TOP 100 SONGS OF 2016 – #6 “Akhar Zaman” by Bombino

# 6
Bombino
“Akhar Zaman”
Azel

 

AWESOMETASTIC AUDIO SAMPLE:

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POINTLESS TRIVIA THAT’S SORT OF RELATED TO THE SONG:

“Akhar Zaman” means “This Moment” in the Tuareg language of Tamasheq and is NOT a Star Wars character related to Admiral Gial Ackbar.

 

BONUS SEXY PIC (A sexy pic of the artist or a sexy pic that’s loosely inspired by the song.  If no sexy pic of the artist is available, we typed the song title plus “sexy” and/or “nude” into Google image search and this is what we got.) :

Here is Bombino looking suave with his guitar.  Tuareg Guitar Hero Sexiness!

 

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TOP 100 SONGS OF 2016 – #7 “Ablaze” by School of Seven Bells

# 7
School of Seven Bells
“Ablaze”
SVIIB

 

AWESOMETASTIC AUDIO SAMPLE:

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POINTLESS TRIVIA THAT’S SORT OF RELATED TO THE SONG:

A school with only seven bells would be very weird and consist of only like 3 periods and one random warning bell.  That school is probably in YISD and was one of Superintendent Xavier De La Torre’s “brilliant” ideas.

 

BONUS SEXY PIC (A sexy pic of the artist or a sexy pic that’s loosely inspired by the song.  If no sexy pic of the artist is available, we typed the song title plus “sexy” and/or “nude” into Google image search and this is what we got.) :

School of Seven Bells was a very photogenic group from any angle.  I don’t think they were capable of taking a bad group picture.  Mythical Pick Pocketing Sexiness!

 

 

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TOP 100 SONGS OF 2016 – #8 “Excuse Me” by Nothing But Thieves

# 8
Nothing But Thieves
“Excuse Me”
Nothing But Thieves

 

AWESOMETASTIC AUDIO SAMPLE:

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POINTLESS TRIVIA THAT’S SORT OF RELATED TO THE SONG:

Robin Hood was considered the “Prince of Thieves” according to Kevin Costner and his awesome movie from the ‘90s.

 

BONUS SEXY PIC (A sexy pic of the artist or a sexy pic that’s loosely inspired by the song.  If no sexy pic of the artist is available, we typed the song title plus “sexy” and/or “nude” into Google image search and this is what we got.) :

Back in 2015, K-Pop group BESTie also had a song called “Excuse Me” complete with sexy video.  How the hell did we miss this and not include it in the Simple Minded Top 100 Songs of 2015 list?  Regretful Hot Korean Girl Sexiness!

 

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TOP 100 SONGS OF 2016 – #9 “Il Messia” by Salmo

# 9
Salmo with Victor Kwality and Travis Barker
“Il Messia”
Hellvisback

 

AWESOMETASTIC AUDIO SAMPLE:

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POINTLESS TRIVIA THAT’S SORT OF RELATED TO THE SONG:

“Messia” is Italian for “Messiah”.  “Salmo”, however, is not Italian for “Salmon”.

 

BONUS SEXY PIC (A sexy pic of the artist or a sexy pic that’s loosely inspired by the song.  If no sexy pic of the artist is available, we typed the song title plus “sexy” and/or “nude” into Google image search and this is what we got.) :

Here we have Salmo looking very GQ and sassy, yet hardcore and serious.  He really cleans up well once you remove the scary skull mask.  Italian Skull Rap Sexiness!

 

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TOP 100 SONGS OF 2016 – #10 “In The Years 2000” by Tender Suns

We've reached the Top 10 of our list.  So sit back and enjoy the top 10 songs along with world class trivia and sexy pictures!
# 10
Tender Suns
“In The Years 2000”
Fits Like This

AWESOMETASTIC AUDIO SAMPLE:

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POINTLESS TRIVIA THAT’S SORT OF RELATED TO THE SONG:

The sun, is in fact, not very tender and is more on the burny/fiery side of the touch spectrum.

