Thursday, December 15, 2011

List Day: 2011 in Twelves

Top 12 Songs First Heard in 2011

Over a year after my cancellation of XM Radio, I'm still doing just fine at discovering new music via Pandora (sanely muted of ads with AdBlock Plus), although they continue to insist that Jack Johnson is a "Chick That Sings". Here are this year's picks for songs that caught my attention. Let me know if you discover something that pleases you!

  1. Koop - Koop Island Blues:
    I really like the haunting mix of instruments on this track, and was pleased to find that the rest of this album was just as quirky.

  2. Zox - Little More Time:
    This is just a pleasant upbeat little ditty. Unfortunately, the encompassing album is not as good as this song.

  3. Mark Ronson and the Business Intl - Bike Song:
    (skip ahead 40 seconds for the actual song) Honestly, this is not that great of a song, so I have no idea why it's so incredibly catchy.

  4. Karmin - Look at Me Now:
    This is a rare case of the cover being better than the original -- it's amazing what a little melody and harmony can do for music. Karmin has become well-deservedly famous since I first learned of them on YouTube.

  5. Dirt Poor Robins - Masquerade:
    I really like how this song is both heavy and bouncy at the same time, not unlike an Austin native on a hill.

  6. Lenka - The Show:
    Lenka is my "A Fine Frenzy" of 2011. She does "whimsical" very well, and it requires active effort to be down while listening to any one of her CDs.

  7. The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger:
    I still haven't found a good follow-up act to The Darkness, which disbanded in 2006, but this is a group in a similar, less bombastic vein. While researching this post, I just learned that The Darkness is reforming, so maybe they'll be their own replacements.

  8. Just Jack - Doctor Doctor:
    British rappers are a staple in my listening repertoire.

  9. Bitter:Sweet - The Mating Game:
    It was a toss-up between this song and "Dirty Laundry", and the plaintive minor sixths edged this one up.

  10. Mark Ronson and the Business Intl - The Night Last Night:
    Three-part harmony is such a rarity in pop music that this song was a breath of fresh air when I first heard it.

  11. Lenka - Bring Me Down:
    Less sugar and more psycho clown music puts this squarely into my +1 pile: this is the type of arrangement I would have written myself.

  12. Just Jack - Astronaut:
    This is a great, well-constructed song, coherently mixing a bunch of genres and styles together. I got the album containing this song LAST Christmas, and have yet to tire of it.

Previous Picks: 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

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