Coming in at # 98 in the Best of 2013 countdown is the off the hizzle (don’t worry I cringed when I wrote that too) “Don’t Give Up” by Factor feat. Paranoid Castle & Jeans Boots. Seriously this song is REEAALLY good. Factor (from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan?!?) produces underground hip-hop and for this awesome song he enlisted the help of fellow Saskatchewanites Jeans Boots & Paranoid Castle and the result is perfection. Turn it up, listen, repeat.
Let’s go to # 99 on the Best of 2013 Top 100! “Let Go” by RAC ft. Kele, MNDR (see what I did there?) This is one of those songs you only have to listen to once to absolutely fall in love with it. Featuring Bloc Party’s Kele and the solo electronic artist (yet really a duo) MNDR.
RAC usually stick to remixing other people’s songs (thus their name Remix Artist Collective) but if this is any indication of the kind of electro pop they can come up with, let’s hope for some more!
Here’s #100 in the #Bestof2013 #Top100: Bubble Butt by Major Lazer Ft. Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic. What else can be said about this ditty that wasn’t more eloquently stated by Mr. Mars, Mr. Tyga and Ms. Mystic. All I can say is that the beat in this year’s “My Humps” is inescapable. In my efforts to keep the list PG-13 I included the audio only, clean version but here’s the official video which contains some honest to goodness twerking, none of this Miley stuff. Warning, it contains a lot of bubble butts:
I made myself pick only one song from Major Lazer’s “Free The Universe” so I couldn’t fit the equally excellent "Get Free" feat. Amber from Dirty Projectors. ”Free the Universe” also has a cool little song called “Jessica” featuring Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.
Starting today I’ll start to count down the 100 best songs of 2013! This was a great year for music so it was especially difficult to pick 100 songs. And it certainly didn’t make it any easier being exposed to so much amazing music while working at KCRW. My honest to goodness hope is that you’ll dig at least one of the songs here and add it to your playlist. As I go through other “best of 2013” lists I’m still discovering music so I’m sure I missed some here.
This all continues a tradition that started in Levittown, Puerto Rico as I forced my music taste on my brothers. I would sit them down in my room so they could hear the songs I decided were the best and that I had been able to record on cassette from the radio (the ones I didn’t have I sang). Enjoy!
"Russian Farmer Song" by @KeaneOfficial is a song you should listen to. It starts as a standard piano ballad but goes into some really beautiful melodies. It’s a song that is apparently inspired by Tolstoy’s "Anna Karenina." You can find it on the Deluxe Edition of "The Best of Keane" available on itunes.
Now, I don’t get why bands are still putting out “Best of” collections. The Killers also released one. The one good thing about them is that they’ll often include unreleased gems like this one.
Cut Chemist’s “Work My Mind” feat. Chali 2na & Hymnal is Muffin Top #9. You have to hear this one. When people talk about infectious grooves this is what they’re talking about. I dare you not to want to get up and dance to this. As an added bonus to this song’s awesomeness it features Chali 2na so it’s kind of an Ozomatli original line up reunion. So check it out!
#NancyFromNowOn #FatherJohnMisty @wiltern (at The Wiltern)
I’ve had this song stuck in my head all day. it’s called “Further Away (Romance Police)” by Lissie. It’s been out for a few months but it barely made it to the top of my mind’s charts. Check out this live version which I think may be even better than the studio recording. You really want to make sure you listen to the whole thing so you can get the excellent guitar riff at about the 3 minute mark. It’ll be worth it. Trust me.
It would be easy to compare this song, and Lissie to Fleetwood Mac or more specifically Stevie Nicks, so I’m going to do exactly that. In this song Lissie sounds like Stevie Nicks at her prime and the whole vibe of the tune is very Fleetwood Mac at their best. So check it out!