We’re just a few days away from tallying the results and introducing the 32 tunes advancing to the next round. But first, a few more National Anthems and the last games can get started:
We’re looking at the bottom half of the California bracket, starting with Katy Perry [RF: “Katy Perry totally deserves a spot on this list… and “Roar” will be her single.”] She mixes it up with the Local Natives and “Mt. Washington” off of the Hummingbird LP.
The polls for the second halves of the Canadian and Californian brackets in the 2015 Tune Tournament are going live today. First up, eight more tracks from our northern neighbors.
Caribou’s Our Love was one of the best album releases last year, and “Can’t Do Without You” is the lead single. It starts its quest for the title with a contest against another 2014 single: “Archie, Marry Me,” off the self-title debut album by Toronto’s Alvvays.
Rounding out the sixteen songs in the Oceania bracket of this year’s Idle Time Tune Tournament are the tracks featured in these four matchups.
“Eventually” is a single off Tame Impala’s third LP, Currents. It faces competition from the oldest (and arguably baddest) dude in the bracket: Nick Cave. “Jubilee Street” was part of the Bad Seeds’ fifteenth studio album, Push the Sky Away, released in 2013.
And then check out the tracks battling for survival in Scandinavia’s late-start contests.
It’s a Nordic double-team as Swedish singer Robyn and Norwegian duo Röyksopp team up with “Every Little Thing,” from their latest collaboration Do It Again. The tune is up against Idle Time-favorite Little Dragon and “Paris,” off their latest LP, Nabuma Rubberband.
Finally, the 2015 Tune Tourney‘s California bracket gets rolling. West coast start-times are such hell for east coast gamblers, we know. Stay up late and watch the game you degenerates; morning SportsCenter highlights just don’t cut it.
After voting for your favorite tune in each of the following four matchups, do the same in the Scandinavia, Oceania, and Canadia regions as well. Polling on all first-round matchups closes next Thursday!
Italians Do It Better is one of the best things about LA, and last year’s Chromatics’ single “Cherry” from the After Dark 2 compilation further enhances the legend. Johnny, Ruth, et al, take on the title track from The Growlers’ 2014 LP, Chinese Fountain
We’re closing out the work week with two more 2015 Tune Tourney posts featuring four preliminary battles apiece. This first post tips off the top half of the Canadian bracket. Listen, vote, and campaign. These songs can’t win on their own. Then, if you haven’t done so already, vote for the initial battles in Scandinavia, Oceania, and California.
First up, region frontrunner Drake faces an immediate challenge from Death From Above 1979 and a single off recent album The Physical World. (I’m staying as objective and impartial in these matchup announcements as possible, but I can’t help thinking how cool it would be to see Best Coast take on Drake in the Final Four.)
Across the world and across the bracket for the first few matchups in the Oceania region. If you haven’t voted in the first batch of Scandinavia contests, do so here.
First up, the lead track on Cut Copy’s Zonoscope album (which, incidentally, is the last LP to top Idle Time’s illustrious List, back when we still used to do that sort of thing) takes on “By & Bye”, the first single from Electric Wire Hustle’s 2014 release.
The first round of matchups in our Tune Tournament is going live. Below, vote on four of the eight matchups in the Scandinavia region. MH’s very first response, after we did the seeding last week, was: “OH NO! Todd Terje versus Jens Lekman?!” Yeah man. Someone’s going home early.
The SCA region favorite “Full of Fire” from The Knife’s 2013 LP Shaking the Habitual takes on a newer release, “Night Games”, by Danish duo Darkness Falls.
This began as another in a long string of Sweden vs. Australia debates. And even though we’re older, wiser, and less prone to antagonistic accusations of shit in each other’s ears, we still like arguing about music. We also still love making lists for the sake of making lists. So… inspired in part by our old Rock ‘n Roll Roulette convocations and in part by the furor of NCAA basketball tournaments, we’re happy to kick off our first Idle Time Tune Tournament!
The format — such as it is, finalized over extra innings of pizza and cheap beer — became as follows. Sixteen favorite songs from four distinct regions. Scandinavia and Oceania to begin, of course. We added California as the third region because we love our home state. We added Canada because, back when we started Idle Time in ’02, it was the preeminent region challenging the U.S. of A for our pop music attention. Also (and maybe more importantly), we could call it “Canadia” and retain the “-ia” motif. Continue reading 2015 Tune Tournament→