Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here's The Buzz: Choice Cuts Volume 12

Choice Cuts

In no particular order, I've selected the favorite tracks from 2013's playlists for our twelfth annual Choice Cuts end-of-year mix.



1. Falling -- HAIM

I was a bit late to getting into Haim, and only in the last few months realized that you don't pronounce their name like Corey. But the three sisters from the Valley are now inescapable. "Saturday Night Live" appearance aside, I can't pick up a magazine or read a music blog without encountering some sort of Haim love. And that's just fine by me. Their songs are so incredibly catchy, and the sisters have such a stage presence (especially the weird faces that bassist Este makes) that it's exciting to see them really take off. There were plenty of strong selections from their CD "Days Are Gone," but the lead track, "Falling," is a groove that I don't think I'll tire of.



2. Sonsick -- San Fermin

By sheer coincidence, I just learned that San Fermin composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone wrote the band's first album in Banff, Canada. That just happens to be where the Franklin Avenue family took an awe-inspiring vacation this year. I was hooked on San Fermin's "Sonsick" months ago thanks to the catchy, high pitched vocals. Like the Haim song, "Sonsick" is a infectious lead single that made me want to hear more.



3. Love Don't Go -- The Family Crest

How fascinating is San Francisco-based music collective The Family Crest? Here's how they describe themselves: "We are The Family Crest, a fully independent orchestral rock band made up of people who believe that everyone can be musical when given the opportunity. 
Since we formed in 2010, our mission has been to involve as many people as possible in our music, regardless of their instrument or genre, whether they are professionals, amateurs or have never played music before at all. Presently, we have over 250 members in our Extended Family of artists. We find a place in our sound for everyone, from conservatory-trained orchestral players, to jazz musicians, metal heads and even shower singers. We believe that there's a place in music for everyone, and we've proven it by incorporating artists in hundreds of unique musical configurations." Watch the video for a good idea of how it's done.



4. Was It You -- Joy Kills Sorrow

Who let banjo into our year-end mix? Sorry, Mumford, but the truly captivating bluegrass sounds of this year came from Joy Kills Sorrow. Just listen to vocalist Emma Beaton beat out the lyrics to "Was It You."



5. Kangaroo Court -- Capital Cities

Of course we still can't get enough of Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound," including the wonderful music video shot at downtown's Los Angeles Theatre. But the follow-up, "Kangaroo Court," is catchy in its own right, and Blogger Kid 2.0 is even more enthralled with this video (perhaps it's because of the disturbing end).




6. Trouble (Mr Bird Remix) -- Jose James

Jazz musician Jose James, known for infusing hip-hop into his sounds released his first CD this year on the famed Verve label. Says Billboard: "James grew up in Minneapolis, the son of a Panamanian saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, and by his early teens was a fixture on the local jazz scene, performing with a variety of lineups and players. He attended the jazz program at the New School, studying with jazz elders Junior Mance and Chico Hamilton. But it was a chance encounter with Gilles Peterson, an influential U.K. radio personality and crate-digger with a knack for discovering raw talent, that helped move his career into high gear."



7. Recover -- CHVRCHES

It was a big year for Chvrches, which hit mainstream alternative big this year with "Recover." Funny enough, they were also known this year for covering Haim's "Falling," another one of our Choice Cuts 2013 selections.



8. Dance Apocalyptic -- Janelle Monáe

Go ahead, get up and dance. Janelle Monáe commands you to.



9. Dreams Of Cannibalism -- Typhoon

Possibly my favorite start to any of the songs on this year's list: "Unhand me, I am not a criminal/
But I've played a guilty part/
in the modern sense that one pretends their life is original..."



10. Chamakay -- Blood Orange

It's hard to pinpoint Dev Hynes, who has produced for everyone from Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys and We Are Scientists to Solange Knowles and Britney Spears. But I know this: I like his sound. (As a matter of fact, his Solange track, "Losing You," wound up on my Best of 2012 "Choice Cuts" mix, so I clearly dig it.) Now recording as Blood Orange, his CD "Cupid Deluxe" is the perfect soundtrack for driving up the coast as the sun sets. Read more about Hynes here.



11. Back To The Way I Was -- Emily Bell

The Austin native mixes rockabilly, R&B and even British soul in this raucous track.



12. Ya Hey -- Vampire Weekend

Perhaps the most mainstream entry on this year's Choice Cuts selection, but that "Ya Hey" chorus is hard to shake.



13. Dissolve Me -- Alt-J

The things you learn from Wikipedia. According to the website's Alt-J entry, the band met at the UK's Leeds University in 2007. "The band's unusual sound stems from the fact that due to living in student halls, noise had to be kept to a minimum and so they were unable to use bass guitars or bass drums." Hey, whatever, it works. Alt-J has become popular with TV music supervisors; in the UK, Alt-J's music can be heard in station IDs for BBC2, while here in the US the group's song "Fitzpleasure" has been heard on "Weeds," "Suits" and "Homeland." I like "Dissolve Me," which was released as a single in 2013.



14. Don't Swallow the Cap -- The National

It's been interesting to watch The National turn into music darlings -- they even guest starred on Fox's "The Mindy Project" this season. "Don't Swallow the Cap" has a smooth, catchy chorus with that trademark haunting National sound.



15. You & I -- Crystal Fighters

Crystal Fighters describes their sound as ""fast, mesmeric and passionate," and I'd have to agree.



16. Galaxy's Skirt -- Emi Meyer

The simple piano opening builds to a powerful conclusion in this ethereal Emi Meyer track.



17. You Know You Like It -- AlunaGeorge

I can't get enough of AlunaGeorge. Aluna Francis and George Reid's "Your Drums, Your Love" made our Choice Cuts 2012 list, and now "You Know You Like It" makes this year's list.



18. Instant Crush -- Daft Punk Feat. Julian Casablancas

It wouldn't be a best of 2013 mix without some Daft Punk, right? I couldn't put "Get Lucky" here, I think we're all a bit tired of that track. Pushing "Instant Crush" over the top to land a slot here may be the rather sad music video, which, believe it or not, the Blogger Toddler 2.0 loves.



19. The Bad Days -- David Ramirez

I wonder if anyone plays this song at their wedding. If so, I give them six months. But seriously, Ramirez's track -- about his life on the road, and leaving his loved one behind -- may be the most emotional song on this year's Choice Cuts roundup.



20. SummerMash '13 -- DJ Earworm

Here's another one that made the Choice Cuts mix because of the Blogger Kids. DJ Earworm's mashup of this summer's pop tracks is just too irresistibly catchy. And yep, both "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky" sneak in here. Happy New Year!

2013 Mixes

December 2013

So Strange -- Superhumanoids (3:13)
That's Alright -- Laura Mvula (3:34)
Trouble (Mr Bird Remix) -- Jose James (3:22)
Grace for Saints and Ramblers -- Iron & Wine (3:36)
Love To Love -- Jonathan Wilson (4:10)
The Fall -- Rhye (3:43)
Clean The House (Moonlight Jazz Club Remix) -- Fat Freddy's Drop (3:21)
Lightning Bolt -- Jake Bugg (2:23)
You're Not Good Enough -- Blood Orange (4:21)
Ingenue -- Atoms for Peace (4:36)
Another Love -- Tom Odell (4:06)
Her Favorite Song (Oliver Remix) -- Mayer Hawthorne (4:36)
Cake -- Toro Y Moi (3:55)
Man I Need -- Jagwar Ma (3:37)
Never Run Away (Single Version) -- Kurt Vile (3:25)
Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) -- Unknown Mortal Orchestra (2:43)
Tunnel Vision -- Maria Taylor (4:44)
Cayucos -- Cayucas (3:30)
Not Supposed To -- Guards (3:36)
Medicine -- Matt Berry (3:01)
Billie Jean (Live) -- The Civil Wars (4:32)

November 2013

Kangaroo Court -- Capital Cities (3:43)
Dónde Estás -- Diego Garcia (3:40)
Steppin' Out -- AM (4:25)
You Know You Like It -- AlunaGeorge (3:24)
Latch -- Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith (4:16)
To Dust -- Alice Russell (3:11)
Running for Cover -- Ivan & Alyosha (3:57)
Crescendo (Larry Gus Remix) -- Little Boots (5:13)
Don't Lose Your Dinosaur -- Upset (2:12)
Instant Crush -- Daft Punk Feat. Julian Casablancas (5:38)
Dance With Me -- Ra Ra Riot (2:24)
Ways To Go -- Grouplove (3:36)
Dance Apocalyptic -- Janelle Monáe (3:25)
Only You -- Ellie Goulding (3:52)
Ramona -- Night Beds (4:07)
Speak in Rounds (Bonde do Rolê Remix) -- Grizzly Bear (3:26)
Ceilings -- Local Natives (2:57)
Games -- Claire (3:47)
Put A Light on -- Generationals (3:46)
Another Day -- Strange Talk (3:57)
Comrade (All Tiny Creatures Remix) -- Volcano Choir (4:32)

