Send a limousine? (and other Condi quandaries)

The Humphrey Institute is bringing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at the University of Minnesota’s flagship campus. Helped along by Students for a Democratic Society 2: Electric Boogaloo, a resolution will hit the floor of the University Senate, Thursday, April 3 that will take a stance against Condoleezza Rice

I initially was dumfounded at the idea. Ann Coulter was about to be brought in as a speaker, and people were focusing on the relatively agreeable Condoleezza Rice. So I’m going to break down all of the valid concerns I had about the proposed resolution.

Condoleezza Rice is perhaps the most prominent woman of color in the history of US government. Though certainly not at satisfactory levels, America is inching toward seeing more people of color and women in its greatest roles. Alas, intersectionality is an unfamiliar notion to today’s mainstream. There is inherent value in many young people being subjected to Condoleezza Rice if only so that women of color might feel so enabled to have her ambition.

Condoleezza Rice is certainly not the most evil member of the right available. Again, we have Ann Coulter. It seems weird that they’ve decided to single out Condoleezza Rice. I’ve suggested that taking on a more all-encompassing philosophy on how to filter out our speakers might be more effective.

After all, this would be a very public statement by the University’s Senate. And, particularly faced with the inability to change anything at this stage, that threatens to further weaken an already disappointingly irrelevant body of shared governance.

So with those considerations, I figured that I probably thought that Condoleezza Rice should speak at the University. But really, as I kept hearing arguments dismissing the resolution, I kept fiercely objecting and eventually came to realize the extent to which people Don’t Get It.

I think I’ve come to be immediately skeptical of any argument that banks on free speech. So let me tell you: if you think this is a free speech issue, you’re an imbecile. Condoleezza Rice is not telling the University of Minnesota that she just wants to come by and say a few words, if that’s all right. No, we’re paying her six figures for one speech. We’re reaching out to her and asking her to speak at our institution so that we can give her lots of money.

President Eric Kaler expressed an opinion equivalent to “we should hear her out.” But she won’t be talking about the objections to her presence that anyone is making. She will be celebrated, give a fairly typical speech, and then be given lots of money.

So yes, money is an issue. But it’s also about Rice’s enabling of the enhanced interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration.

Now, you might have your opinion on this. And I’m no more likely to sway you on it than I would be with, say, gay marriage. But our prisoners were tortured. We declared a great loss when we feared terrorists so greatly that we forewent some of the mercy that we feel makes us greater than them. It was unacceptable that we as Americans treated any human beings this way, and if you disagree, well, I’m judging you.

But something’s wrong here. So many people who wanted Guantanamo Bay closed, who detest “enhanced interrogation,” and who know that the war in Iraq was a mistake are thumbing their nose at this. Why?

The answer is pretty simple, particularly with regards to the students whose formative years occurred largely during the Bush administration. We’ve become numb to the atrocities our own politicians enable. We don’t blink twice when someone who authorizes torture is given a platform and a paycheck.

Honestly? I don’t think that this action is the move we need to remember these atrocities. It’s not big enough. We need to somehow bring public mentality back to the point where we can realize there are things we must rise above.

I don’t believe this is the path that will lead us there. But maybe discussion will help us find it.

But I just have to remember that most powerful of Joe Strummer’s lines and think we’re failing his test.

“If Adolf Hitler flew in today/They’d send a limousine anyway.”

Published in: on April 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM  Leave a Comment  

Top 22 Songs of 2013: Expert Witness Pazz & Jop

Robert Christgau’s now-defunct MSN blog, Expert Witness, had a comment section filled with some of the best music discussion I’ve come across.  Last year and the one before, I hosted a poll of commenters’ favorite albums and songs of the year.  Now, I’ve hosted a third poll there to find commenters’ favorite albums and songs of 2013.  Users voted for at most ten songs, with the songs ranked here by number of mentions.  Fifty-two ballots were cast (compared to last year’s 57 and 2011′s 51).  Listed are those who voted for each song and those who put them in their first place slots.

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#22-17
4 mentions

“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Voters: Chris Hurst, Mark Razor
2012 voters: Glen Hadwen, Tom Walker
First-place mentions: Glen Hadwen, Tom Walker

thrift shop

“The Wire” – HAIM

Voters: Joey Daniewicz, Chris Hurst, Ryan Maffei, Matt Rice

the wire

“Pensacola” – Deerhunter

Voters: Erik Best, Glen Hadwen, Marc Lauria, John Speranza
First-place mentions: Erik Best, Marc Lauria

monomania

“Love Is a Bourgeois Construct” – Pet Shop Boys

Voters: Jeff Callahan, Blair Fraipoint, Jason Gubbels, Brad Luen

love is

“Full of Fire” – The Knife

Voters: David Cohen, Joey Daniewicz, Alfred Soto, John Speranza

full of fire

“Do You Know Who I Am? I’m %$&in Snooki!!” – The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band

Voters: David Cohen, John Smallwood, Michael Tatum, Joe Yanosik
First-place mentions: John Smallwood

hey hey

#16-12

5 mentions

“Stripes” - Brandy Clark

Voters: Paul Albone, Jason Gubbels, Jon LaFollette, Matt Rice, John Smallwood

stories

“Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” – Superchunk

Voters: Joey Daniewicz, Chris Hurst, Jon LaFollette, John Smallwood, John Speranza
First-place mentions: Joey Daniewicz

me you

“Closer” – Tegan & Sara

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Blair Fraipont, Jason Gubbels, Jon LaFollette, Michael Tatum
First-place mentions: Jon LaFollette

closer

“Blowin’ Smoke” – Kacey Musgraves

Voters: Jacob Bailis, Jeff Callahan, Jason Gubbels, Tom Lane, Christopher Monsen

smoke

“#Beautiful” – Mariah Carey (ft. Miguel)

Voters: Joey Daniewicz, Jason Gubbels, Ryan Maffei, Matt Rice, Alfred Soto
First-place mentions: Alfred Soto

beautiful

#11-9

6 mentions

“Stoned & Starving” – Parquet Courts

Voters: Jeff Callahan, Peter Gorman, Jon LaFollette, Brad Morosan, John Speranza, Tom Walker
First-place mentions: Brad Morosan, Tom Walker

stoned

“Hush Hush” – Pistol Annies

Voters: Jason Gubbels, Zac Harmon, Chris Hurst, Jon LaFollette, Brad Luen, Michael Tatum

hush hush

“Black Skinhead” – Kanye West

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Jason Gubbels, Zac Harmon, Mark Rosen, Alfred Soto, John Speranza

black

#8-5

7 mentions

“Ohm” – Yo La Tengo

Voters: Jeff Callahan, David Cohen, Peter Gorman, Zac Harmon, Paul Hayden, Mark Rosen, Dan Weiss
First-place mentions: Zac Harmon

ohm

“I Love It” – Icona Pop (ft. Charli XCX)

Voters: Joey Daniewicz, Mark Razor, Mark Rosen, Liam Smith
2012 voters: Nick Farruggia, Brad Luen, Markus Rauchenwald

i love it

“Follow Your Arrow” – Kacey Musgraves

Voters: Paul Albone, Jacob Bailis, Tom Lane, Jon LaFollette, Brad Morosan, John Smallwood, Joe Yanosik

follow

“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke (ft. Pharrell & T.I.)

