What’s up Pitchfork and Rolling Stone? Check out this fresh take on the year end list. I set a smart playlist in iTunes to make a list of songs added in 2013. (Jan 1st to Dec 31st(duh))
So without further delay here we go: the top 10 things I imported into iTunes in 2013
Air - The Virgin Suicides
Watched the movie (not for the first time) then downloaded the soundtrack. What can I say? It’s awesome. Chill before chill was cool. I guess. Sofia Coppola needs to make another movie like Virgin Suicides and less of this boo hoo being famous is depressing stuff.
Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
One the greatest uses of Pirate Bay this year. 500 songs and almost all of them make you go “oh ya THIS song!” as in you know you’ve heard it in the car with mom or dad but don’t know the name. Now there is some stuff in there from the 80s that must just be artistic value or something because wow “Greatest of All Time”? I don’t think so 80s. And the 90s weren’t much better don’t kid yourself. The Sopranos didn’t even come out until ‘99. Anyway what I’m saying here is a lot of the music and stuff from the 80s just sort of sucks compared to stuff before and after it.
Bill Callahan - (The Album that came out in 2013 and two others)
Whatever Bill Callahan does he is doing it right. I don’t want to say music genius because it might be a formula that involves delicate rock layered with a voice as thick as bacon grease you left sitting out.
I honestly haven’t given Dream River that close of a listen but his song Rococo Zephyr is amazing.
Good artists are assholes. Moving on.
Beachwood Sparks - Tarnished Gold and “Beachwood Sparks”
Now don’t think I’m a man who loves country. Because popular country is just rap for hill billies. All the lyrics from country hits are look at my girl, I’ve got money, I’ve got a big truck, I’m loyal to my gang of friends who dress and think like I do.
Beachwood Sparks. Man this stuff is awesome and inspired me to get into a bunch more country sounding rock but whatever. It’s like these guys are talented musicians you know? I’m also a sucker for some smooth ass steal guitar.
Petunia and the Vipers - The Cricket Song
Yes just the song. This song is crazy yodelling country and I was obsessed with it for a solid couple weeks. Also great musicians.
Neil Young - American Stars and Bars, Harvest, “Neil Young”, Zuma, you get the picture I downloaded a shitload of Neil Young
Now my favourite Neil Young album and one of my favourite albums ever is On the Beach but I think I downloaded it 2012. I hadn’t really looked deeper into Neil Young albums until recently. His first album and the stuff with crazy horse is just so laid back and awesome. American Stars and Bars kept me going on the previously mentioned country vibes.
The Besnard Lakes - Until in Excess, something something the album name is long
According to wikipedia these guys have a bunch of albums. This one is pretty awesome and came out early 2013. It’s like insanely chill but super heavy at times. Which is a great mix.
Brian Jonestown Massacre - The 3 albums that all came out the same year
This is one of those bands that everybody who is like really into music knows about and seems to enjoy. While I won’t be listening to his entire discography any time soon despite how essential it may or may not be these 3 albums are pretty solid. My favourite song is the 1st track on the Satanic Rolling Stones parody album. Pretty sweet.
YOU GUYS SERIOUSLY LET ME DOWN! I MEAN COME ON YOUR ALBUM WAS SO LAME IT’S LIKE YOU DIDN’T EVEN TRY. THERE ARE LIKE 2 GOOD SONGS AND THE REST IS LIKE WHAT THE HELL IS THIS WEIRD “experimental” SHIT YOU GUYS AREN’T THE FLAMING LIPS DESPITE HAVING THE SAME PRODUCER
you broke my heart guys and your concert was really expensive and you didn’t even sell tickets at record stores what the fuck I couldn’t go
Whatever I guess it’s not like you were ever an underground band to begin with. You were like mega famous as soon as Kids came out.
I still love you, I’m just disappointed.
Buffalo Springfield - All 3 albums
These guys are hippie rock at it’s finest. Seriously. You know the stereotypical 70s dude? Picture him in your head. A marijuana smoking 70s dude not a cocaine snorting 70s dude.
That 70s dude listened to Buffalo Springfield in his back yard while he smoked doobies.
Angels of Light and Akron Family
I don’t know how to explain this album it’s just awesome.
Obviously all the sweet music that came out this year like
Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, Chance the Rapper, BEYONCE
NOT JAY-Z LIKE NOT EVEN CLOSE MAN SORRY
This album by a band called Threace was pretty sick, I downloaded a bunch of Miles Davis, Crosby Stills and Nash (and Young),
Daft Punk, DARKSIDE, Deerhunter’s album was ok but their concert was amazing, Ducktails’ album was disappointing, Foxygen, I downloaded this 1969 self titled album by a band called Gandalf that was AWESOME, the band The Pretty Things is super awesome
but the #1 thing I put into my iTunes in 2013
CRIMSON & CLOVER
I knew I had had heard this song before but I guess I had never really taken it in. It’s in a movie or something I know I’ve heard a handful of times but one day it came on the radio in Vancouver and I was like WHOA WHAT IS THIS SONG WITH THE PERFECT 3 CHORDS IN A ROW?
And in the second verse when the LA LA LA LA LA LAs come in it’s like YES. I even found a version with a long guitar solo that’s like 5 minutes rather than the 3:30 radio version.
Well I hope you guys enjoyed this list or better yet never read it at all
Happy New Year #2014 #YES2014