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We've been discussing the top albums of 2011, but sometimes the best new songs don't live on those discs. Every year, I put together a "Yuletide Mix" of the songs I think should've been radio hits (in an alternate universe, perhaps). Not necessarily the "best" songs in terms of musicianship or even lyrics, but perhaps the ones that are most fun to listen to. Cohesion, song order and "flow" are a consideration as well.
I compile these in October/November so I can send them out in lieu of Xmas cards, so they tend to span the timeframe of late 2010 to late 2011 (hence the inclusion of a song from the latest Greenhornes album, for example). Here's this year's Mix:
R.E.M. - Discoverer
Quest For Fire - Strange Vacation
PJ Harvey - The Last Living Rose
The See See - Tomorrow Come Today
Wire - Clay
Veronica Falls - Bad Feeling
The Galileo 7 - Mine! Mine! Mine!
Pugwash - There You Are
Spaceships - Tabby And Lucy
Wilco - Born Alone
JEFF The Brotherhood - Bummer
Village - Close In An Instant
Tommy Keene - Behind The Parade
The Young Sinclairs - Kind Of Soul
The Greenhornes - Saying Goodbye
Meat Puppets - Hour Of The Idiot
Mars Classroom - (It's Good To Be) Bug Boy
Secret Colours - In The Absence
Anton Barbeau - Psychedelic Mynde Of Moses
The Bevis Frond - Reanimation
Ty Segall - You Make The Sun Fry
The Paperhead - Back To Those Days
Brian Leary (ex-Polyphemus) - Tape To Tape
I'm much more of a "songs" kinda guy. Here are 30 that I really dug this year, in no particular order-- except "johnny Kwango" is my definite song of the year:
The Bevis Frond - Johnny Kwango
The Decemberists - Down by the Water
Wild Flag - Future Crimes
Those Darlins - Waste Away
The Night Marchers - All Hits
The Bats - It's Not the Same
The Red Button - Caught in the Middle
Brilliant Colors - Hey Dan
Tommy Keene - Deep Six Saturday
R.E.M. - That Someone is You
PJ Harvey - The Last Living Rose
Iceage - You're Blessed
Woods - Any Other Day
Surfer Blood - Miranda
Milk Music - Out of My World
Crystal Stilts - Through the Floor
Sonny & the Sunsets - I Wanna Do It
Jonny - Candyfloss
Ductails - Hamilton Road
Motel Beds - Surfjerk
Dum Dum Girls - Wrong Feels Right
Vivian Girls - I Heard You Say
Tim Cohen - Don't Give Up
Army Navy - Feathered
Crooked Fingers - Black Candles
Mark Sultan - Song in Grey
La Sera - I Promise You
Shirk Circus - Understanding
Guided by Voices - The Unsinkable Fats Domino
J Mascis - Too Deep
I'm so impressed that "Johnny Kwango" is your top song of the year, Maximum Jack. The new Bevis Frond album is truly excellent and it's so cool to see there are others out there who are into the amazing music and lyrics of Nick Saloman and company. Cheers, Stu
Mine will be available at Burn and Shine on or about December 25.
I love these best of year lists on the tribe. Ive found the odd artists that I really enjoy from them and intend to dip into my pocket for a couple of albums I feel are essential for my colllection. Its good to see Quest For Fire get a mention as I heard them on a Tee Pee records sampler I own and they were one that stood out. I will be on You Tube sampling peoples choices looking for the sonic gold amongst them again no doubt when I have the time.
Just posted my Top 30 comp over at Burn and Shine
Two slight changes: First in order to accommodate a couple extra tracks, the wonderful "John Kwango" was bypassed in favor of the shorter "More To This Than That" from the same album. For those of you who don't know, the comps I post over there will always fit an 80-minute CDR. The other change is that I took the Mark Sultan track off and added a song by Times New Viking. I did not get the TNV until about a week ago, but it made such an impression I had to include it-- their album Dancer Equired has shot into my top 5 for the year! The Mark Sultan tune was almost the exact same length as the TNV track, "Ever Falling in Love", so that's why he got the axe.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas Everybody!
[gratuitous Slade nod, there]
Can't wait to give it a spin, Maximum Jack. I can already tell I'm going to love it.
Anybody else watching The Walking Dead? The most recent episode closed with this gem from 2011:
I remember listening to this about 18 times in a row when I first got it. Ultimately, it did not make the cut for my Top 30-- but maybe it should have.
The song really takes off towards the end, doesn't it? I can see how it would be a good fit for wrapping up an episode of The Walking Dead (which I'm not watching - however, lots of guys at our agency are watching it and I've been hearing about how good it is).