October 2013

Dreams Of Cannibalism -- Typhoon (3:24)
That Alice -- Laura Veirs (3:27)
Tourniquet -- Jeremy Messersmith (4:17)
Wake Me Up (Radio Edit) -- Avicii (4:10)
Shameless -- Lissie (3:21)
This Lonely Morning -- Best Coast (2:39)
Hollow -- CLOUDEATER (4:09)
The Bad Days -- David Ramirez (4:12)
Bulletproof -- Amanda Shires (4:14)
Chamakay -- Blood Orange (4:20)
End of the World -- Hunter Hunted (4:04)
Fall Winter Spring Summer -- Carolyn Malachi (4:06)
Pompeii -- Bastille (3:53)
Byegone -- Volcano Choir (4:23)
Bus Passes and Happy Meals -- Lizzo (2:34)
Over the Edge -- Sarah Jarosz (3:20)
Death Graduates -- The Octopus Project (3:08)
La La La feat. Sam Smith -- Naughty Boy (3:40)
Dust to Dust -- The Civil Wars (3:50)
Dark Knights (feat. Wale) -- Rapsody (5:19)
Reflektor -- Arcade Fire (7:34)

August 2013

Don't Swallow the Cap -- The National (3:51)
Entertainment -- Phoenix (3:40)
The Hunter -- ON AN ON (3:18)
Holiday -- Poor Moon (2:39)
Blacktide -- Wild Cub (3:05)
U Da Best -- Wet (2:57)
Sonsick -- San Fermin (4:14)
Incredibly Still -- Sombear (4:11)
Back To The Way I Was -- Emily Bell (3:47)
White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge) -- Disclosure (4:17)
Love Don't Go -- The Family Crest (4:24)
Seen It All -- Jake Bugg (2:51)
Wild Heart -- Matt Pond PA (4:09)
Open -- Rhye (3:42)
Ghost -- Sir Sly (3:37)
So Much More -- Tim Adams (3:42)
What's Wrong With Your Eyes -- Sin Fang (4:51)
Say Oh Say -- Courtney Jaye (3:13)
Workin' Woman Blues -- Valerie June (3:09)
Peace and Quiet -- Waxahatchee (2:38)
In the City -- Caveman (4:06)
Late Night -- Foals (5:28)

July 2013

A tout a l'heure -- Bibio (4:10)
Bells Of Cologne -- Imaginary Cities (3:12)
Lose Yourself To Dance -- Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams (5:54)
All My Life -- Cali Giraffes (1:53)
All You're Waiting For (feat. Nancy Whang) -- Classixx (4:17)
Around The Block (feat. Talib Kweli) -- Pretty Lights (4:16)
One Girl / One Boy -- !!! (4:04)
Heavy Feet -- Local Natives (4:07)
Was It You -- Joy Kills Sorrow (3:39)
Designer Drug -- Mayer Hawthorne (3:33)
Trouble -- Natalia Clavier (2:37)
Watch Out For This (Bumaye) -- Major Lazer (3:20)
Royals -- Lorde (3:10)
Cant Hold Us (MMP Intro) (Clean) -- Macklemore Ft Ryan Lewis (4:57)
Weight -- Mikal Cronin (3:50)
Galaxy's Skirt -- Emi Meyer (3:37)
Falling -- HAIM (4:19)
Ya Hey -- Vampire Weekend (5:13)
How the West Was Won -- John Vanderslice (3:48)
Retrograde -- James Blake (3:42)
Graceless -- The National (4:37)
SummerMash '13 -- DJ Earworm (4:02)

May 2013

Trying To Be Cool (RAC Mix) -- Phoenix (3:40)
Next Stop -- Bleached (2:31)
Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us -- Keaton Henson (3:30)
Ghosts and Creatures -- Telekinesis (4:05)
You & Me (feat. Eliza Doolittle) -- Disclosure (4:57)
You & I -- Crystal Fighters (3:30)
Q.U.E.E.N. -- Janelle Monáe Ft. Erykah Badu (5:12)
All Alone (Captain Planet Remix) -- Alice Russell (3:48)
Wasting My Young Years -- London Grammar (3:25)
Is It Too Much -- Ra Ra Riot (2:40)
Love They Say -- Tegan and Sara (3:34)
Get Lucky ft. Pharell & Nile Rodgers (97 Steps Edit) -- Daft Punk (4:08)
Recover -- CHVRCHES (3:46)
Be Above It (LY's 'Get Above It' 909 Edit) -- Tame Impala (4:20)
The Woodpile -- Frightened Rabbit (3:28)
Somebody Loves You -- Betty Who (3:37)
Rooftop -- Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (2:56)
She Will -- Savages (3:27)
A Tattered Line Of String -- Postal Service (2:57)
Watertreader -- The Sea, The Sea (4:04)
Roots & Vine -- Sons of Fathers (3:46)
Strictly Reserved For You -- Charles Bradley (3:43)

March 2013

If I Knew -- Bruno Mars (2:13)
Stood Me Up -- DWNTWN (3:39)
Immortal -- Kid Cudi (5:02)
Lego House -- Ed Sheeran (3:04)
Joyful Reunion -- Sweet Billy Pilgrim (5:36)
Learned My Lesson -- Jenny O (2:10)
Minute by Minute -- James Hunter Six (3:29)
Look At The Light -- Sin Fang (3:40)
Dissolve Me -- Alt-J (3:19)
Q Street (Subatomic Sound System Remix) -- Super Hi-Fi (3:56)
NewLover -- Josh Ritter (4:32)
Suit & Tie (Ta-ku Remix) -- Justin Timberlake (4:52)
Heaven -- Depeche Mode (4:06)
Stubborn Love -- The Lumineers (4:39)
If So -- Atlas Genius (3:01)
Three Years -- BellaMaine (3:35)
Metal and Dust -- London Grammar (3:28)
Disparate Youth -- Santigold (4:48)
Motorway -- Little Boots (4:03)
Make it Right -- Daniel Ahearn & The Jones (4:01)
How We Land Feat. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) -- P.O.S. (3:55)

February 2013

Safe and Sound -- Capital Cities (3:13)
Secret Days -- School of Seven Bells (3:24)
Super America -- Bad Bad Hats (3:47)
Happy -- Robert DeLong (4:17)
Adorn -- Miguel (2:19)
I Will Wait -- Mumford and Sons (4:36)
Kingfisher Call Me -- Ruby Suns (4:21)
Color -- Wild Cub (4:00)
Stay (Feat. Mikky Ekko) -- Rihanna (4:01)
All -- Blackbird Blackbird (5:06)
Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) -- Calvin Harris (3:25)
Hold On -- Alabama Shakes (3:48)
Here I Am -- Adam Green and Binki Shapiro (3:29)
What Makes A Good Man? -- The Heavy (3:49)
Pieces of A Man -- The Lions (4:25)
A New Life -- Jim James (4:28)
Closer (The Knocks Remix) -- Tegan & Sara (4:34)
Breakers -- Local Natives (3:52)
This Is The Beginning -- Boy (3:30)
Mountain Sound -- Of Monsters and Men (3:35)
How It Ends (Live with the Colorado Symphony) -- DeVotchka (6:25)
Longevity -- Yeasayer (3:13)

Monday, December 31, 2012

Something Raw: Choice Cuts Volume 11

             

In no particular order, I've selected the favorite tracks from 2012's monthly playlists for our eleventh annual Choice Cuts end-of-year mix.



1. The Only Place--Best Coast

We kick off this year's playlist with a track that asks what Angelenos frequently say to out-of-towners. "Why would you live anywhere else?" demands Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. The Los Angeles-based surf-pop band asks a good question. "We've got the ocean, got the babes. Got the sun, we've got the waves. This is the only place for me." Sold.



2. Explosions--Coco Morier

An explosion of groove at the start of Coco Morier's "Explosions" makes this track a keeper. It will get you dancing, guaranteed.



3. Beta Love--Ra Ra Riot

A late entry to this year's playlist, "Beta Love" is a bit bubblegum-y, but with a synth hook and falsetto chorus that's addictive. The kids love the robot references. Win-win.



4. That's Still Mama--Cody ChesnuTT

Forget Mr. T's "Treat Yo Mama Right." Cody Chesnutt has a new anthem for Mother's Day, a slick 1960s-style jam. Others have called him a "modern-day Curtis Mayfield," and that shines on this track. Above, an acoustic version of the song, performed at Seattle's KEXP. Listen to the regular version below.



More tomorrow!

5. Marathon Runner -- Yellow Ostrich

From New York's Yellow Ostrich comes a nice slightly mellow piece of indie rock. "Marathon Runner," a personal track from Yellow Ostrich's Alex Schaaf, is all about chasing something, even though you're not quite sure what it is.



6. Sweet Life -- Frank Ocean

It was Frank Ocean's breakthrough year, and I could have put one of several songs here. But perhaps I was brought in here by Ocean's description of the sweet life in L.A., and its references like "Ladera Heights -- the Black Beverly Hills."



7. Santa Fe -- Beirut

Technically from late 2011, this Beirut tune almost didn't make my best of 2012 list. But I didn't really start listening to this song until this year, and it's just too damn catchy not to include.



8. Here Again -- Quantic & Alice Russell

That groove! That voice! Those drums. That flute! Another near-perfect Latin soul groove from Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro.



9. Your Drums, Your Love -- AlunaGeorge

Great video, great song. Triumphant chorus, coupled with that cool "Your drums" sample.