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Zac Harmon, Tom Lane, Mark Razor, Liam Smith
Voters for the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon version: Liam Smith
Voters for the Vampire Weekend cover: Kevin Bozelka

blurred

#4

8 mentions

“Royals” – Lorde

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Joey Daniewicz, Jason Gubbels, Zac Harmon, Chris Hurst, Tom Lane, Mark Rosen, Michael Tatum
First-place mentions: Mark Rosen

royals

#3

10 mentions

“Delicate Cycle” – The Uncluded

Voters: David Cohen, Peter Gorman, Glen Hadwen, Mark Razor, Raul Roque, John Smallwood, Liam Smith, Michael Swallop, Rodney Taylor, Joe Yanosik
First-place mentions: Glen Hadwen, Rodney Taylor

delicate

#2

11 mentions

“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell & T.I.)

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Chris Hurst, Tom Lane, Jon LaFollette, Nick Mussatti, Mark Razor, Raul Roque, Liam Smith, Nathan Smith, John Speranza, Rodney Taylor
First-place mentions: Tom Lane, Nick Mussatti, Liam Smith, John Speranza

get lucky

#1

15 mentions

“Ya Hey” – Vampire Weekend

Voters: Chuck Bromley, Jeff Callahan, Joey Daniewicz, Peter Gorman, Glen Hadwen, Jon LaFollette, Marc Lauria, Brad Luen, Brad Morosan, Nick Mussatti, Mark Razor, Matt Rice, Raul Roque, John Smallwood, Joe Yanosik
First-place mentions: Chuck Bromley, Jeff Callahan

ya hey

Published in: on January 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM  Leave a Comment  

Fade – Yo La Tengo (January 2013)

fade

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It is not 1997.  One can no longer woo the world with a wonderfully woven autumn sweater.  Sixteen years after Yo La Tengo fully realized itself, we have Fade, the elements of which refuse to stand out in front of each other.  Nothing is foregrounded, creating a comforting effect that lets you feel the ease with which the album was made.  Only the towering bookends, “Ohm” and “Before We Run,” push six minutes while the eight in between are calm, humble outings.  Its melodies are so low-key that everything takes a while to learn, but familiarizing yourself with Fade is a pleasant task.  A band is most exciting in its growth, but Yo La Tengo recognizes that years later, you can still stare up at a giant Sequoia, no longer growing but slowly fading into forever.

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Published in: on February 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM  Leave a Comment  

LONG.LIVE.A$AP – A$AP Rocky

asap

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I can’t recall a rap album so defined by atmosphere since Take Care, and it actually takes Drake, aided by 2 Chainz, for a pop moment to find A$AP Rocky’s debut.  After six tracks to which you might sit on your bed, hit the lights, and lose yourself nodding your head to, “Fuckin’ Problems” finds Rocky, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar each finishing by asserting their beasthood, but thanks to a career highlight verse, I only believe Drake.  Rather, I suspect Rocky seeks to transcend beasthood, carefully navigating the darkness he landscapes with Clams Casino and Skrillex.  For over six preposterous minutes on “1 Train,” he drags into his world the most overwhelming battalion of warriors to reckon with since Raekwon brought the Wu to his “House of Flying Daggers.”  Rocky effortlessly establishes himself as two red eyes glowing in the black, but is that the path to immortality he seeks on the opener?  I’m convinced that Beast Drake and Good Kid have figured living forever calls for efforts like “Fashion Killa” or “Fuckin’ Problems,” but they’ve found eternity through their forthcoming approaches. From the shadows, Rocky makes me worry, and with this album, he gives us no answers but certainly makes me wonder if he already has them.

A-

Published in: on February 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM  Leave a Comment  

Lysandre – Christopher Owens (January 2013)

lysandre

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With each album he released with Girls, Christopher Owens’ music would get a little more audacious.  This resulted in a diverse, often twisted third release in Father, Son, Holy Ghost, but while his audacity continues upward after he sheds his band, here everything shrinks.  With eleven tracks in 28 minutes, Owens keeps everything modest, although the “theme” at the end of many songs is as unnecessary as the sounds of intercontinental takeoff.  The confusion of his two concepts–his adventures in America on his first tour and his romance in the French Riviera (started by “Riviera Rock,” another unnecessary moment)–damages his bottom line.  The final four songs would make for a nice EP, but before takeoff, Owens’ tales have no weight (“Here We Go” and “A Broken Heart” deserve better), ending in his continued abuse of clichés (for which I’m still game) and perseverance through problems his story failed to establish.  Conceptual but jumbled, pleasant but weightless, and brief but unnecessarily long, Owens was better unfocused, with more than one girl in his music.

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Published in: on February 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM  Leave a Comment  

Heartthrob – Tegan & Sara (January 2013)

heart

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To get to the bottom of this album’s surface, check the production credits to find one Greg Kurstin, who colored P!nk’s latest with distorted guitar buzzing underneath its electropop oomph, as on “Blow Me.” But Tegan & Sara are too quick for P!nk’s heavy approach; opener “Closer” is at least the best anticipation of lip locking since Carly Rae’s “This Kiss.”  That excitement embodies Heartthrob, which only slows its beating when T&S underutilize or fail to realize the power of their new aesthetic, which they command perfectly on the duo’s most striking moment since “Call It Off”: when finale “Shock to Your System” slashes “WHAT. YOU. ARE. IS. LONELY.” across your chest.  Heartthrob’s power and starry-eyed pop ambitions might make it the quintessential T&S experience, taking the leap that Sainthood called for.  Good on them for not settling after conquering a few hearts and instead aiming to conquer the universe.

