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The Ultimate 2010 Playlist

Remember 2010???? Goddamn, now¬†that was a hell of a year. The Olympics in Vancouver, The Town with Ben Affleck, and this blog was started. It’s gonna be tough to follow that up 2011 –¬†consider yourself on notice early this year Rabbit.

Along with the 2010 highlights mentioned above, it was a hell of a year for music-especially the lesser known but madly talented, non-mainstream rock industry which saw some amazing bands brought to the attention of this blog. So that being considered here are some of our favourite songs from this year to create a reminiscent playlist that you will want to put on repeat on your ipod.

  1. Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness
  2. Mumford and sons – Roll away your stone
  3. The Middle East – The Darkest Side
  4. Kenny Chesney – Everybody wants to go to Heaven
  5. Drake – Over
  6. The Black Keys – Everylasting light
  7. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (guilty pleasure)
  8. The Arcade Fire – Modern Man
  9. B.O.B. – Airplanes
  10. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  11. Billy Currington – People are Crazy
  12. Florence and the machine – You’ve Got the Love
  13. Vampire Weekend – Horchata
  14. The Band Perry – If I Die Young
  15. The National – Blood Buzz Ohio

You can thank us later for the quintessential 2010 Playlist. We’re like DJ Am without the drugs or annoying remixes.

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Taste gets better with age

I recently partook in a study to determine the effects of aging on the taste of music and was surprised to hear the results. The study was commissioned, designed, deployed and participated by yours truly so to say it is indicative of the entire population of the world would be accurate.

Remember the first time you took a sip of your dad’s wine spritzer or your mom’s can of Wildcat? Tasted like crap didn’t it? If you said it tasted like lucky charms then you are probably a drunk who is reading this from the gutters of society, in which case we’d like to thank you for reading and for offering less competition to us finding good jobs. Anyhow, over the years the taste of alcohol grew on you and now most adults find themselves enjoying these delicious beverages at least a few times a week. Well it dawned on me during this thorough study that my taste in music has gotten a lot better with age as well. Now not everyone has the musical pedigree of myself, I once played the opening riff of “Satisfaction” on a guitar, but seemingly peoples taste in music gets a little more eclectic and enjoys more talent put into the work. A band like The Arcade Fire may have sounded like that first taste of liquor back when you were 14 – harsh, rough, and a distinct aftertaste that left you on the verge of puking. Come forward 10 or 15 years and you realize the complexity and intricacies of each song that make it smooth and delicious just like a full-bodied beaujolais, see I know wine too. Sure I still love when Katy Perry get’s my heart racing in her skin tight jeans when she’s my teenage dream tonight. And who doesn’t love Kid Cudi’s pursuit of happiness by drinking and driving and not giving a shit. But with each passing year of age people seem to respect a little more thought and talent put into what goes into their ears.

Anyways, this was really just a reason for me to post some songs that everyone should be listening to now because, well, I said so.

Brandon Flowers – Only the Young from his CD Flamingo

Mt. Desolation – A state of our Affairs from their yet to be named album

The New Pornographers – Moves from their album Together

And because I mentioned the Arcade Fire, here is an oldie but a goodie.

The Arcade Fire – Rebellion/Lies from the album Funeral

Bands that you should listen to

I’m not a record exec, a talent agent, or a cheesy tv reality show host but I think I have a pretty good ear for musical talent. It’s pretty simple really: interesting lyrics, good voice and the ability to create good background sound. Easy peasy.

So why do people waste their time listening to Faber Drive instead of some of these talented musicians/bands

The Middle East
Mark my words, these guys will blow up. They are way too talented and creative not to. An Australian band that uses most instruments imagineable and has a country meets Arcade Fire sort of sound. Get their album The Recordings of the Middle East Songs you should listen to: Blood, The Darkest Side, Hunger Song

The National
Talented rock band that is starting to get attention everywhere they go. Their lead singer’s deep, melodic voice sucks you in and refuses to spit you out as it rythmically yet clumsily leads you through his lyrics. Get their album High Violet Songs to listen too: Fake Empire, Blood Buzz Ohio, I’m Afraid of Everyone

Band of Skulls
Wicked, hard hitting british rock that features some great back and forth vocals between the male and female vocalists. Get their album Baby Darling Doll Face Honey Songs to listen to: I know what I am, Light of the Morning, Patterns