Monday, December 18, 2006

Top 10 last songs on albums if that song is an even numbered track of 2006

1. We’re no Here, track 10 from Mogwai’s Mr. Beast. Not only does this song strike home to every Jew out there for its epic “Walk Across the Desert with the Weight of a Thousand Generations” vibe, but also because I saw it on mushrooms, at Coachella, in the desert, in the summer, and proceeded to get a second degree sunburn from the heat off their tube amps and pinpoint pupilling lightshow. Everything just screams, “IT’S FUCKING REAL, REAL HOT OUT HERE GUS.” This song kept pushing for renaming my list to “Top ten 2006 songs that you want to listen to while driving to kick someone’s ass who really fucking deserves it, or maybe just driving to face the end of the world.”

2. Colorado – yet another last song track 10, this one from Grizzly Bear’s 2006 album Yellow House. I got into this song at the perfect time while commuting up over Mt. Rose Highway during the first Sierra snowstorms of the fall. I was fortunate enough to realize a moment where the highway peaked at 8900 feet, this song peaked at a whimsical climax, and I climaxed at all of these peaks—and for the fact that snow was falling and ski season was approaching.



3. Or – doomsdayish, hopeful, and dark, this album encore is track 12 on Sonic Youth’s Rather Ripped from that blessed summer of 2006. This song represents the kind of evolution that I wished all twenty year old bands would make. It’s too bad that that twenty year old mark hit during the 1980’s for Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan--because they mostly made embarrassingly horrible shit at that time.


4. Album title worthy Spirit, track 10 from Apse’s October 2006 LP debut Spirit--which will get its own record review soon anyway. I’m trying to review only Apse albums if you haven’t noticed. But with regards to this fantabulous track, again it almost made me change my Christmas list to “Top ten 2006 songs that you want to listen to while driving to kick someone’s ass who really fucking deserves it, or maybe just driving to face the end of the world.”



5. Tides (piano) – the contemplative album ending track 12 of the Clog’s Lantern. Now this is the kind of contemplative that could either be considered stalkerishly eerie or paraplegically introspective. Either requires a window and some precipitating weather.








6. No Such Thing as Hearts—a 2006 track 10 good old fashioned smooth landing of Victory at Sea’s All Your things are Gone. Her voice is like Chan Marshall meets Tom Waits, which could be weird, and it is. But the only real side-effect is it just makes your mouth tastes like cigarettes.




7. Mizu Asobi – this pop wonder cocaine epic of Nipon comes clean at the even numbered end of Asobi Seksu’s Citrus. This song is filled with hope, hope of rehab, end of 80’s movies hope. A kind of hope that can only come across by a band with an 85 pound bubbly Japanese girl fronting it. Deerhoof eat your off tempo jerky-ass heart out.




8. El Ciervo Vulnerado – the album decapitating track 8 off of The Mars Volta’s Amputechture. Though this LP screamed “WE SHOULD REALLY TRY SOMETHING NEW GUYS, BUT MAYBE NEXT TIME,” this last track is what I love from TMV. That creepy Mexican feeling that maybe somebody’s drugged and sodomized you in the last 24 hours, but there’s really no way to be sure.


9. Broken Arrow – an ender at track 10, this one is smooth, almost too smooth. Okay I’m reaching on this last one which is off of the Album Leaf’s Into the Blue Again. It’s amazing how many fucking bands fill their albums to the odd-numbered end. Motherfuckers. Basically, I wouldn’t fight you for this one if I had too.




10. America the Beautiful – Neil Young’s CD ending anthemous track 10 from his punch to W’s gut album Living with War. Nothing that special about this track besides breaking a record for the most gospel singers fitted into a recording studio ever.






...Fuck that took a long time. But goddamn it's worth it.

7 Comments:

Blogger Jafar said...

Blossom.......indeed you have done well for yourself here. However there is one blatant vacancy that exists. My number 1 is easily Track 12 off the Liar's Drums Not Dead cd.

The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack.

Thank you for reminding us of some of the awesome bands that seem to have missed the Feldheim.

Jafar

5:13 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger Angela.Lansbury said...

Holy shit.

The n00b went through with it. I thought you were kidding.

Way to include some Japanese stuff in there.

8:54 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger lunchbox said...

Incredible.

The depth, the scope, the obscurity.

Blossom, you surely are a king amongst kings.

Or as Joey Lawrence would exclaim:

Whoa!

9:57 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger Angela.Lansbury said...

Also noted the distinct lack of pearl jam.

11:40 PM, December 18, 2006  
Blogger Blossom said...

as a reply to ali's drums not dead comment, my burned copy had 13 songs on it, so I just didn't know.

11:34 AM, December 19, 2006  
Blogger woody.allen said...

My #1 is #10 on Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I'm Dreaming of Places Where Lovers Have Wings.

"Anything less would be uncivilized"
-Charles Barkley

1:12 PM, December 19, 2006  
Blogger Toonzie said...

brilliantly esoteric and eloquent...particularly from someone of "intern" status"

corporate's got it's eye on you...

12:48 AM, December 20, 2006  

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