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Published in: on January 31, 2013 at 1:09 AM  Leave a Comment  

Top 24 Albums of 2012: On Your Headphones Album Poll

The University of Minnesota, Morris campus’s The University Register‘s music column On Your Headphones has conducted its first annual album poll.  Four voters (Editor Nah-Tieh Bropleh, Founder Joey Daniewicz, Writer Will Hanson, and Writer KT Lindemann) submitted ballots naming and ranking exactly 25 albums from 2012 and distributing exactly 250 points among them, giving each album no more than 30 but no fewer than 5 points.  This features all albums mentioned by two or more voters, with albums ranked by total number of points and ties broken by number of mentions (both points and mentions being equal results in a tie).

This poll was curated by On Your Headphones Founder Joey Daniewicz, who also edited the writings below.

Click on the album titles to listen on Spotify (with only a few links leading elsewhere).

24. Bloom – Beach House

bloom

Points: 12
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 6
Voters: Nah-Tieh (7, #19), KT (5, #25)

While the most exciting Beach House moment of 2012 was the sample on “Money Trees,” Bloom was a close second.  All half-jokes aside, Bloom is another great album by a band that honestly hasn’t changed much about their formula, but why should they?  While individual tracks may not stand out as far as on past albums, as a whole, Bloom was one of the most beautiful albums of 2012. –Nah-Tieh Bropleh

23. 4evaNaDay – Big K.R.I.T.

4eva

Points: 13
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 6.5
Voters: Joey (7, #18), Will (6, #20)

While Big K.R.I.T. came out with a great big label swag debut album this year, it’s really on his mixtapes, where K.R.I.T. got his start, that he seems the most comfortable, and his comfort is our pleasure.  4evaNaDay is aware of its own status in the canon of southern rap, but K.R.I.T. expands past the “dirty” aspect of dirty south and creates something heartfelt and real with a full confident flow, perfectly accompanied by his usual top-notch production. –Will Hanson

22. Old Ideas – Leonard Cohen

old ideas

Points: 15
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 7.5
Voters: Nah-Tieh (5, #22), Joey (10, #9)

It’s an odd thing when whispers prophesize an artist’s album may be their last, and Leonard Cohen, making albums since ’67 and at 78, ought to have more mortal concern than the forever-young Bob Dylan (71) or the ever-boyish Loudon Wainwright III (66).  But Cohen’s latest, maybe last, exudes patience and peacefulness more than anxiety, with intricate, slow moving, slow-blooming melodies weaving in and around his low, lean-in-closer croak, often helped upright by the gentle exhalation of background voices.  Those praying he has any fight left can remain hopeful: Cohen’s final old idea is to maintain his sexual ways religiously. –Joey Daniewicz

19 (tie). Tempest – Bob Dylan

tempest

Points: 17
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 8.5
Voters: Nah-Tieh (12, #10), Will (5, #25)

I think we find something attractive about having the integrity to be unattractive.  For two decades, Bob Dylan has been honing that skill by being an old man musically, but it’s only with Tempest that he synthesizes old man Dylan and storyteller Dylan. As listeners, we’re rewarded for adventuring the arcane like we are when listening to our grandparents talk about years past. There are moments that could be cut (cough “Long and Wasted Years” cough), but when it’s good, as with the title track, it offers cinematic portraits that could only be told by the master storyteller. –W.H.

19 (tie). Shields – Grizzly Bear

shields

Points: 17
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 8.5
Voters: Nah-Tieh (12, #6), Will (5, #22)

Of the albums on this list, Shields was probably the most hotly debated among us when review time came around.  Why exactly this was is still beyond me. Compositionally, Grizzly Bear has never been as complex.  The first half of the album is fantastic, but G-Bear doesn’t make the mistake of front-loading Shields.  After the wonder that was Veckatimest, it’s relieving the band didn’t try to sell a sequel but instead further played with their sound.  I see Shields as an example of a band doing the right thing. –NB

19 (tie). 1991 – Azealia Banks

1991

Points: 17
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 8.5
Voters: Joey (9, #14), KT (8, #18)

Azealia Banks is a fascinating figure in the canon of recent YouTube fame. She’s more resonant than most flash-in-the-pan musicians, more relatable than Lana Del Rey, and more daring than Karmin and Justin Bieber. After exploding onto the scene with the bombastic “212,” she released her 1991 EP, which has all the big city, tough kid swagger of her first hit but with added elegance and sensuality.  Plus, Banks has incredible flow, both as a rapper and as a singer, which permeates all four songs.  1991 is a short-form success, and proves that Banks is an artist worth watching. –KT Lindemann

17 (tie). Until the Quiet Comes – Flying Lotus

flylo

Points: 18
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 9
Voters: Nah-Tieh (13, #4), Will (5, #21)

Steven Ellison AKA Flying Lotus enjoys working closely to the realm of dreams. Though suggested by the title “DMT Song,” this is apparent on Until the Quiet Comes long before that track plays. Equal parts serene and playful, UTQC has all the traits of a good dream. Combining elements of hip-hop, jazz, and electronica is a difficult feat, but with UTQC, Ellison picks the best aspects of each genre, creating a unique experience that demands head bobbing throughout. –NB

17 (tie). Blunderbuss – Jack White

blunder

Points: 18
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 9
Voters: Nah-Tieh (12, #9), KT (6, #21)

While The White Stripes album covers featured Jack and Meg White in their own realities and The Raconteurs donned retro outfits, Jack White is alone on the cover of Blunderbuss, save for the vulture resting on his shoulder. Such is the tone of Blunderbuss, where Jack is finally left with himself, weighted by maturation and solemnity as the album progresses. The result is Jack White’s most emotionally gripping work to date, as well as his most complete. –NB

16. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings

attack on memory

Points: 19
Mentions: 3
Points per mention: 6.3
Voters: Nah-Tieh (5, #24), Joey (7, #16), KT (7, #20)

There’s a fine line between being angsty and complaining, but Cloud Nothings frontman Dylan Baldi thankfully finds the right side of the line with Attack on Memory. It’s easy to look foolish singing “I miss you ‘cause I like damage/I need something I can hurt” as an adult, but Baldi closes the album thusly without seeming childish.  While he doesn’t completely lose the power pop label he was trying to shed with Attack on Memory, Baldi still manages to craft more aggressive work than before, which is still a job well done. –NB

15. The Haunted Man – Bat for Lashes

haunte

Points: 20
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 10
Voters: Will (10, #11), KT (10, #13)

There’s something about Natasha Khan’s voice that’s always allowed for her highbrow concept albums to maintain some sense of personal space, but with The Haunted Man, she’s transferred the intimacy of her voice into the context of actual intimacy.  She still sings about doppelgängers and the stars as she did with much less control in the past, whereas here she imbues songs like “Laura” with imagery and scenes that are transcribed with such loving detail and realism that it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve actually been somewhere and not just heard about it. –W.H.

