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Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

These four songs stand above everything else that I've heard from 2011:

Gotye featuring Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
Metronomy - The Look
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
Adele - Rolling in the Deep

Others I like:

Metronomy - Everything Goes My Way
Radiohead - Bloom
PJ Harvey - The Glorious Land
Lykke Li - Love Out of Lust
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
Avicii - Levels


By the way, I think most of the songs on Gotye's new album are pretty good, but "Like Drawing Blood" is even better, especially the song "Hearts a Mess". One of the most underrated artists of our time.

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

Provisional list:

1 | Ry Cooder | Baby Joined the Army
2 | Lykke Li | I Follow Rivers
3 | James Blake | The Wilhelm Scream
4 | The Black Keys | Lonely Boy
5 | Fleet Foxes | Lorelai
6 | M83 | Midnight City
7 | Lloyd feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne | Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)
8 | Tom Waits | Back in the Crowd
9 | PJ Harvey | The Words That Maketh Murder
10 | St Vincent | Cruel
11 | Lana Del Rey | Video Games
12 | The Roots feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw | Make My
13 | Ry Cooder | Lord Tell Me Why
14 | Paul Simon | Rewrite
15 | Melingo | Corazón y Hueso
16 | Shabazz Palaces | Swerve... The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)
17 | Bon Iver | Calgary
18 | The Roots feat. Bilal & P.O.R.N. | The OtherSide
19 | The Horrors | Still Life
20 | Gillian Welch | Dark Turn of Mind

21 | Radiohead | Lotus Flower
22 | The Field | Is This Power
23 | Wild Beasts | Bed of Nails
24 | Aurelio | Wamada
25 | Lykke Li | Sadness Is a Blessing
26 | Lykke Li | Youth Knows No Pain
27 | Raphael Saadiq | Stone Rollin'
28 | Treefight for Sunlight | The Universe Is a Woman
29 | Noir & Haze | Around (Solomun Vox Remix)
30 | King Creosote & Jon Hopkins | Your Young Voice
31 | John Maus | Hey Moon
32 | Raphael Saadiq | Go to Hell
33 | AraabMuzik | Streetz Tonight
34 | James Blake | Lindisfarne I
35 | Tom Waits | Raised Right Men
36 | Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean | No Church in the Wild
37 | Hanni El Khatib | You Rascal You
38 | PJ Harvey | On Battleship Hill
39 | TV on the Radio | Second Song
40 | Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains | Les plus beaux

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1. Girls- Vomit
2. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
3. Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans
4. Wilco- Art of Almost
5. Bill Callahan –Drover
6. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
7. M83- Midnight City
8. Radiohead – Separator
9. Bon Iver- Perth
10. Drake – Marvin’s Room

Don't want to rank these:

Bill Callahan – Riding for the Feeling
Bon Iver – Towers
Burial four tent Thom Yorke- Ego
Drake – Headlines
Foo Fighters- Walk
Girls – My Ma
Kanye,Jay-Z – Why I Love You
Lykke Li- I know Places
Taio Cruz- Higher
The Weeknd – Wicked Games

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1. The Antlers - No Widows
2. Josh T. Pearson - Honeymoon's Great! Wish You Were Her
3. Alexi Murdoch - Some Day Soon
4. TV On The Radio - Second Song
5. The Antlers - Putting The Dog To Sleep
6. Josh T. Pearson - Thou Art Loosed
7. Wild Beasts - Lion's Share
8. College - A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth)
9. tUnE-yArDs - Bizness
10. Bon Iver - Holocene

Ry Cooder - John Lee Hooker For President
Fleet Foxes - Lorelai
PJ Harvey - This Glorious Land
Lykke Li - Follow Rivers
Alexi Murdoch - Through The Dark
The National - Exile Vilify
Josh T. Pearson - Country Dumb
Frederick Squire - Every Dollar Bill Could Kill Me
June Tabor & Oysterband - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Tom Waits - Hell Broke Luce

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

My short list was made by 47 songs.
It's the first time that is so difficult to choose 20 songs.

