Today at 4 p.m. on University of Maryland’s WMUC, I’m going to be counting down my Top 25 (Radio Friendly) Songs of 2010 on “In Afternoon Air.” This list will be a little different from my Top 50 Songs of 2010 list, seeing as how there are some songs out there (“Younger Us” by Japandroids, anything by Kanye or Big Boi) that are not suitable for FM radio play. So for now, it’s just those songs that can be played on the radio. I think I have a pretty solid list put together, so definitely take the time to head on over at 4 p.m. to WMUC to check it out.
You can head over to wmucradio.com or directly stream WMUC here. Either way, it’s going to be a great show.
EDIT: Download the show here!
Afterwards, I’m going to post my Top 25 (Radio Friendly) Songs of 2010 here along with a link to download the show for your later listening pleasure.
Enjoy the show.
UPDATE (2:38 p.m.): Tune in at 3:30 because Denver’s Tennis is going to be in the studio on Victory Sweater, the show before mine. So stoked to see Tennis play in the studio because I’m missing them tonight at 9:30 Club. Listen here!
UPDATE (7:21 p.m.): So Tennis was late and didn’t actually get to play, which was a bit of a disappointment. However, they did sit down with Youth Orientation‘s Reese and seemed like some of the nicest people ever, which was awesome. And also, my Top 25 (Radio Friendly) Songs of 2010:
Viva Espana! (Photo by Anna)
We’ve never done a mixtape before, so seeing as how I’ve been noticeably absent from the Fresh Heirs family in the past few weeks, I decided I would redeem myself by sharing my autumn playlist with the world. I’ll get philosophical and give you the tracklist after the jump… Continue reading
Dean Spunt. (photo by Daniel)
Last night No Age entered into a very special category as I saw them for the third time, tying the duo with Sonic Youth for the (real) band I’ve seen live the most. Of the three times I’ve seen them, it was indeed the most intense, the most dangerous, and the most insane. While the sound wasn’t as good as it was at Sasquatch, the experience was truly punk and truly No Age.
No Age at Sasquatch in May. (photo by Daniel)
In addition to Kevin seeing Pavement this weekend in Philly, I’m seeing No Age at The Black Cat in DC. I’m pretty excited with Everything in Between coming out in just over a week plus I love this band. This will be the third time I’ve seen Dean & Randy, with the first time coming in August 2009 during the Dan Deacon/Deerhunter/No Age round-robin tour in Brooklyn, NY and then the second occurring at Sasquatch in May. This will tie No Age with Sonic Youth as the “real” band I’ve seen the most. But it’s fitting. The Black Cat’s info on the show it says, “Boys who like girls who like boys who like Sonic Youth.” I’m excited.
No Age’s Everything In Between is due out September 28 (same day as Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest) and preceding the album, No Age has released “Glitter,” the album’s second track, as the first single along with “Inflorescence.” The single is available for purchase in 7″ and 12″ form on August 24, with the 12″ also including the songs “In Rebound” and “Vision II.”
As the Pitchfork post says, both songs do sound like No Age and both songs follow the direction the band took with Losing Feeling, the 2009 EP. The increased use of sound samples and manipulation in songs adds more depth to tracks that could seem sparse as just drums and guitar.
In “Glitter,” drummer Dean Spunt sings, “I want you back underneath my skin” longingly. The laid-back vocals seem buried underneath the the extra layers of sound. Because of this, the climax of the song comes through the sound layers and samples instead of the from Spunt’s vocals, which is very interesting from a listener’s perspective. Listeners that loved Losing Feeling are going to immediately connect with “Glitter.” The vocals combined with the drum beat suggest a feeling of loneliness and disconnect, along with a want for resolution. Guitarist Randy Randall keeps his riff simple under all the noise, details that make the listener listen closer and closer each time out.
“Inflorescence” is somewhat of an opposite of “Glitter,” as Randall’s guitar playing takes the stage in front of the noise. It’s more of a banger than the A-side, as Spunt’s drumming is upbeat and pushes the tempo on the song. The pushing never ceases throughout the song and the minor chords thrown in by Randall do much to create a wondrous mood.
As No Age has shown in live shows, the album looks to take many aspects from Losing Feeling, as “Glitter” illustrates, but still have the powerful rock songs that many people know them for like “Depletion.” As more No Age songs from Everything In Between are released, it looks like an arms race between No Age and Deerhunter is shaping up for September 28, meaning that indie rock fans everywhere should be very excited for that day.
In my opinion, the Saturday at Whartscape was the highlight of the local acts at the festival, with bands and artists like the Dan Deacon Ensemble, Double Dagger, Ponytail, the long defunct Universal Order of Armageddon, and Ed Schrader performing at our little Franklin Street hideout.