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Thursday, August 24, 2006

"Bolt like a horse", not "Bold like a whore"


Occasionally, I deem it necessary to make a list. I try not to do it too often any more, because it's basically a cheap, brainless way to take up space on the internet, but I can't help the compulsion sometimes.

So, tonight, I have decided to make a list. Forgive me.



Ten great songs of the past six years that prove that women still exist, despite what rock radio would have you believe...and Amy Lee doesn't count

A self-explanatory subject, I suppose. Limited to one per artist, mostly because I'm only making this a top 10. This is not a list entitled "my definitive list of the best songs by women in the past six years". This is just an off the top of my head list of 10 great songs sung by females. Enjoy.

10. Deerhoof - "Panda Panda Panda" (2003)
Satomi Matsuzaki makes this song. The guitars are basically a Sonic Youth rip-off, but her woman/girl yelpings and off-key coos manage to transform a throwaway track into a classic example of why I fucking love Deerhoof.

09. Missy Elliott - "Work It" (2002)
I had a religious moment with this song once. I've never been the same.

08. Yo La Tengo - "Let's Save Tony Orlando's House" (2000)

07. Bjork - "Who Is It?" (2004)

06. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps" (2003)
Sure, it's the single. But I don't really like the rest of the band's music. I don't think I will ever be able to listen to a full YYY's album without wanting to switch it to The Pretenders. However, this song is fantastic, and Karen O really fucking sells it.

05. Cat Power - "He War" (2003)
Chan Marshall is crazy, but she knows how to strum that guitar.

04. Imogen Heap - "Hide and Seek" (2005)
Seriously, vocorders rule.

03. The Concretes - "You Can't Hurry Love" (2004)
I can't put my finger on why this song is so addictive, but it still grabs me when I listen to it. I think it's the singer's voice combined with the crazy horns on the build up to the chorus.

02. The New Pornographers - "Letter from an Occupant" (2001)
I don't think I'll ever get over how damned perfect this song is. Don't try to make me, it won't work.

01. Joanna Newsom - "Peach, Plum, Pear" (2004)
If you know me, you knew this was coming. I am madly in love with Ms. Newsom, and I am especially wrapped up in her voice. I know, it's weird; but I love it. And when I have twenty layered Joanna's screaming (chipring?) at me, I love it even more.

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