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Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW Mp3s

The South by Southwest music festival begins in Austin, Texas, today. Of the hundreds of acts hoping to break big, 763 have offered an mp3 of their still-unknown sound. We listen to them all, all the way through.

I recently downloaded the SXSW 2008 torrent file, which contains nearly 48 continuous hours of music from 763 acts appearing this week at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas (these bands elected to give away MP3s; they represent less than half of the total number of acts). I found myself wondering how to locate the songs worth hearing, and imagined that others were having the same problem.

Thus, the 763 reviews you’ll find below. For brevity, I kept each to exactly six words.

I realize that I have potentially hurt the feelings of nearly 3,000 musicians, for which I apologize. By no means should you ever stop writing and recording music.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
1 4:18 A.A. Bondy
Alt Country · NY
American Hearts Noble American hates war, loves guitar. ●●
2 3:57 A.J. Croce
Singer-Songwriter · CA
One And Only Rhyming’s a tool, not a weapon.
3 3:10 Aberfeldy
Pop · UK
Come On, Claire Theme for a grunge-era sitcom. ●●
4 3:50 Abigail Warchild
Rock · NY
Trash Can Fire Mercury Lounge loves bands like this. ●●
5 5:21 Abra Moore
Singer-Songwriter · TX
Sorry Soft pink vagina frosted jazz cupcakes. ●●
6 2:45 Activator
Metal · NY
shackle METAPHORIC BROKEN HEARTZ ARE FUCKING HARDCORE. ●●●
7 3:21 Adam Kesher
Rock · FRANCE
P-Katherine Thin white men, tight black pants? ●●
8 4:08 Air Traffic
Rock · UK
Shooting Star Turn away, Coldplay’s raping Maroon 5. ●●
9 3:59 The Airborne Toxic Event
Rock · CA
Wishing Well - Final Mastered Shit, Franz Ferdinand, you ruined everything.
10 3:38 Akala
Hip Hop/Rap · UK
electro livin (album version) Brithop grime bigger than the garage. ●●●●●
11 3:47 Akron/Family
Experimental · NY
Phenomena Not bad from 2:28 to 3:16. ●●●
12 4:09 Alabama3
Alt Country · UK
Woke Up This Morning So. You wrote the Sopranos theme. ●●●●
13 3:45 Album
Alt. · MEXICO
Stab You How would I Google this band? ●●●●
14 2:58 Alex Cuba
World · BC
Tu Boca Lo Quita Pretty-enough Cuban song, I guess. ●●
15 3:05 Alex Khoury
Singer-Songwriter · TN
Life in Brookfield This guitarist has too many feelings. ●●
16 5:24 Alex Skolnick Trio
Jazz · NY
Western Sabbath Stomp Slide guitar is too often abused.
17 3:29 Alina Simone
Pop · NC
Half My Kingdon Promising Elephant Six-style Russian Folk. ●●●●●
18 3:48 AM
Singer-Songwriter · LA
Old Song Someone’s been eating Hall and Oatesmeal. ●●
19 4:20 American Princes
Rock · AR
Real Love Band name: Killer Stroke Monkey Chiefs.
20 4:01 Amy Cook
Alt Country · TX
Coming Home (The Eclipse) You can love Neko Case too much.
21 2:55 Anamanaguchi
Electronic · NY
Power Supply Music for your Donkey Kong lifestyle.
22 2:07 Anavan
Avant-garde · CA
TimeKiller Barely 741 songs to go now.
23 7:22 aonami
Electronic · JAPAN
MISODISKO 8-bit gunk; ten good seconds.
24 3:07 Apache Beat
Rock · NY
Apache Beat - Your Powers Are Magic Baffled; can’t tell the singer’s gender. ●●

CIRCLE DISTRIBUTION

1852 circles were assigned with an average rating of 2.42 circles.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
25 3:48 Apes
Rock · DC
Beat of the Double Son, you’re damaging your vocal cords.
26 3:14 Ari Shine
Rock · CA
Cooler Than Me Indeed, she’s way cooler than you.
27 3:23 Army Of Freshmen
Punk · CA
Juliet Theme for cable show about douchebags. ●●●
28 3:16 Arrah and The Ferns
Pop · IN
Emo Phillips Girl chirps about snow, suicide, MySpace.
29 3:21 Artifact Shore
Experimental · MN
Fun Is Near Droning, but Pitchfork’ll give it “6.” ●●
30 2:38 Ash Grunwald
Blues · AUSTRALIA
Give Signs “Lime in the Coconut” for 2008.
31 3:43 Astra Heights
Rock · CA
The March Soundtrack for a safe-robbing movie. ●●●
32 3:26 At All Cost
Metal · TX
Circle of Demons Goddam demons, get out my yard!
33 3:18 Attack in Black
Rock · ON
Young Leaves Remarkably many boring influences at once. ●●
34 3:44 Audrye Sessions
Rock · CA
Julianna The bitch is gone. Move on. ●●●
35 2:29 Avatar
Metal · SWEDEN
Schlacht Death metal innovation is obviously impossible.
36 3:50 AZA
World · CA
Ushen Who can hate a Berber gathering? ●●●●
37 4:15 Back Door Slam
Blues · UK
Come Home Alas, George Thorogood remains at large.
38 4:06 Back Ted N-Ted
Experimental · AZ
999 Buttons Crisp little synths; New Order chords. ●●●●●
39 2:19 The Bad Rackets
Punk · TX
Porno Magazines Keeps bad company with Bad Company.
40 6:35 The Bad Trips
Rock · CA
First Priority Trapped in a cave with Ummagumma. ●●●
41 3:37 Bad Veins
Rock · OH
Gold and Warm I feel I’ve already heard this.
42 3:12 Bam Bam
Rock · MEXICO
Hi-Q “Whoa ohhhh! Whoa!” Please shut it.
43 3:51 The Band of Heathens
Americana · TX
Jackson Station Blues for cramming for your finals.
44 3:06 Barbara Mason
R&B · PA
Yes I’m Ready Why is this 1960s classic here? ●●●●●
45 3:17 The Barker Band
Country · UK
No Matter How Bad It Gets It’s very lonely in that swamp. ●●●
46 3:03 Basia Bulat
Singer-Songwriter · ON
In the Night Neutral Milk Hotel with lady vocalist. ●●●●●
47 2:06 Be Your Own Pet
Rock · TN
Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle Punky ladies sing goofy bicycle ditty. ●●●
48 4:41 Beangrowers
Rock · MALTA
Quaint Affarir Girls with herpes love this song.
49 5:52 Bear in Heaven
Rock · NY
Bag of Bags That’s how to rob Pink Floyd. ●●●●

GHOST BANDS

White Ghost Shivers · Television Ghost · The Black Ghosts · Ghosthustler · Holy Ghost!

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
50 3:54 Bearsuit
Pop · UK
Steven Fucking Spielberg Disneyesque noodling spoiled by indie rambling. ●●
51 4:34 Beasts and Superbeasts
Alt. · BC
If I was a house Any house this pretentious must burn.
52 3:34 Bedroom Walls
Alt. · CA
No Weddiing Cake Not a single original idea here.
53 3:26 Bella
Pop · BC
Give It A Night Perfect for a Trainspotting sequel soundtrack.
54 4:02 Ben’s Brother
Pop · UK
Let Me Out Music for Lutheran youth-group hayrides.
55 4:38 Bible of the Devil
Metal · IL
Judas Ships Satan laughs cuz you eternally suck.
56 1:59 The Big Bang
Rock · UK
Give The Man The Money Honey Quick-moving, well-crafted horror rock. ●●●●
57 3:21 Big Red Rooster
Pop · TX
How U Like That Yes—sounds like swollen infected cock.
58 4:34 The Big Sleep
Rock · NY
Pinkies Big, cool guitar sound, fresh vocals. ●●●●
59 10:00 The Bildmeister
Rock · PORTUGAL
Tenx Five seconds of music 120 times.
60 4:44 Bird Peterson
DJ · TX
Twurk Central Enthusiastic knob twiddling without much effect.
61 3:26 Birds of Wales
Pop · ON
Cinderella (Has Nothing on You) Corn syrup and carbonated goat jism.
62 3:21 Bitter:Sweet
Electronic · CA
Dirty Laundry Jazzy trip-hop with singing lady, again. ●●
63 4:35 The Black & White Years
Rock · TX
Power to Change Their poor singer has a cold. ●●●
64 5:35 Black Diamond Heavies
Blues · KY
Fever in My Blood I’d rather stick with Tom Waits. ●●
65 4:04 Black Earth
Rock · TX
Black Angel Trash the 7"s and start again.
66 3:38 The Black Ghosts
Electronic · UK
Any Way You Choose To Give It Does ProTools do instant MSTRKRFT remixes? ●●
67 4:12 Black Helicopter
Rock · MA
Buick Electra Like Guided by Drive By Truckers. ●●●●
68 3:29 The Black Hollies
Rock · NJ
Paisley Pattern Ground The garage-rock style WFMU loves. ●●●
69 2:08 Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears
R&B · TX
Gunpowder I welcome the horns. But otherwise... ●●
70 3:16 Black Moth Super Rainbow
Experimental · PA
sun lips Reasonably snazzy psychedelica update with vocoder. ●●●
71 3:48 Black Mountain
Rock · BC
Druganaut Okay for bonfires and nowhere else. ●●
72 3:38 Black Tide
Metal · FL
Shockwave I remember: fringe jackets, fringe boots. ●●
73 3:42 Black Tie Dynasty
Rock · TX
Tender Shamelessly attractive 1980s electropop production. A-ha! ●●●●●
74 3:34 Black Top Demon
Rock · WA
BlackTopDemon Anthem The pinnacle of cock-rock horseshit. ●●

ANTHEM

This song by Born in the Flood is inexcusable. Consider: (1) It is called “Anthem,” and it is an anthem. (2) It sounds like Bono and the Edge riding around on Sparklehorses. (3) I can’t understand the lyrics but there’s a crown mentioned. It was heretofore considered impossible for any singer to overcome these cognitive challenges in order to create a distinct and memorable song. And yet this man does exactly that.

Or to put it another way: When you were 23 and living alone without many friends and definitely no girlfriends, did you ever jerk off and cry at the same time? This is your song.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
75 3:42 Blacklist
Rock · NY
Blue Shifted 1980s moaning mixed inside a dumpster.
76 2:38 Blaggards
Celtic · TX
Drunken Sailor You guys do punk-rock weddings? ●●●
77 4:58 The Blood Lines
Pop · SK
Modern Science Those are not actually lyrics. Right?
78 4:40 Blue Mountain
Alt Country · MS
Blue Canoe What’s the present tense of “Blue”?
79 3:48 Blue Rodeo & Friends
Rock · ON
This Town You’ll pay for this, Steve Perry.
80 4:29 Blue Scholars
Hip Hop/Rap · WA
North By Northwest Good sampling, okay emcee. Weird mix. ●●●●
81 6:09 Blues Control
Experimental · NY
Always On Time (excerpt) This 6:09 excerpt—more than enough.
82 2:44 Blunt Force Trauma
Metal · TX
Uncommon Heroes Dear Moloch, no more hardcore bands. ●●
83 2:32 Bo Pepper
Pop · UK
Blinkand- you’llmiss- it! Unexpectedly tapping my foot, so. Okay. ●●●●
84 3:49 Bob Lind
Singer-Songwriter · FL
Wearing You We will hug now, Elusive Butterfly. ●●
85 3:18 Bobby Bare Jr.
Rock · TN
The Heart Bionic Refreshingly dumb with some great sax. ●●●●
86 3:58 The BoDeans
Rock · WI
Everyday Good song from some old pros. ●●●●●
87 5:41 Bodies of Water
Rock · CA
I Guess I’ll Forget the Sound, I Guess, I Guess Goofy chanting but grew on me. ●●●●●
88 4:19 The Bo-Keys
R&B · TN
The Back End This porn soundtrack badly needs visuals. ●●
89 3:22 Born in the Flood
Rock · CO
Anthem Wait, is today Sunday? Bloody Sunday? ●●●●●
90 4:24 Boubacar Diebate
World · SENEGAL
Badima Afropop with warm vocals, bright guitars. ●●●
91 3:54 Bowerbirds
Rock · NC
In Our Talons Brisk choral/accordion Raleigh nufolk dirge. ●●●●
92 3:40 Brazos
Rock · TX
Mary Jo Nice lite-rock arrangement, relaxed vocals. ●●●●
93 3:48 The Breakup Society
Rock · AZ
13th Angry Man You know what? Enough organ already. ●●
94 3:50 Brendan James
Singer-Songwriter · NY
Green Fills a Billy-Joel shaped chasm. ●●●
95 4:08 British Sea Power
Rock · UK
Waving Flags Quite catchy. But likely precious live. ●●●●
96 4:18 Brooke Waggoner
Singer-Songwriter · TN
Hush If You Must Big piano pop sound, with strings. ●●●●●
97 2:54 Brooklyn
Rock · FRANCE
CLANDESTINE Do not name your band “Brooklyn.”
98 4:01 The Brother Kite
Rock · RI
Get On, Me Here’s a Bloody Valentine, for you. ●●●
99 4:03 Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears
Psychedelic/Pop · NY
Imitation of the Sky Enjoy this unabashedly cheesy prog foolishness. ●●●●