14. The Money Store – Death Grips

money store

Points: 21
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 10.5
Voters: Joey (8, #12), Will (13, #5)

Listening to Death Grips is physical and confrontational.  It’s not always pleasant, but that’s not the point.  MC Ride can be downright scary with his angry yelling and violent, paranoiac lyrics, and Zach Hill’s disjointed production is soaked in noise. However, they come together in a way that makes for a nightmarish and schizophrenic journey to the heart of darkness in America’s cities.  The Money Store perfects the formula they sought out on Ex-Military by creating fully realized industrial-punk-rap production and lyrics that push everything to the absolute extreme, dragging you down into derangement and dystopia. –W.H.

13. Born to Die – Lana Del Rey

born

Points: 22
Mentions: 3
Points per mention: 7.3
Voters: Nah-Tieh (11, #11), Joey (6, #23), KT (5, #24)

Upon its release, I wasn’t a fan of Born to Die, but despite my initial dismissal, here I am writing about how much I enjoy the album. It’s hardly my fault. Lana’s I’m-glamorous-but-still-sad image didn’t grip me quickly, but it’s a persona Lana performs better than I previously gave her credit for. The character of Lana Del Rey is an enchanting one, and Born to Die‘s noirish feel is the perfect background to her tales of loving bad boys. I was slow to warm to her, but Lana Del Rey was truly one of the greater figures of 2012. –NB

12. I Know What Love Isn’t – Jens Lekman

i know what love isn't

Points: 23
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 11.5
Voters: Nah-Tieh (12, #8), Joey (11, #7)

Like saga of introspection “An Argument with Myself” stretched to album length with simpler, more traditional craft, Lekman’s latest finds him adopting and discarding mindsets and methods to combat feeling like a sinking rock tied to the leg of a person.  When cowboy boots visit his dreamland and misadventures in Melbourne bring a revelation, Lekman grasps a handle on his healing, admitting he doesn’t know what love is, thinking of Erica, and gleefully finishing that he knows what love isn’t.  Still, the finale reveals he’s simply carrying his broken heart gracefully.  Inside, it’s still “fuck you,” “no, you fuck you!” —J.D.

11. Europe – Allo Darlin’

europe

Points: 24
Mentions: 2
Points per mention: 12
Voters: Joey (10, #11), KT (14, #5)

The road to “Too Precious” is always paved with good intentions.  Inoffensive and sunshiny indie pop Londoners Allo Darlin’ could’ve easily produced a twee disaster, but instead they gave us Europe: a joyous, transcontinental road trip of an album.  Upbeat guitars and beautiful vocal harmonies hop along as a baby-voiced Elizabeth Morris sings her elegantly penned lyrics.  The album peaks with “Tallulah,” a stripped-down, ukulele-and-vocals message to a faraway friend.  It’s a small but mighty tune on a sweet but powerful album, which should touch the wanderluster in all of us. ­–K.L.

10. Gossamer – Passion Pit

gossamer

Points: 24
Mentions: 3
Points per mention: 8
Voters: Joey (6, #22), Will (7, #18), KT (11, #12)

Who knew catharsis could be such a pleasure to listen to?  Gossamer, the belated follow-up to Passion Pit’s 2009 debut Manners, comes from a place of intense emotion–depression, anxiety, and anger–but with near-manic melodies and metre.  Gossamer is strained and brutally honest, but energetic and euphorically optimistic.  It’s a kind of bipolar relationship, but it works, especially considering frontman Michael Angelakos hit one hell of a rough patch of bipolar disorder making this album.  To that end, Passion Pit has pulled off an impossible creative compromise, under even more impossible circumstances. –K.L.

9. Call Me Sylvia – Low Cut Connie

boozophilia

Points: 26
Mentions: 3
Points per mention: 8.7
Voters: Nah-Tieh (5, #25), Joey (8, #15), KT (13, #7)

With the stellar collection of rambunctious loser anthems on Call Me Sylvia, Low Cut Connie presented us with an old-school yet surprisingly fresh dose of rock and roll in 2012.  Their bouncy breed of punk works wonderfully, thanks to generous, scrappy hooks and cheeky, often sexy lyrics.  The album is lovably crude, loaded with rickety piano riffs and handclaps, and frontmen Adam Weiner and Dan Finnemore can even make a pity party sound like a great time. –K.L.

8. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen

death to my hometown

Points: 27
Mentions: 3
Points per mention: 9
Voters: Nah-Tieh (12, #7), Joey (6, #21), KT (9, #15)

Imagine hearing “We Take Care of Our Own” if the Supreme Court had stricken down Obamacare, making the song bubble over with venomous irony a la “Born in the U.S.A.”  Instead, I listen to this collection content in the world’s direction as we keep working on that dream.  The band playing louder than ever in lieu of their sorely missed saxophonist and the music rooted in a melting pot of traditional folksiness to evoke this land, Wrecking Ball establishes Springsteen not as a protester picketing outside The Establishment but as a demolition man, his crane slowly but ominously approaching. –J.D.

7. Visions – Grimes

visions

Points: 29
Mentions: 3
Points per mention: 9.7
Voters: Nah-Tieh (11, #13), Will (9, #13), KT (9, #14)

Eccentric, theatrical, and bedazzled, Claire Boucher AKA Grimes could very easily be dismissed as a gimmicky figure.  On the contrary, she’s a thoughtful, innovative musician who shows incredible control and style on Visions.  “Genesis” and “Oblivion,” two of the most infectious songs of the year, display Grimes’ knack for melody and layering sound without excess. Whether creating Visions, directing her own music video, or performing live, for this one-woman freakshow, stunning craft comes first. –K.L.

6. Transcendental Youth – The Mountain Goats

transcendental youth

Points: 32
Mentions: 3
Points per mention: 10.7
Voters: Nah-Tieh (5, #23), Joey (15, #5), KT (12, #11)

His storytelling perfected by Tallahassee, melodies by The Life of the World to Come, and singing and arrangements by All Eternals Deck, John Darnielle’s gone a while without setting his sights skyward.  Transcendental Youth finds Darnielle pulling back the hammer and holding the gun straight each time, sharpening his teeth between lines as a child star dies early of heroin overdose, he snarls (annoyed that he even needs a reason) that he just likes his corner, and the only advice he can give a doomed, spent gladiator beyond “just stay alive” is “…maybe spit some blood at the camera?” —J.D.

5. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors

swing lo magellan

Points: 36
Mentions: 4
Points per mention: 9
Voters:  Nah-Tieh (7, #20), Joey (10, #10), Will (11, #10), KT (8, #17)

Dirty Projectors make the weirdest hooks, but they always manage to become yearlong earworms.  In the past, the band has sprawled these hooks over a lot of space while fitting them into songs where the transition between chorus and verse might not seem logical or normal, and though all their previous work is great, this is their best album yet precisely because they compress their songs.  This is really what’s so stunning about Swing Lo Magellan; they’re able to create perfect pop songs while maintaining every bit of their knack for synthesizing pop music into art music. –W.H.

4. Celebration Rock – Japandroids

celebration rock

Points: 54
Mentions: 4
Points per mention: 13.5
Voters: Nah-Tieh (13, #5), Joey (13, #6), Will (13, #6), KT (15, #4)

Adrenaline.  Testosterone.  Sweat.  Electricity.  Smoke.  Alcohol-stained concrete.  These are what I see as I close my eyes, Celebration Rock on my headphones, and unconsciously switch between playing my air guitar and kit, silently but powerfully mouthing every “WHOA!” and imagining my bandmate in back of me and audience in front of me shouted with me.  I wonder why Brian King smeared all those interjections across the lyric sheet then figure they’re just his appropriate releases of built-up excitement.  Excited about what?  Life, death, Heaven, Hell, youth, love.  Their extreme themes and passionate performances make for a helluva bang. –J.D.

3. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple

idler wheel

Points: 67
Mentions: 4
Points per mention: 16.8
Voters: Nah-Tieh (14, #3), Joey (15, #3), Will (20, #2), KT (18, #1)

Fiona Apple has a prolific capacity for expressing emotion with words, and she proved it in 2012 with The Idler Wheel…: an anxious, evocative masterpiece. It’s not just a breakup album, but instead something much bigger: a reflection on diverse romantic struggles, sung with impeccable flow from the core of an exhausted person.  She asks to be called an airplane, as “the gashes I got from my heartbreak make the slots and the flaps upon my wings, and I use them to give me lift.”  They’ve certainly lifted her miles above other like-minded musical forays of the year. –K.L.

2. good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar

good kid

Points: 70
Mentions: 4
Points per mention: 17.5
Voters: Nah-Tieh (17, #1), Joey (19, #2), Will (20, #1), KT (14, #6)

Art is about empathy, and gangster rap always has the difficulty of making the average person relate to living in an environment of crime and violence. However, Kendrick Lamar recalls his experiences with such vivid and tragic beauty that not relating is to deny your own humanity. Lamar doesn’t drastically alter the formula for gangster rap, but through that empathy, he perfects it.  He presents a young man, emotionally naked and prematurely at the crossroads of life choosing whether to continue to embody the system he lives in or rise above it without dismissing anyone who chooses the former. –W.H.

1. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean

channel orange

Points: 71
Mentions: 4
Points per mention: 17.8
Voters: Nah-Tieh (16, #2), Joey (21, #1), Will (18, #3), KT (16, #3)

Some feel vague dissatisfaction with Frank’s first album but second straight dinger, as channel ORANGE is often slow, soupy, and nebulous–issues unfound in nostalgia,ULTRA.  But this triumph differs immensely from his first: slower because he’s more deliberate, soupier because moods he’s evoking are of a complex brew, and less definite so his analogies can breathe freer.  He invites a wandering legend and a young talent he believes in.  If you’re not on the list, you’re not getting in.  Frank’s less interested in showcasing friends, crafting more personal affairs, but as with Kanye before him, lightning’s struck twice, and immediately. —J.D.

Published in: on January 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM  Leave a Comment  

