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Music to Your Ears – Best of the Year: Elite Eight and Honorable Mentions

Well, there’s already been some surprising upsets in our first bracket music challenge! Both our 1st and 2nd seeds were knocked out (some may say our voters have no heart) as Selena Gomez fell to Liam Gallagher and Carly Rae Jepsen fell to Haim. Without further adieu, here’s the elite eight:

First, we have the British invading the States again as Liam Gallagher takes on St. Vincent:

It’s all about cardio in our second match-up as Cold War Kids try to unseat the racing Killers single:

Underrated Jidenna pops up in our third face-off, where he tries to fend of the sister trio Haim:

Kesha continues strong, but faces fierce competition from similar songstress Lorde:

Now, as for those songs that didn’t make the cut – some were victims of overexposure (Feel It Still, Portugal. the Man) and some were simply a victim of my strict sixteen limits. Anyway, here’s six extra songs for your enjoyment:

Honorable Mentions:

Edge of Town – Middle Kids

Early this year, a new band emerged out of Australia with a three-song EP. This snappy garage rocker earwormed its way into my head, and positioned this band as one of the artists I’m most excited about in the coming year. Eagerly anticipating their full release, we can live inside this for now – a mix of Yeah Yeah Yeahs tremble from vocalist Alex Lahey and guitar work that feels straight out of tour mates Cold War Kids. Elton John has lauded this tune, and now so am I.

Forgiveness – Paramore

The best song off After Laughter, the crisp follow-up to their best and self-titled 2013 album, ‘Forgiveness’ is a somber look at how heartbreak affects us. Take a look at this section – ‘Cause your voice is a gun / Every word is a bullet hole / Shot a hole in the sun / If I never look up maybe I’ll never notice. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but Hayley Williams has never written anything so poignant and relatable.

Sky Musings – Wolf Alice

As tremulous as the vocals were in Sleigh Bells’ great track ‘And Saints’, singer Ellie Roswell outdoes Alexis Krauss here in the best track off Wolf Alice’s latest album. Almost whipsering, Roswell searches her way under your skin with one of the darkest yet hopeful tracks you’ll hear all year. When you’re young you think your life is over when something drastic happens, but Wolf Alice is here to remind you that there’s plenty of time left to make sure you get it right.

I’m Stuck – Noah Cyrus

Miley’s younger sister nearly stole the show this summer with this catchy love tune that popped up in commercials and trailers all over the place. I hesitate to say it’s better, because I clearly placed ‘Malibu’ in the bracket, but I have higher hopes for where Noah’s future lies. She’s already got the knack for irresistible hooks, and I gather she’ll have the chance to win us over for many songs of the summer to come.

Lay It On Me – Vance Joy

A late entry in this – literally, I heard this again yesterday and realized I knew the lyrics only after a second listen. I’m already a big fan of Vance Joy’s 2013 hit ‘Riptide’ and that song worked its way into my heart over a year. This time it was clearly much faster, and Joy’s infectious vocals are just what we need as the year wraps up. Apparently this developed from a voicemail Joy kept on his phone for some time, and this is the quaint response.

Savage – Lights

I had limited my expectations of Lights singer Valerie Poxleitner after being underwhelmed by her previous efforts. Luckily this year’s Skin&Earth is a brilliant concept album that lives in a fantasy world, something that’s definitely up my weird alley. Somehow nerdier Lights became better Lights, and the best example of that improvement is ‘Savage’. A raucous declaration of unrequited love, Lights has truly outdone herself.

Here’s a full playlist of my top thirty-five songs from 2017:


Music to Your Ears – ‘Murica Edition

All hail the stars and stripes – sorry to our international readers, but we’re all about America here today. Well, probably by the time I finish this write-up, it’ll be the 5th, a far more important holiday (Tristan’s birthday). However, we here at Interjections find music as American as apple pie, so without further adieu, we present you with our top four picks from the spring season, packaged and ready for the final sixteen at the end of the year:

In addition, I wanted to highlight the only new items worth mentioningfrom the past two weeks (besides the oft on repeat Baby Driver soundtrack):

Imagine Dragons – Evolve

With a solid following already devoted to the band, what more could we want to add to this already strikingly impressive band? Well first thing’s first, they want to provide us with a collection of catchy tunes to help us rock the warm nights away. What better than having Dolph Lundgren join you in your first music video from the album? There’s not much more to say, but this is definitely one of the most average rock albums of the year, and that’s saying a lot given the state of “rock” albums. A lot of the album sounds similar, and while I’m not sure it’s outstanding for any casual fans, there are some highlights here, and big fans of the band will be pleased.

