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31 December 2010

Jivewired Top 10 Soundtracks Of 2010

Our Year in Music 2010 coverage continues today with our Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of the year. Soundtrack Sunday Nights is one of our most popular radio shows, airing each Sunday evening at 9:30 PM CDT right here on Jivewired Radio.

So far this week we have featured our Top 50 Spins of 2010, our Top 20 Albums of the Year, and yesterday we posted our Top 10 Videos of the Year.

Later this week we will post the Year in Photos and (MY FAVORITE) the Best Album Covers of the Year, plus our Worst Album Cover of the Year, along with our list of Top Compilation and EP releases of the year.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful and musically enriched New Year. I thank you for listening to Jivewired Radio and for supporting indie music, and I hope you will continue to listen throughout the new year.

And now, on to the Top 10 Soundtracks of 2010...

10. Jack-Ass 3-D

CHOICE CUT: "If You’re Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough" - A jaunty, country-ish-ish number that gets more shambolic as it winds along, Karen O’s world-weary vocal performance ultimately being drowned out in a raucous barroom sing-along.

Soundtrack Listing:

01. Corona [Jackass Opera Mix] by Squeak E. Clean
02. The Kids Are Back by Twisted Sister
03. If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough by Karen O
04. Memories by Weezer
05. Party In My Pants by Roger Alan Wade
06. Invisible Man by Smut Peddlers
07. I'm Shakin' by The Blasters
08. I Got Your Number by Cock Sparrer
09. You Can't Roller Skate In a Buffalo Herd by Roger Miller
10. Been Blown To Shreds by Sassafras
11. Brand New Key by Melanie
12. Alcohol by Gang Green
13. Afterworld by CKY

09. Hot Tub Time Machine

CHOICE CUT: "Once In A Lifetime" - A genuinely superior and brilliantly conceived and executed song by The Talking Heads that is 10x better than any other track on this CD.

Soundtrack Listing:

01. Louder Than A Bomb [Back Into Time] by Public Enemy
02. Perfect Way (Edited Version) by Scritti Politti
03. The Safety Dance by Men Without Hats
04. What You Need (Single/LP Version) by INXS
05. Modern Love (Single Version) by David Bowie
06. I Will Dare by The Replacements
07. Push It (Album Version) by Salt-N-Pepa
08. Bring On The Dancing Horses by Echo & The Bunnymen
09. Save It For Later by The English Beat
10. True by Spandau Ballet
11. Jessie's Girl by Craig Robinson
12. Bizarre Love Triangle [Shep Pettibone 12" Remastered Remix] by New Order
13. Once In A Lifetime (2006 Remastered Version) by The Talking Heads
14. Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue
15. Let's Get It Started by Craig Robinson

08. Iron Man 2

CHOICE CUT: "Cold Hearted Man" - A frenzied and unbridled rock-n-roll scorcher from AC/DC that had only been available on the European version of their 1978 album "Powerage" until the release of this soundtrack.

Soundtrack Listing:

01. Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC
02. Rock 'N' Roll Damnation by AC/DC
03. Guns for Hire by AC/DC
04. Cold Hearted Man by AC/DC
05. Back in Black by AC/DC
06. Thunderstruck by AC/DC
07. If You Want Blood (You've Got It) by AC/DC
08. Evil Walks by AC/DC
09. T.N.T. by AC/DC
10. Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be by AC/DC
11. Have a Drink on Me by AC/DC
12. The Razor's Edge by AC/DC
13. Let There Be Rock by AC/DC
14. War Machine by AC/DC
15. Highway To Hell by AC/DC

07. Pirate Radio

CHOICE CUT: "Father & Son" - Possibly the most touching moment of the entire film has no dialogue in it whatsoever: the main character, 18-year-old Carl, has just met his biological father while living on the boat. After an accident causes his father’s room full of records to flood, Carl swims to the rescue, trying to save his life while his father desperately tries to save his records. The scene takes place completely under water and is set to this Cat Stevens classic.

Soundtrack Listing (Disc 1):

01. Stay With Me Baby by Duffy
02. All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks
03. Elenore by The Turtles
04. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)by John Fred & His Playboy Band
05. Dancing In The Street by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
06. Wouldn't It Be Nice by the Beach Boys
07. Ooo Baby Baby by Smokey Robinson
08. This Guy's In Love With You by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
09. Hi Ho Silver Lining by Jeff Beck
10. I Can See For Miles by The Who
11. With A Girl Like You by The Troggs
12. I'm Alive by The Hollies
13. Yesterday Man by Chris Andrews
14. I've Been A Bad Bad Boy by Paul Jones
15. Silence Is Golden by The Tremeloes

Soundtrack Listing (Disc 2):

01. Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats
02. My Generation by The Who
03. I Feel Free by Cream
04. The Wind Cries Mary by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
05. A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum
06. These Arms Of Mine by Otis Redding
07. The Happening by The Supremes
08. Cleo's Mood by The Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
09. She'd Rather Be With Me by The Turtles
10. 98.6 by The Bystanders
11. Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks
12. Father And Son by Cat Stevens
13. Nights In White Satin (Radio Edit) by The Moody Blues
14. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield
15. Stay With Me (Baby) by Lorraine Ellison
16. This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) by The Isley Brothers
17. Let's Dance by David Bowie

06. Grown Ups

CHOICE CUT: "A Night Like This" - a sultry garage rocker by The Romantics that you've probably never heard because you were too busy overplaying "What I Like About You."

Soundtrack Listing:

01. Come Back by J. Geils Band
02. A Life of Illusion by Joe Walsh
03. Lay It On the Line by Triumph
04. When Things Go Wrong by Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
05. A Night Like This by The Romantics
06. Time for Me to Fly by REO Speedwagon
07. Just Can't Wait by J Geils Band
08. Come and Get Your Love by Redbone
09. Goodnight Tonight by Paul McCartney
10. Just Got Back by Cheap Trick
11. The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love) by Journey
12. Sentimental Lady by Bob Welch
13. Two Tickets to Paradise by Eddie Money
14. I Do - J Geils Band
15. Better Things by The Kinks
16. Count On Me by Jefferson Starship

05. Treme: Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 1

Soundtrack Listing:

CHOICE CUT: "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" - Few songs in cinema today double as both “soundtrack” and “essential cultural introduction” as seamlessly and wonderfully as this classic song by Trombone Shorty.

01. Treme Song by John Boutté
02. Feel Like Funkin' It Up by The Rebirth Brass Band
03.I Hope You're Comin' Back To New Orleans by The New Orleans Jazz Vipers
04. Skokiaan by Kermit Fruffin & The Barbecue Swingers
05. Ooh Poo Pah Doo by Trombone Shorty
06. Drink A Little Poison (4 U Die) by The Soul Rebels Brass Band
07. We Made It Through That Water by The Free Agents Brass Band
08. Shame Shame Shame by Steve Zahn & Friends
09. My Indian Red by Dr. John
10. At The Foot Of Canal Street by John Boutté
11. Buona Sera by Louis Prima
12. New Orleans Blues by Tom McDermott
13. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You by Michiel Huisman
14. Indian Red (Wild Man Memorial) by Mardi Gras Indians
15. Indian Red by Donald Harrison
16. Time Is On My Side by Irma Thomas
17. This City by Steve Earle
18. Just A Closer Walk With Thee by The Treme Brass Band
19. My Dawlin' New Orleans by Lil' Queenie & The Percolators

04. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

CHOICE CUT: "Ramona" - Two versions of the song (nothing to do with the Ramones song of the same name), the first an acoustic sketch, the second a fuller, lushly-stringed version are absolute highlights here.

