Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Treat Your Ears Right!

Punk Cider courtesy of Mighty & Lauren

A day late but not even a dollar short.  As promised here are my favorite songs of 2011.  I encourage you to download and play in this order...not that I'm a control freak or anything. (pretend there's a smiley face emoticon here.)  Let me know what songs made you mental in 2011 and what records (yes, I still call them that) you're looking forward to in 2012.

Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye
Crystal Vases by The Last Royals
Video Games by Lana Del Rey
Damn Your Eyes by Alex Clare
Green Aisles by Real Estate
Darling Buds of May by Viva Brother
Cough Syrup by Young the Giant
The King and All Of His Men by Wolf Gang
Civilian by Wye Oak
What the Water Gave Me by Florence + The Machine
Lake Michigan by Rogue Wave
Santa Fe by Beirut
Baptized By Fire by Spinnerette
Helicopter by Deerhunter
Simple Math by Manchester Orchestra
Do I Wait by Ryan Adams
Impossible by Anberlin
Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap
Trinity by Paper Tongues
Young Blood by The Naked and Famous
The Ghost Inside by Broken Bells
Street Joy by White Denim

Now be amazed and freaked out by the video for Simple Math by Manchester Orchestra.


  1. Here's some of my faves., the ones I can think of for now:

    Fragile Bird by City and Colour
    Horizons by Puscifer
    Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine
    Tomorrow's Food by Incubus

    also love Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye (at fist I thought part of the song was Sting)

    Cool video too:


    Monsoons by Puscifer

    Under Cover of Darkness by the Strokes

    I saw Beirut a few months ago at the Greek, and that was the first time I've heard of them, they were splendid! (Tuba solo!!!)

    Will Do by TV on the Radio

    Diggin' Simple Math by Manchester Orchestra...love the vid.

  2. Second the Somebody That I Used to Know vote, especially for the video! 2011 was, for me, the year of becoming more involved in the local music scene here in Seattle, so less into what's on the radio. Velcro Mindset (loud), Choking Mona Lisa (rock), Cody Beebe & The Crooks, Scrumptious & The Backbeat (for funk), Kris Orlowske, Hey Marseilles (Or any other stuff Marty Riemer promotes on his podcast)

    It was also the year when my partner (Ethan Freckleton)'s album was recorded and he went to Nashville to do some recording on some other songs he co-wrote, so in a break from listening to podcasts, I've been soaking his art up, over and over and over again and do I like this mix or that one, maybe a third one should be done?

    For Christmas, I got "The Smile Sessions" by The Beach Boys and it's on background rotation in my car- very mellow, relaxing, and fun.

    I'm looking forward to Ethan's CD release party in February at the Hard Rock and seeing what new bands we discover together.