Robin Thicke‘s “Love After War,” is pretty clearly about a relationship, although the title is rather pertinent following the end of the Iraq War yesterday. Last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Robin Thicke performed the sexy song — and we think if his voice was reincarnated as a physical thing it would be bedroom eyes. (Speaking of bedroom eyes, why are you hiding them with those sunglasses at night, Robin?) Either way, his performance of the title track off his new LP was vibrant, and Thicke laid on the signature charm that has all the ladies swooning, as we saw at his live show in New York last week.
The strangest thing is looking a “Best Of 2011″ list and not seeing Adele in the Top 10. It’s almost refreshing, although we do love Adele. In fact, Adele doesn’t appear until #23 on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks Of 2011 list, which is quite unsettling given that “Rolling In The Deep” was pivotal in defining 2011 popular music landscape (“Someone Like You” appears at #60). But we guess that’s what makes Pitchfork tastemakers — they don’t follow trends, yet are willing to give credit where credit is due.
More unexpectedly still, Nicki Minaj makes it to #4 on Pitchfork’s list for “Super Bass” — a huge party track that slipped almost completely under the radar on this year’s critical end of year lists. However, the only surprise about Bon Iver‘s “Holocene” coming it at #2 is that it wasn’t #1, lending a painfully predictable air to the inclusion. Most importantly however, coming it at number one is the forgotten hit of the year, the confusingly underrated “Midnight City” by M83. We’re predicting that M83 will be to 2012 what Bon Iver was to 2011, so it makes sense that Pitchfork would deem the electronic master piece a number one. We’re also pretty stoked to see Beyoncé at #7 with “Countdown” — probably the most overlooked track of the year.
The Top 100 Tracks [Pitchfork]
Another year, another 50 albums you need to know, according to Paste Magazine. Yep, 2011 is coming to a close, and we’re about to be slammed with the “tops” and the “bests” of the year, not to mention the “musts” and the “watch this spaces” for 2012. Paste Magazine has kicked off the festivities with their top 50 favorite albums of 2011, and while 50 seems like a big number, it’s certainly not enough.
We’ve been drooling over the list, which lists Bon Iver‘s Bon Iver, Bon Iver as the best album of the year, but also includes VH1 favorites like Adele (#14), My Morning Jacket (#3) and even You Oughta Know artist Dawes (#8). However, we ask, where praytell is Beyoncé? We implore! And what of Watch The Throne?
Of the lesser knowns, how could Youth Lagoon, The Weeknd and Atlas Sound fail to make the cut? It’s been a big year indeed, and it looks like culling a list down to even a generous 50 is a ruthless task. Hats off to Paste Magazine for taking a decisive plunge into rating 2011’s vast and amazing releases.
Check out their complete list below the jump.
M83‘s lead single from their new album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming has an almost unstoppable momentum behind it, and it’s not showing any sign of slowing down. The song has already appeared on a Victoria’s Secret commercial and on the end credits for HBO’s How To Make It In America, and last night the band performed the electronic hit live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On stage last night (after being introduced by a giddy Fallon) M83 gave an energetic performance — we never thought that watching electronic music live could be so compelling. There was even live saxophone, and we’ve got to say, it’s rare that we’ve seen a saxophonist rock that hard!
M83‘s new album, Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, has been one of the most talked about releases of 2011, and has launched the band from cult indie-electro status to “next big thing” stature. And the first single from the album, “Midnight City”, appears to be the culprit behind M83’s sudden pervasiveness. As the soundtrack to Victoria’s Secret‘s latest launch — the landing of the newest Angels in tandem with the release of the brand’s new fragrance — “Midnight City” has blasted out of it’s alternative niche and right into the hungry ears of mainstream audiences.
And the buck doesn’t stop there — “Midnight City” was also featured as the credits rolled on Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s How To Make It In America. It’s not entirely surprising that M83’s star has risen so quickly, given the band’s brand of uplifting, huge, reverberating sounds. The music is almost made to play over grand montages of sweeping movements, slow motion running and whimsical moments. We’re expecting to see more M83 blasting over vast, panning cameras and epic movie style drama very soon!