Friday, May 1, 2009

The Best Songs of April 2009

---Top 20 Songs for April 2009---
(No Order)

1. The Limousines – Very Busy People – Perhaps the most instantly wonderful song since MGMT’s “Kids”, I instantly loved this song, after hearing it for 30 seconds. Similar to the Postal Service, this is perfect electronic pop music that is completely brilliant.
From The Limousines forthcoming debut CD (2009?)

2. K-OS – 4 3 2 1 – Similar in name to the Feist hit from last year, the only similarity between the two songs is how great they both are. By mixing rapping and singing, KOS returns with a brilliant first single off his excellent new album.
From the album “Yes!”

3. The Decemberists – The Rakes Song – Off their huge concept album (The Hazards of Love), this song is both utterly horrible (lyrically – it’s about killing your kids) and wonderful. A great example of telling a story musically, yet still keeping things catchy enough to be great music.
From the album “The Hazards of Love”

4. Manchester Orchestra – I’ve Got Friends – Reminiscent of Brand New, this song excels at the use of going from really quiet to really loud really quickly. Angry and dark, yet completely captivating and worthy of a sing-a-long.
From the album Mean Everything To Nothing

5. Silverstein – Vices (Feat. Liam Cormier) – Off this year’s best album so far, it’s one of the darkest and angriest songs I’ve heard in awhile, while still featuring one of the most over the top yet brilliant lyrics in awhile - I’m not going home tonight, I’d rather sleep with the devil.
From the album A Shipwreck in the Sand

6. Silverstein – The Tide Raises Every Ship – Shane Told's voice BOOMS in this one, explaining a lot of the lyrical story from the album. I struggled to pick just two songs from Silverstein this month, as their new album is absolutely brilliant and by far their best work, I highly recommend it.
From the album A Shipwreck in the Sand

7. Bob Mould – Life and Times – A straightforward great rock song about reflection and nostalgia, the use of string instruments is minimal but works well, to accent how much the song rocks.
From the album Life and Times

8. Art Brut – DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshakes – Fun rock about the lighter things in life, and not wanting to take growing up so seriously. The chorus is catchy as hell, and it’s a self-referential song about comic books, of course I was going to include it this month.
From the album Art Brut Vs Satan

9. MeWithoutYou – The Fox, the Crow, And the Cookie – Abandoning any of their hardcore elements, these folk-punk weirdo's new album is a simple but great folk-pop disc with lots of unique songs about animals, including this catchy song that is essentially just a children’s story.
From the album It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright

10. Depeche Mode – Wrong – While the rest of this album is pretty boring, Wrong`s a dark and slightly morbid electronic gem.
From the album Sounds of the Universe

11. Dan Deacon – Build Voice – Bromst is packed with electronic songs that start out slow but build to amazing conclusions. Build Voice may be the best example of this, like Silverstein, I really recommend Dan Deacons album this month, as its worth listening to from start to finish.
From the album Bromst

12. Dan Deacon – Padding Ghost – More spastic then Build Voice, the sounds are more upbeat, making for a great electronic dance song.
From the album Bromst

13. Doves – The Outsiders – A great rock song that builds to a great finish, almost like if Coldplay had a bit more balls.
From the album Kingdom of Rust

14. Mastodon – Crack the Skye – Despite thinking that every prog-metal sounds exactly the same, I really like this new single from Mastodon, its oddly catchy for being such an epic metal song.
From the album Crack the Skye

15. Peter Bjorn and John – Living Thing – An oddly catchy song that features a lot of silent spaces to accent the core elements of the song, and how they all come together at the finish of the song.
From the album Living Thing

16. Trey Parker – Gay Fish – Even if you don’t watch South Park, I’m sure that you`ll appreciate this perfect parody of Kanye West’s Heartless. It’s a brilliant poke at Kanye, yet it’s still catchy, and once you start listening to all of the ridiculous lyrics, it just takes things to another level.
From the South Park episode Fishsticks

17. Silversun Pickups – There`s No Secrets This Year – With some wicked guitars, the Pickups kick off their pretty good new album in great fashion, with this wonderful song that will linger in your head for hours.
From the album Swoon

18. Wild Light – Heart Attack – While the rest of the album was a disappointment from California on My Mind, I really like this upbeat song with a fun chorus.
From the album Adult Nights

19. Static-X – Lunatic – I love the guitar intro to this song a lot, and it never slows down from that point forward, in this speedy and aggressive track.
From the album Cult of Static

20. The Sleeping – Bomb the World – Bit of a ludicrous title sure, but by the time the title is repeated quietly at 2:25 of this song, you`ll be a fan.
From the album What It Takes

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