Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Big Beat 'cast 34: (Some of) My Favorite Songs of 2011



That's right - only some, at least this week anyway. Once I started getting mapping out everything I really dug and wanted to feature, I realized two hours wasn't going to do it. So, consider this merely Part One. Next week, I'll count down my Top 20 albums of 2011 and then circle back to finish off my favorite songs the following week, just in time for Christmas. That'll make 4 programs covering this past year. That oughta do it.

You can hear the show on DIY Radio today at 4pm Eastern, 3p Central & 2100 BST to hear the show but alas, if you're unable to or just can't wait, press play below.

As the year winds to a close, a heartfelt thanks from me for giving some of your time and attention to my little blog and podcast. It's truly a labor of love and I'm always flattered by your kind words and comments. Additionally, I'm incredibly fortunate to have a few platforms to share music and words, via DIY Radio from London (eternal gratitude to Stephen & Harriet) and KUT here in Austin, only the best damn radio station in Texas. That's a pretty good combo if I do say so myself.

So, on to my favorites of 2011...I'm reluctant to call 'em 'the best' (even if I think they are): that's for you to decide. Some of these might very well be repeated next week as being representative of a favorite album but then again, there are some albums I'll be ranking that probably doesn't yield a favorite song. It'll be that the record as a whole got to me, rather than one song.  Check back next week for that.





(Some of) The Big Beat's Favorite Songs of 2011

JAMIE WOON "Lady Luck" (Polydor UK), from Mirrorwriting
ST. VINCENT "Cheerleader" (4AD), from Strange Mercy
THE HORRORS "Moving Further Away" (XL), from Skying
WILCO "I Might"(dBpm), from The Whole Love
NIKKI LANE "Gone, Gone, Gone" (IAMSOUND), from Walk Of Shame
SBTRKT "Trials of the Past" (Young Turks), from SBTRKT
TV ON THE RADIO "Second Song" (Interscope), from Nine Types of Light
PETER BJORN AND JOHN "Second Chance" (Startime Intl.), from Gimme Some
LYKKE LI "Youth Knows No Pain" (Atlantic), from Wounded Rhymes
FRIENDS "I’m His Girl" (Lucky Number), single
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM "Us v. Them" (DFA / EMI), from London Sessions
THE JOY FORMIDABLE "Whirring"(Canvasback /Atlantic), from The Big Roar
YUCK "Shook Down"(Fat Possum), from Yuck
MOUNT MORIAH "Lament" (Holidays For Quince), from Mount Moriah
WILD FLAG "Racehorse" (Merge), from Wild Flag
WIDOWSPEAK "Nightcrawlers" (Captured Tracks), from Widowspeak
WASHED OUT "Before" (Sub Pop), from Within and Without
GUIDED BY VOICES "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" (GBV Inc.), from Let's Go Eat The Factory
LEMURIA "Irregular" (Bridge Nine), from Pebble
GARY CLARK JR. "Don’t Owe You A Thang" (Warner Bros.), from The Bright Lights EP
GOTYE "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Samples 'n' Seconds), from Making Mirrors
M + A "Liko Lene Lisa" (Monotreme), from things.yes
GIRLS "Vomit" (True Panther), from Father, Son, Holy Ghost
RINGO DEATHSTARR "So High" (Sonic Unyon), from Colour Trip
BEST COAST "When You Wake Up" (Mexican Summer/Fat Possum), from Summer Is Forever EP
LITTLE DRAGON "Nightlight" (Peacefrog), from Ritual Union

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Mike, enjoyed it. At some point could you post a list of the runner-ups for your best-of songs and albums that you didn't have time to include in the Beat 'casts? I'd like to follow up on some more of your recommendations. Thanks again!

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