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The Chief Executive Omota himself.
Coincidentally enough I was listening to Idi Nla when I read the news about his untimely death.
Before I talk about the song, let me this time to appreciate Dagrin. The man was a legend. He truly was a talented and very insightful individual. His lyrics inspired people to live the life they wished and still be able to do something great in this world. Dagrin was never a faker or a poser, he never exaggerated and he kept it 100% real and in the end left behind a great legacy in Nigerian contemporary music.
God bless you DaGrin. Rest in peace Continue Reading →
Coming in at Number 4 is Lisztomania by Phoenix.
Phoenix is a French alternative rock/pop band, they’ve been around for a while now and have 4 studio albums under their belt. Their latest, 2009′s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix being the latest and their most critically successful album to date.
Opening Track Lisztomania is a joy to listen to. Continue Reading →
First of all, let me take this time to properly apologize. I’m a student, I had finals and I couldn’t get to my list, but Its all good now
so let the final 5 commence
coming in a #5…..
Dominos by The Big Pink comes in at number 5.
The Big pink is an Electro rock duo from Britain. They are a relatively new act and only have one album called “A Brief History of Love” . I first discovered Dominos in a commercial for British teen drama/comedy(and also one of my favorite shows) SKINS. I fell in love with the song immediately. It has this underlying passion to it. Its a great electro pop song. I played this song on repeat pretty much all year.
The song is characterized by huge synths and this crunching bass. You can just hear it building up in the back as the song reaches the climactic chorus and you hear the words “These girls fall like dominos”
UPDATE: Forget everything I said in my previous post about Nicki Minaj. I now hate that plastic bloody cunt wipe bitch with the passion and ferocity of a thousand exploding songs. I just found out she sampled this wonderful song in her album and soiled it. She turned my beautiful song into a commercialized abomination. I’m so ashamed of myself and the entire music industry as a whole right now. Continue Reading →
well here it is folks, number 10 – 6 of my best songs of 2010. Its been a fun ride so far
make sure you check out my previous lists:
Monday #25 – 21 HERE
Tuesday #20 – 16 HERE
Wednesday #15 – 11 HERE
and now lets get on with it, coming in at #10….
At this point I don’t even know how Kanye West does it. The man is truly gifted. His production is always on point, his lyrics are out of this world amazing!
I honestly wasnt really excited for his album until I heard “Monster”. The song blew me outta the water, the beat is just funky. You just wanna bump your head to it. Kanye does a great job of working the electronic bumps with the tune and it sets the stage for all the MC’s to tackle the song.
The song starts out with Justin Vernon and then quickly switches to Rick Ross, who drops a few lines and hands the torch over to Kanye. Kanye’s verse is just phenomenal. Kanye West is the only person I know that can make putting a vagina inside a sarcophagus sound cool. Kanye’s verse is just something else. I love the references to his career, for example “Fucking up my money, so yeah I had to act sane”.
Jay-Z takes it away from kanye and delivers his verse. Some say his verse is the weakest, I’m somewhat inclined to agree but that doesn’t mean the man didn’t deliver though.
Now let’s get to the breakout star of this song….NIcki Minaj’s Ass! kay,now that I got that outta my system,
I have to admit, Nicki stole the show with this song, she probably knew who she was going up against and just had to deliver otherwise she woulda been swept up under the rug. I never really liked Nicki Minaj, I wasn’t a fan, but I didn’t hate her either. I could just never get behind Nicki Minaj (hahaha), But this verse changed everything. I’m now a proud ”casual fan” of Nicki Minaj. BULLSHIT
All that aside, Monster is a great song and a decent look into the mind of Kanye West. I haven’t heard his album yet, but if this song and the exceptionally glowing reviews the album receives might are any indication, its gonna be a great listen.
Listen to Monster HERE
Asian Kung fu Generation, my favorite band of all time.
I love and adore these guys and their music. It just clicks with me. I’ll admit I have almost no idea what their lyrics mean since it’s in Japanese and all, but their sound just resonates with me. I love almost every single one of their songs. I love these guys. My ultimate goal (music wise) is to one day fly to Japan and go to their concert, that’s if they don’t come to America in the next 5 to 10 years.
