Ep 105: Top 40 of 2019, part 2

Buddy Junior, whose song "SLOW92" is on this here Top 40 of 2019. 📸: Alina Celik @alinacelik

21 Hits from the Bay Area, all in a row (accidentally only did 19 last week!).

Special mention should be made for all the great I Luv Mondays bands who aren't on this list. I love playing your songs!

Top 40 of 2019, Part 2:

April Magazine, “If the ceiling were a kite”:Oh, just listening to time itself.

Bells Atlas, “Hazelwood”: The beat of the year carries a rushing cascade of vocal and instrumental shapes and hues.

Cruel Summer, “Goth Lobster”: Starts with a smash and journeys far from there. “Just. Try.”

Field Medic, “Henna Tattoo”: Heartbreaking pathos and a California country voice, I’m in heaven.

Luke Sweeney, “Already Yours”: Sweeney’s finest song set to date, Peace Mealbalances groovy times with greater depth, “Already Yours” weds self-exploration to the shared reality of a relationship.

Dots, “Spinal Tap”: Dots are so bracingly present while also belonging, on some primal level, to the future.

Pardoner, “Sugary + Sweet”: When you’re confused and yearning and it blossoms into commanding recognition, while  your band is ruling.

Lofi Legs, “Lifesucker”: There’s a number of things going on in any given Lofi Legs song but I also think that I could just listen to these two voices forever.

Buddy Junior, “SLOW92”: Oh the majesty of this gilded mountain of sound!

The Leave Me Alones, “Race to the Bottom”: A show-stopping torch song, “Race to the Bottom” is candid, funny and affecting, a standout vocal performance on a lo-fi 3-song demo that pulls you close to the speaker to hear the words: “I try to avoid extinction/ but you avoid shame.”

James Wavey aka Alleyes Manifest, “Flower Dance”: James Wavey Roses featured Alleyes Manifest’s most direct expressions of love and its verbal contours, none moreso than album opener “Flower Dance”, a declaration of fealty to a love that is me-you personal, but also universal: “Hands raised/ this is my petition/ hands raised/ love is my religion.”

Marinero, “Flor de Jamaica”: A heightened sanctity of moment, memory and feeling runs through many a Marinero project, and “Flor de Jamaica” conjures the 60’s Columbia Records big band vocal showcase as a trigger to memory and intimacy.

Hectorine, “Another Life”: If album opener “Motel Song” is the film, “Another Life” is the work of short fiction, or non as the case may be.

China, “Crossing the Ohio”: A song about moving somewhere, and life changing, but on a different level than you expected, and then a showstopper of a finale, just for you.

Boy Scouts, “Get Well Soon”: The thing is “Get Well Soon” really does make me feel better about some stuff.

Neutrals, “Technical College”: Kinda makes you want to go to Technical College! Allan McNaughton makes the everyday gamut of life choices feel like opportunities for spontaneous living.

Mayya, “Yearning”: One of our canniest songwriters crafts a compelling multi-sectional tale of nature, sound, and darkness.

Seablite, “Heart Mountain”: On Grass Stains & Novocaine Seablite raised the tempo, and on songs like “Heart Mountain”, deepened the sentiments.

Memory Theater, “Eyes Within Night”: An opening synth lick which by laser gradients measures the heart over and over, and then you clearly hear them sing “Propaganda” and then the solo is so refreshingly maximalist, and suddenly I was listening to this song all the time, as fall turned to winter.

Buzzed Lightbeer, “Hell”: A song that leaps from the speakers, "Hell" a loud-quiet blues about fulfilling desires, and taking you with them.

Perhapsy, “The Curse (Is Getting Worse)”: I know from
an interview with Derek Barber that the curse in question is not only one’s own sense of what others think, but is also, gloriously, the art tendency itself. For example my goodness this guitar solo!


  1. If the Ceiling Were a Kite by April Magazine on Parade
  2. Hazelwood by Bells Atlas on The Mystic
  3. Goth Lobster by Cruel Summer on Part Time Punks Sessions II
  4. Henna Tattoo by Field Medic on Fade Into The Dawn
  5. Already Yours by Luke Sweeney on Peace Meal (Royal Oakie)
  6. Spinal Tap by Dots on Dots (Dirt Cult Records)
  7. Sugary + Sweet by Pardoner on Playin' On A Cloud
  8. Lifesucker by Lofi Legs on Lamb
  9. SLOW92 by Buddy Junior on Marietta
  10. Race to the Bottom by The Leave Me Alones on demo
  11. Flower Dance by James Wavey aka Alleyes Manifest on Roses
  12. Flor de Jamaica by Marinero on Tropico de Cancer (Needle to the Groove)
  13. Another Life by Hectorine on Hectorine
  14. Crossing the Ohio by China on And Then Nothing Happened (Royal Oakie)
  15. Get Well Soon by Boy Scouts on Free Company (ANTI)
  16. Technical College by Neutrals on Kebab Disco (Emotional Response)
  17. Yearning by Mayya & the Revolutionary Hell Yeah! on Opposing the Numb
  18. Heart Mountain by Seablite on Grass Stains and Novocaine (Emotional Response)
  19. Eyes Within Night by Memory Theater on Some Sort of Paradise
  20. Hell by Buzzed Lightbeer on Hell
  21. The Curse (is Getting Worse) by Perhapsy on Kingdom Starlight Bliss
  22. Makeup by Warp on Traffic Control (Thrilling Living)
  23. Everybody Wants by Sam Flax on Age Waves (Burger Records)
  24. A Maze by Nopes on Stapler
  25. Tommy by Sour Widows
  26. Sister by Torrey on Sister
  27. I Was High by Blank Square on Animal I (Castle Face)
  28. Solomon’s Tears by Primal Wound on Flesh Bound World
  29. Drugs on the Weekend by Shame Waves on Shame Waves
  30. The Floating Hand (demo) by Body Double
  31. I'm a Gonk by The Gonks on Five Things You Didn't Know About the Gonks (Rocks In Your Head)
  32. 10th Grade by Fast Times
  33. Octagonal Room by Salami Rose Joe Louis on Zdenka 2080 (Brainfeeder)
  34. Disco by Moon Daze on Moon Daze - EP