[#20-1] The 60 Best Underrated Songs of the Past 6 Years (3000 Posts)

Well folks, this is it. The moment you have all been waiting for since I foolishly started this multipart post during SXSW. Make sure you have read Part 1 (60-41) and Part 2 (40-21) before diving into these jams. But without further ado, I present the top 20 Best Underrated Songs of the past 6 years. Listen to them closely and frequently. They deserve the love.  Read more

[MP3] CASSETTES WON’T LISTEN brings us a PERFECT DAY with his side project THE FREEZE TAG. Dude has got THE HUSTLE!

you can’t see my face as i start to wave, as i start to fade, as i drift away

♫ Cassettes Won’t Listen – Perfect Day

Bleeps, bloops, and hazy poppy music that makes you want to drive into sunsets. Must be a new jam from TBE favorite Cassettes Won’t Listen! “Perfect Day” originally came out back in 2009 but I’m just catching wind of it as it begins paving the way for CWL’s new album. If you follow the TBE twitter then you already caught mention of Evinspacey and it’s tumultuous history. What you may not have heard about is Cassettes Won’t Listen’s side project The Freeze Tag with Brooklyn rapper Bisco Smith. CWL’s sunset-slicked production provides the base for Bisco’s tales of a fictional kid on the Hamster Kid EP which is out now.

♫ The Freeze Tag – The Hustle

I’m all over “The Hustle” and and it’s throwback beat and slightly Gibbard-esque chorus vocals from CWL’s Jason Drake.

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Best Albums of 2009 /// Honorable Mention & EPs

I’m too tired and you’re too anxious. Let’s get this show on the road. I’ll drop some kind of ’09 wrap up speech in “The Best Albums of ’09 / The Top 15” which should be out soooon. In the meantime, nibble on these biscuits. And leave your comments! You guys have piped up louder than ever lately and I love hearing what Team TBE thinks. Cause if two brains are better than one, well than imagi…. ok, we get it, let’s do this!

Oh, and since ranking albums is for wieners (songs are OK) I just alphabetized these lists. I don’t believe in favorites so it would be dishonest of me to attempt some sort of ranking system here. These joints are just the business, each in their own way.

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The 25 Best Songs of 2009… Since Then / July-Dec.

Here is my list of the best songs of the second half of 2009. Be sure to read the first half’s list here and treat the two posts as a tag team of epic jams.

Wow, what a year. TBE is a month shy of it’s first birthday and now I have to wrap it’s whole existence into a short list? Tough times. Well, since objectivity is a myth, I am gonna keep my Best 20.9 Songs Of 2009 So Far list as the gold standard for my pre-July opinions and instead focus on the year’s latter half here. Why let time revise my previous favorites when the same fate will never befall these tracks? After all, it’s just a calendar. Anyway, I hope this list serves as a reminder of some forgotten jams or, if you are new to TBE, introduce you a new favorite jam. Whoever you are, and however you ended up here (Hi freeloaders!), may you enjoy the shit out of your time here (and there).

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CASSETTES WON’T LISTEN is QUICKLY APPROACHING my top albums of the year list


♫ Cassettes Won’t Listen – Quickly Approaching

Yes, you have seen that album art before. It was attached to my ramblings on the title track. Since getting the full album it has basically been on all the time which is really weird because it’s instrumental. Definitely not my usual steez. I figure it was fitting to quickly revisit it (and bait you into getting it with one more track) since the album is inspired by Jason Drake’s move to Los Angeles, a city I will be departing today. Yup, back to Warsaw to continue the adventure. Good thing I have this collection of jams to keep me company on the plane and there are no lyrics to tempt me to sing along! The dude sitting next to me won’t even know how lucky he is. Seriously though, this album is great. I had a really hard time picking the song for this post. So many good ones. And that cover!

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Cassettes Won’t Listen about my sonic adventure Into The Hillside on a Paper Float


crack a smile and let each other know

♫ Cassettes Won’t Listen – Into The Hillside

“Into The Hillside” clocks in at under 3 minutes, which may seem strange for such an adventurous song that goes so many places as it churns along but I think there is something brilliant in the brevity, leaving me wanting more, another taste, another trip. I have had this one one repeat all week and I have big plans for it tonight. Talk about kicking a skateboard trip into overdrive! Cassettes Won’t Listen is the musical moniker of Jason Drake, formerly based out of Brooklyn but recently relocated to Los Angeles, the city that inspired the instrumental Into The Hillside LP. His previous work has played with trip-hop, hip-hop, indie electronic, and remixes for various other artists. 2008’s Small-Time Machine EP contains the more haunting and brooding Paper Float which I was digging about this time last year. The sound is a million miles away from “Into The Hillside” but it’s that kind of sonic evolution that I appreciate in an artist.

♫ Cassettes Won’t Listen – Paper Float

I haven’t had a chance to pick up the rest of Into The Hillside or Small-Time Machine, but now that I have two fantastic jams from Cassettes Won’t Listen I will definitely be investigating further. Any Cassettes fans want to chime in?

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