Monday, February 13, 2012

favorite songs of 2011

Grammys Schmammys! Here are some of my favorite tunes from 2011. What were yours? Did they win Grammys? Does it matter?!

April Smith and the Great Picture Show, "Colors"

I just can not get enough of this song! So peppy and quirky and romantic!

Black Keys, "Everlasting Light"

just plain bad ass.

Damnwells, "The Great Unknown"

And my love affair with this band continues.

Local Natives, "World News"

Confession: I don't know any other songs by them. I need to get on that. Great tune!

Morgan Nusbaum, "Lie to Me"

A local artist whom I've had the pleasure of hanging out with, Morgan has a crazy pretty voice. This song is gut-wrenching. Love it. I have more local bands on my actual best-of mix, but I couldn't find good videos for them.

Features, "Whatever Gets You By"

Saw this band at a small venue without knowing nothing about them except that my friend Eric loved them. I was hooked immediately. One of the most played CDs in my car's dash.

Givers, "Up Up Up"

Another band I got to see in an intimate venue, who could probably fill a bigger room. They are easy to get into... high-energy, cute, fun. This song will make you happy.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings," I learned the Hard Way"

Makes me want to put on sequined dress and go hang out at a dive bar and drink rum straight. I don't know if that describes the song adequately.... you should just listen.

A.A. Bondy, "Surfer King"

Guitar that sounds like it's underwater, mellow pace, pretty melody.

Justin Townes Earle, "Harlem River Blues"

Saw this guy live, too! Talented fella. I love this song because it's one of those upbeat-sounding songs with seriously depressing subject matter. You'll be tapping your toes to a song about suicide! You won't be able to help yourself!!

So that's some of my picks. Seriously, tell me yours! I know I missed putting some great stuff on this list.

1 comment:

  1. So right about the Damnwells... thanks for turning me on to them.