BONUS SEXY PIC (A sexy pic of the artist or a sexy pic that’s loosely inspired by the song.  If no sexy pic of the artist is available, we typed the song title plus “sexy” and/or “nude” into Google image search and this is what we got.) :

Typing “In The Years 2000 Sexy” gives us a poster for the movie Sexy Killer.  The Spanish movie is from 2008 and not 2000 and we don’t really know what else the Google algorithm looked at to give us this pic, but IMDB says the movie involves zombies, mass murder and nudity – so we say you should check it out.  Random Spanish Movie Sexiness!

 

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TOP 100 SONGS OF 2016 – 40 to 11

We continue with the Simple Minded Top 100 Songs of 2016! You know the routine, same rules apply as previous lists.  Read the first post for the full low down.  Now let's unveil songs 40 to 11.

Top 100 Songs of 2016 – 40 to 11

[ Rank. “Song Title” – Artist – (Album Title) ]
(CLICK TO LISTEN)

40. “Our Town” – Sticky Fingers – (Westway (The Glitter & the Slums))
39. “Sorry” – Kensington – (Control)
38. “A L’Envers” – Jil Is Lucky – (Manon)
37. “Oft Gerfragt” – AnnenMayKantereit – (Alles Nix Konkretes)
36. “Other People” – LP – (Lost On You)
35. “Best Kept Secret” – case/lang/veirs – (case/lang/veirs)
34. “1985” – Kvelertak – (Nattesferd)
33. “Come Down” – Anderson . Paak – (Malibu)
32. “Timidiwa” – Bombino – (Azel)
31. “Square Hammer” – Ghost – (Popestar)
30. “I Don’t Know My Name” – Grace VanderWaal – (Perfectly Imperfect)
29. “Location” – Khalid
28. “Dulce Mal” – The Chamanas – (Once Once)
27. “Golden Ticket” – Highasakite – (Camp Echo)
26. “Blown Rose” – Blossoms – (Blossoms)
25. “Boyhood” – Late Phases – (Disconnect)
24. “Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots – (Suicide Squad: The Album)
23. “Atomic Number” – case/lang/veirs – (case/lang/veirs)
22. “Samurai Swords” – Highasakite – (Camp Echo)
21. “Out Of Mind (Hand It Over)” – Blaudzun – (Jupiter (Part I))
20. “One Good Piece Of Me” – Big Wreck
19. “Pick Up The Phone” – TopLady – (TopLady II)
18. “Get On Screen” – De Staat – (O)
17. “Eager Eyes” – Manifique – (Eager Eyes)
16. “Zingara (Il Cattivista) by The Zen Circus – (La Terza Guerra Mondiale)
15. “Genghis Khan” – Miike Snow – (iii)
14. “Vorrei Ma Non Posto” by J-AX with Fedez
13. “Wohin Du Gehst” – AnnenMayKantereit – (Alles Nix Konkretes)
12. “Shut Up Kiss Me” – Angel Olsen – (My Woman)
11. “Delirium” – case/lang/veirs – (case/lang/veirs)

Check back for the rest of Simple Minded’s Top 100 Songs of 2016.  We’ve reached the top 10 and it’s getting good.

TOP 100 SONGS OF 2016 – 70 to 41

We continue with the Simple Minded Top 100 Songs of 2016! You know the routine, same rules apply as previous lists.  Read the first post for the full low down.  Now let's unveil songs 70 to 41.