They even released a new album this year called “Magic Disk”. I love that album, I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not my favorite album by them, that honor belongs to the “Sol-fa”, but Magic Disk is a beautiful album. It’s Asian Kung fu generation grown up and matured. Their music was punkish yet soulful, they sang anthem-ic indie melodies with a youthful edge to it, but now the band members have grown up, they are all in their 30′s and married, their music as mellowed out, its softened but it hasn’t lost its punk edge.
So Shichirigahama skywalk, lets just call it Skywalk from now on.
Skywalk is from Asian Kung fu generations 2008 experimental album “Surf Bungaku Kamakura”. Each song on the album is named after a Train stop on the famous Enoshima electric railway route in Japan. You are probably thinking, why am I talking about a 2-year-old song instead of a song from the recently released Magic Disk, well it’s because I believe Skywalk a precursor to Magic Disk.
Many fans thought AKFG suddenly changed their style with Magic Disk, they thought the band became to soft. They didn’t realize that this was a long time coming. Asian Kung fu Generation has matured. I’m proud of these guys every time I listen to any of their songs whether its form their old style or new style. people have to realize that a band doesn’t change, they grow, they work with their experiences and it shapes who they are and what their music will sound like.
Skywalk is almost a template for Magic disk, the song has this beautiful melody and evokes such sweet emotions. You feel free, you feel happy, you feel like you just want to relax and let your guard down in front of the world and just be yourself. It’s emotionally reflective of the some of the sweetest and most relaxing moments in your life. It’s just a beautiful song
You can listen to Skywalk HERE
And you can listen to Imaginary Creatures Blue from Magic Disk HERE (only video I could find)
Arcade Fire is another band that released an album this year and my chosen song for #8 isnt from that album.
During the middle fo the summer Arcade Fire released their 3rd study album “The Suburbs”. I love the album its a great album, with about 15 or so tracks. The song that really stood out for me is called “Rococo”. That song would have probably been in this spot it didn’t become a victim of its own success. You see Arcade Fire’s debut album “Funeral” is considered the greatest Indie Rock album of the decade. I had Funeral but I never really listened to it, but after plying The suburbs I wanted to hear more, and its a general consensus that The suburbs and their 2nd album Neon Bible isn’t as perfect like Funeral was. I listened to Funeral from beginning to end, uninterrupted and enjoyed it. One song stuck with me though, I just couldn’t get it out of my head, that song, is my #8, “Neighborhood #3 (Power out)”.
This song is so fucking awesome, it’s nearly unbelievable. Its sounds so whimsical yet its lyrics are dark and hopeless. Its brash yet joyful. You just feel like a bad ass listening to this song while walking down the streets. The song explores themes of hopelessness but turns it into something uplifting. As lead singer Win Butler says ” If there’s something fucked up in your heart, you’re going to put it in your hand as a sword”.
Listen to the Neighborhood #3 HERE
Bonus: Rococo HERE
I listen to a few songs here and there and it takes a lot to grab my attention. It took about 2 days of my cousin playing this song for it to really get me. I resisted liking this song but after a while I just couldn’t anymore. This is probably the best naija collaboration of the year. The song features Omo Akin, Jesse jagz, Ice Prince, Shadow d don and dot star. When you hear this song you just can not help but want to dance.
Like the opening verse says “it took too long to make this song, so this right here can not go wrong”.
this is definitely the naija club banger of the year, and if it isn’t well that’s just a shame.
Shout out to the folks over at Notjustokay.com comments (tough crowd)
I can’t particularly say more about this song, there is no epic story behind it, I don’t know much about the artists and I believe this is one of those songs you just have to hear to fall in love with
Listen/dance to the song HERE
Back on my feet by Boom Boom Satellites, the song that started my love affair with this group.
Boom Boom Satellites has been described as a combination of The chemical Brothers and The Prodigy.Their music is mainly classified as Big beat but with some jazz and rock elements mixed in for good measure.
