I sincerely appreciate you all saving the Actual Best Song of 2022 for me!!!
So my search to find a live video that did my two favorite rock records of the year justice (DEATHWESTERN and God's Country) was futile. I knew I wasn't going to find anything off the rap albums I had in extremely heavy rotation all year (but seriously thanks for the tunes Curren$y, Jay Worthy, and Ramirez!). Then remembered my song of the summer.
J & I watched the MV for this in bed the first night it dropped, and I was pretty instantly smitten. The production rules and had what seemed like a bunch of lore being referenced in the song, so I had to know more. Then we proceeded to listen to this mini album in the car basically all year long. We started going to this neighborhood market all the way on the other side of Winnipeg which is just a long enough drive I don't have a lot of deeper meaning for this one. It's just a banger, and I like the vibes.
I feel bad for not being around much, but, you know, life is a lot. I hope next year is better and that I can see y'all around more in 2023. <3
Song of the year from the record of the year.
Bootsy’s Best of ‘22
Alvvays Blue Rev - Toronto band makes a tremendous album three leap and deliver the most satisfying rock record of the year. Continue reading Alvvays – Tom Verlaine
Newbish says this was his favorite song of the year. It's probably top ten for me (I really wanted to do "Aquamarine" by Black Thought and Danger Mouse, but there's no live version of any of their stuff, it seems). I was a little surprised to see that nothing from the new bum had been played here -- the album itself is short, but it's mostly an all killer, no filler affair.
Everyone flocked to "Spitting Off the Edge of the World" and that one is great, but this song mixes that classic YYY propulsion with their newer complexity.
I've been listening to a lot of classical music while I work. In November, I heard a piano piece by Connor Chee called "Unbroken" that stopped me in my tracks. There isn't a video of that one available, so here's another piece of his.
And just for funsies:
10 cool things that I liked this year in music:
- Raven Chacon won the Pulitzer Prize (Voiceless Mass)
- Wild Up continued their Julius Eastman catalog (Julius Eastman Vol. 2: Joy Boy)
- Bryan Senti - Mantra
- Weakened Friends new album (Quitter)
- The Afghan Whigs - I'll Make You See God
- Oceanator - Stuck
- Missy Mazzoli - Dark with Excessive Bright
- Big | Brave - Vital
- 50 Foot Wave - Staring into the Sun
- Ganser - Lucky
I love bluegrass and I love a good cover
When I was younger I was always talking to the older guys to get turned onto music I hadn't heard before. Sometimes the suggestions spoke to me, sometimes they didn't. I don't know if that you just cant understand bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, or Spiritualized when you are 23 or if I just didn't yet know how to appreciate the subtle melodies. Either way, sorry it took me so long Snackboy and Coach. Those bands all rule. Spiritualized is still putting out great stuff to this day as shown below.
Couldn't find a decent live version. Meh.