FISH BANDS

Catfish Haven · Fishboy · Lou Lou and the Guitarfish · Rupa and the April Fishes

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
100 3:09 Bud Melvin
Experimental · NM
62 Miles Tortuous lover’s lament with Gameboy, banjo.
101 5:04 The Builders and The Butchers
Alt Country · OR
Bottom of the Lake Unsurprising yet cool gothic rock arrangement. ●●●●
102 4:01 Buttercup
Rock · TX
In Love A warm, soft cup of butt! ●●●
103 4:31 c rayz walz + kosha dillz
Hip Hop/Rap · NJ
childhood ft. Matisyahu +Kosha Dillz Fun party until Matisyahu shows up. ●●●●
104 4:14 The Cab
Rock · NV
I’ll Run Rhymes tears/fears. End the show.
105 3:28 Caleb Engstrom
Singer-Songwriter · IA
The Happiest Cowboys moping along—call it “bootgazer.”
106 3:19 Call Me Lightning
Punk · WI
Billion Eyes Way they sing “denied” is cool. ●●
107 3:59 CAMP LO
Hip Hop/Rap · NY
Luchini Rap with solid samples, baffling lyrics. ●●●●
108 2:40 Camp X-Ray
Punk · TX
Quicksand In this band I’d scream too.
109 4:33 Canada
Rock · MI
Beige Stationwagon Pretty enough, but they’re called “Canada.” ●●●
110 4:10 Canadians
Alt. · ITALY
Summer Teenage Girl Big guitar and cheap vocal harmony.
111 4:26 The Cansecos
Electronic · ON
Raised By Wolves Good disco. TURN DOWN SYNTH SNARE. ●●●
112 4:33 Cap D
Hip Hop/Rap · IL
Uncle Sam (feat Slug) Metaphoric rap about big evil America. ●●●●
113 3:30 Capgun Coup
Rock · NE
A Liar in Texas in a Green Room in Memphis A life sentence in indie prison.
114 3:17 Capitol K
Electronic · UK
Drum St Song Acceptable—if they dress as wizards.
115 3:39 Capsula
Rock · ARGENTINA
Voices Underground We’re obviously exporting cliches to Argentina.
116 4:32 Captain Ahab
Electronic · CA
I Can’t Wait For Summer Come, sail away with Weezer’s Nintendo. ●●●
117 1:56 Career Criminal
Punk · TX
City Life Confidential to vocalist: get some lozenges.
118 2:47 Carlis Star
Rock · UK
Hereby No One Chunka, synth, sing. Chunka, synth, sing.
119 4:31 Caroline Herring
Singer-Songwriter · GA
Paper Gown Bad things happen in small towns. ●●
120 3:57 Caroline Keating
Singer-Songwriter · QC
Ghosts Hypermegasupercute lo-fi sleepytime cooing. Missing? Harp.
121 4:23 Carolyn Mark
Country · BC
The 1 That Got Away (With It) My favorite wafers are Neko wafers.
122 3:38 Cary Brothers
Rock · TN
Who You Are This guy really loves his girlfriend.
123 4:13 Cassettes Won’t Listen
Rock · NY
Paper Float If cassettes won’t listen, who will? ●●●
124 2:09 Cassius Khan
World · AB
bhooli bisri Persindian jazzery, hello there flute action. ●●●

EXPLAINING THE ARBITRARY RATING SYSTEM

●●●●● Worthy of five circles.
●●●● Worthy of four circles.
●●● Worthy of three circles.
●● Worthy of two circles.
● Kill me.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
125 3:12 Castanets
Experimental · OR
This Is The Early Game That guy singing backup? Kill him.
126 5:10 Catherine MacLellan
Singer-Songwriter · NS
church bell blues She’s tragically imprisoned behind twelve bars.
127 3:56 Ceci Bastida
Latin Rock · MEXICO
Canta El Rio Tijuana singer. Subtle mix, fine vocals. ●●●●●
128 3:15 Centro-matic
Rock · TX
Triggers and Trash Heaps Undistinguished. Although intelligent use of keyboards. ●●
129 2:30 Channel 3
Punk · CA
One More For All My True Friends 13th level of guitar-solo hell.
130 3:52 Charanga Cakewalk
World · TX
Dirty Cumbia Tex-Mex sound but not spicy. ●●●
131 3:54 Cherine Anderson
Reggae · JAMAICA
Kingston State of Mind Weird-ass spiritual dub about Kingston. ●●●●
132 3:26 The Chevelles
Rock · AUSTRALIA
Get It On Rawking most effectively twenty years late. ●●●
133 2:38 Cheveu
Rock · FRANCE
hello friend Experimentation never excuses sloppiness, dear Parisians. ●●
134 3:34 Chikita Violenta
Rock · MEXICO
Laydown Completely undifferentiated indie rock from Mexico.
135 2:43 Child Bite
Punk · MI
Ape Along A truly great band name wasted.
136 3:57 Chingo Bling
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Do it Chingo’s shit here is utterly ridiculous. ●●●●
137 5:33 Chiwoniso
World · ZIMBABWE
Kurima I’m a sucker for thumb-piano. ●●●●
138 4:02 The Chocolate Horse
Rock · OH
The Caribbean Captain Stubing’s favorite jazzy little number. ●●
139 2:08 The Choir Practice
Pop · BC
Red Fox College kids in capes’ll love em! ●●
140 4:05 Choklate
Singer-Songwriter · WA
Waitin Feat. Chali2na of Jurassic 5 She’s sexy and loves horn hits. ●●●●●
141 4:06 Chris Bathgate
Alt Country · MI
Serpentine Piano, vocals, cello, kind of mushy. ●●●
142 2:55 Chris Mills
Rock · NY
Chris Mills Is Living The Dream Don’t ever wake up, Chris Mills. ●●●●
143 3:42 Chris Pickering
Singer/Songwriter · AUSTRALIA
Ruby Ruby Chorus reminds me of Elliott Smith. ●●
144 1:10 Chris Vestre Group
Jazz · TX
Brunette Ambition Jazz that is fully OSHA compliant. ●●
145 1:44 Christian Kiefer
Singer-Songwriter · CA
Afterglow Crawls along like a drunken sloth. ●●
146 3:41 Christopher Rees
Singer-Songwriter · UK
Bottom Dollar Was there a special on orchestras? ●●
147 3:39 Chuck Prophet
Rock · CA
Freckle Song Highly professional. Guitar-driven, and chatty. ●●●
148 6:43 Citay
Rock · CA
First Fantasy Open wide for this, NPR listener! ●●
149 3:30 Clare & The Reasons
Rock · NY
Pluto Small, puckered red lips blowing smoke. ●●●●

MUSICAL GENRES

Based on what I believe to be a complete list of 1,955 bands. Some outliers removed.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
150 3:16 Cliff Eberhardt
Singer-Songwriter · MA
The Next Big Thing Grumpy old folkie fusses about society. ●●●
151 3:19 The Cliks
Pop · ON
Eyes In The Back Of My Head Extremely disturbing Bryan Adams guitar sound.
152 3:40 Clipd Beaks
Experimental · CA
Melter Distortion does not hide the truth.
153 4:29 Cloud Cult
Rock · MN
Chain Reaction Self-indulgent production, some fine moments. ●●●●
154 3:09 The Clutters
Punk · TN
9999 (Ways to Hate Us) I just found one more way. ●●●
155 3:32 C-Mon & Kypski
Pop · THE NETHERLANDS
Bumpy Road Mix of garage, 60s pop, scratching. ●●●●
156 4:54 Cobra Krames
DJ · NY
What More Time! Apparently DJing means hitting “play” hard.
157 3:59 Colin Gilmore
Rock · TX
Black Vines (Master 5/8) Cup of coffee with fifty sugarcubes. ●●
158 2:55 COLISEUM
Punk · KY
Fall Of The Pigs C’mon. “Fall of the pigs?” YHTBFKM.
159 11:03 Collections of Colonies of Bees
Rock · WI
Flocks III More hypothetical than experimental. Never arrives. ●●●
160 3:49 Colour Revolt
Rock · MS
Naked and Red Postrock is getting so damn tiring. ●●●
161 2:12 Coma in Algiers
Punk · TX
House on Fire I don’t buy this vocalist’s anxiety. ●●
162 2:27 The Cops (WA)
Rock · WA
It’s Epidemic They’re definitely not po-lice, just cops.
163 2:38 Copter
Blues · UK
Evil Clearly just an excuse to drink. ●●
164 2:05 Corn Mo and the .357 Lover
Rock · NY
Hava Nagila Monster All that’s missing is some umlauts. ●●●●●
165 3:38 Correatown
Singer-Songwriter · CA
Fascination Nothing particularly new, but pleasingly simple. ●●●
166 4:58 Cougar Den
Rock · WI
Sirens Off Mute With big cats, I prefer Panthers.
167 4:48 Creature (CAN)
Pop · QC
Brigitte Bardot Super pep rally in sexy heaven. ●●●●●
168 3:26 Cruiserweight
Rock · TX
Balboa I found it rocky. Zing! Rimshot!
169 1:55 Cryptacize
Pop · CA
Cosmic Sing-a-long Bone-simple, very vulnerable song writing. ●●●●
170 3:55 The Cuban Cowboys
Latin Rock · CA
El Capitan They sound like their band name. ●●●
171 4:56 Cunnin- Lynguists
Hip Hop/Rap · KY
Yellow Lines featuring Witchdoctor and Phonte Emcee should work a bit harder. ●●●
172 3:09 Curumin
World · BRAZIL
Esperanca “Why yes, ladies. I am Brazilian.” ●●●●●
173 3:01 The Cynics
Rock · PA
What She Said Garage fuzzier than an old sweater. ●●●●●
174 4:28 D Folmer
Pop · TX
Serotonin Jandek has some serious competition here.

YELLING

Yelled choruses are very common. Singers should always have a reason before they yell; “our song is boring and lacks hooks” is not reason enough.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
175 4:29 DA C.O.D
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Like Eww These rappers revel in material goods.
176 4:55 Dandi Wind
Electronic · BC
Mafu Cage Sounds like Skinny Diamanda Peaches Puppy. ●●●●●
177 3:08 Danger Radio
Pop · NY
Party Foul Fun, but they’re just not Creature. ●●●
178 7:22 Dark Meat
Rock · GA
Freedom Ritual The official band of unshaven legs. ●●
179 3:21 Darker My Love
Rock · CA
Summer Is Here Makes me wish I could drive. ●●●●
180 3:52 David Banner
Hip Hop/Rap · MS
Play He’s quite partial to damp ladies. ●●
181 3:29 David Ford
Singer-Songwriter · UK
Go To Hell Sadly, never actually arrives at hell. ●●
182 4:07 David Garza
Rock · TX
Dead French Dudes His snotty girlfriend makes him anxious. ●●●●
183 3:11 Dead to Fall
Rock · IL
Major Rager The song title speaks loud volumes.
184 3:06 The Deadbeat Poets
Rock · OH
Ernest T. “Dear Wes Anderson, here we are.”
185 3:29 Deadstring Brothers
Rock · MI
Heavy Load The Cripple Creek steamboat’s house band. ●●
186 3:10 Deana Carter
Alt Country · CA
The Story Of My Life Perfect for drinking cold iced tea. ●●●●
187 2:05 TheDeathSet
Punk · MD
Negative Thinking The beat just repeats and repeats.
188 2:21 Debate
Rock · BRAZIL
Desperdicio Crabby, inharmonious Brazilian guitar-rock whinging. ●●
189 4:54 Delorean
Rock · SPAIN
As Time Breaks Off Echoes of “Echoes.” Of “Echoes.” Of. ●●●●●
190 3:52 Delorentos
Rock · IRELAND
Stop Unfair to review this after Delorean. ●●
191 3:37 Delta Spirit
Rock · CA
Trashcan He’s really excited about that girl. ●●●●
192 4:47 Deluka
Rock · UK
Sleep Is Impossibe All of Britain issued synthesizers, apparently. ●●
193 2:06 Descartes a Kant
Rock · MEXICO
My Sweetest Headache Waltz They might be awesome. Or not. ●●●
194 2:51 Devon Williams
Rock · CA
A Truce Song mauled to death by violins.
195 3:33 The Dexateens
Rock · AL
caption Please don’t smack guitars for percussion.
196 4:32 Die! Die! Die!
Rock · NEW ZEALAND
Sideways Here We Come Yes, please. Never, ever stop dying.
197 3:57 The Dimes
Rock · TX
Delilah Definitely the most original song title.
198 3:39 Dirty Sweet
Rock · CA
Delilah Definitely the most original song title.
199 3:54 Dirty Wormz
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Right Now Perfect for certain skateboarding videos. ●●