 

Top 100 Songs of 2016 – 70 to 41

[ Rank. “Song Title” – Artist – (Album Title) ]
(CLICK TO LISTEN)

70. “I Like The Way I Dance” – Hooverphonic – (In Wonderland)
69. “Sing Me To Sleep” – Alan Walker
68. “Bentley Vs. Cadillac” – Salmo with Travis Barker – (Hellvisback)
67. “Futurebass” – POPCORNKID! – (Human Soul)
66. “Cherry Pi” – Somos Elefantes – (Somos Elefantes EP)
65. “Bara Fa Va Mig Sjalv” – Laleh – (Kristaller)
64. “Ca Va Ca Va” – Claudio Capeo – (Claudio Capeo)
63. “Oo Se Kun Oot” – Sanni with Paperi T – (Sanni)
62. “Bridges” – Kensington – (Control)
61. “Wait” – Paring/Knife – (Etiology)
60. “Falem Agora” – Fabia Rebordao – (Eu)
59. “One by One” – Sticky Fingers – (Westway (The Glitter & the Slums))
58. “Cherries” – Javier Martinez – (Honesty)
57. “Aldrig Bli Som Forr” – Laleh – (Kristaller)
56. “For Evigt” – Volbeat with Johan Olsen – (Seal The Deal & Let’s Begin)
55. “My Money” – Serebro – (Sila Trech)
54. “Come Alive In The Summer” – Canz and Windows – (Luv)
53. “Light The Sky” – Grace VanderWaal – (Perfectly Imperfect)
52. “Disconnect” – Late Phases – (Disconnect)
51. “L’Anima Non Conta” – The Zen Circus – (La Terza Guerra Mondiale)
50. “Sum Ol’ Bow” – Somos Elefantes – (Somos Elefantes EP)
49. “Tired” – Lowrie – (Something More)
48. “If I Get High” – Nothing But Thieves – (Nothing But Thieves)
47. “Labirinto Ou Nao Foi Nada” – Gisela Joao – (Nua)
46. “Regret” – Kensington – (Control)
45. “Between A Kiss And A Sorry Goodbye” – Blaudzun – (Jupiter (Part I))
44. “Needing You” – Foxy Mojo – (Here They Come)
43. “Svartmesse” – Kvelertak – (Nattesferd)
42. “Scars” – Coyote Blue – (Worst Kind Of People)
41. “Pounding Heart” – Black Box Revelation – (Highway Cruiser)

 

Check back soon for the rest of the Top 100 Songs of 2016.

TOP 100 SONGS OF 2016 – 100 to 71

After some delay, we present Simple Minded Entertainment's annual countdown of the previous years top songs.  The list was done about a month ago, but recent changes on the site have caused delays for much of the pipeline.  But we’re sort of at 100% now, so let’s get cracking with the list.  The Simple Minded Top 100 Songs of 2016 begins now with songs 100 to 11, 30 at a time, and then, starting with song number 10, we will be counting them down individually including commentary, gratuitous sexy pictures, audio links and moderately relevant trivia.  Same rules apply as previous lists, any song that was on any album released in 2016 (or the later part of 2015) from anywhere in the world is eligible as well as singles released in 2016 or songs that hit it big or got major airplay within the past year  - as long as it’s not too old we will consider it.  To summarize, as long as the song didn’t appear in any of our previous lists and the song or album charted anywhere in the world last year – IT IS ELIGIBLE.  In addition, cover songs and live performances are also eligible - but they have to be real good and unique.  And so it begins!

Top 100 Songs of 2016 – 100 to 71

[ Rank. “Song Title” – Artist – (Album Title) ]

(CLICK TO LISTEN)

100. Panda” – Desiigner – (New English)

99. “Work” – Rihanna with Drake – (Anti)

98. “Black Beatles” – Rae Sremmurd with Gucci Mane – (SremmLife 2)

97. “Potrei Abituarmi” – Annalisa – (Se Avessi Un Cuore)

96. “It’s Different For Girls” – Of Montreal – (Innocence Reaches)

95. “No Hard Feelings” – The Avett Brothers – (True Sadness)

94. “HandClap” – Fitz and the Tantrums – (Fitz and the Tantrums)

93. “Den Vanstra Stranden” – Kent – (Da Som Nu For Alltid)

92. “Die Immer Lacht” – Stereoact with Kerstin Ott

91. “Igmayagh Dum” – Bombino – (Azel)

90. “Step Down” – Elliphant – (Living Life Golden)

