Winners! PFU’s Best of 2010

 

Yes, I know. This blog is supposed to focus on specific practical uses for music. However, this year was, in my opinion, one of the better years for music in quite a while. That moment when you get a new record and it’s so good you can only to feel happy to be alive. I had that feeling a lot this year. I felt that a look back at some of my favorite tracks would be a solid enough use to warrant a post. Keep in mind this is not a music review. I’m not try to say: “given the state of music today I feel that these tracks are the most relev-“. No. No, I am not. Honestly, I kind of hate that sort of thing. These are just some of the songs that made me happy, in a year when new music made me happier than most year in recent memory.  We are all at strange whims to music, and when people go against those natural urges to be “thorough” or “hip”,  it’s just silly. I know I probably missed several great releases and they will be conspicuously absent to some, but…I don’t get paid to do that. Feel free to alert me of some great tracks on your own list. I hope you enjoy the great songs I was lucky enough to catch this year. There are way too many, and they are in no particular ranking. I’ve left the album info on the files so you can find the albums easier in case there is something unknown that you really like. Go and buy it.

PFU #014: The Best of 2010 [Pt. 1]

USE: Reflecting on a great year of music.

  1. Anti-Pop Consortium – Volcano [Four Tet Remix]
  2. Boyz IV Men – Garbaggio
  3. The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
  4. Sunol – Save Me A Place [Fleetwood Mac Cover]
  5. Freddie Gibbs – National Anthem (Fuck The World)
  6. Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
  7. The Strange Boys – Be Brave
  8. Angelina Lucero  – I’m On Fire [Springsteen Cover]
  9. Glass Candy – Feeling Without Touching
  10. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
  11. David Cross – I Can’t Get Beer In Me
  12. Tobacco – Fresh Hex [ft. Beck]
  13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Revolution’s A Lie
  14. Daft Punk – End of Line
  15. Tame Impala – I Don’t Really Mind
  16. Class Actress – Terminally Chill [Neon Indian Cover]
  17. Sonny & the Sunsets – Too Young to Burn
  18. The Roots – How I Got Over [ft. Dice Raw]
  19. Cults – Go Outside
  20. Caribou – Sun
  21. Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied
  22. Yeasayer – O.N.E. [Glasnost Remix]
  23. She & Him – Gonna Get Along Without You Now [Skeeter Davis Cover]
  24. The Magnetic Fields – You Must Be Out of Your Mind
  25. New Young Pony Club – The Optimist
  26. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  27. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – River Styx
  28. Röyksopp – Forsaken Cowboy
  29. Antoine Dodson & The Gregory Brothers – Bed Intruder Song

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PFU #015: The Best of 2010 [Pt. 2]

  1. Arcade Fire – Ready To Start
  2. Kid CuDi [ft. LCD Soundsystem, Chip Tha Ripper, & Christian Bale] – All Talk
  3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
  4. Proxy [Todd Buker] – In Just [Demo] [ft. Jason Williamson]
  5. Kanye West – Power [ft. Dwele]
  6. Thee Oh Sees – Mega-Feast
  7. Vandertramp – Step Into My Arms [Demo Mixdown #1]
  8. Wild Nothing – Gemini
  9. Of Montreal – Famine Affair
  10. White Fence – The Love Between
  11. Girl Talk – Let It Out
  12. Destroyer – Chinatown
  13. Amon Tobin – Hey Mr. Tree
  14. Bonobo – Kong
  15. Boyz IV Men – Trance Armstrong
  16. Das Racist – Rapping 2 U [ft. Lakutis]
  17. The Hood Internet – Nuthin’ But A Journal Thang [Dr. Dre vs Class Actress]
  18. Lykke Li – Get Some
  19. LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit [Soulwax Remix]
  20. PJ Harvey – Written On The Forehead
  21. The Drums – The Future
  22. Dan Auerbach – The Prowl
  23. El Guincho – Bombay
  24. Chromeo – Hot Mess
  25. Midnight Juggernauts – Lara Versus The Savage Pack
  26. Miike Snow – Animal [Mark Ronson Extended Dub Remix]
  27. Twista – The Heat [ft. Raekwon]
  28. Louis C.K. – Cell Phones and Flying

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PFU #016 – The Best of 2010 [Pt. 3]

  1. Jose Gonzales [Junip] – Rope and Summit
  2. The Chemical Brothers – K+D+B
  3. Hot Chip – Hand Me Down Your Love
  4. Girl Talk – Jump on Stage
  5. Daft Punk – Derezzed
  6. Cut Copy – Where I’m Going
  7. Janelle Monбe – 57821 [ft. Deep Cotton]
  8. Caribou – Odessa
  9. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
  10. MGMT – Congratulations
  11. New Young Pony Club – Lost A Girl
  12. Crystal Castles – Not In Love [ft. Robert Smith]
  13. Ratatat – Neckbrace
  14. Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab
  15. DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. – Romerex [Dance Theme]
  16. The Black Keys – Sinister Kid
  17. Best Coast – Crazy For You
  18. Baths – Aminals
  19. New Pornographers – Your Hands (Together)
  20. Ty Segall – Girlfriend
  21. Surfer Blood – Harmonix
  22. The Fresh and Onlys – Waterfall
  23. Deerhunter – Helicopter
  24. Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
  25. The Gaslamp Killer – Monsterfromtheunderground
  26. DJ Shadow – Def Surrounds Us

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PFU #017 – The Best of 2010 [Pt. 4]