Soundtrack Listing:

01. We Are Sex Bob-Omb by Sex Bob-Omb
02. Scott Pilgrim by Plumtree
03. I Heard Ramona Sing by Frank Black
04. By Your Side by Beachwood Sparks
05. O Katrina! by Black Lips
06. I'm So Sad, So Very, Very, Sad by Crash & The Boys
07. We Hate You Please Die by Crash & The Boys
08. Garbage Truck by Sex Bob-Omb
09. Teenage Dream by T. Rex
10. Sleazy Bed Track by the Bluetones
11. It's Getting Boring By The Sea by Blood Red Shoes
12. Black Sheep by Metric
13. Threshold by Sex Bob-Omb
14. Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl by Broken Social Scene
15. Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones
16. Ramona (Acoustic Version) by Beck
17. Ramona by Beck
18. Summertime by Sex Bob-Omb
19. Threshold (8 Bit) by Brian Lebarton

03. True Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 2

CHOICE CUT: "Kiss Like Your Kiss" - Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello manage to both evoke the show's source — that supernatural 
Louisiana swamp of longing, bloodlust, and just...lust — and work apart from it, too.

Soundtrack Listing:

01. Howlin' For My Baby (Feat. Jordan Hudson & Mike Coykendall) by M. Ward
02. Evil (Is Going On) by Jace Everett & CC Adcock
03. Bad Blood by Beck
04. How To Become Clairvoyant by Robbie Robertson
05. Shake And Fingerpop by Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
06. Frenzy by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
07. Kiss Like Your Kiss by Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello
08. Gasoline And Matches by Buddy & Julie Miller
09. You Did (Bomp Shooby Dooby Bomp) by Chuck Prophet
10. You're Gonna Miss Me by 13th Floor Elevators
11. Fresh Blood by The Eels
12. The Forgotten People (Bon Temps Remix) by Thievery Corporation
13. New World In My View by King Britt & Sister Gertrude Morgan
14. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' by Bob Dylan

02. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack

CHOICE CUT: "What Part Of Forever" - An unexpected twist on the whole undying love thing by Cee Lo Green — the theme is there, just delivered in a more celebratory package.

Soundtrack Listing:

01. Eclipse (All Yours) by Metric
02. Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever) by Muse
03. Ours by The Bravery
04. Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + The Machine
05. My Love by Sia
06. Atlas by Fanfario
07. Chop And Change by The Black Keys
08. Rolling In On A Burning Tire by The Dead Weather
09. Let's Get Lost by Beck & Bat For Lashes
10. Jonathan Low by Vampire Weekend
11. With You In My Head (Feat. The Black Angels) by UNKLE
12. A Million Miles An Hour by The Eastern Conference Champions
13. Life On Earth by Band Of Horses
14. What Part Of Forever by Cee Lo Green
15. Jacob's Theme by Howard Shore

01. The Social Network

CHOICE CUT: "A Familiar Taste" - A heavy and disturbing anthem which marries rhythmic grind to screeching stabs of guitar. I've heard rumors that this track surfaced previously on Reznor and Ross’s "Ghosts I-IV" a few years back, meaning that if the track is indeed literally taken from that record then the aforementioned guitar belongs to erstwhile Bowie, Zappa and Talking Heads fret-wizard Adrian Belew. In a shocker, I think Reznor & Ross' "Social Network" edges Scorcese's "Shutter Island" for this years movie score Oscar.

Soundtrack Listing:

01. Hand Covers Bruise by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
02. In Motion by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
03. A Familiar Taste by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
04. It Catches Up With You by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
05. Intriguing Possibilities by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
06. Painted Sun In Abstract by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
07. 3:14 Every Night by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
08. Pieces Form the Whole by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
09. Carbon Prevails by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
10. Eventually We Find Our Way by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
11. Penetration by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
12. In the Hall of the Mountain King by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
13. On We March by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
14. Magnetic by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
15. Almost Home by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
16. Hand Covers Bruise, Reprise by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
17. Complication With Optimistic Outcome by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
18. The Gentle Hum of Anxiety by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
19. Soft Trees Break the Fall by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

30 December 2010

Jivewired Top 10 Videos Of 2010

Our Year in Music 2010 coverage has already featured our Top 50 Spins, and yesterday we counted down down the Top 20 Albums of the year. "This Is Happening" by LCD Soundsystem was voted number one, and in case you missed it, you can link back to the articles.

Top 20 Albums of 2010 (#11 - #20)

Top 20 Albums of 2010 (#1 - #10)

Today we will list our Top 10 Music Videos, and later this week we will post the Year in Photos and (MY FAVORITE) the Best & Worst Album Covers of the year, along with our list of Top Compilation and EP releases of the year.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful and musically enriched New Year. I thank you for listening to Jivewired Radio and for supporting indie music, and I hope you will continue to listen throughout the new year.

And now, on to the Top 10 Videos of 2010... sorry, no Justin Beiber, no Willow Smith, and as much as I am physically attracted to Katy Perry, she didn't make the list either.

HONORABLE MENTION Orange Blossoms by JJ Grey & Mofro (released in 2008) - The first five or six times I watched this video, I couldn't tell if JJ Grey was really part of a Florida STING operation (admittedly hard to believe), or, if this was a mash-up created by a fan which would disqualify it as a contender for top video. It is in fact, an official release video. The close captioning is a smart idea, and the acting, particularly by JJ Grey is perfect. I just love this song, and the video, and it was this video that turned me on to Grey's talent, so for good measure, I included it. Had Jivewired been around in 2008, this video would have probably been number one. More JJ Grey & Mofro to follow.

10. Zef Side by Die Antwoord - on this one I am expecting a lot of "WTF" and "Is this for real?" responses. Indeed, it is 100% FOR REAL.

09. Ghosts by The Hundred In The Hands - This is a great song, with a wonderful synthesized guitar bridge and the video fits the theme and mood of the song perfectly.

08. Neverest by Hey Champ - you just have to see it to believe it. Dolphins breasts LOL and not-so-shockingly bizarre.

07. Tighten Up by The Black Keys - Love this song and it is so cool that they show that girls learn to mess with guys heads as soon as they realize that there are actually, you know, two distinct sexes.

06. How I Got Over by The Roots - Back in the day (and when I say "the day" I am referring to this day, today for instance, but about 25 years ago), we kids would watch MTV, see a video for a song we had never heard on the radio, and then run out and buy the album, cassette, CD (pick your format here, or you can go with the cassette single if you were a fan of the band Mr. Big, since they only had one song worth listening to and even that was way overplayed), of the band that made said video. That is exactly what happened the first time I saw this video by The Roots. As my friend David Broyles, a.k.a. Dr. Pants, says, and I quote him in all the glory of his italicized voice, "The Roots finally released an album this year that I think all their fans can agree is really great. So many great tracks to choose from, but I went with this one because it will get stuck in your head for days." Done deal.

05. The Sweetest Thing by JJ Grey & Mofro featuring Toots Hibbert - This band is easily my favorite discovery of 2010 and though that may make the number five ranking seem slightly biased, let me state my case. The simple and understated soundtrack-backed home video concept has not been used this effectively in anything I can remember seeing previously. Kid Rock tried it with "All Summer Long" last year and it seemed forced and disingenuous. JJ Grey defines southern hospitality and the laid back notion that every day is just as good as the next or the previous. I dig it, and the accompaniment by Toots Hibbert is nothing short of amazing.

