Thursday, December 10, 2015

Village Voice Ballot 2015

I shut down the RT20 List after 25 years last year. But I'm somehow still a Village Voice Pazz & Jop voter, so I decided to assemble Top 10 albums and singles to submit and I figured I'd share them here. Enjoy. (Or criticize, whatever.)


1) Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum (Merge)

2) Courtney Barrnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom & Pop)

3) Tame Impala – Currents (Interscope)

4) Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers (Merge)

5) Wilco – Star Wars (dpm)

6) Guster – Evermotion (Ocho Mule/Nettwerk)

7) Dwight Yoakum – Second Hand Heart (Warner Bros.)

8) FFS – FFS (Domino)

9) Unlikely Friends – Solid Gold Cowboys (Jigsaw Recordings)

10) The Figgs – Other Planes of Here (Stomper Music)


1) Alessia Cara – “Here” (Def Jam)

2) John Grant – “Disappointing” (Partisan)

3) Adele – “Hello” (XL/Columbia)

4) Best Coast – “Feeling Okay” (Harvest)

5) Beck – “Dreams” (Capitol)

6) Dawes – “All Your Favorite Bands” (Hub Records)

7) The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face” (Republic)

8) Ryan Adams – “Bad Blood” (Pax Am/Blue Note)

9) EL VY –
“Return to the Moon” (4AD)

10) The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Astralwerks)

Monday, December 07, 2015

Party Like It's 1999 12/5/15

Stone Temple Pilots – “Wicked Garden”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Vasoline”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Dancing Days”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Big Bang Baby”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Sour Girl”
Urge Overkill – “Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon”
White Town – “Your Woman”
Lemonheads – “Into Your Arms”
Dave Matthews Band – “Stay”
Rusted Root – “Send Me On My Way”
Better Than Ezra – “Good”
Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy”
Eagle-Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight”
Sublime – “Date Rape”
Reel Big Fish – “Sell Out”
Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Hell”
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “The Impression That I Get”
No Doubt – “Sunday Morning”
Letters to Cleo – “Cruel to Be Kind”
Meredith Brooks – “Bitch”
Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn”
Mariah Carey – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
Mariah Carey – “Honey”
Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre – “No Diggity”
Salt-N-Pepa – “Shoop”
Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”
Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Ma$e – “Mo Money, Mo Problems”
Will Smith – “Getting Jiggy Wit It”
Will Smith – “Fresh Prince Theme”
Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
Kris Kross – “Jump”
Michael Jackson – “Black or White”
Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back”
Juvenile – “Back That Azz Up”
2Pac and Dr. Dre – “California Love”
DMX – “Party Up (Up in Here)”
Snoop Dogg – “Gin and Juice”
TLC – “No Scrubs”
Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
Mariah Carey – “Fantasy”
Pras featuring Michel, Mya and ODB – “Ghetto Supastar”
Janet Jackson – “Escapade”
Britney Spears – “(You Drive Me) Crazy”
Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
Spice Girls – “Spice Up Your Life”
Ace of Base – “Beautiful Life”
Nikki French – “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
La Bouche – “Be My Lover”
Reel 2 Real – “I Like to Move It”
Quad City DJ’s – “Space Jam”
69 Boyz – “Tootsie Roll”
Eiffel 65 – “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”
Right Said Fred – “I’m Too Sexy”
C + C Music Factory – “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
Kid N Play – “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody”
Boyz II Men – “Motownphilly”
Mariah Carey – “Emotions”
Mariah Carey featuring Jay-Z – “Heartbreaker”
N’ Sync – “Tearing Up My Heart”
Backstreet Boys – “Larger Than Life”
Aqua – “Barbie Girl”
Chumbawamba – “Tubthumping”
Hanson – “Mmmbop”
Green Day – “Basket Case”
Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”
Weezer – “Buddy Holly”
Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Sponge – “Molly”
Sugar Ray – “Fly”
Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
Ini Kamoze – “Here Comes the Hotstepper”
Beenie Man – “Who Ami I (Sim Simma)”
Ginuwine – “Pony”
Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name”
Aaliyah – “Are You That Somebody”
Coolio featuring LV – “Gangsta’s Paradise”
Warren G and Nate Dogg – “Regulate”
Lil’ Kim – “Crush on You (Remix)”
Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M.”
Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”
ODB – “Got Your Money”
Lou Bega – “Mambo #5”
Ricky Martin – “Living La Vida Loca”
Enrique Iglesias – “Bailamos”
Jennifer Lopez – “If You Had MY Love”
Jade – “Don’t Walk Away”
Brandy and Monica – “The Boy Is Mine”
Counting Crows – “A Long December”
Lisa Loeb – “Stay (I Missed You)”
Seal – “Kiss From a Rose”

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Party Like It's 1999 11/7/15