The song Back on my Feet is from their 2010 album “To The Loveless”. The band members described this album as being cinematic and grandeur in scope. I couldn’t agree more. The entire album is a sprawling epic,but I’m here to talk about Back on my feet, this song is a sprawling epic in its own right.
Back on my feet is the very first track of the album and its explosive and massive in scale. The song is filled with this high energy, its exhilarating to listen to. It starts off a bit slow, taking the first 15 seconds to find its footing and then BAM! the drums and electronic beat kick in, followed quickly by vocalist Michiyuki Kawashimi, who sings in English, shouting “Blow me away cuz I can’t seem to hear myself, I’m back, I’m going on my feet again!”.
This song is just bad ass! This is the song that’s bumping in the background when you are driving a race car or speed boat, it gives you that rush of adrenaline and that feeling of power, like you are invincible. This is an amazing song. This song would have been #1 on the list, but lets just say it became a victim of its own success….
If you have not listened to any song on my list, this is the one song you must listen to. I basically pity you if you don’t. ‘Nuff said
Listen to Back on my feet HERE
Note: you can’t appreciate this song with crappy laptop or desktop speakers. I suggest you put on headphones or find a quality speaker system and turn the volume up. I have listened to this song with Bose Surround sound speakers, believe me, there is nothing quite like it.
Friday is coming and with that my top 5 songs of 2010
I hope you are enjoying the list so far
Thanks for sticking around
see you guys tomorrow for the home stretch.
First things first!
Now that we are all caught up, lets get this underway, My #15 – 11 favorite songs of 2010 are….
Beautiful Feeling by Paul Kelly. You can not begin to understand how much I love this song and how important to me it is. This song and I have a long history. I am Captain Ahab and this song is my White Whale/Moby-Dick or at least it was until recently.
I can dictate the story of how I discovered this song to you, I remember everything in excruciating detail but I’ll just give you guys a quick summary.
It was in Nigeria, about 5 years ago, on a Saturday night, I had just finished watching my favorite show at the time “Stargate Sg-1″ and I was waiting to watch the next show called “The L word” . If you know what that show is, do I really need to tell you why I wanted to watch it? I liked the ummn..acting.
Instead of my weekly dose of lesbian erotica/masturbatory aid, what came next was this show called Fireflies. Fireflies is an Australian tv drama about a bunch of firemen and their personal lives and the trouble they are going through during a very hot and fire prune Australian summer. Being a sucker for a good drama, I decided to watch the show and then the theme song came on and I heard the words “…such a beautiful feeling…”, at that moment I jizzed in my pants (so much for The L word uh?).
I had never heard such a sweet sounding song in m life. Even though it only lasted about 1 minute, I loved it! I cherished that 1 minute I would hear that song every subsequent Saturday night.
Once I became internet savvy/moved to yankee, I started searching for that song, I looked for it at least once every 2 months or any other time I remembered but I couldn’t find it, until earlier this year, when I discovered the name of the artist…Paul Kelly.
The man is one of Australia’s foremost singer/song writers, he has been making music since the 70′s and is still going strong. This man is truly a legend. I was eventually able to learn the name of the album the song comes from and I was eventually able to obtain the song, just that one song, it took me about 5 good years just to find this song. When I played the full 5 minute version of the song, for lack of a better term, it was a beautiful feeling.
The song itself is magnificent. Its not a love song, its THE love song. When I find my Wifey, this will be “our” song. This song just makes me happy, not just because of the effort I went through to find it, but also because of the song itself. This is a lovers song. If you are in a relationship and it is PERFECT, this is a song for you.
I love this song.
A big thank you to Paul Kelly for crafting this master piece of a song and giving me such a beautiful feeling. I doubt he will ever know how much this song means to me.
The song is extremely rare, so all I have for you to listen to is the original 1 minute version, hope you dont mind…Listen HERE
what the hell, I’m in a giving mood
You can download the full song HERE
Who Dat? its Jermaine Lamarr Cole more commonly known as J. Cole
Probably the best new MC in the game right now.