On Your Headphones Album Poll 2012: The Ballots

Nah-Tieh Bropleh

1. good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar: 17

2. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean: 16

3. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple: 14

4. Until the Quiet Comes – Flying Lotus: 13

5. Celebration Rock – Japandroids: 13

6. Shields – Grizzly Bear: 12

7. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen: 12

8. I Know What Love Isn’t – Jens Lekman: 12

9. Blunderbuss – Jack White: 12

10. Tempest – Bob Dylan: 12

11. Born to Die – Lana Del Rey: 11

12. Port of Morrow – The Shins: 11

13. Visions – Grimes: 11

14. Coexist – The xx: 11

15. 1999 – Joey Bada$$: 11

16. Lonerism – Tame Impala: 8

17. Clear Heart Full Eyes – Craig Finn: 8

18. Life Is Good – Nas: 7

19. Bloom – Beach House: 7

20. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors: 7

21. Mature Themes – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: 5

22. Old Ideas – Leonard Cohen: 5

23. Transcendental Youth – The Mountain Goats: 5

24. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings: 5

25. Call Me Sylvia – Low Cut Connie: 5

Joey Daniewicz

1. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean: 21

2. good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar: 19

3. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple: 15

4. Older Than My Old Man Now – Loudon Wainwright III: 15

5. Transcendental Youth – The Mountain Goats: 15

6. Celebration Rock – Japandroids: 13

7. I Know What Love Isn’t – Jens Lekman: 11

8. Red – Taylor Swift: 11

9. Old Ideas – Leonard Cohen: 10

10. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors: 10

11. Europe – Allo Darlin’: 10

12. The Money Store – Death Grips: 9

13. Kaleidoscope Dream – Miguel: 9

14. 1991 – Azealia Banks: 9

15. Call Me Sylvia – Low Cut Connie: 8

16. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings: 7

17. Pink – Four Tet: 7

18. 4evaNaDay – Big K.R.I.T.: 7

19. Kindred – Burial: 7

20. Kill the Sexist! – Pussy Riot: 7

21. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen: 6

22. Gossamer – Passion Pit: 6

23. Born to Die – Lana Del Rey: 6

24. Looking 4 Myself – Usher: 6

25. Kiss – Carly Rae Jepsen: 6

Will Hanson

1. good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar: 20

2. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple: 20

3. channel ORANGE Frank Ocean: 18

4. An Awesome Wave - ∆ (Alt-J): 15

5. The Money Store – Death Grips: 13

6. Celebration Rock – Japandroids: 13

7. (III) – Crystal Castles: 12

8. Mr. M – Lambchop: 12

9. R.A.P. Music – Killer Mike: 11

10. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors: 11

11. The Haunted Man – Bat for Lashes: 10

12. Adventures in Your Own BackyardPatrick Watson: 10

13. Visions – Grimes: 9

14. Devotion – Jessie Ware: 9

15. Yellow & Green – Baroness: 8

16. Shrines – Purity Ring: 8

17. Skelethon – Aesop Rock: 7

18. Gossamer – Passion Pit: 7

19. Sun – Cat Power: 6

20. 4evaNaDay – Big K.R.I.T.: 6

21. Until the Quiet Comes – Flying Lotus: 5

22. Shields – Grizzly Bear: 5

23. We Don’t Even Live Here – P.O.S.: 5

24. Portico QuartetPortico Quartet: 5

25. Tempest – Bob Dylan: 5

KT Lindemann

1. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple: 18

2. Ugly – Screaming Females: 16

3. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean: 16

4. Celebration Rock – Japandroids: 15

5. Europe – Allo Darlin’: 14

6. good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar: 14

7. Call Me Sylvia – Low Cut Connie: 13

8. Master of My Make-Believe – Santigold: 12

9. Tramp – Sharon Van Etten: 12

10. “Kill My Blues” – The Corin Tucker Band: 12

11. Transcendental Youth – The Mountain Goats: 12

12. Gossamer – Passion Pit: 11

13. The Haunted Man – Bat for Lashes: 10

14. Visions – Grimes: 9

15. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen: 9

16. The Lion’s Roar – First Aid Kit: 9

17. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors: 8

18. 1991 – Azealia Banks: 8

19. Local Business – Titus Andronicus: 7

20. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings: 7

21. Blunderbuss – Jack White: 6

22. Centipede Hz – Animal Collective: 6

23. Do You Really Want to Read More? – Pilemil: 5

24. Born to Die – Lana Del Rey: 5

25. Bloom - Beach House: 5

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Top 25 Albums of 2012: Expert Witness Pazz & Jop

Robert Christgau’s MSN blog, Expert Witness, has a comment section filled with some of the best music discussion I’ve come across.  Last year, I hosted a poll of commenters’ favorite albums and songs of 2011.  Now, I’ve hosted a second poll there to find commenters’ favorite albums and songs of 2012.  Users voted for exactly ten albums, distributing 100 points among them and awarding each album no more than 30 but no fewer than 5 points.   The top albums here are chosen from 57 ballots, 6 more than last year.  ”Big supporters” indicates voters who gave an album >10 points.  ”First place mentions” indicates voters who had an album in their top slot.  You can find the fifty-seven ballots that were cast here, and you can look at the tally of the top 74 albums and top 84 songs here.

24. Swing Lo Magellan – Dirty Projectors

swing lo magellan

Points: 59

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 8.4

Big supporters (2): John Speranza (15), Dan Weiss (12)

First place mentions (1): John Speranza (15)

24. Europe – Allo Darlin’

europe

Points: 59

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 8.4

Big supporters (2): KT Lindemann (11), Markus Rauchenwald (13)

First place mentions (2): Chris Hurst (10), Markus Rauchenwald (13)

22. Perfectly Imperfect - Elle Varner

perfectly imperfect

Points: 62

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 8.9

Big supporters (1): Alex Wolf (15)

First place mentions (1): Alex Wolf (15)

22. 4evaNaDay – Big K.R.I.T.

4eva

Points: 62

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 8.9

Big supporters (1): Raul Roque (15)

21. Sorry to Bother You – The Coup

sorry to bother you

Points: 68

Mentions: 8

Points per mention: 8.5

20. I Know What Love Isn’t – Jens Lekman

i know what love isn't

Points: 69

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 9.9

Big supporters (3): Tom Lane (15), Brad Luen (16), Markus Rauchenwald (11)

First place mentions (1): Brad Luen (16)

19. “Kill My Blues” – The Corin Tucker Band

kill my blues

Points: 70

Mentions: 8

Points per mention: 8.8

Big supporters (1): Peter Gorman (11)

18. Kindred – Burial

kindred

Points: 74

Mentions: 7

Points per mention: 10.6

Big supporters (2): Jason Gubbels (14), Dan Weiss (22)

Points for Street Halo/Kindred37

Mentions for Street Halo/Kindred3

Points per mention for Street Halo/Kindred12.3

17. Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen

death to my hometown

Points: 90

Mentions: 10

Points per mention: 9.0

Big supporters (4): Paul Hayden (15), Greg Morton (17), Zach Philips (15), Markus Rauchenwald (13)

First place mentions: Paul Hayden (15), Greg Morton (17)

16. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings

attack on memory

Points: 95

Mentions: 11

Points per mention: 8.6

Big supporters (1): Felix Lorenz (16)

15. Old Ideas – Leonard Cohen

old ideas

Points: 102

Mentions: 12

Points per mention: 8.5

Big supporters (1): Paul Hayden (14)

14. Tempest – Bob Dylan

tempest

Points: 104

Mentions: 9

Points per mention: 11.6

Big supporters (4): Jacob Bailis (11), Zach Philips (15), John Speranza (13), Jerry Withrow (30)

First place mentions: Jerry Withrow (30)

13. Red – Taylor Swift

red

Points: 104

Mentions: 10

Points per mention: 10.4

Big supporters (5): Jacob Bailis (12), Scott Coleman (15), Brad Luen (11), Ryan Maffei (11), Michael Swallop (13)

First place mentions (1): Mike Imes (10)

12. Dialect Fluorescent – Steve Lehman Trio

dialectfluoro

Points: 111

Mentions: 8

Points per mention: 13.9

Big supporters (5): Jason Gubbels (19), Tom Hull (15), Brad Luen (16), Christopher Monsen (20), Dan Weber (11)

First place mentions (1): Christopher Monsen (20)

11. Celebration Rock - Japandroids

celebration rock

Points: 124

Mentions: 13

Points per mention: 9.5

Big supporters (3): Paul Hayden (14), Jon LaFollette (12), KT Lindemann (12)

10. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – Fiona Apple

idler wheel

Points: 131

Mentions: 15

Points per mention: 8.7

Big supporters (4): Nah-Tieh Bropleh (12), Joey Daniewicz (11), Will Hanson (15), KT Lindemann (16)

