While wrapping your morning's seafood catch, you may have noticed that one of the pages from this week's print edition featured a list of a ton of songs I heard over KEXP's airwaves this year. You may have even marveled at the exquisite descriptions that accompanied each track. And naturally, after a certain amount of marveling, you probably wondered what some of those songs sounded like. Well, I got your back. Being the nice guy that I am, I've decided to do all the legwork for you, and supply you with links to (and more often than not, music videos for) all thirty-two songs on the list. So, if you're ready, meet me after the jump:
Andrew Bird "Anonanimal" March 9, 12:35pm - Not in love with Bird's mumble for the most part, but his voice otherwise is moving, and he is an incredible musician. All the parts, from the strings on down, flow together seamlessly.
Keith Canisius "This Time It's Our High" April 15, 4:36pm - Drugs.
Gomez "78 Stone Wobble" April16, 3:37pm - This track is kind of boring. What was I doing on April 16th that this provided the perfect soundtrack to?
Lauren Hill "Lost Ones" April 20, 3:15pm - Great song, great album, great hair.
Blakroc "What You Do To Me" April 25, 9:28am - I avoided listening to this album for some time, but this track sounds smoother and more natural than many mash-up-style rap/rock experiments.
UNKLE "In A State" May 11, 1:08pm - An eerie house groove with themes of isolation and desperation.
The Wrens "Boys, You Won't" May 13, 10:24am - Another despondent protagonist; May must have been a depressing month for me. The guitar over the top and the piano down low grabbed me on this one.
Modest Mouse "The Stars Are Projectors" May 21, 8:25pm - I'm a fair-weather MM fan, but I dig the journey this song takes you on.
Gang Gang Dance "Thru and Thru" June 1, 11:15am - The crashing climax and hypnotic denouement are punctuated by a digitized "Live forever" line that might be the best ending to a song ever.
TV On The Radio "Will Do" July 11, 11:39am - Sexy and cool. The song has a classy new wave feel with fifties love song catchiness.
Joro Boro and Brilla "Imperial Kudurostep" July 26, 8:41pm - A silly, yet hard-hitting techno-ode to Darth and the Troopers.
M83 "Midnight City" July 27, 1:13pm - This smash hit is freeing, nostalgic, and creepy all at the same time. Great song.
Wu Lyf "Cave Song" July 27, 1:16pm - Wild, emotional vocals with great, frantic drumming and guitar/bass interplay to match.
JEFF the brotherhood "Ripper" August 4, 1:09pm - Nashville blues-rock that jumps into a roaring, rebellious punk tantrum. "I don't wanna go!"
Cults "Go Outside" August 5, 10:04am - Oh Cults, you're so great. This would have been just as big of a hit sixty years ago.
The Stepkids "Shadows On Behalf" August 10, 2:22pm - Another vintage-sounding jam. Seventies soul psychelelia.
Peter Bjorn and John "Second Chance" August 13, 1:43pm - Almost as relentlessly infectious as PB&J's "Young Folks", this is a pop song with indie-rock pedigree.
Iceage "Collapse" August 15, 1:33pm - Copenhagen punk jam with a tight, whiny guitar line and sassy bass lick.
Fool's Gold "The Dive" August 15, 3:35pm - Tasty summertime groove with south-of-the-border-style guitars and worldly rhythms.
Collections of Colonies of Bees "Lawn" August 17, 4:59pm - Mogwai-style instrumental buildup. Not quite as exciting as I thought at the time.
Leonard Cohen "Avalanche" August 25, 1:44pm - Haunting lyrics over classical guitar finger-picking and sinister strings.
Radiohead "Nude" August 25, 1:54pm - Radiohead is just a band that has never let their artistry give way to marketability. Thom sings beautifully.
Male Bonding "Seems To Notice Now" August 26, 11:45am - Fun, yet slightly outdated noise pop track.
DaVinci "D.R.E.A.M." August 28, 7:08pm - One of the most brutally honest, and best cuts I heard all year. Self-effacing bars sprinkled with hope: "Dream first ask questions last."
Phoenix "Lisztomania" September 1, 1:13pm - Awesome transatlantic pop song. If you don't like this song, you might want to get a soul-screening.
Keep Shelly In Athens "Our Own Dream" September 9, 9:17pm - Downtempo Mediterranean house that almost sounds like a syrupy Clams Casino endeavor. Sounded great on my birthday.
Real Estate "It's Real" September 10, 12:53am - As catchy as it is trippy. Looks like it was still my birthday.
Portugal. The Man "Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)" September 10, 7:03pm - Singer John Gourley does great falsetto funk here. The string accompaniment and melody sound Beatles-like in a very good way.
Telekinesis "Dirty Thing" September 10, 8:14pm - Singing drummer/multi-instrumentalist Michael Lerner does a lot of good things with this simple melody. Nice textures in the recording as well.
Deer Tick "Chevy Express" November 30, 7:10pm - Badass cowboy folk. Great canvas for lines like "Drugs and terror, which one's better? Mother Nature is waging a war."
Sally Ford & The Sound Outside "Against The Law" November 30, 7:32pm - Sorry to play the spoiler, but the segment where song's provocative amble goes uppercase toward the end is just fantastic.