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Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 5
radio's top hits
Tunes for a date-less day
ast time I checked the
Billboard Hot 100, my
Corolla was headed to
the Mother Waddles scrap heap.
But I've got the family van for
so I'm happy
to say pop
my life. To
taking a look
at the top 10 JOE
of the hun- DIMUZIO
1. Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger
(What Doesn't Kill You)"
I prefer my Kelly to brood.
But she's got to put out a limp-
wristed fist-pumper to stay
afloat these days, so I can forgive
what's otherwise a P!nk throw-
away and some patronizing.
aphorisms. I just want my Kelly
to brood. But it's not about what
I want, is it?
. 2. Adele- "Set Fire to the
Rain (Live at the Royal Albert
It's nice to have someone in
the pop top-10 who has a thumb
casually flipped up the ass of
Adele is particularly barren on
"Fire." This track ain't trans-
forming elements - not with
those violins, not with a mlody
this dull. But there are those
nice shrieks gnarled inside it
like tiny splinters, and I do relish
her "oooh,s. They're quite good.
Otherwise, she's anemic as ever.
3. Flo Rida - "Good Feeling"
It's remarkable how far into
space I can stare once Flo begins
to rap. Flo's flow is so economical
and unobtrusive, it's like a sheet
of printer paper taped to white
wall. LL Cool J's effervescence
is clawing at this song's surface,
aspiring for reincarnation, only
to find that it chose the wrong
4. Rihanna - "We Found
Live and die by the club, in the
club, at the club. Are you at the
club? We're headed to the club.
We're at the club. Are you in the
club? We're not leaving the club.
We'll never leave the club. You
should come to the club. There's
a $5 cover, though.
5. David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
"Turn Me On"
This is Nicki's shot as a house
diva, since, well, she'll do any-
thing, really. Guetta's too clini-
cal to let her loose so "Turn Me
On" functions as incongruous
* pastiche somewhere near the
partnering of Giorgio Moroder
and Donna Summer. But when
Summer felt love, she didn't need
to ask for anybody's help. And
she certainly didn't care if you
danced or not.
6. Jessie J - "Domino"
Repugnant, shrill and effort-
lessly joyless. Jessie's plastic
ebullience is not only grating,
it's condescending. Her chafing
vocalese, spilled over this Katy
Perry B-side, is particularly
graceless. "I'm feeling sexy and
free" she says. Jessie, please,
show. Don't tell.
7. Tyga - "Rack City"
I like the pervy, acid bass-
line on "City" and its generally
flimsy infrastructure, butI don't
feel much like living in it. What
made New Boyz' "You're a Jerk"
("Rack"'s louche partner-in-
dread) great was humor in col-
laboration with all the bleakness.
But Tyga's funny bone seems to
have fallen asleep on the armrest
of Young Money's tour bus as it
rolled into town.
pop music is
in a van.
8. Snoop Dogg & WizKhalifa
ft. Bruno Mars - "Young Wild
Why hasn't this happened
yet? Snoop and Khalifa, spiritu-
ally, are like peanut butter and
peanut butter. They can riff on
weed for three minutes, play golf
together, loiter around 7-Elev-
ens. "Wild and Free" may strike
some as willful insouciance, but
it's more tragic. "So what we get
drunk / So what we smoke weed
/ We're just having fun / We
don't care who sees / So what we
go out / That's howeit's supposed
"Living young and wild and
free" is a chorus that might
ring obtuse, but it's pleading
"why not?" We know what you
expect of us, but why should we
accept? This is what youth is
about, right? Can we live inside
a dream, can we chase a high
without ever coming down and
never dietFabulous, heartbreak-
ing tragedy. Pretty boring oth-
9. LMFAO - "Sexy And I
In which a joke is no longer
fuwrny, in which a laugh becomes
the slyest expression of pity,
in which nobody escapes from
complete and utter misogyny.