89. “Coyote” – KT Neely – (Felt Demos)

88. “Jungle” – Tash Saltana – (Notion)

87. “Man” – Skepta – (Konnichiwa)

86.”Memory” – Warhaus – (We Fucked A Flame Into Being)

85. “The Wheel” – PJ Harvey – (The Hope Six Demolition Project)

84. “Sister” – Angel Olsen – (My Woman)

83. “The Good Lie” – Warhaus – (We Fucked A Flame Into Being)

82. “Freaky” – Alabama Deathwalk – (Steep Hills)

81. “Bluster” – Small Rooms – (Small Rooms)

80. “Je Vous Embrasse Fort” – Claudio Capeo – (Claudio Capeo)

79. “Come Smile With Me” – Marfa – (Marfa EP)

78. “You Belong” – The Avener with Laura Gibson

77. “Un Homme Debout” – Claudio Capeo – (Claudio Capeo)

76. “Deer” – Somos Elefantes – (Somos Elefantes EP)

75. “Black Rose” – Volbeat with Danko Jones – (Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie)

74. “Non Voglio Ballare” – The Zen Circus – (La Terza Guerra Mondiale)

73. “E As Vezes Dou Por Mim” by Cristina Branco – (Menina)

72. “Ziet Em Duun” – Van Echelpoel

71. “Just As Thin” – Small Rooms – (Small Rooms)

 

Come back soon for the rest of the list.

Simple Minded Daily Recap-ITATION! – 03/19/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

FAREWELL DOWNTOWN, J.C. PENNEY.  YOU WERE THE ANCHOR FOR DOWNTOWN EL PASO’S SHOPPING DISTRICT FOR SO LONG THAT WE SORT OF TOOK YOU FOR GRANTED – J.C. Penney finally released its list of store closures across the country and the J.C. Penney in downtown El Paso was one of the 138 stores on the chopping block.  The store has seen better days but the current retail climate really took a toll at this location.  The store was at its downtown location for decades and for many of us it was an icon of downtown El Paso.  The news isn’t really shocking as the writing has been on the wall for this location for some time.  Nationally the main cause for the drop in “brick and mortar” retail sales has been the rise of the online sales, but here the main culprit for the downtown store closure was the drop in shoppers from Mexico and the influx of new businesses and residents downtown.  The rise of the middle class in Juarez has seen less foot traffic come into downtown as more transnational shoppers will just drive over and visit one of the malls or giant shopping centers in the area.  In addition, downtown El Paso’s recent growth is overwhelmingly led by the yuppie and hipster set ……. and the yuppie and hipster audience aren’t exactly the type of people to go look for discounts at the downtown J.C. Penney.  It’s actually surprising that the downtown location lasted this long, but it will always be fondly remembered.  So you now have until June to visit the downtown J.C. Penney one last time and take advantage of the upcoming sale.  And then the real fun starts as we see who ends up buying the vacant building from J.C. Penney.  Will it be someone competent like Foster or Gaddy or will Billy Abraham screw everything up by buying another building he has no intention of fixing?  It will probably be Billy Abraham.  (kvia.com)

ALL HAIL KHALID!  EL PASO’S NEW MUSIC OVERLORD! – Congratulations to recent America’s High School graduate, Khalid, for making a great album that debuted inside the Billboard top ten.  American Teen, which includes the great single “Location”, debuted at #9 on the Billboard album charts and things are looking good for the skilled teen that calls El Paso home.  Khalid burst onto the scene last year with a couple of solid locally produced songs that made a big impact on the internet and led to a whirlwind evolution that now has Khalid with the #9 album in the country less than an year later.  Kudos to Khalid and let this be a lesson to all artists to never give up on your dreams.  (cbs4local.com)

