The beat and the pulse

I don’t know who pointed me to Said the Gramophone‘s top 100 songs of 2010 mix, but…thanks guy/gal. Among the 70 or so songs that I didn’t already know and/or like, I fell for the following:

  • Austra . “Beat and the Pulse”
  • Basia Bulat . “The Shore”
  • Beach House . “Zebra”
  • Blue Hawaii . “Blue Gowns”
  • Eternal Summers . “Bully in Disguise”
  • Frog Eyes . “Flower in a Glove”
  • Iron & Wine . “Walking Far From Home”
  • Khaira Arby . “Khaira”
  • Laura Marling . “Alpha Shallows”
  • Lykke Li . “Get Some”
  • Maison Neuve . “Under Skies of Fire”
  • Ô Paon . “Sainte Patronne de Rien Pantoute”
  • Surfer Blood . “Swim”
  • Warpaint . “Undertow”
  • Zola Jesus . “Lightsick”

I think I’ve fallen hardest for the Khaira Arby song. The first time I listened to it I hit ‘repeat’ about four times. But the Iron & Wine, Maison Neuve and Basia Bulat songs are catching up fast.

Best songs of 2010

Alphabetically, natch:

  • Arcade Fire . “Rococo”
  • Avi Buffalo . “What’s In It For?”
  • Band Of Horses . “Bartles + James”
  • Besnard Lakes . “Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Part II”
  • Black Angels . “The Sniper”
  • Broken Social Scene . “Meet Me In The Basement”
  • Call Me Lightning . “Pure Shit”
  • Dead Weather . “Gasoline”
  • Frightened Rabbit . “Things”
  • Hidden Cameras . “He Falls To Me”
  • Kissaway Trail . “Beat Your Heartbeat”
  • Mates Of State . “Long Way Home”
  • National . “Bloodbuzz Ohio”
  • National . “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks”
  • New Pornographers . “Crash Years”
  • Sharon Van Etten . “I Wish I Knew”
  • Shearwater . “Castaways”
  • Sleigh Bells . “Crown On The Ground”
  • Titus Andronicus . “The Battle Of Hampton Roads”
  • Titus Andronicus . “To Old Friends And New”
  • Vampire Weekend . “Holiday”
  • Vampire Weekend . “White Sky”
  • Walkmen . “Angela Surf City”
  • Walkmen . “Victory”
  • Wolf Parade . “Palm Road”

Quite a few repeaters in there, no? The National, Vampire Weekend, The Walkmen and Titus Andronicus, who very nearly scored three.

Honorable mention: Best Coast . “Boyfriend” / Black Francis . “Six Legged Man” / Black Mountain . “The Hair Song” / Black Rebel Motorcycle Club . “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo” / Corin Tucker . “Doubt / Dean & Britta . “Not A Young Man Anymore (My Robot Friend remix)” / Japandroids . “Lucifer’s Symphony” / Junip . “In Every Direction” / No Age . “Glitter” / Titus Andronicus . “Four Score And Seven”.

Best songs of the year so far

  • shearwater . “castaways”
  • hidden cameras . “he falls to me”
  • titus andronicus . “four score and seven”
  • titus andronicus . “the battle of hampton roads”
  • besnard lakes . “like the ocean, like the innocent part II”
  • frightened rabbit . “things”
  • black francis . “six legged man”
  • avi buffalo . “what’s in it for?”
  • vampire weekend . “white sky”
  • vampire weekend . “holiday”
  • kissaway trail . “beat your heartbeat”
  • dead weather . “gasoline”
  • national . “bloodbuzz ohio”
  • national . “vanderlyle crybaby geeks”
  • band of horses . “bartles + james”
  • mates of state . “long way home”

Best songs of 2010 so far

  • shearwater . “castaways”
  • spoon . “mystery zone”
  • hidden cameras . “he falls to me”
  • titus andronicus . “four score and seven”
  • titus andronicus . “the battle of hampton roads”
  • besnard lakes . “like the ocean, like the innocent part II”
  • frightened rabbit . “things”
  • black francis . “six legged man”
  • avi buffalo . “what’s in it for?”
  • kissaway trail . “beat your heartbeat”
  • dead weather . “gasoline”