The People vs. D.J. Cohen

Previously on Adam Riff™:


Completing our triptych is Sum of Sixteen, Ben's 2016 master cleanse.

  1. Sum of Sixteen DJ Benny C

As it is a single track, here is a road map:

Miike Snow – "Genghis Khan"
AlunaGeorge – "Not Above Love"
The Knocks – "Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean)"
Kanye West – "Fade"
The Weeknd – "Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)"
Luke Million – "Stranger Things Theme"
Galantis – "No Money (Joe Maz Remix)"
Joey Purp – "Girls @ (feat. Chance The Rapper)"
DJ Snake – "Middle (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)"
Capital Cities – "Vowels"
DJ Mustard – "Whole Lotta Lovin' (feat Travis Scott)"
Rihanna – "Love on the Brain (Gigamesh Remix)"
LANY – "WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS"
The 1975 – "The Sound"
Tinie Tempah – "Bounce"
Alicia Keys – "In Common (Kaskade Remix)"
Beyoncé – "Formation"
Years & Years – "Desire (feat. Tove Lo)"
Twenty One Pilots – "Ride"
Drake & Future – "Jumpman (Whiiite Remix)"
Chance the Rapper – "No Problem (feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)"
Francis and the Lights – "Friends (feat. Bon Iver)"
D.R.A.M. – "Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)"
Kevin Gates – "2 Phones (Jayceeoh × Styles & Complete Remix)"
Future – "Xanny Family"
Kwesta – "Ngud' (feat. Cassper Nyovest)"
A Tribe Called Quest – "We the People…."
YG – "FDT (feat. Nipsey Hussle)"
Rihanna – "Work (feat. Drake) [Lost Kings Remix]"
Fetty Wap – "679 (feat. Monty) [Danny Diggz Remix]"
AlunaGeorge – "I'm in Control (feat. Popcaan)"
Charly Black – "Gyal You a Party Animal"
Yellow Claw – "Invitation (feat. Yade Lauren)"
ZHU – "Generationwhy"
Kanye West – "Ultralight Beam"
MAC MILLER – "Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak)"
Marshmello – "Ritual (feat. Wrabel)"
Dillon Francis – "Anywhere (feat. Will Heard)"
Cashmere Cat – "Trust Nobody (feat. Selena Gomez & Tory Lanez)"
Chelsea Lankes – "Bullet"
Tove Lo – "Cool Girl (Denis First Remix)"
Calvin Harris – "This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna) [JM Castillo Remix]"
A-Trak – "Parallel Lines (feat. Phantogram)"
A$AP Ferg – "Strive (feat. Missy Elliott)"
Lil Uzi Vert – "You Was Right"
Rae Sremmurd – "Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane) [Aazar Remix]"
blink-182 – "Bored to Death"
G.L.O.S.S. – "Give Violence a Chance"

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Previously on Adam Riff™:

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Time to update it.

Side A (curated by Jon)
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem" [2000]
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)" [2001]
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go" [2002]
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"
11. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Jai Paul – "Jasmine (Demo)"
14. CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share"
15. CFO$ – "Worlds Apart" [2014]
16. Oneohtrix Point Never – "No Good" [2015]
17. Kanye West – "Ultralight Beam" [2016]

Jon: What is left to say? "Ultralight Beam" is a majestic pop unicorn, teeming with soul, my most desired quality in music nowadays.

Side B (curated by Ben)
1. Outkast – "B.O.B." [2000]
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling" [2001]
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River" [2002]
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You) [feat. Outkast]"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"
11. LCD Soundsystem – "Dance Yrself Clean"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
14. Daft Punk – "Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams)"
15. Duke Dumont – "I Got You (feat. Jax Jones)" [2014]
16. Major Lazer × DJ Snake – "Lean On (feat. MØ)" [2015]
17. G.L.O.S.S. – "Give Violence a Chance" [2016]

Ben:

In late September, I stumbled upon G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Living Outside Society's Shit), a queer hardcore punk band from Olympia. The band has a number of LGBTQ members in it, including a trans woman lead singer. They have released a demo and an EP, Trans Day of Revenge.

