I originally posted one of these playlists at mid-year, but it’s been a huge year for new music, so it was time to update the playlist. Now, I don’t know how you felt about 2014, but for me, it was probably the best year of the decade so far for music.
When I put together playlists, or just lists of songs, I don’t normally take the time to rank them. This time around, I had some pretty strong opinions, so at least the top 10 songs here are in the order that I think they deserve to be. I also tried to limit my choices to only one song per artist. Would some of these artists have had more than one song on this list otherwise? It’s definitely a possibility.
Parquet Courts are one of my favorite bands of the last couple of years, but they are still relatively new. The band, formed in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY, consists of Andrew Savage (vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (vocals, guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass) and Max Savage (drums).
The band’s music has been described as snarky punk, but I also hear some other styles mixed in as well. A couple of songs even remind me of Chuck Mosely-era Faith No More (“Dear Ramona”) or old-school Beck (“He’s Seeing Paths”). Even though the band has only released two full-length LP’s and one EP, I put together this playlist with some of their best songs, for those who have never heard the band before.
This week marks an overall change in the way I’ll be putting together these weekly playlists from now on. The original idea was to have one playlist that people would subscribe to and then each week it would be wiped out and a new batch of songs would take their place. On paper, it was a good idea because nobody ever has to subscribe to more than one playlist, but then it eventually started to have an effect on the prior weeks’ blog posts, which contained links to those specific playlists (and the list of songs) but the actual songs would no longer match up. If that makes sense, then let’s move on.
Starting this week, we not only got our own domain (cuterthanpie.com) but I actually went back through every previous post and cleaned up all the links, videos and playlists. From now on, every past edition of The Weekly Dose will be available to listen to on this site. However, there is a new master Spotify playlist that I’d recommend everybody subscribe to. All previous tracks can be found there (currently around 100 songs so far) and it will be updated each week with the latest edition.
Finally, before we head into this week’s playlist, I want to thank everybody for the support over the last couple of weeks. Not only did we move to a new domain name, but we’ve been averaging over 100 hits a day (and broke a record last week with a one day total of 465 views).
I feel like I’ve written a lot about Sia on the blog over the last few years, but she really is one of my favorite artists who is finally getting the attention she deserves. I first became aware of Sia in the early 2000’s, when she was featured on the song “Destiny” by Zero 7. The thing is, I didn’t really know it was her until about 7 or 8 years later when she released her live album Lady Croissant which featured that song alongside another Zero 7 track and live performances from her solo albums up until that point (including “Breathe Me” which has been included in many commercials, as well as featuring prominently in the Six Feet Under series finale).
She recently gained attention in the mainstream for her song “Titanium” which was produced by David Guetta. She’s also written songs for many popular artists (including Rihanna, Madonna, and Beyonce to name a few), and earlier this month she released her fifth studio album, 1000 Forms Of Fear. Lately, Sia has been hiding her face in most of her live television performances, due to a combination of stage fright and a reluctance to be in the public eye. But I’ve seen her in concert three times (so far), and I hope she will someday return to touring and live concert performances, as she really does have one of the best voices out there right now.