BETO AND WILL GO TO WHITE CASTLE D.C. – In an epic and meaningful road trip that would make Thelma, Harold, Louise and Kumar proud, two El Paso area congressman from different parties traveled together from San Antonio to Washington D.C. and made the most of it by broadcasting it all live on the internet.  Beto O’Rourke, who represents El Paso as a democrat, and Will Hurd, the republican who represents that huge part of Texas between the suburbs of El Paso and the suburbs of San Antonio, decided to drive to D.C. because of the flight delays caused by Super Blizzard 2017.  The road trip and live internet broadcast town hall was a great showcase for bipartisan cooperation and a very clever way for both congressman to reach their constituents.  The experiment was so successful that it made headlines worldwide!  If you are wondering how the live stream played out, remember when Krusty the Clown went out to the desert to create a pirate TV show with a leaky car battery and a scorpion?  Well in this situation, Beto O’Rourke was like the scorpion and Will Hurd was like the leaky car battery – so it worked out quite well and was very entertaining.  (kvia.com)

 

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

CHUCK BERRY IS DEAD.  LONG LIVE CHUCK BERRY! – ROCK AND ROLL ……. If you want to summarize Chuck Berry in as few words as possible all you have to say is “Rock and Roll”.  Chuck Berry was one of the founding fathers of what would become rock music in the ‘50s and without him music would have definitely evolved in a different direction.  He was a major influence on all the great rockers that would evolve the art form in the ‘60s and ‘70s and his music still inspires many to this day.  His life was rough, but he persevered and became a legend in the music world.  They’re all rocking out to “Johnny B Goode” in heaven as we speak.  LONG LIVE CHUCK BERRY AND LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL!  (bbc.com)

NOW THEY’RE FIGHTING IN DAMASCUS AND THE SITUATION IN SYRIA MIGHT NOT BE AS “SETTLED” AS SOME WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE – After the fall of Aleppo to government forces, it was believed that things were dying down in Syria and that the rebels were on their last legs.  Now fighting has increased in the Damascus area and it seems the rebels aren’t all that lifeless after all.  This might be the death throes of the rebellion and this will all end soon, but things are not all peaceful in Syria and even Assad’s stronghold of Damascus is not immune to war and death.  It would be a hell of a thing if Damascus would be engulfed by fighting, even Assad and Putin wouldn’t be able to spin that one into a positive.  (bbc.com)

IF YOU LIKE WATCHING EXPLOSIONS, HAVE WE GOT A TREAT FOR YOU – The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is leading a project to digitize and “re-master” film footage of America’s past nuclear weapons tests in order to get a better understanding of previous nuclear weapon tests and to re-analyze the data from these tests.  A few videos from their project have been declassified and are now available on YouTube and they are as amazing as you would expect.  Nuclear weapons are horrible, horrible things – but the explosions are so mesmerizing and hypnotic that you can’t look away.  So go view these videos before the government changes its mind and makes them classified all over again.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)

Simple Minded Daily Recap-ITATION! – 03/12/2017

PASO DEL NORTE-CENTRIC NEWS

WHY BUILD ONE 22-STORY TOWER WHEN YOU CAN BUILD 2 TOWERS!  HELL, THEY MIGHT AS WELL BUILD 3 OR 4 TOWERS ON THAT LOT IF THEY HAVE THE MONEY – It appears that market studies and resident concerns have had a slight impact on the Meyers Group plans for a large high rise tower in west El Paso.  The original plan called for a large 22-story tower with apartments to be built on their property off Mesa, but now they have tweaked it just a bit by unveiling that two condo towers will be built instead.  According to the plans, this will help to break up the view for nearby residents and also allow them to build the structure in two phases in order to judge interest in the project.  Although the original plan was more ambitious and looked a bit cooler in the designs, this will still be a great project for the city if it gets done.  Now, if they one day decide they’re just going to build a crappy Mimco-style mini mall on the property – then we can officially consider this project as being a major cock-tease disaster.  (kvia.com)

