Heycoolkid! 100 Best Songs Of 2011

26 Dec

Heycoolkid! 100 Best Songs Of 2011 – (26 – 40)

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40. Hey Rosetta! – “Bandages”

Hey Rosetta!

Before saying anything about this song, I fully realize that “Bandages” was not released in 2011. It was though new to me this year and the video they put out over the summer for it really impressed me. Sure there is another track that probably should have been on this list instead of this one but I could not bring myself to not have it on this list. Sorry for those of you who are offended. I feel the same way when seeing The Head And The Heart on the best album list from so many websites this year… everyone makes exceptions.

Hey Rosetta! are soulful-folk at its best.

Bandages” remains subtle while simultaneously bringing a somewhat hurtful truth to the surface. The last minute and a half of this song is acoustic perfection which embodies the collective magic that Hey Rosetta! have the ability to create.

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39. Lanterns On The Lake – “Under Stars”

Lanterns On The LakeLanterns On The Lake are a gorgeous embracing of spacious sadness whose sound is often at odds with their optimistic, or at the least forward facing, lyrics .

Under Stars” drags the band’s Explosions In The Sky meets Mazzy Star influences right into the forefront and with complete confidence says “we can do it better”…  who can argue with them?

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38. Glowbug – “Funeral Song”

GlowbugI stumbled over Glowbug while sifting through new albums on bandcamp and it was the best random find I’ve made all year. EVERY song on Mr. Plastic is worthy of the Best Songs Of 2011 list.

I’m not much of an Idiot Pilot fan so Daniel Anderson really surprised me with this side-project.

Like a more artist Born Gold or a pop-sensible Animal Collective, if you are a fan of electronic music this should be your new favorite band.

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36. Bon Iver – “Calgary”

Bon IverFor Emma, Forever Ago was one of the most haunting albums ever created but where could Bon Iver go from there? Wouldn’t the art he created in the future be a lesser form of brilliance?

This year I finally found the answer to all of the questions I’d had to what Justin Vernon‘s long-term place in indie would be… it was not even close to what I had been expecting.

With his self-titled album Bon Iver unearthed a level of instrumentation that even those who aren’t into the whole chill-acousticness couldn’t help but listen in awe of the conceptualized angelic crafting he has given us.

  “Calgary” is one of those rare songs to be so passive and heartfelt that whenever it comes on the entire room settles and we’re flooded with the impression that for the space of a song time has stopped.

Bon Iver has proven he belongs in our future as much as the soundtrack to our past, we should be thankful to have such genius and honesty in our presence.

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35. Yuck -“Suicide Policeman”

YuckSuicide Policeman” is hands-down my favorite Yuck song.  It’s like finding a middle ground between the low-key phenomenal “Automatic” and their 90’s garage intensity of “The Wall.” For obvious reasons the lyrics are the staple to this songs infallibility but the way it’s laid out with such structure makes it a very stand alone track calling to be included on any mixtape, especially ones  given to a friend whose going through difficult times when no words will suffice for what you need to tell them.

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34. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – “Teenage Tide”

Letting Up Despite Great Faults“[Letting Up Despite Great Faults] latest single “Teenage Tide” is electro-pop at its best, with hazy vocals and optimistic lyrics, with an underlying sense of nostalgia. It’s the type of music that acts as the perfect accompaniment to a lazy afternoon lying in the sun and helps to make long hot summer days that much more enjoyable & relaxing.” – Eclectically Challenged

Teenage Tide” is the epitome of  those songs that captured my heart in adolescence where the band eloquently expresses all of those mixed up and unsure feelings we have with our crushes and friends, lines that were so often intwined with each other.

If I were seventeen  Letting Up Despite Great Faults would probably be my Dashboard Confessional.

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33. The One AM Radio – “In A City Without Seasons”

The One AM Radio“You know how you search something up on Wikipedia and then you click a link that leads you to another page and so on? Thanks to that concept and Youtube, I stumbled upon this wonderful track after starting with Said the Whale’s “Camilo” and going through several other bands’ videos. Can you imagine listening to music like this all year round? Even though I’m wrapped in blankets because of my cold room, this songs makes me feel like I’m sitting outside on a warm evening. I love how this song grabs you for a little over 3 minutes and takes you to the band’s hometown of Los Angeles. It’s a nice little break from the dark, cold and stormy weather we have been having.

