Explosions In the Sky “Be Comfortable, Creature” from Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Temporary Residence www.temporaryresidence.com 2011) —Still one of my favorite records this year.Buy it!
Sigur Rós “Festival” from Inni (XL 2011)Buy it!
Buckethead “Plastination Station” from Inbred Mountain (self 2009)Buy it!
Tom Waits “Face To The Highway” from Bad As Me (Anti- www.anti.com 2011)Buy it!
Tom Waits “Tell Me” from Bad As Me (Anti- www.anti.com 2011) —A bonus b-side.Buy it!
8In8 “One Tiny Thing” from Nighty Night (self 2011)Buy it!
Eels “Looking Up” from Tomorrow Morning (Unknown 2010) —Mark E has written a book recently, and contributed a letter to his 16 year old self in another.Buy it!
OK GO “Muppet Show” from The Green Album (Disney New 2011)Buy it!
Beats Antique “Cat Skillz” from Elektrafone (Antique New 2011) —One of my favorite discoveries this year.Buy it!
Beastie Boys “Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (feat. Santigold) (Z-Trip' Twin Remix)” from Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win EP (CAPITOL 2011)Buy it!
MC Frontalot “Spoiler Alert” from Zero Day (Level Up Records & Tapes 2010) —He opened for Mike Doughty months ago and did a great set, awesome lyrics and a free download! http://frontalot.com/index.php/?page=lyrics&lyricid=72Buy it!
The Roots with Betty Wright “Tonight Again” SINGLE (S-Curve Records / Ms. B Records New 2011)Buy it!
Wheelsmo “Lovin' You” from Blue House Sessions (Codpiece Records 1999) —A Minnie Ripperton cover, free jazz style that leads into a uke anthem.Buy it!
Amanda Palmer “Ukele Anthem” from single (self 2011) —Get for free (or cough up a buck) http://music.amandapalmer.net/track/ukulele-anthemBuy it!
Lucinda Williams “Buttercup (Kitchen Demo)” from Blessed (Deluxe Edition) (Lost Highway 2011)Buy it!
Beach Boys “Surf's Up: Piano Demo (Master Take)” from Smile Sessions (CAPITOL 2011) —Choppy recording, masterful performance.Buy it!
Faux Pas “Looking High” from Faux Pas EP (self 2011) L —Listen for yourself!: http://soundcloud.com/fauxpasBuy it!
R.E.M. “A Month Of Saturdays” from Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011 (Warner 2011) —This song kicks.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Trying To Get To You” from Elvis Presley (Legacy Edition) (RCA 2011) —Played this one for my sweetie.Buy it!
Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” from Sell Out EP (Rhino 2004)Buy it!
The Sugarcubes “Birthday (demo)” from Birthday - EP (Ekektra 1987) —The demo really brings out Bjorks freaking incredible singing.Buy it!
Queen “Spread Your Wings (BBC Session, October 1977)” from News Of The World (2011 reissue) (Hollywood www.hollywoodrecords.com 2011) —Freddie Mercury died 20 years ago yeasterday. Sad day. I've had this on bootleg for 10 years and am totally stoked to play it and not get busted.Buy it!
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