Monday, January 3, 2011

Tim's Best of 2010 Magic Music Mix

It's that time again. Time to release my opinion to the world. Here are my favorite tracks from the previous year. Now, I'm not exactly sure if all 22 songs will fit on a single disc, but I don't want to remove any songs, so here we go.

1. Excuses by The Morning Benders
  • First heard this track when a friend from college mailed me a mix of his recent favorites earlier in 2010. A lovely tune that will, no doubt, open the mix.

2. A More Perfect Union by Titus Andronicus
  • This disc was recommended to me by fellow UMM graduate and KUMM DJ, now Current DJ, Mac Wilson. The opening track is epic, but was reviewed as overly ambitious and a bit sloppy by a lot of music review sites, however I really gravitated to this track. If you're looking for a Civil War concept album, check out "The Monitor."

3. Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons
  • Overplayed the most, second only to Vampire Weekend (thanks, Honda!), in 2010, Mumford & Sons put together an amazing list of tracks that ended up really making this year one in which I found myself slowly retreating to music that my parents might also like, minus the swear. Plug a banjo in a song and it'll probably make me happy.

4. Wait So Long by Trampled By Turtles
  • More banjo. And lots of it. Trampled by Turtles is one of those Minnesota bands to which I hadn't paid attention until 2010. I always assumed they were a jam band not unlike Umphrey's McGee or Phish, but I was wrong. I was judging Trampled By Turtles by the company they keep at hippie music festivals. Sorry guys. Nice work.

5. Father's Son by Fistful of Mercy
  • Don't be fooled by their Christian-rock-band-sounding name, Fistful of Mercy killed it on the 3rd episode of Conan. That's where I first heard this song. More twang for the mix, only proving my hypothesis that listening to country on the radio during every car ride as a kid would eventually make me listen to country (or some derivative thereof) as I got older. The rest of the disc isn't glorious, but no worries, this song delivers.

6. I Hope You Die by Wye Oak
  • Pretty sure this track was also featured on the mix created by my college friend, Adam Kollasch, but not positive. Both the Maryland State tree and a band from Maryland, Wye Oak puts together a nice little ditty here for us all. Also, hearing this temptress' voice belt out 'I hope you die' makes me happier than it should.
7. I Need A Dollar by Aloe Blacc
  • Recession music! Soulful and simple. You'll be tapping your foot to the beat by the end of it. If not, check your pulse.
8. Sampleame by The Pinker Tones
  • I have no idea what they're saying, but it sure is fun. Pop music from Spain. Not sure why I like this song so much. If it weren't in Spanish, I would probably pass over it, but it is in Spanish, so... I didn't. Just a catchy tune.
9. The Cave - Mumford & Sons
  • More banjo. I know. You're unimpressed with my ability to resist folk music in 2010. Shut up. You know you wanted to go to one of their two appearances in the Twin Cities this year. You're so judgmental. Maybe that should be your resolution for 2011. Don't be so judgmental. Also, CONGRATS to Mumford & Sons for being the first band to deliver two songs to my Magic Music Mix in one year.
10. End Times by Eels
  • The saddest song of 2010. A song about divorce. A weird pick for a year in which I got engaged to the loveliest of lovelies, but sometimes you don't have to relate to a song to enjoy it immensely. That's the case with 'End Times.'
11. Groove Me by Maximum Balloon
  • 2 things. 1) Awesome band name. It's one of those names that my best friend Kyle would think of and I would shoot it down immediately for it's idiocy. But, have some Brooklyn cat name their solo project Maximum Balloon and I swoon. Swoon. Balloon. Another band name that my friend Kyle thought of that I refuse to like: Wicker Basket 2) With TV on the Radio on hiatus for a year, Maximum Balloon filled in where I needed them to for my Sitek/Adebimpe fix.
12. All Of The Lights by Kanye West (feat. Rihanna and a shitload of other people, I guess)
  • Blah. Blah. Blah. We all hate Kanye. Blah. Blah. Blah. He's brilliant. Blah. Blah. Blah. Best hiphop album of 2010. Blah. Blah. Blah. I got goosebumps when the the :27 second mark hits. Blah. Blah. Blah.
13. Fuck You by Cee Lo Green
  • If this isn't on your Best of 2010 list, you're a fucking liar. Fuck you.
14. Animal by Prof
  • This dude should be on Rhymesayers. Open up that record label to party rap. Vulgar? Yeah. That might be his only setback. This was my summer jam.
15. The Book of Love by Peter Gabriel
  • A cover song graces the mix. And it is with grace that this song is delivered by none other than Peter Gabriel. This is one of those songs that could very possibly be the song I first dance to with my new wife in September. The book of love is long and boring, but this song isn't. Check out the other phenomenal track from this disc, "Flume." A Bon Iver cover.
16. Cameras by Matt & Kim
  • This one bangs. I love it more than you know. Matt & Kim return after having a track on the 2009 Magic Music Mix. Catchy indie pop music. I also love the titular line... No times for cameras/We'll use our eyes instead... Good words to live by.
17. Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National
  • On almost everyone's list this year, The National put great song together with "Bloodbuzz Ohio." I tend to sing in a lower key than most, so I also appreciate a song with which I can sing along and not strain my voice to match the lead singer's. I imagined this song being about an immortal vampire born in Ohio with financial troubles. Try listening to it with that in mind. Totally works.
18. Audience - Cold War Kids
  • Heard this one late in 2010 on local radio and really liked it. I tried not to like it because I saw a tweet from someone that was snarky toward the track, but then I realized that I don't care. You're allowed to disagree with me, but I like this song a ton and won't be swayed.
19. The Best Day - Atmosphere
  • Another latecomer to the mix, I heard this one on New Year's Eve, so it counts. Upbeat doesn't even begin to describe this song. Picking a local hiphop superstar may be a safe choice, but this has the same feel as 'Sunshine,' released back in 2007. An extremely happy song every 3 years seems acceptable.
20. Ambling Alp by Yeasayer
  • The strangest music video of 2010 and another track on the Magic Music Mix. I can't help but think this song would've been a Top 40 hit in the 80's.
21. Swim Until You Can't See Land by Frightened Rabbit
  • Along the same lines as the track "Aeon" from last year's mix, this song caught my attention because of the new sound the lead singer delivered. He's definitely Scottish. I can't help wanting to share this song with you because of that crazy Scottish voice. A fairly normal and good song otherwise.
22. Radio-Inactive by Blueprint
  • He says it best in the song: "Rhyme for five minutes straight with no breaks, no hooks, no punchlines, no similes, so I'm easy to overlook." Yep. It's most like 4 minutes and 7 seconds, but you could round up.
That's it. My picks for 2010.

If you'd like a disc, let me know. It'll be a while before I can put them together, but I wanted to release the list today.

And if I don't talk to you before you get a disc... ENJOY.