VERY COMMON WORDS IN ARTIST NAMES

Black · DJ · Band · White · David · Little · King · Paul · Out · Me · Matt · Man · Kid · Joe · James · Dan · Brothers · Williams · Smith · Radio · Project

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
200 1:14 DJ Jester the Filipino Fist
DJ · TX
LiveKingRemix Neutral Milk Hotel plus drumtrack? Seriously?
201 4:16 DJ Rekha
Electronic · NY
Basement Bhangra Anthem Behold, wheels of hardened Punjabi steel. ●●●●●
202 4:43 The Dodos
Rock · CA
Fools Moves along cheerfully with studied yelling. ●●●●
203 5:20 Dokkebi Q
Reggae · JAPAN
Hardcore Cherry BonBon Confounding glitchy dubstep Japanese sex reggae. ●●●●●
204 3:55 domingoSiete
Latin Rock · CA
I don’t know about that A baby starts singing at :50. ●●
205 5:57 Doug Burr
Alt Country · TX
In the Garden Nothing good happens in the garden. ●●●●
206 3:58 Doug Walker
Singer-Songwriter · UK
Obstacles (Demo) Doug is a sincere young man.
207 3:37 Doujah Raze
Hip Hop/Rap · VA
Where You Are Hip-hop that’s prepared to cuddle. ●●●
208 3:54 Dr. Delay
DJ · NY
Reigny Daze Dr. Dr. Dr. Delay lay lay. ●●●●
209 3:29 Dr. Dog
Rock · PA
The Girl The Beatles show up without warning. ●●●●●
210 3:04 Dreamend
Rock · IL
are you waking A twee soporofic that meanders unoffendingly. ●●●●
211 3:18 Driving By Night
Rock · IRELAND
Fears Of Men They could have called it “arrhenphobia.” ●●
212 3:49 Droids Attack
Metal · WI
Dope Smuggler You can smell the beer sweat. ●●
213 4:02 Drojo
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Bring It Back Does he really sing “slanted eye”?
214 3:32 Drop Dead, Gorgeous
Rock · CO
They’ll Never Get Me (Word With You) “Not again. Not again.” Yes—exactly.
215 3:12 Drug Rug
Rock · MA
Day I Die As their name suggests, a drag.
216 3:21 Dub Trio
Punk · NY
Jack Bauer That riff gets old very fast.
217 4:02 Duchess Says
Rock · QC
Black Flag Canadian. Notable, even, but not Creature. ●●●●
218 3:01 The Duke Spirit
Rock · UK
Lassoo Fully deserves 15 minutes of fame. ●●●●
219 4:54 Eagle Seagull
Rock · NE
I’m Sorry But I’m Beginning To Hate Your Face This vocal style’s like the plague.
220 1:47 Eat Skull
Punk · OR
Seeing Things But I’m not hungry for skull.
221 4:20 Edison Glass
Rock · NY
All Our Memories You too grew up on U2? ●●●
222 2:35 El Jesus De Magico
Punk · OH
LGNO I have just become an agnostic.
223 4:34 Eldar
Jazz · NY
I Remember When Jesus Christ, somebody stop this elevator. ●●
224 2:52 Electric Touch
Pop · TX
Lines Take away “touch”; add “Light Orchestra.” ●●

ORGAN

I never had this problem before, but the more organ in a song, the more I was likely to hate it. By the end of this experiment the simple peal of rock organ caused me to squint and hunch in my seat, bracing myself for the next three minutes of music. It’s a crutch; when there is an uncertain patch, a musical problem to solve, the band thinks, “I know. We’ll use organ.” Now they have two problems.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
225 5:28 Elephone
Alt. · CA
The Camera Behind The Camera Behind The Camera My review: shorter than the title. ●●
226 5:56 Elias Haslanger
Jazz · TX
Eternal & Absolute Jazz; starts to shine halfway through. ●●●●●
227 3:02 Elis Paprika
Rock · MEXICO
No Me Vas a Callar There’s little particularly wrong with this. ●●●
228 2:49 Elizabeth Wills
Singer-Songwriter · TX
Sweet And I’d hate picking on this. ●●●
229 3:14 The Emeralds
Punk · JAPAN
ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU They’re Japanese and sing very fast. ●●
230 3:17 Emmy the Great
Singer-Songwriter · UK
Easter Parade Emmy’s fine voice: squandered on sweetness. ●●
231 3:15 Eric Hisaw
Singer-Songwriter · TX
Every Sunday The singer should drink more water. ●●
232 2:34 The Ettes
Rock · CA
Marathon White Stripes sound, Mazzy Star vocals. ●●●
233 4:25 Evangelicals
Rock · TX
Skeleton man Like the Cranberries, until ghost chorus. ●●
234 9:21 Evangelista
Experimental · CA
Evangelista I Wolves feed as an orchestra tunes. ●●●●●
235 3:37 Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
Rock · MA
I Wanna Be Ignored You may just get your wish.
236 3:19 Faceless Werewolves
Rock · TX
Pardon Me Are Those Your Claws On My Back? This band gives me serious paws. ●●
237 0:14 Fair to Midland
Rock · TX
Tall Tales Taste Like Sour Grapes Fourteen very pretty seconds of viola. ●●●
238 2:51 The Fairline Parkway
Pop · DC
Westward Bound Gentle like a warm fall day. ●●
239 3:01 Fanfarlo
Pop · UK
Fire Escape Wanders. More instruments than ideas.
240 3:09 Fatal Flying Guilloteens
Punk · TX
Reveal The Rats Should people from Houston sound British?
241 6:45 Faux Fox
Electronic · TX
Nothing Gold This song repeatedly teabags the listener.
242 3:28 The Feds
Rock · TX
Saturday Girl Rocks like a dad-bought Camaro.
243 3:48 Femurs
Punk · WA
round and round Plain, genuinely lofi attempt at pop. ●●●
244 3:43 Firewater
World · NY
This Is My Life World music punk. Likely good live. ●●●●
245 4:01 Fobia
Rock · MEXICO
No Eres Yo Conventional stuff with bonus tape effects. ●●●
246 4:16 Foot Patrol
Pop · TX
Footography This song’s about fucking women’s feet.
247 2:42 Foot Village
Rock · CA
Bones Recalls a bad art school party.
248 3:38 Foreign Born
Rock · CA
Union Hall Promising intro, then promises are broken. ●●
249 2:35 The Forms
Rock · NY
Knowledge In Hand Want to like them, but don’t. ●●

PATTERN

When reviewing a band’s web page, if I saw a six-member ensemble with a fiddler, I knew it would have the indie-brigade sound of the Arcade Fire. Three, four, or five young, hairless men straight out of a Gus Van Sant movie means a Strokes/Killers/Kaiser Chiefs/Arctic Monkeys sound—as if there is one platonic album of garage pop rock from which everyone cribs. Beards means Brooklyn.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
250 2:59 Foy Vance
Singer-Songwriter · UK
Be With Me Less roots rock than stump rock.
251 3:23 Frank Smith
Country · TX
throwin’ rocks The banjo makes me miss Kermit. ●●●
252 2:40 Freddie Stevenson
Rock · UK
Easy Now I’m enjoying the simple vocal harmony. ●●●●
253 3:49 FREE SOL
Hip Hop/Rap · TN
Rise to the Top Ego-saturated rap appropriate for teens. ●●
254 1:46 Freshkills
Punk · NY
I Quit Smoking They took on songwriting...and lost.
255 3:02 Frightened Rabbit
Rock · UK
Modern Leper Another rainy day in Glasgow, Scotland. ●●
256 6:55 Frontier Ruckus
Bluegrass · MI
Adirondack Amish Holler Musical saw! Needs to end sooner. ●●●
257 5:32 Fruet & Os Cozinheiros
World · BRAZIL
Todo Tempo Brazilians noodling droopily for basically eons.
258 3:38 Furthest Drive Home
Rock · UK
Forget His Facade Treacle. I want to stab dolphins.
259 3:03 The Gaslight Anthem
Rock · NJ
Wherefore Art Thou, Elvis? Crisp open turns to rock mushmeal. ●●
260 3:59 Gentleman Auction House
Pop · MO
The Book Of Matches Earns your respect after a while. ●●●
261 4:35 Geoff Reacher
Experimental · TX
Bent By You Confusing country glitch. He means well.
262 3:34 Georgie James
Rock · DC
Need Your Needs Everyone claps and sings et cetera. ●●●
263 3:57 Geronimo
Pop · SK
Just Like Water Absolute completely 100% totally just okay.
264 4:58 Ghosthustler
Electronic · TX
Only Me To Trust Ay, Captain, set sequencers for “stun.”
265 2:21 Gin Palace
Rock · UK
Kicking On Bad day at the demolition derby.
266 3:59 Glen Reynolds
Rock · TX
Wonderland Finely orchestrated, the lyrics are twink.
267 3:47 Gliss
Rock · CA
Kissing the Blvd - reverb rick Guitar world sells shoegazer fx pedals?
268 3:43 Goat The Head
Metal · NORWAY
Beast Man THEY ARE VISITING FROM TRONDHEIM, NORRRRRRRRRRRRRRWAY. ●●●
269 2:49 The Golden Dogs
Rock · ON
Construction Worker Super Furry Golden Dogs, in fact. ●●
270 3:33 The Gougers
Folk · TX
Everybody Knows Catchy “everything kind of sucks” number. ●●●●
271 3:50 Gram Rabbit
Rock · CA
American Hookers Lots of samples and Ministry guitar. ●●●
272 3:49 Grand Analog
Hip Hop/Rap · MB
Around This Town Trippy dub, perky as Katie Couric. ●●●●●
273 2:22 Grand Ole Party
Rock · CA
Look Out Young Son You know what I miss? Dynamics.
274 3:48 Great Lakes Myth Society
Rock · MI
Heydays I call this genre “Dayjob Rock.” ●●●●

GOLD BANDS

Golden Arm Trio · Golden Boys · Santogold · Goldspot · The Golden Dogs · Jacob Golden · Solid Gold

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
275 4:32 Greg Harris Vibe Quintet
Jazz · CO
Flank Fuzz Avoid if you’re allergic to vibes. ●●
276 4:16 Greg Koons
Alt Country · PA
Los Angeles Looks Prettier on TV This guy believes in his song. ●●●●●
277 3:27 Greta Gaines
Alt Country · TN
Dirty Blonde Sometimes “singer-songwriter” tells you everything. ●●
278 3:46 Grimy Styles
Experimental · TX
Smoking on the Deck It’s good dub, but still dub. ●●●●
279 4:42 Grupo Fantasma
Latin · TX
Mentiras Latin jazz—fun for a while. ●●●●
280 5:08 Guinea Worms
Punk · OH
Box of Records This is bullshit, five minutes long.
281 5:37 Guns ’N’ Bombs
DJ · CA
Yr Mangled Heart Neither daft enough nor punk enough.
282 3:37 Gustavo Alberto
Latin Rock · CA
Paracaidas Gustavo is a remarkably cool name. ●●
283 3:53 H.I.S.D.
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Jussayin’ Mellow hiphop ideal for Manhattan lounges. ●●●
284 4:00 Ha Ha Tonka
Rock · MO
St. Nick On the Fourth in a Fervor Proudly debasing the southern rock tradition. ●●
285 2:16 Hank IV
Rock · CA
Dirty Poncho Doesn’t ask much or give much. ●●
286 4:03 The Happy Hollows
Rock · CA
Monster Room You’re not Japanese? Then no excuse.
287 3:07 The Hard Lessons
Rock · MI
see and be scene Looks like Stella, tastes like Pabst.
288 5:35 Harley Poe
Rock · IN
Corrupting My Better Half Leave Gordon Gano out of this.
289 2:33 Haunted George
Blues · CA
The Emblamer A one man band too many. ●●
290 2:04 HEALTH
Rock · CA
CRIMEWAVE Self-indulgence has yet another posse.
291 2:41 Hearts of Darknesses
Reggae · NY
Crazy Legs Man Boy Experimental, glitchy, and definitely in stereo.
292 5:20 HEAVy
Pop · NY
SAM/SAM’s Return At least Mos Def likes them.
293 4:26 Hey Negrita
Alt Country · UK
Room Service Okay harmonica solo up in there.
294 3:35 Hey Willpower
Pop · CA
Hundredaire Who knew Shrinkydinks™ had a band?
295 2:48 The High Class Elite
Rock · NY
They Call It Dancin’ Glam novelty act—gold lamé snowglobe. ●●
296 3:48 Holly Conlan
Singer-Songwriter · CA
OK Fantastic? Well, how about Aimee Manntastic? ●●
297 3:56 Honey Claws
Electronic / Dance / DJ · TX
Shout Out Much like a synth demo tune.
298 4:22 Honeycut
Pop · CA
Exodus Honey Great song reamed by iMac advertisement. ●●●●●
299 4:23 Hong Kong Blood Opera
Rock · MEXICO
Killing Joke Angry electronica’s hard to take seriously. ●●●