AT LEAST TXDOT ONLY SHUT DOWN I-10 FOR 27 HOURS ON A SUNDAY.  KNOWING THEM, THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS TO SHUT DOWN THE FREEWAY FOR FIVE DAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORK WEEK – As part of the GO-10 project, txdot plans to demolish the I-10 east overpass at Mesa as they reconstruct the entire thing.  This is only a preview of things to come as txdot will also end up doing this on the westbound overpass in order to complete the entire structure.  And let’s not forget all the other overpasses in the city that will more than likely need to be repaired or replaced as part of the GO-10 project.  Hopefully txdot learns from their mistakes and doesn’t drag their feet like they’ve done on other projects (coughloop375/i10interchangeontheeastsidecough).  This closure is occurring on a Sunday, so at least they’re not doing stupid things like shutting down the freeway on a weekday ……. yet.  (kvia.com)

GABBO!  GABBO!  GABBO! – Wet N’ Wild is building the largest attraction in its three decade-plus history, but they are remaining silent on what specific water park ride they are bringing in.  The new improvements, which also include an upgrade to the entrance, will be “highly visible” from I-10 and will employ hundreds of people.  It’s probably impossible to figure out what the ride is from these basic hints, but I’m sure our best and brightest will give it a go.  We here at Simple Minded hope it is some sort of super topless/nude pool that will employ the region’s strippers during the daytime “off period”.  Strippers need daytime jobs too, you know.  (cbs4local.com)

 

REST OF THE WORLD-CENTRIC NEWS

WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT THAT WORLD WAR III WOULD START OVER A PISSING MATCH BETWEEN TURKEY AND THE NETHERLANDS, OF ALL COUNTRIES – It takes a unique brand of fascist moron to accuse the Netherlands of “Nazism”, and Turkish dictator Erdogan is just the fascist moron to make such asinine comments with no real supporting evidence (lest we forget, before there was Trump there was Erdogan).  This all began with Turkey trying to forcefully start political rallies in European countries to encourage expatriate voters to approve of Erdogan’s amazingly dictator-ish plan to convert his country from a parliamentary form of government to a US-inspired, strong man president “garbage democracy” model.  Naturally, European countries don’t appreciate a borderline dictator stirring up the immigrant community within their borders in order to secure votes.  In response the Netherlands was one of many countries to block these rallies in order to stop any trouble and violence that might erupt from competing sides.  Needless to say, Erdogan is a moron and is now butt-hurt that Europe would have the audacity to prevent him from doing what he wants INSIDE ANOTHER FUCKING COUNTRY.  This will probably just blow over, but it would be hilarious if the EU just wipes its ass with Turkey’s EU application and tells Erdogan to go fuck himself.  Erdogan not only wants to screw over his own people, he also wants to screw over random individuals in countries far, far away.  (bbc.com)

ONE OF THE POSITIVE’S OF BREXIT IS THAT SCOTLAND WILL FINALLY DECLARE ITS INDEPENDENCE AND STOP BEING ENGLAND’S LAPDOG.  BRAVEHEART WOULD BE PROUD – The last Scottish Referendum on splitting from the United Kingdom won many votes to “stay” based on the assumption that the UK would not leave the EU.  Naturally, the UK’s attempts to drive their country off the Brexit cliff has led to some people in Scotland questioning if staying in the United Kingdom was the right path to follow.  The calls to action are now growing louder and it looks like Scotland is going to get another chance at a referendum and independence.  This should be interesting.  (bbc.com)

VIDEO PROOF OF TRUE’S BEAKED WHALES FINALLY CAPTURED ON FILM.  NEXT STOP, VIDEO PROOF OF THE HORIZON CITY MONSTER – Finding something that is new and unique in the internet era is a very tough task.  So when something pops up that is truly new, unique and one-of-a-kind it really makes you take notice.  Scientists this week released the first video footage ever of True’s Beaked Whales swimming in the ocean and it is quite beautiful.  Scientists that study these animals can go their entire careers without spotting one of them, so this video truly is a rarity.  The video is very subtle and calming, but the spectacular part is the fact that no one in history has ever recorded these animals in their natural environment!  A truly great moment that makes you think of all the wonderful mysteries found in nature.  (blogs.discovermagazine.com)