Year end round-up...
Well, I'm looking back on the year in music and decided what the hell- here are some of my favorite songs of the year thus far. To make it easier for folks to randomly sample them on a whim, here are the video clips...
Liars- It Fit When I Was A Kid
Not actually the promo video released by the band, this is pretty interesting nontheless- with footage from a 1930's documentary on Africa. Strangely fitting, I loved this tune from the first moment I heard it, with it's hypnotic, tribal beat and crazy vocals about who knows what. And who needs to know, really?
Ghostigital- Not Clean
Another clip here almost in a similar vein, both in imagery and in sound. Slow the Liars tune down, way down- and maybe add in some squonk and you could get something similar to this song from Ghostigital. With sing-speaking from the former male vocalist of the Sugarcubes, this one also adds in vocals from Mark E. Smith- which it can be scientifically proven is NEVER a bad thing. Both vocals tell some strange ranting tale of fish and chips, and damn if I don't want THE COD. Bizarre greatness.
Regina Spektor- On The Radio
Well of course you know you'll find Miss Regina Spektor in my list of favorite songs of 2006, don't you? I'll go ahead and just put forth that it's at the top. The catchy bum-bum-bums to accentuate the piano, the fantastic melody line, and fanciful lyrics all go together to end up with a gem of a tune I still have yet to tire of one bit- even after listening to the tune literally hundreds of times. Best part is, there's a good handful of songs on Spektor's LP Begin To Hope that are almost just as good.
Sonic Youth- Do You Believe In Rapture?
In the category of "anyone could have done that but Thurston Moore's the only one who did" comes the moment 1:50 into Sonic Youth's "Do You Believe In Rapture?" (:37 in this video of their Bonaroo performance) after a short pause when Thurston briefly breaks down the song to pick a simple chord and it's just crystalline perfect somehow. In non-religious terms, "rapture" is defined as "ecstatic joy or delight" and that sums up well the emotion stirred by that heavenly placed arpeggio.