1. Yelle, Je Veux Te Voir.” You can hear the anger even if you are challenged in the Francophone department, but this French electro singer is basically saying that Cuizinier, the leader of the French hip-hop trio TTC, is, erm … well, this is a bit like Lily Allen’s “Not Big,” but with more vitriol.
2. Cecil Taylor Trio, “Rick Kick Shaw.”
3. Dr. Dog, “My Old Ways.”
4. 3rd Bass, “Wordz of Wisdom.”
5. Evangelicals, “Here in the Deadlights.” From the forthcoming disc “The Evening Descends.” This Norman band is frighteningly great, evoking shoegazer music, Pink Floyd and the Shins, all during this one song. See them with Starlight Mints before the Lips show on New Year’s Eve.
6. Asobi Seksu, “Red Sea.”
7. Ghostface Killah, “Jellyfish.”
8. Junior Boys, “In the Morning.”
9. Pavement, “Conduit for Sale!”
10. Isobel Campbell, “Willow’s Song.” Fans of the original 1973 version of “The Wicker Man” will remember this as the song Britt Ekland lip-synched while getting spectacularly naked and singing through the walls of her bedroom, trying to seduce Edward Woodward’s Sgt. Howie. “Willow’s Song” has been covered many times, but Campbell truly does it justice.