Posts Tagged ‘Arcade Fire’

Favorite tracks of the decade

December 27, 2009

Well, I started DJing around 2000 and now its approaching 2010. I thought I should do some of my favorite tracks of the decade. I’m sure this will be an ongoing post that I keep coming back to when I forget about a jem here and there. Also, a lot of my tracks are going to overlap with Rolling Stone and Pitchfork‘s favorites. I don’t mean to step on anyone’s toes, a great track is a great track. Unlike Pitchfork and Roling Stone, I’m going to be different and leave out OutKast from my list and also LCD soundsystem. Not that I don’t think their good, I do actually prefer to listen to OutKast when I’ve had five to many beers, but they just aren’t my favorite. So here we go, I’m going to list these in numerical order (that however does not mean that #1 is my favorite and so on, I’ve never been good at ranking and I’m not going to start trying to do it now.)

1. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Fever to Tell (2003), Maps
The New York Times chose this as album of the year, it was nominated for a grammy, and is on Spin’s 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 1995. I bought it for the hearfelt track “Maps”. It’s a brilliant love song, and I’ll even go out on a limb and say its the best of the decade.
2. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009), My Girls
This is Animal Collective’s 8th album, check these guys out.
3. M.I.A., Kala (2007), Paper Planes

4. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008), Strange Overtones
I dare you not to dance:

5. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois (2005), Chicago
6. TV on the Radio, Desperate Youths Blood Thirsty Babes (2004), Staring at the Sun
7. The Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004), Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
8. Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), Reservations
In my humble opinion, this is Wilco’s best album.
9. Modest Mouse, Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004), Float On
10. Spoon, Kill the Moonlight (2002), The Way We Get By
I couldn’t stop playing both the Modest Mouse’s Float On and Spoon’s The Way we Get By for a very long time.

11. Portishead, Third (2008), The Rip
Thank God this beautiful woman brought us another album.
12. Beck, Sea Change (2002), Lost Cause
13. Fugazi, The Argument (2001), Cashout
14. Yo La Tengo, And Then Nothing Turns Itself Inside-Out (2000), Our Way to Fall
15. Cat Power, You Are Free (2003), I Don’t Blame You
16. Radiohead, Kid A (2000), Optimistic
17. Elliot Smith, Figure 8 (2000), Easy Way Out

18. Pinback, Blue Screen Life (2001), Penelope
19. Blonde Redhead, Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons (2000), In Particular
20. PJ Harvey, Stories from the City- Stories from the Sea (2000), A Place Called Home
21. Death Cab For Cutie, You Can Play these Songs With Chords, Pictures in an Exhibition
This band  (along with Bright Eyes) took College Radio by storm.

22. American Analog Set, Know by Heart (2001), The Postman

What are some of your favorite tracks over the past 10 years?

I’m in love with…

March 28, 2009

the trailer to Where the Wild Things Are.

This book is incredible, and the trailer made me tear up. Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs did the musical score and Arcade Fire did a recording for the trailer.

So excited.

Thank you Superchunk.

February 5, 2009

I started listening to these guys in High School. I bought the album “Here’s where the strings come in” in 97, 2 years after it came out. For the past 12 years its been in my regular listening rotation. I think Superchunk is majorly overlooked, not only for their fun pop sounds, but also for the fact that two of the members went off and started their own record label known as Merge Records. So who is on Merge Records? Bands like Arcade Fire and Neutral Milk Hotel with their album “In the Aeroplane over the Sea”, just to name a few.

Here’s a photo of me (HeidiHehnly) improving my mood with a little “no pocky for kitty” and “here’s where the strings come in”:


Recently I’ve been listening to “here’s where the strings come in” a lot more. I’ve been tired and cranky, and the only pick me up I seem to have is good old Superchunk. There’s something about the tracks Hyper enough, Silver leaf and Snowy tears, Iron on, Animated airplanes over Germany, and Eastern Terminal that just make my day a little better. So the moral of this post is, if you are having a rough time lately where beer, coffee, cookies, or chocolate are just not improving your daily routine, try some Superchunk. I promise, they’ll help.