Top Ten Songs of 2011

(In No Particular Order)

Tyler, the Creator – Yonkers
Tyler, I hate you. I hate you for being the pretentious, over the top, dirty mouthed, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, overnight, buzzing, pitchfork wonder-child who’s raps are so filthy, so angry, and so disrespectful that you can’t help but be intrigued by what makes it so memorable. Oh that’s right – the incredible flow, creativity, and rhyme schemes. Yonkers is frighteningly fantastic in every sense. Tyler is on his way to being one of the best. If you can’t beat him, join him; ie: Odd Future. Yonkers – Single – Tyler, The Creator

College – Real Hero
The best song, from the best soundtrack, from the best movie of the year. Amen for the rebirth of (quality) 80s sounding synth.A real hero – EP – College

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Never has an existentialist sounded so hopeful as Robin Pecknold does on the title track from a very solid sophomore effort for the young Washington based band. Blending the likes of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Beach Boys, and Satre – Pecknold and crew create an instant classic.Helplessness Blues – Helplessness Blues

The Arctic Monkeys – Suck it and See

They are back. The title track off of the best Arctic Monkeys album since their ball busting debut, Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not, is a steady paced love song with lyrical prowess that redefines Alex Turner as a wordsmith. With traditional cockney name dropping like “Dandelion Burdock,” “Suck it and See” is the real deal, and after two sub-par records, The Monkeys are back.Suck It and See – Suck It and See

The Strokes – Undercover of Darkness

The good news: The Strokes returned with a blast from the past and arguably one of their best tracks. Period. The bad news: It was the only really good song on the album.Under Cover of Darkness – Single – The Strokes

Bon Iver – Holocene

In a recent Pitchfork list of the best songs of the decade a journalist claims to have been unfamiliar with the buzzworthy singer/songwriter and his breakthrough record For Emma, Forever Ago. It was Holocene that turned him on to the talents of Justin Vernon. Well my friend, you really missed out. Because For Emma is far better than Vernon’s sophomore self titled effort. Holocene is the best song off of a very solid and diverse record nonetheless.Holocene – Bon Iver

Girls – Vomit

The centerpiece to one of the best records of 2011. The San Francisco based group expanded on the poppy surf rock themes of their first record to create a noisier, more morose second effort. They’re weird and they’re awesome. Girls are a mainstay.Vomit – Single – Girls

Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever

This Springsteen loving, Americana shoegazer has certainly made a name for himself this year with Smoke Ring for My Halo. The album’s best track, “Jesus Fever”, is a tinny mix of electric crunch and swinging folk/rock n’ roll and falls somewhere between Darkness on the Edge of Town and Halcyon Digest.Jesus Fever – Smoke Ring for My Halo (Bonus Track Version)

The Felice Brothers – Ponzi

The alt-country/folk outfit made up of family members from upstate New York established themselves within the Americana scene with their 2009 release, Yonder is the Clock. Their most recent disc, Celebration, Florida, expanded dramatically, especially with “Ponzi”, which has a two minute synth dance beat.Ponzi – Ponzi – Single

Cass Mccombs – Country Line

For this troubadour, “County Line” is a career defining travel tune which mixes pop sensibilities with lonely folk and he does it with constant transition. With layered vocals and sparse guitar riffs “County Line” is not only one of the best of year, but (maybe) one of the best of the decade.County Line – Wit’s End

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