1. Lana Del Rey - Video Games
2. Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi (and Jack White) - The Rose With The Broken Neck
3. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - FFunny FFrends
4. The Black Keys - Lonely Boys
5. Hubert-Félix Thiefaine - La ruelle des morts
6. Portugal The Man - Everything You See (Kids Count Hallelujahs)
7. Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard
8. Bill Callahan - America
9. Anna Calvi - No More Words
10. Bon Iver - Perth
11. Gruff Rhys - Christopher Columbus
12. Cults - You Know What I Mean
13. tUnE-yArDs - Powa
14. Kaiser Chiefs - Child Of The Jago
15. White Denim - Street Joy
16. The Donkeys - Bloodhound
17. Mirrors - Write Through The Night
18. Cascadeur - Walker
19. Metronomy - The Bay
20. Woodkid - Iron

And also a list of songs I really liked this year :
311 - Time Bomb
Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Adele - Someone Like You
Anna Calvi - Desire
Battles - Ice Cream
Beirut - A candle's fire
Blood Orange - Can We Go Inside Now
Bodies of Water - Open Rhythms
Bombay Bicycle Club - Still
Bon Iver - Holocene
Cage The Elephant - Around My Head
Cascadeur - Into The Wild
Cass McCombs - The Lonely Doll
Cat's Eyes - Bandit
Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
Charlie Winston - The Great Conversation
Charlie Winston - Unlike Me
Cults - Abducted
Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi - Black
Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi - Two Against One
dEUS - Constant now
Dum Dum Girls - Always Looking
Dum Dum Girls - Just a Creep
Eleanor Friedberger - Glitter Gold Year
EMA - Anteroom
EMA - California
Emilie Simon - Something More
Fair Ohs - Baldessari
Feist - How Come You Never Go There
Fleet Foxes - Lorelai
Foster The People - Don't Stop (Color On the Walls)
Foster The People - Houdini
Fruit Bats - Tangie and Ray
Fruit Bats - You'Re Too Weird
Girls - Die
Girls - My Ma
Girls - Vomit
Gruff Rhys - Honey All Over
Gruff Rhys - Shark Ridden Waters
Hubert Felix Thiefaine - Petit Matin
Hubert Felix Thiefaine - Infinitives Voiles
Herman Dune - Ah Hears Strange Moosic
Is Tropical - The Greeks
Jacuzzi Boys - Glazin'
John Maus - ...And The Rain
John Maus - Cop Killer
Justice - Canon
Justice - On'n'on
Kaiser Chiefs - Can't Mind My Own Business
Kasabian - Man Of Simple Pleasures
Kasabian - La Fee Verte
Kate Bush - Wild man
Keren Ann - My Name is trouble
Kurt Vile - Jesus Fever
Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
Le Prince Miiaou - Be Silent
Little Barrie - Dream To Live
Little Barrie - New Diamond Love
Little Barrie - Surf Hell
Los Campesinos - By Your Hand
Metronomy - The Look
Metronomy - Corinne
Miles Kane - Come Closer
Miles Kane - Inhaler
Mirrors - Hide And Seek
Mogwai - Get to France
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Nicolas Jaar - Space is Only Noise if You Can See
Noel Gallagher - Dream On
Pete and The Pirates - Blood Gets Thin
PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
Portugal The Man - Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)
Portugal The Man - So American
Portugal The Man - Senseless
Puzzle Muteson - A Tightrope Dance
Smith Westerns - Smile
Smith Westerns - Weekend
St. Vincent - Cruel
St. Vincent - Dilettante
Stephen Malkmus - Spazz
Stephen Malkmus - Senator
The Antlers - I Don't Want Love
Tha Antlers - French Exit
The Black Keys - Dead And Gone
The Chapman Family - A Certain Degree
The Donkeys - Ceiling Tan
The Drums - Best Friend
The Drums - Money
The Horrors - Endless Blue
The Horrors - Still Life
The Kooks - Rosie
The Miserable Rich - Laid Up In Lavender
The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love
The Rapture - Miss You
The Raveonettes - War in Heaven
The Strokes - Machu Picchu
The War On Drugs - I Was There
Tom Vek - Aroused
Tom Waits - Talking At The Same Time
Toro Y Moi - Still Sound
Toro Y Moi - New Beat
tUnE-yArDs - Gangsta
TV On The Radio - Will Do
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Bicycle
Veronica Falls - Beachy Head
Veronica Falls - Found Love in a Graveyard
Veronica Falls - The Fountain
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Medicine
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Picture of Health
Wild Beasts - Lion's Share
Wise Bloods - I'm Losing My Mind
Yuck - Get Away