Key Tracks: Believer / I Don’t Know Why / Whatever It Takes

Sorry for the delay, but we’re all ready to dive right into the summer, aren’t we? Next week there will be the second full HAIM album, as well as the comeback of Broken Social Scene, as well as some likely surprises!

Music to Your Ears – Shakira, Linkin Park and Carly Rae Jepsen

HiNew music for new music listeners, I hope? Remember to comment responsibly below if you have a particular song or band you want me to check out – I’ll review it in a future article! For now, here’s the latest for May:

Noah Cyrus – I’m Stuck 

Who would have thought I would be talking about not just one, but two of the Cyrus girls in the month of May? Miley’s single “Malibu” was definitively heading for our sweet sixteen at the end of the year, but now I’ve got a familial challenger for the spot – little sister Noah has emerged on the musical scene, following in her siblings’ footsteps (older brother Trace is the frontman for pop-punk outfit Metro Station). Without the needless comparisons to her two elders, Noah certainly comes out on top immediately, progressing towards pop stardom with her first effort. Another single, “Stay Together” was decent, but “I’m Stuck” pins her for potential song of the summer status. She gets exactly what her future and present fans want, and delivers with aplomb. A tinder that sparks from its first moment, yet allows itself to be tender as the chorus rises, Cyrus is due for greater things on her own.

Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut to the Feeling

Before listening to this, I saw a lot about how there’s a strange stigma surrounding Jepsen since her breakout hit “Call Me Maybe”. It seemed that she would be a one-hit wonder, and when she wasn’t, people dismissed her even further, pretending that she was nabbing other pop stars’ images (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, etc). After that, she continued to infuse her ebullience in everything she did despite the naysayers. Here, she elaborates on that, bringing one of the sharpest pop hits of the year. Unfortunately, critics still attempted to knock her down, pretending this would be one of those awful earworms along the lines of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” or Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. While it doesn’t help that this has a similar title to the latter, I don’t care. So what if it ends up being the anthem to one of those disposable Dreamworks’ animated films? It’s even better than the aforementioned earworms, and if we didn’t have songs to overplay on the radio, we’d get sick of everything. For once, this one also isn’t a track to get sick of. It’s one to dance until the sunrise.

Grizzly Bear – Mourning Sound

There are some bands you struggle to love, despite them being obvious up your alley choices for friends to introduce to you. I did enjoy 2008’s “Two Weeks” enough, but it never really outlasted that time period like other bands of their ilk did (Sunset Rubdown, Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective). Then they mastered the soundtrack for the great film Blue Valentine, and while I thought I enjoyed it at the time, it’s moreso that the songs really work well within the film and not elsewhere. It may just be me, because they have a solid following, and their new album will likely be near the top of year-end lists. Following that line of thinking, it’s a pleasant surprise that I’ve enjoyed their first single off of the album, “Mourning Sound”. Simple lyrics, steady drums, and a dreamy warble from Edward Droste satisfies even this curmudgeon.

Shakira – El Dorado

Much like earlier this month when I mentioned how fantastic Kendrick Lamar’s new album was, I feel that I can’t exactly expound upon Shakira’s newest album – as it’s mostly in a language I don’t know. Despite this, I can still guarantee the melodies and the instrumentals are a delight, and Shakira remains at the top of her game. Even with sporadic English, I understand the ardor and passion that Shakira’s words effuse, and with collaborators like Colombian stars Carlos Vives and Maluma, it’s wonderful that she returns to her homeland often to ensure her international stardom. One thing’s for sure, Shakira is still one of the greatest pop stars touring today.

Key Tracks: Perro Fiel / Amarillo / Comme Moi

Linkin Park – One More Light

At moments reminiscent of a past life, Linkin Park attempts to rekindle past glories with a grand return. Unfortunately, like some of our other favorite bands from our youth, it’s just never going to be the same. There are certainly some bright moments, like when Pusha T guests in a swift rap battle on “Good Goodbye”, but they just aren’t the Linkin Park that gave us “In the End” and “Numb”. That isn’t to say this is a good band, but most of the tracks sound like Imagine Dragons-lite, which is strange seeing as Imagine Dragons always seemed like a band inspired by Linkin Park’s original sound. I’m glad they’re still around, but much like Gorillaz and Franz Ferdinand, they just aren’t the same. Worth it to completists, but not to the casual Linkin fan.

Key Tracks: Talking to Myself / Sorry for Now / Battle Symphony

Next week we’ll cover some new albums from Bleachers, Halsey and Dan Auerbach.