RYM Top 100 Singles For 2016

RYM = Rate Your Music. This is the auto-generated list as of today (which, you know … I wrote it down).

  1. Radiohead – “Daydreaming”
  2. Radiohead – “Present Tense”
  3. David Bowie – “I Can’t Give Everything Away”
  4. Childish Gambino – “Me And Your Mama”
  5. Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker”
  6. Grouper – “Paradise Valley”
  7. Danny Brown – “When It Rain”
  8. Solange – “Cranes In The Sky”
  9. The Avalanches – “Because I’m Me”
  10. Radiohead – “Burn The Witch”
  11. Danny Brown – “Really Doe”
  12. Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
  13. A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People”
  14. Radiohead – “Identikit”
  15. Car Seat Headrest – “Drunk Drivers”
  16. Denzel Curry – “ULT”
  17. Kanye West – “No More Parties In LA”
  18. Kanye West – “Ultralight Beam”
  19. Grimes – “Kill V Maim”
  20. Kanye West – “Real Friends”
  21. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – “Skeleton Tree”
  22. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – “Jesus Alone”
  23. The Avalanches – “Subways”
  24. Xiu Xiu – “Falling”
  25. PJ Harvey – “They Wheel”
  26. The Avalances – “If I Was A Folkstar”
  27. Run The Jewels – “Legend Has It”
  28. Deakin – “Just Am”
  29. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Boy Problems”
  30. Lambchop – “The Hustle”
  31. Mitski – “Your Best American Girl”
  32. Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me”
  33. Denzel Curry – “Gook”
  34. Frank Ocean – “Nikes”
  35. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – “Rattlesnake”
  36. Kate Bush – “And Dream Of Sheep”
  37. Bon Iver – “33 ‘GOD'”
  38. Xxxtentacion – “RIP Roach ‘East Side Soulja'”
  39. Denzel Curry – “Knotty Head”
  40. Cigarettes After Sex – “K”
  41. Angel Olsen – “Sister”
  42. Disillusion – “Alea”
  43. Kendrick Lamar – “Untitled 07”
  44. The Weeknd – “I Feel It Coming”
  45. Bon Iver – “22 / 10”
  46. Danny Brown – “Pneumonia”
  47. Death Grips – “Eh”
  48. Death Grips – “Giving Bad People Good Ideas”
  49. Elbow – “Magnificent (She Says)”
  50. Beyoncé – “All Night”
  51. Eminem – “Infinite (FBT Remix)”
  52. Clarence Clarity – “Vapid Feels Are Vapid”
  53. Danny L Harle – “Super Natural”
  54. Ariana Grande – “Into You”
  55. Angel Olsen – “Intern”
  56. Jenny Hval – “Conceptual Romance”
  57. Xiu Xiu – “Into The Night”
  58. Vektor – “Charging The Void”
  59. The Avalanches – “Colours”
  60. Deftones – “Prayers”
  61. Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions – “Let Me Get There”
  62. Kero Kero Bonito – “Trampoline”
  63. Nine Inch Nails – “Burning Bright (Field On Fire)”
  64. Kanye West – “Father Stretch My Hands”
  65. Mitski – “Happy”
  66. Xxxtentacion – “#ImSippinTeaInYoHood”
  67. Kanye West – “30 Hours”
  68. Preoccupations – “Anxiety”
  69. Vektor – “Pillars Of Sand”
  70. Sigur Rós – “Óveður”
  71. Gucci Mane – “First Day Out Tha Feds”
  72. Joanna Newsom – “Make Hay”
  73. easyFun – “Monopoly”
  74. Run The Jewels – “2100”
  75. Kero Kero Bonito – “Break”
  76. Young Thug And Travis Scott – “Pick Up The Phone”
  77. A$AP Mob – “Yamborghini High”
  78. Death Grips – “More Than The Fairy”
  79. Xxxtentacion – “Look At Me!”
  80. Sun Kil Moon – “God Bless Ohio”
  81. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – “Gamma Knife”
  82. Car Seat Headrest – “Fill In The Blank”
  83. Chance The Rapper – “No Problem”
  84. ScHoolboy Q – “Groovy Tony”
  85. Weyes Blood – “Do You Need My Love”
  86. Car Seat Headrest – “Vincent”
  87. Nails – “No Longer Under Your Control”
  88. Rihanna – “Love On The Brain”
  89. Grandaddy – “A Lost Machine”
  90. Anohni – “Drone Bomb Me”
  91. Preoccupations – “Memory”
  92. Charli XCX – “Vroom Vroom”
  93. Massive Attack – “The Spoils”
  94. Solange – “Don’t Touch My Hair”
  95. Whitney – “No Woman”
  96. Hannah Diamond – “Fade Away”
  97. Earl Sweatshirt – “Balance”
  98. Rihanna – “Kiss It Better”
  99. Mick Jenkins – “Drowning”
  100. Migos – “Bad And Boujee”
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All-Dialogue Meta Flash Fiction