The first time I heard "Give Violence a Chance," chills went down my spine. It activated the part of my lizard brain that made me like the Dead Kennedys. It is unapologetically violent, political, and angry, but also really fucking good music. G.L.O.S.S. broke up after TDoR, but I'm holding out hope that, with this radically different political environment, they'll find a way to make new music.

If You're Reading This

Previously on Adam Riff™:
I am chuffed to present Mad Mix, a croquembouche of audio things 2015.


And if you're not down with that, I've got two words for you: Ben's mix.

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As Ben's mix is one seamless file, here is a road map:

Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
Robin Schulz – Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)
Jeremih – Tonight Belongs To U!
Father – Wrist (feat. ILoveMakkonnen and Key!)
Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer (Todd Terry Remix)
Disciples – They Don't Know (Cutdown)
Sons Of Maria – With You (Me & My Toothbrush Remix)
Calvin Harris – Pray To God (feat. HAIM) [Mike Pickering Hacienda Remix]
Ty Dolla $ign – Blasé (feat. Future and Rae Sremmurd)
The Chainsmokers – Let You Go (feat. Great Good Fine Ok)
Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
Martin Solveig and GTA – Intoxicated
Years & Years – King (DJ Amice Remix)
LunchMoney Lewis – Ain't Too Cool
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta (Ken Walker Remix)
Outasight – The Wild Life
Saint Motel – My Type
Coleman Hell – 2 Heads
The Chemical Brothers – Go
Clairity – Velcro
Powers – Loved By You
The Weeknd – Can't Feel My Face
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
Lil Dicky – $ave Dat Money (feat. Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan)
Major Lazer x DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)
Major Lazer and MOTi – Boom (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Wizkid, and Kranium)
Hayden James – Something About You (ODESZA Remix)
Selena Gomez – Same Old Love (Wuki Remix)
The Chainsmokers – Roses (feat. ROZES)
Sigala – Easy Love
Night Safari – Daylight To Midnight (feat. James Newman)
Cheat Codes – Visions (Boehm Remix)
Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive (Michael Calfan Remix)
Katy Tiz – Whistle (While You Work It) [Morlando Remix]
Calvin Harris and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (Joe Maz 2AM Remix)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
MNEK and Zara Larsson – Never Forget You
Big Grams – Drum Machine (feat. Skrillex)
The Weeknd – The Hills (RL Grime Remix)
Brandon Flowers – I Can Change


Previously on Adam Riff™:

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side B (curated by Ben)
1. Outkast – "B.O.B." [2000]
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling" [2001]
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River" [2002]
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK feat. Outkast – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"
11. LCD Soundsystem – "Dance Yrself Clean"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
14. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – "Get Lucky" [2013]
15. Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – "I Got You" [2014]
16. Major Lazer x DJ Snake feat. MØ – "Lean On" [2015]

Ben: Hate him or love him (and I love him), Diplo's become one of the most famous names in dance music and this record only seems like the beginning of something even bigger.

33

It's that belated time of year again.

I am chuffed to present Mad Mix, a croquembouche of audio things 2015.

Thanks to Jon Wilcox and Adam Robot for the artwork, and to Adrian, Matt, Drew, Mike, and Russell for consulting.

[1:35:25]

As a third of the mix is unavailable on Spotify, I have to host a stream myself. Please pardon any lag – or download the mix.

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Notes:

Tony Primo and Nixxie is Joseph Mount (Metronomy) and Robyn.

Evangelist is Gavin Clark and members of UNKLE.

Jeff Rosenstock first appeared on 2005's Dreidel 2 the Grave, and then on 2006's Don't Need an Annual Year-End Mix Because This Shit Is Timeless and 2011's This One Goes to '11. It seems he is my musical constant.

Other returnees: Silicon Valley ('14), Chance the Rapper ('13), The Mountain Goats ('06, '08), Vince Staples ('14), Gavin Clark ('07), South Park ('05), and Miguel ('12).


Previously on Adam Riff™:

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A (curated by Jon)
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem" [2000]
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)" [2001]
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go" [2002]
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"
11. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Jai Paul – "Jasmine (Demo)"
14. CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share" [2013]
15. CFO$ – "Worlds Apart" [2014]
16. Oneohtrix Point Never – "No Good" [2015] – as heard on Mad Mix

When I listen to it, I feel the totality of my life.

