Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #20-1

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


20.  “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga

In all the good times
I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times, I fear myself

19. “What Do You Want” by Nico Vega

You can go ahead and hate me
For bringing in news

18. “Heavy” by Birdtalker

If your face is down
Take a look around
Do your fingers move?
Do your lungs inflate?
Are you tired are you weary
Of the hidden hate you’ve been holding?

17. “Me & My Dog” by boygenius (Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus & Phoebe Bridgers)

I didn’t wanna be this guy
I cried at your show with the teenagers
Tell your friend I’ll be all right
In the morning it won’t matter

16. “Mariners Apartment Complex” by Lana Del Rey

I fucked up, I know that, but Jesus
Can’t a girl just do the best she can?

15. “Summer’s End” by John Prine

Well you never know how far from home you’re feelin’
Until you’ve watched the shadows cross the ceilin’

14. “Geyser” by Mitski

Though I’m a geyser
Feel it bubbling from below
Hear it call, hear it call
Hear it call to me
Constantly
And hear the harmony
Only when it’s harming me
It’s not real, it’s not real
It’s not real enough

13. “The Right Time” by Ural Thomas and The Pain

Ural Thomas could have been a crooner, a funk singer, a smooth R&B artist. He could have bounced between Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. Instead he disappeared for decades. Fortunately, his reemergence shows roots across the R&B spectrum, but isn’t indebted to any of them. Instead of a throwback to a given line, we get simply Ural Thomas in the present, something that’s easy to dig.
— Pop Matters

12. “Neon Moon” by Cigarettes After Sex

There’s a rundown bar ‘cross the railroad tracks
I’ve got a table for two way in the back
Where I sit alone and think of you

11. “Come Out And Play” by Billie Eilish

But I love it when you’re awfully quiet

10. “I Only Dance When I Want To” by The Spook School

You say “it’s my favourite song”
You said that about every one
And you’re reaching for my hands now
But I don’t wanna dance now

09. “The Hype” by Shopping

The drums wallop, the guitar skitters, and bassist Billy Easter’s corkscrewing bass urges the track forward, lending extra oomph to their provocations. Around the halfway mark, Aggs lets loose with a brash guitar solo that explodes like a piñata. “The Hype” is Shopping at its best.
— Pitchfork

08. “The Wish” by Bruce Springsteen

Well, last night we all sat around laughin’ at the things that guitar bought us
And I laid awake thinkin’ ‘bout the other things it’s brought us
Well, tonight I’m takin’ requests here in the kitchen
This one’s for you, ma, let me come right out and say it
But if you’re lookin’ for a sad song, hell I ain’t gonna play it

07. “1933” by Frank Turner

If I was of the greatest generation I’d be pissed
Surveying the world that I built slipping back into this
I’d be screaming at my grandkids: “We already did this”

06. “Is That Alright?” by Lady Gaga

Nothing you say wouldn’t interest me
All of your words are like poems to me

05. “You’re Somebody Else” by Flora Cash

Well you look like yourself
But you’re somebody else
Only it ain’t on the surface
Well you talk like yourself
No, I hear someone else though
Now you’re making me nervous

04. “New Birth In New England” by Phosphorescent

The most significant things can happen at the most insignificant moments. With a sultry swing, and a relatively joyous piano melody, the track chronicles Houck meeting his new love in a random bar in New England.
— The 405

03. “Normal” by Sasha Sloan

Keep on playing that song that I don’t like
I just wanna feel normal for the night

02. “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

What Gambino put together is a true picture of America, where so many of us get to dance and sing and laugh and create. All the while others are largely ignored and trapped in the background, struggling and sometimes dying in a sea of ugliness that many of us would rather not acknowledge, knowing it would ruin the pretty pictures we’d rather focus on. By the end, Gambino’s carefree dancing becomes a full sprint from the madness. He couldn’t escape the reckoning. Neither can America.
— CNN's Issac Bailey

01. “Seventeen” by Welles

In our heads we’re like winners
Though we’re just beginners
At some miserable game

I’ll take you out to Ar-kansas
Where there’s beer and molasses
We’ll let the times fly on past us
The whole world, kiss our asses
Through red trees and white trashes


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Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #40-21

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


40.  “Autumn Town Leaves” by Iron & Wine

Some get rain and some get snow
Some want love and some want gold
I just want to see you in the morning

39. “YO! MY SAINT” by Karen O & Michael Kiwanuka

For the music, I immediately wanted to do melodramatic and romantic and with lots of yearning and high stakes—all the good stuff that’s in any Korean soap opera.
— Karen O

38. “What’s Your Hurry” by Hush Kids

We’ve all got distractions
Our heads up our asses
Stare at the clock
Miss the world as it passes

