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@ZackTeibloom This is my favorite round two match-up and not just because Jack White is involved. It’s the break-out star of 2012 in Frank Ocean vs my favorite living artist who finally put out a solo album and showed what he can do when in complete control. Frank Ocean has found a way to appeal to everyone, and that isn’t meant to be a bi-sexual joke. He’s just quite lovable, racking up six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year. But he’ll have to beat Jack White in that category as well. I can’t wait to see who comes out on top here, even if we’re posting it on a Sunday night the night before NYE. We’ll let this run until it’s suit-up o’clock tomorrow, post a round 2 re-cap, and then start the final four on Tuesday. I’m just glad the tradition of not getting to our finals before the new year starts continues. But honestly I’ll only be truly content if Jack moves on. Read the rest of this entry »

@AndyShore I get intro duties today, as these are both “Andy” songs. That means the rest of the world thought they were among the best of the year, and not just Austinites on a mission to keep things weird (This is the second time I’ve taken this jab at Zack today…not sure why. I love Austin.). We see the biggest hit from the band that started the revolution and made folk music popular again, versus the guy who is pretty much the poster child for popular these days. Coincidentally enough, both have elements of eras past in them. It seems fit that they face off in this round. Vote for which one will have a future in our Song of the Year contest. Read the rest of this entry »

@ZackTeibloom Now it’s getting tough. These are two of my top three songs of the  year and I’ll be sad to see either Miike Snow or Byrne/Vincent eliminated. We also see two of the most bizarre videos of the year competing, so do please take the time to watch these two brilliant masters at work. I told Andy to take his pick on who to write about this time, since I could write passionately about either one. Even though I have Bryne/Vincent in my finals, I’m glad I get to write about Miike Snow, since when it came down to it, Caitlin and I missed several shows at Coachella to get close for Miike Snow, but when Bryne/Vincent came through Austin we passed up the opportunity to see them to see Gene Ween Aaron Freeman’s solo show. I kinda regret not seeing this tour, but like any good festival, you’ll be forced to pick between favorites. Read the rest of this entry »

@ZackTeibloom Hey all. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas or Movie & Chinese food day and are ready to get back to round two. After winning three fantasy leagues and losing another championship by 0.98 points, I’m OK with the fact that my perfect bracket will likely go down this round. I truly don’t know who will win. I just hope some of you are around online to vote. This match-up pits Passion Pit and their synth-y fun music with sad lyrics against Muse, who somehow manages to make dubstep good, which is incredibly impressive on its own. Passion Pit clearly has the better album, but for just one song, I can see good arguments being made for either one. Read the rest of this entry »

Favorite Song of 2012 Round 1 Recap

Posted by teibs On December - 20 - 2012

@ZackTeibloom We made it through round one and only one bracket is still perfect. Whaddya know, it’s the same guy who’s formatted every post, written most of the intros and created all the polls. While I may have the lead, the real points come in the next couple rounds. I had a pretty good feeling about round one, but I truly don’t know who will pull ahead next round. Perhaps the vote totals from the last round will give us a hint. Frank Ocean led round one with 55,000* votes and Muse was in a close second with 52,000. On the other hand, Miike Snow made round two with only 6,000 votes. Sure. some of this has to do with how many people happen upon the site on a day, but there’s something to be said about bands that got that kind of momentum. I’m starting to worry about Jack and his 15,000 votes.

Round two presents some real interesting match-ups:

Passion Pit vs. Muse, Miike Snow vs. David Byrne & St. Vincent, Bruno Mars vs. Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean vs. Jack White.

