Normally I don’t pay much mind to the ‘remix’ emails in my inbox. So I got curious as to what made me open this particular one from the Virginia-based duo calling themselves BbopNRokstedy. I think part of it was this photo, because this guy looks a bit like my eccentric friend, BH. The other was their MySpace tagline “Be Afraid”, which made me laugh. And then there was the song, Phoenix’s “1901”. I mean, c’mon. That was one of the best tunes of ’09, hands down. So I gave it a spin. And liked it. Hey, at least they’re not remixing Animal Collective (so cliche).
The OCMD Best of 2009 Questionnaire
- Best Album: Dark was the Night compilation – tough to beat out this much fire power
- Most Overlooked Album: Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms – I just can’t stop listening to this album.
- Best Song: Yikes. This one’s to close to call. Last.fm tells me I’ve listened to “So Far Around the Bend” by The National the most this year, so I guess that’s as good an indicator as any. Elvis Perkins’ “Shampoo”, Phoenix’s “1901” and “What I Mean To You” by Justin Townes Earle are all right up there.
- Best Live Show: Josh Ritter’s NoisePop gig at Great American Music Hall last February just edged out J. Tillman’s surprisingly epic show at Cafe du Nord. Both shows outmatched a lot of the bigger ticket shows I caught this year.
- Band/Artist I am most happy to have discovered: Patrick Watson
- Band/Artist I kick myself for missing: St. Vincent
- Band/Artist everyone seems to love but I just can’t get behind: Animal Collective
- Favorite SF Band: Maus Haus. You’d probably get a different answer tomorrow, but that’s my pick today.
- One to Watch in 2010: Girls / Maus Haus
La Blogotheque’s Take Away shows simply rule. Case in point this latest video with Phoenix performing “1901”.
Here’s the video for “Lisztomania“, the first single from Phoenix’s forthcoming album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix release on May 25th. This band appears to be pretty POPular with the kids.
As many of you who read this blog already know, I’m mostly indie rock girl but I do dabble in a little indie pop/electronica from time to time. I am attracted to that Euro/ambient/dub pop/downtempo groove. However, it’s the rare album in this genre that can hold my interest all the way through. Which is why you won’t find many (if any) electro/pop albums on my top 20 list for 2008.
But there were many great songs of this variety that stood out to me this year. And here is a compilation of some of those tracks that moved me. I love listening to this mix and hope you will too. Enjoy!
Listen to Best Songs of 2008 – Electro/Pop:
- Koushik, ‘Lying in the Sun‘
- Air France, ‘Collapsing at Your Doorstep’
- Martina Topley-Bird, ‘Phoenix’
- The Black Ghosts, ‘Full Moon’
- Nightmares on Wax, ‘195LBS.‘
- The Notwist (Panda Bear Remix), ‘Boneless’
- Tobacco, ‘Hairy Candy’
- Lemonade, ‘Sunchips’
- Raised By Robots, ‘I Love You/U Luv Me 2′
- Starf**ker, ‘Florida’
- Rafter, ‘Juicy’
- Cut Copy, ‘Lights & Music’
- Nightmares On Wax, ‘Da Feelin’
- Rainbow Arabia, ‘Omar K’
I realized after obsessing this week over Beck’s new album, ‘Modern Guilt‘, that I was listening to yet another Danger Mouse production. What is this guy up to and what else is he working on? A lot, so it seems.
Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) is famously known for remixing Jay Z‘s ‘Black Album‘ over samples from The Beatles ‘White Album’ to create, ‘The Grey Album.’ From there he collaborated with Cee-Lo (as half of Gnarls Barkley) to release the hugely popular ‘St. Elsewhere’. He’s also produced the debut album from The Good, The Bad and The Queen, and the latest releases of Sparklehorse, The Rapture and Gorillaz.
This year he’s in top form with producer title for the following releases:
With his influences firmly rooted in electronica/trip-hop, I’ll definitely be tracking his next move.