I’m not sure if it’s a known fact here on BDWPS, but I’m a huge San Antonio Spurs fan. My obsession with Spurs basketball rivals my enthusiasm with indie music. Needless to say, I’ve been in full celebration mode since the Spur dismantled the Miami Heat a few weeks ago. After the Spur’s game 3 victory, I was checking my twitter for news updates and snarky comments from fellow fans. Amidst my state of bliss, I came upon the following tweet from indie rocker Mikal Cronin.
With the end of 2013 just ahead, buckle in for an epic playlist. On this month’s episode you’ll be taken through nine great tracks that will help you gear up for the upcoming year end lists here at BDWPS.com. Check it out HERE or subscribe on iTunes (Keyword: BDWPS).
Grooms “I Think We’re Alone Now”
Mutual Benefit “Advanced Falconry”
Arcade Fire “Normal Person”
Destroyer “El Rito”
Girls Against Boys “Let’s Get Killed”
Future of the Left “The Real Meaning of Christmas”
Dylan and the Dead “Slow Train”
I told myself all year that I wouldn’t create a “Top Songs” list for 2012. In years past, I’ve invested massive amounts of time to create what had over the years turned into a list of the Top 100 (!) songs, a list that pretty much no one every read or cared about (here’s last year’s list!). I decided this year that my time was better spent focusing solely on my albums list. Then again, as the month of January has crept forward, I kept getting the itchy typing finger to still throw a list of songs together. I’m not quite sure why I ever made a song list considering I’ve always been an “album” kind of guy. Then again, there are always those tracks that stand out and get revisited when I’m not listening to an album in its entirety. Most commonly my favorite songs from the year are found on mediocre albums that I’m not interested in revisiting in their entirety, but you will also find familiar tracks that can be found on my definitive “Top 40 Albums of 2012” list. What you read below is far from definitive. Simply put – it’s a collection of songs that you may enjoy as sweet little morsels of dessert to follow my 40-course meal of albums.
On this episode you’ll here a United Kingdom-centric playlist (unintentionally) with new songs from Future of the Left, Alt-J, and Bat For Lashes. Canadian metal also makes an appearance with Bison B.C. and Menace Ruine. Sweden’s The Amazing and American born artists like Aimee Mann and Titus Andronicus round off the last podcast of 2012.
Songs played on this episode:
Future of the Left “Notes On Achieving Orbit”
Aimee Mann “Charmer”
The Amazing “Flashlight”
Bat For Lashes “Horse of the Sun”
Bison B.C. “Finally Asleep”
Titus Andronicus “Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Plate”
Menace Ruine “Salamandra”
Bob Dylan “Winter Wonderland”
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This year, my SXSW experience felt a bit like a walk down memory lane with performances by such 80s and 90s legends as Jesus and the Mary Chain, Corrosion of Conformity, Built to Spill, and Pennywise. All these bands, although aged and weathered, put on inspired performances that were highlights of my week. Despite the daily rekindling of my youth, I also discovered more bands this year than I have in years past. As with every year, below you will find some of my favorite performances, showcases, and the less than stellar experiences of the week.
You are about to read through what I deem the top 60 tracks of 2011. Yes, 60. For some reason, lists need to fit within the confines of the top 100, top 50, top 40, Top 20, or Top 10. Any other number seems arbitrary. I had the same uncertainty with the number 60. When I first assembled my list it consisted of 87 songs. I had a decision to make: force 13 more songs onto the list and create another monolith like I did last year (it was a lot of work by the way), or attempt to whittle the list down to 50. I went with the latter, but when finished, I found I still had 67 songs. I struggled and struggled and eventually had it to the number we have now: 60. At this point, I couldn’t remove one more song. None of these songs could be tossed aside, each holding a special meaning, memory, or melody that helped me through another year.