04. Sarsaparilla Girl by Dr. Pants - SPEAKING OF DR. PANTS (we were just speaking of Dr. Pants, which is why I used bold typeface and all caps), this video enlightened me to the genius that is David Broyles, and that is me quoting myself in all the glory of my italicized voice. I just have one question - what does that big giant soda bottle in the background represent? You'll love this video. I guarantee.

03. Take Your Medicine by The Quick & Easy Boys - a great song, a great video, love all the black & white footage and the dancing cigarettes, and in fact I actually lose track of the song while watching this video, it runs at such a frenetic pace. It's like a combination of those 1950's educational videos from high school health class and a great concept overall. One thing you won't miss is the guitar interplay with the falsetto vocals. Astounding.

02. Rad Anthem by Rad Omen - OK, things get a little bizarre and extraordinarily trippy here. Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders, Jack, the Jack-In-The-Box guy and the Burger King out for a night on the town that is nothing short of the most unadulterated, deviant debauchery you could ever imagine. In addition to an exorbitant amount of alcohol and drugs, there are strippers, including one wearing a chicken head giving a lap dance to the Colonel, prostitutes, some brawling, a late night trip to an all night burger joint and a bizarre appearance by Wendy, you know, the hot & juicy hamburger girl, as a tranny stripper. You have to see it to believe it. Most original concept I have ever seen. But we've all been there before, right?

01. Kush by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon - Cinematically this is one of the coolest videos of the year, it should literally be up for an Oscar. The song, though not my favorite genre, is amazing and worth repeat listens. Love it when Dre & Snoop work together.

29 December 2010

Jivewired Top 20 Albums Of 2010 (1-10)

Our Year in Music 2010 coverage has already featured our Top 50 Spins, and today we will be counting down the Top 20 Albums of the year. Mini-reviews of these albums that have been posted elsewhere will be credited with links to the entire review, and I will select my personal favorite tracks from each album.

Later this week we will list our Top Music Videos, the Year in Photos and (MY FAVORITE) the Best & Worst Album Covers of the year, along with our list of Top Compilation and EP releases of the year.

Yesterday, we listed the Jivewired Radio Top 50 Spins, which was voted on by our listeners, with Mai Bloomfield taking the top spot for her single "Eclipse" from her "Eclipse {Sampler}" EP.

I have set up an Amazon page where you can purchase any of the albums listed here or your favorite tracks from each album. The page is located at the following link: Jivewired Top 20 Albums Of 2010 and can be purchased for CD shipment or digital download.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful and musically enriched New Year. I thank you for listening to Jivewired Radio and for supporting indie music, and I hope you will continue to listen throughout the new year.

And now, on to the Top 20 Albums of 2010...

10. New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh by Erykah Badu

For "Return of the Ankh," Erykah Badu cycles through the various facets of love and longing. It seems that Badu hears the Egyptian “ankh”, the symbol of life, in the key of “love”. It is no mistake, then, that the first words she sings on Part Two are “my love” and that the songs are mostly concerned with relationships and matters of the heart. If Part One brought us the politically charged, musically eclectic side of the Badu charm, then Part Two is all about the interpersonal, soulful side.

The cornerstone of Part Two’s success is Badu’s vocal performance. She wants to fly, preferably alone in a window seat, but she wants someone to “want me”, “miss me”, and “need me”. Love is complex, sometimes contradictory, and she sings about it with the flavor of a first person account plus the reflection of a third person observer. Her performance is polished, as in the opening track’s cozy brilliance, but also raw, as in “Out My Mind, Just in Time”, the aforementioned closer that resembles “Green Eyes”, her three-part finale to Mama’s Gun. “I’ll pray for you,” she urges. “Crochet for you. Make it from scratch for you”. With a single flutter, she exudes both confidence and insecurity. With each fragile note, she conveys experience and doe-eyed enthusiasm, optimism and loneliness, and ends up wooing us and wowing us in the process.
-- Review by Quentin B. Huff

Best Songs: Turn Me Away (Get MuNNy), Fall In Love (Your Funeral), Window Seat, 20 Feet Tall
Team Photo: Out Of My Mind (Just In Time)

09. Sea Of Cowards by The Dead Weather

If anyone thought the Dead Weather was going to be the project where Jack White let someone else take the lead, those notions end a minute and 38 seconds into "Sea of Cowards" opener "Blue Blood Blues", when White tears into one of his most nonsensically badass couplets ever: "Check your lips at the door, woman!/ And shake your hips like battleships!/ Yeah, all the white girls trip when I sing at Sunday service!" It's fantastical tough-guy gibberish worthy of Bo Diddley, and it's the sort of line that only an extremely confident singer would ever attempt, let alone pull off. It reveals the Dead Weather to be just another White vehicle-- the one that plays host to his most deranged impulses.

For two people capable of writing gloriously catchy rock choruses in their sleep, White and Alison Mosshart sure stay away from them here. There are barely any choruses on the album, but that's not to say there are no hooks: the catchiness is all in the thud and flail of the band. This is some serious locked-in rock-dude shit: discordant guitar leads, fuzzed-out organ blurts, clattering falling-down-stairs drum fills. It's unhinged classic-rock explosiveness that sounds like it could be the result of a few vicious jam sessions-- the rumblings of scuzz-rock lifers given a chance to air out all their purest expressions of fuck-you-up ire. It's a heavy, snarly, physical rock album, and it feels like the work of people so secure in their ass-kicking abilities that they don't have to sweat the details.
-- Review by Tom Breihan

Best Songs: Hustle And Cuss, No Horse, The Difference Between Us, Die By The Drop, Gasoline
Team Photo: Blue Blood Blues, Jawbreaker

08. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire

In a hopeless, heartless world, rock's righteous collective rides in to save our souls (again!). If Arcade Fire's ragtag debut, Funeral, found its ecstatic force by celebrating the elusive comforts of community (hence four songs with the word neighborhood in the title), and 2007's aggrieved, galvanizing Neon Bible powered forth in opposition to the hollow sparkle of church, state, and celebrity, then the harder, denser The Suburbs burns on behalf of the belief that modern culture is missing its heart -- and to give up the search is to send one's soul to oblivion.

Or, in Suburbs speak, to the Sprawl, where everything is connected but nothing ever touches.

Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, The Suburbs extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson's sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth's guitar odysseys. Desperate to elude its own corrosive dread, it keeps moving, asking, looking, and making the promise that hope isn't just another spiritual cul-de-sac. After all, you never know who might be coming in the next car.
-- Review by David Marchese

Best Songs: Rococo, City With No Children, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), Half Light II (No Celebration), The Suburbs, Ready To Start
Team Photo: Suburban War, We Used To Wait

07. Halycon Digest by Deerhunter

Halcyon Digest is a record about the joy of music discovery, the thrill of listening for the first time to a potential future favorite, and that sense of boundless possibility when you're still innocent of indie-mainstream politics and your personal canon is far from set. In revisiting that youthful enthusiasm, Deerhunter brilliantly rekindle it, and the result meets Microcastle/Weird Era (Cont.) as the band's most exhilarating work to date. Whether those halcyon days were real or just idealized doesn't matter. With producer Ben Allen, who lent a bass-heavy sheen to Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, these four guys-- lead singer Bradford Cox, singer/guitarist Lockett Pundt, bass player Josh Fauver, and drummer Moses Archuleta-- have created a seamless album of startling emotional clarity.