10. Anna Sun (Fool's Gold Remix) -- Walk The Moon

You've heard the original version on radio, but I prefer this brooding, melancholic version of Walk The Moon's "Anna Sun," as remixed by Fool's Gold.



11. Queen Of The City -- Joshua James

Don't let the creepy video distract you. A gem from Joshua James off his album "Willamette Mountain," this song ought to be better known.



12. Leave The Lights On (The Crystal Method Remix) -- Meiko

The Crystal Method turns Meiko's already urgent and anxious "Leave the Lights On" into an even more haunting groove.



13. Constant Conservations (St. Lucia Remix) -- Passion Pit

I liked the Passion Pit track "Take A Walk," but it's now being heard everywhere, and I can see where it might get old fast. This St. Lucia remix of "Constant Conversations" brings the tempo of the original down a bit, allowing for a more haunting, yet anthemic, quality.



14. Losing You -- Solange

Apologies, Beyonce, but Solange may be fast becoming my favorite Knowles sister. Watching her energetically perform in various South African street scenes makes for a fantastic video, and pairs nicely with the unexpected sounds of "Losing You."



15. High For This -- Ellie Goulding

I could have picked a number of Ellie Goulding tracks for my end-of-year collection, with "My Blood" a close second. But there's something about Goulding's cover of The Weeknd's "High For This" that convinced me to go this route.



16. Trip -- Vacationer

Vacationer had me the second "Trip" opens with that Martin Denny, "Exotica"-like riff. Quick, dark song that makes me want to, well, take a trip.



17. Born To -- Jesca Hoop

For once I agree with the comments on a YouTube video post. "Her voice is powerful and sensitive at the same time," one writes. Another: "I'd love to just spend one day with jesca hoop having a nice chat drinking a coffee." And another: "Can everybody else just stop making music? This is all I ever need."



18. Who Do You Like? -- Joywave

The "Live at the Strasenburgh Planetarium" version of Joywave's "Who Do You Like?" is a pretty faithful rendition of the recording. From their 2012 EP "Koda Vista," a nice slice of 80s-inspired pop. Criminal that this song isn't better known.



19. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) (Arcade Fire Cover) -- Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux

I could listen to Meklit and Quinn's quiet cover of Arcade Fire's "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" over and over again. As a matter of fact, I do. And I never get tired of it.



20. Warrior -- Mark Foster + A-Trak + Kimbra

OK, so I wasn't about to put "Someone I Used To Know" on this end-of-year roundup -- I figure we've all heard that song enough for a lifetime. But here's nonetheless your dose of Kimbra, along with Foster the People's Mark Foster and DJ A-Trak. And OK, so this song comes out of Converse's "3 Artists, 1 Song" promotion -- but other than a few glimpses of Converse shoes in the video, it's not all intrusive. It's just a catchy jam. Don't overthink it!



21. Not Giving In -- Rudimental ft. John Newman & Alex Clare

Alex Clare dominated the charts this year with "Too Close" (thanks to that ubiquitous Microsoft commercial), yet his collaboration here with Rudimental and John Newman is much more powerful. Perhaps it's because of this video, a "Slumdog Millionaire"-like tale that's based on a true story about b-boy star "Mouse's" rags-to-riches experience and shot on location outside Manila. Read more about the video here.

2012 Mixes

December 2012

My Blood -- Ellie Goulding (3:56)
Roses -- Pacific Air (3:57)
The Seed -- K'naan (3:36)
Beta Love -- Ra Ra Riot (2:56)
Wildest Moments -- Jessie Ware (3:42)
When the City Lights Dim -- Cold Specks (3:20)
The House That Heaven Built -- Japandroids (4:51)
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards -- Tame Impala (3:13)
Stay Useless -- Cloud Nothings (2:45)
Five Seconds -- Twin Shadow (4:20)
Capricornia -- Allo, Darlin' (4:31)
I'll Be Alright -- Passion Pit (4:23)
Time To Run -- Lord Huron (5:24)
& It Was U -- How To Dress Well (3:06)
Danse Carribe -- Andrew Bird (5:19)
The Pit -- Silversun Pickups (4:41)
Grown Up -- Danny Brown (2:20)
Everything Is Embarrassing -- Sky Ferreira (4:11)

November 2012

Take A Walk -- Passion Pit (4:25)
The Only Place -- Best Coast (2:43)
Not Giving In -- Rudimental ft. John Newman & Alex Clare (4:44)
Mouthful of Diamonds -- Phantogram (4:13)
Whatever Comes Our Way -- The Deadly Syndrome (3:34)
Dark Parts -- Perfume Genius (3:09)
Holy Roller -- Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (2:36)
Lines -- Big Boi Ft A$AP Rocky & Phantogram (3:25)
When Can I See You Again? -- Owl City (3:37)
Runaways (Sound Remedy Remix) -- The Killers (3:56)
You Remind Me Of Home -- Ben Gibbard (2:14)
Help I'm Alive -- Metric (4:46)
Night Light (Wild Beast Remix) -- Jessie Ware (2:48)
Ballad of the Golden Hour -- Widowspeak (4:27)
Affection -- Crystal Castles (2:37)
Runnin' -- Sinkane (2:28)
Watching Over You -- Alunageorge (3:26)
The Baddest Man Alive -- The Black Keys & RZA (3:49)
No Strings (RAC Remix) -- Mayer Hawthorne (3:36)
Til I Met Thee -- Cody ChesnuTT (4:29)

October 2012 Part 2

Splitter -- Calexico (3:31)
Magpie -- Beth Orton (3:50)
When I'm With You -- Best Coast (2:58)
Live and Die -- The Avett Brothers (4:31)
The Bravest Man in the Universe -- Bobby Womack (3:53)
Labrador -- Aimee Mann (3:47)
Scattered Like Leaves -- Azure Ray (3:45)
Lost in the Light -- Bahamas (3:57)
Waimanu I Ka Lauoha -- Kuana Torres Kahele (4:39)
Tease Me -- Lianne La Havas (3:34)
True Thrush -- Dan Deacon (4:44)
How To Love -- School of Seven Bells (4:31)
The Measure -- Helio Sequence (3:20)
The Stranger -- Lord Huron (5:41)
Harps -- The Sea and Cake (4:07)
Love Is Luck -- The Walkmen (3:26)
Can't Relive The Party -- Toussaint Morrison (3:46)

October 2012 playlist
October 2012

Hands -- The Swellers (2:50)
Your Drums, Your Love -- AlunaGeorge (3:38)
Do It Anyway -- Ben Folds Five (3:55)
Hurricane -- MSMR (3:47)
Thief (Rubblebucket Remix feat. Kalmia) -- Chamberlin (3:53)
Quiver -- Jenna Andrews (3:07)
Patron Saint -- Regina Spektor (3:40)
Glass Mountain Trust (feat. D'Angelo) (B. Bravo & Teeko Re-Funk) -- B. Bravo & Teeko (4:48)
Yet Again -- Grizzly Bear (5:18)
Losing You -- Solange (4:22)
Ends of the Earth -- Lord Huron (4:45)
The Keepers -- Santigold (3:33)
Queen Of The City -- Joshua James (3:19)
How Do You Do? -- Hot Chip (4:45)
Robot -- Sick/Sea (3:56)
Naked -- Sera Cahoone (3:26)
Friends of Friends -- Hospitality (3:08)
Hunting Season -- The Epilogues (3:57)
Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It -- Stars (4:38)
Can't Relive The Party -- Toussaint Morrison (3:46)


September 2012 playlist
September 2012

Unsurfed Waves -- Snowblink (3:38)
Stained Glass House -- Shy Hunters (3:41)
Heartbeat -- Kopecky Family Band (3:12)
Trust -- Generationals (3:45)
Angels -- The xx (2:52)
Slow Beginnings -- Alameda (3:33)
Purple -- California Wives (2:40)
Invincible (feat. RZA & Memoryhouse) -- Colin Munroe (4:37)
Cherokee -- Cat Power (4:46)
That's Still Mama -- Cody ChesnuTT (4:13)
October -- The Helio Sequence (4:38)
Too Young For Love -- Superhumanoids (3:50)
Unrehearsed -- Abandoned Pools (4:05)
Teardrop Windows -- Benjamin Gibbard (2:48)
No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean) -- Kanye West & Jay-Z (4:33)
Shiny Things -- Fanfarlo (4:33)
Tunnels (Arcade Fire Cover) -- Meklit Hadero & Quinn DeVeaux (4:32)
Come Home -- Chappo (3:28)
Fire -- The Submarines (4:24)
I'm Not Talking -- A.C. Newman (4:39)


August 2012 playlist
August 2012

Sleep Alone -- Two Door Cinema Club (3:42)
Comeback Kid -- Sleigh Bells (3:01)
High For This -- Ellie Goulding (4:20)
Lights Out -- Santigold (3:13)
Only The Brave -- The Last Royals (3:35)
Feel So Close (Radio Edit) -- Calvin Harris (3:28)
Movie Loves a Screen -- April Smith and the Great Picture Show (2:15)
Don't Deny Your Heart -- Hot Chip (4:32)
Constant Conservations (St. Lucia Remix) -- Passion Pit (3:59)
Cry for Judas -- The Mountain Goats (3:13)
Only In My Dreams -- Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (3:12)
Thinkin Bout You -- Frank Ocean (3:21)
Will Do -- TV On The Radio (3:46)
Holocene -- KNESSET (5:37)
When The Movie's Over -- Twin Shadow (3:58)
Where Do You Belong? -- Digits (4:25)
Harps -- The Sea and Cake (4:08)
Lord Knows -- Dum Dum Girls (4:18)
Talk about Lonesome -- Beachwood Sparks (3:09)
I'm Jay's Girl -- Friends x Jay-Z (2:50)


