Top 20 Songs of November 2015

My favourite tunes of November, 2015:

20. A Silent Film – Lightning Strike


19. R. City f. Adam Levine – Locked Away


18. New Politics – Girl Crush


17. Chvrches – Keep You On My Side/Bury It/Down Side of Me


16. Metric – Lie Lie Lie/Cascades/Fortunes


15. Sia – Bird Set Free


14. The 1975 – Love Me


13. Grimes – Belly Of The Beat/Easily/World Princess Part II

Grimes’ label is doing a hell of a job of making sure tracks from her new album don’t reside on Youtube. Alas. These three are really dope tracks.


12. The Helio Sequence – Red Shifting


11. Baio – Sister of Pearl


Bonus: Happy Hollows – Endless/Goodnight Radio – Sophia So Far

Two really cool tracks from the film Before I Disappear.


10. Majical Cloudz – Downtown

This sparse gem is affecting in ways that are hard to pinpoint.


9. Borns – The Emotion/American Money

What a debut record from Garrett Borns.


8. Dragonette & Dada & Paul Harris – Red Heart Black

Martina Sorbara is on every hook-y dance song of the last three years, I’m convinced.


7. Book of Fears – The Water Lets You In

Brilliant song from an astounding show (Bloodline).


Bonus: The Features – This Disorder


6. Hailee Steinfeld – Rock Bottom

Taylor Swift is so ubiquitous, that aping her sound/voice is a pretty decent plan if you’re looking for success/air play. You have to have a strong song to go along with that plan though, and luckily for Ms. Steinfeld, this is that.


5. Guster – Long Night/Simple Machine

My treasures. I suppose I’ve felt this for a while, but after seeing them recently in Toronto at Danforth Music Hall (I believe that was the 4th time I’d seen them), the thought has crystallized: Guster is one of my favourite bands of all-time.


4. Chvrches – Playing Dead

Like Metric, just with a smaller catalogue, Chvrches employ the release strategy of ‘hit after hit after hit after hit after hit after hit after…’ With so many slayers, I don’t think anyone is feigning death though.


3. Coast Modern – Modern Life

An electro-indebted ode to Cage The Elephant. This is a (really) good thing.


2. Missy Elliott f. Pharrell – WTF (Where They From)

The Queen of hip-hop makes her triumphant return. Oh, and this Pharrell beat is ludicrously good.


1. Grimes – Flesh Without Blood/Kill v. Maim

Wish the record version of Kill v. Maim was available online, as the live one I’ve linked here is of just okay quality. Nevertheless, these are possibly the two best tracks from what is one of the best albums of the year.

Top 30 Songs of November 2014

This is my last Songs of the Month list for 2014, so I’m making it a super-sized one. November definitely deserves it. A lot of new releases hit the airwaves, and a bunch of them happened to be fantastic. ┬áHere are 30 really, really good tunes that had my aural attention in the month of November.

30. Meg Myers – Desire


29. Avid Dancer – I Want To See You Dance


28. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – In The Heat Of The Moment


27. Tove Styrke – Borderline


26. Jessie Ware – Keep On Lying


25. Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray


24. Glass Animals -Gooey


23. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance


22. Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life


21. Schoolboy Q – Man Of The Year


20. Foo Fighters – I Am A River


19. Robert De Long – Long Way Down


18. Gerard Way – No Shows


17. Joywave – Tongues


16. Ryn Weaver – Octahate


15. Royal Blood – Figure It Out


14. Stromae f. Lorde, Q-Tip, Pusha T, Haim – Meltdown


13. Interpol – All The Rage Back Home


12. Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine


11. Marina and The Diamonds – Froot


10. Kendrick Lamar – I


9. Grace Mitchell – Runaway


8. Cold War Kids – First


7. Night Terrors of 1927 f. Tegan and Sara – When You Were Mine


6. Taylor Swift – Blank Space


5. Ex Cops – Black Soap


4. Tei Shi – Bassically


3. One Direction – Night Changes


2. Elliphant f. Mo – One More


1. Broods – Mother and Father