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I want to sleep with this entire band!

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“Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” - Father John Misty

Former Fleet Foxes member J. Tillman has given immediate weight to his foray into a solo career with his video for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings.” First thing, Aubrey Plaza is fucking shit up, eating flowers and being generally zany. This madcap version of Plaza matches nicely with the droning psychedelia of the song. Secondly, the song is impressive. Rather than sticking to the folkiness of Fleet Foxes, Tillman’s music is decidedly more bombastic without reaching for the rafters and has an understated catchiness. Finally, the video is wonderfully shot and sets a high bar for Fear Fun (Sub Pop, May 1), but his credentials thus far point to what is sure to be an excellent debut.

still obsessed.

still obsessed.

I guess you heard he’s gone to L.A.
he says that behind my eyes I’m hiding
and he tells me I pushed him away
that my heart’s been hard to find
Tori Amos - Baker Baker (Under the Pink, 1994)

30 Best Tracks of 2011

It was a good year in music.  Some of my most favorite artist’s released new albums and delivered (Florence) and some didn’t (Duffy).  There were artists that surprised me with their new sound (Dum Dum Girls), and a couple of sensational acts that came from no where (Neon Hitch, Lana Del Ray).  Some of these songs were not official singles, maybe b-sides or are soon to be released, and some of them were the most successful songs of the year. But mostly, there was a whole lot of saxophone.

1. M83 – “Midnight City”
2. Florence + the Machine – “No Light, No Light”
3. Lana Del Ray – “Born to Die”
4. Bon Iver – “Beth/Rest”
6. Ellie Goulding – “Lights”
7. Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain”
8. Lykke Li – “I Follow Rivers”
9. Nicole Atikns – “Cry, Cry, Cry”
10. Neon Hitch – “Get Over You”
11. Jessica 6 – “White Horse”
12. Katy B – “Katy on a Mission”
13. Washed Out – “Armor Fati”
14. Dum Dum Girls – “Coming Down”
15. Dark Dark Dark – “In Your Dreams”
16. Feist – “Caught a Long Wind”
17. Beth Ditto – “I Wrote the Book”
18. Lady Gaga - “Heavy Metal Lover”
19. Hercules & Love Affair - “Painted Eyes”
20. Antony & The Johnsons - “Christina’s Farm”
21. The Pierces – “We Are Stars”
22. David Guetta & Sia - “Titanium”
23. Sophie Ellis Bextor - “Starlight”
24. Cut/Copy - “Corner of the Sky”
25. Tori Amos - “Carry”
26. Fleet Foxes - ”Grown Ocean”
27. Coldplay - “Up with The Birds”
28. Sarah Jarosz - “Run Away”
29. Zola Jesus – “Vessel”
30. Rihanna - “Drunk on Love”

Best Albums of 2011

Here is my list for the year.  I must say, the first six or so were an easy choice. 

M83 ­– Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Florence + the Machine ­– Ceremonials
Adele – 21
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore
Zola Jesus – Contaus
Washed Out – Within and Without
Katy B – On A Mission
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Honorable Mention
Oh Land – Oh Land
Cut/Copy – Zonoscope
Feist – Metals
Class Actress – Rapprocher
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
Rhianna – Talk That Talk

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As of it’s unofficial youtube release this morning - I have listened to this song 43 times.  As expected, the official 1st single off of Lana Del Ray's forthcoming album (January 30) is brilliant and sexy and everything I expected it to be.  Will she be the best thing to emerge into the mainstream next year?  There is a good chance.  Regardless, she is bound to be a big deal. 

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I fell in love with Carina Round when a friend handed me The Disconnection.  Her song Into My Blood was angsty, catchy, and a great one to sing along to in the car. LOUD.  So over her rather quite career, I have followed.  Her last effort, Slow Motion Addict had some great tracks (Come to You, Stolen Car) but it failed to claim her the spotlight she deserves.  Things You Should Know, her latest EP is a slower departure for Carina, but it does something that previous efforts have failed to do, prove her diverse talent.  For Everything a Reason is a haunting gem of a song.  It was recently featured on FX’s American Horror Story and hopefully will gain her the praise, fans and success that I think she deserves.

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Here is the original.  I’m glad to see that Flo hasn’t let us down for this sophomore effort.  Both singles are truly exceptional. 

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Delish!  The Weeknd’s take on Florence + the Machine’s new single Shake It Out.

Super excellent song from up & coming band Everest.  I remember a time when I was obsessed with Remy Zero. Then they broke up (or are they?).  This is a flicker of hope that bands of that caliber still need to find their fame. 

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There has been some great new music grabbing my attention as of late.  Without hesitation, Lana Del Ray is probably one of the most exciting discoveries for me.  Besides having unreal vocals, and knockout good looks - every aspect of her persona and style can be referenced elsewhere, and yet, she can feel so entirely new.  Lana appears to be able to encompass all the styles she wishes and still be entirely unique.  For me, she captures that authentic, honey-drenched sound of 60’s Nancy Sinatra - and I’m in love.