Usually my December charts consist of songs from the year that I discovered via various year-end best-of lists. This year, however, I’ve been terribly behind in catching up with those — so most of these are pretty new songs from the fall and winter. Also: expect some more chart-related goodness coming soon: My Music 2014 post as well as my favorite chart — the “redos” (where I take a track from each month and choose a better version/remix instead). In the meantime, enjoy this!
The Ting Tings
That’s Not My Name
Kasper Bjørke Remix
This is an old remix but when I discovered it I almost exploded. I mean, it’s a Kasper Bjørke remix!
I gotta admit, this November 2014 chart had a lot to live up to. My November 2013 chart is one of my favorites. Thankfully, I’m happy to report that this month’s chart meets the challenge. Also be sure to check out the YouTube videos below. There are some great videos this month — specifically Little Boots and Röyksopp (the image above is from “Skulls”). Enjoy!
Where Does This Disco?
I actually meant to include this last month but forgot. Oops! It’s so great though.
No surprise here — Little Boots does it again!
Drop The Pressure
Drop Out Orchestra Rework
Drop Out Orchestra are the masters of making me love an old song all over again.
Tommie Sunshine & Midnight Magic
I Found Love
Everything Midnight Magic touches is amazing. I had to choose between like three or four of their songs for this chart…
Outside (Feat. Ellie Goulding)
Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
So dark and creepy — the song and the video.
Michael Mayer mix
Where Is the Magic
Giorgio Moroder Remix
I believe this is from his forthcoming (in 2015) album. Can’t wait for it.
It’s funny: Toward the end of nearly every month when I know I want to get this chart posted, I start worrying that there isn’t enough music. That I haven’t discovered or fell in love with any new songs. But then during the last few days as I start figuring out what songs to include (based in part on play count, rating, etc. and in large part on which songs get stuck in my head), everything comes together and more often than not I’m like, “Oh wow. What was I worrying about? I’ve got some great songs to include!” This is one of those months. Things came together at the end and I realized I have some new favorites.
Apart (feat. Sísý Ey)
Let me include part of the MixMag review (it was their Disco Tune of the Month): “With ‘Apart’ Kasper Bjørke has created a modern day dark disco anthem that can proudly sit alongside the lieks of Sharon Brown in the hall of fame. The press release describes it as ‘commercially friendly’ and while it may have charted in 1987, nowadays the chance of this getting Radio 1 A-listed is slim. It’s catchy for sure, but its dark, twisted pop overtones are more akin to French Kiss ‘Mischief’ — itself a prototype techno anthem for 1979. The drums are 80s and unprocessed. The vocals are female and forlon. The synths are innocent and upset. It’s nothing short of genius.” Couldn’t have said it better myself! Also: I need to look into more “dark disco anthems.”
Lilly Wood & The Prick
Prayer In C
Robin Schulz radio edit
I Don’t Give a Fuck
I never would’ve thought I would’ve included an Iggy Azalea song here, but the magic Tiga works on this song is too incredible. It reminds me of my fav song of his: “Shoes”
Can’t Do Without You
So glad I found this extended mix. This is one of those songs you want to go on and on and on… Almost went with the Munk remix (how predictable, I know), but in the end the original really did it for me the most.
Love You Like I Used To
Bae (feat. Gina Turner)
Talk to You
Groove Armada remix
Time to Love
David Garcet My Discoshoes remix
This song wins the award for being stuck in my head the most. And I loved it.
Another month of music that I’m really excited about. Of course there are some old standbys (will Nancy Whang ever do something I don’t love? This chart includes her cover of Kiss’s “I Was Made for Loving You” and a song from the new Juan MacLean album In a Dream), but also some new faces. I’ll hesitantly apologize in advance for including Ariana Grande but I gotta admit: I really love her new album and I considered between three of her songs for this chart. Enjoy!
Be My Baby
Cashmere Cat edit
When I first heard the original version of this song I couldn’t stop listening. While I’ve moved on to a new favorite Ariana Grande song (“Love Me Harder”), this was the one that opened me up to her album. I mean, she worked with Cashmere Cat!! That’s super awesome. This edit makes the original Grande version a little weirder.
August is one of my least favorite months of the year (sorry — but fwiw it’s opposite my favorite month [February] so there’s maybe some sort of symmetry going on?). Anyway, in light of that fact I’m not terribly enthusiastic about this chart. Not that I dislike the songs or anything (actually, some of them are great — and overall this chart has some real excellent stuff), but I think due to this summer malaise I just can’t get as into it. Eight songs is pretty short, two of the songs featured are remakes of previous versions (“Afterlife” remixed by Flume and “Insecptor Norse” pumped up with Little Boots’ vocals). And to make matters worse, there were a few songs that weren’t on SoundCloud or YouTube so you can’t even check out everything in one place. Let’s aim for a better September…
I love how weird Flume makes this song. When I first saw it posted I thought it was too good to be true.
Follow Me (feat. Annie)
Oldie (~2008) but goodie with vocals by my fav Annie
Little Boots turns what is already an incredible song even more incredible-er
Sometimes I worry that these charts become too predictable. The last few charts, this one included, have been full of familiar names. This month we have another Lana Del Rey song, another Munk remix, another Drop Out Orchestra remix, another Klaxons song, another Flume remix, another Le Youth remix, another Michael Mayer remix, another Yeasayer remix, another We Have Band song, another Kasper Bjørke song, and another Felix Cartal song (which pains me the most… I want to hate his generic “EDM”-ness but I can’t resist).