My relationship with J. Cole and his music dates back a while. One of my friends is J. Cole’s biggest fan. He tweets about Cole constantly. I was curious, I had heard about this J.Cole fellow before, and I wanted to know what he was all about. My friend recommended that I listen to Cole’s “The Warm up”, but even though I downloaded the mixtape, I never listened to it.
Fast forward to summer 2010, there was a house party, I was slightly inebriated and talking to this one girl, she told me she wanted to start rapping and she wanted to be like Nikci Minaj, and she started playing this beat by that waka flocka dude and rapping to it, I asked the girl why she was listening to such a wack rapper and I shared my thoughts on how rap now a days is crappy and has no substance. She said “it aint dat bad, least we still got J. Cole” and she proceeded to play Cole’s single “Who Dat” and well, what can I say, I was blown away in seconds….
“Now a nigga hot enough to fuck with one of Satan hoes”
Since then I became a fan of J. Cole. I listened to The Warm up and I listened to his recently released Friday Night lights. I honestly don’t know if this post is about “Who Dat” specifically or J. Cole’s entire discography. The man is a beast, he is smart, not just street smart, but book smart too, this guy got himself a quality education and he had to pay for most of it by himself. He has been through so much shit from day 1 and he never let it get him down. The man’s songs are filled with so many nuggets of wisdom, I don’t even know where to start.
J. Cole is a shining star. His music tells stories.
Is he “The one”? The only rapper that can save hip hop? to be honest, I couldn’t care less, I’m just happy listening to his music and I hope he continues on this path.
Listen to Who Dat HERE
I strongly suggest you go download The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights (they are free)
I adore Japanese rock Band, SuperCar. I discovered them from one of my favorite anime series Eureka Seven. I randomly decided to watch Eureka 7 and I fell in love with that show, it took about 5 episodes but I fell in love with Eureka 7. Its a beautiful show, both animation and story-wise. The only reason I wanted to watch it at first was because it had giant robots and what not, but something surprising happened. I became invested in the characters, Eureka 7 wasn’t a random action anime, it was a drama/romance with lots of action thrown in of course. I began to genuinely care for the characters I was so impressed with the quality of the story telling in this show. Most people think anime is some nothing but panty up skirts for perverted basement dwelling neck beards, but Eureka 7 proves is proof that anime is more than that.
I could go on about Eureka 7 but I wont. I’ll save that for my “best of Anime 2010″ post coming in a few weeks. I’m here to talk about the song Story Writer. The song was frequently played in Eureka 7 during scenes where something bad-ass or awesome happened. This song is energetic and powerful. Supercar brings together influences from Electronic and Rock music and melds it so well, its astounding. The song slowly builds up, you are listening an anticipating the awesomeness that is coming.
This song just makes me happy, it gives me hope, its so inspirational. Its a magnificent song. There was one particular scene the song was used in Eureka 7, it just took my breath away and I’ll admit, I shed a tear. It wasnt so much the song that made me shed a manly tear, it was that scene and the song just helped it along. I’ll get more into that when I spill my love juices all over Eureka 7 in my Best of Anime list.
I cant really talk about it with out getting to into Eureka 7, so I’ll end it here for now.
you might not appreciate it as much as I do, but you can listen to Story Writer HERE
Also, might be worth mentioning that Super Car sadly broke up a while ago, but they left us with 7 or so albums. All of which I have acquired and listened to.
Top notch stuff
Next on the list……
I SAID TELL ME WHATS REALLY GOING ON!
Miss Me by Drizzy Drake featuring Lil Wayne is another summer song highlight of mine. To be honest with you I never really liked this song at first. The only song I loved in Drake’s album was “fancy”. In fact I gave the album a mediocre review at first, but then my cousin convinced me to listen to the entire album again, it was his first time listening to it and he immediately got a huge boner for this song. He loved Miss me, I loved Fancy. He played Miss Me, I played Fancy. Until the very last day of summer I still didn’t like this song, but then I randomly listened to it a couple days after vacation was over and i was just WOW. The amount of memories this song brought back, the nostalgia, not even form years ago, from weeks ago. I was over whelmed. Driving to Six flags with my cousin and his friends, about six or so of us packed into the car among other things I cant remember right now.
