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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Boo. We’re Back…and We’re Moving On.

halloween

Hello kids. I know it’s been way, way, way too long since I’ve posted anything, but this blog is officially back in business. Due to several reports that the Heartbreak Anthology was bringing the room down, it has been discontinued…well moved. It was a good way to lead off this blog, but the options are so immense that I decided to give the heartbreak mixes their own blog. It’s a blog of all heartbreak music that will be done by me and lots of guests. That way we can cover all of the bases on that subject in terms of gender, race, orientation, etc.

The Heartbreak Blog is called IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU. It lives here: http://heartbreakcity.wordpress.com

Now it’s time to get Happy. To atone for such a long absence I’m welcoming everyone back with THREE Halloween mixes, and not a minute too soon. I’m including the Halloween mix that I made last year and two for this year. One is meant to be more generally listenable and the other is specifically designed to scare or at least unnerve whoever is listening to it. There are some fall mixes coming next week. Stay tuned, thanks for coming back, and have a great Halloween.

NOTE: LINKS RE-UPPED!!!!

PFU MIX #005

USE: Keeping Yourself Happy While Shopping for Costumes & Driving Drunk in a Costume [in 2008].

  1. Richard Pryor – Wino Dealing With Dracula
  2. The White Stripes – Little Ghost
  3. I Monster – The Blue Wrath
  4. Ray Stevens – Laughing Over My Grave
  5. David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
  6. Clea Bradford – My Love’s a Monster
  7. Vampire’s Sound Incorporation – Necronomania
  8. Thee Oh Sees – Ghost in the Trees
  9. Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Devil Do
  10. Carole Bennett – Haunted Lover
  11. The Sonics – Psycho
  12. Jean Van DerPyl – Nobody Loves a Witch
  13. Destroyer – Your Blood
  14. Sunset Rubdown – A Day In The Graveyard
  15. Jerry Wald – The Creeper
  16. Suicide – Ghostrider
  17. The Keytones – I Was a Teenage Monster
  18. Evangelicals – The Ghost of Abner E. Norman (The Halloween Song)
  19. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Alligator Wine
  20. The Kingsmen – Haunted Castle Party
  21. Serge Gainsbourg – Docteur Jekyll And Mister Hyde
  22. Michael Jackson – Thriller [DiscoTech Remix]

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PFU#006

USE: Getting Yourself Excited to Dress as Someone Else

  1. Richard Pryor – The Exorcist
  2. Make*Up – Save Yourself
  3. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  4. Louis Armstrong – St. James Infirmary
  5. The Cramps – Human Fly
  6. Louis Farrakhan [The Charmer] – Zombie Jamboree
  7. Julie London – Dark
  8. The Fall – Psycho Mafia
  9. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Black Ghost Blues
  10. Screamin’ Lord Sutch – Monster In Black Tights
  11. Bernard Herrmann – Taxi Driver (A Night Piece for Saxophone & Orchestra)
  12. Cat Power – Werewolf
  13. The Gaslamp Killer – Unknown Instrumental #8
  14. Tommy Collins – Black Cat
  15. Soft Boys – Kingdom Of Love
  16. Ethel Ennis – Mad Monster Party
  17. Clara Rockmore – Liebeslied
  18. Piero Umiliani – Cantata Per Maryam
  19. Charles Manson – Look At Your Game, Girl
  20. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Disco Devil
  21. Duane Eddy – Stalkin’
  22. Pulp – Frightened
  23. Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs – Lil’ Red Riding Hood
  24. Henry Mancini – Experiment In Terror
  25. Pavement – The Killing Moon

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PFU MIX #007

USE: Scaring You, Your Friends, and Their Familes

One Quick Note about Track #5: A few days after that song was recorded, Pat Hare shot his baby. Enjoy.

  1. Charles Manson – Uptown
  2. Sonic Youth – Inhuman
  3. Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit
  4. Amon Tobin – Bloodstone
  5. Pat Hare – Gonna Murder My Baby
  6. Goblin – Profondo Rosso
  7. Shellac – Prayer to God
  8. John Carpenter – The Shape Stalks Laurie
  9. Lightning Bolt – 13 Monsters
  10. Claudine Longet – Lullaby From Rosemary’s Baby (Sleep Safe And Warm)
  11. Suicide – Frankie Teardrop [Excerpt]
  12. Akira Ifukube – Godzilla Comes to Tokyo Bay
  13. The Manson Family – No Wrong Come Along
  14. Tom Waits – What’s He Building in There?
  15. Mark Murphy – Come and Get Me
  16. Beck – Cut 1/2 Blues
  17. Ennio Morricone – Adonai
  18. Louis and Bebe Barron – An Invisible Monster Approaches
  19. Pussy Galore – Die Bitch
  20. Alex Bartha’s Hotel Traymore Orchestra – It Must Be Swell To Be Laying Out Dead
  21. John Carpenter – Halloween III (Main Title)
  22. Henry Thome – Wolf Bait
  23. Alain Goraguer – Mira et Ten
  24. The Who – Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde
  25. Goblin – Waiting Death
  26. Mogwai – Stanley Kubrick
  27. Ray Noble & his Orchestra  – Midnight, The Stars, And You
  28. White Noise – The Black Mass (An Electric Storm in Hell)
  29. Elizabeth Clare Prophet & The Church Universal And Triumphant – Decree 10.05

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