Day four of our countdown of our favourite 200 songs of the past 10 years.
140 Chelsea Light Moving – Groovy & Linda (2012)
A distorted, bloody jam in tune with the bloody, violent nature of the 1960s shooting it narrates. Any Sonic Youth undertones? What do you think.
139 Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Disrepair (2009)
The gritty guitar sound sets up a soulful, dirty blues where hopelessness finally overpowers determination.
138 Spectrum Meets Captain Memphis – The Lonesome Death Of Johnny Ace (2008)
Biopic-epic groover shows the two musicians playing off a southern fried radiation telling the tale of a famous singer’s Russian Roulette tragedy on Christmas day.
137 Houndmouth – For No One (2015)
Spare and epic. Surreal and vivid. Plaintive and slyly humorous. An absolute gem of Dylan-esque storytelling that manages to be anything but derivative.
136 Deer Tick – Chevy Express (2011)
Sombre, reflective, and undeniably sobering. Chevy Express is the soundtrack to a heavy heart and lonely regret washed by the first light of an early morning dawn and may well be the best thing they’ve ever done.
135 Howling Owls – Family Tree (2010)
Sinister, noir-ish folk from the Howling Owls. Family Tree is ominous, forbidding, baleful – all the things we love from one of our favourite discoveries of the past ten years.
134 The Silver Jews – Strange Victory, Strange Defeat (2008)
David Berman’s lyrics were amongst the sharpest, wittiest, pithiest and most potent in the whole of indie-rockdom. The rumbling Strange Victory, Strange Defeat’s opening verse is Squirrels imported from Connecticut / Just in time for fall / How much fun is a lot more fun? / Not much fun at all and it just gets better from there…
133 Tweak Bird – A Sun / Ahh Ahh (2010)
Brilliant mix of full-on old-school metal riffing with psychedelic overtones and an absurdly heavy climax. Rock on dudes.
132 A.A. Bondy – I Can See The Pines Are Dancing (2009)
Both intriguing and evocative, A.A. Bondy’s lovely, road-weary voice conveys a rarely felt depth of experience on the back of a melody steeped in warm melancholy.
131 Angus Stone – It Was Blue (2012)
Borrowing a Stooges’ style riff, It Was Blue is a stunningly good, modern day excursion into fuzzy 70s psychedelic rock.
130 Joe Pug – Hymn 35 (2009)
Classic singer-songwriter fare, but set apart from the crowded competition by the the consistently thought-provoking lyrical wordplay and the chance to holler along in the car with I have done wrong / I will do wrong / There’s nothing wrong / With doing wrong.
129 James Arthur’s Manhunt – Killzone (2016)
An intense, tribal, maelstrom of churning, filthy guitars and pounding percussion that veers into space rock by way of spaghetti westerns and Italian horror films.
128 Nightjar – Poor Man’s Son (2008)
A wonderfully simple tale of a son done wrong set to a classic bluegrass inflected folk-strum.
127 Southerly – Desolation Row (2013)
Darkest of dark pop, infectious melody, ominous drone, sparing song structure and astute lyricism.
126 Protomartyr – Pontiac 87 (2015)
Brilliantly hypnotic riff. Brilliantly hypnotic reflection on a dispiriting Papal visit to Pontiac, Michigan in the late eighties.
125 Julie Ruin – I Decide (2016)
Somehow manages to be outrageously catchy, while simultaneously sounding like an angry bunch of wasps trapped in a jam jar.
124 Low – Plastic Cup (2013)
Moody and smart-ass sarcastic story of substance abuse, a lifetime of dependence on others, and the soul-crushing future of pointless drug tests. All set to an understated, super-low tempo, and wonderful co-ed vocal harmonies between Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker.
123 Port O’Brien – I Woke Up Today (2008)
A chaotic, swelling modern day seafarer’s shanty. And the biggest damn sing along chorus in the whole list.
122 Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight (2008)
What can you say. Overblown, theatrical, bombastic and yet still one of the greatest indie rock songs of the past ten years. The bluster eventually revealing the true pain and sorrow of desolate heartbreak.
121 Fritjof Norrmo – Set Me On Fire (2015)
Swedish singer-songwriter’s endearing and somewhat nostalgic tale of a brief, but passionate love encounter. A true heart warmer.