11. Ryan Adams – “By The Way”

12. Sunny Day Real Estate – “Seven”

13. Beyoncé – “Blow”

14. Vulfpeck – “Fugue State”

15. Goldfrapp – “Strict Machine”

16. Spoon – “Out Go the Lights”

17. The Libertines – “Can’t Stand Me Now”

18. D-Angelo & The Vanguard – “The Charade”

19. Guillemots – “Little Bear”

20. Aimee Mann – “Wise Up”

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Week In Review (12/12/14)

 

You Need To Hear This Cat Singing About Flies

https://soundcloud.com/petercatrecordingco/flies

And by this cat I mean this awesome band from Delhi, India. And by flies I mean flies.

I Have No Idea What’s Going On In This Majid Jordan Video But Hello Sexy Lady Robots Wait Are They Actually Robots What The Hell Is Going On Oh Hey This Song Is Kinda Catchy

But it’s cool, these guys hang out with Drake.

 You Need To Hear This Tycho Remix Of Spoon’s “Inside Out”

So good.

And You Also Need To Hear This N’to Remix Of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Scar Tissue”

Also so good.

Shlohmo – “Emerge From Smoke”

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper – “Billions Of Eyes”

She’s doing well considering that she also wrote one of my favorite songs of 2013. Can’t wait for the new album.

Ten Walls – “Walking With Elephants”

I’m all ’bout that brass, ’bout that brass.

Literature Is The Latest Great Indie Pop Band That Sounds Like They’re Not Trying At All

Here’s A Great Grungy Shoegazing Band From My Home State Of Indiana

https://soundcloud.com/vice/cloakroom-starchild-skull

Go Hoosiers!

Wait, Death Grips Are Still Making Music?

Well kinda. This is a new song off their final album that they’ve already made but haven’t released yet. Got it?

Daunt – “This Body Rushes”

A strange song that’s upbeat yet moody at the same time.

Watch Jack Black Fight A Bear

And OFF! might be playing Coachella this year!

And Modest Mouse Is Back!

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2015 just got a lot more exciting.

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Headphone Nation’s Year In Review: 2014

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What better way to end 2014 than to give out some superlatives? As with any sort of end-of-year review, these awards reflect my personal taste and shouldn’t be taken as the final say on the year. Really my hope is that you’ll check out some new music that that you’d otherwise miss.

Also, make sure to click on the album cover for a link to a song off that album.

Alright, let’s begin.

 

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My 25+ Favorite Songs of 2014

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Another year, another playlist of my favorite songs of the year. This year’s playlist has a particular mix of random greatness, from gloriously loud guitar rock to jazzy electronics and everywhere in between. This year wasn’t as full of epic pop songs as last year, but there are still plenty of quality songs to hear from 2014.

Enjoy!

 

*p.s., as time goes on I’ll add other great songs from this year to this playlist that I forgot to include, twenty-five is just a good starting point.

 

 

Against Me! – “True Trans Soul Rebel”

Alvvays – “Adult Diversion”

Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part of Me”

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”

Gerard Way – “No Shows”

Hamilton Leithauser – “Alexandra”

The Hold Steady – “Spinners”

Honeyblood – “Super Rat”

Lana Del Rey – “Brooklyn Baby”

Mastodon – “The Motherload”

Matt Kivel – “You and I Only”

The Men – “Another Night”

Modern Baseball – “Fine, Great”

Parquet Courts – “Sunbathing Animal”

Real Estate – “Had To Hear”

Reigning Sound – “My My”

Ryan Adams – “When The Summer Ends”

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – “IMF”

Sharon Van Etten – “Tarifa”

Spoon – “Do You”

St. Vincent – “I Prefer Your Love”

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat”

Strand of Oaks – “Goshen ’97”

Sun Kil Moon – “Micheline”

The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”

AND MORE!

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Playlist: 10 Great Songs About Chicago

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Soundtrack to the Windy City. If I missed any songs, comment below!

Sufjan Stevens – “Chicago”

Wilco – “Via Chicago”

Robert Johnson – “Sweet Home Chicago”

Kanye West – “Homecoming”

Frank Sinatra – “My Kind of Town”

Spoon – “Chicago at Night”

The Hold Steady – “Chicago Seemed Tried Last Night”

Ryan Adams – “Dear Chicago”

Freddy Cole – “On The South Side of Chicago”

Tom Waits – “Chicago”

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