July 2012 playlist
July 2012

I Was A Bomb -- Silent Rider (4:50)
Midnight City (M83 Cover) -- Saint Saviour (3:49)
Sod In The Seed -- WHY? (4:43)
Get Away With It -- Animal Kingdom (3:15)
Move In The Right Direction (CSS Remix) -- Gossip (4:02)
Lights -- Ellie Goulding (4:06)
In A Phantom Mood -- Shintaro Sakamoto (4:05)
I'll Wait -- Bebe Black (4:21)
Secret Lover (Party Supplies Remix) -- That Work (3:48)
Sweet Life -- Frank Ocean (4:23)
Coffee -- Misun (3:44)
Settle Down - Brenmar Remix - Master -- Kimbra (4:28)
Rocket Ship -- Dragonette (3:31)
Tuck the Darkness In -- Bowerbirds (4:50)
You as You Were -- Shearwater (3:43)
Murder in the City -- The Avett Brothers (3:12)
Know Me -- Frankie Rose (2:53)
Summer Skills (Bump in the Night Version) -- ARMS (4:36)
Live Your Life (DJ Ayres & Scott Melker Remix) -- Yuna (3:02)
White Coats -- Foxes (4:07)


May 2012 playlist
May 2012

Too Close -- Alex Clare (4:17)
I Belong In Your Arms -- Chairlift (3:27)
Call Me Maybe -- Carly Rae Jepsen (3:14)
All Day Today -- Hospitality (3:14)
Summerlong -- Xylos (3:51)
Marathon Runner -- Yellow Ostrich (3:56)
Titanium -- David Guetta feat. Sia (4:01)
I Wait For You -- Future Of What (2:18)
Doom -- New Beard (3:37)
Tongue Tied (Gigamesh Remix) -- Grouplove (4:28)
Gangsta -- Tune-Yards (4:01)
Us & Ourselves -- Morning Parade (3:43)
Bloody Mary -- Silversun Pickups (3:50)
Some Nights -- PK (3:22)
Treehouse -- Gold Fields (3:18)
It All Feels the Same -- Tennis (3:23)
life = trap -- K.Flay (3:12)
Jag Kommer -- Veronica Maggio (3:27)
End Of The Line -- Sleigh Bells (3:38)


April 2012

Spotify April 2012

Crystals -- Fixers (3:52)
Explosion -- Coco Morier (3:50)
Never Stop -- The Toxic Avenger (4:27)
Lost Somewhere -- Tanlines (3:30)
Take Care (feat. Rihanna) -- Drake (4:37)
Keep It Low -- The Hundred In The Hands (4:23)
Paper Butterfly -- Shana Halligan (2:35)
Anna Sun (Fool's Gold Remix) -- Walk The Moon (2:59)
Born To -- Jesca Hoop (3:44)
Milwaukee Protocol -- Bright Moments (3:46)
Wild -- Royal Teeth (4:35)
Every Night I Say A Prayer -- Little Boots (3:39)
Warrior -- Mark Foster + A-Trak + Kimbra (4:14)
Velvet Elvis -- Alex Winston (3:20)
Leave The Lights On (The Crystal Method Remix) -- Meiko (4:23)
God Knows Why -- Nneka featuring Black Thought (4:02)
Do You Remember -- Ane Brun (3:12)
No Diggity -- Chet Faker (3:43)
Here Again -- Quantic & Alice Russell (4:07)
Big Mouth -- Santigold (3:11)
My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille -- Beirut (3:09)


March 2012
Primitive Girl -- M. Ward (3:10)
Who Do You Like? -- Joywave (3:36)
Someone Like You (Clark Kent Remix) -- Adele (5:53)
Guide Me (Gigamesh Remix) -- James Curd (5:12)
Age of Consent -- The Last Names (3:44)
Cyan -- Kindness (4:28)
Another Life -- NO (4:05)
Somebody That I Used To Know (Myndset Remix) -- Gotye ft. Kimbra (4:35)
Trip -- Vacationer (2:54)
Wood And Plastic -- Breton (2:40)
Slow Down (DWNTWN Remix) -- BeatauCue (3:42)
Give It Away -- Andrew Bird (4:31)
Natural Disaster -- Dante Vs Zombies (3:26)
We Were Owls -- Lovedrug (3:57)
Shake Hands -- Birthmark (2:54)
Groove Me feat. Theophilus London (Alex Metric Remix) -- Maximum Balloon (5:11)
Beautiful Life -- jj (3:20)
Video Games (Grandtheft Remix) -- Lana Del Rey (5:22)
All Of Me -- Tanlines (3:51)
Flutes -- Hot Chip (7:05)


February 2012
Punching In A Dream -- The Naked & Famous (3:58)
Put It On The Line -- Soft Swells (3:46)
We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monae) -- Fun. (4:10)
Break My Heart -- La Sera (2:09)
The Look -- Metronomy (4:38)
Turn Me On (feat. Nicki Minaj) -- David Guetta & Nicki Minaj (3:20)
Lay Your Cards Out (feat. Mike Noyce of Bon Iver) -- POLIÇA (4:04)
Tongue Tied -- Grouplove (3:38)
Santa Fe -- Beirut (4:15)
Don't Stop (St. Lucia Remix) -- Foster The People (4:14)
Crystal Film (Close Remix) -- Little Dragon (4:00)
We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) -- Rihanna (3:36)
June Hymn -- The Decemberists (3:58)
Charles Bradley (Les Professionnels Edit) -- Young Gliss (3:26)
Oceans (White Sea Remix) -- Serenades (4:24)
Bad Feeling -- Veronica Falls (3:10)
Love Love Love -- Avalanche City (3:13)
Two Against One (Feat. Jack White) -- Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi (2:21)
In The Middle (I Met You There) (feat. Jonny Pierce) -- Matthew Dear (3:50)
Sweet Sour -- Band Of Skulls (3:26)
Lotus Flower -- Radiohead (5:00)


January 2012
My Home -- Nneka (4:08)
Cocaine (Little Dragon Remix) -- The Internet (3:29)
Devil's Work -- Miike Snow (3:56)
You're The Kind Of Girl -- Lee Fields (4:01)
This Is Not A Song -- Islands (3:56)
Fauxhemia -- Dead Milkmen (2:41)
Heartaches & Pain -- Charles Bradley (2:56)
Beggar In the Morning -- The Barr Brothers (5:55)
The Night -- School of Seven Bells (3:49)
High Hawk Season -- The Mountain Goats (2:56)
Palomino -- Mates of State (4:55)
Steven McQueen -- M83 (3:49)
Holocene -- Bon Iver (5:37)
Little Talks -- Of Monsters And Men (4:27)
East Harlem -- Beirut (3:59)
Calamity Song -- The Decemberists (3:50)
Cruel -- St. Vincent (3:35)
Downtown -- Destroyer (3:52)
Lover To Lover -- Florence + the Machine (4:03)
Rylan -- The National (4:15)

For all of my mixes going back to 2001, check out our companion Choice Cuts blog!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pour Another One: Choice Cuts Vol. 10


1. "What You Know" -- Two Door Cinema Club
You can't deny the catchy power pop of Northern Ireland indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club. "What You Know," which the group performed on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last January, is the perfect pick-me=up to lead off this year's Choice Cuts compilation. (Two Door Cinema Club's track "This is the Life" also showed up on our November mix.)


2. "Helena Beat" -- Foster the People
While everyone was going nuts over "Pumped Up Kicks" -- which, let's face it, is awfully annoying -- I was drawn to the less cloying "Helena Beat." (Radio is now catching up and starting to play it as well.) Five years from now, you're going to quickly change the station if "Pumped Up Kicks" comes on, but you'll gladly stick around for a listen to "Helena Beat."


3. "Going And Going. And Going." -- Icebird (RJD2 & Aaron Livingston)
This was a tough one, as I had to choose between two excellent Icebird tracks (the other being "Charmed Life"). I went with the slightly more uptempo "Going And Going. And Going." I guess I'm a sucker for DJ/singer collaborations and Icebird -- a combo of RJD2 (Ramble John "RJ" Krohn) and Philadelphia crooner Aaron Livingston -- is this year's winner.


4. "Block After Block" -- Matt & Kim
Brooklyn-based Matt & Kim (Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino) hit it big in 2009 with "Daylight." "Block After Block," off their late 2010 album "Sidewalks," carries on their upbeat sound.


5. "Armistice (RAC Remix)" -- Phoenix
"Armistice" is actually an old track, off Phoenix's 2009 album "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix," so I considered not including it. But RAC's 2011 remix of the song gives it a fresh, dancy spin, and I just couldn't resist.


