So yeah, it’s June. What else can I say… at this rate, I should just type out my Year End Best-Of, because I can’t believe the year is almost half over…
I shall start by getting this out of the way: my Album of the Month for May was Daft Punk‘s latest. As if it could have been anything else. It’s on track to be my #1 for the year. Unless Trent can whip something up before Dec. 31, 2013, it’s a safe bet. This album is huge. SPIN described it as a Bob Fosse meets George Lucas space musical. Pretty much. My song-by-song review is here.
How about the music? Well, shit was bumpin‘ this month, likely influenced by Daft Punk. Interestingly enough, my most plays did not come from iTunes, but from YouTube. Like all the kids do these days, I was streaming music without downloading.
Desired reaction: @_____@
I watched/listened to the 15-minute animated nightmare teaser for the new Queens of the Stone Age album, …Like Clockwork, well over twenty times. Over and over and over again. It’s fantastic. Credit that fucked up cartoon for making me fall in love with the new record. It is gorgeous RAWK. OK, so:
1. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork short film
2. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”
Just kidding! But I did break a playcount record and vanquish the 200-play marker (combining iTunes and my iPod, it’s nearing 300). Dizzam… no but seriously, it was a Daft Punk song. Just listen to the album already!!!!
2. Daft Punk – “Fragments of Time”
This is the one with Todd Edwards, he of “Face to Face” fame. It’s my favorite track off the album and the moment the soft-rock cheese gives way to a synth/guitar freakout, a la Discovery, my head explodes with happiness every single time. It’s glorious happy times.
3. Giorgio Moroder – “Racer”
Geriatric Italians rock. This track is for some Google car-racing game (hence the title, duuuuuh) and it is a banger. If there were more tracks like this on Random Access Memories, the EDM kidz would stop bitching and whining. It is a hypnotic doozy for the dance floor, the sequel to his 2-pronged attack at a comeback.
4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Buried Alive” (feat. Dr. Octagon)”
My favorite track off Mosquito (April’s Album of the Month!), this is a wackadoo leftfield song featuring a killer verse from Kool Keith/Doc Ock, my favorite since his appearance on Prodigy’s “Diesel Power” — the best song on Fat of the Land. It’s a creepy, funky little number, blown apart as soon as Keith drops the first line. God, this song.
5. The Wanted – “Walks Like Rihanna”
So I’m totally going to hipster-claim that I’ve liked The Wanted since I heard this song in Summer ’11. Yeah, no shame. This song has the stupidest lyrics ever and the chorus makes me cringe; I hate when songs reference things that plant them FIRMLY in a specific period (most egregious hate-offense for me: New Radicals’ references to Beck, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson… odd that the 3 of them are still around but that little shit is in a gutter). Anyway, this drivel is very catchy.
6. Thirty Seconds To Mars – “Conquistador”
I haven’t liked a 30STM (isn’t that what the kids call them?) since their debut single. They have a massive international following that boggles me, but hey, kids like overblown, overearnest and trying-to-hard anthems. So do I. This song is driving, catchy and fit for massive arenas. You’ll always be Jordan Catalano to me, kid.
7. Penguin Prison – “Golden Train”
I missed this song from 2010… thank you Gap in-store music and Shazam. It’s funky, it’s playful, it’s catchy. I was dancing in the clearance section. Blast this and pretend we’re back in the Off The Wall era.
8. Rihanna – “Right Now” (feat. David Guetta)
I love how this “features” David Guetta, as if he didn’t write this song for one of his albums and this is a b-side masquerading as an a-side. Whatever. Anyway, it’s typical of the output that Rihanna and Guetta pump out: heavy, fever-sweat inducing hard house (there’s even some dubstep for the kidz) with impulsive youthful lyrics. Makes you want to dance until you drop…or hump something until you pass out.
9. deadmau5 – “Professional Griefers” (feat. Gerard Way)
Confession: while I didn’t really like My Chemical Romance, I always had a soft spot for Gerard Way. He’s got vision, he has passion and he can really shred the vocals. This sounds like a remix of a MCR song (I mean that to be a good thing). It’s aggressive and heavy. I’m usually not a fan of deadmau5 either. This is just a great case of worlds colliding.
10. Selena Gomez – “Come and Get It”
Boy, the inclusion of the Bollywood-style music really elevates this song to something else. On its own, it is a pretty basic and boring pop track, but I am a sucker for the ethnic sampling. I will likely be sick of it by the end of the summer, but for the moment, it’s one of the songs that I don’t immediately change on the radio (see: “Mirrors”… groan)
Yikes, lots of guilty pleasures on this list! See you at the end of June…