SOMETHING I GLEANED

Many bands say they were influenced by Pavement. Very few say that they were influenced by No Doubt.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
300 3:03 Horse + Donkey
Rock · TX
dot dot I know the answer! It’s mule.
301 3:38 The Hourly Radio
Rock · TX
Crime Does Pay Too many fx make me suspicious. ●●
302 2:50 Hungry Hill
Bluegrass · Yukon Territories
Ride Bluegrass bands are so painfully hopeful. ●●
303 2:34 The Hush Sound
Rock · IL
Wine Red “Commercial directors, we await your call.”
304 3:38 Hypernova
Rock · IRAN
Fairytales that don’t have happy endings Iranian band’s hardon for underage girl. ●●●●
305 4:40 I Was A Cub Scout
Rock · UK
Pink Squares Sounds like stacks of translucent cubes. ●●●
306 3:32 Ian Moore
Rock · WA
House Up On The Hill No shame in Beatles-style melodies. ●●●●●
307 4:12 Iglu & Hartly
Pop · CA
In This City Too bad the O.C. was canceled. ●●●●
308 3:04 Immigrant
Rock · CA
V.I.P. I’m ready to stop listening now.
309 3:25 The Indelicates
Rock · UK
Julia, we don’t live in the 60s They met at a poetry slam.
310 4:48 Inner Visions
Reggae · U.S. Virgin Islands
Everlasting Love Zion sounds like quite the place. ●●
311 4:49 Innerparty- system
Electronic · PA
Don’t Stop Crafting a new Pretty Hate Machine. ●●
312 3:42 Intrinzik
Hip Hop/Rap · AZ
Number Zero Like a Simpsons parody of rap.
313 4:50 Intuitive Music Orchestra
World · RUSSIA
Inside & Outside Hippie uncles who hug too long.
314 4:41 Iota
Rock · UT
New Mantis Grrrg glb alg grrnk fffbf jfffddd.
315 3:48 The Ironweed Project
Electronic · UK
Down To My Grave What Moby does, but less twee. ●●●●
316 0:31 J. Tillman
Rock · WA
With Wolves 30 seconds of limp, torpid moaning.
317 3:35 Jacob Golden
Singer-Songwriter · CA
Out Come The Wolves Leaning in for that creepy kiss. ●●●●
318 3:45 Jah Sun
Reggae · CA
Right to Live He wants to hug the universe. ●●●
319 5:50 James McMurtry
Rock · TX
Cheney’s Toy But we already have Steve Earle? ●●
320 2:45 Jason Collett
Rock · ON
Out Of Time A fragment of Broken Social Scene. ●●●●
321 3:32 Jen Lane
Singer-Songwriter · SK
So Down Imagine, friend, if quilts could sing. ●●●
322 3:06 Jenny Hoyston’s Paradise Island
Experimental · CA
Spell D-O-G Minus one star for that organ. ●●●●
323 4:22 Jens Lekman
Pop · SWEDEN
The Opposite Of Hallelujah Swedish accents crack me right up. ●●
324 2:37 Jet Lag Gemini
Rock · NJ
Run This City The East Coast sound has metastasized. ●●

ANIMAL BANDS

Hearts of Animals · Tiny Animals · Extreme Animals · Plants and Animals

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
325 3:45 Jill Barber
Singer-Songwriter · NS
Hard Line Holding hands around the water pump. ●●●●●
326 3:35 Jim Bianco
Singer-Songwriter · CA
I Got a Thing For You “Bartender, a bourbon for the lonely.” ●●●●
327 4:12 Joan of Arc
Experimental · IL
Fleshy Jeffrey Yearns to be moody and weird. ●●
328 2:41 Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong
Rock · UK
Lonely Buoy Not as bad as their name. ●●
329 6:46 John William Gordon
Jazz · CA
John William Gordon Jazz guitar down the garden path.
330 4:33 Johnathan Rice
Singer-Songwriter · CA
We’re All Stuck Out In The Desert Poncey Scottish guy sings pretty tough. ●●●
331 3:07 Johnny Foreigner
Rock · UK
Champagne Girls I have known Like a noisy bar: pointless yelling. ●●●
332 12:10 Jon Mueller
Experimental · WI
Homeostatic The drum solo has achieved singularity. ●●●●●
333 3:23 The Jonbenet
Metal · TX
Black Lion One admires such remarkably vigorous stupidity. ●●
334 3:09 Joshua Morrison
Singer-Songwriter · NC
westport Low key and folksy Iraq vet. ●●●●
335 3:03 Justin Nozuka
Singer-Songwriter · ON
Golden Train This song should grow a pair.
336 6:21 Justin Paul
DJ · PA
Red Shift Kraftwerk would spit on your reverb. ●●
337 4:28 Kaddisfly
Rock · OR
Empire Least favored intro: “This is the...”
338 2:57 KaiserCartel
Rock · NY
Season Song (live) You know what audiences love? Whistling!
339 3:54 Kaki King
Experimental · NY
Pull Me Out Alive Nicely glued together, with no surprises. ●●●●
340 2:53 Kalashnikov
Rock · PORTUGAL
george bush bin laden one love one family A profound, heartfelt endorsement for war. ●●●●●
341 3:27 Kam
R&B · TX
Surrender I’m never high enough for this.
342 3:36 Kanko
Latin Rock · TX
patada Gritty, sincere, punk-pop in Spanish. ●●
343 3:20 Karina Nistal
Electronic · TX
Viviendo Dry-sounding basic electronica; Latina rapper. ●●●●●
344 3:43 Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden
Pop · WA
Faster than Cars Drive Starbucks loves them; I understand why. ●●●●
345 3:37 Kate Voegele
Rock · OH
Only Fooling Myself 13 ways looking at Sheryl Crow. ●●
346 4:05 Kate Walsh
Singer-Songwriter · UK
Your Song Just ask, honey; he’ll do you.
347 4:15 KB Da Kidnappa
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Ghetto Raised Feat.Bushwick Bill Worth it for Bushwick Bill’s appearance. ●●●
348 3:56 KbN
Electronic · TAIWAN
0.7 Taiwanese knob-twiddling perfect for soundtracks. ●●●●
349 1:59 Ketchup Mania
Rock · JAPAN
Namida Vacuum Sound Utterly predictable girly Japanese punk. ●●

IMPRESSIVE PROMO COPY

“Hello motherfucker!!! Kalashnikov’s a legendary Portuguese band, pioneer of wartime rock ’n roll: music made for the battlefield. Born in Lisbon in 1996 they soon started to play in wartime scenarios to motivate men to slaughter. From Bosnia to Colombia, from Afghanistan to Tchetchenia, from Liberia to Iraq wherever there is war, you will hear the Kalashnikov sound.”

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
350 4:55 Kevin Shields
Experimental · CA
Muscle Hair Like a dog fucking a blender.
351 4:08 Khan
DJ · GERMANY
Strip Down KHAAAAAAAN!!! The switch at 2:50—huh? ●●●
352 4:36 Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds
Rock · DC
The History of French Cuisine Opens goofy and gets even goofier. ●●●●●
353 5:11 Kid Dakota
Rock · MN
10,000 lakes Haunting, yes—but haunting like Caspar. ●●●
354 4:04 Kidz In The Hall
Hip Hop/Rap · IL
DRIVIN DOWN THE BLOCK Biz Markie descendants without the humor. ●●●●
355 2:56 Killa Kela
Hip Hop/Rap · UK
All Killa No Filla Reportedly his stuff is all beatboxing. ●●●●
356 3:34 Kim Fontaine
Acoustic · SK
Coincidentally One hell of a rock voice. ●●●
357 2:55 King of Prussia
Pop · GA
Misadventures of the Campaign Kids Ideal for a boarding-school movie. ●●
358 2:44 Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Country · UK
Mean Son of a Gun Amazing UK recreation of old country. ●●●●●
359 3:26 Knife World
Rock · MN
SunBeam Oh great, they’re yowling like cats.
360 5:30 Knuckle Yummy
Blues · TX
Nice and Low Hang around for about three minutes. ●●●●
361 4:00 The Knux
Hip Hop/Rap · LA
Cappuccino These brothers like coffee and vaginas. ●●●
362 3:12 KOOPA
Rock · UK
The Crash They seem to believe in this.
363 2:23 The Krayolas
Rock · TX
Little Fox (Spanish) This right here goes waaaay back. ●●●●●
364 3:24 Kreamy ’Lectric Santa
Punk · CA
Workaholics Paradise (lost and found) Wow. That sure did redeem itself. ●●●●●
365 4:02 Krief
Rock · QC
What We Wanted Krief is the queef of grief.
366 4:07 Kush & Jah Bloodfiyah Angels
Reggae · CA
Thick Smoke I honestly don’t know from dub. ●●
367 2:56 Ladyfinger
Rock · NE
Too Cool For School Looks like Ladyfingers broke up. Sad.
368 3:15 Ladyfingers
Rock · NY
Cure for the Common Cold Oh—wait, guess I was wrong.
369 3:32 Land of Talk
Rock · QC
Speak To Me Bones Only 443 songs to go now. ●●
370 2:30 Langhorne Slim
Rock · PA
Restless Chorus works well; bass is nice. ●●●●
371 2:54 Lars Vaular
Hip Hop/Rap · NORWAY
Eg e fra Bergen Answers the question: can Norwegians rap? ●●●
372 4:08 Laura Barrett
Singer-Songwriter · ON
Robot Ponies Finally, a definitive robot pony song. ●●●●●
373 3:42 The Law
Rock · UK
Still Got Friday To Go America needs to establish rock tariffs. ●●
374 3:43 Le Baron
Rock · MEXICO
Inmovil (Wrong ID) There’s a likeable melodic feel here. ●●