6. "Sweet Louise" -- Belle Brigade
L.A.-based siblings Barbara Gruska and Ethan Gruska come from music royalty: Their grandfather is Oscar-winning composer John Williams. (Their father is a film and TV composer as well.) The Belle Brigade's harmonies were one of the highlights of KCRW's recent Are Friends Eclectic? concert at the Orpheum.


7. "Paradise" -- Coldplay
Blogger Kid and Blogger Toddler can't get enough of "Paradise." They sing the song's chorus constantly. They re-enact the Coldplay video (watch above). They demand it in the car. Thankfully it's a good song.


8. "Eyes" -- Peter Bjorn and John
Damn you, "2 Broke Girls." I would have included Peter, Bjorn and John's "Second Chance" on this list, as potentially my favorite track on the group's recent album "Gimme Some." But then "2 Broke Girls" selected "Second Chance" its theme song... and hearing it so often, and connected to a sitcom, took away quite a bit of the song's allure in my mind. Thankfully Peter Bjorn and John's new CD contains several tracks worthy of our mix -- "Breaker, Breaker" and "May Seem Macabre" were two more contenders, before I settled on "Eyes."


9. "New Leaf" -- Alameda
What seems to be an unassuming tune by Portland trio Alameda winds up exuding power thanks to its use of drums. (Is that a tympani?)


10. "King Of The Beach" -- Wavves
Pitchfork named Wavves' "King of the Beach" album, which includes this title track, as number 50 on its list "The Top 50 Albums of 2010." I didn't discover it until 2011, but was immediately enchanted by the song's surf/low-fi/noise aesthetic.


11. "A Long Time (Chromeo Remix)" -- Mayer Hawthorne
Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Mayer Cohen) boasts a soulful 60s sound; merge it with Chromeo's 80s vibe for the ultimate throwback mashup. I couldn't find a copy of the Chromeo version on YouTube, so here's the original mix.


12. "Sleeping at Night" -- Caught A Ghost
Catchy, soulful tune from Los Angeles band Caught A Ghost, fronted by songwriter/producer Jesse Nolan. It's so catchy, as a matter of fact, that every time "Sleeping at Night" comes on in the car I catch Blogger Kid and Blogger Toddler singing along to the chorus. (For that reason alone, I couldn't resist putting it on the Choice Cuts roundup.)


13. "Barton Hollow" -- The Civil Wars
It's been a big year for the Civil Wars, the Grammy-winning Nashville duo of singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White. The group rode the wave of this year's heavy folk trend (Mumford and Sons, obviously, leading the way as well) and were helped when iTunes promoted "Barton Hollow" as its "free single of the week" last February. Above, here they are on the UK's "Later with Jools Holland."


14. "Moment 4 Life" -- Nicki Minaj Feat. Drake
Going mainstream here. Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" wound up on a lot of top ten singles lists for 2011. But I kind of preferred "Moment 4 Life" and its simple drum beat. "Moment 4 Life" was one of my go-to songs when I wanted to pump in some energy on the long drive home.


15. "Ritual Union" -- Little Dragon
The smooth, silky music of Little Dragon sounds like the soundtrack to a late evening in some smoky, space age club. We've included Little Dragon in past end-of-year mixes, and this year I was enchanted by "Ritual Union." This is a video of them performing at KCRW.


16. "Catapult" -- Operator Please

I'm realizing that several of this year's Choice Cut picks were the catchy songs that I heard Blogger Kid and Blogger Toddler singing to in the back row of my car. Maybe that's what endeared me to the tracks even more. That's the case of "Catapult," a quick-paced, rockin' tune.


17. "Maps" -- The Front Bottoms
"Maps" wins for being the quirkiest song on this year's list. It sounds like an upbeat tune, but it's really a tragic treatise on failed dreams and missed opportunities.


18. "Midnight City" -- M83

C'mon, is there anything better than the opening synth chords of M83's "Midnight City"? I could hear it over and over again. And if that's not enough 80s deliciousness for you, "Midnight City" includes a saxophone! A SAXOPHONE. 1986 is back!


19. "Ffunny Ffriends" -- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Whatta great hook. Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra's analog sound makes "Ffunny Ffriends" deceptively simple. But like the song title's strange spelling, "Ffunny Ffriends" surprises.


20. "Warm Heart of Africa (Featuring Ezra Koenig)" -- The Very Best
Another semi-cheat -- this track actually came out in 2009, but I only discovered it in 2011, while listening to newer music from The Very Best. But it's a good way to first meet the band, a mix of Afropop and Western sounds. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend duets with Malawi-born Esau Mwamwaya of the band provide the vocals here.


21. "No One's Gonna Love You" -- Cee Lo Green
It was quite a year for Cee-Lo, between "F**k You" and his turn as a coach on NBC's "The Voice." My favorite output from Cee-Lo, however, was his soulful take on Band of Horses' "No One's Gonna Love You."


22. "Helplessness Blues" -- Fleet Foxes
The title track from Fleet Foxes' second album, "Helplessness Blues" builds on the back of a drum cadence before ending on a quiet note. I thought it was the perfect way to end this year's Choice Cuts mix.

2011 Mixes

November 2011

Ffunny Ffriends -- Unknown Mortal Orchestra (4:17)
Life On The Nickel (Mansions On The Moon Remix) -- Foster The People (3:20)
Shake it Out -- Florence + the Machine (4:38)
Dance Card -- Pepper Rabbit (3:44)
Why Even Try (RAC Remix) -- Theophilus London (5:14)
Gotta Go -- Oberhofer (3:18)
Eyes Wide (Fool's Gold Remix) -- Local Natives (3:16)
By Your Hand -- Los Campesinos! (4:07)
We Are -- Freestyle Fellowship (2:43)
Before I Knew -- Basia Bulat (1:13)
Sway -- Mates of State (3:35)
Bittersweet Melodies -- Feist (3:57)
This is the Life -- Two Door Cinema Club (3:31)
Balance -- Future Islands (4:07)
Wild Window -- Fool's Gold (2:57)
Bunhill Fields -- Amor de Días (2:13)
The Rip Tide -- Beirut (4:26)
Make My -- The Roots (4:32)
No Ending -- Stacy Lane (2:23)
Coffee -- Yuna (2:52)

October 2011

Pull Me Back to Earth -- Friendly Fires (3:30)
Paradise -- Coldplay (4:39)
Rocketeer -- Far East Movement & Ryan Tedder (3:31)
Sleeping at Night -- Caught A Ghost (3:30)
Indian Summer (Des Moines) -- Canon Blue (4:31)
Street Joy -- White Denim (3:36)
Midnight City -- M83 (4:03)
Charmed Life -- Icebird (RJD2 & Aaron Livingston) (3:41)
Money -- The Drums (3:54)
My Boo -- Friends (3:32)
Don't Move -- Phantogram (4:18)
Free My Mind -- Katie Herzig (4:46)
Little House of Savages (Walkmen Cover) -- Asobi Seksu (3:13)
Walked Alone -- YACHT (4:50)
Romance -- Wild Flag (3:52)
Play (Los Rakas Remix) -- Goapele (4:24)
Steady Steady -- North Highlands (3:35)
Matador -- Maria Taylor (4:20)
Somebody that I Used to Know -- Gotye (4:04)
Desire -- Mates Of State (2:47)
Carry -- Tori Amos (4:08)

September 2011

Block After Block -- Matt & Kim (2:56)
Bedroom Eyes -- Dum Dum Girls (3:58)
Ritual Union -- Little Dragon (3:30)
I Would Do Anything For You -- Foster the People (3:31)
I Stand Alone -- Theophilus London (3:23)
Another Luvr (feat. Wale) -- Teedra Moses (4:06)
Up Up Up -- Givers (4:34)
What You Know -- Two Door Cinema Club (3:11)
Beautiful Trash (feat. Megan Washington) -- Lanu (3:31)
Why Can't We -- Aṣa (3:44)
Wolves (Crystal Fighters Remix) -- The Good Natured (5:17)
In A City Without Seasons -- The One AM Radio (3:03)
All Alone -- Toro Y Moi (3:55)
Weekend -- Class Actress (4:02)
Angela -- The Go Round (4:16)
Street Clothes -- Fool's Gold (5:01)
The Heron And The Fox (Work Drugs Sex-Fi Remix) -- Little Scream (3:44)
The Romance of the Telescope (feat. Andrew Cedermark) -- Lushlife (4:52)
How Can U Luv Me -- Unknown Mortal Orchestra (3:28)
Dreams -- Blood Diamonds (3:45)

August 2011

A Long Time (Chromeo Remix) -- Mayer Hawthorne (4:41)
Going And Going. And Going. -- Icebird (RJD2 & Aaron Livingston) (4:19)
What Starry Eyes Know (Two Door Cinema Club vs. Ellie Goulding) -- Neon Hitch (3:46)
Radar Detector (The Loving Hand Remix) -- Darwin Deez (5:37)
Pumped Up Kicks (Grouplove & Captain Cuts Remix) -- Foster The People (4:03)
Life Is Life (Yuksek Remix) -- Noah and the Whale (4:28)
Maps -- The Front Bottoms (3:35)
Swell Window -- Zee Avi (3:52)
Judy Is Your Viet Nam -- They Might Be Giants (1:26)
I Don't Know How To Act Here -- Teletextile (4:21)
Lies We Live In -- Ximena Sarinana (3:46)
Nothing But Our Love -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (4:06)
Watch Me Dance -- Roots Manuva (4:06)
Northern Mentality (Friendly Ghost Remix) -- Mathieu Santos (Ra Ra Riot) (4:34)
The Jingle Swing -- Bigott (2:55)
Colour -- Keegan DeWitt (4:02)
Half Of Something Else -- The Airborne Toxic Event (4:39)
Dan's Silverleaf -- The Middle East (4:13)
Dub Revolution -- See-I (3:40)