Bonus: For those of you who read this blog post, the image above is from a “fan video” I made for Lana Del Rey’s song “Summertime Sadness.” It was my friend time using Adobe Premier and I had quite a lot of fun doing it. Expect to see more of my own videos in the future… Check it out here:
And now on to the chart…
Lana Del Rey
Drop Out Orchestra Rework
R.I.P. Tommy Ramone. I love their music and realize it’s sort of sacrilege to apply electronic music to their stripepd-down sound, but I think this Drop Out Orchestra remix is interesting.
Rhythm of Life
Really loving their new album!
Cheesy “EDM” track #1
Le Youth Remix
I never expected to see him on one of my charts but I love the Justin Timberlake vibe of this song.
Sin Cos Tan
Sooner Than Now
Heard this on the show Halt and Catch Fire and loved the ’80s vibe it had.
Michael Mayer mix
We Have Band
Tim Goldsworthy extended mix
Tim Goldsworthy + James Murphy = DFA production team
Kasper Bjørke remix
Midnight Blue (feat. Surahn)
Ready for Love (feat. Chloe Angelides)
It pains me to include this dude… But I keep loving his songs! Cheesy “EDM” track #2
For years now, my Fourth of July (Independence Day) tradition has been to watch intellectual and political documentaries (none of that sappy human interest stuff for this occasion!). Films I’ve re-watched in past years include Fahrenheit 9/11, Outfoxed, Bill Maher’s Religulous, and others. I started more serious and then ventured into more bizarre…
This year I’m keeping some brief notes as I watch the documentaries. Here we go!
I love the dark humor and cynicism of journalists. some of my favorite parts of this documentary are the casual conversations happening in the news room.
the whole thing about Zell taking over the creating a frat culture within the leadership of the Tribune is very scary.
Overall I loved this documentary! Makes me nostalgic for when I worked on my college newspaper. And made me realize how my current job is less and less about journalism.
The Central Park Five
My coworker Emeri recommended this one to me! We have extremely similar tastes in documentaries
I think this is my first Ken Burns experience
The 80s version of New York introduced in the beginning of the film feels so different from the New York I’ve visited. It’s easy for me to forget it hasn’t always been this way.
Too many times do I see this story of police intimidating and interrogating people in order to put together the story they want.
I can’t help but wonder if the police are aware of these kids’ innocence… I’m pretty sure they are completely convinced they are guilty, which makes me even more depressed.
Grrrrr Donald Trump!! What an asshole!
Grrrrr Pat Buchanan!!
Whoo Al Sharpton!
The troubles the guys have after getting out of prison make me so frustrated. I can’t say I blame the guy who goes into the drug dealing business. it’s the only job that won’t discriminate against him.
I love the scathing reflection by the historian toward the end.
I’m going into this without any idea of what it is. I was thinking I wanted some sort of academic documentary so I just searched for Foucault on YouTube…
Btw: Although I’m pretty familiar with his philosophies, the only books I’ve read by Foucault are from the History of Sexuality series (The Will to Knowledge, The Use of Pleasure, The Care of the Self)
I would say that after Zizek, I consider Foucault to be the most influential philosopher on me.
Foucault’s fiend who wrote the short story “The Secrets of a Man” possibly about Foucault: Hervé Guibert
The theme of this month’s chart is déjà vu: many of the artists featured in this month’s chart were also featured in last month’s chart, Boys Noize remixed Depeche Mode again, Röyksopp & Robyn appear twice (oh, and they were in last month’s chart, too), and I let go of any standards and even included a song that was on a chart over 3 years ago (can ya guess which song?) because I love it so much. So yah, this chart might feel very familiar in some ways but still awesome all around.
The Complete Knock
Röyksopp & Robyn
I’ll admit: This song didn’t really grab me until I saw the way they performed it live when I saw them in concert. The video/visuals they used for this song are amazing and really captured the mood/feeling of their collaborative energy.
Billie Ray Martin
A Copycat remix
My Little Universe
Boys Noize Remix
Boys Noize + Depeche Mode = AWESOME! (see also: Personal Jesus, Wrong)
La La La (Feat. Sam Smith)
Currently my new favorite song. The video is very surreal.
For whatever reasons, it turns out that my May charts tend to be pretty awesome (I’d post links to previous ones, but the many of the SoundCloud files are gone so you can’t tell what the song was… just wait until I write my fancy database-driven charts feature — which I’m sure will happen someday?). Great way to kick off the summer, right? Bonus points for every one of these songs being available on SoundCloud and YouTube (though three are sort of pseudo-videos)!
Kindness remix feat. Robert Owens
There Is No Other Time
Looks like the next Klaxons record could be great… or am I falling for their tricks again
Let Me Down Gently
Prins Thomas Diskomiks
Love the emotional depth of this song. Feels very powerful to me.
No Rest For The Wicked
Joris Voorn Remix
Tiger (Feat. Aku)
I love the new Kelis album which was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. This is from his solo record and it’s amazing
Röyksopp & Robyn
Do It Again
In Flagranti Remix
Lovers in the Parking Lot
I’ve loved this song for a long time… but yah, I included it here because of Solange and Jay Z’s recent elevator situation.