37. “Drowning In The Sound” by Amanda Palmer

And now I can taste it coming
I can taste it with my tongue
And my children are so heavy
But I pick them up and run
And I know I’ll have to swim soon
When the water gets too high
I’ll keep on holding them above me
I’ll keep on holding them and crying

36. “The Opener” by Camp Cope

It’s another man telling us we can’t fill up the room
It’s another man telling us to book a smaller venue
’Nah, hey, cmon girls we’re only thinking about you’
Well, see how far we’ve come not listening to you

35. “I Don’t Want Your Voice To Move Me” by Laura Gibson

I don’t want your voice to move me
I don’t want to be cracked open
I don’t want the knot to loosen
In my throat, to place a landmine down a rabbit hole
I am no pale faced saint
I am like a dog always barking at a ghost

34. “The Big Unknown” by Sade

We are all Viola Davis, staring out of a window, crying and listening to Sade.
— NPR

33. “Cash For Gold” by Cut Worms

The 27-year-old’s debut LP, Hollow Ground, crackles with the heat of a love-struck nostalgia, woven together with a palpable Everly Brothers’ influence and retro sound. It reaches back into decades of plainspoken, unfussy, and squarely American storytelling and pulls it forth into 2018.
— RoughTrade.com

32. “Curse Of The I-5 Corridor” by Neko Case

In the current of your life
I was an eyelash in the shipping lanes

31. “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde

But when the lights come up
And I hear the band
And where they said I’d never be is exactly where I am

30. “Leave Us Alone” by Amy Shark

Amy Shark smokes, puffs, and breathes her effervescent vocals like steam radiating warmth upon heartbreak.
— Diandra Reviews It All

29. “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monae

It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender
An emotional sexual bender

28. “She Remembers Everything” by Rosanne Cash & Sam Phillips

She remembers everything
I don’t know her now
My bitter pill, my broken vow

27. “Small Talk” by Courtney Barnett

I fast forward, get busy pretending that, well I’ve seen everything
Can I get you anything? A soda? Campari? With lemon? Well, you got it

26. “Scary People” by Georgi Kay

We live for the scary time, scary place, scary people

25. “Chevrolet Van” by The Nude Party

...I said thanks for the cigarette but I think I know the rest...

24. “Be More Kind” by Frank Turner

In a world that has decided
That it’s going to lose its mind
Be more kind, my friends, try to be more kind

23. “Sober Up” by AJR & Rivers Cuomo

We smile at party time
But soon we forget to smile
At anything else

22. “Galveston” by Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers

The waitress keeps makin’ it weird
I wish she wouldn’t call me “big brother”

21. “Running Up That Hill” by First Aid Kit (Kate Bush Cover)

We started listening to Kate Bush pretty recently and thought the song’s fantastic melody would suit our voices and signature folk rock sound.
— First Aid Kit


Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #60-41

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


60.  “How Much” by Tiny Ruins

Your planet’s reeling
Your footprints on the floor
Can’t help the feeling of wanting nothing more

59. “Fast Talk” by Houses

And maybe god is just a cop that we can fast talk
So if you’re guilty and you know it, put your hands up
’Cause karma’s just a different word for bad luck
And what if death is just another pair of handcuffs?

58. “Best Friend” by Sofi Tukker

Yo, you wanna meet me at the bar? YAWP!
Yo, you wanna meet me at the lounge? YAWP!
Yo, you wanna meet me at the club? YAWP!
Yo, you wanna meet me downtown? Okay!

57. “The Shadow” by Millie Turner

Forget the sticky floors and the irritating bar queues in your local club – there’s nothing quite like that blissful moment where a song finds itself commanding a dancefloor without really trying. Millie Turner’s ‘The Shadow’ is that song.
— NME

56. “Damage” by Rachel Wammack

I’m a bartender, best friend pretender
I make drinks to help forget and help remember
Beautiful humans, I am a student

55. “Oil In The Water” by John Joseph Brill

Oil in the Water is about the inextricable relationship between love and loss… does the finite nature of an experience undermine the validity and the intensity of that experience?
— John Joseph Brill

54. “Quiet, The Winter Harbor” by Mazzy Star

You’re like a villain
In some old film
Walking in the dark
In somebody’s room

53. “Talking To A Girl” by William Michael Morgan

I’m walkin’ her to the door
We’re standin’ on the porch
We’re both wantin’ more
But I ain’t goin’ in

52. “Be Alright” by Dean Lewis

I know you love her, but it’s over, mate

51. “Cool Generator” by Bad Moves

It’s completely charming indie-pop with good harmonies, which frankly should be enough for the likes of you. But no, they had to spoil us by making it a song about something too. (Listen close.)
— FUTURESOUNDOFDISCO.COM

50. “Black Sheep” by MILCK

The house you build that will be safe and be full of light and space

49. “Nice To See You” by Vansire, Floor Cry

Nice to see you...How you doing

48. “Got My Named Changed Back” by Pistol Annies

Well I’ve got me an ex that I adored
But he got along good with a couple road whores

47. “Tinseltown Swimming In Blood” by Destroyer

Now let me tell you about the dream
I had no feeling
I had no past
I was the Arctic
I was the vast
Spaces
Without reprieve
I was a dreamer
Watch me leave.

