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Top 15 Rad Songs of 2010

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Wow. I slacked hard on getting this list out. Well, January is almost over, so, here it is. The best rad songs of 2010. Lots of catchy, fun, and upbeat tracks on this little list – so if anything, it will start some radness and probably make you wanna shake your groove thing. Feel free to let me know what you think of this year’s selections.

15. “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce
Where would a “Best of 2010” list be without Duck Sauce and “Barbra Streisand?” This song really threw everyone for a loop this summer. It was in such high demand that it got remixed before it was even a real song. To be truthful, O-God’s remix is still my favorite mix of “the song.” Anyway, the original is fun and sure to get something going, so get at it already. Check the fun video here.

14. “Difficult” by Uffie
lays down her lady MC skills on “Difficult” and, with production by the illustrious SebastiAn, the song has a distinct sound that is sure to penetrate your ears. Super catchy and hella hard, you will find it difficult to resist the urge to sing “don’t worry if I write rhymes; I write checks,” with a badass attitude. Don’t believe me? Just listen to the song. Watch the video here.

13. “Yeah” by Boys Noize
This song is just pure electro energy. With a song name like “Yeah,” you can’t help but feel the “yeah” of this song. The build ups and drops will have your attention from start to finish. Fun fun for everyone, yeah?

12. “Holidays” by Miami Horror
I know we are currently in the heart of winter  but, with this song, you might forget it. More energy coming your way with this little jam; lots and lots of sunshiny beats and melodies. Dare I say it makes me fell like I am on holiday? The video is, kind of, ummm….weird

11. “Promised Land” by Findlay Brown
Considering the context of this song, it should be my favorite cover song of 2010. Findlay Brown takes the Chicago house classic by Joe Smooth and turns it into a song that sounds like it should be playing from my local classic rock radio station – yes it’s that good. Familiar, fresh, and full of soul, this song really surprised me toward the last bit of the year. If you’re feeling a bit naughty, check the NSFW video (there’s a little boobage).

10. “I Think I Like U2” by Jamaica
came through with a really solid debut album, No Problem. “I Think I like U2” was the first single of the album and I think it holds up as the strongest. So catchy and fun. I’m getting so lazy, catchy and fun – geez – I could probably say it for every song on this list. Oh well, let’s keep the rad going. Be sure to watch the video: mockumentary of a band that just started – so rad!

9. “Crave You (feat. Giselle)” by Flight Facilities
This song is hot! Sweet, sexy vocals on top of a mellow disco beat – so smooth smooth smooth. I kind of feel, almost, sexy myself, listening to this song. The video though, a little too hip for me…

8. “Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane)” by Breakbot
I’ve been listening to so much Breakbot lately. Word has it, he’s working on his album as of late. This song though, it is quite the modern love song, so pure and true – I’m surprised it’s not on the radio (it should be). Definitely check out the video for this little gem. It’s truly a work of art.

7. “Watch The Glow” by Museum of Bellas Artes
This was the first original song by Museum of Bellas Artes to grace the interwebs and it still hasn’t lost its glow. The lackluster croon of the singer, the melodic backing vocals, all on top of a dancy beat. Ahh…I’m so confused. Should I shoe gaze or dance…decisions. Decisions!

6. “Dance Yrself Clean” by LCD Soundsystem
What a mindf*ck of a song. A three minute, under toned, spoken word introduction that tangentially spurts into  an orgasm of synthesizers compelling you to dance. Genius. Yes. Rad? Of course. If you haven’t picked up This is Happening yet, get busy kid!

5. “O.N.E.” by Yeasayer
I’m sure some consider this song 2009, but whatever, the album was officially released in 2010, so nuh! Odd Blood is a stellar album, all killers and no fillers. It’s an album you have to let grow on you. And boy will it ever. Be sure to check out the video for “O.N.E.” – it’s kinda crazy.

4. “Not Over” by Bag Raiders
It was sooooooo hard to choose a favorite song from Bag Raiders’ debut self-titled album. So hard. Seriously, it is my favorite album of the year! Pop radness, top notch production, and beats and melodies sure to move you. “Not Over” is the type of song that makes me want to spin in circles with my hands towards the sky – praising it like someone was actually up there.

3. “Heaven’s On Fire” by The Radio Dept.
Thurston Moore opens this track with a nice little sound byte sure to incite some sort of emotion, either positive or negative. “Heaven’s Of Fire” is just the right amount of rock and pop, sugar and spice, sweet and sour – as is the album from which it came, Clinging To A Scheme.

