Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MAYBE YOU DON'T CARE:  I wasn't sure if we were due for a Song of the Summer check-in yet, but now that Robin Thicke has performed a soulful cover of Icona Pop's "I Love It" for the BBC, oh, it's on.  What's your jam these days? Is "Blurred Lines" (with or without boobies) Thicke's best song since he decided that Beethoven's Fifth needed lyrics, or "kind of rapey"?


  1. The correct answer to your question about Thicke is "both."

    And honestly, I'm digging "Mirrors" much more than Blurred Lines, I Love It, or We Can't Stop, though all of them are inordinately catchy.

  2. "I Don't Care" is my personal favorite. But I think "Get Lucky" is giving it a run for its money. Haven't heard "Blurred Lines."

    Also I'm late to the party on "Can't Hold Us" but damn I love that phrase "like the ceiling can't hold us." And it has a brief horns, heavy on the tuba, riff.

  3. I love "Blurred Lines." I know I shouldn't as a feminist, but it's so much fun. Also a big fan of "Get Lucky"--all the fun of "Blurred LInes" without the misogyny! Count me in on the "Mirrors" love, as well. I try to not like Justin Timberlake because I think he's kind of douchey (Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, weird homeless video at his wedding), but he keeps pulling me back in...

  4. bellawilfer12:57 PM

    Agree with Matt - Blurred Lines is without a doubt rapey (and my real issue with that video is it's just dumb), but it's SO catchy. Ann Friedman has a good piece about it here: http://nymag.com/thecut/2013/07/blurring-the-lines-enjoying-maybe-sexist-music.html.

    I do think Blurred Lines is holding strong as "song of the summer" despite any qualms people have about the lyrics - it's the song that everyone perks up to when it comes on.

    I didn't realize Get Lucky was Daft Punk and, when I did, thought "huh, I guess I don't really like Daft Punk." (Don't all hit me at once.) That song sounds SO generic to me.

    I am an inveterate country fan and I must admit that the Hunter Hayes/Jason Mraz song Everybody's Got Somebody But Me owns a piece of my heart right now.

  5. The Pathetic Earthling4:13 PM

    This isn't new -- and I may have posted it before -- but I remain utterly charmed by this cover of "Holiday Road."


  6. Marsha4:55 PM

    I'm just excited that I've actually heard of (and heard!) two of the songs in this thread - and had already come to the conclusion that Blurred Lines was creepy! (The other I'd heard is "Get Lucky" - the local drive time DJs call it "Mexican Monkey." It's hard to un-hear that once it gets in your head.)

  7. Chad G.7:04 PM

    I thought this article was a decent rebuttal to the "kind of rapey" argument: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/06/27/robin_thicke_s_blurred_lines_is_cocky_yes_but_rapey_and_misogynistic_no.html

    I think much of "Magna Carta... Holy Grail" is terribly uninteresting, but I can't get enough of that "Holy Grail" song. Justin Timberlake's best work of the year, so far.

    Personally, when I remember the Summer of 2013, I'll associate it with listening to "Yeezus" nonstop. But I recognize that there's no way that anything from that album could be a consensus Song of the Summer, because nothing off the album will come within a mile of commercial airplay.

  8. bill.7:05 PM

    Hey! I've actually heard "Blurred Lines" before. It's not bad. But for retro soul type stuff, I'll still take Har Mar Superstar's album Bye Bye 17, from April.

    Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, They Told Me. They just released this video, so I'm considering it a summer release.

    Of Monsters and Men, King And Lionheart

    One from 2011 I just found. Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii, Short Dressed Gal

  9. Nikki Guntz9:28 PM

    "Diane Young" by Vampire Weekend is almost obnoxiously catchy. Also liking "There's No Going Back" by Sick Puppies, "San Francisco" by The Mowgli's, and "If So" by Atlas Genius (less of a true jam, but still good). For something a little slower/smoother, "Royals" by Lorde and "Breezeblocks" by alt-J.

  10. kenedy jane9:55 PM

    Representing the country lovers, "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line is my current favorite song of summer.