SOMETHING ELSE I GLEANED

Many people don’t write songs for an audience. They write songs for Gray’s Anatomy, for Zach Braff, and for Apple advertisements (Volkswagen if they’re not ambitious). If I was in a band I would write a slow song with an 808, reverb, and a female vocalist, and call that song “Zach Braff’s Eyes Reflected in My Nano.” I would make sure it got to the right people. By which I mean Zach Braff, or one of the leechlike marketing creatures that feed from the skin of Steve Jobs under his mock turtleneck.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
375 2:49 Le Concorde
Pop · IL
International Flight Dinky, but appealing Matthew-Sweet harmonies. ●●
376 3:17 Le Loup
Rock · DC
we are gods! we are wolves! Neither is accurate. They are nerds. ●●●●●
377 8:49 Leslie Keffer
Experimental · TN
Nascent Part I A solid punishing wall of noise. ●●●●●
378 4:34 Lexie Mountain Boys
Experimental · MD
Punch Balls Merciless gloop; the title is accurate.
379 2:34 Lick Lick
Rock · TX
Rolling Pin Pass a law to stop organ.
380 3:36 The Lifters
Rock · TX
SHE’S A DEVIL But which devil? Choronzon? Memnoch? Azazel?
381 4:01 Li’l Cap’n Travis
Rock · TX
Cherry Chapstick Summery tune content to drift along. ●●●●
382 2:52 Limbeck
Alt Country · CA
Let’s Get Crazy Where is the crazy you promised? ●●
383 3:10 Lindsay Jane
Singer-Songwriter · MB
I Can’t Rescue You Let’s go cry in my dorm. ●●
384 8:55 The Linus Pauling Quartet
Rock · TX
Alien Abduction Fills that “nine-minute jam” hole. ●●
385 3:12 Lions
Rock · TX
No Generation Not affiliated with Lions Clubs International.
386 2:35 Lipstick Terror
Latin Rock · MEXICO
The Epitome of A Catalyst Intervention The kids call this “neo-harcore.”
387 4:04 Lissie
Singer-Songwriter · CA
On My Chest remix Toured with Kravitz. That explain it? ●●
388 7:14 little claw
Experimental · OR
feeding you your new home Sucking is okay but enough already. ●●
389 4:49 Little Freddie King
Blues · LA
Walkin With Freddie Old blues guy from New Orleans. ●●●●●
390 3:01 Little Jackie
Pop · NY
The World Should Revolve Around Me Imani Coppola (“Cowgirl Legend”) alter ego. ●●●●●
391 2:19 Little Teeth
Rock · CA
japanese candy Vocals are very appealingly messed up. ●●●●
392 4:07 The LK
Pop · SWEDEN
Stop Being Perfect Swedish electropop that goes “boop, boop.” ●●
393 0:26 Lobi Traore & Joep Pelt
World · THE NETHERLANDS
I Yougoba Appealing 26-second blues from Mali. ●●●
394 2:41 The Lonely H
Rock · WA
Hair Seattle? They’re still starting bands there?
395 4:21 Longwave
Rock · NY
No Direction Boldly preserving Flock of Seagulls’s legacy. ●●●●
396 3:28 Look See Proof
Pop · UK
Casualty Catchy in that Hard-Fi way. ●●●
397 3:33 Lord T and Eloise
Hip Hop/Rap · TN
Coup D’etat Aristocrunk. Because they love dem hose. ●●●●●
398 4:13 Lorrie Matheson
Singer-Songwriter · AB
Gone Archetypal opening-band singer-songwriter performance. ●●
399 5:40 Los #3 Dinners
Rock · TX
Can’t Stop...Gotta Rock! So badly infected with rock disease. ●●●

FRATERNAL BANDS

The Breakup Society · Great Lakes Myth Society · World/Inferno Friendship Society · Beat Union

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
400 3:57 Los Dynamite
Rock · MEXICO
Ready Ready Debut album cleverly called “Greatest Hits.”
401 4:18 Low Line Caller
Pop · TX
Over-the-Counter Kids Happy to be in the background. ●●●●●
402 3:55 Lower Life Form
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Same Ol’ Song Live-jazz-band-backed-hip-hop. ●●●●
403 4:19 Loxsly
Rock · TX
Lamprey Eels A warm indie bath with bubbles. ●●●●
404 2:47 LUCA
Rock · AZ
Damned They live on the second floor. ●●●
405 4:43 Lucero
Rock · TN
The Mountain Appropriate organ use; thrashed-throat vocals. ●●●●
406 3:29 Lymbyc Systym
Pop · TX
Fall Bicycle Laptop tropes—sudden cuts, linear dynamics. ●●●
407 3:12 Lyrics Born
Hip Hop/Rap · CA
Hott 2 Deff Perfect for selling cars or Zunes. ●●●
408 4:51 LZ Love
Blues · TX
Creepin’ Blues-rock that’s a little cheesy. ●●
409 4:34 Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues
Blues · SC
Ghetto Blue A guy recalls the Chicago ghetto. ●●●●
410 1:38 Madeline
Pop · GA
I Do What I’m Told Plenty of court and spark here.
411 2:03 Magic Arm
Singer-Songwriter · UK
Move Out Sparrows playing claves while they chirp. ●●
412 2:54 Magic Bullets
Pop · CA
Red Room He sings like he has hemorrhoids.
413 4:14 Magic Christian
Rock · CA
Turn Up The Heat Bay Area Feelies-era British rock. ●●
414 2:32 Magic Wands
Rock · TN
Black Magic I don’t feel like clapping along.
415 3:37 Magnet School
Rock · TX
Crush Because magnets have special education needs.
416 3:44 Magnolia Summer
Rock · MO
The Slip That Leads Into The Fall (Live on KDHX) Singer will start crying any minute.
417 10:08 Mala Suerte
Metal · TX
Non Serviam Sabbath played at one-fourth-speed.
418 2:38 Mannequin Men
Rock · IL
Boys (They Don’t Mind) Lots of good stuff in here. ●●●●
419 4:27 Marcia Ball
Blues · TX
Louella A classy honky-tonk piano lady. ●●●
420 5:12 Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands
Rock · WA
Forest Fire Ex-Screaming Trees drummer’s alt-country. ●●●
421 3:14 Martha Wainwright
Singer-Songwriter · QC
Bloody Mother Fuckin Asshole Great, commercial-proof lonely woman lament. ●●●●●
422 3:38 The Matches
Rock · CA
Wake The Sun Not as good as their website.
423 5:01 Matt Barber
Singer-Songwriter · ON
Easily Bruised (demo) Canadian feelings: fragile as robin’s eggs.
424 3:18 Matt Caldwell
Country · TX
Lonely Road The gears of Nashville are turning. ●●

I NOTICED

I wanted to like more of the rap here, but I became very tired. Everything was either about acquiring material goods (which includes women), or, alternately, about how all other rap is about acquiring material goods.

On hearing my nth predictable song about how hip-hop is predictable, it struck me that I was witnessing individuals engaged in a formalist exercise where the form itself is the only appropriate lyrical subject; thus rap is, in some ways, the blogging of music. (This is happening to “indie rock” in the Strokes/Killers/Libertines mold, as well.)

 

The best of it all is Akala, a grime artist from Britain, particularly when he delivers the line in his song “Electro Livin” (not included here, but from the same album) “We are sad for things we cannot have/But we are not sad for Baghdad.” It reads as political naivete but he performs it with redeeming authority.

 

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
425 2:44 Matt Keating
Singer/Songwriter · NY
St. Cloud Nice early 1990s singer-songwriter songcraft. ●●●
426 3:46 Maya Azucena
R&B · NY
Junkyard Jewel Great voice but the material’s undifferentiated. ●●
427 3:44 The Meatmen
Punk · MI
Rock & Roll Juggernaut What a fantastic band this was. ●●●●●
428 3:50 Megaphone
Hip Hop/Rap · MA
Danger Danger Spare production grows on you eventually. ●●●●
429 2:57 Meiko
Singer-Songwriter · GA
How Lucky We Are Too much syrup on the pancakes.
430 4:16 Melissa Young
R&B · GA
Just A Girl Tempo exactly one-third too slow.
431 3:34 Midtown Dickens
Rock · NC
The Job Song Barista-rock. They call it “adoracore.” ●●●
432 4:07 The Mighty Underdogs
Hip Hop/Rap · CA
Gun Fight It sounds like an Eminem cover. ●●●
433 4:31 Million Year Dance
Rock · TX
Met With The Soul (Live) But the singer renamed himself “Tyagaraja.” ●●●
434 3:34 Minipop
Pop · CA
Like I Do Picks up a little at 1:07. ●●
435 4:13 Misha
Electronic · NY
Summersend The vocals are very weirdly carbonated. ●●●
436 3:05 The Mission District
Rock · QC
Youth Games A Fountains of Wayne B-side.
437 3:48 Mission to the Sea
Acoustic · TX
Sugar And The Queen Master 1 MP3 Casual crooning combined with thumb piano. ●●●●●
438 4:20 Mitra
Metal · TX
Crucifixed HAIL THE HOOF OF THE DEMOGORGON!
439 3:28 Mittens on Strings
Rock · IL
Big Brother (Demo) This song could date my sister. ●●●●●
440 4:01 Miz Metro
Singer-Songwriter · NY
Grand Solution No Doubt fans are growing up.
441 2:59 Mockinpott
Punk · MEXICO
Japon 4 Now it’s Sunday, and I’m tired.
442 2:27 Model/Actress
Rock · CA
The Nodder (Featuring David Yow) The terrible anguish of Max Headroom. ●●●
443 3:58 Moke
Rock · THE NETHERLANDS
Here comes the summer Drums. Guitar. More guitar. Vocals. Guitar.
444 4:31 mom
Electronic · TX
Skipping Stones Instrumental Iceland-lite stomp with glitches.
445 3:38 Mona De Bo
Rock · LATVIA
Zarins Latvian take on badly recorded blues.
446 3:53 Monahans
Rock · TX
I Run To You After the intro I expected more. ●●
447 4:25 Monareta
Alt. · COLOMBIA
MATANZA FUNK Extraordinary potential that refuses to arrive. ●●●
448 3:18 Mondo Topless
Rock · PA
Take it Slow But do we need another Cramps?
449 3:26 Money Mark
Singer-Songwriter · CA
Pick Up The Pieces Beasties collaborator out on his own. ●●●●

CREATURE

Creature is a massive relief from Montreal. For the first few seconds it all sounds like a mistake—perhaps they are the new Waitresses?—and then I realized that they are wonderful and exhaled a long sigh.

Some things that remind me of Creature: dancing with a golden retriever up on its hind legs; jumping on your parents’ bed to FM radio; a treehouse that is also a helicopter. Far and above my favorite of this set; I bought their album immediately and it is just as good as the song linked above. Here they are rehearsing a song about the pleasures of being a senior citizen, which has the lyrics:

I don’t work,
No salary.
I’m done,
That slavery
I get special
Discount rate
When a senior gets a deal
You’re damn right I celebrate.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
450 4:45 The Most Serene Republic
Alt. · ON
Present Of Future End Canada is now one giant band. ●●●●
451 4:11 Mostly Bears
Rock · AZ
Melancholysim Prog rock composed with monster trucks. ●●●●
452 3:24 The Mother Truckers
Country · TX
No Mercy Twangy rock that cheerily hops along. ●●●
453 3:28 Mr. Lewis & The Funeral 5
Rock · TX
My Girl, Suicide They accurately define themselves as “macabaret.” ●●●
454 3:51 Mr. Mike
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
No More War Gunshot samples. Emcee’s voice is deep. ●●●
455 2:21 Muck and the Mires
Rock · MA
Doreen Garage doesn’t get much better, sadly. ●●●
456 5:14 The Mullens
Rock · TX
Esmerelda Esmerelda has made him very happy.
457 2:34 The Muslims
Rock · CA
EXTINCTION Why is the bass so pleasing? ●●●
458 4:07 My Dad is Dead
Rock · NC
My Safe Place Cool this guy is still around. ●●●●
459 2:40 Mystery Palace
Electronic · MN
Stepchild Bent circuits, buried vocals, works well. ●●●●
460 2:53 Naked On The Vague
Punk · AUSTRALIA
All Aboard “All aboard, the ship is sinking.”
461 4:24 Naked Raygun
Punk · IL
Treason This here is a Naked Raygun song. ●●●●●
462 3:52 Nakia & His Southern Cousins
Rock · TX
Playing The Cards Well-crafted “you suck” Appalachian rock. ●●●●
463 2:32 Nana Grizol
Pop · GA
Voices Echo Down The Halls Athens, GA, ensemble...with yowling vocals. ●●
464 3:38 Nancy
Rock · BRAZIL
Doe Sangue Nothing like the classic comic strip.
465 5:05 Navruz
World · UZBEKISTAN
Mustakhzod About time Uzbekistan represented in here. ●●●●
466 2:02 Necropolis
Punk · OH
Van v Art Like a trip to the dentist.
467 2:45 Neimo
Rock · FRANCE
Johnny 5 Last 45 seconds are well-produced. ●●
468 4:25 Neptune
Rock · MA
Grey Shallows Sounds more like Uranus! LOL JK. ●●
469 3:10 New Bloods
Punk · OR
Oh, Deadly Nightshade All over the place and cheerful. ●●●●
470 3:17 Nicole Atkins
Singer-Songwriter · NJ
Maybe Tonight Perfect for a 70s variety show. ●●●
471 2:08 Night Of Pleasure
Punk · OH
Caesar’s Palace Things must fucking suck in Ohio.
472 4:25 Nik Freitas
Rock · CA
Sun Down All that’s missing is Mr. Garfunkel. ●●●
473 2:59 Nina
Rock · MEXICO
Daisy Duke Van Halen, but in another language.
474 3:33 No Kids
Pop · BC
For Halloween I’m out of synonyms for perky. ●●

WHY?

