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Here it is – our top twenty (one) favorite and most listened to songs of 2010. Well 20 of our favorite songs and what WILL BE our favorite song of 2011. It’s been an amazing, amazing year – our first full year as a blog and producing showcases of amazing up-and-coming talent in New York. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of it and for all of the support. Happy New Year!! xx KC + SL
Kanye West – Blame Game
Dominant Legs – About My Girls
Arcade Fire – Suburban War
Gold Panda – You
Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
Beach House – Norway
The Radio Dept – Heavens on Fire
Cults – Go Outside
The ABC Club – Thieving Magpie (YouTube)
Cloud Nothings – Can’t Stay Awake
Local Natives – Airplanes
Voxhaul Broadcast – Lost Along The Way
PS I Love You – 2012
Minks – Funeral Song (Vimeo)
Magic Man – Nest
Efterklang – Modern Drift
Mon Khmer – Passwords
Wise Blood – B.I.G. E.G.O.
Foals – After Glow
Frightened Rabbit – The Loneliness & The Scream
And our projected favorite for 2011….
We’ve put together our “Best of” list — forthebeat’s 9 of ’09, featuring 9 original tracks and 9 remixes. Not all of these debuted in 2009, but this list is comprised of our favorite tunes we couldn’t stop repeating, all year long.
Our friends over at Et Musique Pour Tous have compiled the list into an 18 track, candy for your ears, end of year mixtape. Head over to EMPT and download here. In no particular order, the track listing:
White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
Delorean – Deli
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A Trak Remix)
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring
Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
The xx – Crystalized
The Virgins – Rich Girls (The Twelves Remix)
Miike Snow – Sylvia
Telepathe – Chrome’s On It (Gold Panda Remix)
Florence and The Machine - Cosmic Love
Sebastien Tellier – Roche (Breakbot Remix)
La Roux - I'm Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
Air France – Collapsing At Your Doorstep
Lykke Li – Dance, Dance, Dance
Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got the Love (The xx Remix)
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
The xx – Shelter (Them Jeans Drum Edit)
One of EMPT’s fans, KIKI, left an extensive comment list that is nothing short of amazing, describing how each track makes her feel. Some incredible highlights here:
track 3: I fucking love a-trak. and the word alchemy. at 2:28 I’m jamming with steph in a club and then we’re at the beach and then in a plane….by about 4:25 we’re at hiro.
track 6: YESSSSSSSSSS. NO WORDS. JUST PARTY MOVES AND PARTY DRESSES. SEQUIN ONES. black sequins, and spaghetti straps and champagne and a disco ball and jumping on banquettes. and falling in love or out…
track 8: I wish I could walk around nyc with songs like this blasting from a boom box on my shoulder.
track 9: saturday afternoons during ny winter with no real sunlight and rain and snow and walking down the street with a hat and mittens and loving whats in your ears and loving strangers.
track 13: repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat. repeat.
track 14: whatevsky.
track 18: dance party in slow motion. or steph doing the running man…..
Our friends over at ABC News Amplified are featuring the second of five bands that played our CMJ showcase back in October. Sleigh Bells is the kick ass Brooklyn-based duo Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, who met when Miller was waiting tables. The two struck up a convo while Krauss was dining with her mom, mom nominated daughter to join Miller’s next music venture, and the rest is history.
You’ll want to watch here because Sleigh Bells are so, so good. But you’ll also want to watch for the amazing juxtaposition of Derek Miller’s former “hardcore band” Poison the Well and Alexis Krauss’ former “girl band” Ruby Blue. Also, general video fun with our favorite TV anchor Dan Harris and Krauss’ signature pink spandex. (I’ve always had a soft spot for pink spandex.)
It’s been a week since our showcase, and we’ve finally recovered from CMJ! The show was amazing. I spent the day filming with ABC News Amplified, interviewing X-Wife, Phantogram and We Have Band. Everyone was so amazing and gracious, especially considering they’ve been traveling all around the country and the world, making their way to CMJ, and then continuing on the road.
After the shoots, we headed over to Public Assembly, where our showcase got underway with the aforementioned bands, as well as Sleigh Bells (a huge CMJ breakout), our favorite foursome Electric Tickle Machine, and our resident DJ Heats. The night rocked thanks to an amazing flow of people and our awesome sponsors, including Tainted Blue Recording Studio, Swagger New York and Et Musique Pour Tous.
So thanks for the support and an extra special thanks to Dan Harris, David Wharton, Jillian Kelleher, Sian-Pierre Regis, Hector Mendoza, Mark Heaton, Rob Loud, Hilary Bonaccorsi, Ian Vens, Shiva Krishna, and to all of our BANDS!
If you had as much fun as we did, and you miss all the bands as much as we do, you might want to download our party playlist here (for the memories). Also, check out Rob Loud’s pics from the event here.
In addition to the video above, ABC News Amplified filmed the whole night, and will be featuring full-blown video interviews with each band, including snippets from our show, over the coming weeks. We’ll be sure to keep you posted…
CMJ Party for ABC News Amplified
Tainted Blue Recording Studio // Swagger New York // Et Musique Pour Tous
Wednesday, October 21st @ 8 PM
Public Assembly 70 N 6th St (between Wythe + Kent), Williamsburg
FREE SHOW – RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Party playlist here.
The June mix is also there, and you can download both *for free* by clicking on “telecharger” – just right click, save to your desktop and “open” to play in your iTunes.
1. Feist – My Moon My Man (Boyz Noize Remix)
2. We Have Band – Hear It In the Cans (DIY Version)
3. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring
4. Holy Ghost – Hold On
5. James Yuill – No Surprise
6. Paul and the Patients – Blogspot (Nick Seely Remix)
7. The Big Pink – Velvet
8. Zambri – Easier
9. Jack Peñate – Tonight’s Today
10. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
11. Breakbot – Summer Party
12. Bat for Lashes – Trophy
13. La Roux – Bulletproof (Live at Glastonbury)
14. Three Leaves and A Head – Radiohead Reckoner