Kaneda! What do you see?

I need to experience it live, and want it played as I'm cremated. Have fire kick in at 1:30.

Secrets from our American dreams

Previously on Adam Riff™ (2009):

Our favourite songs. One per year.


After dropping our 2014 audio mixes, I roped Ben into revisiting our decade mixtape half a decade later and expanding it into a 21st century mixtape.

To recap:

Side A (curated by Jon)
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem" [2000]
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)" [2001]
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go" [2002]
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. T.I. – "Whatever You Like"
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones" [2009]

Side B (curated by Ben)
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK feat. Outkast – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"

In retrospect, I'm not sure why I selected "Whatever You Like." I mean, I dug it and still do, but track 9 [2008] is unquestionably The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."

9. T.I. – "Whatever You Like"
9. The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."


The additions:

Class of 2010

Jon
11. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
A funk soul revelation.

Ben
11. LCD Soundsystem – "Dance Yrself Clean"


Class of 2011

Jon
12. M83 – "Midnight City"

Ben
12. M83 – "Midnight City"

Hey now!


Class of 2012

Jon
13. Jai Paul – "Jasmine (Demo)"
The first time I heard this song, I knew it would be my favourite song of the year.

Ben
13. Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"


Class of 2013

Jon
14. CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share"
No song really jumped out at me in 2013. I have returned to this one the most, though. It's like soaking in a warm digital bath.

Ben
14. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – "Get Lucky"


Class of 2014

Jon
15. CFO$ – "Worlds Apart"
Life-affirming.

Ben
15. Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – "I Got You"


So.

Side A (curated by Jon)
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem" [2000]
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)" [2001]
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go" [2002]
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. The Wonder Years – "You're Not Salinger. Get Over It."
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"
11. Jamie Lidell – "Your Sweet Boom"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Jai Paul – "Jasmine (Demo)"
14. CHVRCHES – "The Mother We Share"
15. CFO$ – "Worlds Apart" [2014]

Side B (curated by Ben)
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK feat. Outkast – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"
11. LCD Soundsystem – "Dance Yrself Clean"
12. M83 – "Midnight City"
13. Bruno Mars – "Locked Out of Heaven"
14. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – "Get Lucky"
15. Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones – "I Got You"

See you in five years?

Class of 2009

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"
as heard on The '09 Sound

"New Bones" is…a march. A doomed march.

Think Talking Heads' "Born Under Punches" covered by Skynet.

I wish I composed it.


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"
as partially heard on The '09 Sound

Every time I'd hear a song last year that I thought would be my "new favorite," "The Reeling" endured. I can't get enough of it. It's elegant, upbeat and refreshing, with unique vocals that play really well with the instrumental.


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. T.I. – "Whatever You Like"
10. So Many Dynamos – "New Bones"

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK feat. Outkast – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. Passion Pit – "The Reeling"

#decademixtape

Class of 2008

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

9. T.I. – "Whatever You Like"

The genius of "Whatever You Like" is that it is a parody of itself. Whether T.I. is in on the joke or the joke is on him, however, is unclear.

For a conciliatory love song, the lyrics are hyper unromantic —

I want your body / Need your body

Brain so good coulda swore you went to college

The thang get so wet / It hit so right
Let me put this big boy in your life

— but he sings them earnestly.

Similarly, the video blends sweet moments between him and his girl with tacky conceptions of romantic gestures, like


paying for a diamond necklace by emptying a bag full of cash on a jeweler's desk


and surprising an inamorata with a Bentley wrapped with a giant bow.

T.I. is either Andy Kaufman or Truman Burbank.


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"

Even though it came out in 2006, it was officially released in 2008. Whatever.

No album has grown on me like Oracular Spectacular, which culminated in seeing MGMT at Bonnaroo in 2009 and my mind being blown. "Time to Pretend" is a nearly perfect pop song, and I can't wait for their next album.

Jon: I'm partial to "Kids."


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. T.I. – "Whatever You Like"
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK feat. Outkast – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
9. MGMT – "Time to Pretend"
10. 2009

Our songs of the year will be revealed next week, along with our annual mixtape.