  1. Brian Eno – 2 Forms of Anger
  2. Beck’s Record Club – Devil Inside
  3. Gonja Sufi – DedNd
  4. Gil Scott-Heron – Me And The Devil
  5. Girls – Thee Oh So Protective One
  6. Scissor Sisters – Running Out
  7. Twin Sister – Lady Daydream
  8. Sunol – Headlands
  9. The Walkmen – While I Shovel The Snow
  10. Band of Horses – Factory
  11. Uffie – Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans
  12. The Art Museums – Oh Modern Girls
  13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Beverly Kills
  14. Crocodiles – Flash Of Light
  15. Nice Face – Nobody’s Dead Here
  16. Japanther – Surfin’ Coffin
  17. La Roux – Bulletproof [Glasnost Remix]
  18. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  19. The Strange Boys – Night Might
  20. David Cross – The One Show About Drugs and Stuff
  21. Lemonade – Lifted
  22. The Clientele – As The World Rises And Falls
  23. Marnie Stern – Nothing Left
  24. Javelin – Vibrationz [Album Version]
  25. Ceo – Come With Me
  26. Toro Y Moi – Blessa
  27. Jacuzzi Boys – Bricks or Coconuts
  28. Beach House – Silver Soul

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PFU #018 – Best of 2010 [Pt. 5]

  1. Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Lovesick
  2. Spoon – Got Nuffin’
  3. Miike Snow – Billie Holiday
  4. Das Racist – You Outta Know
  5. M.I.A. – Born Free
  6. The Vaselines – Sex With An X
  7. Ducktails – Don’t Make Plans
  8. Deerhunter – Revival
  9. Wolf Parade – Little Golden Age
  10. The Morning Benders – Promises
  11. Dr. Dre – Forgot About Dre [ft. Eminem] [Tape Bros. Remix]
  12. PS I Love You – Facelove
  13. Wavves – Idiot
  14. Crooked Fingers – Black Rose
  15. Atlas Sound – Mona Lisa
  16. Foals – Total Life Forever
  17. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Trick Pony
  18. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
  19. Arcade Fire – Month of May
  20. Holy Fuck – SHT MTN
  21. Smith Westerns – Weekend
  22. DOM – Jesus
  23. Kanye West – Good Friday [ft. Common, Pusha T, & KiD CuDi]
  24. Caribou – Bowls
  25. Daft Punk – Fragile
  26. Abe Vigoda – Beverly Slope
  27. Curren$y – Breakfast
  28. Forest Swords – Rattling Cage
  29. Gayngs – The Gaudy Side of Town
  30. Blackbird Blackbird – Heartbeat
  31. Lætitia Sadier – Summertime
  32. LCD Soundsystem – Home

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Let The Healing Begin. The Heartbreak Anthology: Part 1.

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Ka-Boom. This is the “official” beginning of Production For Use. For the first real post i didn’t want to leave anyone out. I tried to think of the most fitting and encompassing opening to a blog that aims to provide specified life soundtracks. Heartbreak was the only real answer.

Listening to music to deal with getting your heart stomped is probably the most common use of all music, ever since humans knew enough words to say “Fuck this, I’m leaving”.  I’m sure there’s a romantic explaination…something about the heart technically being an instrument. Cruelty and sensitivty appears to be engrained in our genetic make-up, therefore heartbreak is also the most common theme in music. It beats love songs by a mile…in numbers and appreciation. This isn’t surprising. Heartbreak is one of the only things everyone can relate to. Love songs are excessive supplements, break up songs are a necessity.

Against my better judgement I decided to take on the task of finding a handful of what I thought were the most useful songs for heartbreak. Not just song about heartbreak, but songs that would be useful when you are actually going through it. As you may imagine there is a long and diverse list. Heartbreak is never simple, even when it is.  Valentine’s Day seemed like the ideal place to start. PFU will be presenting several different collections of songs for romantic loss over the coming days. This is an attempt at a handy loveworn anthology. The mixes are gender specific and loosly follow the 7 stages of greif. The kick-off mix is for men, and the tone is angry.

Remember to please retain the song order.

PFU MIX #001

USE: Dealing with Heartbreak – Shock & Anger Stages. For Him.

  1. Steve Martin – How To Leave Your Lover
  2. Saul Williams – List of Demands (Reparations)
  3. Simon & Garfunkel – Cecilia
  4. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – There’s Something Wrong With You
  5. Q65 – Get Out Of My Life Woman
  6. The Wu-Tang Clan – Dogshit
  7. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls
  8. Zeigenbock Kopf – I Know Sorry When I See It
  9. The Sonics – Shot Down
  10. The Lovemakers – Whine and Dine (DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. Remix)
  11. Crooked Fingers – Solitary Man
  12. Desmond Dekker – This Woman
  13. Willie Nelson – Bloody Mary Morning
  14. The Dirtbombs – Lost Love
  15. Half Japanese – 1,000,000 Kisses
  16. Baby Huey & Baby Sitters – Messin With The Kid
  17. The Cold War Kids – There’s Something Not Right With Me
  18. Ghostface Killah – You Know That I’m No Good (Ft. Amy Winehouse)
  19. The Bee Gees – Earnest of Being George
  20. Pere Ubu – Final Solution
  21. Phoenix – Consolation Prizes
  22. John Lee Hooker – I’m Bad Like Jesse James (Live)
  23. Journey – You’re On Your Own

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