CSD headquarters gently suggested that I contribute one of these, so here goes. One of my "study" playlists skewed my play counts a bit, but I stand by each one of these tracks.
1. Spoon - You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
Even still, I cannot play this song less than three times in a row. Double-tracked tambourine is the cat's pajamas.
2. Kings of Leon - Ragoo
You wouldn't be wrong to dislike this band, especially given the egregious sell-out, mediocre, Bon Jovi-aping fourth album. Even so, Because of the Times is a tour de force, and this is the best of the bunch.
3. Nightmares on Wax - "Les Nuits"
Just let it play; it's got a narcotic effect. But keep an ear peeled for the Pharcyde sample.
4. The Rapture - Whoo! Alright-Yeah . . . Uh Huh
I'm still not clear on how this song failed to make the Rapture more of a mainstream success.
(By the way, in digging up YouTube links for this post, I encountered a number of "fan-made" videos. WTF are these things? In this one, it looks like some teenagers got a sixer of Jolt cola and decided to film it. To be fair, if I were fifteen and had access to YouTube, I worry that I might have made one of these.)
5. Underworld - Twist
I am not on drugs, I swear. This song gets more cacophonous (Is that a word?) as it progresses, and the bassline is just goofy.
6. Groove Armada - Lovebox
3:30 into it still makes me stop whatever it is I'm doing.
7. The Beta Band - Lion Thief
I really miss this band.
The song starts at about a minute and a half in. It has a lot to do with the lyrics of the song . . . I mean . . .
8. The Strokes - You Only Live Once
Average band, excellent song.
9. Radiohead - 15 Step
Kind of rips off M.IA., doesn't it?
10. Orbital - Halcyon (Live)
I feel the same way about this song as I do with The Wire - I am jealous of people who still get to experience hearing/seeing it for the first time. My sister brought me this on her discman and handed me her headphones; I hated, hated, electronic music, but this was the track that changed all of that. The samples at the halfway point are still as hilarious/effective/mind-boggling as the first time I heard it.