#decademixtape

Class of 2007

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"

As someone who's partial to music, I appreciate song lyrics more as phonics than words. The lyrics to "The Real Damage," however, struck a chord with my quarter-life self, and still resonate.

Turner paints an autobiographical vignette about passing out on a Saturday night and waking up on Monday. I, in turn, admire his folk tableau as a proverb: Speak The Hangover, hear Leaving Las Vegas, see The Graduate.


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

8. UGK feat. Outkast –
"Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"

"Int'l Player's Anthem" was one of the last major tracks that both Andre 3000 and Big Boi appeared on. From start to finish, the song feels like it belongs at a wedding. Every MC on the track just professes his love for a woman and desire to be monogamous in some way or another. It's incredibly romantic in a thug way.


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. Frank Turner – "The Real Damage"
9. 2008
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. UGK feat. Outkast – "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
9. 2008
10. 2009

#decademixtape

Class of 2006

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

7. DragonForce –
"Through the Fire and Flames"

I love the histrionic bombast of My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade" and the dueling instrument (trumpet and sax) solos in Mark Ronson's cover of Radiohead's "Just (feat. Alex Greenwald)," but I love "Through the Fire and Flames" more for combining said two elements.

I love that it sounds like crack-fueled Power Ranger cosplay, and I love its absurd two-minute drill of dueling guitar solos.

The 'Force is strong with this one.


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"

Very few songs are more about fucking than this one (like, not even songs on a Big Black album).

Back then, I picked "What You Know" by T.I., and while it's a great song, it's not my #1 anymore. "Wolf Like Me" still resonates with that frenetic pace mixed with slow bits, and the video totally kicks ass.


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. DragonForce – "Through the Fire and Flames"
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. TV on the Radio – "Wolf Like Me"
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

#decademixtape

Class of 2005

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"

Composing an optimistic song that doesn't sound "gay" is no small feat, much less composing one about being trapped in an abusive household as a minor. John Darnielle adroitly spins what could easily be a Korn song into buoyant, populist emo.

"I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me" – who can't relate?

Besides Eli Manning, of course. He's unstoppable.


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"

—are you serious?
—absolutely

Diddy may have invented the remix, but Robert Sylvester Kelly invented a genre. It's hard not to, at the very least, credit him with trying something new. I mean, Jesus, this is a 22-chapter performance art epic.

I'm sure he'll find a way to top this in the new decade.

Jon: "Trapped in the Closet 3D."

"Trapped in The Room"!


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. The Mountain Goats – "This Year"
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. R. Kelly – "Trapped in the Closet"
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

#decademixtape

Class of 2004

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"

All together now: "I've been rapping for about seventeen years, okay? I don't write my stuff anymore, I just kick it from my head, you know what I'm saying? I can do that. No disrespect, but that's how I am."

I downloaded this song off a music blog solely because I liked the name of the band, never expecting the revelatory sonic experience that would ensue.

It was like the musical equivalent of my first viewing of Oldboy.

Alas, Ratatat has not evolved since, milking the same sound to diminishing returns.


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"

2004 had so much good music (probably the best year of the aughts), but this takes the cake. Back then, I thought it was "Jesus Walks," but now… "Take Me Out" has to be #1.

I think it's close to a perfect pop song in terms of structure. There's that chaotic intro and then the tempo drops into a focused 4/4 105 BPM asskicking that sounds less like a song and more like marching orders set to a tune.

The middle is so good that The Ting Tings copied it for "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (start at 2:09 in "Take Me Out" and compare to 0:10 in "Shut Up and Let Me Go").


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. Ratatat – "Seventeen Years"
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. Franz Ferdinand – "Take Me Out"
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

#decademixtape

Class of 2003

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

4. The Mars Volta –
"Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"

It was between this and "Ignition (Remix)." One Jord loved and one Jord cut off midway through when it shuffled up on Tony's iPod during our drive back from Montreal.

Like much of The Mars Volta's oeuvre, it is easy to dismiss "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" as indulgent wankery, but I see it as an eccentric "Paranoid Android."

In fact, the two songs share very similar structures.

