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Music : 2013

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Exactly one year ago I rode a wave of motivation & created this blog.  Friends definitively funnier than me joined in & used this space to write god knows what. Over 7,000 people visited, which is a number both comically meager & relatively impressive. I’m almost positive the majority of those clicks were directed to that time Ryan Wells wrote a novella about SyFy Original Movies or when Natty Morrison ranked the numbers 1 to 5 from 1 to 5.

By the fall this budding space for creativity shrank to a monthly post wrapping up the best songs released over a given month – which judging by the stats – nobody gave a shit about.  This was both strange and disheartening considering how many conversations I’ve had that went something…no..EXACTLY like this:

Matt: Hi friend, what have you been listening to lately?

Friend: Oh Matt, it’s really difficult to keep up with current music, because unlike you I have obligations to meet where it would be difficult to give the proper attention or effort into digging up current releases. If only there was….

Matt: Fret not, companion! I actually go to the trouble of assembling the freshest of musical content in a streamable, one-click format on my blog!

Friend: What you’re telling me has changed my life. I don’t want to go throwing around a diluted term like “hero” around, because what’s a hero these days? But quite honestly, I’m struggling to find a term that so accurately describes how much your blog is going to change my life from this moment forward.

Me: That’s extremely flattering. Tell your friends!

Friend: I already have. We’re canceling our weekend out on the town to head over to our friend Mark’s. You don’t know mark, but we chose him because he has the largest computer monitor with a relatively decent sound system.  Of course he obliged because a monthly recap of music is exactly what he’s been looking for as well. This site is primed for the big time Matt. Prepare yourself.

Flash forward to any given month of Cool Songs playlists drawing roughly 8 clicks total, which I’m pretty sure was just my girlfriend refreshing the page to make me feel better.

So you guys must be fucking ITCHING to see my recap of the top 50+ songs from the entire goddamn year. That’s something you definitely have the time to sit down and digest while listening to the roughly 2 hour playlist.

Soak it in y’all. This is probably the last published piece this space will ever see, because I too have joined the ranks of the obligated.

(Most spaces take the time to throw down a few of their favorites albums of the year as well. This would have been exceedingly difficult considering I spent most of 2013 listening to albums from 2008 & 1998. I really liked these though)

Earl Sweatshirt: Doris
Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold
Chance The Rapper: Acid Rap
Tree: Sunday School II, When Church Lets Out
James Blake: Overgrown
DJ Rashad: Double Cup
Everything Burial ever does
Thundercat: Apocalypse
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of The City

Top 50 Tracks of 2013

Honorable Mentions:

Male Bonding – The Itch
The National – I Need My Girl
CHVRCHES – We Sink
Kid Cudi – Afterwords (Bring Yo Friends) feat. Michael Bolton
Kanye West – Blood on The Leaves
Big Sean – Control feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica
Le1f – Damn Son
RAC – Let Go (Ft. Kele & MNDR)
Bear//Face – Voyeur (James Blake RMX)
Jacques Greene – On Your Side (How To Dress Well RMX)
PLOY – X I X
The Haxan Cloak – The Mirror Reflecting (Pt. 2)
Toro y Moi – So Many Details
Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time
Merchandise – Anxiety’s Door
PVT – Casual Success
Nowhere – Dead Alive
Tree – The King
James Blake – Life Round Here
Justin Timberlake – Blue Ocean Floor
Fuck Buttons – The Red Wing

1. Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home

2. Four Tet – Suit & Tie (Justin Timberlake RMX)

3. Evil Nine feat. Danny Brown – Black Brad Pitt

4. Mount Kimbie – Made To Stray

5. Chance The Rapper + Nosaj Thing – Paranoia

6. Parquet Courts – Master of My Craft

7. James Blake – Retrograde

8. Earl Sweatshirt feat. Vince Staples – Hive

9. Twin Shadow – Old Love/New Love

10. SoHN – Lessons

11. Dungeonesse – Shucks

12. Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey

13. Chance The Rapper – Chain Smoker

14. The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?

15. Danny Brown + Paul White – ODB

16. Arcade Fire – Afterlife

17. DJ Rashad – Let u No

18. Future feat. Drake – Fo Real

19. Pusha T feat. Rick Ross – Millions

20. Hudson Mohawke – White Noise (Disclosure RMX)

21. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – So Good At Being in Trouble

22. Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt

23. Dreamboats – Chinchilla

24. Four Tet – Straight & Arrow (FaltyDL RMX)

25. Local Natives – You & I (Local Natives RMX)

26. Earl Sweatshirt feat. Frank Ocean – Sunday

27. BAIO – Welterweight

28. Movement – Us

29. Kanye West – Bound 2

30. TREE – Most Successful 

31. La Luz – Brainwash

32. Lyla Foy – Shoestring

33. Diplo – Will Calls (Grizzly Bear RMX)

34. Wampire – The Hearse

35. Torres – Honey

36. Holy Ghost! – Okay

37. Celestial Shore – Valerie 

38. Romare – Taste of Honey

39. Summer Camp – Fresh

40. Mac DeMarco – Young Blood

41. The Men – Electric

42. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors

43. Young Thug – Picacho 

44. Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn

45. Lindstrom – Gun Shy (Grizzly Bear RMX)

46. A$AP Rocky feat. Drake 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar – Fuckin Problems

47. Still Corners – Berlin Lovers

48. Of Montreal – She Ain’t Speakin Now

49. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – From The Sun

50. Sky Ferreira – You’re Not The One

Cool Songs : November

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Tracklist:
Panama – Always (Classixx RMX)
Arcade Fire – Afterlife
Flume & Chet Faker – What About Us
múm – When Girls Collide
Anushka – Never Can Decide
White Denim – Under Mi Pretty Green
Childish Gambino – Sweatpants
Grizzly Bear – Will Calls (Diplo RMX)
James Blake – Bills, Bills, Bills (Destiny’s Child RMX)
Dornik – Rebound
Busta Rhymes – Thank You (Feat. Qtip, Kanye & Lil Wayne)
Bombay Bicycle Club – Carry Me
Doc Daneeka – Walk On In (Feat. Ratcatcher)

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Cool Songs : October

We all are.

Remember when I made a pledge to supplement this space with fresh new content throughout the month of October?

Well that was a bold-faced lie. 

As it tends to do, life has gotten in the way of my beloved domain, and thus it’s time to be honest with myself and anybody left reading this blog.

We’re done here. 

I’ll construct a more proper obituary in a post at the end of the year, because there actually will be about 3 more – all of which rounding up a period of time by it’s musical highlights.  We’ll do the last two installments of “Cool Songs” along with a Top Album/Tracks of the year roundup.

It’s worth mentioning I couldn’t hunt down tracks from either of my favorite albums from October because they weren’t on Soundcloud.  Those albums were Dreamboats by Sleeping Bag & Rozwell Kid and  Savior by Shark?.

Tracklist:
Baio – Welterweight
Odd Future – Look
Danny Brown – Lonely
Sufjan Stevens – Take Me
Swearin’ – Dust In The Gold Sack
Pusha-T feat. Tyler the Creator – Trouble On My Mind (Rustie RMX)
Ben Khan – Eden
Janelle Monae ft. Miguel – Primetime
Flume ft. Freddie Gibbs – Holdin On
Star Slinger – Free
Ryan Hemsworth feat. Sinead Harnett – Small + Lost
Azealia Banks – Work Bitch RMX

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Cool Songs : September

Smart move by Floyd with the 6-14 demographic largely up for grabs in boxing.

For about the 5th time, I’ll start a post with an apology.

After an August that saw a bit of a renaissance around these parts, we damn near laid egg this in September.  If it not for an incredible Natty Morrison piece that had been sitting in the drafts for about a month, we assuredly would have given you no original content for 30 days.