The memories this song brought back. All I can do is smile ans shake my head like that one crazy guy on the subway who talks to himself.
The song itself is pretty awesome. The beat is just straight fire. I love both Drake and Wayne’s verses.
Funny/cute story time: you see there is this girl I like and I didn’t know how to break the ice, and she told me she liked Nicki Minaj so I said “I love Nicki Minaj, I hope one day we get married just to say we did it!” and I made the girl laugh (YAY!). Its a good thing I didn’t tell the girl to masturbate to me and learn every song
Miss me is a great song! Fancy is a great song
I love them both, but as it stands Miss Me has more sentimental value to me
Sleepy head by Passion pit comes in just one spot shy of #10.
I randomly discovered Passion Pit when one of their songs “The Reeling” was being played on MTV one night (Yes I watch MTV from time to time, I”m so ashamed).
I liked The Reeling so I decided to look up Passion Pits other songs. They are a relatively new group, so they only have one album called “Manners” and the four track Extended play released prior to the main album, called “Chunk of change”.
I did a little more digging on the group and discovered their origins, basically lead singer Michael Angelakos wrote and performed the songs on Chunk of Change using his laptop and gave it to his girlfriend as a valentines day present. The relationship eventually came to an end, Chunk of change had gained popularity at his university, eventually members joined him and Passion Pit took off.
Sleepyhead is a beautiful song. I love the passion behind Michaels voice. His voice is so sweet and innocent. Sleepyhead is pure bliss from start to finish. I feel so free when I listen to this song. I always sing it out loud (when not in public of course).
I just cant get past it. Passion Pit is audio euphoria
NOTE: Upon hearing the song you might think he e uses Auto-tune, he doesnt! He overdubs his voice multiple times in the recording to give it that prepubescent schoolboy sound. ( I mean the prepubescent part in a good way)
Thanks for sticking around this long folks. I appreciate you guys taking the time to read my list, seeing as its laden with all forms of conceivable grammatical errors.
I”m writing from the heart!
I hope you are listening to and enjoying these songs
Now the real fun begins. My top 10 songs, #10 -6 tomorrow and the final 5 on Friday.
see you tomorrow!
Its Tuesday an with that comes part two of my best of music 2010 list.
If you missed yesterdays list, I urge you to check it out HERE
Now lets get today underway, first up…
Chiddy (formerly known as Proto) from Philadelphia alternative (READ: good) hip hop duo “Chiddy Bang”, joins Eldee the Don in the #20 spot with their hit “My Guys Dem”.
This song is an anthem to the guys or “awon big boi’s”, this is the song you play when you go clubbing with the fella’s or just looking to have a good night with your bro’s. The song is over flowing with Swell (Chiddy’s new slang term for swagger). Its the definitive Entourage song. I remember blasting this song through New York with my cousin and his pals.
Eldee is a smart man, other Naija artists based in yankee would have probably shunned Chiddy but Eldee embraced him and they made an amazing song together. As time goes by the Naija contemporary music movement is getting closer and closer to mainstream yankee music, next thing you know we will have a song featuring Eldee and Yung Joc, oh wait……
Chiddy lays down some tight rhymes in this song. I’m particularly impressed with the fact that he can balance both his yankee and naija styles to form something unique.
I also have a funky dance to this song and no one will EVER see it.
You can listen to the song HERE
Modest Mouse has been around for a LONG time and I have always been a casual fan of them. Their album “The Moon & Antarctica” is generally considered one of their best efforts to date. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite song from the album, but “Gravity rides everything” is definitely a stand out song for me.
The song uses gravity as a metaphor for the events that happen in ones life. There are just some things you cant change no matter how much you try. No matter how much you jump, you will always fall down. It is what it is basically. Oddly enough the song isn’t all that depressing melody-wise. Its melancholic? yes but it also has this vibe to it. Its like catharsis. The song is telling you what it is and how you cant change it and why you must accept it and grow from there. Its somewhat enlightening actually. Lord knows how many times I have listened to this song while looking out of the window at the world I cant change. ah well…
Yesi, native of Ibadan, Oyo state is definitely one of the best naija rappers out now.
