Due to Brett’s suffering with lisztomania, I’ve been convinced that posting a Top 25 Albums of the Decade is in order. That will be coming soon (maybe even with download links, if I think we won’t get shut-down faster than a crack slinger in Beverly Hills). But, since that posts would require quite an investment of time, labor, and capital, and it being Halloween, a Top 5 Songs of the Week will have to be enough sugar for you’ll (all 1 of you) to last through the weekend.
1) 11th Dimension — Julian Casablancas
This song feels like what we’ve all been waiting for from Mr. Casablancas. Giddy, 80s keyboards rocking back and forth behind his suave vocals. Moreover the song is fantastically catchy, but even after hearing it 15 times you still won’t be able to explain to someone else how it goes without hearing the music. It’s a puzzle of a song, a bunch of different pieces, all decadent and neon with an energy that feels just right for a Saturday night.
Download: 11th Dimension (Megaupload)
2) Kiseki — Andrew W.K.
And you thought Andrew W.K. was awesome before? Try Mr. AWK throwing his party-anthem talents at a full album of Japanese pop songs (technically called J-pop). It’s got comedy (the direct, silly lyric translation), serious power chord rock-outs, a breakdown stolen straight out of a Wolf Parade song, and a chorus that hits like an atom bomb. Oh, was that in poor taste? My mistake.
Download: Kiseki (Mediafire)
3) Aisle 13 — Built to Spill
Before their newest album, There is No Enemy, Built to Spill have never been able to keep my attention. But all that’s changed. Album opener “Aisle 13” has that perfect balance between the vocals — which sound like teenagers star-gazing, that sort of bewildered, soft tone that’s unique to Doug Martsch — and the detailed, mature guitar rock that backs up the track. The lyrics are bugged-eyed too, the kind of adolescent stoner revelations you might have alone with your best-friends (“No one sees because no one wants to / see what’s in their minds). Plus, as one commentator mentioned on YouTube, the track name is rather clever: Built to Spill on Aisle 13. Are we talking about spilling groceries or idle minds?
4) It Ain’t Gonna Save Me — Jay Reatard
Is it punk rock? Disco? Dance punk? Trendy hipster bullshit? Catchy as fuck? All I know is that I can’t stop listening to it. And once you give it try, no one will be able to save you either.
Download: It Ain’t Gonna Save Me (Matador’s Website)
5) Yalira — The Very Best
The Very Best are one of those global bands. Singer Esau Mwamwaya is from Malawi and some of the other guys in the band are European. Whatever, all that shits not that important. The song, on the other hand, is. Warm chants, Afro-beats, a hip-hop low end, this track really does come from the Warm Heart of Africa. As your listening, wave hello to Ted Gurney — this is about as close as most of us will ever come to Togo.
Download: Yalira — The Very Best (Mediafire)