2. “Pacific Coast Highway” by Beach Bum
I love obscure and unknown music. But really, forget the fact that no one has heard of Beach Bum – just listen to this song! It will take you on a journey – from the beach, down the road, to another beach. I love this song. So summery and light. Who knows if Beach Bum will ever release any more music, but as far as I’m concerned, this song is a perfect and lasting legacy to leave.

1. “Acid Washed” by Acid Washed
I first listened to this song without releasing that I had recently saw Acid Washed at Record Makers 10th Anniversary Celebration. I’m a sucker for instrumentals. And spacey ones – I’m definitely there. This song is really a triple threat of Acid Washed. The song is “Acid Washed” by the band Acid Washed from the album Acid Washed. Rad! This song is one of my favorite song to start my day with. It gets you going. It inspires. Holy cow, it’s the raddest song of 2010!

Be Rad. Enjoy!

Carroll said as long as we got it out before February we’re good.”

Yeasayer – O.N.E.

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Yeasayer just put out a new video for their latest single “O.N.E.”  It’s fucking nuts! I’m not sure I get it but it doesn’t really matter. The song is amazing and to have such a wonderful music video to accompany it is a rarity in modern music. So, please enjoy the video below as well as the song after the jump.

Yeasayer – O.N.E. (website)(iTunes)(Amazon)

Be Rad. Enjoy.

Written by theberad

April 14, 2010 at 7:15 am

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4 songs your 2010 should not be without

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With all the fantastic sounds a yesteryear still making the rounds as well as fresh sounds creeping on to the airwaves, I know I spent much of January trying play catch up on music I should have been and need to be listening to. Now that January is over, I feel the need to share my findings. The four songs described below have been on constant repeat almost all month and they’ll certainly be a staple in my 2010 music listening. I hope you like.

I’ve heard a song or two from The Radio Dept. and I’m sad I haven’t given them more of my time. Hailing from Sweden, it is no surprise that The Radio Dept. produces excellent pop music. The band recently previewed the track “Heaven’s on Fire” off their upcoming album, Clinging to a Scheme, which is due out in March. A noteworthy feel good song, I can’t help but be put in a pleasant mood when listening. This song really reminds me of Peanuts, you know Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang. It’s a modern day “Linus and Lucy” if you ask me. There’s so much goodness wrapped up in this song and I love it!

The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire (website)(iTunes)(Amazon)

Yeasayer – have you heard of them? You will. Their second LP, Odd Blood, is set to release next week on the ninth and I’m pretty sure it will be on the majority of the “Best of 2010” lists that have yet to be made. Hell it is probably on some people’s “Best of 2009” list too, as it leaked last year. Watching the video for “Ambling Alp,” the first single off Odd Blood, there is a cult presence felt that makes its way from the video into your soul. After giving the song a few listens you will be compelled to give in to the overwhelming drums and chants of Yeasayer. It’s gonna be hard to beat this band in 2010.

Yeasayer – Ambling Alp (website)(iTunes)(Amazon)

Monarchy are a mystery duo coming out of the UK with guns blazing. With 3 original tracks and a couple remixes floating around, 2010 looks like a potentially great year for them. With a hypnotic heavy bass line, “Black The Colour of My Heart” is the best dreamy synth-pop has to offer. As I have been listening to the song over and over, I wondered what makes this song so good? The deep bass, the soothing melody, and the catchy lyrics are all packaged so perfectly together you’ll feel as if your floating away from Earth reminiscing of a love lost. This song is nearly perfect.

Monarchy – Black The Color of My Heart (myspace)

I’m not sure how Basement Jaxx’s two records slipped out from under my radar. From what I’ve been able to hear thus far from their first release, Scars, I can’t stop listening to them; especially “My Turn” featuring Lightspeed Champion. This song tickles my fancy in so many different ways. I love Devonté Hynes’  distinct raspy croon that makes you feel like your victimizing him just listening to him sing. This in contrast to the heavy bass – the ever-present, magnificent bass – make for a dance track you can’t help but move to. This one has been on repeat since I discovered I missed it when it came out last year.

Basement Jaxx feat. Lightspeed Champion – My Turn (website)(iTunes)(Amazon)

Be Rad. Enjoy.

Written by theberad

February 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm