Isn't it meta that there was such a build-up to this list's finale? Here are the 11 Best in totality:'
11. My Morning Jacket - "Gideon"
10. The Felice Brothers - "The Big Surprise"
9. The Decemberists - "The Crane Wife 1 & 2"
8. Damien Rice - "The Blower's Daughter"
7. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Country Girl"
6. Arcade Fire - "In the Backseat"
5. Led Zeppelin - "The Rain Song"
4. Red House Painters - "Drop"
3. Radiohead - "Weird Fishes"
2. Wilco - "Poor Places"
1. Neutral Milk Hotel - "Ghost"
So once again a Mark Kozelek project, Radiohead, Wilco, and Neutral Milk Hotel chart high. What can I say? Some bands just know how to put a fine song together. Just a reminder, the next two months will feature single-post 11 Best editions, due to the sprawling MAYhem feature that will overtake the blog for a few months. Now for this month's Wild Card:
Wilco - "Dreamer In My Dreams"
(Ed: flabbergasted that there isn't an available Tube for the studio version of this. Sorry.)
I apologize for including yet another Wilco song--I know I said one song per artist per list, but I'm going to put a moratorium on that rule for today. Besides, this Wilco is aesthetically miles away from "Poor Places" Wilco. Anyway, The album closer of the classic Being There, "Dreamer" takes the opposite route: it deconstructs. It starts off as an uptempo send-off, but before long falls into charming corrosion. Between the two false endings, the final verse that appears improvised, instrumentalists playing catch-up, and Jay Bennett's punctuational "That's it!" followed by the resounding slam of the piano fallboard, "Dreamer in My Dreams" is the unbuild.