Great Tracks from Albums that Just Missed the Top 10 Cut | Mike Rengel

There are albums in my Top 10 and there are those in my Honorable Mentions; these are songs from neither of those lists.

DIIV: “Out of Mind” | from Is the Is Are (Captured Tracks)

Richmond Fontaine: “A Night in the City” | from You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing to Go Back To (El Cortez)

Steve Mason: “Words in My Head” | from Meet the Humans (Domino)

Phantogram: “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” | from Three (Republic)

Francis & the Lights feat. Kanye West & Bon Iver: “Friends” | from Farewell, Starlite! (KTTF)

Memoryhouse: “Dream Shake” | from Soft Hate (Sub Pop)

Daniel Romano: “Hunger Is a Dream You Die In” | from Mosey (New West)

The I Don’t Cares: “Born for Me” from Wild Stab (Dry Wood)

Brian Fallon: “Long Drives” from Painkillers (Island)

Regina Spektor: “Bleeding Heart” | from Remember Us to Life (Sire)

Mike Doughty: “I Can’t Believe I Found You in That Town” | from The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns (Snackbar)

Trash Can Sinatras: “Best Days on Earth” | from Wild Pendulum (Red River)

Lambchop: “In Care of 8675309” | from FLOTUS (Merge)

Aurora: “Under the Water” | from All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend (Glassnote)

Chairlift: “Crying in Public” | from Moth (Columbia)

Paul Draper: “Feeling My Heart Run Slow” | from EP ONE (KScope)

Lauren Mann: “Wooden Heart” | from Dearestly (Wildwood)

Wye Oak: “Watching the Waiting” | from Tween (Merge)

Caveman: “80 West” | from Otero War (Cinematic)

Twin Peaks: “Butterfly” | from Down in Heaven (Grand Jury)

 

Special Award for Most Chillingly Zeitgeist-Capturing Song of the Year

Radiohead: “Burn the Witch” from A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)—a high-quality, electronics and orchestration–laden album that’s at once fragile and ominous

Stay in the shadows
Cheer at the gallows
This is a round up

This is a low flying panic attack
Sing the song on the jukebox that goes

Burn the witch
We know where you live

Red crosses on wooden doors
If you float you burn
Loose talk around the tables
Abandon all reason
Avoid all eye contact
Do not react
Shoot the messengers

This is a low flying panic attack
Sing the song of sixpence that goes

Burn the witch
We know where you live

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