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Thursday, Dec 10, 2009
Songs that missed our Top 50 Singles list, but at least one of our writers loves.

It’s always a bit of a bummer when one of the most solar-plexus-punchingly great records of the year comes out in November or December. Some people haven’t heard it yet, and others are wary of confusing novelty with quality, so it doesn’t make the “Best of” lists as much as it should.


Well, I’m here to tell you, Them Crooked Vultures really is one of the greatest albums of 2009, and the first single, “New Fang”, is the song Natalie Portman should’ve made Zach Braff listen to in Garden State, not the Shins’ anemic “New Slang”. It might not change your life, but it’ll sock you in the gut, in the very best way possible.



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Thursday, Dec 10, 2009
Songs that missed our Top 50 Singles list, but at least one of our writers loves.

The Von Bondies shot their wad in 2008 by releasing a four-song EP with the most stellar tracks off the 2009 album Love, Hate, and Then There’s You. Frontman Jason Stollsteimer has gone through bassists and guitarists like flu season Kleenex over the past decade, and apparently decided to embrace that by not listing any band members at all in the new disc’s liner notes. 


But when he continues to make rock perfection like “Pale Bride”, no matter what you (or Jack White) think about Stollsteimer, all is forgiven.



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Thursday, Dec 10, 2009
We've unveiled our 50 best singles of the year, but that's not really a lot of songs. So, here are others bubbling just under that 50 mark.

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Shakira

Review [17.Apr.2014]


Shakira
“She Wolf”



If you were to propose a song by the Latin contortionist sensation Shakira produced by one of the guys from The Apples in Stereo (John Hill) and another guy from The Bravery (Sam Endicott), it would unequivocally sound like a disaster on paper. Yet, what we have is the closest vie yet for the long tail of the DFA on the pop charts. This is not to suggest pop validation by indie credibility, but rather just the opposite. Rubbery bass, ricocheting fricka-fricka guitars, and seductive vocoder (not, mind you, auto-tune) have never sounded so deliriously insatiable as they do in a format palatable for both hidebound radio and libertine clubland. Utterly ace.
Timothy Gabriele



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Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009
We've unveiled our 50 best singles of the year, but that's not really a lot of songs. So, here are others bubbling just under that 50 mark.

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Roman Candle


Roman Candle
“Why Modern Radio Is A-OK”



This North Carolina band managed to craft one of the smartest, strangest anthems about the airwaves. As singer Skip Matheny professes, they love the radio but not because it plays their favorite music. Actually, they think it sucks and that’s exactly why they like it. They don’t want to hear the classic songs that break their heart (i.e. Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison) so the crappy stations nowadays get the thumbs up from them. Pretty twisted, eh? Jason Gross



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Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009
We've unveiled our 50 best singles of the year, but that's not really a lot of songs. So, here are others bubbling just under that 50 mark.

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Delorean

Review [25.Oct.2013]


Delorean
“Seasun”



In direct contrast to the trendy, glo-fi charm of Washed Out, Memory Tapes, and Small Black came this gigantic, shimmering, glorious blast of exuberant electro-pop courtesy Barcelona’s Delorean. Built around a deceptively simple house beat and female vocal sample, the foursome adds layer upon layer to the four and a half minute track, eventually building to a gorgeous, gently propulsive climax that transports us back to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when cutting edge music wasn’t afraid to sound big.
Adrien Begrand



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