Favorite Songs 2013

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My Top 10 (From @rangelifercrds #FavSongs13)

10. High Water “Someday” (free download)
9. Foodman “Tekuno
8. Four-Tet “Human Once Again (Grimes)” — clean download HERE
7. King Krule “Easy Easy
6. Gold Panda “Trust
5. Express Rising “Horse Opera
4.  AyGeeTee “Carry Out
3. Two by @icecoldchrissy – Jaqkquil “Sit Deep” & Coyote Clean Up “Wild 4Ever
2. Tycho “Awake
1. The Range @therangejames So many jams on his LP “Nonfiction” & EP “Seneca” can’t pick just one!

My favs from #LFK and family:

Rooftop Vigilantes “Outlet Village
Hospital Ships “Come Back to Life” (free download)
Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk “Let’s Listen to Souvlaki and Make Out
Y(our) Fri(end) “Bangs
Fourth Of July “Drinking Binge” (free download)

Special shout-out to one of my all-time favorite Range Life-released tracks from this year:

1,000,000 Light Years “Sevens” (free download)

 

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Favorite Songs 2013

Favorite Songs of 2010, #13

(This is our 3rd annual “Favorite Songs” series. It’s a forum for Range Life friends and family to share and celebrate the songs that moved us and meant something to us in 2010. Songs are presented in no particular order. We’re posting weekdays until we’re spent, so keep checking back. Submissions are welcome! Send a song link and whatever you want to write to zach@rangeliferecords.com)

Today’s post comes from Brendan Hangauer, singer/songwriter for Fourth Of July, whose terrific sophomore LP “Before Our Hearts Explode!” came out this Fall.

i had three different songs that really stuck with me this year:

1. titus andronicus“a more perfect union”

NEW JERSEY+THE BOSS+RANCID+BEING YOUNG AND PISSED OFF IN THE YEAR 2010= TITUS ANDRONICUS i like it!

my favorite lyrics:

“Because where I’m going to now, no one can ever hurt me
Where the well of human hatred is shallow and dry
No, I never wanted to change the world, but I’m looking for a new New Jersey
Because tramps like us, baby, we were born to die”

2. gorillaz“to binge” (mp3)

i really wanted to hate this band and for the most part i do.  the whole cartoon thing just seems totally lame to me.  anyways..my sister and nephew got into this album when it came out.  they would always make me listen to it in the car driving around in the summer.  finally this song came on and i have to admit: there is no better song in the whole wide world to have playing while you drive around in the summer time!!  after i heard this song it was the only thing i would listen to in her car.  we would turn the volume up as loud as we could and drive around downtown lawrence with the windows down singing along…..with no shame.

3. bruce springsteen – the promise

this song is a b-side on the reissue of darkness on the edge of town.  this song and video just kick ass.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQh8yxEkzrY

my favorite lyrics:

“Well now I built that Challenger by myself
But I needed money and so I sold it
I lived a secret I should’a kept to myself
But I got drunk one night and I told it”

Favorite Songs of 2010, #13

Favorite Songs of 2009, #9

(This is our second annual “Favorite Songs”series. It’s a chance for Range Life fans, friends and family to shout-out and share some of the songs that made 2009 better, dancier, more deeply felt, more memorable and enjoyable. Songs are presented in no particular order. Submissions are welcome! Send a song link and whatever you want to write to zach@rangeliferecords.com.)

Today’s post is by Brendan from Fourth Of July. He always finds the songwriter’s gem.

Song: “Roll On” by Simon Joyner

Song Link: Team Love

If there was a music video for Simon Joyner’s song “Roll On”, it would go like this: Still interior shot of a front door. Piano comes in. Simon Joyner kicks in the door form the outside.  He walks up grabs the cameraman by the shirt collar and yells the lyrics into the camera. “You were up to your necklace/ in drunk friends and wreckage/ when the new year/Stepped out of the past/through rose colored glass/and dropped you off here!” Meanwhile his band (drunk) is behind him banging along to the song on whatever instruments they can get their hands on.

This song has a very unique feel to it. I can’t tell if he is really pissed, really happy or really sad.  But somehow I can relate to the feeling. The lyrics roll on so carelessly, yet thought-out and clever.  The production is the same way.  There is a chaos to it but everyone involved seems to understand the chaos (the banging piano, yelling background vocals, lead guitar).

The genius of this song is how the chorus tames the madness of the verses.  “Roll on, Roll on, Roll onnnnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnn” has a great calming effect.  I also appreciate lyrics like: “It don’t make you feel any better/ when you’re under the weather/ and it’s hanging over you”.

– Brendan Hangauer

Favorite Songs of 2009, #9

Favorite Songs of 2008, #11

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(This is a series celebrating our favorite songs of 2008. No particular order. It is being cross-posted at rangeliferecords.com. If you’d like to contribute, email a song link and two tickets to Mexico to zach@rangeliferecords.com.)

Today’s post is by Brendan Hangauer, singer/songwriter for Fourth Of July.

Song: “Buriedfed” by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.

Song Link: Chromewaves.

Video: HERE

I first heard this song at my brother Zach’s house. I was reading the FADER article about Miles and asked him if he had heard any of his music. He put on the track “Buriedfed”. What struck me was that the production and the song lyrics fit so well together, so loose and carefree,  like barely-controlled chaos. It feels like it’s about to fall apart but instead keeps building and building.

I really enjoy the renegade spirit of this song. No one these days says “fuck”, “shit”, and “goddamn” in the same song. No one sings about death using the same rhyme scheme over and over, all while trying not to laugh (and sometimes not being able to hold it in). Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson doesn’t give a shit. Plain and simple.

I recommend having some friends over, drinking a lot of beer, turning this song up as loud as possible, standing on the coffee-table and screaming along to the lyrics. It’s really fun. I’ve done it.

Brendan Hangauer

Favorite Songs of 2008, #11