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01. The National - Exile Vilify
02. Low - Nothing but Heart
03. Radiohead - Codex
04. PJ Harvey - Written on the Forehead
05. Atlas Sound - The Shakes
06. The Antlers - I Don't Want Love
07. PJ Harvey - The Last Living Rose
08. The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines
09. Adele - Rolling in the Deep
10. Tom Waits - Face to the Highway

11. Bon Iver - Perth
12. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
13. TV on the Radio - Second Song
14. M83 - Midnight City
15. Washed Out - Far Away
16. PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
17. Wilco - One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)
18. The National - Think You Can Wait
19. Low - Especially Me
20. Iron & Wine - Walking far from Home

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1. M83 | Midnight City
2. The Decemberists | This Is Why We Fight
3. The Roots | Lighthouse
4. Arctic Monkeys | Don't Sit Down Cause I Moved Your Chair
5. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart | Belong
6. Wilco | I Might
7. Coldplay | Paradise
8. tUnE-yArDs | Bizness
9. My Morning Jacket | Holding On To Black Metal
10. TV on the Radio | Will Do
11. City and Colour | Fragile Bird
12. Cut Copy | Take Me Over
13. Radiohead | Little By Little
14. Rapheal Saadiq | Stone Rollin'
15. The Strokes | Undercover Of Darkness
16. Does It Offend You, Yeah? | The Monkeys Are Coming
17. Foo Fighters | These Days
18. The Black Keys | Lonely Boy
19. Peter Bjorn and John | Second Chance
20. Beastie Boys | Don't Play A Game That I Can't Win

21. Fleet Foxes | Helplessness Blues
22. Young The Giant | Cough Syrup
23. The Roots | Make My
24. Beady Eye | The Roller
25. Skrillex | First Of The Year (Equinox)
26. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart | Even In Dreams
27. Radiohead | Lotus Flower
28. Lupe Fiasco | Words I Never Said
29. Noel Gallagher | If I Had A Gun
30. TV on the Radio | Second Song
31. Jay-Z & Kanye West | Otis
32. Foo Fighters | Miss The Misery
33. They Might Be Giants | Can't Keep Johnny Down
34. The Cars | Sad Song
35. Death Cab For Cutie | You Are A Tourist
36. Bjork | Crystalline
37. The Kooks | Junk Of My Heart
38. Beastie Boys | Make Some Noise
39. Panic! At The Disco | Ballad Of Mona Lisa
40. Florence + The Machine | Shake It Out

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

Just one question : does the ranking order matter or do we just have to make a list of 20 songs without ranking them ?

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

^ Even though ranked lists are more interesting to look at, the songs don't have to be ranked. The ranking order doesn't really matter because the first 20 songs on every list count as 1 nomination each, regardless of rank.

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

A slight (very slight) bit of strategic voting. My top 10 in bold so you can get an idea

Here are my 20 nominations :

Azealia Banks - 212
Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise
Bill Callahan - Riding for the Feeling
Bon Iver - Minnesota
Burial - Street Halo
Cascadeur - Walker
Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks
Childish Gambino - Heartbeat
Childish Gambino - Outside
EMA - The Grey Ship
Frank Ocean - Novacane
Frank Ocean - Swim Good
Fucked Up - Queen of Hearts
Gang Gang Dance - Mindkilla
M83 - Intro ft Zola Jesus)
Orelsan - Raelsan
Orelsan - Suicide Social
The Dodos - Companions
tUnE-yArDs - Gangsta
WU LYF - Spitting Blood

And here are 8 songs that deserve a nomination but probably don't need mine to reach next round :

Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Bon Iver - Holocene
Bon Iver - Perth
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
The Rapture - How Deep is Your Love ?
The Weeknd - Wicked Games
Tyler the Creator - Yonkers

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

20 nominations (in loose order of favorites)

Fleet Foxes - Bedouin Dress
Tune-Yards - Powa
Girls - Vomit
Girls - Alex
Destroyer - Kaputt
Cass McCombs - The Same Thing
Girls - Die
John Maus - Believer
Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean
Lindsey Buckingham - In Our Own Time
Girls - Honey Bunny
Deerhoof - The Merry Barracks
Tune-Yards - My Country
Wild Flag - Racehorse
Antlers - Rolled Together
Azealia Banks - 212
Friendly Fires - Hurting
Radiohead - Lotus Flower
Low - Nothing But Heart
Eleanor Friedberger - Roosevelt Island

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

My completely non-strategic voting, presented alphabetically:

Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Beastie Boys - Lee Majors Come Again
Bill Callahan - Drover
Bjork - Thunderbolt
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean
Girls - Honey Bunny
Jay-Z & Kanye West - No Church in the Wild
Jay-Z & Kanye West - Murder to Excellence
M83 - Midnight City
PJ Harvey - The Glorious Land
PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
Radiohead - Codex
Radiohead - Little by Little
St. Vincent - Year of the Tiger
Tom Waits - Chicago
Tom Waits - New Years' Eve
TV on the Radio - Second Song
War on Drugs - Your Love Is Calling My Name
Wilco - Art of Almost

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

It's so hard for me to remember songs by name, or even to pick out individual favorites on most of the albums I like.

My list will focus a little more on standout songs from albums I do not think are that great as a whole.

This is mostly nonstrategic, but there are one or two instances where I noticed one or two other votes for a particular song and made sure to include it over some other equally deserving songs.

Vanessa Carlton - Carousel
Cascadeur - Walker
Adele - Rolling In The Deep
Josh T Pearson - Sorry With A Song
Gang Gang Dance - Mindkilla
Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind
Ry Cooder - Dirty Chateau
Ry Cooder - I Want My Crown
Tom Waits - Chicago
St Vincent - Strange Mercy
Drive By Truckers - Dancin Ricky (Can't get enough of the Shonna Tucker songs)
Gillian Welch - Scarlet Town
Tyler The Creator - Yonkers
Wilco - Art Of Almost
Laura Marling - The Muse
PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
TV On The Radio - No Future Shock
My Morning Jacket - Outta My System
EMA - California
EMA - Butterfly Knife

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

Actually, please remove "Little By Little" from my list and replace it with Radiohead's "The Daily Mail." Thanks!

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Tyler, the Creator - Yonkers
Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks
Lana Del Rey - Video Games
Cults - You Know What I Mean
Cults - Abducted
Jay-Z & Kanye West - No Church in the Wild
Wild Flag - Romance
The Roots - Lighthouse
R.E.M. - UBerlin
R.E.M. - Discoverer
Real Estate - It's Real
Kreyshawn - Gucci Gucci
The Go! Team - Buy Nothing Day
Fucked Up - Queen of Hearts
Kavinsky (ft. Lovefoxxx) - Nightcall
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
The Decemberists - Don't Carry it All
The Decemberists - Down by the Water
Cut Copy - Need You Now
Cut Copy - Where I'm Going

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Tom Waits - Satisfied
Tom Waits - Last Leaf
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
PJ Harvey - Last Living Rose
PJ Harvey - The Glorious Land
Lykke Li - Get Some
TV on the Radio - Second Song
TV on the Radio - Keep Your Heart
Wilco - Art of Almost
Wilco - I Might
Wilco - Born Alone
The Decemberists - Don't Carry It All
Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Wild Flag - Romance
Deer Tick - Miss K
Paul Simon - The Afterlife
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
The Black Keys - Gold on the Ceiling
St. Vincent - Cruel
Girls - Honey Bunny

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I'd like to vote for Wild Beasts - Lion's Share instead of Girls - My Ma.

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

I've been gone for a fairly long time, but I want to make a point to participate in these polls.

What is the rule on strategic voting in the nomination round? No preference, but it makes a difference if you don't want to vote for a song that seems assured of a spot in the second round.

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Battles - Futura
Black Lips - Family Tree
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
Foo Fighters - These Days
Toby Keith - Red Solo Cup
Kreayshawn - Bumpin Bumpin
Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci
Lil' Wayne - 6 foot 7 foot
Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire - Huzzah
Wild Flag - Romance

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Depeche Mode
I'd like to vote for Wild Beasts - Lion's Share instead of Girls - My Ma.

Okey dokey.

Alex D
What is the rule on strategic voting in the nomination round? No preference, but it makes a difference if you don't want to vote for a song that seems assured of a spot in the second round.

Strategic voting is discouraged, but there's no rule against it.

