Walkie Talkie ♦ DJ Shadow ♦ Best Songs Of The Decade ♦ #4

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Walkie Talkie ♦ DJ Shadow (with music video below text)
Being a Dadaist by profession, the artist Max Ernst said, was a contradiction in terms. There was no such thing as an unchanging state of revolution. And to put the spirit of Dada on exhibition, he continued, was no more than a weak illustration, like trying to capture the violence of an explosion by presenting the shrapnel.

Check me out.

Being a DJ is the musical equivalent of being a Dada artist. Working with found objects, collaborating across time and space with musicians you never met DJ Shadow plays above and around his trademark bass and drum sound and defies you not to groove to this shit.

Any number of tracks from Shadow’s Private Press could have made this list, from him minimalist “Giving Up the Ghost” to his snarky and virtuosic “ Monosyllabic”, which constructs a 7 minute epic out of only a three second, two bar sample of an obscure song by getting gloriously lost inside myriad beat and tempo shifts, or even Shadow’s nod at his Dada influence at the top of his road rage song “Mashin on the Motorway” which opens with the sample “He said you can call me Captain Dada, whatever that meant”

It is his disco thumping piece of braggadocio that is “Walkie Talkie” that is going to be featured on your next party list, I promise you.

Need a confidence boost? Interviewing for a new job in this suck ass economy? Trying to work up the courage to ask that girl out? Need a pep talk for the little guy, down on his luck, starring back at you in the mirror. Pop in some headphones, and capture the power of the exploding disco shrapnel that is Walkie Talkie, #4 on the No Cure For That top songs of the decade.

-Davis Fleetwood (e: NoCureForThatProductions {at} gmail {dot} com )

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Skinny Love ♦ Bon Iver ♦ Top Songs of the 2ks ♦ #7

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Skinny Love ♦ Bon Iver
You want to remember your worst breakup and have it channeled not into some Chris Brown or Rhianna style vengeance or anger, but into something with beauty, not anger, just a “how is this happening to me jaw dropping horror?” Of course you do. Skinny Love may be the best song born of a break up ever.

Justin Vernon, the singer songwriter, of Bon Iver has been there and offers a very inviting shoulder to cry on.

Famously made in alone in a remote wood cabin, the album that gave us Skinny Love: For Emma, Forever Ago brings to mind a sound that Sigur Ross might produce if they were a folk act…

No, imagine if Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) could manifest itself in a folk song. What draws the listener in is now some emo “Woa is me bullshit” but a flesh and bone American male facing grief honestly and fully and without apology. On top of a steel guitar that draws you in sink layers upon layers of heartbreaking falsetto vocals; layers does not even get at it- Vernon claims that these songs were meant to be sung by 100 people.

Put one some headphones, and add another layer of vocals to make it 101.

With that many people singing, maybe she will come back.

-Davis Fleetwood (e: NoCureForThatProductions {at} gmail {dot} com )


TOP 10 MOVIES OF THE 2K’S
TOP 10 SONGS OF THE 2K’S
TOP 10 NEWS STORIES OF THE 2K’S
TOP 10 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF THE 2K’S
TOP 10 NEWS STORIES THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN NEWS STORIES IF NOT FOR OUR PATHETIC ADDICTION TO CELBRITY CULTURE

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