He is currently based in New York and the man is a representation of the modern day Nigerian dream. He is smart, young, talented and (legally) successful. The man has the world in the palm of his hands right now. He manages to balance being a rapper with his day time job at JP Morgan (I think?), just like he manages to perfectly balance his naija and yankee influences. Listening to his song, I hear so many references to both Ibadan and Nigerian-American lifestyle. The man truly is something else.
His lady friendly song “U got it” has become that one song that automatically plays in my head when I see a sexy girl:
“Omoge je ka soro”………”she’s so hypnotic, swear her booty’s wired on hydraulics, her body’s talking and I guess I’m hooked up on her phonics”.
The beat is raw, its exotic, its sexy. When ever I hear the song, I usually visualize one kind of out of this world “thick madam” walking/jiggling past me.
All that aside, its a great song, in a great mixtape. If you haven’t listened to Yesi yet, then I feel bad for you. The guy is made up of nothing but talent, and has passion for what he does. definitely a sensible role model.
Listen to his entire Break off mixtape HERE
You CAN NOT appreciate this song if you don’t listen to the entire album “We have the facts and we’re voting yes”, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the song.
Death Cab lead signer Ben Gibbard is an amazing song writer and story teller. It took me days to fully interpret what “We have the facts… ” is about. Basically the album tells the story of a girl Ben’s character met, starting with the opening song “Title Track” and ending with Scientist Studies, the album chronicles their entire relationship.
Scientist Studies acts as both an ending and a recap of the entire album.
The relationship ended badly, horribly actually. He killed her in the song before Scientist Studies called “No joy in mudville” and eventually himself in this song.
so why do I like this song so much? well I like a good story and this story/album had a well constructed ending and it also resonates with me in some ways.
This song is for those who have been in a relationship that was horrible. you went in expecting great things, you thought he or she was the love of your life, but all you got were “ broken hearts and new addictions”. This song is catharsis for those who have lost everything good and only gained bad things from a relationship. Its an emotional release.
I urge you to listen carefully to the entire album starting HERE
but you can listen to just Scientist Studies HERE
Abandoed Pools, oh how I’ve missed you.
Tommy Walter aka Abandoned Pools is an amazing singer, song writer and multi instrumentalist. The man can play pretty much anything, but as he stated himself, his first love will always be Bass.
Abandoned pools has been one of my favorite artists ever since I heard the opening song he contributed to the short lived animated comedy series CLONE HIGH. I decided to listen to all his other songs and I fell in love.
Listening to his songs is a pleasure for me. His albums “Humanistic” and “Armed to the Teeth” have been on repeat ever since I discovered the man. I always listen to an Abandoned Pools song at least thrice a week. Abandoned Pools has always been slightly underground so its rare to hear his songs on the radio. His two previous albums released in 2005 and 2005 are 5 whole years apart. His latest album is coming out early next year and I can not be more excited, I’m actually going to BUY it……WITH MONEY! I know right?
I should probably talk about the song “Legionnaire”. Its Abandoned Pools first new song in years. The very first time I listened to the song, I could already hear that signature Abandoned Pools sound. Its booming and grand in scale yet simple and straight to the point. It gives off this feeling of distress and bad-assery.
“The song gets its title from the Bible verse “we are legion; for we are many”. Its about purging yourself of your own personal demons” – Tommy Walter
Is this my favorite Abandoned Pools song? not particularly, but it is a great song.
I’m glad Abandoned pools is back and cant wait for the entire album, and hopefully a concert.
You can listen to Legionnaire and download it HERE
watch a video featureette with Tommy HERE
Listen to “The Remedy” from his first album HERE
or “Mercy Kiss” HERE
Alrighty folks, thats it for #20 – 16.
another diverse list of songs, each with their own unique and very personal value to me.
Join us on Wednesday for #15- 11
Have a great day!