Archive for December, 2009


Top 50 Songs of the Decade

December 14, 2009

I posted my list of my top 11 albums of the decade, and now we have arrived at that more specific indicator at greatness– the songs. Most publications have put their album lists out after the songs, seemingly because the albums list is more dramatic, but I disagree– these songs, taken as a whole, tell the story of my life these past ten years. The ups, the downs, the neutrals, the ecstasy-like nights, and the hyper-depression evenings. All of it is summed up by these tracks.

I’ll roll out the list in the next 5 days– ten songs each day. Every song will be available for streaming, and the occasional track I’ll throw up to download. There’s no rhyme or reason for which songs I post to download– those I think most of you don’t have, and should have, will be included. (Though really, if you’re human, if you have feelings, if you have a soul, you should have all of these tracks.)

My favorite lists are those that help me discover new gems, and I hope you all find something you love in this, something you haven’t heard before.

Without further ado, I present my favorite tracks of the 00’s

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Arts & Cash

December 1, 2009

I worry that the new single from electronic masterminds Modeselektor will be criminally underappreciated. For all the greatness they’ve given us over the years, they still lag significantly behind hipper and more culturally relevant DJs. How sad it is that that stuff matters. “Art & Cash” is the clever little title of the duo’s latest outing. “Art” acts basically as an intro into “Cash,” but the ear-screeching racket of the former seems like almost a snide joke to see how much pain a human can withstand. Well, when “Cash” drops, all humor immediately subsides. The bass rolls furiously behind an unexpectedly likable groove, and climaxes into next year’s surprise dance hit. Guetta and Black Eyed Peas followers won’t be able to boogie to this tune—but fuck them. This shit is goooood.

Also, do not miss this phenomenal video for the track. It’s one of those videos in which, after you watch it, you cannot listen to the song without picturing it in your head. A visual stimulation for the ages.

Modeselektor – “Cash”