And now to the rankings of those of you who turned in a bracket:

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@ZackTeibloom Oh, hai Jack. We reach the end of round 1 with my personal favorite against a band that always seems to be forgotten about. If it was solely up to me, we’d have all 13 Blunderbuss songs and the b-sides making up all 16 songs of this contest, but I’ll explain why this is the Jack White song we chose, even though “Freedom at 21” is the one that got the Grammy nod. As for The Shins, I think it’s fair to say Andy and I both had a moment or two this year where we went from casual fans of The Shins to being fully in their corner. For me it was seeing them in the rain twice at Osheaga and then again at ACL. But even though I became more of a Shins fan, I’ve never been as into Jack White as I am right now. And that’s saying something. Read the rest of this entry »

@ZackTeibloom Is it Jack White time yet? Apparently it’s not until tomorrow, but I do think Frank Ocean has a great chance of upsetting him if he can get past Oberhofer. Brad Oberhofer named his band after his last name and clearly wants to be the focal point. Christopher Breaux just went ahead and changed his name to Frank Ocean and branched out from Odd Future to acclaim from all kinds of music fans. Even though Oberhofer is my favorite break-out artist of the year, I don’t think they have much of a chance against the people’s breakout artist in Frank Ocean. After missing Oberhofer at ACL, Caitlin and I got to see them open for Matt & Kim and watched them blow those two over-rated self hype machines out of the water. Oberhofer is still unpolished at this point, but the song-writing is so strong, they feel like a band on the way up. After a batch of Grammy nods and loads of year-end mentions, Frank Ocean’s already up there. Read the rest of this entry »

@ZackTeibloom Mumford & Sons are HUGE right now. Their sales numbers are jaw-dropping for this era of the music business. They’re even outselling Bieber and Lady Gaga and everyone not named Adele. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why this folk rock band is having such massive success, because I could talk about catchy chorus’ and exciting live performances and I could be talking about any number of bands who aren’t seeing a fraction of their success. Mumford & Sons seems to have found exactly what their fans want in a song and then replicated that over and over until they have an album that can go platinum when nothing goes platinum anymore. They’re not a Christian rock band, though some have questioned whether they were, so without god on their side, they just happen to have struck the right chord in people, I suppose. On the other hand, Yeasayer just keeps getting more and more inventive, growing and evolving and getting weirder and more brilliant with every album and hardly anyone cares. They play a million notes per minute, layering incredible bass and dance-y synth over smart lyrics and trippy visuals but can also slow it down and are wildly inventive and talented. They may not be the rock giants that Mumford and Sons have become, but they’re their own beast, and my personal favorite touring band of the last few years that doesn’t have Jack White in it. Read the rest of this entry »

@ZackTeibloom It’s The Police vs. Mumford and Sons! Wait, sorry, me and Andy  just decided they sound like those bands respectively. All I had to do was Bing them to see that we’re not alone. Bruno Mars admitted it, saying “Hell yeah! You try to write a Police song! I grew up listening to the Police, I grew up performing in bars, singing Police songs.” As for the Of Monsters and Men and Mumford and Sons thing, this article called “Of Monsters and Men Are Iceland’s Mumford and Sons” spells it out pretty well. So who do you like, The Police or Mumford and Sons. Never mind all that, just listen to these songs and grade them on their own accord. We’ll get to Mumford and Sons later in this contest anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

@ZackTeibloom Early in November I told Andy to start thinking about songs for this contest. His first thought was “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees. My first thought was “Who?” I mean, 1) Who the eff are Neon Trees and who the eff likes that song, and 2) “Who” by David Byrne and St. Vincent needs to be on that list. I think “Everybody Talks” is the worst song in this contest and belongs in the catchy version, but whatever. It’s here. It faces the lead track off one of the most accomplished albums of the year in “Love this Giant” and boy do I ever (love that giant.) It’s David Byrne at his weird, yet controlled self mixed with St. Vincent who has only gotten better and better after cutting her teeth with Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens. Their give and take is really something special on this album and by starting off with horns that punctuate the rest of the track, I can’t get enough and have this song going all the way to the finals. First things first, it needs to get by this garbage. Ahh, I just read that Neon Trees used to open for The Killers. Everything makes sense now.  Read the rest of this entry »

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