Friday, December 30, 2011

#NowPlaying: MG's Picks of 2011: Top 10 (Guest Post)

2011 was a good year for music. I found some favourite new artists, and rekindled my love with others I’ve loved before. This list is by no means exhaustive, or really in an specific order, rather it’s a just 10 songs that you might have missed this year that really got me going. I hope you like them, too.

Wye Oak - Civilian 
Wye Oak was a standout for me this year. The whole Civilian album was great, but the haunting vocals on the title track really took the cake. Like what you hear? Try out Holy, Holy next.
[I don't know what it is about this that I am not feeling...maybe it is the half taped tambourine...not sure. - Jes]

The Head and the Heart - Down in the Valley 
I cannot say enough about the Head and the Heart - and surprisingly, I know Jes would agree. These guys had me wanting to pack my bags for the Pacific Northwest, live in Seattle and make friends with chill musicians who want to sing for me all the time. Maybe next year.
[You are the only person I know who would hear a song and then feel the need to move to the place it was made. Psycho...but yes, completely agree. Head and the Heart one of the best bands of my life. - Jes]

Walk the Moon - Anna Sun 
Insanely catchy song, cute singer, hilarious dance sequence midway through the video. In 2011, this was my go to song for any time I needed a pick me up.
[Ah yes, I remember this video...meant to download the song, forgot...thanks for the reminder. - Jes]

Bon Iver - Holocene 
My favourite song from my favourite album. Everything is coming up Bon Iver this year and I couldn’t be happier. Golf claps to the Grammys for finally getting it right.
[Bon Iver is a good example of our differences...your fave on this album is this and mine is Beth/Rest which I believe is your least favorite. But I defs love me some love love. - Jes]

Bright Eyes - Shell Games 
Bright Eyes has been on my ‘favourite band’ radar since early high school, Both Jes and I got the chance to see Bright Eyes this year while we were tearing up Vegas, at a venue that was borderline magical.
[Oh Bright Eyes...a sober moment during our Vegas vacation. Love. Although I am surprised that you didn't go crazy, jump on stage and try to take the pants off of Conor Oberst...I thought you had it in you. - Jes]

M83 - Midnight City 
Play this at your New Years Eve party. Your friends will love you and think you’ve got the coolest taste in music.
[I will not be playing this at my NYE party...your next song however, will do. - Jes]

Childish Gambino - Heartbeats 
Just to completely throw everyone off, this list needed some rap. Even if we lose the greatness of Troy on Community, we’ll always have Donald Glover’s ridiculously vulgar rap music.
[I am glad you are finally showing off your gangster side. I expect more of this in 2012...also, Donald is defs on my playlist. - Jes]

Florence and the Machine - Shake it Off 
This song doesn’t require explanation - it’s great. And was on a constant rotation when it first came out.
[Yup, love Florence...unfortunately her first album was way more stellar. - Jes]

Brett Dennen - Sydney 
Every top ten list requires a good ginger. Like I said in a previous post, if this song is good enough for Twitter, it’s good enough for me.
[Ginger power. Thanks to you, this song is also currently on my playlist. - Jes]

Youth Lagoon - Montana 
The video for ‘Montana‘ has garnered a lot of attention already, and I think it’s safe to say 2012 is going to be a big year for Youth Lagoon.
[Defs a 'certain time and place' tune. In my current state, it works. - Jes]

Thanks for tuning in this year, and I’ll see you in 2012 for some more musical goodness.

Thanks for you can see I have left comments after every song. 2012 is gonna be a good year for music...I can feel it in my bones.



  1. A freakin stellar list, the diversity is refreshing and makes it a list that works for a lot of different musical tastes.

  2. ps one last thing - Jess, I agree the first florence and the machines album was amazing but the more I listen to the new one, the more I love it, she is such a force.


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