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1. Trampled by Turtles - Wait So Long
One of the worst band names ever. These guys played at Union Transfer a few months ago and the venue posted the video for this song up on Facebook in an effort to promote the show. I honestly clicked on the link fully expecting a good laugh, judging them by the name alone, and was totally taken aback at how good they were. I almost bought a ticket for the show based on this song alone, but I was broke that week and missed it. The whole album is good, but this one is just over the top great.
2. Frightened Rabbit - Good Arms vs. Bad Arms
Solid Scottish indie rock.
3. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Fleet Foxes’ first album was beautiful and ethereal and I liked it quite a bit, but I found it was hard to pick one or two songs that stood out; they all came off fairly similiar and easily bled into one another, making it tough to even remember track titles. With this second album I think they‘ve stepped it up a notch with more meaningful lyrics and songs that stand out more distinctly. The message in this song, of being unsure of your place or direction in life, is a pretty common sentiment but I just love their particular way of expressing it.
4. Chris & Thomas - You’re the One I Want
Man these guys can kill it with the vocal harmonies. Some of my favorite lazy Sunday music; Keeps me happy and stress free with bounce in my step.
5. Deer Tick - Little White Lies
I got into these guys late last year and have since discovered their back catalog... MOST of which is great, some of which is not great (including their most recent album, which was a big disappointment). Anyway, this song, my favoritest, is a bit country-rock ballad and a bit 60’s under the sea dance that starts off slow but switches up the pace toward the end for a sweet sweet payoff.
6. Wye Oak - Civilian
This woman’s voice is so dark and sad and powerful. It makes me feel like I’m underwater.
7. Middle Brother - Million Dollar Bill
This band features the frontmen of the bands Deer Tick, Dawes and The Delta Spirit who all take turns on the vocals. Individually: Deer Tick is very good, Dawes and Delta Spirit not so much. Together: Totally my favorite band of the year. I could’ve put any song from this album on the mix but this particular one definitely got the most rotation for me.
8. Bon Iver - Holocene
Middle Brother is my band of the year, but Bon Iver had my album of the year. I don’t care that this is on like every top 10 of 2011 or whatever, it’s gorgeous and transporting. I can close my eyes and imagine I’m wearing a gauzy dress in a gentle breeze on a warm Spring day and there are puppies playing at my feet.
9. M83 - Midnight City
I can’t not dance to this song. can’t. not. dance.
Again, the whole album is fantastic. I highly recommend Raconte-Moi Une Histoire. (it’s the most adorable)
10 & 11.
Yelle - Que Veux Tu (Madeon Remix)
Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
I cheated here and grouped these two together because I like them for essentially the same reason and I couldn’t pick between one or the other. Pure guilty dance-y pop pleasures that stimulate the joy centers of my brain. I feel like most people on here will disagree with me on this, but I don’t fucking care. Proceed with caution.