Deerhunter unveiled their new album by asking fans to print out a vintage DIY-style poster, photocopy it, and tape it up all over town. We'll never be able to parse every lyric or tease out every technical intricacy-- though somebody will probably try-- but that is what Halcyon Digest is all about: nostalgia not for an era, not for antiquated technology, but for a feeling of excitement, of connection, of that dumb obsession that makes life worth living no matter how horrible it gets. And then sharing that feeling with somebody else who'll start the cycle all over again.
-- Review by Marc Hogan

Best Songs: Desire Lines, Memory Boy, He Would Have Laughed, Don't Cry
Team Photo: Basement Scene

06. Teen Dream by Beach House

Beach House's Victoria Legrand and Alex Scully isolated themselves during the creation of "Teen Dream," holing themselves up in a converted church in upstate New York with producer Chris Coady. But despite that isolation, the sound of the record (according to the band) is anything but insular. Their first album for Sub Pop, and third overall, expands on the band's warm fuzz, resting their haunting sound on more rhythmic foundations. According to Legrand, "There's a different kind of intimacy, a physicality on Teen Dream." That physicality may ground you a little more in the hazy world of Beach House, but that might be a good thing. If this new world is as large as they claim it to be, it's best to keep your bearings.

Superficially, there’s not much to distinguish "Teen Dream" from its predecessor, Devotion, or even the debut. There’s chilly organ lines that sound like they’re transmitted from inside the icy walls of the Fortress of Solitude. There’s guitarist Scally’s hardly there guitar riffs that crest like the splashing of a pond’s waves. And then there’s Legrand’s brassy, showtimey voice that audibly quakes with longing. And that’s it. There are no new tricks here, no new-found musical explorations. Just an assured confidence that comes with experience. In a time when bands explode and implode in a matter of months, Beach House has organically grown from a slight bedroom project into a band that can be ignored no longer.
-- Review by Matthew Fiander

Best Songs: Zebra, Norway, Take Care, Don't Cry, Silver Soul
Team Photo: 10 Mile Stereo, Walk In The Park, Lover Of Mine

05. Brothers by The Black Keys

I have never owned anything by The Black Keys until this year. So shoot me, particularly since their grunge & roots garage band sound is right up my alley. I am almost embarrassed to admit I never even heard of them, or if I did, I quickly dismissed them for whatever reasons.

This is how it works with the ears. They're fickle. You listen to something one time and get nothing. Two months later, a snippet of a song hits you upside the head and you're willing to bust the budget on everything the band has put out. That's where I'm at now with this band. All of the sudden I thought, these guys remind me of vintage, pre-1972 Rolling Stones.

The highlights are many, all of 'em dripping with drop-dead-in-your-face sonics that manage to completely sidestep that modern dead-from-compression feel. I suppose you could say that some of the tunes have shaded just a tad over to the soul side, but why is that a bad thing? I have read that with this album, The Black Keys have actually "sold out", and if that's the case, I feel fortunate to have become a fan this late in the game because I think this album is great. There is no selling out going on here. What you hear is the sound of maturation. It happens to everybody. Deal with it.

Die-hard Dead Weather fans will not like that I have this album ranked higher. Head to head vs. White Stripes? No contest White Stripes. But I like The Black Keys a shade better than Dead Weather.
-- Review by Michael Canter

Best Songs: Tighten Up, Everlasting Light, Too Afraid To Love You, I'm Not The One, Never Give You Up, The Go Getter
Team Photo: These Days, Unknown Brother, She's Long Gone

Honorable Mention: Civil Twilight by Civil Twilight

(NOTE: I know this album was released in July of 2009, but it really didn't get airplay until this year, so I have included it for that reason as "HONORABLE MENTION" - had it been released this year it would have been top 5, certainly).

For as long as U2 makes music, and perhaps, even after their retirement, up-and-coming vocalists will always be compared to Bono. While plenty of singers have certainly deserved the comparison, quite a many few have not. Steven McKellar of the expatriate South African-band Civil Twilight, most certainly does. On the band's full-length major label, self-titled debut, McKellar sounds eerily like the Dublin frontman from the very first note.

From front to back, this is one mammoth album. Laden with arena-filling sonic charm, and brimming with comparisons to both Radiohead and Muse, Civil Twilight have crafted an album that is too hard to overlook and even harder to dislike. Having made music as a trio since 1996, the band's comfort with each other is readily apparent. Never once does a note, either vocally or musically, miss a beat. The band comes out of the gate roaring and never lets up.
-- Review by Gregory Robson

Best Songs: Anybody Out There, Letters From The Sky, Run Dry, Soldier
Team Photo: Quiet In My Town, Stolen

04. Come Around Sundown by Kings Of Leon

In the run-up to Kings of Leon's fifth album, frontman Caleb Followill fretted publicly over his band's swelling popularity. Sorry, dude: That horse left the barn a while ago. The Kings' last album, 2008's "Only by the Night," sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, they now headline arenas all over, and the Grammy-grabbing "Use Somebody" has been covered by everyone from Paramore to Trey Songz. If Wilco and My Morning Jacket are vying for the title of America's Radiohead, Kings of Leon have — Bono's honorary green card notwithstanding — become our U2. And the gigantic-sounding "Come Around Sundown" suggests that, Caleb's humble grumblings aside, they are thriving on it.
-- Review by Will Hermes

Best Songs: Back Down South, Radioactive, The Immortals, The Face, The End, Mary, No Money
Team Photo: Birthday, Pony Up

03. How I Got Over by The Roots

In 2010, the Roots kicked ass five nights a week as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and teamed up with John Legend for the Seventies-soul tribute "Wake Up!" But their most impressive accomplishment this year was "How I Got Over," the best album of their two-decade-long career.

The Roots sound so good in the pocket that sometimes they need something to push them out of it: On their ninth album, that thing is the indie rockers they've played with since becoming the house band for Jimmy Fallon. On "How I Got Over," they cover Monsters of Folk ("Dear God 2.0"), scat like the Dirty Projectors ("Tunnel Vision") and — most thrillingly — make Joanna Newsom sound as funky as Erykah Badu ("Right On"). And when they come back to Roy Ayers-style funk ("Radio Daze"), they prove nobody does it better. Let's hear it for steady employment.
-- Review by Nathan Brackett

Best Songs: How I Got Over, Radio Daze, A Peace Of Light/Walk Alone, Dear God 2.0, Right On, The Fire
Team Photo: Dillatude: The Flight Of Titus/The Day, Tunnel Vision

02. American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem

"American Slang" is the title of the third album by New Jersey’s Gaslight Anthem, the follow-up to 2008’s "The ’59 Sound," which reached out to fans of Bruce Springsteen in the same way as The Hold Steady, whose unshakeable belief in rock music as a rowdy salvation Brian Fallon’s band unswervingly share.

Because they are reckoned to owe so much to Springsteen, who famously put in an appearance with them last year at Glastonbury and was on stage with them again a few days later when he headlined Hyde Park, there has been a perhaps inevitable suggestion that American Slang will be The Gaslight Anthem’s "Born To Run." The record, in other words, that will carry them into the mainstream after years of making-do and scuffling, playing anywhere that would have them and in earlier days less hospitable places, all the hard work about to pay off now in a possibly big way.

American Slang delivers spectacularly on all expected fronts. Everything that was great about "The ’59 Sound" is here, but the sound is even bigger, epic without getting blustery. And there have been great leaps forward in production and the musical arrangements, which have greater depth, atmosphere and texture. Brian Fallon’s writing has moved on, too. Previously, he’s written descriptive vignettes, tales of teenage trauma, frustration and heartbreak, narratives about the lives of others.

