One of the most annoying comments we hear at P.C.H.A. is, “I just don’t listen to new music anymore.” It’s right up there with “Whitney Cummings may fall just short of being a comic genius,” or “Wanting to make out with Ryan Gosling is kind of gay.”
Imagine how weird it would be for someone to say, “I just don’t watch new movies anymore.” But, for some reason, music seems to be a culturally acceptable thing to lose touch with as people move toward death. I know, I know, music is like good weed… it’s hard to keep the connection going once you get older. But just admit that you’ve lost touch… don’t make it worse by saying stupid things like “Music sucks now” (“Books suck now”), or “Nobody’s ever going to be better than The Beatles, anyway.” (“Nobody’s ever going to be better than Andy Griffith, anyway.”) Help is available.
That’s why, two years ago this month, two scrappy dreamers from the streets of Wicker Park decided to provide guidance to those who’ve lost their way. However, despite a stream of great music ever since, there are still people who are comfortable being ignorant about music in a way they never would be with, say, movies (unless, of course, they have children, in which case death has pretty much already arrived, and it’s better to just back slowly away).
So, as a public service, here’s a mix of the best songs of the P.C.H.A. Era, in case you want to get your head out of your ass and join society.
A More Perfect Union – Titus Andronicus
Post Break-Up Sex – The Vaccines
Fuck You – Cee Lo Green
Crash Years – The New Pornographers
Haile Salassie – Bright Eyes
Bring It On – The Gaslight Anthem
Love The Way You Lie – Eminem featuring Rhianna
Kiss With A Fist – Florence + The Machines
Dark Trance – Free Energy
Rococo – The Arcade Fire
M83 – Midnight City
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
Romance Is Boring – Los Campesinos!
This Is Why We Fight – The Decemberists
The Show Goes On – Lupe Fiasco
Weekend – Smith Westerns
Queen Of Hearts – Fucked Up
Let’s All Go To The Bar – Deer Tick
Bedroom Eyes – Dum Dum Girls
Blame Game – Kanye West