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The Big News
It’s that time of year music lovers, time for the end of the year lists! First up, my top 10 or so songs of the year. Not strictly singles, mind you. Any song released on an album this year (yes, that’s the one rule, it has to be on an album that has been released in 2015) is eligible for a spot on this list. This is the third year of this list.. The first two editions (2013-14) were published when this site was called 8th Circuit (8CN) and dissolved into internet ether during the change over from 8CN to Overmental so I can’t link to them So, let’s just start by reviewing the last two winners of song of the year. You’ll have to take my word for it.
But first, a moment of silent for Scott Weiland.
And for my promise not to listen to the new Adele song. My wife made me listen to it tonight.
Moby (featuring Wayne Coyne), “The Perfect Life”, Innocents, Mute Records
The Hold Steady, “Oaks”, Teeth Dreams, Razor and Tie
There ya go, a happy one and a sad one. Don’t say I’m not eclectic. Anyway, on with the show. Let’s start with some honorable mentions.
Marriages, “Skin”, Salome, Sargent House
Chvurches, “Leave a Trace”, Every Open Eye, Virgin
Yeah, I like Chvrches. So what? In fact, I really, really like Chvrches. But only in small doses.
Hannah in the Wars, “Only Wanna Be”, Hannah and the Wars
A nice tip from the neglected Songs They Send Us category. There is Cure blood in this song.
10. FFS, “Collaborations Don’t Work”, FFS, Domino Records
Really solid indie rock band meets one of the most creative musical duos of all time. Hilarity, and genius, ensues. I can tell ya that Sparks is one of my favorite bands of all time… but it won’t make any difference. Rock critics have been saying that for years and only a handful of people have found their way into the weird, wonderful world of the Mael brothers. I really hope pairing up with FF pushed a few alt-rock kids in their direction. What I wouldn’t give to be 16 years old and hear Kimono My House for the first time.
9. Monk Parker, “Sadly, Yes”, How the Spark Loves the Tinder
A drunk Mojave 3 anyone? I’ll take two!
8.Leon Bridges, “Coming Home”, Coming Home, Columbia
What do they call this – old school soul? Retro soul? Whatever it is, it’s great.
7. The Punch Brothers, “Familiarity”, The Phosphorescent Blues, Nonesuch
Now this is how you open a record. This Punch Brothers record had enough hype behind it, and then they lay this on us?
6. Langhorne Slim, “Airplane”, The Spirit Moves, Dualtone Records
If there’s a new Langhorne Slim record, I’m gonna like it.
5. Shawn Ames, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Number 9 Productions
A mysterious and starling tale of love and obsession. The nerve center of the most breathtaking album of the year. Download it here for free!
4. Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, “Silent Movies”, Skeleton Crew, Glassnote Records
Not cheating! I know this one has been around for a minute, but it wasn’t released on a record until this year. Plus, I’ll always jump on any chance to play this song.
This one too! (Not part of the list, just for fun!)
3. Jason Isbell, “Speed Trap Town”, Something More Than Free, Southeastern Records
The loneliest song I’ve heard in a long, long time. I expected to love this record, but I ended up only really, really liking it. I thought it was a little too “This is rural America. Look at it! See this guy, he’s just lucky to have a job!”, with parts of it possessed of all the subtlety of a drunk sideshow barker. But the majority of the album, and in particular this song, captured pieces of things that few people consider, which is why Isbell is such a singular and unique songwriter.
2.. Royal Thunder, “Time Mahine”, Crooked Doors, Relapse
If you listen once, you will hear this band forever.
1.Glen Hansard, “Her Mercy”, Didn’t He Ramble, Anti-
Yep, like Lisa Simpson, I’m a sucker for an Irish lilt. And it’s always good to end with a love song.That’s my motto.
Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel, for my top ten ALBUMS of the year!!
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