46. “Can’t Knock The Hustle” by Weezer

My manager’s slacking so I gotta’ move quick
I’m lacking in natural gifts

45. “Judy Blume” by Amanda Palmer

Well, the great thing about playing this song live is that the subject doesn’t reveal itself until well into the song when I say her name. Then there’s this moment where everyone in the audience, if they’re American, wildly applauds because they didn’t see it coming.
— Amanda Palmer

44. “Born A Worm” by Dan Reeder (WARNING: THIS SONG WILL NEVER LEAVE YOUR HEAD ONCE YOU HEAR IT)

What the fuck is that about?

43. “Choirs” by Ashe

In the champagne drought I lost my mind
So I started smoking cigarettes with boxed wine
When I made a sound, my neighbors cried
Said all my songs sound just like drunken lullabies

42. “Get Out” by CHVRCHES

So do you want to turn it around?
And do you want to show me how?
You are a kaleidoscope
You are a kaleidoscope

41. “Sometimes” by Gerry Cinnamon

Sometimes, just sometimes
Maybe more than some of the time
I’m on a false ego trip
Insecurity is rife
I’m not the ideal person
To be lecturing of life

 
 
 
 

#20-1


Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #80-61

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


80.  “You Get” by Cat Power

There are two things I know for certain and that is my words — my songs — and my son. I am a reflection of those two things.
— Cat Power

79. “Milk & Coffee” by NoMBe

Will you still love me in the morning?
Will you stay for milk & coffee?

78. “Be The Change” by The Wild Reeds

I’ll be the change when I wanna be
Leave it unexplained how I act this way

77. “Leaving The Table” by Leonard Cohen

Was he, in the end, a musician or a poet? A grave philosopher or a grim sort of comedian? A cosmopolitan lady’s man or a profound, ascetic seeker? Jew or Buddhist? Hedonist or hermit? Across his 82 years, the Montreal-born Leonard Cohen was all of these things
— The Guardian

76. “Witchcraft” by Graveyard Club

And the last of love that’s in your heart is about to crumble now

75. “Crack The Case” by Dawes

Ignoring all of the remedies
Believing all of the rumors
With their endless database
I wanna sit with my enemies
And say, “We should have done this sooner”
While I look them in the face
Maybe that will crack the case

74. “Move” by Milo Greene

I want to...Be the one that can change up the pace of the room

73. “Family Tree” by Priscilla Renea

Pain carved its name
And my heart froze like winter
And the splinter kindled embers

72. “Jeannie Becomes A Mom” by Caroline Rose

Moving outside Topeka
Jeannie gonna buy her a big house there
Split level, a cul-de-sac
Jeannie gonna get her some big hair, yeah

71. “Heaven’s Got A Back Door” by Dead Sara

I’ve never been your perfect song, your favorite daughter

70. “No One Changes” by Conor Oberst

Sitting here speaking Greek to a college blog
Every sentence is the same it’s just talk, talk, talk

69. “Weatherman” by Victory Boyd

And I said no sir, ‘cause I’m doin’ just fine
The sky is clear and I can feel the sun shine
And he said let me know if you change your mind

68. “Groceries” by Gia Margaret

Though it’s not easy to see
There’s always glimmer

67. “Real Life (Trump Era)” by Maria Taylor, Lester Nuby III & Louis Schefano

A collection of songs like a rising tide to raise the ships that we have found ourselves adrift in for the past 18 months or so.
— Paste Magazine

66. “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga

You found the light in me that I couldn’t find

65. “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” by The Smashing Pumpkins

Rule like a tyrant
Make like a valentine

64. “Mansion Door” by Shakey Graves

Fire burning
Clean-cut flowers in the yard
Daylight turning
All the sleeping statues into girls
I feel nothing
Sleep is never coming
I hear laughter from afar
Must be the song of a lonely star

63. “Time We Made Time” by Mandolin Orange

It’s time we made time just for talking

62. “On The 5” by Winnetka Bowling League

Certain songs and certain places
Remind me of certain faces

61. “Wide Awake” by Parquet Courts

The title track is Eighties Mudd Club boogie-in-the-wreckage punk-funk, complete with cowbells and referee whistles.
— Rolling Stone

 
 
 
 

#20-1


Take A Wissen! Favorite 100 Songs of 2018 :: #100-81

Cooking, driving, working, blogging, cleaning, playing, parenting…whatever. I’m listening to music. Throughout the year. All the time. Every day.

