10 tracks from 2011 that I overplayed

By DAVID A. MANN

I’ve always considered myself an “album guy.” I guess I feel like an entire album more accurately tells the story about an artist, or a time, or theme or whatever than just a few minutes-long single. But the winds of change that are blowing through the music industry right now – where singles are becoming the primary product, in lieu of full records – are leaving dinosaurs like me in the past.

That in mind, I decided to put together a list of my favorite singles of the last year. Since there were so many greats, I decided that I would only put songs that weren’t on any of my 10 favorite albums this year. That list should be coming out later this week. If you have Spotify, this entire list can be found here: http://open.spotify.com/user/davidmann20/playlist/23fLupzp7ktj1892gfQicU

10. “Is The World Strange,” by Cosmo Jarvis A strange little tale of self doubt with a hypotheses we all likely present to ourselves from time to time. It’s a bit psychedelic, a bit hip-hop. And hooray for casual swearing! It’s the album’s title track. http://open.spotify.com/track/0aBxuGSJoRoNYHdaYDz0mC

9.  “Helplessness Blues,” by Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes do a great job of making me ponder existence and “Helplessness Blues” was no exception. It’s a beautiful track and probably my favorite on their latest record, which is of the same name. http://open.spotify.com/track/1pbOvzdkL5iujppWgzBQdS

8. “Lonesome Hunter” by Timber Timbre This tune is unsettling but extremely catchy and a bit haunting. And it’s off the album with the funniest name of 2011, “Creep on, Creepin’ On.” http://open.spotify.com/track/4VfGCWfdtmRVrarcOCWZuD

7. “Set Thing Aright,” by Daniel Martin Moore Simple folk songs seem to be the foundation upon which my music tastes are built. “Set Things Aright” is an absolutely gorgeous example. It’s off, “In The Cool Of The Day,” a primarily gospel effort from a fellow Kentuckian. http://open.spotify.com/track/1tRUE6BH1O0IBs5hizaI3d 

6. “How Long,” by Eastern Conference Champions A powerful track that’s a bit more upbeat than anything else on this list. It’s from a band that’s been around for a few years but I just discovered when their album “SPEAK-AHH” came out this year. http://open.spotify.com/track/18yEjK9RVbthSo8hc0srwb

5. “Pumped Up Kicks,” by Foster The People Yeah, I’m well aware that this song got overplayed by everyone – not just me. But the first time I heard it was on a mid-summer road trip and it was the kind of song that just fit the moment. It was the big single off the band’s 2011 album, “Torches.” http://open.spotify.com/track/6vAjJxIGCRpcfs54vAHLF3

4. “Let Me Die In My Footsteps,” by David Dondero Another folkie favorite from this year comes off of “A Pre-existing Condition.” Dondero, if your intention was to drum up a whole lot of fearlessness, you have succeeded. http://open.spotify.com/track/6vAjJxIGCRpcfs54vAHLF3  

3. “Holdin’ On To Black Metal,” by My Morning Jacket Musically speaking, if My Morning Jacket puts out an album, it’s a good year. “Circuital” came out in the middle of 2011 and nary a week has gone by without a play or two from me. I hope these Louisvillians can keep putting out new tunes for years to come. http://open.spotify.com/track/2KlbeXaR4MFwFgIT9nsiKQ

2. “My Mistakes,” by Eleanor Friedberger I don’t much care for Eleanor Friedberger’s primary band, The Fiery Furnaces. But this year she put out a solo album, called “Last Summer,” with this wonderfully catchy track that I played the hell out of. http://open.spotify.com/track/72AnbYiunIODWAF64IAaqL

1. “The Last Goodbye,” by The Kills. This totally is not The Kills’ signature sound, but it’s a beautiful, timeless track off an all around great album, “Blood Pressures.” Enjoy! http://open.spotify.com/track/3pV01bfDjM4je7750kBxmD

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About hoosierhits
The music blog of the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville & New Albany, Ind.

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