I hereby pledge October will be different.

If you pay attention to this blog at all, you’d know that I always make time for a monthly playlist.  This is due in large part to the fact I make these into CDs for when I’m sitting in L.A. traffic.  I realize this is a very 2004 move.

So without further ado, 44 minutes of choice cuts.

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Kwes – 36
Celestial Shore – Valerie
Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home
Twin Shadow – Old Love/New Love
Polica – Smug
Movement – Us
A$AP Rocky – R. Cali
The Range – Metal Swing
BANKS – Bedroom Wall
Nowhere – Dead Live
SOHN – Lessons
Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi
Say Lou Lou – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Also s/o to my favorite Lafayette, Indiana independent record label, Jurassic Pop, who sent me some shit I didn’t order a couple weeks ago.  Since they refuse to comply with my desires and put shit on Soundcloud so I can listen to in my car without paying them, I will embed this fantastic track from Nowhere’s self titled album here.

EDIT: The gentlemen of Nowhere reached out on Twitter with a soundcloud link! As luck would have it, it nestled perfectly into the back half.

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Cool Songs : August

Let’s put August in the distant fucking rearview, please.  That month just didn’t cut it for me.

A Recap of The Month That Was:

Some of you got up in arms about some fairly predictable shit : Starlet kicks off adulthood by pushing the boundaries of her sexuality and experimenting with drugs.  Then again, the uproar was pretty predictable in itself.  Keep fighting that good fight people…

College Football happened, and I shouldn’t try to escape it this time.   Personally, I’m not much of a College Football fan, but 90% of the people I follow on social media love the fucking game, so I was completely bombarded this weekend with unwanted commentary.  Well, maybe not all of it wasn’t unwanted.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what exists in the south:

Sweet jesus.

A very solid month musically, with one of the better albums of the year dropping in Doris from Earl Sweatshirt.  Kendrick Lamar claimed himself the King of New York on his verse in “Control” and the only fallout was a sea of journalists producing paltry quotes from rappers not yet too annoyed to address it.  This playlist is a strong one, with a predictably summery vibe that might just be perfect for that Labor Day BBQ tomorrow.  Maybe the best track of the bunch I yanked off because of audio issues, but here’s all 45 seconds of it, compliments of Flying Lotus and Thudercat.

And the playlist.  Enjoy Friends.

Tracklist
RAC – Let Go (Feat. Kele & MNDR)
Le1f – Damn Son
Holy Ghost – Okay
Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now
Danny Brown – ODB
Alex Smoke – Dust
Misun – Hills and Trails
Big Sean – Control (Feat. Kendrick lamar & Jay Electronica)
of Montreal – She Ain’t Speakin’ Now
Marnie Stern – This Was It
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Earl Sweatshirt – Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)
Frankie Rose – Street of Dreams
Chloe Howl – How Proud
A$AP Rocky – Thuggin’ Noise (It’s Hemsworth, Bitch Edit)

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Cool Songs : July

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Another one in the books, and a particularly eventful one due to my reinstated unemployment.  Everybody wins when Matt doesn’t need to put on pants until he starts getting paranoid about life still existing outside his front door and ventures to the coffee shop (To get attacked by a fucking dog).

A recap of the month that was here at SOH:
Son of Hilljack’s 10 Most “Watchable Movies”
Best Albums of 2013 (Thus Far)
The Best Original SyFy Movies
6 People Who Might Be Satan (According to the Internet)
The 10 Silent Film Actors You See At, Like, Every Summer Music Festival

What’s even stranger than our recent bout of productivity is the fact people are actually reading this shit.  Some of you guys even repost these links on Facebook and Twitter and, on behalf of all of us, that is the coolest favor ever.  Thank You.

