phamos: (twilight)
25. Leftovers! MGMT hit it big this year, but their album came out in 2007. So, as much as I would love to put "Electric Feel" higher up on this list, it has to hang out on the bottom for technical reasons. Also getting a lot of play in my car this year but not technically eligible for 2008 prizes? The New Young Pony Club album, and two terribly catchy earworms by Paramore: "That's What You Get" and "Misery Business". I want to hate Paramore, but I can't.

24. "URA Fever" by the Kills. Featured in an awesome moment on Gossip Girl, following which the rest of the season went downhill. Similarly, the rest of the Kills album was not too exciting. But Gossip Girl got better again in the second season, and even more awesome songs were played! Some of them will appear elsewhere on this list! I'm Chuck Bass!

23. Robyn's album finally came out! I kinda feel like I shouldn't specify singles on here, because all of the songs on this album have been floating around for years now, but I'm glad they were finally collected and released here in the states. Now, other people can sing Crash and Burn Girl with me, and I won't feel insane (or possibly Swedish) -- because they played it on Gossip Girl! Note: Segev hates this album.

22. "A Milli" and "Got Money" by Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne likes to talk about how much money he has. He often does it in relatively catchy ways. This pleases me. I think he is hugely overrated as a rapper, but I still enjoy the beats.

21. "Move (Cut Copy Remix)" by Cansei De Sur Sexy. I like the Cut Copy remix of this better than the original.

20. "Paris is Burning (Cut Copy Remix)" by Ladyhawke. I have not heard the original version of this, but I like the Cut Copy remix.

19. "Hearts on Fire" by Cut Copy. I like Cut Copy.

18. The Ting Tings. The Ting Tings confuse me. They had a song on Gossip Girl -- but it was probably my least favorite song of theirs ("Shut Up And Let Me Go"). They have some songs where the big popular remix is awesome while the original kinda sucks ("That's Not My Name"), and some where the original is great and the big popular remix is a big letdown ("Great DJ"). Maybe next album will give me a little big of consistency? Because the raw material is totally there. Good luck, Ting Tings!

17. "Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel. God knows I'll take whatever little Peter Gabriel scraps get served up to me these days -- but the fact that this song accompanied the most amazing credits sequence in any movie ever makes it more than just a scrap. How crazy is it that in possibly the best movie of the year, possibly the best animated film of all time, the Peter Gabriel-scored credits is the part that made me cry?



16. Santogold. I didn't think her album was terrifically consistent, but I definitely dug pretty much everything she touched this year. Best songs, probably "Creator" (as featured in a Sandra-Oh-dances-around-in-slow-motion sequence on Grey's Anatomy) and "L.E.S. Artistes", but various collaborations with Amanda Blank and Jay-Z were pretty tops, too. And, again, yes, featured in a fabulous Gossip Girl scene. (Yes, Dan Humphrey, Serena DOES think you're a joke. So SHOVE IT.)

TOP 15 )
phamos: (wangchungorillkickyourass!)
Question of the Day: Why does the iTunes Genius feature insist on putting "Careless Whisper" by Wham on every single 80s-related playlist I ask it to generate? Starting with Whitesnake -- gives me Journey, Foreigner, Genesis, Def Leppard, Van Halen...and WHAM?
phamos: (wangchungorillkickyourass!)
Thing I like: Genius playlists in the new iTunes. Hell YEAH if I want to listen to "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper I'll also want to listen to Heart, Wham, and Til Tuesday! Love IS a motherfuckin' battlefield, Pat Benatar, thanks for pointing that out!

Thing I don't like: That Nancy Botwin keeps fucking stuff up with her hot shirtless boyfriends. I already don't get to see Romany Malco on my TV anymore; now just because she has a moral problem with human trafficking, I can't see the sexy telenovela guy next season? SHENANIGANS.

Other thing I like: Teeny baby bump.

Corollary thing I do NOT like: Pregnancy heartburn. Whooorf.
phamos: (twilight)
The podcast that I mentioned earlier is now up and running, with the audio fixed and the domain working. Yay! There's now also space for comments, so if you like it, let me know! To listen on the web, click here. To subscribe, head to the main page. To see the playlist, refer to the earlier post. Boogie!
phamos: (twilight)
I will be posting a new link to the new episode of Radio Free Misanthropy as soon as the DotMac to MobileMe transition finishes tomorrow. Until then, here's a sneak peak at what you'll be listening to...