LMFAO's shtick is buried in
ritualistic buggery. These mooks
deserve a pardoning pat on the
behind and a designated drive
10. Bruno Mars - "It Will
See Adele, she'llhelp out.
Dimuzio is in the club.
Are you in the club? E-mail
A Valentine's Day
soundtrack for all
By JULIA SMITH-EPPSTEINER
Daily Arts Writer
Where is the love? Not in Hall-
mark cards or in fancy Valentine's
dinners that encapsulate one per-
son's love for another, but in the
beats that get you through the
daily grind of a Tuesday.
One important tip: Do your best
to prevent Etta James's love goo
from dripping into your ears on
this special day. As unrivaled in
splendor as tunes like "The Very
Thought of You" and "The Man
I Love" are, they may just lead to
increased consumption of Ben &
Jerry's Half Baked.
Here we are, discovering the
art of sticking it to Cupid. Wheth-
er you're flying solo because of
overzealous behavior, a busy
schedule, the "emo-roco" (emo-
tion rollercoaster) state of your
last relationship or you are unsuc-
cessfully playing the no-game
game - a catchy phrase that
means absolutely not trying and
getting laid because of it - this
playlist, titled Get At Me, is made
You may consult last year's
V-Day special, lullabyes for get-
ting laid, if that's the red-roses
place you're in. But if not, here's
an alternative that will put an
endless spring in your step in an
I-love-life fashion. Jam to the
following 14 songs and feel gold,
gold, golden today.
"Velvet Elvis (RAC Remix)"
by Alex Winston hooks you
"I see you drivin' round town wih the girl I love, and I'm like ... OK."
with Winston's stinging voice
and follows up with an intense
infatuation due to the endorphin-
emitting beats 'n' bells.
"It Could Be" by Ella Riot rocks
out, lifting your soul into a breezy
funk made possible by the local-
ly rooted sensation previously
known as My Dear Disco.
"NeedYour Love (feat. RayDal-
ton)" by Sol invites a somewhat
opposing theme to what I've been
discussing, based on the track's
title, but this song is an essential
item in a grooving toolbox.
"Feel Like I Do" by Vanilla
drops us off in the British '90s and
leaves us desiring to stay forever.
"Sun Is Shining (Techno
Remix)" by Bob Marley delivers
an electronic-reggae moment that
will surely get you craving that
natural Vitamin D.
"The Dream (Prod. By The Offi-
cial)" by Logic somehow makes
you feel on top of your world even
when you're absolutely not.
"Fool for You (feat. Phillip Bai-
ley)" by Cee Lo Green warms your
insides with soulful bellow.
"Mr. Quiche" by Wildcat! Wild-
cat! masters synthesizers well
enough to teach synthology. A
hats-off to the three wildcats of
L.A. for blending synths, percus-
sion and vocals into an exhilarat-
ingly luxurious track.
"Got to Get You Off My Mind"
by Solomon Burke preaches just
"Pa Pa Power" by Dead Man's
Bones indulges in a haunting but
empowering aura createdby Ryan
Gosling, Zach Fields and a choir of
children. I wasn't aware Gosling
could become more desirable, but
oh, he can.
"Sister Wife . (Star Slinger
Remix)" by Alex Winston. Whoa.
"Dogwalkers of the New Age"
by Breathe Owl Breathe lives a
more down-tempo life than other
tracks on this playlist, but the
band of Michiganders gets into
a blissful groove that makes you
"Up Up Up" by GIVERS wel-
comes a dip, skip and jive into the
carefree summertime disposition
that this Louisianan quintet of
young musicians presents.
"Dance, Dance, Dance" by
Lykke Li plays, and you just can't
stop shakin' that booty.
GetAt Me, designed to improve
your mood no matter how elevat-
ed it began, is all about musical
love affairs getting you through
the day. Whatever today is about
for you, engage these 14 upbeat
tunes and celebrate it - happy
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