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20 Tracks | Best Songs of 2011

Reebok Pumps

2011 is going dark. Will it be remembered as the year that the masses bopped along to a dark song about a cowboy killer chasing down some kicks?  Was the kid after revenge or simply some Reebok Pumps? Did he recall Dee Brown dunking in those freshly pumped kicks? Or was he really after Jordans? Or Cons? Or Keds?

As I ponder that into the new year, here’s twenty of 2011’s truly best tracks, in alpha order*:

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Eleven for 2011 | Best Albums of 2011

(Update 12/21: A Slacker Radio station featuring the artists in this best of list can be found here.)

Like many, I enjoy the end of year ritual of reading “best of” lists. It’s a nice way to expand your musical horizon, catch something you might have missed, or reconsider an opinion on an album you may have misjudged.

My list of 11 is unranked and unreasoned (see considering the best of). It is simply my favorites of the year, in alpha order, along with some that fell just below that first cusp.

Atlas Sound | Parallax

Atlas Sound | Parallax

If pressed, I’d probably point to Atlas Sound’s Parallax as my favorite of the year. It was a late year release and is in the rotation a lot at the moment. What sticks out about the album is that the songs sound familiar,even nostalgic, but are complex, in both layer and lyric. By adding up the sum of his last four efforts, two Deerhunter contributions and two stellar Atlas Sound solo efforts, it is easy to see that Bradford Cox is one of the best songwriters of our generation.

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Jersey Sounds | Real Estate

Recently, I ventured out to Johnny Brendas to see the New Jersey band Real Estate, touring in support of their October release, Days.

album cover from Real Estate Days

Real Estate | Days

The live set, much like the album, felt simple and minimal, almost efficient, a perfect portrait of their sun-bleached, folksy-garage rock. Real Estate draws fair comparisons to The Feelies, another New Jersey band who found some success in the 80s, and interestingly enough the two bands toured together earlier this year. Check out the dogs in the video for Real Estate’s “It’s Real” below.

Real Estate – It’s Real

The Feelies – It’s Only Life (video)

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