No Sex For Ben-The Rapture
Every Day Is Exactly The Same (Sam Fog vs. Carlos D. Mix)-Nine Inch Nails
Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom) [Remix]-N*E*R*D f/Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Pusha T
No Pause-Girl Talk
Hounds of Love (Phones Wolves At The Door Remix)-The Futureheads
Mercury-Bloc Party
Bright Red Helmet-Styrofoam
When You Go Out-Sebastien Grainger
Element of Danger (MSTRKRFT Remix)-Services
Get Lucky (MSTRKRFT Remix)-New Young Pony Club
Epic Last Song (Lifelike Remix)-Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Hearts On Fire (NT89 Remix)-Cut Copy
That's Not My Name (Doctor Werewolf's Bmore Mix)-The Ting Tings
A Cause Des Garcons (VaVan Treaxy Remix)-Yelle
Konichiwa Bitches-Robyn
Break The Ice-Britney Spears
Heart Beat Rock (Benny Blanco Mix)-Kyle Minogue f/Spank Rock
A Milli (Remix)-Li'l Wayne f/R. Kelly
Snap Yo Fingers (Harrison Schaaf Remix)-Li'l Jon
Go Girl (Chu Fu Mix)-Pitbull f/Trina and Young Boss
Chick Lit (Danger TV Remix)-We Are Scientists
Golden Star (Alias Remix)-My Brightest Diamond
Tron-Foals
Running Up That Hill-Placebo
phamos: (twilight)
Check it out -- Radio Free Misanthropy (The Podcast Generation) Episode Two! Now with space for comments! Be aware, this link will load the podcast as a very large Quick Time file that plays in your browser. To get it downloaded straight to iTunes, you can subscribe on the home page. So it looks like I'm doing these at a rate of about once a month, which gives me time to gather up good music and then vomit it all out, leaving me without anything new to share and starting the cycle over again. Thank you, Abby, XMU, and Hype Machine, because without you there would be no Radio Free Misanthropy. Also, my drives to work would be much less fun.

Playlist:

Mercy - IAMX
Love In This Club (MSTRKRFT Remix) - Usher
Give It To Me (Paul Oakenfold Remix) - Madonna
Get 'em High (Ratatat Remix) - Kanye West
That's a Lie - Something For Rockets
Devil and the Deep - Justin King & the Apologists
Typical - Mute Math
After Hours - We Are Scientists
Shaker - Tulsa
Blood - Sons & Daughters
Hotter - Alex Lee & the So So Crew
Cities in Dust - Junkie XL
100 Million - Fully Fitted
Electric Feel (Justice Remix) - MGMT
Great DJ - The Ting Tings
As Above, So Below (Justice Remix) - Klaxons
ights and Music - Cut Copy
Pull Me Out Alive - Kaki King
Inside a Boy - My Brightest Diamond
Life 2: The Unhappy Ending - Stars
I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie
Make It Rain (Remix) - Fat Joe
My Drive Thru - N.E.R.D.
Mesmerizing - Liz Phair
phamos: (12th level)
Cool thing I just did: Went back and put markers with chapter titles after each song on my podcast. Then, when I synced the podcast with my iPhone and put it in widescreen/Cover Flow mode, tapping the screen once brings up a track listing within the podcast -- just like an album despite the fact that it's a single file. Easy to navigate! Skip the last 4 minutes of "Goodbye Horses" because it's extremely repetitive! Skip the parts where I talk because you find my voice annoying! It's all up to you, the listener!