Best Thing That Happened in July

– BFF’s of this blog Jurassic Pop put out the cassette release of Mac DeMarco from Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN, and it very much blew up.  They were on Pitchfork and Spin and a bunch of other reputable domains.  If you’re not familiar with their catalog, I recommend listening to every single fucking release.  I’m not kidding you, they’re all incredible.

Prediction For Best Thing That Happens In August

– Breaking Bad.  It’s going to be an intense 7 weeks.

 Tracklist:
Diana – Perpetual Surrender (Four Tet Remix)
La Luz – Brainwash
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib feat. Karriem Riggins – City
Billie Holiday – My Man (Toro y Moi Remix)
Summer Camp – Fresh
Jacques Greene – Faithful
London Grammar – Strong
Friends – The Way
Mac DeMarco – Young Blood
Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo – Join Me On My Avalanche
Guy Andrews – 7AM
Local Natives – You & I (Local Natives Remix)
Spirit Animal – Forever Ago
BOY/FRIEND – Leather Weather (Brenmar Remix)
College – Un Long Sommeil

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Cool Songs : May

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I just want to tell you all, that regardless of whether or not you’re spinning these playlists — I love making them.

There have been some unbelievable tracks that have dropped this spring that I probably wouldn’t have heard otherwise, and I have this irrational obligation to you people to thank.  This mix came together beautifully and has all the proper doses of Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Experimental and some straight up club bangers.  It’s the perfect playlist for somebody with an identity crisis or a commitment to being pretentious.

A bonus cut that couldn’t be found on Soundcloud, but is most definitely one of my favorite tracks this year…

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Cool Songs : April


Apologies for the prolonged absence — especially considering my last past post prior to this one was a music review that was one giant step short of a music review. As it turns out, it’s much easier to contribute steady content to a blog when you’re unemployed.

And actually, this month’s playlist is going to be much shorter (ready to opt out of my lazy ass blog yet?), but that’s by design. I seriously doubt you guys are interested in hearing a 3 hour playlist that jumps from genre to genre, and would probably opt for 10 standouts or at least a compilation that had some flow. See? I’m always thinking of you guys, even if it’s not necessarily evident.

A quick recap of the month that was. Things definitely hit a low point on the 15th, as evidenced by the tears of twitter . What a fascinating part the internet played in this national tragedy, from the good (strangers offering up nearby sanctuaries to Boston Marathon runners on Twitter) to the bad (misinformation flying around, ex. 12 dead) to the hilarious (Reddit detectives, CNN’s credibility). For the rest of my life I’ll remember sitting in my Glendale, California apartment, dialed into a live stream of the Boston Police Scanner at 1:30 am and being so overwhelmingly captivated. I’m still not exactly sure how we caught him…something involving a boat, a pool of blood and a negotiator….but we did, and everybody simultaneously swelled with patriotism that was reminiscent of Charlie from Always Sunny.

I’d like to think we’re still riding that wave of positivity, considering April was a generally kick-ass month. It got warm for a bunch of you, so congrats on that. Additionally, the only relevant, yet extremely entertaining portion of the NBA season is underway. Also, I lived vicariously through friends Jurassic Pop back in Lafayette on what was apparently a wildly successful Record Store Day 2013 at Purdue. That reminds me though, if I hear about another Racist incident at Purdue, I’m flying back and kicking everybody’s ass, whether they were involved or not. Forewarning.

I’d like to punctuate your month with an extremely strong April edition of Cool Songs. I was floored by more than few tracks over the past month, and I’m happy to have this outlet to share them with you guys. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Oh and I almost forgot, Empire of the Sun released a new video for their painfully vanilla single “Alive”. The video on the other hand…My god this video. If you’re familiar and appreciative of their brand of hilarious vanity, this will not disappoint.

Lukach’s picks

“Dis Ain’t What U Want” – Lil Durk

“I can’t do no shows, cuz I’m terrified of my city/ They say I terrify my city,” Durk wails on this monolith of a track that’s his first single from Def Jam. He doesn’t really fuck around, and that’s about the most vulnerable you’ll find him, when “Chicago Hates You” turns into “Chicago Hates Me.” The rest is as menacing as ever, and Paris Bueller’s drop in the middle of the chorus is crushing.