July 2011

Second Chance -- Peter Bjorn & John (4:13)
Underneath the Sycamore -- Death Cab for Cutie (3:25)
The Roller -- Beady Eye (3:35)
You Were Never There -- Diego Garcia (3:40)
Georgia -- Cee-Lo (3:46)
King Of The Beach -- Wavves (2:38)
Just a Friend (feat. Biz Markie, Matt Berninger, and Sharon Jones) -- Booker T. Jones (4:05)
Warm Heart of Africa (Featuring Ezra Koenig) -- The Very Best (3:47)
Juice -- Tony Castles (2:35)
Skip the Charades -- Cold War Kids (4:25)
Call Your Girlfriend (Feed Me Remix) -- Robyn (4:56)
Battery Kinzie -- Fleet Foxes (2:49)
Faster -- Matt Nathanson (3:28)
Calgary -- Bon Iver (4:10)
Half Of Something Else -- The Airborne Toxic Event (4:39)
Wonder Why -- Vetiver (3:22 Tonight's The Kind Of Night (RAC Mix) -- Noah and the Whale (3:39)
One for You, One for Me -- Bright Eyes (6:35)
Ire -- The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination (3:20)
Wooden Bones -- Follow That Bird (4:18)
Representing Memphis -- Booker T Jones (3:30)

May 2011

Cant Keep Johnny Down -- They Might Be Giants (2:23)
May Seem Macabre -- Peter, Bjorn and John (4:42)
Starry-Eyed -- Ellie Goulding (2:57)
Scissor Runner -- Jenny And Johnny (2:58)
The Shark Fighter! -- Aquabats (2:57)
Love To Get Used -- Matt Pond PA (3:34)
Turning Tables -- Adele (4:10)
Make Some Noise -- Beastie Boys (3:32)
Sadness Is A Blessing (Gold Panda Remix) -- Lykke Li (4:32)
The Healthy One -- Laura Stevenson & The Cans (2:23)
Wait & See -- Holy Ghost! (3:43)
No One's Gonna Love You -- Cee Lo Green (3:29)
Exile Vilify -- The National (4:45)
Can't Stop Thinking about You -- Brett Dennen (4:05)
Dinner -- Blood Orange (4:50)
Sunshine Eyes (Channel Swimmer Mix) -- Polarsets (4:40)
Seashell -- Scala and Kolacny Brothers (3:25)
Golden State -- Delta Spirit (3:13)
Go Outside -- Cults (3:24)
Upside Down -- J. Pinder (3:52)
Need You Now -- Cut Copy (6:10)

March 2011

New Leaf -- Alameda (2:58)
Something's Gotta Give -- The Kickdrums (3:44)
Breaker Breaker -- Peter Bjorn & John (1:39)
Perfectly Crystal -- Asobi Seksu (3:49)
The Cave -- Mumford & Sons (3:36)
Catapult -- Operator Please (3:12)
Seance On A Wet Afternoon -- Girls Names (3:00)
I Don't Wanna -- Anna Waronker (3:08)
Simmerdown -- Nostalgia 77 (3:27)
Save Me -- Nicki Minaj (3:05)
The Last Dance (Chase & Status Remix) -- Clare Maguire (3:26)
Helplessness Blues -- Fleet Foxes (5:03)
Rolling In The Deep -- Adele (3:48)
Oh My Heart -- R.E.M. (3:21)
Eleven (feat. tUnE-yArDs) -- Thao & Mirah (4:01)
The Tide Pulls From The Moon (Acoustic Version) -- William Fitzsimmons (3:21)
Call Up to Heaven -- Kraak and Smaak (4:46)
Armistice (RAC Remix) -- Phoenix (4:56)
Forget That You're Young -- The Raveonettes (3:58)
Winter Song -- The Head and the Heart (2:43)


January 2011

Middle Of The Night -- Eastern Conference Champions (2:56)
Genius Of Love (Money Mark Remix) -- Tom Tom Club (4:43)
Ready To Start -- Arcade Fire (4:19)
Tonight -- Koudlam (3:25)
The World (Is Going Up In Flames) -- Charles Bradley (3:25)
Tree By The River -- Iron & Wine (3:57)
Mine Is Yours (Passion Pit Remix) -- Cold War Kids (4:18)
Sweet Louise -- Belle Brigade (3:08)
Up All Night (SBTRKT Remix) -- Alex Clare (3:22)
Tear the Fences Down -- Eulogies (2:37)
Still The Same Person -- Sister Crayon (3:44)
Cold Rain (prod. Ski Beatz) -- Talib Kweli (2:37)
I Follow Rivers (Dave Sitek Remix) -- Lykke Li (3:58)
Alter Ego -- Tame Impala (4:48)
Shake Me Down -- Cage the Elephant (3:30)
Barton Hollow -- The Civil Wars (3:25)
We Are Stars -- The Pierces (3:48)
Sunlight (feat. Dan Black) -- Bag Raiders (4:03)
I Count The Ways -- Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible (3:50)
The Smoke -- Home Video (5:12)
Triple Double -- Girl Talk (6:28)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Rock the Waffle House: Choice Cuts Vol. 9





1. "Fair Game" -- The Like

There's a lot to like about The Like. Yes, they're the daughters of industry vets (including group founders Elizabeth "Z" Berg, the daughter of a former Geffen exec, and Tennessee Thomas, the daughter of Elvis Costello's drummer. But these women can craft some seriously catchy pop -- and "Fair Game" is irresistible.



2. You! Me! Dancing! -- Los Campesinos!

This feel-good Los Campesinos! track is actually three years old. But I just discovered it this year, and got instantly hooked. I dare you to listen to this track without tapping your toes. (The video's pretty cool too; the song doesn't actually begin until more than a minute in, but it's well worth a watch.)



3. Lose It (In The End) -- Mark Ronson feat. Ghostface Killah

Fresh off Mark Ronson's third album, "Record Collection," this jam's short but powerful, a great use of Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald juxtaposed with Wu Tang's Ghostface Killah.



4. "Sun Hands" -- Local Natives

Silver Lake's own (by way of Orange County) Local Natives was featured on several of Franklin Avenue's playlists this year, as the group's debut CD, "Gorilla Manor," was a fave. "Sun Hands," which features the group's harmonies leading up to a powerful climax, was one of my faves.



5. "The High Road" -- Broken Bells

Broken Bells -- the duo consisting of uber producer Danger Mouse and The Shins vocalist James Mercer -- came on the scene big this year, starting with their lead-off single, "The High Road." Their self-titled CD, released in March, remains a favorite of 2010. Danger Mouse -- real name: Brian Burton -- reps the second producer on our Choice Cuts end-of-year collection, along with Mark Ronson. (His partnership with Cee-Lo, Gnarls Barkley, was also a Choice Cuts favorite.)



6. "Symphonies" -- Dan Black feat. Kid Cudi

Dan Black's "Symphonies" was a minor hit this year in its original version, but I'm partial to this reworked version featuring Kid Cudi. It's been quite a year for both artists: Kid Cudi received three 2010 Grammy nominations and starred in HBO's "How to Make it in America," while Dan Black's debut album "UN" was released this year. Black's video for "Symphonies" (above) also scored multiple MTV Video Music Award nominations.



7. "Not in Love" -- Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith

This is a very late addition to the end-of-year mix -- but I can't get this song, or the vocals by the Cure's Robert Smith, out of my head. It's a cover of a 1980s song by Platinum Blond, updated by Crystal Castles -- with the genius addition of Smith's vocals. Better than anything The Cure has put out since the early 1990s.



8. "Little Secrets" -- Passion Pit

First off, you gotta love the fact that Passion Pit -- formed in 2007 -- took their name (allegedly) from Variety's slanguage dictionary. (Variety used the term in the past to refer to drive-in theaters). I enjoyed Passion Pit's CD for much of 2009, actually, but this song snuck onto my January 2010 mix. It's such a catchy, delicious slice of electro pop (I also love the use of PS22 chorus for the "higher and higher" riff).



9. "Heard It on the Radio" -- The Bird and the Bee

Back in May, we took our first major road trip since the birth of Blogger Baby 2.0. During the drive north to San Francisco, we probably listened to the Bird and the Bee's "Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Hall and Oates" four or five times. It was the perfect, breezy soundtrack for our drive up the 5. "Heard It On the Radio" stood out to me, perhaps because the original Hall & Oates song isn't as overplayed as some of the others that Bird and the Bee (Inara George and Greg Kurstin) covered.



10. "Shyness" -- Thieves Like Us

Gotta love a band that takes its name from a classic New Order track. Thieves Like Us, which boasts members from both the U.S. and Sweden (but is based in Paris), came up with this solid pop song.