Good thing I just learned: iPhoto has always been the bane of my existence, with the twenty different levels of file storage and duplicates and pictures totally disappearing on me because I moved the file around or something, whatever, I don't know. Well, iPhoto '08 has the iPhoto library in your Pictures folder as a single package. This makes it seem like you can't access those pictures, which might be extremely annoying. But really what it does is keep them out of sight so it's harder for you to mess with where they're stored in the hierarchy rather than change the organization within iPhoto. That way they don't disappear on you. But you CAN access the library hierarchy by right clicking and selecting "Show Package Contents" -- and, as someone over on TUAW suggested, you can create an alias of those contents to put in your pictures folder or on your desktop, so that you can access the files if you need to attach them to an email or otherwise upload them somewhere, but you wouldn't actually be fiddling with the data itself. And now, when I rearrange my pictures in iPhoto, it just rearranges them in that library package behind the scenes, so I won't have multiple copies in multiple locations and won't accidentally delete the one that actually IS still linked in iPhoto leaving a giant annoying "missing picture" graphic in its wake. I look forward to playing with this more. A lot of people find it counterintuitive to make it HARDER to access those pictures from the finder, but it honestly makes a lot more sense than the way iPhoto data was saved before.

Awesome thing I plan to do now: Sleep.
phamos: (posers)
Aw. "My My Metrocard" just randomly came on iTunes, and I suddenly missed New York a lot.
phamos: (dignity)
MEHHHHHHHH. *whine* I knew that was gonna happen. I saw the lineup and was like, "oh, they're gonna have to add someone at the last minute." And then I heard whispers about Prince...and they have been confirmed. Now I am grumpy.
phamos: (rave)
From my Facebook updates, at 9:30 pm:

Russ Feingold has accepted your friend request.

I'm totally close personal friends with Russ Feingold! Wheeeeee!

(I don't know why I have Tribe Called Quest stuck in my head. It's better than when I had the Monkees theme song stuck in my head a couple days ago, that's for damn sure. Stir it up!)
phamos: (twilight)
Ugh. Coachella looks pretty crap this year.



The headliners the first day? Seriously? Bleak. Really, really awful. But then below the fold on Friday is Spank Rock, Stars, Diplo, Adam Freeland, Santogold, Modeselektor, and various other people I've listened to a lot this past year. So, maybe worth missing a day's work, turn in early, whatever. Day two? Kraftwerk AGAIN? Blerg. Portishead I would dig seeing, but I've seen Death Cab before. Ditto for MIA (and she SUCKED when we saw her, anyway). Hot Chip and Mark Ronson and Junkie XL, sure, OK. Still not impressed. I'm not a Pink Floyd fan, so I don't care about Roger Waters. Ditto for Love and Rockets. I didn't even bother to watch Bauhaus when they were there a couple of years ago, so I'm probably not going to bother with Love and Rockets. (I kinda wish I had seen Bauhaus, though, because apparently Peter Murphy sang "Bela Lugosi's Dead" while hanging upside down like a bat. That's kinda cool.) I don't like My Morning Jacket. I don't really like Spiritualized very much. I like many of the Justice REMIXES, but I don't love the Justice album itself. Could take or leave Chromeo. I might wander by the Gogol Bordello tent to see if Elijah Wood shows up, because he's all "Everything Is Illuminated"-friends with that Eugene guy. The Streets -- meh. Metric we've seen before. Really the only thing potentially interesting that whole day is Kid Sister with A-Trak, but what do they really have to offer once they've played "Pro Nails"?

Disappointment.
phamos: (brain poison)
More in crazy Obama-bashing: The New York Post totally made up some crap about Obama walking into his Iowa victory party to the dulcet tones of Jigga's "99 Problems." You know, as in, "I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one"? (Ha ha ha ha.) And now it's totally being picked up and reported all sorts of places. One problem: it didn't happen. There is a two hour video of the event available on the web, and you can hear what's playing in the background. No Hova.

How did anyone buy this? Let's leave aside the Hillary/bitch fun (and it is a pretty clever story -- kudos to whoever started this rumor! You win the honorary Don Imus "Nappy Headed Hoes" trophy for the week!), and look at some of the other lyrics:

I got the rap patrol on the gat patrol
Foes that wanna make sure my casket's closed
Rap critics they say he's "Money Cash Hoes"
I'm from the hood stupid, what type of facts are those
If you grew up with holes in ya zapatos
You'd be celebrating the minute you was havin' dough
I'm like fuck critics you can kiss my whole asshole


Or, even better:

Now once upon a time not too long ago
A nigga like myself had to strong arm a hoe