“Fuk Yo Life” – Fat Trel

Trel sputters a lot about killing and fucking here and it’s actually pretty chill considering the content. 12 Hunna’s beat is the matter here tho, with all the literal bells and whistles giving it a kineticism that works for Trel to stuff his syllables through.

“Sound of Love” – Cassie feat. Jeremih

Slow jam of the month award right here– it feels like a Cassie song featuring Jeremih, but his voice is the one that’s more dynamic here, helping it to really swell by that last chorus and making you want to fuck immediately every time you hear it. Cassie’s a super-solid complement here though, don’t get me wrong. Sexiest song I’ve heard in a minute.

“Afterwards (Bring Yo Friends)” – Kid Cudi feat. Michael Bolton & King Chip

This is a Kid Cudi song featuring Michael Bolton about bringing your friends to their after party, and it’s 9 minutes long. I also love it, so there’s that.

“Grins” – Charli XCX

“Ha Ha Ha” is the best song from this new Charli XCX album, but “Grins” stretches out her gothic groans over hella drums that gives it a lighter touch, even when she’s wailing. It carries none of the weight of the rest of the album, but all the tangible melody. “Beaches and oceans for my baby…”

“SOS in Bel Air” – Phoenix

One of those songs that makes you feel like you’re running, or you should be going somewhere or something, but when the break comes before it falls into the chorus, it catches a little reset before Thomas Mars gets to croon “Alone, alone alone” over and over–that intimacy permeates the rest of the track once you hear it and it’s all catchy, cool and invigorating together, somehow.

“Unreal” – Hebronix

The dude from Yuck is making his own music now, and this one is super slow, super lonely, and SUPER druggy. Must be high to listen. (Not really but it certainly works to your benefit.)

“Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey

LDR’s Gatsby contribution is the best, but only by default, because the rest of those curated by Shawn Carter for the Gatsby soundtrack really have no business being on a Gatsby soundtrack, unless it was adapted by Baz Luhrmann with a soundtrack from Jay-Z, so, yeah.

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Cool Songs : March

Happy Easter kids.  Mine began with an egg hunt.  I won’t get into details, but I don’t think there will ever be a moment in my life where that isn’t fun.  I have to say, March was really great.  I saw one brilliant movie (Spring Breakers) and heard more than a few great albums.

Things to look forward to in April : James Blake album, “Blue Ocean Floor” remixes, a new music video from Lafayette, Indiana favorite Broken Light.  

Things I was listening to not necessarily from March, which might be re-titled the “Call Your Girlfriend” award : GUCCI MANE.  Particularly Trap God.  Admittedly, I couldn’t pick Gucci’s flow out of a lineup 72 hours ago, but it is instantly one of my favorites thanks to Harmony Korine and Spring Breakers.


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Cool Songs : February

Forewarning : This playlist will be considerably less involved than January.  Last month, we felt compelled to break down tracks, and what they meant to us and shit.  This month we’re mad at you, but we’re not telling you why.

I will say I had like some sort of half-cold for a couple weeks, paired with the fact I started Homeland. And then there was the week that I just listened to “Call Your Girlfriend” on repeat. I won’t deny trying to watch the video on my phone while driving on the highway (4 or 5 times). Sorry world.

A few things worth noting though. I invite anybody to try knocking “Retrograde” off the top of the mountain. Far and away song of the year for me. “AM Portal” and “The Mirror Reflecting (Part 2)” had to be back in this mix. The latter sent me down an internet rabbit hole where I found electronic doom music. Way more terrifying than the heaviest metal and some of it completely un-stomachable. Seriously, can you imagine somebody playing this at a party?

What the fuck is going on here, exactly?

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