AC/DC – “Hard as a Rock”
Van Halen – “Top of the World”
Material Issue – “What Girls Want”
Morrissey – “November Spawned a Monster”
Toad the Wet Sprocket – “Something’s Always Wrong”
Cake – “Never There”
Hole – “Violet”
Veruca Salt – “Volcano Girls”
The Offspring – “Self-Esteem”
Bush – “Comedown”
Nirvana – “Heart Shaped Box”
Foo Fighters – “Monkey Wrench”
Harvey Danger – “Flagpole Sitta”
Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy”
Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
No Doubt – “Just a Girl”
Mariah Carey – “Fantasy”
Whitney Houston – “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”
Brandy – “Sitting Up in My Room”
Monica and Brandy – “The Boy Is Mine”
Salt-N-Pepa – “Shoop”
TLC – “No Scrubs”
Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa”
Snoop Dogg – “Gin and Juice
2Pac and Dr. Dre – “California Love”
Will Smith – “Getting Jiggy Wit It”
Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
Kid n Play – “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody”
Kris Kross – “Jump”
Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back”
Juvenile – “Back That Azz Up”
Ginuwine – “Pony”
Next – “Too Close”
Whitney Houston – “I’m Every Woman”
Janet Jackson – “Escapade”
Mandy Moore – “Candy”
Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
N’Sync – “Tearing up My Heart”
Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time”
Christina Aguilera – “Genie in a Bottle”
Ace of Base – “The Sign”
Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre – “No Diggity”
Blackstreet featuring Mya – “Take Me There”
Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It”
Puff Daddy and Ma$e – “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down”
Ma$e – “Feels So Good”
House of Pain – “Jump Around”
Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Green Day – “Basket Case”
Lit – “My Own Worst Enemy”
Weezer – “Buddy Holly”
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “The Impression That I Get”
Alanis Morissette – “You Oughta Know”
Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
Whitney Houston – “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
Cher – “Believe”
Aqua – “Barbie Girl”
Corona – “Rhythm of the Night”
Real McCoy – “Another Night”
Quad City DJ’s – “C'Mon 'N Ride It (The Train)”
Fatboy Slim – “Praise You”
Nine Inch Nails – “Closer”
Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”
Beastie Boys – “Sure Shot”
Mark Morrison – “Return of the Mack”
Ini Kamoze – “Here Comes the Hotstepper”
Snow – “Informer”
Tony Toni Tone – “Feels Good”
Coolio featuring LV – “Gangsta’s Paradise”
TLC – “Waterfalls”
Mariah Carey – “Always Be My Baby”
R. Kelly – “Bump N Grind”
Whitney Houston – “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”
Mary J. Blige – “Not Gon Cry”
Seal – “Kiss From a Rose”

Monday, November 02, 2015

Come as You Are Express Yourself 10/30/15

The Hooters – “All You Zombies”
The Cranberries – “Zombie”
Mike + the Mechanics – “Silent Running”
Billy Idol – “Eyes Without a Face”
Ministry – “(Every Day Is) Halloween”
Total Coelo  – “I Eat Cannibals”
Squirrel Nut Zippers – “hell”
Beck – “Devil’s Haircut”
INXS – “Devil Inside”
Motley Crue – “Shout at the Devil”
Killing Joke – “Eighties”
Asia – “Heat of the Moment”
Icicle Works – “Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly)”
Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy”
Psychedelic Furs – “Love My Way”
Weezer – “Say It Ain’t So”
Blur – “Song 2”
Blink 182 – “All The Small Things”
The Cure – “Just Like Heaven”
Bananarama – “Cruel Summer”
Rufus and Chaka Khan – “Ain’t Nobody”
Janet Jackson – “Nasty”
Will Smith – “Getting Jiggy Wit It”
Kool and the Gang – “Get Down On It”
Cameo – “Word Up”
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – “It Takes Two”
Prince – “1999”
Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams”
Pat Benetar – “Love Is a Battlefield”
Madonna – “Material Girl”
Britney Spears – “…Baby One More Time”
Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
NSync – “I Want You Back”
Shania Twain – “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
Toni Basil – “Mickey”
Nena – “99 Red Balloons”
Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy”
Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
MARS – “Pump Up the Volume”
Haddaway – “What Is Love”
Real McCoy – “Another Night”
Newcleus – “Jam On It”
Crystal Waters – “Gypsy Woman”
Stone Roses – “Fool’s Gold”
Europe – “The Final Countdown”
Nirvana – “Come As You Are”
Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters”
Michael Jackson – “Thriller”
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – “Say Say Say (2015 Remix)”
Rockwell – “Somebody’s Watching Me”
A-ha – “Take on Me”
Devo – “Whip It”
Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”
Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
Mandy Moore – “Candy”
Robyn – “Show Me Love”
Billy Joel – “Uptown Girl”
Hall and Oates – “Private Eyes”
Kenny Loggins – “Footloose”
The B-52’s – “Love Shack”
Lisa Stansfield – “All Around the World”
Toto – “Africa”
Men at Work – “Down Under”
Rocky Horror – “Time Warp”
Blackstreet – “No Diggity”
Salt-N-Pepa – “Shoop”
Dee-Lite – “Groove Is in the Heart”
702 – “Where My Girls At”
Monica and Brandy – “The Boy is Mine”
Fine Young Cannibals – “She Drives me Crazy”
Janet Jackson – “Miss You Much”
The Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited”
T’Pau – “Heart and Soul”
Talking Heads – “This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)”
Tina Turner – “What’s Love Got to Do With It”
Prince and the Revolution – “Purple Rain”