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Art Brut - Clever Clever Jazz
Baxter Dury - Claire
Battles - Futura
Beirut - Santa Fe
Cold War Kids - Audience
Cold War Kids - Louder Than Ever
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (Rome) - Black
Death in Vegas - Coum
Elbow - The Birds
Fool's Gold - Leave No Trace
Fool's Gold - Tel Aviv
Le Prince Miiaou - Be Silent
PJ Harvey - Written on the Forehead
PJ Harvey - Hanging in the Wire
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
Radiohead - Little by Little
Tarwater - Photographed
The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts
The Roots - The OtherSide
TV on the Radio - Killer Crane

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So far (more or less in order of preference)


Ry Cooder - El Corrido de Jesse James
Fleet Foxes - Lorelai
Fleet Foxes - Blue Spotted Tail
Melingo - Corazón y hueso
Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind
Tom Waits - New Year's Eve
Fleet Foxes - Montezuma
The Roots - Make My
Gillian Welch - Dark Turn Of Mind
Bill Callahan - America
Kouyate-Neerman - Requiem pour un con
Anthony Joseph - Generations
The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines
JuJu - Deep Sahara
June Tabor - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Tante Hortense & Revista do Samba - Le Bel Amant du Berry
The Decemberists - Down By The Water
Camille - Allez allez allez
Aurelio - Bisien Nu
Raphael Saadiq - Radio

Doesn't need my vote because it already got 3 :

Wilco - Art Of Almost

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TOP 5

1. Matana Roberts | Song for Eulalie
2. Amon Tobin | Journeyman
3. TV on The Radio | Second Song
4. PJ Harvey | The Words That Maketh Murder
5. Gang Gang Dance | Glass Jar

6-20 (otherwise unranked)

Adele | Rolling In The Deep
Azealia Banks | 212
Destroyer | Kaputt
Peter Evans Quintet | ...One To Ninety-Two
Kendrick Lamar | HiiiPower
Low | Witches
MachineDrum | Come1
Radiohead | The Daily Mail
The Roots | The OtherSide
Rustie | Ultra Thizz
Shabazz Palaces | Swerve... The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)
Andy Stott | Execution
Tom Waits | Hell Broke Luce
Wilco | Art of Almost


Honorable Mentions

Ambrose Akinmusire | Confessions to My Unborn Daughter
A$ap Rocky | Purple Swag
Balam Acab | Oh, Why
Battles feat. Gary Numan | My Machines
Beastie Boys | Make Some Noise
Beyoncé | Countdown
Big K.R.I.T. | Dreamin'
Björk | Mutual Core
James Blackshaw | Holly
Boris | Riot Sugar
British Sea Power | Mongk 2
Burial | Stolen Dog
Kate Bush | Snowflake
The Caretaker | Camaraderie At Arm's Length
Clams Casino | Illest Alive
Ry Cooder | No Banker Left Behind
Deerhoof | Super Duper Rescue Heads!
Lana Del Rey | Video Games
Kurt Elling | Matte Kudesai
Feist | The Bad In Each Other
James Ferraro | Starbucks, Dr. Seussism, and While Your Mac Is Sleeping
Fleet Foxes | The Shrine/An Argument
Florence and The Machine | What The Water Gave Me
Eleanor Friedberger | My Mistakes
Gang Gang Dance | MindKilla
Girls | Vomit
The Go! Team | Buy Nothing Day
PJ Harvey | The Glorious Land
Tim Hecker | In The Fog, Pt. 1
Nicolas Jaar | Space Is Only Noise If You Can See
Jay-Z and Kanye West | Niggas in Paris
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 | African Soldier
Lykke Li | I Follow Rivers
Little Dragon | Ritual Union
M83 | Midnight City
Magazine | Do The Meaning
Laura Marling | Sophia
Mastodon | The Sparrow
Nicki Minaj | Super Bass
My Morning Jacket | Circuital
The National | Exile Vilify
Frank Ocean | Novacane
Oneohtrix Point Never | Replica
Peaking Lights | All The Sun That Shines
Radiohead | Codex
Gruff Rhys | Whale Trail
Matana Roberts | Pov Piti
The Roots feat. Sufjan Stevens | Redford Suite Movements 1-4
Raphael Saadiq | Heart Attack
St. Vincent | Cruel
SBTRKT | Wildfire
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX | I'll Take Care of U
Matthew Shipp | The New Fact
Colin Stetson | Judges
Andy Stott | Bad Wires
Tinariwen | Imidiwan Ma Tennam
Tyler, The Creator | Yonkers
Jean Claude Vannier | Au désespoir des singes
Tom Waits | Last Leaf
David S. Ware, Cooper-Moore, William Parker, Muhammad Ali | Passage Wudang
Gillian Welch | Hard Times
Wilco | Born Alone

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1. Lady Gaga - "The Edge of Glory"

It shocks me to no end that my song of the year is by Lady Gaga. I enjoyed a few songs of hers here and there, but I would never have considered myself a fan. I still don't, but with such transcendent magic like this song, I can see what the fuss is all about. For someone whose material seems so calculated to release the most moving song of the year is quite the surprise! The increasing oomph with which she repeatedly guts out "the edge!" is just wonderful.