11. "Boy" -- Ra Ra Riot

Off Ra Ra Riot's second album, "The Orchard," the track "Boy" was a standout. Fast-paced with some great guitar work, this song will quickly get you moving.



12. "The Drumming Song" -- Florence and the Machine

This was Florence and the Machine's year, and while the hit song was clearly "Dog Days Are Over," I was partial to the power (and the drums, natch) of "The Drumming Song."



13. "As We Enter" (Tinie Tempah Remix) -- Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

One of the more interesting releases this year came from hip-hop vet Nas and reggae star Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. Their collaboration, "Distant Relatives," was an interesting mix of hip-hop, reggae and African beats. I actually put several songs on my playlists throughout 2010, and their track "Strong Will Continue" was another contender for the end-of-year Choice Cuts mix. But the lead-off track to "Distant Relatives," the short jam "As We Enter," contains that irresistible sample from Mulatu Astatke. The mix I include is slightly different from the video version (above).



14. "Young Blood" -- The Naked and Famous

OK, so yeah, there's a definite Passion Pit vibe here. I clearly dig that kind of sound. But no matter. I like this song.



15. "Islands" -- The XX
Smoothest grooves of the year came from The XX, including their hit "Islands." London-based The xx's debut CD was actually released in late 2009, but their CD hit it big here across the pond in 2010. The xx also won this year's prestigious Mercury Prize.



16. "Skinny Genes" -- Eliza Doolittle

British singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle (real name: Eliza Sophie Caird) burst on the scene this year with her self-titled debut. Pop ditty "Skinny Genes" went on to become a big hit in the U.K.



17. "Dear God 2.0" -- The Roots (feat. Jim James and Monsters of Folk)

The Roots are a reminder that, through some hard work, you can have it all. Being the house band for Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" has given the live hip-hop crew more exposure than ever -- and yet The Roots still had time to release the critically acclaimed CD "How I Got Over." The group even perfomed at Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity. It's good to be the Roots. Here, they collaborate with Monsters of Folk's Jim James for a new spin on that group's "Dear God."



18. "Tighten Up" - Black Keys

I didn't think I could like this Black Keys track any more... and then I saw the video and fell in love with it all over again.



19. "Lumiere (The xx Intro Remix)" -- Blue Scholars

This Seattle-based hip-hop duo, consisting of Geologic (George Quibuyen) and Sabzi (Saba Mohajerjasbi), has made it big in the Pacific Northwest thanks in part to their socially conscious lyrics and cool beats. "Lumiere" works thanks in part to that great sample from the xx as well as the catchy lyrics, such as Blogger Kid's favorite line, "Locked in thought/like a Filipino/watchin' boxing." The clip above was created by Oakland photographer John Coyne, who liked "Lumiere" enough to produce his own video.



20. "Soldier On (Big City Love Affair Remix)" -- The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap's original tracks are great, but they also led themselves to some stellar remixes. Here's one, "Soldier On," which I think really benefits from the addition of a marching drum-style backbeat.



21. "Modern Drift" -- Efterklang

Maybe I had a thing for drums this year? Dutch band Efterklang shares a quiet force with "Modern Drift," the first track off their third studio album, "Magic Chairs."



22. "Bed Intruder Song" -- Antoine Dodson and the Gregory Brothers

Wellll.... you can't really put together a 2010 mix without some sort of catchy Gregory Brothers autotune song. "Bed Intruder Song" was in my head, and I'm sure yours, for what seemed like months.

And that's it! Happy New Year, everybody.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Mixes

November 2010

Heat And Hot Water (Passion Pit Remix) -- ARMS (3:32)
Skinny Genes -- Eliza Doolittle (3:05)
Home -- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (5:06)
Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith) -- Crystal Castles (3:46)
All Matter -- Bilal (5:21)
Me And The Moon (Twin Shadow Remix With No FX) -- The Drums (4:13)
Somebody To Love Me (ft. Boy George & Miike Snow) -- Mark Ronson And The Business Intl (4:58)
Freak Out -- Tapes 'n Tapes (4:05)
10 Slow -- Twin Shadow (3:58)
What's My Name --Rihanna feat. Drake (4:17)
Ain't Nobody (Coyote Remix) -- Clare Maguire (3:50)
Down By The Water -- The Decemberists (3:42)
Stop Me -- Mark Ronson Feat. Daniel Merriweather (3:54)
Get Some -- Lykke Li (3:23)
Just Before The Rain -- Dutch (3:59)
Louder Than Ever -- Cold War Kids (2:44)
MoneyGrabber -- Fitz & The Tantrums (3:10)
Boxer -- Lovers (4:20)
Favorite Colour (PUNCHES Remix) -- Tokyo Police Club (5:07)
Hypnotize U (Nero Remix) -- N.E.R.D. & Daft Punk (5:33)

October 2010

Lumière (The Xx Intro Remix) -- Blue Scholars (2:42)
I'm Afraid I'm Gonna Die Here -- Tim Kasher (4:51)
Bubbles -- Biffy Clyro (4:58)
A Roof Somewhere -- Lonely Drifter Karen (2:28)
Helicopter (Diplo & Lunice mix) -- Deerhunter (4:06)
Secrets -- Silver Swans (2:52)
Kisses -- Kisses (4:11)
Soldier On (Big City Love Affair Remix) -- The Temper Trap (5:03)
Nobody's In Love (Xaphoon Jones Remix) -- 2AM Club (3:45)
Gasoline And Matches (Soundtrack Version) -- Buddy & Julie Miller (3:12)
Sun Demon -- Stereolab (3:16)
Mountaineer -- White Sea (3:54)
Ode To Hip Hop (Intro) -- Nemo Achida (1:37)
My Girl The Horse -- Fences (4:28)
Total Live Forever -- Foals (3:16)
Resurrection (Penguin Prison Remix) -- The Temper Trap (5:39)
Faith (feat. Drake) -- K-Os (3:21)
Fast Lane -- Husky Rescue (4:36)
Tell 'Em -- Sleigh Bells (2:57)
Get Down -- Danny! (2:24)
Tokyo (Superhumanoids Remix) -- Wombats (3:06)

September 2010

Everything You Wanted (RAC Remix) -- Kele (4:29)
When I Come Home -- The Drums (3:42)
Doubt -- The Corin Tucker Band (3:23)
My Body -- Young The Giant (4:06)
Islands -- The XX (2:41)
Lose It (In The End) -- Mark Ronson feat. Ghostface Killah (2:26)
Climbing Walls (Demo) -- Strange Talk (3:45)
Sun of A Gun -- Oh Land (3:26)
Enemy Gene -- Of Montreal (3:38)
In Sleep (Live) -- Lissie (4:00)
Don't Leave My Mind -- Azure Ray (3:43)
I'm Leaving You For Solitude -- Manic Street Preachers (3:22)
The Good Life (prod. Pharrell) -- Chiddy Bang (2:57)
Boy (RAC Mix) -- Ra Ra Riot (3:54)
I L U -- School Of Seven Bells (4:40)
Stranger -- Dr. Dog (3:44)
Animal -- Jenny And Johnny (3:41)
Pretty Please (Love Me) -- Estelle (Featuring Cee-Lo) (3:59)
Come Undone -- Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan (5:43)
Bed Intruder Song -- Antoine Dodson & The Gregory Brothers (3:05)


August 2010

Stick Up Kids (Full Version Demo) -- Bad Rabbits (3:12)
Big Wave -- Jenny & Johnny (3:54)
Lamplight -- Bombay Bicycle Club (3:45)
Tightrope (Organized Noize Remix) -- Janelle Monáe (feat. Big Boi (4:50)
Why Does The Wind? (Morgan Geist Remix) -- Tracey Thorn (5:56)
Young Blood -- The Naked And Famous (3:53)
Bye Bye Bye -- School of Seven Bells (4:15)
Erase Me -- KiD CuDi (feat. Kayne West) (3:11)
Boy -- Ra Ra Riot (3:11)
Genesis 3:23 -- The Mountain Goats (3:13)
Everytime I'm With You -- Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse (feat. Jason Lytle) (3:12)
Make It Better -- The Knocks (3:54)
Georgia -- Yuck (3:40)
Cold War -- The Morning Benders (1:44)
Sun Hands -- Local Natives (4:51)
Wake Up Everybody -- John Legend & The Roots (feat. Common & Melanie Fiona) (4:16)
Jimmy Had A Polaroid -- Math and Physics Club (2:27)
Oh My God -- Cults (3:21)
Trophy Queen -- Guards (feat. Caroline Polachek) (2:11)
Boyfriend -- Best Coast (2:30)