“What are you listening to? It sounds like techno.”
“It is.”
“It’s called techno?”
“Electronic dance music.”
“What’s the name of the band? Have I heard of them?”
“Sniffed By Kittens. No you haven’t heard of them.”
“Sniffed … what?”
“Sniffed By Kittens.”
“Sniffed By Kittens?”
“Yes.”
“What’s the name of the album?”
“Now Is The Glitter Of Our Discotheque.”
“Hmm. That’s actually pretty good. That’s Shakespeare.”
“Yes. The beginning of Richard the Third.”
“Now is the winter of our discontent.”
“Yes. Made glorious summer by this son of York.”
Pause.
“I can’t remember it either.”
“Who’s in the band?”
“It’s two people. They’re not really musicians. They’re journalists. Music journalists.”
“That’s funny.”
“Why?”
“They say writers can never come up with good names for bands.”
“I’ve heard that too. Do you ever read Stephen King?”
“I’ve read some of his stuff.”
“His band name … that he invented, was ‘Round Here.”
“’Round Here? Is that a band name?”
“Yes. I think it’s a riff on New Kids On The Block.”
“There’s a band called ‘N Sync.”
“Yes. That too. You’re pretty up-to-date.”
“That was about twenty years ago, wasn’t it?”
“Yes. But that’s still up-to-date for someone who doesn’t follow pop music.”
“What name would you come up with for a boy band?”
“Ooh. That’s a good one. I don’t know. Hold on.”
“It would have to look good on posters.”
“Okay, yes. Hold on. Give me a second.”
Pause.
“And I didn’t know you knew the term ‘boy band’. Do you watch a lot of TV?”
“YouTube.”
Pause.
Pause.
“I don’t know. I’ll have to think about that.”
“Well what’s your ideal band?”
“My ideal band would be noise metal with all women.”
“Noise metal with all women.”
“But I used to have this idea for a band called The Pirates Of The Radio.”
“Oh, no. No.”
“Just hold on.”
“That sounds terrible.”
“Just hold on. It’s the only band to consider Frankie Goes To Hollywood their main influence. They come out in these big foam rubber cowboy hats, neon—“
“No. No.”
“Hold on. And they’re terrible, and obnoxious. The whole point is that no one can be cool anymore, not truly. So the only way to be cool is to be shockingly uncool. A band like that would start a riot.”
“I see. Good name for a boy band?”
“Start A Riot.”
“That’s not a boy band name.”
“Yeah. That’s a good name for a punk band, though.”

A Musical Example Of Mental Health Awareness

I think of a time in my life as the time I was a “mannequin”. That name is because of the Wire song all about people who go to parties and stand there afraid.

Well, you’re a waste of space. No natural grace. You’re so bloody thin. You don’t even begin to interest me. Not even curiosity. It’s not animosity. Just don’t interest me. Well, you’re an energy void. A black hole to avoid. No style, no heart. You don’t even start to interest me. Not even curiosity. It’s not animosity. Just you don’t interest me. Oh, come on! You’re a disgrace! Tell me. Why don’t you tell me?

For me that was the last three years of college. Communicating was this awful puzzle I didn’t think I’d ever solve. I didn’t yet know that I was schizophrenic.

Here is a song on the same topic by Sonic Youth, from a little over a decade later, when people were more aware.

When you feel the spiral turning for you alone and you feel so heavy that you just can’t stop it, when this sea of madness turns you into stone, a picture of your life shoots like a rocket. All the time. Put “me” in the equation it’s alright. I’ve seen you moving in and out of sight. My friends tell me it’ll all cut through you. From nowhere to nowhere. Cut together. Cuttin’ through. I’m island-bound, a mote inside my eye, and I can’t see you breathing as before. I am airless, a vacuum child, and I can’t stand to reason at your door in this time. Put “me” in the equation it’s alright. I’ve seen you moving in and out of sight. My friends tell me it’ll all cut through you from nowhere to nowhere. Cut together. I’m down in the daytime out of sight comin’ in from dreamland, I’m on fire. I can see it’s all been here before. Dream a dream that lies right at your door. When the seasons circle sideways out of turn and words don’t speak just fall across the carpet, you’re just in time to watch the fire burn. It seems a crime but yr face is bright you love it. All the time…..

What makes this song especially beautiful is that they devote so much stubborn mournfulness to the mentally ill in the last three or four minutes. Kim, the girl you would be afraid to talk to, hammers her bass into a tower of noise as if to say, I’m right here for you. I know.