It remains to be seen, of course, where "American Slang" will take them, but they certainly sound here like a band going places in a hurry. American Slang is one of the most exciting rock’n’roll records since global warming hit the headlines. It’s an album of electrifying rapture, massive riffs, songs with verses that sound like choruses and choruses that sound, yes, like anthems, meant to be sung by multitudes. Listening to it, you can almost hear the stadium roar that played live these songs will likely inspire.
-- Review by Allan Jones

Best Songs: The Diamond Church Street Choir, We Did It When We Were Young, The Queen Of Lower Chelsea, Old Haunts, Bring It On, American Slang
Team Photo: Stay Lucky

01. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem

The myth goes like this: In a display of neurosis, determination and egomania, Picasso would bring his paintings to the Louvre before they were dry. He wanted to see if his work held up alongside the old masters.

James Murphy probably engages in similar behavior. As LCD Soundsystem, his third, purportedly final and almost best album, "This Is Happening," genuflects before the pantheon of David Bowie, Brian Eno and Talking Heads while simultaneously threatening to kick in the door.

This is hyper-sculpted music that remains hyper-aware of its influences, continuously mining the fault line between rock and disco. With vintage rhythms tumbling beneath blurting synthesizers and chewy bass lines, it should feel like a nostalgic exercise. Instead, it ends up sounding propulsive, radiant and wildly satisfying.
-- Review by Chris Richards

Best Songs: Dance Yrself Clean, Pow Wow, All I Want, You Wanted A Hit, I Can Change
Team Photo: Drunk Girls

Picks #11-#20: http://sonicbytes.blogspot.com/2010/12/jivewired-top-20-albums-of-2010-11-20.html

Jivewired Top 20 Albums Of 2010 (11-20)

Our Year in Music 2010 coverage has already featured our Top 50 Spins, and today we will be counting down the Top 20 Albums of the year. Mini-reviews of these albums that have been posted elsewhere will be credited with links to the entire review, and I will select my personal favorite tracks from each album.

Later this week we will list our Top Music Videos, the Year in Photos and (MY FAVORITE) the Best & Worst Album Covers of the year, along with our list of Top Compilation and EP releases of the year.

Yesterday, we listed the Jivewired Radio Top 50 Spins, which was voted on by our listeners, with Mai Bloomfield taking the top spot for her single "Eclipse" from her "Eclipse {Sampler}" EP.

I have set up an Amazon page where you can purchase any of the albums listed here or your favorite tracks from each album. The page is located at the following link: Jivewired Top 20 Albums Of 2010 and can be purchased for CD shipment or digital download.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful and musically enriched New Year. I thank you for listening to Jivewired Radio and for supporting indie music, and I hope you will continue to listen throughout the new year.

And now, on to the Top 20 Albums of 2010...

20. Crystal Castles (II) by Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles was never exactly a groundbreaking force in the whole 8-bit, chiptune, whatever-you-want-to-call-it genre they emerged from. What made vocalist Alice Glass' and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath’s take on it so exciting was the energy, the pop sensibilities, and attitude they brought to the proverbial table. It wasn’t wholly original, but they had some interesting ideas, and... well, it didn’t hurt that Glass is so easy on the eyes, either. On their sophomore effort, which is a self titled one like their first (they’re too cool to title their albums, man), they downplay the glitchy bleeps a bit to flesh out their sound a bit more, and it pays off wonderfully.
-- Review by Smevin Bravis

Best Songs: Celestica, Suffocation
Team Photo: Baptism, Empathy

19. High Violet by The National

There isn't a bad song on the album, and generally when people say things like that they seem to imply that there are still a few duds here and there. But "High Violet" is literally free of weak moments. Anyone familiar with how The National operate won't be surprised by that, but it's still an impressive feat because they're fairly deep into their career.

The National should give faith to anyone who has become disillusioned with indie music, anyone who misses a time where it didn't seem like all the musicians thought they were better than you and you could actually relate to the damn words they were singing. High Violet is another batch of cement to further supplement their already unshakable, concrete career.
-- Review by SputnikMusic.com

Best Songs: Conversation 16, Bloodbuzz Ohio, England
Team Photo: Lemonworld, Mr. November

18. Orchid by K.C. Clifford

"Orchid" is the fifth release from talented singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford, and the album is poised to turn some heads thanks to her exhaustive musical immersion on the project. On "Orchid", sensitivity cascades without dissolving into vulnerability, and gorgeous melodies surface without fading into saccharin sentimentality. Clifford establishes a picturesque footprint that is proficient, beautiful, and musically significant. It is also one of the best folk/modern folk recordings of the year.

K.C. Clifford styles an amalgamation of both country and folk music and does in a manner so as to honor and uphold both, without diluting one for the sake of the other. This formula was pioneered by Gram Parsons and in tribute and reverence, artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, Allison Krauss and Emmylou Harris have carried that torch magnificently. With "Orchid", K.C. Clifford serves in musical kinship, nearly coequal in talent to the best of that genre. This is a stellar effort, and if you are a fan of the folk/modern folk/americana genres and their hybrid brethren, then "Orchid" is a CD worth owning.
-- Review by Michael Canter

Best Songs: Story Of Our Own, Redman, Jericho
Team Photo: Broken Things

17. Lisbon by The Walkmen

From the first to the very last last note, there is much precision in the tunes of "Lisbon," and though they are working within standards of melody and tone, the band separate themselves in the surprises of each song. The rumor is that more than 30 tunes were recorded with only eleven eventually selected. Even in their editing, The Walkmen have become true professionals, finally comfortable in their own sound and now fine-tuned enough to create a masterpiece.

The Walkmen won’t ride this record’s reception and reviews to anything more than the moderate success they have maintained for nearly a decade. But, they have created something that will sound rich and meaningful outside of its time and place. And that might be better.
-- Review by The Consequence Of Sound

Best Songs: Angela Surf City
Team Photo: Blue As Your Blood, All My Great Designs

16. Crazy For You by Best Coast

For an album of such modest intent-- girls meets boy, girl loses boy, girl locks herself in bedroom and pines over him for all of eternity-- it's remarkable that "Crazy For You" became such a polarizing artifact, the simplicity of its execution seemingly matched only by the divisive discourse surrounding it.

But whether you think Bethany Cosentino's boy-crazy jangle-pop mash notes sound timeless or tired, classic or clichéd, you can't deny her sense of commitment-- her unwavering attempts to evoke that sense of disappointment in staring at a phone that never rings practically transforms Crazy For You into the world's first accidental concept album. And snicker all you want at Cosentino's remedial rhymes (miss/kiss, crazy/lazy, friend/end, etc.), but, as the swoon-worthy chorus of "ooohs" on "When the Sun Don't Shine" attests, her siren of a voice can sell a song without any words at all.
-- Review by Stuart Berman

Best Songs: Each And Every Day, Crazy For You, Boyfriend
Team Photo: When The Sun Don't Shine

15. Waterproof Matches by Mon Monarch
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Mon Monarch is the creative collaboration of Chuck E. Costa, Eric Dawson Tate and Colin Meyer. Costa is an award-winning songwriter who has shared the stage with the likes of Rosanne Cash, The Weepies, Pete Seeger, Peter Case, Dar Williams, Josh Ritter, Richard Shindell and Andrew Bird to name a few. After a few years of making music together, the three headed to upstate New York and recorded "Waterproof Matches", their first recording collectively as Mon Monarch.

