Jeez, another month blew by. ONE FISCAL QUARTER. And now we’re a few days into April and I haven’t even updated you on my March listenings yet… You — all one or two of you, bless your hearts — must have been so anxious to see what I’ve been feeding into my ear tubes. Fear not, for I have risen. Let’s go!
[Remember: we’re going for play count here…. No cheating!]
1. how to destroy angels – “Strings and Attractors”
This song sounds like something off The Fragile (by way of Year Zero), which is alright in my book because The Fragile is secretly my favorite NIN album (sorry, Downward Spiral, you’re still technically the “best”). I cannot wait to hear this in concert. House of Blues, 4/27! Gah!
2. Phoenix – “Entertainment”
Argh, conflicted! Why? This is the chinkiest-sounding shit I’ve ever heard, and yet…. YET…. it’s so goddamned catchy! Like, earworm-cannot-be-dislodged-from-brain catchy. Bound to be in the Top 10 Songs of 2013. And the video is a ridonkulous, high art homage (yes, I’m calling it an homage) to Korean dramas. A+, you French bastards.
3. Rihanna – “Lost In Paradise”
I know, I’m supposed to be punishing her for going back to Breezy, but no. I love this song (thank you H&M in-store music, as always). Her “darker” tracks are always my favorites and I’m assuming this is the dark horse of Unapologetic. Sounds like it’d fit nicely on Rated R (my favorite RiRi album). Hum along.
4. Bruno Mars – “Moonshine”
My favorite track off his latest album (if you remember, my album of February). As my sister said, “This would be your favorite.” Totally. Funky beat, driving rhythm… reminds me of my favorite Alan Parsons Project shit (sorry for this obscure, embarrassing and problematically incorrect point of reference). It’s cool, it’s catchy.
5. Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
They’re back!!!! I didn’t realize how much I missed them (I’m really serious, sue me) or their pretentiously laughable song titles (are we still LiveJournaling, bros?). This stadium-banger is wielding a killer chorus and it’s just…agh, I miss 2005! I’m so surprised by my love for this song that I’ll just stop here. I’m on fiiii-yaaaaaaaah!
6. Usher & Diplo – “Go Missin‘”
I’ve been sitting on this since February. It’s a slow burner. So smooth, so hypnotic. He’s so into the electronic thing these days that it’s no surprise to hear this style song, but without him worrying about filling a dance floor with insane high energy shit, he can utilize that smooth-ass voice of his. Mmmm mmm, smoove.
7. Alt-J – “Estocada” (aka “Something Good”)
Sorry, Alt-J. They’re at the butt-end of my 2012 Albums list and, you know what, they should be in the Top 3 or 5, at least. I saw them in March for the first show of their current US tour. It was amazing. This song in particular — already one of my faves off the album — was infused with so much ass-kickery in a live setting that I can’t stop listening to it. They’re so good and so few people know about them… there’s still time to get into them before you’re accused of bandwagoning. Get with it!
8. Junip – “Your Life, Your Call”
In a year packed full with highly anticipated albums (Strokes, JT, NIN, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, YYYs), I am so surprised that Junip just popped out of nowhere and into my life. I cannot wait to hear the rest of this album. Jose Gonzalez singing without his usual acoustic accompaniment + 2 guys who play instruments = this. I’ll be damned, but I think I might be more into it that both the new Strokes and JT combined. Great job, Junip boys.
9. Youngblood Hawke – “We Come Running”
This song has been out forever, right? I’ve heard it on the radio for months, but have just finally let it into my heart. It’s happy, it’s catchy. It’s like a lamer version of a fun. anthem mixed with some old pop-punk-emo aesthetic. It makes me happy.
10. Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack”
Damn, girl. When I first heard it, I was like, “Ugh this is so generic and boring.” And then I couldn’t get it out of my head (especially that “chorus”!) So there you have it, I will just embrace this. The lyrics are dumb, most of the song really is quite generic, but damn… that “ataaaAAAAAaaaAAAAAAK” is money. Pure money.
And finarry, the latest from Stephen Frost. This one’s a rocker and *might* be my favorite off his current album project.
Damn. Looking back on this list — I’m listening to some pretty poppy shit these days! And you know what? It’s only going to get worse as the weather gets better. Every year — without fail — my winters are filled with quiet, profound, introspective, and sometimes dark stuff. But once the windows can roll down and my limbs can be freed from their fabric-layer prisons, it’s on. But what about album of the month!? Wrote about it already. Yeah, it grew on me. how to destroy angels. Go tell your mom about it.