First place mentions (1): Kt Lindemann (16)

9. 1991 – Azealia Banks

1991

Points: 141

Mentions: 12

Points per mention: 11.8

Big supporters (5): Justin Little (11), Joe Lunday (19), Michael Tatum (16), Rodney Taylor (30), Alex Wolf (13)

First place mentions (2): Joe Lunday (19), Rodney Taylor (30)

8. Americana – Neil Young & Crazy Horse

americana

Points: 153

Mentions: 16

Points per mention: 9.6

Big supporters (4): Scott Coleman (15), Mitch Fujita (13), Richard Ross (20), John Smallwood (12)

First place mention (3): Kevin John Bozelka (10), Jeff Melnick (10), Richard Ross (20)

7. The Truth About Love – P!nk

the truth about love

Points: 153

Mentions: 17

Points per mention: 9

Big supporters (4): Phil Brasor (20), Scott Coleman (16), Jimmy Cook (24), Rob Cooper (12)

First place mentions (3): Phil Brasor (20), Scott Coleman (16), Jimmy Cook (24)

6. Father Creeper – Spoek Mathambo

Print

Points: 167

Mentions: 17

Points per mention: 9.8

Big supporters (6): Chuck Bromley (15), Justin Little (18), Nick M (11), Kenny Mostern (15), Jaimie Stone (15), Dan Weber (11)

First place mentions (2): Justin Little (18), Kenny Mostern (15)

5. Transcendental Youth – The Mountain Goats

transcendental youth

Points: 185

Mentions: 18

Points per mention: 10.3

Big supporters (7): Jacob Bailis (18), Rob Cooper (12), Joey Daniewicz (11), Peter Gorman (11), Felix Lorenz (14), John Smallwood (20), Michael Tatum (12)

First place mentions (2): Jacob Bailis (18), John Smallwood (20)

4. good kid, m.A.A.d. city – Kendrick Lamar

good kid

Points: 196

Mentions: 17

Points per mention: 11.5

Big supporters (8): Chuck Bromley (13), Nah-Tieh Bropleh (15), Joey Daniewicz (14), Nick Farruggia (18), Will Hanson (16), KT Lindemann (11), Alexander Nevermind (25), Alex Wolf (11)

First place mentions (4): Nah-Tieh Bropleh (15), Will Hanson (16), Alexander Nevermind (25), Matt Rice (10)

3. Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables – Todd Snider

new york banker

Points: 263

Mentions: 22

Points per mention: 12.0

Big supporters: 11

First place mentions (4): Jeff Callahan (10), Mitch Fujita (16), Jon LaFollette (17), Tom Lane (21)

2. channel ORANGE – Frank Ocean

channel orange

Points: 358

Mentions: 28

Points per mention: 12.8

Big supporters: 18

First place mentions (5): Chuck Bromley (15), Joey Daniewicz (15), Nick Farruggia (20), Felix Lorenz (16), Raul Roque (20)

1. Older Than My Old Man Now – Loudon Wainwright III

older than my old man now

Points: 458

Mentions: 30

Points per mention: 15.3

Big supporters: 21

First place mentions (11): Paul Albone (30), Richard Cobeen (24), Rob Cooper (20), Jason Gubbels (23), Glen Hadwen (10), Tom Hull (15), Liam Smith (15), Michael Tatum (20), Dan Weber (18), Dan Weiss (22), Joe Yanosik (10)

Published in: on January 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM  Leave a Comment  

Expert Witness Pazz & Jop 2012: The Tally

Albums (75 total)

1. Older Than My Old Man Now - Loudon Wainwright III: 458 (30)

2. channel ORANGE - Frank Ocean: 358 (28)

3. Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables - Todd Snider: 263 (22)

4. good kid, m.A.A.d. city - Kendrick Lamar: 196 (17)

5. Transcendental Youth - The Mountain Goats: 185 (18)

6. Father Creeper - Spoek Mathambo: 167 (17)

7. The Truth About Love - P!nk: 153 (17)

8. Americana - Neil Young & Crazy Horse: 153 (16)

9. 1991 - Azealia Banks: 141 (12)

10. The Idler Wheel… - Fiona Apple: 131 (15)

11. Celebration Rock - Japandroids: 124 (13)

12. Dialect Fluorescent - Steve Lehman Trio: 111 (8)

13. Red - Taylor Swift: 104 (10)

14. Tempest - Bob Dylan: 104 (9)

15. Old Ideas - Leonard Cohen: 102 (12)

16. Attack on Memory - Cloud Nothings: 95 (11)

17. Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen: 90 (10)

18. Kindred - Burial: 74 (7)

19. “Kill My Blues” - The Corin Tucker Band: 70 (8)

20. I Know What Love Isn’t - Jens Lekman: 69 (7)

21. Sorry to Bother You - The Coup: 68 (8)

22. 4evaNaDay - Big K.R.I.T.: 62 (7)

22. Perfectly Imperfect - Elle Varner: 62 (7)

24. Europe - Allo Darlin’: 59 (7)

24. Swing Lo Magellan - Dirty Projectors: 59 (7)

26. Accelerando - Vijay Iyer Trio59 (6)

27. Sing the Delta - Iris Dement: 58 (7)

28. Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel: 55 (5)

29. Bloom - Beach House: 54 (5)

30. Blunderbuss - Jack White: 52 (5)

31. Bouger le Monde! - Staff Benda Bilili: 50 (5)

31. C.A.R. - Serengeti: 50 (5)

33. Born to Die - Lana Del Rey: 49 (6)

34. Tropicália Lixo Lógico - Tom Zé: 49 (5)

35. Words and Music by Saint Etienne - Saint Etienne: 44 (4)

36. Beak & Claw - s / s / s: 43 (4)

37. Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene - Dylan Hicks: 39 (4)

38. A Thing Called Divine Fits - Divine Fits: 38 (6)

39. Sadie - P.S. Eliot: 38 (3)

40. The Money Store - Death Grips: 36 (5)

41. Coexist - The xx: 35 (4)

42. Call Me Sylvia - Low Cut Connie: 33 (4)

43. Sunken Condos - Donald Fagen: 32 (3)

44. R.A.P. Music - Killer Mike: 30 (4)

45. Little Victories - Chris Knight: 30 (3)

46. Nehru Jackets - Himanshu “Heems” Suri: 29 (4)

47. A Working Museum - Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: 29 (3)

48. Psychedelic Pill - Neil Young & Crazy Horse: 27 (3)

49. Reign of Terror - Sleigh Bells: 26 (3)

50. Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran - Jamey Johnson: 25 (3)