For most American Folk music, the common denominator is that when you head out to hear it live, you typically get exactly what you would expect: acoustic, spare and unadulterated music. Too often, the same music that has been honed and perfected in the Village cafés and dive bars is carried into the studio where it suddenly becomes beefed up into some sort of pseudo-pop intermix of session guitarists, gaudy arrangements and unimaginative overproduction that alienates the folk-music fans. Costa, Tate and Meyer have managed to keep the sound on this album true to its genre, combining smoky vocals with evocative songwriting and brilliantly understated instrumentation.
-- Review by Michael Canter

Best Songs: I Know Better, In The Weeds, Answers, Gettysburg
Team Photo: Pockets

14. Red Light Rabbit by The Quick & Easy Boys

Punky, funky and just a little bit country, Portland trio the Quick and Easy Boys deliver all the goods without a hint of genre dilettantism on their rousing sophomore release, "Red Light Rabbit." Granted, our heroes aren’t quite the clever and unique genre alchemists they think themselves to be—everyone from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Phish to My Morning Jacket has trod similar territory—but these guys (singer/guitarist Jimmy Miller, singer/bassist Sean Badders and drummer Michael Goetz) do it with verve and understanding, and I’ll be damned if inventive guitarist Miller ain’t a hotshot in the making.

Punk and funk drives the band and separates the Quick and Easy Boys from the rock masses. Great on record, I can only imagine the raucousness that accompanies their lives sets—I mean, you get a bunch of punks, funky souls and cowboys in a room together…
-- Review by Stephen Haag

Best Songs: Take Your Medicine, Daggers, Red Light Rabbit, Foster I...
Team Photo: 7 Ways, Spicey Paella

13. The Age Of Adz by Sufjan Stevens

This is an album built on earlier ideas that doesn't seem like a retread, and it also explores new thematic terrain. Taking a more personal tack with songs inspired in part by a long and serious illness, "The Age of Adz" infused the busy orchestration Stevens has become known for with a sparkly electronic sheen and featured bolder melodies and stronger vocals. Big-hearted, warm, and ambitious, the album felt immediately provocative even as it provided a sense of relief. It's also the kind of album that has a lot to explore and sounds better with every listen, so if Sufjan takes his time with the next one, this should hold us for a while.
-- Review by Mark Richardson

Best Songs: Too Much, I Walked, Impossible Soul
Team Photo: Age Of Adz, Vesuvius

12. One Life Stand by Hot Chip

Hot Chip have always seemed older than their years, but this album, their fourth, is the one in which they grow up for real. They have always paired an ear for the dance floor with an eye for the impenetrable lyric, their songs brimming with so much energy, so many ideas that the listener was sometimes scalded. In "One Life Stand," however, everything is pared back and pried open. Musically, melody is to the fore, with new lines grafted carefully on to one another, the predominant influences being 80s house and disco and even Will Oldham. Lyrically, there is a clear theme: the transformational power of love. Alexis Taylor's vocals are perfectly suited to this subject, and where his falsetto might once have seemed cold, here it's delicate and tender. Marvelously, this is still music to dance to. More than dance in fact; you can exult to this.
-- Review by Paul MacInnes

Best Songs: One Life Stand, Take It In, Hand Me Down Your Love, I Feel Better
Team Photo: Brothers, Slush, Alley Cat

11. 4x4=12 by Deadmau5

Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as Deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself. “There are no CDs involved,” he explains. “It’s a technological orgy up there and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see Deadmau5 I want them to hear Deadmau5 music.”

Rocking stages in his trademark LED mouse helmet, Deadmau5 recalls the salad days of Daft Punk, when cartoon robots ruled clubland. "4x4=12" is audacious, mixing generic house grooves with eclectic fare like "Bad Selection," a kinetic jam with dog-whistle synth builds. The masterstroke is "Raise Your Weapon," which breaks down into a sick dubstep beat. "How does it feel now, to watch it burn?" asks singer Greta Svabo Bech before the bass hits. So what's burning? Your synapses, dude.
-- Review by Will Hermes

Best Songs: SOFI Needs A Ladder, Raise Your Weapon, Some Chords, Animal Rights
Team Photo: One Trick Pony, A City In Florida, Bad Selection

Picks #1-#10: http://sonicbytes.blogspot.com/2010/12/jivewired-top-20-albums-of-2010-1-10.html

28 December 2010

Listener's Poll: Jivewired Radio Top 50 Spins For 2010

The listeners have spoken, and "Eclipse" by Mai Bloomfield has been voted the 2010 Song Of The Year on Jivewired Radio.

Mai Bloomfield is a singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Los Angeles, her musical path began with cello at age nine, and by 16 she was playing and writing her own songs on guitar. Out of college, Mai started singing, writing, and playing guitar and cello in the folk/rock band RAINING JANE. They carved a name for themselves in the indie music scene touring nationally for 6 years (120 shows/yr) and self-releasing 3 albums. In 2008 they co-wrote “A Beautiful Mess” with JASON MRAZ and have had songs placed on shows such as “GREY’S ANATOMY.” In 2010 they helped launch “ROCK N’ ROLL CAMP FOR GIRLS LOS ANGELES,” a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls through music education.

In conjunction with her work in Raining Jane, Mai continues to evolve as a solo artist and cellist. As a cellist, she’s been featured on records with JASON MRAZ and WILLY PORTER and has appeared on programs such as THE TONIGHT SHOW with SARA BAREILLES and INGRID MICHAELSON. As a solo artist, she writes and plays on guitar and has toured with a handful of national artists. In 2009 she released her first solo effort “Eclipse” and in 2010 those songs led her to become a FINALIST in the TELLURIDE TROUBADOUR and KERRVILLE NEW FOLK songwriting contests. In 2011 she’ll be a Showcasing Artist at the National Folk Alliance Conference.

Keep an ear to the ground; more is on the way...




2010 Telluride Troubadour Finalist
2010 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2010 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Finalist Alternate
2010 International Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist
2010 ASCAP Lester Sill Songwriter Workshop (selected)
2011 National Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist

How The Songs Were Chosen:

The list is based upon listener ratings for the period of July 11, 2010 (when Jivewired Radio powered by Live365 launched) through December 20, 2010. Listeners can rate songs through an application on our radio player. A minimum of 10 spins for any one month is required to qualify. If your band was tagged in this post it is because your song qualified and was included.

Bands can get radio airplay on Jivewired Radio by signing up at http://Jivewired.com

