Just some tracks, old or new, that I’ve listened to and been digging lately.
Dance Dance Dance by Lykke Li
I’ve been trying to get into Lykke Li’s new album, I Never Learn. That hasn’t happened yet, but it reminded me to go back and get reacquainted with what arguably is her best album, 2008’s Youth Novels, where Dance Dance Dance is probably my favorite track from there.
We Got A Love by Shit Robot (feat. Reggie Watts)
On days that I miss hearing new stuff from LCD Soundsystem, I turn to their label mates Shit Robot for the next best indie dance music today. The title track to their latest album is a gorgeous piece, one that is made even more wonderful by the guest vocal appearance of the talented Reggie Watts.
Adore You by Miley Cyrus
Adore You is the powerful opening track to Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, before the album goes incredibly haywire. Or awesome, depending on who you ask. I actually half wish that the entire album was filled with tracks like this. But then again, if it was all similar to this track, I probably wouldn’t give Miley that time of day.
Workin’ Day and Night by Michael Jackson
Among MJ’s early work with Epic Records, I’d have to say that Off the Wall is the one I’m least familiar with. Decided to listen to that album on a whim and was in awe of what I heard. There are the familiar tracks like Rock with You and Can’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, but Workin’ Day and Night was new and fresh to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed that song.
Boom by Le1f
Like most people, I took an interest in Le1f after learning of his preferences. (‘What does gay rap sound anyway?’) But you know what, that shouldn’t matter, because Le1f’s Hey EP is a really great listen and Boom an incredibly clever and catchy track. Although I wish that I could take back the moment I found out he was gay, and enjoy this album without that knowledge.
Blue Moon by Beck
In terms of musicianship, song writing prowess and overall production, I’d say that Beck has to be on top of that game today. He’s tired of being alone on Blue Moon, but the song sounds lush and hopeful, one can’t help but feel that something good would come Beck’s way.
Band on the Run by Paul McCartney
For the first few years after the Beatles’ breakup, it was fair to say that John was kicking Paul’s ass. John released critically acclaimed albums John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, while Paul had McCartney and Ram to show for. These albums were revered many years after, but in those days, didn’t quite receive the love that John got. Anyway, Paul released Band on the Run in ’73, and that cemented his place back among the music elite. The album’s title track was a three part medley, stylistically different and thematically linked, but all in all, wove together beautifully.
Birth in Reverse by St. Vincent
I’d say that St. Vincent’s fourth and self-titled record is the best album this year but in terms of ranking her discography, I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s her best. But definitely it’s up there for sure. Birth in Reverse is a fun and hypnotic song that I could listen to over and over.