"Paranoid Android"
A B A B C D E D*
verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge (1:56 – 2:41), section, interlude (3:33 – 5:34), recapitulated section

"Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
A B A B C D E D F
verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge (2:08 – 2:27), section, interlude (3:00 – 7:08), section, coda

The D sections even sound similar, and both songs end unceremo


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

4. The White Stripes –
"Seven Nation Army"

"Hey Ya!," "Crazy in Love" and "Move Your Feet" were all great tracks, but the best was "Seven Nation Army." It has a feeling of inevitability, that you are going to be swallowed up by guitars and drums and noise. It also pumps up the energy in a room really quick.

There is no chorus – just the hums and wails on Jack's guitar. How many songs without a chorus are this fucking amazing?

Jon: Song of the decade


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"
4. The Mars Volta – "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt"
5. 2004
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. The White Stripes – "Seven Nation Army"
5. 2004
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

#decademixtape

Class of 2002

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"

I first heard Spoon in Mike Kelly's car – "Paper Tiger" caught my ear – and had I not listened to the rest of Kill the Moonlight, it would be my pick.

"Stay Don't Go," however, eclipses "Paper Tiger" by spiking its punch – minimalist keyboard and palpitating synthesizer – with intoxicating loops of beatboxing and guitar.

The resulting cocktail deftly captures how one might feel the day after fatally botching a ransom scheme.

Indie noir?


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"

It has to be "Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake. The song is epic. Timbaland is at his peak (better than "Try Again") with tremendous strings and beats, and Justin fully grows up in the four-plus minutes it takes to complete.

The best moment is when Justin and Timbo take turns – "OH! (oh!) / The damage is done, so I guess I be leavin'" – verbally abusing a girl who so obviously deserved this song to be written about her.

I almost picked "PDA" by Interpol or "Don't Mug Yourself" by The Streets.

Jon: JT or Interpol? – what an odd tough call.


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. Spoon – "Stay Don't Go"
4. 2003
5. 2004
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. Justin Timberlake – "Cry Me a River"
4. 2003
5. 2004
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

#decademixtape

Class of 2001

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"

It was between this and "Sweetness."

"What It Is to Burn" was one of the first songs Finch ever released, but it sounds the last song they would ever be able to record. Vocalist Nate Barcalow deserves an A+ for effort, and the music complements his intensity like a boss.

As it wasn't released until 2002, I couldn't pick the studio version of the song, but the demo version, featured on a 2001 Drive-Thru compilation, is superior anyway. The studio version sounds impotent and sterile, stripped of all nuance and soul.


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"

"I Hear You Calling" is a near perfect pop-punk song. It's got a great and easily sung chorus, a "quiet" part that builds to be really loud (really important, see: almost every good NFG, Sum 41, Blink-182, or whatever other pop-punk band you like song), and it's short (under 3 minutes).

Jon: This wasn't even the best Canadian pop-punk song of 2001 (see: "Fat Lip").


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. Finch – "What It Is to Burn (Demo)"
3. 2002
4. 2003
5. 2004
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. Gob – "I Hear You Calling"
3. 2002
4. 2003
5. 2004
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

#decademixtape

Class of 2000

Our favourite songs. One per year.


Side A
(curated by Jon)

1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"

It was between this and "Bye Bye Bye."

To honour "The National Anthem" is to honour its sublime bass riff, which Thom Yorke reportedly composed at age 16.

Like the melodic hook of Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad," the force is strong in said bass riff, and Radiohead sounds intent on testing it.

"Can you handle this?" the band asks, before issuing a cacophonous assault of brass free-jazz, wailing and ondes Martenotics.

"Effortlessly," the bass riff replies. "Is that all you got?"

Ben: Good call, but I'm going to have to side with the p-dorks.


Side B
(curated by DJ Ben)

1. Outkast – "B.O.B."

"Bombs Over Baghdad" is one of my favorite songs ever. I've spent hours debating to myself whose verse is better. For years, I was with Andre, but in the last six months, I made the switch to Big Boi.

Jon: "B.O.B" is half a good song. Its verse-less second half is largely forgettable.


Side A
1. Radiohead – "The National Anthem"
2. 2001
3. 2002
4. 2003
5. 2004
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

Side B
1. Outkast – "B.O.B."
2. 2001
3. 2002
4. 2003
5. 2004
6. 2005
7. 2006
8. 2007
9. 2008
10. 2009

#decademixtape