Jivewired Radio Top 50 Spins for 2010

01. Eclipse by Mai Bloomfield
02. Graveyard by Lucy Schwartz
03. In Step (live) by Lissie
04. Ghosts by The Hundred In The Hands
05. Get It Down by Stellar Road
06. Anchor Drops by Umphrey's McGee
07. Let Me Go by Sonya Kitchell
08. Take Your Medicine by Quick & Easy Boys
09. Orange Blossoms by JJ Grey & Mofro
10. Afterglow by The New Collisions
11. The Sweetest Thing by JJ Grey & Mofro
12. 23 by Blonde Redhead
13. Jericho by K.C. Clifford
14. Morning Corners by Mobile Wash Unit
15. adrift (lessons in time) by theendisthebeginning
16. Listen by Amos Lee
17. Letters From The Sky by Civil Twilight
18. She Said by Lissy Trullie
19. Neverest by Hey Champ
20. Hedonist by Sharon Lang
21. Rhythms Of The Silence by Sheila Sondergard
22. Roll The Stone Away by Kim Richardson
23. Float On by Jennie Arnau
24. Crossfire by Brandon Flowers
25. Money Grows On Trees by The Ericksons
26. Nevada by Deluka
27. Give It Time by Eric Lindell
28. Crooked by Jaime Michaels
29. Across The Sun by We Landed On The Moon
30. Don't Let Your Feet Touch The Ground by Ash Koley
31. Generous Friends by K.C. Clifford
32. Lunatic's Desire by Film Noir World
33. I Am Free by DNA6 (feat. Randy Ponzio)
34. Some Time Around Midnight by The Airborne Toxic Event
35. The Electric Car Ballet by Jared Lekites
36. Jimmy Page (acoustic) by Anna F.
37. Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National
38. Dr. Goodfoot by Hulon
39. Alive by Symphlov
40. Talk Of The Town by Joy Missile
41. Someday You'll See by 7 Walkers
42. Bootyfest by Dr. Pants
43. Fuel (live) by Ani DiFranco
44. Girl I Wanna Lay You Down by The Animal Liberation Orchestra
45. 100 Yard Dash (live) by Raphael Saadiq
46. Back Of My Mind by The Autumn Defense
47. Lemon Tree by Vindan & The Zion Band
48. Where Is The Love by Shaun C. Bryant
49. Horses by Brad Yoder
50. In The Weeds by Mon Monarch

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27 December 2010

2010: A Musical Odyssey (Or How I Learned To Love Jivewired Radio And The Great Music They Play)

Catchy blog title. I know. Go ahead and read it again. Then , when I have your attention, I have a few things with which to illuminate your lives, and in particular, your ears.

Back now? Good. I hope the holidays have left you all in fine fettle and you are anticipating a new year, a new decade, and if I can look ahead into the future for all of us collectively, the wonderfully amazing and different things that are going to define the next decade. CDs? 10 years from now they will fetch 50-cents in antique stores and rummage sales. Same with DVDs. In 2020 you ALL will have televisions (wireless at that) mounted on your walls. Movies and music will be download on demand. That satellite radio phase? Yeah, it will be about as popular as Tang instant breakfast drink. Not like 1971 popular, more like 2011 popular. Maybe you still have some of that 40-year old powder hiding in the back of your cupboard. Go ahead. Make yourself a glass. I dare you.

Oh, we are all going to be ten years older, but thanks to advances in medicine and surgical techniques, we will look much younger, I am already practicing my new mantra...... "50 is the new 18." Indeed.

Let me slow it down for a second, and let's concentrate on the past year and the week ahead. I have had a TON OF FUN with Jivewired and Jivewired Radio, and because of that, in the coming week we are going to announce our "Best Of Lists," starting tomorrow. In the meantime, Jivewired Radio is going to spend the next week playing some of the best (and worst, depending on your particular tastes) music of the past year, well actually everything from October 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. Sadly we have not been around long enough to do a "Best Of Decade" retrospective, but talk to us in 2020, I am SURE you will still be listening, and I am sure we will have a collective opinion of what will have defined the coming decade, which in ten years will actually be the past decade. Confusing? Maybe you had just a little too much egg nog this weekend.

For the next week, you will hear LESS music on Jivewired Radio as we turn our attention to the releases of 2010. So, instead of boring you any further, lets see the music that shaped our year, and hopefully you will tune in and listen all week. To listen to Jivewired Radio please use this link as an access point: Launch Jivewired Radio

2010: A Musical Retrospective

001. Kandi by One EskimO
002. Walls by The Shout Out Louds
003. Coma Cat (Original Mix) by Tensnake
004. Dance Yrself Clean by LCD Soundsystem
005. Betty Jean by The Soul Of John Black
006. Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machines
007. The Trip To Pirates Cove by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
008. We Used To Wait by The Arcade Fire
009. Animal by Neon Trees
010. Rose Garden (Remix) by Shad feat. Donwill & VonPea of Tanya Morgan

011. 21 Guns by Green Day
012. City Of Night by Bruce Springsteen
013. Your Love (Remix) by Nicki Minaj feat. Jay Sean
014. Grenade by Bruno Mars
015. Too Afraid To Love You by The Black Keys
016. Dragon's Song by Blitzen Trapper
017. The Diamond Church Street Choir by The Gaslight Anthem
018. I'm New Here by Gil-Scott Heron
019. Where Is The Love by Shaun C. Bryant
020. Shark In The Water by V.V. Brown

021. Angela Surf City by The Walkmen
022. Running Man's Bible by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
023. Up All Night by Drake feat. Nicki Minaj
024. Dance Floor by The Apples In Stereo
025. Winter Games by Superchunk
026. Drunk Girls by LCD Soundsystem
027. Ridin' With The Devil by The Dead Armadillos
028. Listen by Amos Lee
029. Love And War by Neil Young
030. Nothing But The Whole Wide World by Jakob Dylan

031. Static On The Wire by Holy Ghost!
032. Born Free by Kid Rock
033. Congratulations by MGMT
034. Stay Lit (Bishop Morocco Mix) by Holy Fuck
035. Song For Theists And Deists by The Deathrays
036. 1983 by Neon Trees
037. Take Your Medicine by The Quick & Easy Boys
038. Alive by Symphlov
039. Horses by Brad Yoder
040. Over by Drake

041. Coffee Spoon by Cold War Kids
042. Sink/Let It Sway by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
043. Infinity Guitars by Sleigh Bells
044. Scissor Runner by Jenny And Johnny
045. Everlasting Light by The Black Keys
046. Your Hands (Together) by We Landed On The Moon
047. Bang Bang Bang by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl
048. Miami by Foals
049. Jimmi Page (Acoustic Remix) by Anna F.
050. Bright Lit Blue Skies by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

051. Save Yourself by Civil Twilight
052. Plundered My Soul by The Rolling Stones
053. One Step At A Time by Mike Zito
054. California Wives by Purple
055. I'm Not The One by The Black Keys
056. Starlove by Symphlov
057. Heartbreaker by Girls
058. In The Weeds by Mon Monarch
059. O.N.E. by Yeasayer
060. Roll The Stone Away by Kim Richardson

061. Shine by John Legend & Roots
062. Eclipse by Mai Bloomfield
063. Tightrope by Janelle MonAje feat. Big Boi
064. The Suburbs by The Arcade Fire
065. The Best Treasure Stays Buried by Zoey Van Goey
066. Silver Jenny Dollar by The New Pornographers
067. New School by Alma Afrobeat Ensemble
068. Shutterbug by Big Boi
069. Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National
070. Tighten Up by The Black Keys

071. Fractures In Plaster by Superchunk
072. Horchata by Vampire Weekend
073. Even Heroes Have To Die by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
074. I Can Change by LCD Soundsystem
075. Audience by Cold War Kids
076. Nothing On You by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars
077. Arms Of A Woman by Amos Lee
078. Animal Rights by Deadmau5 feat. Wolfgang Gartner
079. No Matter What by Automatic Black
080. I Can't Find My Way by The Dead Armadillos

081. Black Dot White Spider by Seeland
082. Portland, Maine by String Bone
083. We R Who We R by Ke$ha
084. Beach Side by Kings Of Leon
085. Giving Up The Ghost by How German It Is
086. We Don't Want Your Body by Stars
087. adrift (lessons in time) by theendisthebeginning
088. More Than That by Jonathan Winsteadt
089. White Sky by Vampire Weekend
090. Look Out by Dex Romweber Duo

