My intention was to make this a big post, just like the albums post I made last week, but I've been a combination of really busy with this new jibby job of mine and a bit lazy too. So, here we are over a week after I said I'd put this up and I'm just now doing it. Eh, in the immortal words of Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein, "Could be worse, it could be raining". So, without further ado, here's my 28 favorite songs of the year in no order whatsoever. Why 28? If I had spent more time, it probably would have been 128, I just stopped at 28. Rather than tell you why I love these songs so much, I'm going to let these poets' words speak for themselves. Enjoy.
The National - Mistaken For Strangers
Make up something to believe in your heart of heartsAndrew Bird - Dark Matter
so you have something to wear on your sleeve of sleeves
so you swear you just saw a feathery woman
carry a blindfolded man through the trees
When I was just a little boyOkkervil River - Unless It's Kicks
I threw away all of my action toys
When I became obsessed with operation
What a dream in the darkSongs of Green Pheasant - Boats
About working so hard
About growing so stoned
Trying not to turn up
Trying not to believe in the light
On your own
This song is so beautiful and Duncan mumbles a bit so just listen.
Radiohead - All I Need
It's all wrongLow - Murderer
It's all right
It's all wrong
It's all right
Don't act so innocentAnimal Collective - Fireworks
I've seen you pound your fist into the earth
And I've read your book
It seems that you could use another fool
Well I'm cruel
And I look right through
Attractive day in the rubble of the night from before.LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
I can't walk in a vacuum, I feel ugly, feel my pores.
It's the trees of this day that I do battle with for the light.
Then I start to feel tragic, people greet me, I'm polite.
You spent the first five years trying to get with the plan,LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
and the next five years trying to be with your friends again.
The worst is all the lovely weather,Bright Eyes - Coat Check Dream Song
I'm sad, it's not raining.
The coffee isn't even bitter,
Because, what's the difference?
I slept with that dealer all summerBeirut - Cliquot
The ecstasy is still in my spine
Coat Check I couldn't remember
Walked into the winter, came out on the other side
Set fire to foundation and burn out the stationJose Gonzalez - Cycling Trivialities
You'll never get nothing of mine
The pane of my window will flicker and billow
I won't leave a stitching behind
Don't know which way to turn.Kevin Drew - Tbtf
Every trifle becoming big concerns.
All this time you were chasing dreams,
without knowing what you wanted them to mean.
slice my eyes took me throughDeerhunter - Cryptograms
another night that goes all night through
tries to seize what their hearts have lost
my best friend took me in
laid me down beside my own sins
and I said "can you please forgive the love?"
My greatest fearSigur Ros - I Gaer
The days were long
The weeks blew by
Before I knew
I was awake
My days were through
It was too late
I don't speak Icelandic
Spoon - Finer Feelings
I was part-time at the Tasty PrawnThe Twilight Sad - That Summer, At Home I Became The Invisible Boy
That and moving furniture and cutting lawns
Covered in newsprint, staying up real late
Just holding out for some fate
and fourteen and you knowKings of Leon - Knocked Up
that I'm looking the wrong way
and is the past outside
or in this lovely home
I don't care what nobody says, noMenomena - Muscle n' Flo
I'm going to be her lover
Always mad and usually drunk
But I love her like no other
There's so much more left to doMenomena - Wet and Rusting
Well I'm not young
But I'm not through
I made you a present, you’ll never expect itThe Weakerthans - Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure
And when you unravel the secret will travel, oh
It's hard to take risks, with a pessimist
For a while, I heard you missing steps in the streetDan Deacon - Wham City
And your anger pleading in an uncertain key
Singing the sound of you that you found for me
I hope in my heartPanda Bear - Bros.
that we on a whole will die
and the earth be left alone
just beast and bee and fish and tree
this hope I wish will someday be
i know myself and i know what i want to doCaribou - She's The One
im doing my best and i want to know is it good for you?
you give me trouble
you give me everything that you've got
ill show you that whats right for me aint for you
time and time I hear things that can't be trueJohn Vanderslice - Kookaburra
and it's only talk cause she'll never be so cruel
every night there's a new name on her arm that I don't think I recognize and it's never strange just how long she stays away
I guess I'll have to compromise
Lightning shot from the skySt. Vincent - Paris Is Burning
It breathed life into every, every living thing
It made you, it made me
It gave us the Kookaburra
It gave us Frangipani tree
Enclosed in this letter there's a pictureExplosions In The Sky - The Birth and Death of The Day
Black and white for your refrigerator
Sticks and stones have made me smarter
It's words that cut me under my armor
No lyrics here, and none needed.Caspian - Asa
All those that know me, know that I find humor in many things. Well, this year (and many of the last few years) the thing that I found funniest was R Kelly. So to end the list making season with a bang, I present to you the most hilarious song of the year.
R. Kelly - Sex Planet
Girl now that you're next to me
We'll be just like satelites
Watching over the Earth
We'll make space our paradise
Girl I promise this will be painless(painless)
We'll take a trip to planet Uranus
Uh just put your trust in me
And girl i promise destination
will be a trip that you will never forget
I'm gonna take you out of this world
So hold on tight my dear
Hold on tight indeed.