July 2010

I Know We'll Never -- Rose Elinor Dougall (3:04)
Towards The Future (feat. Deacon The Villain) -- Tunji Balogun (4:23)
Can't Back Down -- Bad Rabbits (3:15)
We Don't Want Your Body -- Stars (3:26)
Clap Your Hands (Prince Vince Remix) -- Sia (5:02)
Right On (Feat. Joanna Newsome, STS) -- The Roots (3:36)
Fire With Fire -- Scissor Sisters (4:13)
Shutterbugg -- Big Boi Feat. Cutty (3:35)
Dancing On My Own -- Robyn (4:51)
Tonight, Tonight -- Passion Pit (4:08)
Even Though (Surfing Leons Afternoon Remix) -- Morcheeba (5:38)
Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore) -- B.o.B (3:01)
Tell Me You Love Me -- Leela James (3:30)
Up In The Clouds (Shoes Remix) -- Darwin Deez (3:41)
Don't Turn The Lights On -- Chromeo (4:37)
Point Me At Islands -- Tired Pony (3:12)
Hot-N-Fun (Yeasayer Remix) -- N.E.R.D. (3:46)
Drunk Girls (Holy Ghost! Adult Swim Remix) -- LCD Soundsystem (4:17)
Cold War (Wondamix) -- Janelle Monáe (3:34)
Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix) -- Florence and the Machine (6:50)

June 2010

Fair Game -- The Like (2:28)
Each Year (Absofacto Remix) -- Ra Ra Riot (3:58)
So This Is Goodbye (Pink Ganter Remix) -- William Fitzsimmons (5:04)
Dear God 2.0 (feat. Jim James & Monsters Of Folk) -- The Roots (3:59)
Acapella (Friends Electric Mix) -- Kelis (4:19)
Shyness -- Thieves Like Us (3:39)
Cry Cry (Deichkind Remix) -- Oceana (4:21)
Wait Up (Boots Of Danger) -- Tokyo Police Club (3:18)
Learnalilgivinanlovin -- Gotye (2:47)
Babelonia -- School Of Seven Bells (5:01)
California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) -- Katy Perry (3:56)
Hollywood -- Codeine Velvet Club (4:03)
Strong Will Continue -- Damian Marley & Nas (5:06)
Rill Rill -- Sleigh Bells (3:50)
Tighten Up -- The Black Keys (3:30)
Drumming Song -- Florence & The Machine (3:46)
Kids ('Live Lounge' MGMT Cover) -- B.o.B (3:36)
Excuses -- The Morning Benders (5:17)
What's The Attitude -- Cut Chemist Feat. Hymnal (4:06)
Honest Face -- Liam Finn + Eliza Jane (3:43)
Sleepwalk -- Charles Webster featuring Shana Halligan (5:52)

May 2010

Heard It On The Radio -- The Bird & The Bee (3:03)
Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart -- Alicia Keys (3:51)
The Mall & Misery? -- Broken Bells (4:08)
He's Not A Boy -- The Like (2:35)
Compass -- Jamie Lidell (5:38)
Deny All -- Bettie Serveert (3:02)
Amazing -- One Eskimo (4:37)
As We Enter (Tinie Tempah Remix) -- Nas and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley (2:13)
Shadows -- Au Revoir Simone (4:03)
Wake Up - It's Africa Calling (Youssou Remix) -- Youssou N'Dour feat. Neneh Cherry (4:08)
Promises -- The Morning Benders (3:04)
Modern Drift -- Efterklang (4:54)
Invisible Light -- Scissor Sisters (6:14)
Airplanes -- Local Natives (4:00)
Paradise Circus -- Massive Attack (4:58)
Rules Don't Stop -- We Are Scientists (2:17)
Emancipated Minor -- Ani Difranco (4:31)
Infinity Guitars -- Sleigh Bells (2:36)
Laughing With -- Regina Spektor (3:18)
Happy Accident -- Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova (3:12)

April 2010

45 -- Ozomatli (3:03)
Baby Lee -- Teenage Fanclub (4:24)
The High Road -- Broken Bells (3:52)
The Kids Don't Stand A Chance -- Vampire Weekend VS Miike Snow (4:54)
4 3 2 1 -- K-OS (3:54)
Falling From The Sun -- The Album Leaf (4:57)
A Hundred Hearts -- Swimmers (3:05)
At A Glance (Toro Y Moi Remix) -- Body Language (3:24)
Black Lotus -- The Whigs (3:38)
I'm Sorry, Baby, But You Can't Stand In My Light Any More -- Bob Mould (3:12)
Window Seat -- Erykah Badu (4:50)
If I Ever Had a Dream -- Nellie McKay (3:50)
Divisive -- We Have Band (3:46)
Mossie -- Bettie Serveert (3:14)
Good Morning -- Rogue Wave (4:11)
Full Steam -- David Gray featuring Annie Lennox (4:12)
The Boxer -- Editors (4:44)
Powerful Stuff -- Sean Hayes (3:37)
Friends -- Nas & Damian Marley (4:49)
Waves -- Holly Miranda (5:05)
World News -- Local Natives (4:32)

March 2010
Eat that Up, It's Good for You -- Two Door Cinema Club (3:45)
Night By Night -- Chromeo (2:19)
October -- Broken Bells (3:38)
Pirates Declare War -- The Bundles (4:12)
Vapours -- Islands (2:41)
Bloodbuzz Ohio -- The National (4:38)
Four Floors -- Diplo vs. Sunday Girl (4:23)
Turn the Dirt Over -- Sea Wolf (2:59)
Calypso Gold -- Princeton (3:44)
Oh, The Divorces! -- Tracey Thorn (4:15
Flash Delirium -- MGMT (4:16)
Red -- Daniel Merriweather (3:57)
Gladhander -- Stripmall Architecture (4:38)
Ready for the Floor -- Lissy Trullie (4:00)
Always For You -- The Album Leaf (5:08)
Heartbeat (Chase & Status Remix) -- Nneka (3:39)
Games You Can Win -- RJD2 fea. Kenna (5:26)
I'd Do It All Again -- Corinne Bailey Rae (3:07)
I Learned The Hard Way -- Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (3:47)
Feel It All Around -- Washed Out (3:16)


February 2010
Sunlight -- Harlem Shakes (2:53)
Stylo (Chiddy Bang Remix) -- Gorillaz (feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack) (3:36)
You've Changed -- Sia (3:10)
Little Secrets -- Passion Pit (3:59)
Look -- Solillaquists of Sound (4:12)
Odessa -- Caribou (5:16)
The Book of Love -- The Magnetic Fields (2:43)
Soldier Of Love -- Sadé (5:58)
50 Lashes -- Floating Action (4:32)
Oh No -- Andrew Bird (4:21)
The Uncomfortable Truth -- Nneka (3:50)
Fall Hard (Passion Pit Summertime Radio Remix) -- Shout Out Louds (5:00)
Able To -- Eternal Summers (1:59)
Don't Gotta Work It Out -- Fitz and the Tantrums (4:10)
When They Fight They Fight -- The Generationals (3:20)
Feeling The Pull -- The Swell Season (2:21)
Sugalumps -- Flight Of The Conchords (2:12)
Anyway -- Duck Sauce (2:53)
Resurrection -- Lupe Fiasco (feat. Kenna) (2:56)
When I'm Small -- Phantogram (4:09)

January 2010

Two Weeks -- Grizzly Bear (4:03)
Empire State Of Mind -- Jay-Z (Feat. Alicia Keys) (4:37)
The Wooden Chair -- Jenny Wilson (3:15)
You! Me! Dancing! -- Los Campesinos! (5:00)
Walkabout -- Atlas Sound (3:59)
Animal (Mark Ronson Remix) -- Miike Snow (4:58)
Slow Poison (Of Montreal Remix) -- The Bravery (4:01)
Audience -- Cold War Kids (3:02)
Whatcha Say -- Jason Derulo (3:43)
Front Row (Acoustic) -- Metric (3:14)
Cruel Intentions (Heartbreak's Slow Action Remix) -- Simian Mobile Disco (feat. Beth Ditto) (3:28)
Symphonies -- Dan Black (feat. Kid Cudi) (3:40)
Sad Song- Pacific -- Au Revoir Simone (3:26)
I Would Like to Call It Beauty -- Corinne Bailey Rae (4:19)
Mystery Zone -- Spoon (4:59)
Squeeze Me -- Kraak & Smaak (3:18)
Deadbeat Summer -- Neon Indian (4:03)
Seven -- Fever Ray (5:10)
Never Gonna Let You Go -- Esthero (4:00)
Always Free -- The Kooks (3:31)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Taco the Town: Choice Cuts Volume 8




1. PANIC SWITCH -- Silversun Pickups
2. LISZTOMANIA -- Phoenix
3. 28 BUTTS -- Little Jackie
4. CHANGE -- Daniel Merriweather feat. Wale
5. SONG FOR NO ONE -- Miike Snow
6. BEGGIN' -- Madcon
7. HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW -- The Heavy
8. PARANOID -- Kanye West feat. Mr. Hudson
9. TIME LAPSE LIFELINE -- Maria Taylor
10. BARCELONA -- Plastiscenes
11. IT DON'T MOVE ME -- Peter Bjorn and John
12. GIVEN UP -- One Eskimo
13. VISION ONE -- Royksopp
14. LOVELY, LOVE MY FAMILY -- The Roots
15. NEVER FORGET YOU -- The Noisettes
16. HALF ASLEEP -- School of Seven Bells
17. ABC's -- K'naan
18. BLINKING PIGS -- Little Dragon
19. HURT FEELINGS -- Flight of the Conchords
20. EVERYBODY KNOWS (RAC Mix) -- John Legend
21. MJ MEGAMIX -- Michael Jackson