091. How Do We Know by Katie Costello
092. Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto Remix) by Massive Attack
093. Orange Blossoms by JJ Grey & Mofro
094. Hedonist by Sharon Lang
095. Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
096. Nobody's Ever Loved Me Like You Do by Kirsten Thien
097. My Only Affair by Mates Of State
098. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by The Arcade Fire
099. Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
100. The Electric Car Ballet by Jared Lekites

101. Flash Delirium by MGMT
102. Celestica by Crystal Castles
103. Got Nuffin' by Spoon
104. City by Sunfields
105. Letters From The Sky by Civil Twilight
106. El Camino by Elizabeth Cook
107. Static Waves by Andrew Belle feat. Katie Herzig
108. Desire Lines by Deerhunter
109. Many Worlds by Green Corn Revival
110. Soldier Of Love by Sade

111. The High Road by Broken Bells
112. Crossfire by Brandon Flowers
113. Lunatics Desire by Film Noir World
114. Candle In The Willow Tree by Round Mountain
115. Firework by Katy Perry
116. Zebra by Beach House
117. Afterglow by The New Collisions
118. Say My Name by Holy Ghost!
119. Hustle & Cuss by The Dead Weather
120. Not Afraid by Eminem

121. Sand by Heart
122. Enough Is Enough by Jamie Lidell
123. Norway by Beach House
124. Wake Up Everybody by John Legend & Roots
125. I Learned The Hard Way by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
126. Answers by Mon Monarch
127. Story Of Our Own by K.C. Clifford
128. Nightwatch by Acrylics
129. Famine Affair by Of Montreal
130. The Ghost Inside by Broken Bells

131. Buffalo by Hard Proof
132. SOFI Needs A New Ladder by Deadmau5 feat. SOFI
133. Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela
134. Only Girl (In The World) by Rihanna
135. Working This Job by Drive By Truckers
136. Excuses by The Morning Benders
137. England by The National
138. Kush by Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg & Akon
139. In Sleep (Live) by Lissie
140. Someday You'll See by 7 Walkers

141. Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
142. Hold Me Down by Minus The Bear
143. Everybody Wants Sum by Dumpstaphunk
144. Good To Get Out by Devon Sproule
145. Radioactive by Kings Of Leon
146. One Life Stand by Hot Chip
147. About My Girls by Dominant Legs
148. Age Of Adz by Sufjan Stevens
149. Rolling In The Deep by Adele
150. Summertime by Cahn & Yang

151. Graveyard by Lucy Schwartz
152. William & Sweet Mary by Andrew Delaney & The Horse You Rode In On
153. Midnight Hour Blues by Elvin Bishop
154. Tiny Little Robots by Cage The Elephant
155. serpentile by theendisthebeginning
156. Post Acid by Wavves
157. Lemon Tree by Vindan & The Zion Band
158. Neverest by Hey Champ
159. The Sweetest Thing by JJ Grey & Mofro
160. Ghosts by The Hundred In The Hands

161. Boyfriend by Best Coast
162. Ain't Got No/I Got Life by Kellylee Evans
163. Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
164. Girl I Wanna Lay You Down by Animal Liberation Orchestra
165. Jericho by K.C. Clifford
166. Julius (Painted Palms Remix) by STRFKR
167. California Gurls by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
168. Sun Of A Gun by Oh Land
169. Sleazy by Ke$ha
170. Flippin' Out by YaZa

171. Dancing On My Own by Robyn
172. Molly's Vertigo by Acrylics
173. Sometime Around Midnight by The Airborne Toxic Event
174. Close My Eyes by As I Am
175. Back Of My Mind by The Autumn Defense
176. Each And Every Day by Best Coast
177. Begs Me Not To Beg by Brass Bed
178. Leave The Sun Behind by Buffalo Killers
179. Breaking Walls by Chief
180. I'm Aware by Clinic

181. Raise Your Weapon by Deadmau5 feat. Greta Svabo Bech
182. Middle Of The Night by The Eastern Conference Champs
183. Stylo by Gorillaz
184. Dr. Goodfoot by Hulon
185. Give It Time by Eric Lindell
186. Nevada by Deluka
187. Morning Corners by Mobile Wash Unit
188. Take My Time by Cincere
189. Simple Beauty by Jane Carrey Band
190. Putting Out The APB by Ana Popovic

26 December 2010

Soundtrack Sunday Night: Serendipity & High Fidelity

This Week's Double Feature: Serendipity and High Fidelity

This is one of the specialized programs on Jivewired Radio, airing Sunday evenings from 9:30 PM until 12:00 AM CDT. Each week we select two movies and play music from both movies. This week we feature music from the movies "Serendipity (2001)" and "High Fidelity (2000)"

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"I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It's one of my favorite words. It's such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident."

Serendipity (2001)

01. Never A Day by Wood
02. Moonlight Kiss by Bap Kennedy
03. January Rain by David Gray
04. Waiting In Vain by Annie Lennox
05. The Distance by Evan & Jaron
06. Like Lovers Do by Heather Nova
07. When You Know by Shawn Colvin
08. Northern Sky by Nick Drake
09. Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong
10. This Year by Chantal Kreviazuk
11. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me by Brian Whitman
12. 83 by John Mayer
14. Fast Forward by Alan Silvestri

"How does he do it, you ask. How does..... how does an average guy like me become the number one lover-man in his particular postal district? He's grumpy, he's broke, he hangs out with the musical moron twins..."

High Fidelity (2000)

01. You're Gonna Miss Me by 13th Floor Elevators
02. I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow
03. Crocodile Rock by Elton John
04. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy by The Kinks
05. I'm Wrong About Everything by John Wesley Harding
06. Walking On Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
07. Oh Sweet Nuthin' by The Velvet Underground
08. Jacob's Ladder by Rush
09. Always See Your Face by Love
10. Most Of The Time by Bob Dylan
11. Fallen For You by Sheila Nicholls
12. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam by The Vaselines
13. Seymour Stein by Belle & Sebastian
14. Dry The Rain by Beta Band
15. Shipbuilding by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
16. Cold Blooded Old Times by Smog
17. The River by Bruce Springsteen
18. Let's Get It On by Barry Jive & The Uptown Five (Jack Black)
19. Lo Boob Oscillator by Stereolab
20. Inside Game by Royal Trux
21. Who Loves The Sun by The Velvet Underground
22. I Believe (When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever) by Stevie Wonder

21 December 2010

Jivewired Top 20 Songs For December 2010

The list is based upon listener ratings for the period of November 21, 2010 through December 20, 2010. Listeners can rate songs through an application on our radio player. A minimum of 10 spins for the month is required to qualify. If your band was tagged in this post it is because your song qualified and was included.

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01. Take Your Medicine by The Quick & Easy Boys
02. She Said by Lissy Trullie
03. Eclipse by Mai Bloomfield
04. Hedonist by Sharon Lang
05. Ghosts by The Hundred In The Hands
06. 23 by Blonde Redhead
07. Float On by Jennie Arnau
08. Afterglow by The New Collisions
09. The Sweetest Thing by JJ Grey & Mofro
10. Lunatic's Desire by Film Noir World
11. Graveyard by Lucy Schwartz
12. Jericho by K.C. Clifford
13. The Electric Car Ballet by Jared Lekites
14. In Sleep (live) by Lissie
15. Alive by Symphlov
16. Someday You'll See by 7 Walkers
17. Nevada by Deluka
18. adrift *(lessons in time) by theendisthebeginning
19. Back Of My Mind by The Autumn Defense
20. Lemon Tree by Vindan & The Zion Band

Click Here To See Our Top 20 For November 2010