Top 10 Songs This Week (10/10/08)

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  • 10. Mode D - Trio and Group Dancers/Mode E - Single Solos and Group Dance/ Mode F - Group and Solo Dance
  • Album: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
  • Artist: Charles Mingus
  • Genre: Post Bop
  • Year: 1963
  • Why?: The first time I listened to this song I wanted to get up and just start jumping all over the place. I wanted to learn how to dance. I just wanted to scream with all of my soul. This song can do that to ya!
  • Score: ****
  • 9. Couleurs
  • Album: saturdays = youth
  • Artist: m83
  • Genre: Shoegaze/electronic
  • Year: Apr 14 2008
  • Why?: The beat. Pure and simple. It just picks you up, wraps you around and then flings your arms into the air and before you know it you are dancing.
  • Score:***1/2
  • 8. Lover Man
  • Album: Intuition
  • Artist: Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh
  • Genre: Bop
  • Year: Oct. 15 1996
  • Why?: It's really soothing a beautiful. That's a damn good reason if you ask me!
  • Score: ***3/4
  • 7. Where You Go I Go Too
  • Album: Where You Go I Go Too
  • Artist: Lindstrom
  • Genre: Deep House/disco
  • Year: 2008
  • Why?: First off, I really enjoy this man's work, and second off, the beat is really catchy. Around 12 minutes it was like he just went "let's turn this shit up!" And, oh, he did.
  • Score: ***
  • 6. The Scarecrow Speaks
  • Album: The Taste of Rain...Why Kneel?
  • Artist: Deep Puddle Dynamics
  • Genre: Rap/Hip-hop
  • Year: May 7 2002
  • Why?: The lyrics are very interesting. It's not like the usual "YO YO YO WAZ ^P MA DAWGZZZ!" It actually kept my attention and kept me interested. The only song I really enjoy by them, but hey. Gotta start somewhere.
  • Score: ***
  • 5. Cydonia
  • Album: Implant
  • Artist: Eat Static
  • Genre: Psytrance/Acid techno
  • Year: 1994
  • Why?: Really addicting. The beat is very spacey and very intriguing. It's fairly scary, but at the same time...I don't know. Get it.
  • Score: ****
  • 4. Before I Leave
  • Album: Endless Summer
  • Artist: Fennesz
  • Genre: Glitch/Experimental/Ambient
  • Year: Jun 26 2001
  • Why?: It's very relaxing glitch. Glitch doesn't usually relax me, it frequently keeps me focused...but i can fall asleep to this. Most probably wouldn't be able to though.
  • Score: ****1/4
  • 3. Pilot
  • Album: Neon Golden (U.S. Edition)
  • Artist: The Notwist
  • Genre: Glitch Pop
  • Year: 2002
  • Why?: His voice is very very soothing and...catchy. The beat is also extremely addicting. I've listened to this one song dozens of times..."only we are pilots...once a day." That line is my favorite (for his voice).
  • Score: ****1/2
  • 2. Nuno
  • Album: Vocal Stuides & Uprock Narratives
  • Artist: Prefuse 73
  • Genre: Abstract/Downtempo
  • Year: 2001
  • Why?: "Oh no" is the line that does it for me. The beat is kick-ass. Reminds me of walking down a street in LA and just chillin'.
  • Score: ****3/4
  • 1. Juanita/Kiteless/To Dream of Love
  • Album: Second Toughest In the Infants
  • Artist: Underworld
  • Genre: House/Techno/Downtempo
  • Year: 1996
  • Why?: It's really not surprising to see this as number one this week. The band is just plain godly. From everything I have heard from them (this album and Dubnobasswithmyheadman) they have been basically perfect. If I could fall in love with a band, this would definitely be in the top 10! Get this album. Now would be best.
  • Score:*****
Author Comments: 

So this is my top 10 for this week. I've been really into Jazz this week for some reason... But a note I would like to add is the fact that all of these albums are amazing, and they need to be at least checked out. Especially Underworld, my fav. song keeps changing (thanks to enigmazach for pointing it out!) If you know of any bands/songs/artists/genres that I may enjoy, please let me know! And if you disagree let me know (but why). =D

Comments appreciated!

Yes! Juanita is, hands-down, my favorite Underworld track. Great pick.

Thanks! It took me quite some time to have to choose my favorite from that album, but that song won!

Dude, check out this live performance of Juanita. It might just be the greatest thing I've ever seen...lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUIDMM0LD8Y

WOW! That was Amazing!!!

Cool list, that Mingus isn't 1995 though.

Whoops! Thank you for pointing that out. I made that mistake because the first link that came up said 1995. I should have looked harder, though, because the one directly after that does say 1986.

The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady was recorded and released in 1963.

I must admit I thought the date was a tad early. I looked closely after you pointed it out, and there seem to be three dates on Discogs (I got it from this one), so I think from now on I'm going to use several sources to clarify the date. Thank you for pointing this out to me! Sorry for the mistake (again) guys!

If you're looking for some recommendations, here are a few of my favorite electronic albums:

Air – Moon Safari
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works: 85-92
Autechre – Incunabula
Autechre – Tri Repetae++
Daft Punk – Homework
Daft Punk - Discovery
Enigma – LSD: Love, Sensuality and Devotion
Global Communication – 76:14
Goldie – Timeless
The KLF – Chill Out
The KLF – The White Room
Leftfield – Leftism
LTJ Bukem – Logical Progression: Level 1
Massive Attack – Blue Lines
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Orbital – Orbital 2
Orbital – Snivilisation
The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
The Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation
Sasha + John Digweed – Northern Exposures: Expeditions
Tangerine Dream – Dream Sequence
Underworld – Beaucoup Fish

I have (and love) about half (if not more) of what you mentioned. I have not heard of Air or LTJ Bukem though, so those are defninitely going onto my list on ssX. Thanks for the advice! =D

Once again, I'm a fan of every one of your choices here. Especially the Charles Mingus album, that's one of my favorites ever, any genre.

I'm glad you like my choices! That album is fucking bad-ass! I've listened to it at least 3x in the last month (and that rarely happens, if ever).

Nice #1 pick; I see "Juanita" as being something of a house classic, just a perfectly built track; the part where those two guitar chords come in is just perfect! I would say you have the best albums, but there are many more tracks you really have to seek out, in my mind everything they've done is great. They are one of maybe 2 or 3 bands I can honestly say that for. If nothing else make sure you can track down "Thing in a Book"!!

Also this reminds me to pick up the Fennesz album; ambient glitch music is starting to creep up on me - I just picked up an album called re.sort by Sora; apparently his (her? their?) only album but it's a real keeper, very relaxing glitch electronica, makes me space out and nearly fall asleep, which is a good thing but I need to stop listening to it at work!

Thank you! Juanita truly is an amazing song, and I listen to it on a weekly basis, I will make sure to track down "Thing in a book"

That Fennesz truly is beautiful, and it totally caught me off guard, but in a good way. If you want some really nice glitch check out Oval...though I'm sure you've heard of them. My favorite album to listen to while sleeping or at work (though I don't necessarily work, but it would be a good album to check out) is Sigur Rós: ( ). If you listen to it all the way through while sleeping you may just get an epiphany.... I know I had one (it's ambient/post-rock though...not glitch). If you already know about that album, well, then I guess give it another listen =D!