1. Smith Westerns – “Weekend”
2. Vivan Girls – “I Heard Him Say”
3. The Concretes – “What We’ve Become”
4. Dum Dum Girls – “He Gets Me High”
5. Burnt Ones – “Alright (Sha-La-La)”
6. Best Coast – “Sunny Adventure”
7. Seapony – “Dreaming”
8. Iron and Wine – “Me and Lazarus”
9. The Decemberists – “Rise to Me”
10. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues” [MP3] [Right Click, "Save As"]
11. Tennis – “Take Me Somewhere”
12. The White Stripes – “I Can’t Wait”
13. LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”
14. Beirut – “Elephant Gun”
15. Dr. Dog – “Stranger”
16. Tapes n Tapes – “Badaboom”
17. Pavement – “Old to Begin”
18. Sleater-Kinney – “I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone”
19. Guided by Voices – “Tractor Rape Chain”
20. Drive By Truckers – “This F***ing Job”
21. The Black Keys – “I’ll Be Your Man”
22. The Heartless Bastards – “The Mountain”
We don’t particularly care much about the Grammys, but we might as well mention a few highlights regarding last night’s nominations. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Arcade Fire have been nominated for Album of the Year, the Grammys’ biggest category, where they’ll square off against Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, Eminem’s Recovery, Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, and Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (one of these things is not like the others). They were also nominated for Best Alternative Album (whatever that means), where they’re up against other (former?) indie stalwarts Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, the Black Keys, and Broken Bells. Jay-Z grabbed five nods, as did John Legend & the Roots for their collaboration, Wake Up! The Roots also grabbed one on their own for their record How I Got Over. Other notable Grammy nominations include:
- Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You” got four nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Short Form Music Video, and Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
- Robyn scored one for Best Dance Recording for her amazing “Dancing on My Own”
- Big Boi got a pair of nods for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Shutterbugg” and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Tightrope” with Janelle Monae, who herself grabbed a nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
- Kanye grabbed only one nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Power,” but his record came out so late, it will probably win a whole bunch of statues next year.
- Flight of the Conchords deserving got a nomination for Best Comedy Album for I Told You I Was Freaky.
I could use the rest of this space to ponder the relevancy of the Grammys and what purpose they serve, but as always, the Simpsons say it best:
The last big American music festival of the year has it’s lineup, and the Austin City Limits festival will be headlined by…The Eagles? Yep, it appears ACL will be headlined October 8-10 by the chillest band of the 1970s, along with Muse and Phish, with The Strokes, M.I.A. and the Flaming Lips taking the second string headliner bill. The rest of the lineup is filled in with big guns including LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Monsters of Folk, The National, and the Mountain Goats and lesser but good guns including The Black Keys, Broken Bells, Yeasayer, Beach House, Matt and Kim, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Girls, Local Natives, Devendra Barnhart, The Morning Benders, and White Rabbits. You can check out the whole lineup here.