In WHAT UNIVERSE would a major presidential candidate, or anyone approved to DJ events on his behalf, ever ever EVER play this song at a victory speech? Or any speech? Obama's black; he's not RETARDED. Like many of us, Barack Hussein Obama might enjoy listening to Jay-Z at home during his spare time. But, you know, I don't put "Can I Get A" as my outgoing voicemail message when I'm waiting for a potential employer to call, even if my coochie DOES remain in a Gucci name. And I'm not exactly running for president. So.
phamos: (posers)
I'm reading an article in an old Spin magazine about this kid who shot his parents while playing a Silverchair song. The story is vaguely interesting, but the piece mostly stems from the fact that the guy was a Cobain fan from Aberdeen, and the author really REALLY wanted to use the phrase, "He's the one who likes all the pretty songs, and he likes to shoot his gun, but he don't know what it means" in the article. I really shouldn't laugh when reading about such a gruesome crime, but I got nostalgic for the somewhat ludicrous Kurt-worship of the mid-'90s. It was a lovely time, when journalists wished that Kurt Cobain would experience a "Leonard Cohen afterworld" in pretty much every obituary with total straight faces. Teenagers don't listen to Nirvana anymore, do they? The only false note I observed during the last season of Friday Night Lights was when the paralyzed quarterback throws a hissy-fit because his mom moved his Nirvana CD. And I was like, Really? Nirvana? High school jocks in Texas listen to Nirvana in 2006? I'm pretty sure that's not the case. Jack Shephard listens to Nirvana, while wearing Ray-Bans and driving his Jeep Wrangler and simultaneously experiencing post-traumatic stress syndrome and a serious mid-life crisis. But not Jason Street.
phamos: (bruce)
Why are consumer electronics such crap? Our Logitech USB headphones, which came highly recommended, are dying. It's not like we've done anything even mildly abusive to them -- they sit on our desk and then periodically we put them on our heads. I've looked at the cord, and it doesn't appear that the cat has been gnawing on it while we sleep. So I have no idea what the problem is. They're about a year old. This is bogus. (Though it has been interesting to find out what it would sound like if Kele Okereke sang while dunked in a swimming pool.)
phamos: (nerd)
To my dismay, Hype Machine has suddenly become super-crappy. I can't find anything there anymore -- I'm constantly scrolling because the graphics are now apparently engineered for elderly blind people and thus HUGE. And GREEN. What are these shenanigans?
phamos: (regent)
Well, it'll make for an interesting promotional tour. I'm just picturing Jay Leno: "Here, performing a song from his new album, titled...uh...uhhhhhhh...Nas, ladies and gentlemen!"
phamos: (twilight)
I am currently in a queue, being valued for my custom. Joe Biden cannot pronounce any of that.
phamos: (Default)
I've been watching old videos of Britney performing at the VMAs, and I'm sad.  I'm so sad that this girl, who was once so vital, energetic, athletic, was basically chewed up and spit back out.  No one ever prepared her for adulthood -- not that that's an excuse, but she just never had a chance.  We kinda wanted her to fail, because she represented so much of what is wrong with the American music industry.  I was always ranting about how Britney got to be a famous singer even though she (empirically) couldn't sing any better than about 90% of the girls at any given karaoke bar.  But she did have talent -- not that she was such an amazing dancer, either, because she wasn't.  But she could command a stage, better than any other performer of her generation.  She wasn't the prettiest girl, and she wasn't the most talented girl.  But she had some sort of indefinable star quality.  I don't know if that charisma is worth the gazillion dollars that got thrown at her.  Probably not.  But it was obvious about 5 years ago that this was where the girl was going to end up, and we all watched, and we waited.  Britney's entire life was a car crash in slow motion, and we rubbernecked for the better part of a decade.

This is my favorite fan video of the day.

phamos: (fuckmick)
Oh great, the new Britney song broke ONTD. (It's OK, not great.) Just when I was going to read all about how Courtney Love blames Steve Coogan for giving Owen Wilson all his drugs. Dammit!

(PS: I love Steve Coogan and refuse to hear any of this. LA LA LA NOT LISTENING LA LA LAAAAAA.)
phamos: (wangchungorillkickyourass!)
Holy crap, I downloaded all these absolutely terrible '80s songs the other day and I am LOVING them. I feel like I am in 3rd grade again. It's amazing. Like, "I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz? Why am I not at Skateland right now???

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