We previously sprung the rest of the Top Tracks of 2010 as placed on a Ritz cracker by Pitchfork back in surprisingly April. The list was here, but maybe it is so old it might 404????? Just kidding, I finished the top 10 tonight. I had to get myself in shape for 2011’s list, soon to be released. UC, are you joining us?
And off we go!!!!!!!!
20. Erykah Badu “Window Seat”
Pinko Punko says:Sounds like a Erykah Badu singing over a vaguely Massive Attack “Protection”-like beat with some Quiet Storm like touches. OK but so unmemorable I forgot to do this list until November or read anything about why this song is supposedly exceptional.
19. How to Dress Well “Decisions (feat. Yüksel Arslan)”
Pinko Punko says: If you read what Jess Harvel writes about to explain this song and you listen to it, you will wonder what the eff she/he/it/bird is talking about. It is short, OK, good and meh at the same time.
18. Titus Andronicus “A More Perfect Union”
Pinko Punko says: Exceptionally self-indulgent but totally sincere at the same time. I think the song is probably awesome, and every time it comes on Pandora I wonder if I can make it through the whole song, and I always do. I was never inspired to pick up this album because I felt it wouldn’t match their last one, but I like these guys. They are rough enough that they come across as raw instead of calculatingly retro.
17. Girl Unit “Wut”
Pinko Punko says: Let’s go to the YouTube commenter jury:
yooo system meltdown u greedycunt!? ? EchelonWeb 4 days ago ?
wut? this is? sick? -_____- So dope.?SkitterPLUR 4 days ago ?
“Girl Unit is actually? a bloke named phil”?DjBassMaster10 5 days ago
@GlittersAllWet …? l0l???Jim44ee 6 days ago ?BIG? Tingz????KIN9DUB 1 week ago ?
@GlittersAllWet did u actually use girl unit and crystal castles in the same breath, uve got alot to learn? mate.. this is sick, productions so tight.. crystal castles mainstream jank shit with no balls, play this tune with a sub or sumat… then ul see..peace???KIN9DUB 1 week ago ?
@tallyhoman911? Same????mmcc0203 1 week ago ?
Das? racist freestyle???cavaleio 2 weeks ago
How do I say ^this, but not. I cannot believe how cheesy this song is. Chippymunk dubstep/drum and bass that is both tinkly and useless.
16. Beach House “Norway”
Pinko Punko says: Good song with some off-kilter tuned musico (the MBV reference from the write-up). On this list because this was the lead track pushed from this excellent album, definitely not the best on here, but good.
15. Crystal Castles [ft. Robert Smith] “Not in Love”
Pinko Punko says:The Cure’s Robert Smith sees your picture hanging on the back of his door. That is nice- who put it there? It is a mystery. Lyrically, this song is definitely a filtered through hazy cable watching of some neo-waver thinking about what it would be like to live in a John Hughes movie watched many times on the cable of childhood. Musically, it’s M83’s retro wave mixed with a dancier feel. It is OK, but again has the whiff of a novelty. It is a decent guest turn from Smith who just does his thing but commits to the song. OK.
14. Sleigh Bells “Rill Rill”
Pinko Punko says: Norway’s Annie+Kurt Vile aesthetic+60s girl group on drugs. This comment is like a patchwork of Pitchfork-fueled references that have no meaning. Kind of like Pitchfork and descriptions of Pitchfork. This is a hall of mirrors. Should be better than it is. But does not suck I guess. Amanda Petrusch is over the top in a simile to such way to prove my point can’t be bothered. If I finish this tonight I might make deadline before I have 100 new ones to think about.
13. Caribou “Odessa”
Pinko Punko says: I like the last Caribou album a lot I think because it was more melodic and psychedelic and better I guess. He sounds like Frazier Chorus on this one. Look it up.
12. LCD Soundsystem “All I Want”
Pinko Punko says: These guys can just hit that spot the “All of My Friends Spot”- this isn’t that good, but it is a good song, but is it a little bit going through the motions. The odd thing about the mix [the loud guitar line] is drawn to our attention as a work of special and purposeful magic hands by James Murphy, LCD’s ringleader. I think he pushes it just a little bit and it doesn’t quite work like it should. It seems a little false. OK song. Speak and Spell outro I kind of like
11. Deerhunter “Desire Lines”
Pinko Punko says: One of my faves of the year. The heart of the Deerhunter album. Although, I need to admit that in the time since I wrote about “Helicopter” at 41, when I liked this song better, I may have reversed my preferences.