This band is the anti-Creature—narcissistic indie navel-gazing, lyrics that ramble, no women. But the crunching guitar at appropriate moments, the smart drumming and bass work, and assured performance of the vocalist (“I curse the last six months I’ve been hiding behind a moustache...yeah”) as he delivers the lyrics to their song “The Hollows” is captivating; he is fully aware of how ridiculous he is—and thus the song becomes an honest narrative of creative angst. I never expected to hear this in a song:


In Berlin I saw
Two men fuck
In the dark corner of a basketball court
Just the slight jingle of pocket change pulsing. [Guitar]

 

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
475 3:23 Noah and the Whale
Singer-Songwriter · UK
2 Bodies 1 Heart Unfortunately it’s not about Siamese twins?
476 3:16 Norton
Pop · PORTUGAL
(Your) Balcony The Postal Service wouldn’t deliver locally?
477 1:56 Nosaprise
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Standing Here Noble attempt by a YOUNG emcee. ●●
478 3:59 Nouveau Riche
Rock · PA
Sick All that packaging means no flavor.
479 3:30 Nouvellas
Rock · NY
Satisfied Crunchier guitar and this’d be great. ●●●●
480 1:55 The Nymphets
Punk · QC
Wednesday Morning At least their website is cool.
481 5:45 The OaKs
Alt. · FL
2. Masood Introspective, wanders, apparently inspired by Afghanistan. ●●●
482 2:10 The Octopus Project
Rock · TX
Truck Everybody! There’s a party in Marioland! ●●
483 3:43 O’Death
Rock · NY
Down To Rest Banjos are everywhere. Poi Dog Ponderous.
484 4:49 Oh Juliet
Rock · LA
Hunting The Canyon Another meal at Hard Rock cafe. ●●
485 2:23 Oh No! Oh My!
Rock · TX
Walk In the Park Tastes like Frosted Flakes with Splenda. ●●
486 3:47 Oh Susanna
Singer-Songwriter · ON
Greyhound Bus “Kiss my ass. Eat my dust!”
487 4:48 Ola Podrida
Alt. · NY
Cindy I’m in a prison of music. ●●●
488 3:34 The Old Ceremony
Rock · NC
Stubborn Man How are things with you, reader?
489 4:28 Olga
Americana · LA
Your Love Don’t Work Like Mine I am overwhelmed by press releases.
490 3:44 Oliver Future
Rock · CA
Signing Off The cats are fighting right now. ●●●
491 5:11 The Optimysticals
Experimental · NC
Pitch Control Best part: 1:30 of bird sounds.
492 4:06 Orion Rigel Dommisse
Singer-Songwriter · PA
Fake Yer Death It’s so depressing, so very depressing.
493 3:27 Ouija Radio
Rock · MN
RED EYE FLY Red eye removal renders this obsolete.
494 2:15 The Pack A.D.
Blues · BC
All Damn Day Long Vocalists seem very prone to blues.
495 3:44 Paddy Casey
Singer-Songwriter · IRELAND
Fear The ideal anthem for college freshwomen. ●●●
496 2:20 Paint It Black
Punk · PA
Past Tense, Future Perfect An angry Minor Threat from Philly. ●●
497 4:21 Papa Chuk
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Way 2 Reel Whoa, you can hear the Robitussin. ●●
498 3:16 Papercranes
Rock · FL
Treasure Remember Aleka’s Attic? Here’s the singer. ●●
499 3:38 The Parisians
Rock · FRANCE
Why Choose One Side French—which makes this “Freedom Rock.” ●●

SOUND BANDS

Sounds Under Radio · Nameless Sound Collection · The Soundtrack of Our Lives · Axel K Soundsystem · Atlas Sound · The Sound of Urchin · The Hush Sound

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
500 5:26 Parkas
Rock · ON
Filthy Rich Kids Their tour video looks pretty fascinating. ●●
501 3:11 The Parlor Mob
Rock · NJ
Carnival of Crows My fist’s too tired to pump.
502 4:02 Parts & Labor
Rock · NY
Fractured Skies The Island of Misfit Toys Orchestra. ●●●●●
503 3:09 Pataphysics
Rock · TX
Jesus Grow a Handle Bar Mustache For Me Wants to be weird; just quirky.
504 2:56 Patricia Vonne
Alt Country · TX
Missing Women Former model seeks Paula Cole mantle. ●●
505 3:18 Pattern is Movement
Rock · PA
Right Away The travels of organ-grinder monks. ●●●●
506 4:42 Patty Hurst Shifter
Rock · NC
Life Is Mostly Waiting Opened for the Drive-By Truckers.
507 3:03 Paul Collins Beat
Rock · NY
Don’t Wait Up For Me Ex-Nerves drummer can write songs. ●●●●●
508 3:42 Paul Kelly
Singer-Songwriter · AUSTRALIA
God Told Me To Australian sings about divinely inspired murderer. ●●●
509 9:33 Paul Metzger
Experimental · MN
Bright Red Stone Nearly ten minutes of experimental banjo? ●●
510 4:22 Paul Thorn
Rock · MS
A Long Way From Tupelo Good song about a car breakdown. ●●●
511 5:45 The Paul White Quintet
Jazz · TX
Inabanaga My old jazz teacher’d love this. ●●
512 8:30 Pedro Menendez Ensemble
Jazz · ARGENTINA
Kolndombe Introspective, engaging minor-key Argentinian jazz. ●●●●●
513 2:10 Peel
Rock · TX
Qxford I’d have gotten this from Oink. ●●●●●
514 0:49 Peelander-Z
Punk · NY
Me Gusta Lucha Libre 50 seconds of Spanish hardcore. Thanks! ●●●●
515 2:23 Peggy Sue & The Pirates
Singer-Songwriter · UK
Television Punk-skiffle about television addiction. Huh? ●●
516 4:49 The People’s Revolutionary Choir
Rock · UK
Do You Feel Like I Do? Pink Floyd Strawberry Fields all over. ●●●
517 3:39 The Perpetrators
Blues · MB
Baltimore Makes me feel like a victim. ●●
518 3:15 Pete Robbins & Centric
Jazz · NY
Candy To The Crowd Something satisfying about the middle here. ●●●
519 5:23 Phantom Limb
Alt Country · UK
Dont Say A Word Band from Bristol yearns for swamps. ●●
520 3:20 Phil and the Osophers
Rock · NY
International Introvert Best drumming since maybe the Shaggs. ●●●
521 4:15 Phonograph
Alt Country · NY
Normal Illinois Don’t have that damn Brooklyn sound. ●●●
522 3:14 Phosphorescent
Rock · NY
A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise Sounds like a crumbling palace, brothers. ●●
523 3:35 Pidgeon
Rock · CA
California is for Fuckers I agree entirely with the title. ●●
524 2:54 Pierre Aderne
World · BRAZIL
Mina do condominio Another soft-voiced Brazilian. Nice percussion. ●●●

NEW YORK VERSUS CALIFORNIA

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
525 3:15 Pig Out
Electronic / Dance / DJ · NEW ZEALAND
Disco Bag (Radio Edit) You can have too much cowbell. ●●●
526 3:42 The Pigeon Detectives
Rock · UK
I’m Not Sorry They’re big in Britain, of course. ●●
527 3:39 Pigeon John
Hip Hop/Rap · CA
Weight of the World Indie emcee has a bouncy flow. ●●●●●
528 3:58 The Pillows
Rock · JAPAN
Ladybird girl They have a cute bear logo. ●●●
529 2:15 Pink Nasty
Pop · KS
Away Message Grows on me like dark moss. ●●●
530 4:10 Pink Reason
Punk · OH
Holding On Works like a broken Slurpee machine. ●●●●
531 4:03 Pinstripe
Rock · UK
Closest Thing to Heaven Yet more packaged adolescent British rock.
532 4:58 Pissed Jeans
Rock · PA
People Person Claims adjuster’s secret noise side-project. ●●●
533 3:17 Pistolera
Latin Rock · NY
Mentirosos Whoa—“as featured on ’Democracy Now’.” ●●●
534 7:09 Plants and Animals
Alt. · QC
03 Faerie Dance I’m tired of long swooning songs. ●●
535 4:42 The Playing Favorites
Pop · CA
Indigenous Left off the Reality Bites soundtrack. ●●●
536 5:19 Pleasant Grove
Rock · TX
heart contortionists Vocals and guitars don’t line up.
537 3:47 porterdavis
Blues · TX
Come Closer Earnest goes to Austin: the band. ●●
538 3:04 Portugal The Man
Experimental · AK
Sugar Cinnamon They’re from Alaska and genuinely weird. ●●●●
539 3:30 Postman
Hip Hop/Rap · THE NETHERLANDS
Downhill Gangsta rap from Amztadam, da Nethalands. ●●●
540 2:51 Power Pill Fist
Electronic · PA
Vile I miss Pigface so much sometimes.
541 4:20 PPT
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Dallas Click to add title, beautiful lady.
542 2:52 The Presidents of The United States of America
Rock · WA
Lump I have always hated this song.
543 2:20 Pretty and Nice
Rock · MA
Grab Your Nets From the Charles, not the Thames.
544 3:13 Project Jenny, Project Jan
Electronic · NY
320 Initially—totally retarded. Then just retarded. ●●●●●
545 5:59 Pterodactyl
Rock · NY
Esses Vocal shenanigans and layered loopty glunk. ●●●●
546 5:28 Pyeng Threadgill
Jazz · NY
It’s Late Purely confident of her vocal chops. ●●●
547 2:41 The Quebe Sisters Band
Country · TX
So Long To The Red River Valley Ideal for A Prairie Home Companion. ●●●
548 3:59 Question
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Ridin So Slow Love song from man to car. ●●●
549 6:10 Ra Ra Riot
Rock · NY
Dying Is Fine Another Arcade Fire indie-rock brigade. ●●

AWESOMENESS VS. CUTENESS

It’s easy to quantify male vocalists: they are either douchebags, or, if they play guitar as well, double dog douchebags. But I also found myself dividing the female vocalists—and there are surprisingly many, which is a promising development—into two camps.

First, there are twee little things who will sing about forest sprites and make you collages when you have the flu. Then there are the tougher ones who wear glitter and make eye contact.

