The best of 2004 mix tape
Just so you know, I’m completing this mix tape and post under official protest, as one of my absolute favorite songs ever was released in 2004 but isn’t available on Spotify, so I can’t include it. To quote Cris Carter, “C’mon, man!” Do better, Spotify. Anyway, take a second to enjoy the absolute awesomeness that is Loretta Lynn, dueling with some dude named Jack White and basically creeping everybody out with the insane chemistry they have together.
For the record, in case either Loretta or Jack are reading this, anytime you kids want to kick it around Portland drinking Sloe Gin Fizzes I am totally in, because that sounds about as much fun as anything I can imagine. And btw, if you want to hear what a truly great country album sounds like, go find a copy of Van Lear Rose and check it out. You won’t be sorry.
No Portland, Oregon put a bit of a bad taste in my mouth for 2004, but it wasn’t that bad of a year really. Not as good as 2003 mind but this ended up being a serviceable list. The only song I’m really bummed out about having to exclude was Me and Guiliani Down by the Schoolyard by !!!, but it’s like 9 minutes long and I just didn’t have room for it on the mix. So go check that one out sometime if you’re motivated.
The Rat – The Walkmen
The Walkmen really were a stellar band, and this one is one heck of a way to kick off the mix.
Portions for Foxes – Rilo Kiley
More Adventurous was Rilo Kiley’s zenith, and there were 4 or 5 songs from that album that I considered, but Portions for Foxes is top shelf guitar pop song.
School Spirit – Kanye West
You may love or hate Kanye, but there’s no denying how great of a record The College Dropout is. School Spirit isn’t close to the best song on that record, but it’s one of the the few that isn’t loaded with wall to wall profanities, so I can include it here without worry that my kids will get expelled from elementary school for repeating something they hear in the car.
Palmcorder Yanja – The Mountain Goats
Well hey there, John Darnielle, it’s about time you showed up on one of these lists. Good to have you.
Staring at the Sun – TV on the Radio
I haven’t been the biggest fan of some of TV on the Radio’s albums, but they definitely have some absolutely killers songs now and again, and Staring at the Sun is one of them
Everything Is Everything – Phoenix
Phoenix can be a bit too precocious sometimes, but they do make some excellent pop songs periodically.
Float On – Modest Mouse
I debated which song off Good News for People Who Love Bad News to include, but it just seemed petty of me not to use the one most people know, seeing as how it’s a pretty great song anyway.
Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani
There was also no use in fighting a pop song as infectious as this, regardless of the damage it does to your carefully cultivated hipster dufus image.
Disconnect the Mob – Of Montreal
I swear I didn’t put this one after Gwen on purpose in some desperate attempt to prove my music snob chops (ditto for the next song). It just worked out that way and flowed pretty nicely.
Who Could Win a Rabbit – Animal Collective
It’s kind of exciting to know what lies ahead in the very near future for Animal Collective. Sung Tongs was pretty a pretty stellar in it’s own right, but there’s some truly killer AC on the horizon.
Irish Blood, English Heart – Morrissey
The Mozfather’s mini-renaisance in the mid-2000s was as welcome as it was unexpected.
The Letter – PJ Harvey
I think I’ve run out of superlatives for her. Needless to say this is a great song off a great album.
Kicking Television – Wilco
I totally dig this song. Is it April yet?
Can’t Stand Me Now – The Libertines
Pete, here’s hoping the rehab went well. The world needs more proper new Libertines tunes way more than it needs another OD’d rock star.
Miracle Drug – A.C. Newman
Man, A.C. Newman just seems to grow great power pop songs on trees or something. He’s a freaking Canadian treasure, he is.
Killer Parties – The Hold Steady
Really excited that THS is on the scene now. Get comfy, gents. You’re going to be here a while.
Here’s the Spotify playlist for your listening/subscribing/deconstructing pleasure.
Which one of your favorites did I leave out of this one?