03 January 2007

Cup’s Best of ’06: The Songs

This morning started off perfectly for The Songs post. My shower song was “Crush with Eyeliner,” which got me dancing and singing (way offkey). How can you not love a song with Thurston Moore backing Michael Stipe, and Peter Buck grinding the hell out of that Rickenbacker? And what lovely lyrics: What can I make myself be (fake her) / To make her mine?

Here are the songs I kept playing and singing in 2006:

Beck: “Think I’m in Love”
Belle & Sebastian: “Another Sunny Day”
Johnny Cash: “Rose of My Heart”
Lloyd Cole: “Woman in a Bar”
The Decemberists: “Yankee Bayonets” and “O Valencia!”
Bob Dylan: “The Levee’s Gonna Break”
Flaming Lips: “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song”
Gnarls Barkley: “Gone Daddy Gone”
Gomez: “See the World”
Minus Five: “Coffee, Cigs, Booze” and “Aw Shit Man”
Mission of Burma: “Donna Sumeria”
Alexi Murdoch: “All My Days”
The Pipettes: “Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me”
Raconteurs: “Steady as She Goes”
Sonic Youth: “Incinerate”
Justin Timberlake: “Sexy Back”
Twilight Singers: “My Time (Has Come)”

I’ll probably think of another 30 by the end of the week, so this list may be updated.

ALBUM OVERLOOK: Add Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins’ Rabbit Fur Coat to the list below. And I really loved Corinne Bailey Rae’s, The Hold Steady’s, and Joanna Newsom’s albums … but they didn’t make the final cut.



At 1/03/2007 12:25:00 PM, Anonymous paul said...

Again, I'm almost entirely out of the loop.

You kids with your music and your long hair...

At 1/03/2007 02:45:00 PM, Blogger haahnster said...

[Haahnster takes a deep breath, and prepares to display the degree to which he is out of touch with music of this new millenium...]

Am I safe in assuming that "Gone Daddy Gone" is a cover of the Violent Femmes song of the same title? Or, is it completely different?

PS - I'm so old, I remember when Charles Barkley (the inspiration for the band name, I presume) was playing college basketball. Now, he's just a big, fat NBA commentator...

At 1/03/2007 07:27:00 PM, Blogger barista brat said...

that's a fun list!

my top 2 have to be 'starlight' by muse and (i can't believe i'm admitting this) 'maneater' by nelly furtado.

At 1/03/2007 07:34:00 PM, Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

They seem an odd choice for me but I have been listening to Sublime way too much for my own good. Liked the Johnny Cash selection.

At 1/03/2007 08:45:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

The Beck, Johnny Cash, Raconteurs are automatic greats and I've heard a few of the others. I was really glad to see you add Jenny Lewis to the list, that's been a real favourite for me.

At 1/03/2007 08:53:00 PM, Blogger Bubs said...

Thanks for another great list Beth.

BTW, saw the Raconteurs a few days ago, and they were WAY better live than they sound on record.

At 1/03/2007 08:56:00 PM, Anonymous HollyC said...

me and RC have been listening to big band, I feel a little out of touch

At 1/03/2007 09:21:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

I just discovered Corinne Bailey Rae myself. Isn't she wonderful! I also really like Alexi Murdoch's "One Safe Place"

At 1/03/2007 10:46:00 PM, Blogger Old Lady said...

I love that picture of you in that frilly dress! I will be up hopefully in March to see my bros and nephews and niece

At 1/04/2007 02:43:00 AM, Blogger kfluff said...

Awesome!! I'm on my way to iTunes!

O Valencia has been on my daily play list for the last week--how can a song be both utterly upbeat AND so sad simultaneously?

At 1/04/2007 04:15:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

PAUL: Omigod. Six months as a daddy and you've become the grumpy old man next door. I'm making you a sampler CD. To save your soul.

HAAHNSTER: Yes, it's a good cover of the Violent Femmes tune (my favorite VF tune, in case you're keeping score at home). I'm older than you, so I remember Barkley: The Original well.

BRAT: Maybe you identify with the Furtado tune ...?

:P FUZZBOX: I love that entire Johnny Cash series. Every disc is brilliant.

DALE: I can't believe I had forgotten the Jenny Lewis CD on the first round. And you know what made me remember it? Just hitting your blog.

At 1/04/2007 04:18:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

BUBS: I'm still kicking myself for missing The Raconteurs when they were in Atlanta. I keep hearing great things about their live shows.

HOLLYC: The classics should never make you feel out of touch.

MELLOWLEE: We share a lot of the same likes. You must be very, very cool.

OLD LADY: I should wear that style more often, don't you think? And I'd love to see you when you head my way.

KFLUFF: That's what makes it such an amazing song.

At 1/04/2007 01:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As ever, I'm in awe of your musical diversity. Love these lists that mix up veteran acts with new ones I've never heard of.

At 1/05/2007 11:25:00 PM, Anonymous DJ Cayenne said...

I'm a little late to the party, but here's my list of best songs 2006:


I couldn't get behind the Hold Steady. I'm really trying. My initial reaction was that it sounded like a Springsteen impersonator backed by The Hooters. That hasn't gone over well with friends who are fans, so I'm giving it another go.

At 1/07/2007 01:44:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

I'm sorry Beth, but you've just depressed the hell out of me. "Steady As She Goes" was about the only thing I could get into on your list and in general, this has been the worst musical year ever...


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