50. Lonerism - Tame Impala: 25 (3)

50. Now What! - Tommy Womack: 25 (3)

50. True - Solange: 25 (3)

54. The Rough Guide to Ethiopia - Various Artists: 24 (2)

54. Visions - Grimes: 24 (2)

56. No1 2 Look Up 2 - Big Baby Gandhi: 23 (2)

57. Born to Sing: No Plan B - Van Morrison: 21 (2)

58. Bell Hooks - BBU: 20 (2)

59. En Yay Sah - Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang: 20 (2)

59. The Cherry Thing – Neneh Cherry & The Thing: 20 (2)

61. Master of My Make-Believe - Santigold: 19 (3)

61. Out of Sight, Out of Town - Standard Fare: 19 (3)

63. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - Nicki Minaj: 19 (2)

64. Breakfast - Chiddy Bang: 18 (2)

65. Listen…Oka! - Chris Berry & the Bayaka of Yandoumbe: 17 (2)

65. MDNA – Madonna: 17 (2)

65. Songs for Desert Refugees - Various Artists: 17 (2)

68. Between the Time and the Tides - Lee Ranaldo: 16 (2)

68. The Rough Guide to Highlife - Various Artists: 16 (2)

70. Shields – Grizzly Bear: 15 (2)

70. Reunion: Live in New York - Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul: 15 (2)

70. The Only Place - Best Coast: 15 (2)

73. Union Square - Ben Allison, Michael Blake & Rudy Royston: 13 (2)

74. Elysium - Pet Shop Boys: 10 (2)

74. Kiss - Carly Rae Jepsen: 10 (2)

Songs (84 total)

1. “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen: 19

2. “212″ (featuring Lazy Jay) – Azealia Banks: 15*

3. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” – Taylor Swift: 14

4. “The House That Heaven Built” – Japandroids: 12

5. “Adorn” – Miguel: 10

5. “New York Banker” – Todd Snider: 10

5. “Pyramids” – Frank Ocean: 10

8. “Andrew in Drag” – The Magnetic Fields: 9

9. “Bad Girls” – M.I.A.: 6

9. “Climax” – Usher: 6

9. “Gangnam Style” – Psy: 6

9. “In C” – Loudon Wainwright III: 6

9. “Somebody That I Used to Know” (featuring Kimbra) – Gotye: 6*

9. “The Night I Learned How Not to Pray” – Iris Dement: 6

15. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” – P!nk: 5

15. “Boozophilia” – Low Cut Connie: 5

15. “Merry Go ‘Round” – Kacey Musgraves: 5

15. “Video Games” – Lana Del Rey: 5*

15. “We Take Care of Our Own” – Bruce Springsteen: 5

20. “Amy AKA Spent Gladiator 1″ – The Mountain Goats: 4

20. “Bangarang” (featuring Sirah) – Skrillex: 4

20. “Death to My Hometown” – Bruce Springsteen: 4

20. “Losing You” – Solange: 4

20. “NYC Cops” – Himanshu “Heems” Suri: 4

20. “Putin Lights up the Fire” – Pussy Riot: 4

20. “Refill” – Elle Varner: 4

20. “Same Love” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: 4

20. “Simple Song” – The Shins: 4

20. “Tallulah” – Allo Darlin’: 4

20. “The Only Place” – Best Coast: 4

31. “1991″ – Azealia Banks: 3

31. “Brenda” – Todd Snider: 3

31. “Early Roman Kings” – Bob Dylan: 3

31. “Every Single Night” – Fiona Apple: 3

31. “I Love It” (featuring Charli XCX) – Icona Pop: 3

31. “In Between Jobs” – Todd Snider: 3

31. “I’ve Seen Footage” – Death Grips: 3

31. “Liquorice” – Azealia Banks: 3

31. “Long and Wasted Years” – Bob Dylan: 3

31. “Mercy” (featuring Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz) – G.O.O.D. Music: 3

31. “Myth” – Beach House: 3

31. “Oblivion” – Grimes: 3

31. “Rocky Ground” – Bruce Springsteen: 3

31. “Sweet Life” – Frank Ocean: 3

31. “The Days That We Die” – Loudon Wainwright III: 3

31. “Womyn” – Himanshu “Heems” Suri: 3

47. “Bad Religion” – Frank Ocean: 2

47. “Backseat Freestyle” – Kendrick Lamar: 2

47. “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” – Kendrick Lamar: 2

47. “Boobie Miles” – Big K.R.I.T.: 2

47. “Do You…” – Miguel: 2

47. “Do You Remember That” – Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: 2

47. “Emmylou” – First Aid Kit: 2

47. “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” – Tame Impala: 2

47. “Give Me All Your Luvin’” – Madonna: 2

47. “Going Home” – Leonard Cohen: 2

47. “Groundhog Day” – The Corin Tucker Band: 2

47. “Harlem Roulette” – The Mountain Goats: 2

47. “Hot Knife” – Fiona Apple: 2

47. “I Knew You Were Trouble” – Taylor Swift: 2

47. “Ill Manors” – Plan B: 2

47. “I’m Shakin’” – Jack White: 2

47. “Land of Hope and Dreams” – Bruce Springsteen: 2

47. “Let Them Talk” – Spoek Mathambo: 2

47. “Lost” – Frank Ocean: 2

47. “Money Trees” (featuring Jay Rock) – Kendrick Lamar: 2

47. “Oh Susannah” – Neil Young & Crazy Horse: 2

47. “Oh What a Night” – Elle Varner: 2

47. “Play That Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick Play” – Tommy Womack: 2

47. “Red” – Taylor Swift: 2

47. “Ride” – Lana Del Rey: 2

47. “Show Me the Place” – Leonard Cohen: 2

47. “Sixteen Saltines” – Jack White: 2

47. “Soundproof Room” – Elle Varner: 2

47. “Springsteen” – Eric Church: 2

47. “Starships” – Nicki Minaj: 2

47. “Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar: 2

47. “Tempest” – Bob Dylan: 2

47. “The Guillotine” – The Coup: 2

47. “Thinkin Bout You” – Frank Ocean: 2

47. “Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: 2

47. “Tonight” – Saint Etienne: 2

47. “Wildest Moments” – Jessie Ware: 2

47. “Your Parents’ Cocaine” (featuring Justin Sane from Anti-Flag) – The Coup: 2

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