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just a little preface: i don’t know who’s really reading this, if at all. i know i try to plug this humble little page as much as possible, but i don’t get any comments in the “comments” section. i think one has to register to respond so that may i turn-off. but plese try to respond if you feel the need to make a comment. i beg of you, whoever you are. that being said, i think i made this list out of pure vanity. by the assumption that i don’t think anyone reads this, i’m solely typing a list of my favorite songs of the year for me to read. so, so sad. anyhowz, lets get this going and i hope all you had a happy holiday.

lilly allen – LDN i prefer Lilly Allen to other brititsh acts who make hip hop or rap-related music because her style is more grounded to American R&B, but with more wit than her contemporaries. there is also a remix of this song by some guy named Radioclit (he/she should change that name immediately) that takes a more bubble gum approach with a hint of Dirty South production. it’s charming.

Beyonce – Irreplaceable She can take a simple acoustic riff with some 808 drum and snare and still come out with hit. This song has the same urgency as the songs from her most recent album, but it’s subdued. Her best song since “crazy in love”.

clipse – mr. me too They really came with monster with this one. although they had their mixtapes that helped ease the anticipation for their long-delayed follow up to lord willin, “mr. me too” was the first real glimpse of the direction of the new album. it’s hard to call the production of this song as minimalist, seeing as how Pharrell Williams did so much with so little. the hardest, smoothest song of the year. Plus the image of a cocaine-skinny woman dancing in front of a stove which presumably just cooked some crack-cocaine will never leave my head.

the long blondes – you could have both I cant wait for this album to come out in the US. dont know much about them, so let’s kep it moving.

nelly furtado – maneater/maneater (remix w/ lil wayne) everyone loved “prominscous”, but it bothered me that nelly furtado’s voice was concealed; her trademark wails were substituted for a raspy whisper. “maneater”, though, sees timbaland catering to nelly, making a dance song fit for her. The remix is a totally different animal; timbaland endulges himself in the beat, adding lil’ wayne in the intro, along with chopped, screwed, and slowed down voice saying “baby please don’t eat me up.” awesome.

jenny lewis with the watson twins – handle with care I didnt even know this was a cover song until i read more about Jenny Lewis’ album Rabbit Fur Coat. One of my favorite albums of the year, it was hard to pick one song tat represents the spirit of the project. But this song is very upbeat and i find myself listening to it a lot these days.
T.I. – What You Know The best rapper in recent years raps over a beat truly fit for a man who proclaims himself King. That song is so regal, and it has the best synth keys from any genre. If you dont like this song then slap yourself please.
CSS – Alala This song suceeds in its restraint. All the other songs from the CSS album are urgent with a punk rock spirit, but this one lets you embrace the beat rather than let the song provoke a response. My favorite Brazillians of the year. Really sexy song.
Julieta Venegas – Limon y Sal The song is pure pop: the oohhhs and ahhs in the intro, the sing-songy rockabilly lullaby, the horns in the breakdown. and the the song just ends….

The Pipettes – Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me Amy Winehouse does retro-motown music better, but the pipettes understand not only the songs have to be good, but the package is also important. Three girls, call-and-response dancing, matching polka dot dresses. they researched their approach to music before the songs came themselves, to me highly appropriate in post-modern music. oh yeahg, its a really cute song.

other songs i really liked:

“Tear you Apart” by She Wants Revenge
“Flow Natural” by Tito el Bambino and Beenie Man
“Solta O Frango ” by Bonde Do Role
“Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura
“Wolf Like Me” by TV on the Radio
“Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley
“Atrevete-te-te” by Calle 13
“Song With a Mission” by The Sounds
“My Love” by Justin Timberlake
“The Crush (And The Left Handed version)” by Annie

download the songs!

on: why espn sucks

i recall a certain “controversy” during the past offseason about how vince young posted low on some bullshit nfl exam that had nothing to do with pure skill on the field and every pundit decided to take shots at black superman AKA Vince Young. The Houston Texans are retarded for passing on Reggie Bush. I know it’s early in their careers, but it looks like both of the biggest names of the 2006 NFL Draft are adjusting very well to professional ball.

That being said I’m so happy R. Bush demoralized the Cowgirls and V. Young is doing the damn thing (unfortunately the Giants were the first team to feel his wrath). Hopefully the Jints find ways of containing the Saints a couple of weeks from now.

Sorry for my incoherence but Sundays have been exciting all around this year, and two rookies are right in the middle of things. But yeah ESPN sucks, I cant wait to see what Merrill Hodge says this week to bash Vince Young. He’s been doing it for the past few weeks.

edit: because of the transfer from blogger to wordpress, the video was lost and i dont feel like putting up the video again.