These are my favorite 100 songs from the past year. Notice I’m not egotistical enough to proclaim my love of them makes them the “Best Songs of the Year” like other year end lists. They are simply my favorite; the ones I do not want to forget and are now in Jay’s musical rotation from now til eternity. OR until Spotify goes under and all my playlists are lost or the world ends. Or my world ends. May they make you move, sing, cry, close your eyes, smile, do the white man’s overbite or the Elaine dance. Like Eddie Murphy’s Buckwheat said, “Take A Wissen!”.


100.  “Anybody” by Dead Sara

I’m lost, you’re lost, but you know we’re not lonely

99. “Younger Years” by The Milk Carton Kids

The love inside our hearts
Is the only kind of savior we’ve been sent

98. “London” by Enola Fall

London is a song about how a piece of music, or a taste or a smell can send you straight back in time.

97. “Make The World Go Away” by Ruen Brothers (Eddy Arnold Cover)

Make the world go away, Get it off my shoulder

96. “Shame” by Elle King

I can make you shake, Rattle your bones

95. “Love And Lies” by Zoe Lister-Jones, Adam Palley & Fred Armisen

I have no idea if you’ve gained a pound or two
And even if I did I would not tell you

94. “Plastic Skeletons” by Jealous of the Birds

Do you wanna meet on the cold concrete
Outside our favourite diner?
Do you wanna wrap me up in suede
Smudge off my black eyeliner?

93. “Older” by Sasha Sloan

I swore I’d never be like them
But I was just a kid back then

92. “Only You” by Alistair Griffin (Yazoo Cover)

All I needed was the love you gave

91. “9/10” by Jeff Rosenstock

Every vacant moment you’ve exhausted all the options
That you thought could fill the hole
Every star you’re wishing on
Just hoping for a little self-control

90. “Graffiti” by CHVRCHES

We wrote our names along the bathroom walls
Graffitiing our hearts across the stalls

89. “My Girls” by The Vanjas

Danger, pain, trouble – come at me. Everything’s easy, as long as you’re with your crew. The song is about a girl who’s waiting and wishing to be with her friends. She knows what it’s like to be alone, but her friends are arriving soon and she knows fun times are ahead. ‘My girls’ is a soundtrack to hanging with your crew.
— The Vanjas

88. “Party Line” by The Surfrajettes

Psychedelic instro surf band from Toronto, Ontario.
— Bio

87. “Etta James” by Brian Fallon

Now Etta James, hit that symphony
’Cause she drips through my blood like a remedy

86. “Gran Canaria” by La Lusid

Stuck inside a dream, never want to leave

85. “Welcome Home” by Joy Williams

It’s so good to see your face
Welcome home

84. “Die On A Friday” by Son of Caesar

It’s Friday and you’re in love with the blue sky above...

83. “The Lifeboat” by Frank Turner

There’s a shadow across the land
There’s a hatred and a hunger, and it’s hard to understand
How we fell so far from where we began

82. “Friend of Mine” by War Is Over

I’m broken, don’t touch me

81. “Helpless” by The Regrettes

Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume
 
 

 
 
 
 

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Ventipop #232 :: Twitterific…The Best Christmas Tweets & Happy New Year
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Here are a few of my favorite twitter posts from Christmas. from a 3-year-old david byrne aficionado to MY New Favorite Baseball Player to THE Best Brother and Father Around. Enjoy This Weeks Edition.


Burning Down The House

 

Her Favourite Holiday Pastime

 

Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal

 

Rock N Roll

 

First Class Father

Christmas is usually a time for family - and for one father in the United States, this meant booking multiple flights across the country so that he could spend time with his flight attendant daughter. Pierce Vaughn, an air stewardess on Delta Air Lines, had to work on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so her father, Hal Vaughn, decided to join her on her flights, UPI news agency reported. Their story was revealed by Mike Levy, a passenger on board one of those flights, who took a photo of father and daughter.

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Let’s stay home and play old records
Our future’s bright, the past is checkered
What do you say we lift a glass
Toast the ghost of another year past
— Over The Rhine, "New Year's Song"

As Long As You Believe in Santa…

 



Paid In Full

 

Not A Creature Was Stirring

 
 

Rookie of the Year in December

 

Get Carter

 

“I Really Miss My Dog”

 

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

 

…And To All A Good Night

 

A Long December and there’s reason to believe...maybe this year will be better than the last.
— Counting Crows

Thanks so much for being a Ventipop reader. Grace and love to you and yours in the new year.

Jay

-xxx-