‘It’s hard to measure time in a city without seasons.’ That one simple line really got me thinking. It never crossed my mind what it would be like to be in a city without the contrasting seasons. I just thought I would share this song as we head into our supposedly record breaking winter.” – Fistful Of Sound

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32. Young Buffalo – “Anthems Of A Seventeen Year Old (Broken Social Scene Cover)”

Young BuffaloBroken Social Scene are another band (like wilco) that I never have been able to fully  get into, and believe my I have tried(hard) but I just can’t. There’s something that immediately turns me off about the majority of their songs (although Lovers Spit makes my top 100 of all time). It may be brilliant and leagues above everyone else, it might even be ground breaking and have opened doors for so many other (better) bands, but they just don’t connect with me the way  I feel  they are hyped up to.

This is why Young Buffalo impress me, not only do they have a sound that’s SO DAMN ADDICTING they somehow have found a way to take a song I didn’t already  like and make me LOVE IT. How often do we get to hear a cover that’s better than the original?

This version will be getting played on my headphones for a long time to come. It even makes me appreciate BSS for once… who knows it may someday, by some miracle, make me end up being a fan of them. (Via)

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31. Alex Drumm – “Sparks In The Grass”

Alex DrummI first heard of Alex Drumm through an Other Music sampler the label emailed to me last spring with this song on it,  I’m now a full on Alex Drumm fan.

This expression of remembrance soaked in accepted longing has been a part of so many long nights I’ve had this year when my head was full of questions and a bitterness I desperately wanted to shed. Alex Drumm speaks to my heart, a blessing I’ll never forget.

He put out the fantastic Empty Rooms back in June, I truly hope all of you pick it up.

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30. French Films – “This Dead Town”

French FilmsI love how this band are such a modern reincarnation of The Cure and The Smiths, something I’ve been waiting a very long time to find.

“Every day I’m waiting for the airport bars and the fading shores to clean my heart from all the rust that stayed when nothing ever change.” is my favorite opening line this year.

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29. Being There – “Tomorrow”

Being ThereBeing There‘s “Tomorrow” is everything I hope for from music.

Unpretentious nostalgic hope, “Tomorrow” is the ideal sound for a drive through the fall night air with a car full of friends and a pack of American Spirits (unless you’re pro anti-smoking then maybe you would prefer beef jerky or something lame like that).

Being there are out of London and have somehow managed to combine the sound of Yuck and Pavement and bring new life to an early nineties sound. They recently signed with Young And Lost Club and are about to head out on a fall tour with label mates Noah And The Whale.
Tomorrow” is one of three songs on their limited edition (100) album  “Being There” which they gave us yesterday to begin promoting the single “The Radio,” which is the title track from there debut album due out on November 14th.

One listen through “The Radio” and it’s easy to see why they are wanting to promote the song. God it’s incredible! INCREDIBLE!

Being There seem aligned for big things. Remember how Best Coast surfaced just at the precise moment that lo-fi was beginning to catch fire which in turn blew our minds, Being There very well could be that for the nineties-shoegaze sound that is gaining momentum and wholeheartedly I believe they will be. – Listen Before You Buy

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28. Dreamers Of The Ghetto – “Tether”

Dreamers Of The GhettoThese Indiana natives are the most likely shining star to bring notice to an incredibly mind-blowing scene that has remained under the radar for far too long.

I first caught Dreamers Of The Ghetto when they opened for Maps And Atlases last January. At the time the only thing I could find from them were a couple of rough demos and a live show with lack-luster quality. In the year that has passed since I’ve followed their launch from obscurity cheering them on the entire way.

If there’s one band I guarantee will be doing big things in the next year it will be Dreamers Of The Ghetto. Each time I play one of their songs for a friend or throw a post up on either of the websites the response is a unified immediate love. “Tether” speaks for itself as to why.

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27. James Vincent McMorrow – “Hear The Noise That Moves So Soft And Low”

James Vincent McmorrowIf it hadn’t been for I Am Fuel/ You Are Friends including this song on her fall mix this song never would have made the list.

Sure I have gotten into James Vincent McMorrow before but somehow missed this song completely. “Hear The Noise That Moves So Soft And Low” is a perfect example of the importance of blogs in music today; Where labels only push one or two songs, those with a much better ear are promoting the ones that NEED to be heard.

My heart breaks when I hear those words “nothing breaks your stride like what’s become.”

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26.  Born Gold – “Boring Horror”

Born GoldBoring Horror” is party music for the anti-mainstream masses… they can have LMFAO, I’ll take Born Gold any day.

These guys are one of the main bands I’m looking forward to catching when I’m calling Austin home, since they seem to skip Indy each time they come state-side, pull up a couple of live tracks if you have any questions as to why they make that list.

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