Top Indie Songs of 2012: Pop and Electro (11-20)

What is this nonsense, you ask, posting yet another 11-20 list? How can I withold the Top Ten Indie Rock songs from you still? Relax, my pretties. You will find these indie pop gems just as satisfying as the coveted forthcoming indie rock songs. This year’s list has more pop and less electro. If that means anything to you, don’t worry, there’s plenty of electro too.   The Best Indie Pop of 2012 Van She – Idea of Happiness From “Idea of Happiness” July, 2012 Hey, were you a fan of Duran Duran at one point? How about New Order?… tell me more

Top Ten Dance Songs of 2012

The Best Dance Songs of the Year With joy I present the hottest dance songs of 2012. These have been tested on random samples of teenage girls, drag queens, and punk rock kittens. Well, actually just on me, but those folks all live in my heart. And deep within my heart, when they hear these tracks they dance. Top Dance Songs of 2012 Azealia Banks – 212 From the June 2012 EP 1991 This properly belongs on my hip-hop list, and you’ll find it there, but it deserves the top spot on my Best Dance Songs list. I tried to… tell me more

It’s All Pinkerton’s Fault — Of Adorable Monsters and Lazy Women

Meet my new friend Pinkerton. He’s 12 weeks old, with a bladder capacity of three hours, less when he’s excited. This can get in the way of getting you those Best of 2012 lists. But I always have an excuse, don’t I? His name is Mr. Pinkerton Floyd, which is a reference to: tell me more

The Top Twenty Dance Songs of 2012: Part I

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Rules for Shows #5: Genre Affects Dress

Image thanks to http://www.thebestpictureontheinternet.com. When I was a tween I went to my first R&B show (I believe it was EnVogue). I had been to oodles of shows so I knew the uniform: comfy jeans, comfy shoes, clever T, and discernible lack of hat. But there was a secret I didn't know about EnVogue fans: they dress up for a show like they are going to the prom. They get their hair styled, they wear suits and not dresses, but actual gowns. Gowns I tell you. They complete the look with the perfect prom accessory, a limousine. Not just one… tell me more

Best Music of 2011: Best Indie Rock Part II

Here’s the second half of my Best Indie Rock of 2011 selections. Image credit: roman-noir.com Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme (B.) – The Black Queen / Memories of Retrocity Grouplove – Naked Kids (3:29) I’m a sucker for harmonies and handclapping. Both are in abundance. This is one of those bands I discovered because cool DJs keep remixing them. I look forward to getting to better getting to know their sound in 2012. Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk (4:43) That echoey guitar and croon combination creates some surreal magic in “Top Bunk.” Sounds like: Animal Collective made a mainstream surf album. And what’s… tell me more

Best Music of 2011: Best Electro (Part II)

Best Electro of 2011 Part II Image by Javier Medellin Puyou Kids Of 88 – My House (3:58) Hey dudes: if you’re looking for a song to sing at your woman while you jump around the dancefloor–this is the one.Try dancing like a maniac while mouthing “I’m gonna take you back to my house! I love the feeling when you touch me baby!” and surely you will get laid. M83 – Midnight City (4:03) This sounds like it should have been the lead single on the Tron soundtrack. After releasing countless albums, M83 is finally starting to get radio play with… tell me more

Best Music of 2011: Best Indie Rock

Best Indie Rock of 2011 PART I So begins at last my list of the finest songs of 2011. Last year I was all upset about the whole idea that one could even begin to honestly determine the very best songs put out in a year. Not because tastes differ too greatly, but because there’s just too much good music. This year I realized I could have thrown together a list in late December, which is what everyone wants. No one gives a damn about 2011 in February, right? But for some reason I couldn’t stop myself from pouring through… tell me more

Best Music of 2011: Best Electro

Best Electro of 2011 – PART I Image via LaughterKey At last, the best electro of 2011. I’m not ranking these, they’re in alphabetical order. Forthcoming is the second half of this list, as well as the Best Indie Rock and the best Dance and the Best Chill Music. It’s about time, eh?   tell me more