The question I asked myself, to divide between the awesome and cute, was: would this woman (1) help you to get an abortion? Or (2) just write a song about it? The ones who would drive you to the clinic without judging you, in my opinion, make better vocalists. I could be wrong but I think Martha Wainright, and the women from Creature, would go with you.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
550 4:32 Radio Moscow
Blues · IA
Mistreating Queen Blues bands kind of blur together. ●●
551 3:47 RadioRadio
Rock · OK
Marathon List many influences, but neglect Duran. ●●●
552 4:40 Rana Santacruz
Latin Rock · NY
Cajita De Barro Pink-moon-pleasant Mexican folk rock. ●●●●●
553 3:32 The Rascals
Rock · UK
Lying Under The Second Seal They opened for the Arctic Monkeys.
554 4:01 Ravens & Chimes
Rock · NY
This is Where We Are Vocals too urgent by a half. ●●●
555 4:37 Ray Bonneville
Blues · TX
I Am the Big Easy New Orleans has inspired many songs. ●●
556 1:18 The Reaction
Punk · CA
Right Now Please return to the basement immediately.
557 5:01 Rebekah Higgs
Singer-Songwriter · NS
Parables Neat arrangement, catchy—just too much. ●●●●
558 4:24 Receptors
Electronic / Dance / DJ · VA
Receptors- Can they win the boss level?
559 3:02 Reckless Kelly
Country · TX
Nobody’s Girl Southern rock, Skynnyrd descendants, excellent chops. ●●●●
560 3:40 Record Hop
Rock · TX
Maths Mind keeps wandering. No there there. ●●
561 4:15 The Red Romance
Pop · NY
Don’t Cry A grand museum of lyrical cliches.
562 3:26 The Redwalls
Rock · IL
Summer Romance This song should be about elves. ●●●
563 3:43 Renee Sebastian
R & B · NY
Please Break My Heart I wish Sade made more albums. ●●●
564 2:32 Restlesslist
Electronic · UK
Butlin Breaks Soundtrack for a Sergio Leone videogame. ●●
565 3:33 Reykjavik!
Rock · ICELAND
Flybus! They sound very little like Bjork. ●●●
566 2:52 Richard Julian
Singer-Songwriter · NY
If you Stay Part Elliot Smith, part Randy Newman. ●●●●
567 7:03 Richard Oppenheim Septet
Jazz · TX
Peacocks Walked Jazz ragas reinterpreting Ferlinghetti’s “Coney Island...” ●●●●
568 3:49 Right on Dynamite
Rock · NY
Won’t Let It Go They’re having more fun than me.
569 3:28 The Right Ons
Rock · SPAIN
Do Your Thing, Babe “Too Hot to Handle” from Spain.
570 2:13 Ringo Deathstarr
Rock · TX
Some Kind of Sad (demo) They call this “nugaze.” Oh man. ●●●
571 3:19 Riz MC
Electronic · UK
People Like People This man is very, very brave.
572 4:11 Rob G
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Reppin My Block Stand up for your block, Rob!
573 2:48 Robin & Linda Williams
Bluegrass · VA
Things I’ve Learned Yep, I’m in the jailhouse now. ●●●
574 3:46 Rock & Roll
Rock · FRANCE
Made It To New York “Rock & Roll.” What. They’re named.
575 3:08 The Rodeo
Alt Country · FRANCE
Winterlands Paris indie country with lush strings. ●●●●●
576 3:59 Romance Fantasy
Rock · NV
Blackheart Classic live rock sound, great vox. ●●●
577 2:16 Ruby Jane
Bluegrass · MS
Track 02 This fiddler was born in 1994. ●●
578 2:56 The Russian Futurists
Electronic · ON
Let’s Get Ready To Crumble Percussion feels like it belongs elsewhere.
579 4:11 Ryno & Slim Gutta
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Can You Handle It Pretty goofy song about ass tapping.
580 3:43 Sabaton
Metal · SWEDEN
Primo Victproa Swedish metal, so thus utterly hilarious. ●●●
581 3:21 The Sadies
Alt Country · ON
Anna Leigh Alt. country. It grows like kudzu. ●●●●
582 4:12 Sahara Smith
Singer-Songwriter · TX
Circuitry This singer was born in 1988. ●●
583 4:42 Saint Bernadette
Rock · CT
Love Is A Stranger V2-1 Enjoyed the vocals quite a bit. ●●●●
584 3:36 Salvador Santana Band
World · CA
Imacallya Melting-pot dance from all over. ●●●●
585 3:21 Samara Lubelski
Pop · NY
Taste The Candy This song is risky for diabetics.
586 4:00 San Saba County
Alt Country · TX
5th Time Around Very parsimonious with those chord changes. ●●
587 1:40 Satin Dolls
Rock · MEXICO
Vuelve Even more Mexican new wave pop? ●●
588 3:42 Say Hi
Rock · WA
Northwestern Girls Small arcades, exploding in the sky. ●●
589 4:56 Scale The Summit
Rock · TX
Shaping The Clouds Adrian Belew rolls in his grave.
590 2:37 Scary Mansion
Singer-Songwriter · NY
Sorry We Took All Yr Money Like a big bucket of regret. ●●●●●
591 3:59 Scavone
Hip Hop/Rap · NY
Arrestin’ Me He hates when police confiscate weed. ●●
592 4:42 Scissors for Lefty
Rock · CA
Nickels and Dimes Typewriter sound effects inspire my rage.
593 3:45 Scott H. Biram
Rock · TX
Been Down Too Long Ridiculous Hellbilly that turns very smart. ●●●●●
594 2:29 Screamin’ Cyn Cyn & The Pons
Punk · WI
Set The Table They strive to annoy, succeed entirely. ●●●●●
595 3:08 Search/Rescue
Rock · WA
Fireflies The blessed vocalist never starts screaming. ●●●●●
596 2:35 The Second Grace
Singer-Songwriter · ITALY
Antananarive Over-precious folksy drum-loop love.
597 4:40 Secret Shine
Rock · UK
Lost Memory Reverb is the sixth band member. ●●
598 3:08 The Service Industry
Pop · TX
Job Of Quality Song about people who won’t pay. ●●●●
599 3:41 Services
Electronic · NY
Presenter Such a promising, promising beginning here. ●●●

MARTHA WAINRIGHT

She wrote a song called “Bloody Mother Fuckin Asshole” and while I enjoy it on its own merits, I enjoy it more knowing that it will be difficult to use this song to sell Volkswagens.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
600 5:53 Sexto Sol feat. Vernon ’Spot’ Barnett
Rock · TX
Samba Pesada Sort of an indie-rock Santana. ●●●
601 4:06 Shame Club
Rock · MO
How Far An awful case of severe guitardation.
602 3:03 Shawn Sahm and the Tex-Mex Experience
Rock · TX
Why Don’t Ya Like a moldy carnival corn-dog.
603 2:27 Shellshag
Punk · NY
Shut Up It’s cruel to slow punk down.
604 3:19 Shina Rae
Electronic / Dance / DJ · TX
Touch Fast fourier transforms are not enough.
605 6:14 Shir Khan
Electronic · GERMANY
Office Boy (Shir Khan Rmx) Berlin’s very own Fetter Junge Dunn. ●●●
606 5:03 Sholi
Experimental · CA
November Through June An oiled machine that rolls along. ●●
607 3:04 Shootin’ Pains
Experimental · TX
Half Pint “Goat Fuckin Psycho-Ameracommunist Folk Rock” ●●●
608 3:17 Shooting Spires
Rock · NY
Right Brooklyn is a heaven for beards. ●●
609 2:56 The Show Is the Rainbow
Experimental · NE
Swatting Flies Lunacy; holds up to multiple listens. ●●●●●
610 5:32 Shri
World · UK
Mela Distorted Indian weirdness; 1990s-feeling samples. ●●●
611 4:30 Sia
Pop · UK
Electric Bird As seen on (perfect for) TV. ●●
612 3:43 Sian Alice Group
Rock · UK
Motionless Dynamics barely vary until maybe 2:00.
613 2:19 Silje Nes
Singer-Songwriter · NORWAY
Ames Room Twinkle dinkle little software editing suite.
614 3:56 The Silos
Rock · NY
Behind Me Now Guitar solos, so many guitar solos.
615 2:28 Simply Saucer
Punk · ON
She’s A Dog 1978: Canadians mix Stooges and Floyd. ●●●●
616 2:34 The Singles
Rock · MI
Summer They ride around on a tritecycle.
617 4:09 Sissy Wish
Pop · NORWAY
YaYaYa Norway has an answer to Robyn. ●●●●
618 3:53 Sleep
Hip Hop/Rap · OR
Say Goodbye Oregon rapper has much to say. ●●
619 2:58 Sleepercar
Alt Country · TX
Wasting My Time I appreciate the focus on craft. ●●●
620 5:32 The Sleepover Disaster
Alt. · CA
Cathedral These folks are the shoegazer’s shoegazers. ●●
621 3:32 Slykat
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Wild as What Slykat has a penis for you.
622 4:02 Snowbyrd
Rock · TX
St. Mary’s Nights Makes me lean to the right. ●●
623 3:22 Snowglobe
Rock · TN
Waves Rolling Some Flaming Lips, some Beach Boys. ●●●
624 3:17 Socratic
Rock · NJ
Just Turn More like Nietzschean eternal recurrence, amirite?

BLACK BANDS

Black Diamond Heavies · Black Earth · Black Helicopter · Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears · Black Mike and Chemistry · Black Moth Super Rainbow · Black Mountain · Black Pus · Black Tide · Black Tie Dynasty · Black Top Demon · Black Tusk · Blackholicus · Blacklist

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
625 3:19 Soiled Mattress & The Springs
Experimental · NY
Jackpot Like what you’ve done to jazz. ●●●●
626 2:35 Solid Gold
Rock · MN
Bible Thumper It was gloomy in the disco. ●●●
627 3:56 Something Fierce
Punk · TX
Teenage Ruins Lots of guitar and chorus, etc.
628 3:31 Something With Numbers
Rock · AUSTRALIA
Apple Of The Eye I’m seriously hitting my limit now.
629 3:12 Son Lux
Rock · NY
Break Keeps trying stuff to great effect. ●●●●●
630 3:24 Son Of Dave
Blues · UK
Devil Take My Soul Sampled blues crashing into themselves recursively. ●●●
631 2:40 Songs for Moms
Punk · CA
1906 Cheerful punk ladies, moving right along. ●●
632 3:35 Sonya Kitchell
Singer-Songwriter · MA
Let Me Go Song slowing down? Just add organ. ●●
633 3:19 The Sound of Urchin
Rock · NY
Shake The Magic Eight Ball The guitar goes higher—then higher.
634 4:42 SouthBound
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Another World Twin brother rappers: Sandman and Lowkey.
635 4:05 Spear of the Nation
Hip Hop/Rap · CA
Clap! Falls apart at 1:06. Odd synth. ●●
636 2:45 Spiral Beach
Pop · ON
Made Of Stone Why do bands call themselves “kaleidoscopic”? ●●
637 3:15 Spottiswoode & His Enemies
Rock · NY
That’s What I Like Spottiswoode likes all kinds of ladies. ●●●●
638 2:35 Spring Tigers
Pop · GA
Economix They do not transmit their enthusiasm.
639 2:58 Squincy Jones
DJ · TX
Grindom Here’s a word I hate: “turntablism.” ●●
640 3:34 Stalkers
Punk · NY
Lets Get It Together More fucking rock from fucking Brooklyn. ●●●
641 2:45 Standing Nudes
Rock · NY
When I Arrive Guitar sounds like a Jews harp. ●●
642 2:28 Stanton Meadowdale
Rock · TX
Came Feel The Same Not bad, but not exactly thrilling. ●●
643 3:03 Steel Train
Rock · NJ
I Feel Weird Post-September 11 Arcade anguish pop. ●●●●
644 3:25 Stephanie Dosen
Singer-Songwriter · TN
Vinalhaven Harbor A song like curling Victorian wallpaper. ●●●
645 5:04 Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
Rock · MA
4th Of July Hard-luck story ladened with twang. ●●●
646 4:01 The Steps
Rock · TX
Belle Another band that likes Stooges, Faces.
647 3:18 Steven Wray Lobdell
Blues · OR
All Mystics are Numbered Described as “Carnatic Rock”; think Can. ●●
648 4:57 The Story Of
Pop · TX
After Just a While Early genesis vibe—consequently toooo looooong. ●●●●
649 2:11 The Strange Boys
Rock · TX
Nothing Like a garage-sale mix tape. ●●●●●

ON NODDING

Even with the most peculiar songs (“Break” by Son Lux, say) there is some innate sense of structure that caused me to nod my head, perhaps just a little, as I listened, and with certain songs (“Rich Girls,” by The Virgins) it was hard not to jump up out of the chair. Working through the nearly 48 hours of music in this collection I found myself craving that stimulus like a rat trained on cocaine. And when a song that produced that feeling was over I felt a sense of despair—once again I would be thrown into an hour or more of music that would generate no interior response. I wanted to go back and listen to the good songs over and over but that was a pleasure denied for later.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
650 3:07 The Strugglers
Alt Country · NC
Morningside Heights The R.E.M. in him is powerful. ●●●●●
651 3:09 Studemont Project
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Left on Teetshorn Imagine if Joe Meek produced rap. ●●●
652 3:59 The Subjects
Rock · NY
The Hounds of War I can’t figure out this song. ●●●
653 3:24 The Submarines
Pop · CA
You, Me and the Bourgeoisie Mr. Blue Sky with some clouds. ●●●
654 3:49 Susan Cowsill
Singer-Songwriter · LA
I Know You Know Her evil middle name is “Wishes.” ●●●
655 4:03 Sussie 4
Electronic · MEXICO
Remote Control Starts out Burial, becomes early Ministry. ●●●
656 2:36 Swampmeat
Alt Country · UK
Sister Mary Perfect music for humping an alligator. ●●●
657 4:53 Sxip Shirey
Experimental · NY
My Own Dirge Beatbox breakbeats with harmonica for melody. ●●●●
658 3:24 Sybris
Rock · IL
Oh Man! Sybris—good name for a spaceship. ●●●
659 0:57 SYME
Rock · NORWAY
No Spark, No Heart I refuse to take this seriously.
660 3:00 TAB the band
Rock · MA
Secretary’s Day Singer: [Lady] “get your dancing shoes.”
661 3:33 Takka Takka
Rock · NY
We Feel Safer At Night Takka takka? Takka takka. Takka TAKKA! ●●
662 3:33 Tammany Hall Machine
Alt. · TX
Tammany Hall Machine Boss Tweed would not be amused. ●●
663 2:44 Tanya Tagaq
World · NWT
Origin The most fascinating song in here. ●●●●●
664 4:18 TarantisT
Metal · IRAN
Horny Society Iranian metal, and yet—still metal.
665 5:36 Teakayo Mission
Jazz · CA
Wings? Alas jazz, pop will eat you. ●●
666 3:01 Team Robespierre
Punk · NY
88th Precinct Some guys yelling about pit bulls.
667 4:31 Tech N9ne
Hip Hop/Rap · MO
Caribou Lou Nice shout-out to pineapple juice. ●●●●
668 4:02 Tee Double
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Bringing it Back Very spare production with curious drums. ●●
669 2:23 Teenage Bottlerocket
Punk · WY
Radio Punk remains breathing in Laramie, Wyoming. ●●
670 3:08 The Teenage Prayers
Rock · NY
Good Voodoo I hate all clapping in songs.
671 3:44 Telepathe
Experimental · NY
Chrome’s On It Our girls love them some robots.
672 3:21 The Tennessee Boltsmokers
Alt Country · TN
Smoking Gun These dudes smoke lots of bolt. ●●
673 3:06 Terp 2 It
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Whomp That Nerd Strongly for, and strongly against, nerds. ●●●●●
674 2:45 the s.i.g.i.t
Rock · INDONESIA
Clove Doper “Super Insurgent Group of Intemperance Talent.” ●●

TECHNOLOGY NOTE

The productivity revolution—easy mixing, software like Logic, ProTools, and Ableton Live—has brought us more polished production, but there seems to be a surprising lack of attention to dynamics. Do musicians see dynamics as simply volume now? (The jazz musicians of course are more conscious.)