10. Janelle Monáe [ft. Big Boi] “Tightrope”
Pinko Punko says: I think she’s really audacious and this song is nice and fun, but I feel like her voice is an eensy bit blank- I feel like she’s just not there. This is certainly better than anything Beyoncé has pooped out in 2011, though I expect ‘Fork will go nuts over “Countdown”. I don’t expect to remember this song’s existence in a few days, unfortunately.
09. Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
Pinko Punko says: I don’t favor the Arcade Fire backlash. Maybe I am a little surprised at how quickly they developed a brand of a sound, and oddly this song sounds exactly like them even though at points musically it reminds me of a more analog and less clean Pet Shop Boys. The sound is so washed out- a little bit of that “chillwave” cassette sound that is less obvious on headphones. Good, in a “won’t skip it on the internet radio, but won’t queue it up” way. Maybe that is all songs these days. What are the odds I make it through ‘Fork 2011? Why has UC forsaken me?
08. James Blake “I Only Know (What I Know Now)”
Pinko Punko says: Soundtrack to a video playing in a club that you imagine yourself seeing in a movie about someone that does this sort of thing, in a dream. But through night vision goggles. And it is 4 am and nobody is talking or saying anything. 2011- the year Chillstep broke? Not anything I would recommend to anyone that wasn’t already drinking the Flavor-Ade on this. Fine I guess, but you might be asleep, so read up on it at All Music Guide, but careful clicking away too fast, the mouse might be asleep and your click finger might fall over. More than any track, I would like UC to review this. I don’t hate him, I swear!!!!!!!!!
07. Joanna Newsom “Good Intentions Paving Company”
Pinko Punko says: I didn’t really have the attention span for her last album Ys, while loving her debut- though not being allow to play that in the house because I would get punished for playing “screeching cat lady”. This seems to drop the Ye Olde Cat Scratch Renaissance Faire of Ys, and creates a tempered, ambitious thing kind of out of the Laurie Anderson/Kate Bush headspace but without the extreme experimentation or theatrics, so maybe not like those at all. I like it, especially the ooooooooh ooooh oooh part and the little bit of trombone then the piano chug outro, but novelty central. Wolk does a nice write-up, though.
06. Kanye West [ft. Dwele] “POWER”
Pinko Punko says: Earnest enough I guess it staves off the whiff of unfortunateness. Yeezy has a delivery that is all his, but sometimes he seems clunky or lazy. This is a mehseum piece not a classic. Maybe it’s OK?
05. Big Boi [ft. Cutty] “Shutterbugg”
Pinko Punko says: I’d call this H-funk, Human League funk. Boi easy cheesy rules this invisible shoulda been all summer jam. I think he just didn’t get the obvious hook for the crowd on this. Its too smooth. Really good.
04. Robyn “Dancing on My Own”
Pinko Punko says: Scandinavian popstress makes le Fork just give it up. To be honest, if Gaga (or actually, Taylor Swift if you pop-countrified it) released this, it would have sold 10 million. Robyn knows what she wants and she does it. It’s pure queso but hits that one spot…pretty good.
03. LCD Soundsystem “I Can Change”
Pinko Punko says: LCD can take a lot of different sounds but the drum machine and some of the bloops just paint it as LCD Soundsystem, and then the James Murphy delivery, restrained but full of emotion in that peculiar way. Excellent. Super good.
02. Kanye West [ft. Pusha T] “Runaway”
Pinko Punko says: The pinnacle of sad sack hate yourself rap, but kind of brilliant. The question to Kanye, is can he listen to number 3? Because if he can’t change, this is not gonna end well. Hug squad! To the West mansion. Nine minutes a little much. Pusha T also puts too much swagger on his verses- like did he not listen to the rest of the song?
01. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Round and Round”
Pinko Punko says: What is going on here? A floating prog pop pyschedelic love child from the threeway between Alas Parsons and a tranquilized muzaky Modest Mouse and Stephen Merritt. I really can’t explain it. Some of it is just great- in that effortless Phoenix way- like you can’t quite tell why it is so perfect, because it is nothingness lighter than air. Good stuff in here. Very light. Wonder how it would work without headphones. Also liked the Mark Richardson write-up, so like a nice little breath mint placed on the cowpie of this year’s list. HA! Beat 2011 list by a few days. UC, get thee to thy iPod!