My Favourite Songs of 2012

Well hello, blog. It’s been a while. I think that last entry said May on it, no?

Well hello, any readers I may have left. This entry is not a return to form (aka this blog is quite stagnant and I’m not taking pitches) but I still want to talk about music sometimes and right now I really want to share with you my favourite songs of 2012, the only sort of list I’ve made this year so far. Not a top 10 or 20, just my favourite songs. No order either! What is this madness? Just sing or dance along with me now.

Big Boi ft. Little Dragon – “Mama Told Me”
This song is such a tease. First, Big Boi & Little Dragon released a live video of this collab for Big Boi’s new album. Next, we found out the song could not go ahead on the album due to label disputes. Then we find out Kelly Rowland took over the Little Dragon duties and made them completely bland. Then Big Boi brought Little Dragon to perform the song on Jimmy Fallon’s show and released their version of the track for free, so guess what, we win! Little Dragon are perfect on this track (besides the fact that they’re one of my favourite bands) and add the right amount of groove and soul for Big Boi. It’s so sweet and soulful.

Hot Chip – “Night & Day”
This was my summer jam. So groovy. All I ever do when I hear this song is wiggle. That is all.

Kim Ann Foxman – “Return It”
One of the former singers for Hercules and Love Affair, Kim has completely taken off on her own and has done so well at it. This song is sexy, so ‘80s and has been one of my favourite dance tracks of the year.

David Byrne & St. Vincent – “Lightning”
Really I just picked one song off the album here, but of course this one is stellar. Love This Giant is hands down my #1 album of the year and “Lightning” is a good poster child for St. Vincent’s contribution to the partnership. This song builds itself up and explodes all around the sweetness of her voice and the horn arrangements. It’s commanding. And made even better by seeing it live.

Jessie Ware – “Wildest Moments”
I tried listening to Jessie Ware’s album Devotion when it came out to see what all the hubbub was about, but didn’t get it then. A few weeks ago, I put it on again and was instantly obsessed. I don’t find her lyrics particularly exciting but boy this album really gets to you. First it’s her amazing voice and then it’s the amazing instrumentation around her. I especially love the low bass and synth beats throughout the songs. I picked this one because it’s a real heartstrings-puller. For real I’m just sitting here swaying and singing to it as soon as I brought it up on YouTube.

Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”
This song gets ya right in the melancholy feels. It stopped me in my tracks.

The Dirty Projectors – “Dance for You”
I really grew to love this album during the car rides to and from Buffalo with my boyfriend. We just listened and listened and listened until we loved it. This song stuck with us the most and kept us calm during holiday traffic jams.

Dr. Dog – “Lonesome”
Hoo boy, this song is catchy. And with hand claps!

Here We Go Magic – “How Do I Know”
I really loved this album for the first half of the year. This song was so euphoric and deciding to me, after “Make Up Your Mind.” It is just so precious and lovely. Unfortunately when I saw them live the experience kind of ruined their music to me, but I still really like this song and its video.

M. Ward – “The First Time I Ran Away”
This is probably one of my most-played songs of this year. It will instantly calm me down. I like to think of this singer as Mmmmmmm Ward. Please play live, Mmmmmm. I want to sway in front of you.

Parlovr – “Holding Onto Something”
So much energy! So much chaos! So many friends! Hair everywhere! Screaming at shows! Fun! This was one of the most overlooked Canadian albums of the year, for sure. So good. And this video is just hilarious.

Snowblink – “Black and White Mountains”
So pretty. Just soooo pretty. This whole album. Let’s hold hands and sing.

Django Django – “Hail Bob”
Ahh these guys are so much fun. This album was really entertaining. I once read that they were spaghetti-western pop and ever since then I’ve been googly eyed for them. I am so stoked to see them in March.

Dusted – “Property Lines”
Strong work, Brian and Leon. Strong work. This is one of the most gentle beast records I’ve loved. So lovely and yet so rough around the edges, just how I like it. The guitar in this song is great. I’ve seen these guys a lot this year and all in different kinds of settings, which has been a great experience. They’ve had a great 2012.

Teen – “Better”
This song tussled my hair and gave me dreamy eyes right away. I haven’t listened to this album as much as I’ve wanted to because it is quite strong in the dreamy department but this song is great. It makes me wish I was a hip girl living in Brooklyn.

Honourable mentions:
Andrew Bird – “Danse Carribe”
Daniel Rossen – “Silent Song”
DIIV – “How Long Have You Known?”
Gossip – “Get a Job”
Half Moon Run – “Full Circle”
Royal Canoe – “Hold Onto the Metal”
Tim Fite – “We Are All Teenagers”

Top songs that will technically be released in 2013 but we already know about:

Foals – “Inhaler”
I AM SO EXCITED. Favourite band. Ridiculously crazy song. Let yourself go!

Suuns – “Edie’s Dream”
This song shows off a more collected Suuns, and you can even hear what the singer is saying. The sounds in it are just hypnotizing, too.

Phosphorescent – “Song for Zula”
Lovely. Just lovely. And sad.

Download Bravestation’s new song “Signs of the Civilized”

Bravestation signs of the civilized

Bravestation’s back! After stowing away for half a year, the Toronto band who I feel like describing today as mystical wave rock have put forth their first new offering, “Signs of the Civilized,” from their upcoming album.

“Signs of the Civilized” is airy and promising. It flutters and flaps its wings like a baby bird getting ready for its first take-off while under the tree it sits in, there are fish in a stream swimming down their yearly route as the ground seems to thaw. Bravestation’s rejuvenated, bringing the spring closer to us than global warming already has (and for that I’m thankful, to be honest).

Take a listen to the calm confidence. You can download the track in exchange for your email address.

Wednesday pick-me-up featuring Beth Ditto, Hercules and Love Affair and Handsome Furs

If you know me, you know I like to dance. I’m not a good dancer by any means, but I just can’t resist movement when a danceable song is playing around me. So, if you’re like me, and you need a little Wednesday pick me up, the medicine this week lies in the clubs. Not that I would go to any clubs really, but there’s definitely one going on wherever I am when I play these songs.

Beth Ditto – “I Wrote the Book”

Beth Ditto can do no wrong. This powerful lady is all kinds of sexy as she traipses through this video. I still play her EP often, and that’s enough danceable music to last me a while. But, all I want are remixes to these songs! Do they exist?

Hercules and Love Affair – “My House”

This song makes me want to dance AND clean. Seriously, from now on, whenever I clean, this song has to go on. “Oh myyy house is in ooordeeer!” brrrackacha!

Handsome Furs – “What About Us”

Dan Boekner’s rhythmic voice and Alexei Perry’s synths work so well together on this battle cry of a dance track. I can’t resist going a little wild to “go on go on go on go on and break my heart!”