M&T Best Songs of 2017

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M&T Best Albums of 2017

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January 2018 Spotify Playlist of the Month

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Best of 2010

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #14

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#14. Laura Veirs-“I Can See Your Tracks”

I’m not sure if it is her angelic voice, the simple guitar riff or Jim James’ perfect backing vocals, but whatever it may be Laura Veirs’ “I Can See Your Tracks” is one of the most beautiful songs of the year. A song of longing and love lost, “I Can See Your Tracks” finds its place at #14 on our top tracks of the year. 2010’s July Flame was Veirs’ seventh album and it was received to great critical acclaim, some even calling it the album of the year when it was released way back in January. “I Can See Your Tracks” is certainly one of the album’s highlights, but if you like what you hear go ahead and grab the full album, you won’t be disappointed.

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #15

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#15. Spoon- “Written in Reverse”

Britt Daniel knows what he’s doing. With the release of their seventh record Transference this year, mainstay indie rockers Spoon always find a way to stay relevant. With “Written in Reverse”, Daniel forms a catchy, contagious tune out of mashed piano chords and an overblown falsetto. Don’t ask us how he does it though, just enjoy the backwards ride.

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #16

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#16. Kite Club-“Very Necessary”

The #16 track of the year is the ridiculously catchy (as well as dance-able) “Very Necessary” from Nicholas Futcher aka Kite Club. Futcher is a one man Australian wrecking crew who also had a self-professed obsession with Hanson in his younger years. Needless to say, that obsession rubbed off in Futcher’s music (in a good way) as both tracks off of his Goodtime Tea Show EP are undeniably catchy. You can download the Goodtime Tea Show EP as well as an acoustic version of “La La Melode” here http://kiteclub.bandcamp.com/ on his band camp. As we all know, when Futcher ominously exclaims, “With the setting sun comes another revolution,” he is obviously referring to the arrival of track #15 on our countdown tomorrow…so make sure you check back tomorrow as we keep the countdown rolling.

M&T Best Tracks of 2010: #17

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#17. Black Keys-“Tighten Up”

For our #17  best song of 2010 we chose “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys. “Tighten Up” was released as single before their album, Brothers, came out.  The song has become the band’s most successful single and has reached the top of US alternative charts.  “Tighten Up” features powerful drumming from Patrick Carney along with a funky guitar part and the bluesy singing of Dan Auerbach.  I missed out twice last year on seeing The Black Keys, but, I mean that’s what happens when Bonnaroo schedules The Flaming Lips perfoming Dark Side of the Moon at the same time.  Enjoy this video, and check back tomorrow for #16.

M&T 20 Best Tracks of 2010: #18

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#18. Generationals-“Victim of Trap”

For our #18 song of the year we chose “Victim of Trap” by the Generationals. For those fans of M&T’s New Music Mondays out there you are familiar with the New Orleans trio and their Trust EP. The EP which came out in November is the second effort by the Generationals after their debut full-length album Con Law was released in 2009. “Victim of Trap” features a pulsing bass line and swirling effects throughout which creates an upbeat post-pop feel that can be felt on the rest of the EP as well. Definitely regretting not seeing these guys when we had the chance to back in New York City at the Pirate! Promotions party. You win some you lose some I guess. Check back in tomorrow for #17.

M&T 20 Best Tracks of 2010: #19

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#19. Peter Wolf Crier-“Hard As Nails”

For our #19 song of the year we chose “Hard as Nails” by Peter Wolf Crier off of their debut LP Inter-Be. The Minneapolis based duo of singer-guitarist Peter Pisano and drummer-producer Brian Moen have worked with a multitude of different groups before (Wars of 1812, Laarks and Amateur Love to name a few), but this is the first time that they have worked together. What resulted from this collaboration was the creation of their stellar debut album as well as an opening slot on Dawes and Vetiver’s fall tour. I chose a live video of the song “Hard as Nails” for this post because the recording just doesn’t do justice to the raw emotion that the song evokes. It begins with Moen’s rapping of the bass drum which provides a driving force that pushes the song forward. The song then builds into a series of one man harmonies which shows the technical expertise needed in producing the song and then re-creating it live. By the end of the song Pisano’s guitar is noticeably out of tune, he has snapped one of his strings and he can barely contain himself to his seat in trying to fight off the sheer energy of the song’s climax. The song ends fittingly with a barrage of Pisano’s wailing harmonies in culmination of a 4 minute epic build up.

M&T 20 Best Tracks of 2010: #20

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#20: Liars- “Scissor”

Liars have been around for 10 years now since they first came on the scene in 2000. Since then, they have released 5 full lengths, mostly to critical acclaim with an evolving style  of dance punk and noise rock. “Scissor” is the premier track off their 2010 release Sisterworld and starts off with lead singer Angus Andrew’s lonely low tones and a sorrowful violin. The explosion of sound a minute later is indicative of what Liars can bring to the table, serving up what begins as two distinct entities but eventually comes together for an absolute jam. And if M&T were to do music videos of the year, it’s safe to say this one would be on the list.

PS. Sorry for the ad on the video, Vevo is dumb and pointless, but its worth the wait.

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