Many arrangements crescendo or decrescendo in unison, as if mixing is just turning a knob, and often while listening to these bands I could imagine the screen with multiple colored lines and waveforms, the overlapping triangles representing the triumph of amplitude. The suspension of disbelief—the sense that I am inside of a song—was ruined when the music evoked only its own production.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
675 2:30 The Theater Fire
Alt Country · TX
These Tears Could Rust A Train Because the arcade burned down too. ●●
676 2:38 Thee Armada
Rock · TX
Rock, Shock & Load I’M PLAYING GUITAR WITH MY COCK!
677 3:53 These Are Powers
Experimental · NY
Cracks in the Lifeline Why not just tape plates breaking?
678 3:30 Thieves Like Us
Rock · FRANCE
Drugs In My Body Probably okay if you’re way high.
679 4:15 The Third Man
Rock · TN
Crimson Hum Sounds like a pyramid sealing up. ●●
680 3:05 The Thirst
Rock · UK
ALL MINE Jesus Christ, Britain. Stop exporting this.
681 4:44 A Thousand Knives Of Fire
Rock · NJ
She’s Yours Heavy metal country loves teh cawk.
682 3:17 Throw Me The Statue
Rock · WA
About To Walk Ideal if you really like math. ●●
683 4:56 Thunderlip
Rock · NC
Pooler I brace myself for the solo. ●●
684 3:58 Thurogood Wordsmith
Hip Hop/Rap · TX
Stand Up Disconcerting dissonance between “Thurogood” and rapping. ●●
685 1:31 Tiger! Tiger!
Rock · GA
So You Won’t Deceive Me Works hard to build a shed. ●●●
686 2:32 Tim Easton
Rock · CA
Burgundy Red Skilled, but late to the party.
687 3:18 Tiny Animals
Rock · NY
Useless Poppy snuggle hugfest praising lazy unemployment.
688 5:27 Toddle
Rock · JAPAN
Colonnade Man, I miss Supercar. They ruled. ●●
689 3:06 Tom Brosseau
Singer-Songwriter · CA
Commited To Memory Please, anybody, anywhere, make something happen.
690 1:46 Tommy Jay/Mike Rep
Experimental · OH
Last Hurrah This is very, very funny stuff. ●●●
691 3:22 The Tontons
Rock · TX
Atlas Psychedelica. Hold on to that singer. ●●●●
692 4:21 Torngat
Experimental · QC
You Could Be Nice french horn action, but staid. ●●
693 3:15 Trainwreck Riders
Rock · CA
Wine Stains They’re back in the saddle again. ●●
694 3:02 Trash Fashion
Rock · UK
WCWBF ACE MASTER 2 edit 2 Unholy union of thrash and disco. ●●
695 2:56 Tree Wave
Experimental · TX
Sleep Four stars for the Commodore 64. ●●●●
696 5:58 Trespassers William
Rock · WA
Safe, Sound One can feel the surf crashing. ●●●
697 3:18 Trevor Menear
Blues · IL
Reason To Leave Rock organ hoke hurts my soul.
698 1:20 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Rock · LA
St. James Infirmary Trombone shorty has lips of iron. ●●●●●
699 2:35 Tub Ring
Rock · IL
When The Crash Happened Thank Jesus, the end is nigh. ●●

IMPORTANT LYRIC

“So there’s a broken mirror on my bed. I’ll clean it up. So what? You don’t have to be such an asshole all the time. Awwww, don’t be like that. Ha ha. (Hic.) Whooooo, ooo ooo oo oo, a uh uh oh oh oh.“ —The Virgins, Rich Girls.

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
700 4:06 Tungsten Coil
Rock · TX
Prey To Me That bass intro: a bad sign.
701 3:12 Twin Crystals
Rock · BC
Twin Crystals - Two Girls Once again: synth, submerged, yelled vocals.
702 4:09 Two Dollar Bash
Alt Country · GERMANY
Man in Black Because Berlin needs its banjos too.
703 3:41 The Ugly Beats
Rock · TX
The Light Comes on Proudly ripping off American 60s rock. ●●●●
704 2:03 Ultimate Power Duo
Punk · SK
Do Electric Sheep Dream of Ultimate Power Duo This is crap and I’m sleepy.
705 4:08 Uncle Monk
Bluegrass · NY
Wishing At The Moon Tommy Ramone does the bluegrass now. ●●●●
706 2:32 Underground Orchestra
Rock · CA
Dahab I just hate all Jam Bands.
707 5:26 Ungdomskulen
Alt. · NORWAY
Modern Drummer Many minutes of Norway’s avant-garde.
708 4:16 The Unholy Two
Punk · OH
Kutter Yet more noise. Vocals totally gratuitous. ●●
709 2:18 The United Steel Workers of Montreal
Folk · QC
Small Town Banks Bluegrassy, fast. Bet they’re fun live. ●●●●
710 3:17 Upground
Latin Rock · CA
Oye Chica Worth it for the good horns. ●●
711 3:28 Valerio Rinaldi
Latin Rock · ARGENTINA
Nuestro lugar Argentine pop fellow, cat-belly soft.
712 2:56 Vancougar
Rock · BC
Vanity Awesomeness of band name not reinforced.
713 3:44 The Virgins
Rock · NY
Rich Girls Dance-rock with highly functional bass. ●●●●●
714 3:04 The Von Bondies
Rock · MI
Pale Bride They are pretty good at garage. ●●●●●
715 2:58 Von Iva
Alt. · CA
LALA Vocals, lyrics feel out of alignment. ●●●
716 3:22 The Voom Blooms
Rock · UK
Nine Ships You could sell soda with this. ●●
717 2:59 Voxhaul Broadcast
Rock · CA
Track 1 Once more organ breaks my heart.
718 3:04 Waco Brothers
Rock · IL
How Fast The Time I need to wash a shirt.
719 2:48 Watershed (OH)
Rock · OH
Obvious Wish I had a clothes dryer.
720 4:13 Wax Fang
Rock · KY
World War II (Pt.2) But where would I put it?
721 3:05 We Versus the Shark
Rock · GA
I Am A Fantastic Battle The shark may win. Or jump.
722 2:36 we were The States
Rock · TN
Start Something So derivative my intestines just prolapsed.
723 4:00 The Weakerthans
Rock · MB
Sun In An Empty Room Yeah, sure, why the hell not? ●●●●
724 5:20 A Weather
Rock · OR
Spiders, Snakes Portland: America’s number one napping destination. ●●

VERY COMMON WORDS IN SONG TITLES

I · You · My · Me · Like · No · Your · Don’t · What · Red · Love · Do · We · Get · Down · Time · Song · Black · Summer · Man · Life · Heart · World · Room · Right · One · Girl · Day · Big · Sun

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
725 4:15 Weedeater
Metal · NC
Potbelly That band’s drowning! Don’t save them. ●●●●
726 2:27 The Weird Weeds
Experimental · TX
A Goose Your degree’s in music theory too? ●●●
727 4:01 The Western Civilization
Rock · TX
Love Struck Angel The Postal Service deserves some blame. ●●●
728 2:23 When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
Rock · TX
It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity I’m tired of men gargling unintelligibly.
729 6:24 The Whip
Electronic · UK
Trash’ This song makes me crave cock. ●●●●●
730 3:09 White Ghost Shivers
Jazz · TX
Everyone’s Got’em Soon-yi plays this to seduce Woody. ●●●
731 4:52 White Hinterland
Rock · MA
Dreaming of the Plum Trees Evokes a hotel lounge in Rochester. ●●●
732 1:50 White Mice
Punk · RI
Caged Mearachells The sound of a rectum exploding. ●●
733 2:48 Whitley
Alt Country · AUSTRALIA
I Remember That girl he saw? It’s love.
734 3:58 WHY?
Rock · CA
The Hollows A heartfelt, moving tribute to ennui. ●●●●●
735 4:56 Wild Light
Rock · MA
Red House An indie pop balloon softly deflates.
736 4:37 WILDILDLIFE
Experimental · CA
Things Will Grow I’d be ashamed to enjoy this.
737 3:11 Willowz
Rock · CA
Jubilee Good pieces that don’t fit together.
738 3:50 Wing
Pop · NEW ZEALAND
Hell’s Bells She’s there to feed hipster irony. ●●●
739 2:56 Wisely
Singer-Songwriter · CA
Through Any Window I’ve listened to this thirty times. ●●●●●
740 4:06 WIZ KHALIFA
Hip Hop/Rap · PA
SAY YEAH Bitches AND money? In ONE song?
741 4:09 Wolff
Electronic · NY
Addition By Subtraction Wizards of Gondor, unleash your tubas! ●●
742 3:52 Woodhands
Electronic / Dance / DJ · ON
I Wasn’t Made For Fighting We’re taking away drum machine privileges.
743 4:02 Wussy
Rock · OH
Rigor Mortis Sloppy reverb rock for college radio. ●●
744 2:23 Xno Barbequex
Experimental · AUSTRALIA
Track 3 Drunks hitting pans with their dicks.
745 2:43 The XYZ Affair
Rock · NY
LittleFool ADMIT IT! YOU ALL LOVED SUBLIME.
746 7:41 Yakuza
Metal · IL
egocide Godspeed, you metal jazz fingerless criminals! ●●
747 3:22 YellowFever
Rock · TX
Hellfire Not as awesome as “Sui Bong.” ●●●
748 2:45 You, Me, And Everyone We Know
Rock · DC
Do It Again (You’re Not Making Me Want To Touch You) This sounds exactly like something else. ●●●
749 2:25 The Young Republic
Americana · MA
Paper Ships A lesson in prep school urgency. ●●●

BEAR BANDS

Mostly Bears · Bearsuit · Care Bears on Fire · Bear in Heaven · Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears · Honey Claws · I was a cub scout

No. Time Artist Song Review Rating
750 3:51 Your Favorite Enemies
Alt. · QC
Open Your Eyes They don’t just sparkle, they evanesce.
751 1:05 The Yuppie Pricks
Punk · TX
Collars Up Man, these guys fucking hate yuppies. ●●●●
752 3:49 Yves Klein Blue
Rock · AUSTRALIA
Polka Probably pretty good, but I’m exhausted. ●●●
753 4:21 Zac Brown Band
Country · GA
Toes Country without all that pesky “alt.” ●●●●●
754 3:25 Zambri
Rock · NY
God Come over to Bauhaus and study.
755 3:53 Ze Dos Frangos
World · PORTUGAL
Nono Soft as a pillow of winds. ●●●●
756 3:37 Zion I
Hip Hop/Rap · CA
For My Peoples I am nearly to Zion now.
757 4:28 Zona Tango
World · ARGENTINA
Tangostoso Bossa tango, creating a marshmallow mellowness. ●●●
758 5:51 Zookeeper
Pop · TX
Snow in Berlin Official band of kleine eisbar Knut.
759 4:19 Zykos
Rock · TX
Keep It Light Sputters a little too much, unfortunately. ●●●
760 1:24 127
Experimental · IRAN
Khosrow-e-khuban(The king of the good) Jazzy number by expatriates from Tehran. ●●●
761 3:18 1001 Nights Orchestra
World · TX
Neda Voda Nali Vala (Neda has gone to get water) Pure orientalism for traveling by carpet. ●●●●
762 4:09 17 Hippies
World · GERMANY
Wann war das? (Well, hope you’ve enjoyed the show.) ●●●●
763 3:35 43 Songs About 43 Presidencies
Singer-Songwriter · CA
Andrew Jackson (w/ Califone) Ass-bogglingly precious but historically relevant. ●●●●
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TMN Contributing Writer Paul Ford is the author of Gary Benchley, Rock Star, a novel that was originally serialized here on TMN. He was formerly an editor at Harper’s Magazine, was an occasional commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, and is now sole proprietor of Ftrain.com (which has a Facebook group). More by Paul Ford