15. "I've Got Your Number" by Passion Pit
When a band's mythology overshadows their actual music, it can be hard to know how to listen to them. This is how: spontaneously, put this track in a mix with whatever else. Drive somewhere. Eventually this track will come on and you won't have time to unravel the adorable mythos that surrounds it, you will have to submit to its prettiness and catchiness.
14. "Guitar Hero by Amanda Palmer
I continue to be confused about how I love Amanda Palmer so much yet remain ambivalent about the Dresden Dolls. Oh well. Who Killed Amanda Palmer? is full of wonder and delight, far closer to the "Brechtian punk cabaret" thing than her old band's work. On the other hand, Brecht reminds us to bare the device of our artform, and Amanda seems to do the opposite: "Guitar Hero," like much of the album, is seamless, beautiful, almost transcending pop music to be a statement of pure art eroticism. …