2. Björk - "Moon"

Björk is one of my absolute favorites, but I wasn't anticipating Biophilia all that much. Nonetheless, the entire album blew me away as she seems to have found that singular focus of hers again. There isn't a more gorgeous song from 2011 than this one - it really does feel like being reborn, Vespertine style!

3. Gotye featuring Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used to Know"

Probably the best Australian pop song since "Can't Get You Out of My Head". A hushed start opens up with tuned percussion and a warm, vibrating string as Gotye recounts the details of a breakup with what seems like resigned acceptance before launching into a wonderful chorus bitterly decrying the cold brush-off and the sudden transition of his ex from someone so beloved to somebody that he used to know. While this in itself would make for a good song in its own right, it becomes great as Kimbra chimes in to present the other side of the story and turn the song on its head. As such, we learn that Gotye's character carried the residual memory of previous romantic fallouts into this relationship, which ultimately doomed it, and that the previous details he recounted were describing his previous relationships. Gotye immediately returns for one more chorus, and complemented by Kimbra's wails, it resonates with new meaning. Rather than be a sad-sack "woe is me" song, "Somebody That I Used to Know" serves as a chilling narrative of a cyclical self-sabotaging inability to let go of past heartbreak in which new relationships inevitably serve as mere vehicles for new faces to occupy old wounds.

4. Björk - "Thunderbolt"

Biophilia seems to combine the sentiment of Vespertine and Homogenic. If "Moon" brought back the twinkling sacred beauty of Vespertine, "Thunderbolt" is a return of the molten fury of Homogenic, complete with insatiable passion scorched through spiky synths.

5. Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"

I swear, I'm not a Lady Gaga fan! However, I can't deny that I really adored two of her songs this year. My biggest gripe with her material prior to this is that she seemed so intent on casting an image of cool. But this is just so unabashedly cheesy with its lyrics of self-empowerment and roaring synths that I couldn't help but love it.

6. St. Vincent - "Northern Lights"

I liked Actor, but I loooooooove Strange Mercy for its wicked, sky-charring feverishness. There's nothing that sends a song careening over the edge of sanity quite like a Moog freakout, and this song arguably does it better than any song I've heard since the 70s.

More to come.

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Moonbeam

3. Gotye featuring Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used to Know"


This one is ridiculously popular here, in Poland.

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It's ridiculously popular pretty much everywhere. Given the quality of the rest of the album I'm gonna predict it will be a one-hit-wonder.

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In alphabetical order, my very R&B-centric top 20:

Adele - Rolling in the Deep
Avicii - Levels
Beyonce - Love on Top
Black Star - You Already Knew
Bon Iver - Holocene
Bon Iver - Perth
Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks
Drake - Look What You've Done
Drake - Marvin's Room
Drake - Shot for Me
Frank Ocean - Novacane
Frank Ocean - Thinking About You
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
Kanye West & Jay-Z - New Day
Lana Del Rey - Video Games
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Radiohead - Morning Mr. Magpie
Rihanna - We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
The Weeknd - The Morning
The Weeknd - The Zone

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Alex D

Drake - Look What You've Done
Drake - Marvin's Room
Drake - Shot for Me



Great album, isn't it?

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Stephan
It's ridiculously popular pretty much everywhere. Given the quality of the rest of the album I'm gonna predict it will be a one-hit-wonder.


Yeah, it definitely towers over the rest of the album, sadly.

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sonofsamiam
TOP 5

1. Matana Roberts | Song for Eulalie
2. Amon Tobin | Journeyman
3. TV on The Radio | Second Song
4. PJ Harvey | The Words That Maketh Murder
5. Gang Gang Dance | Glass Jar

6-20 (otherwise unranked)

Adele | Rolling In The Deep
Azealia Banks | 212
Destroyer | Kaputt
Peter Evans Quintet | ...One To Ninety-Two
Kendrick Lamar | HiiiPower
Low | Witches
MachineDrum | Come1
Radiohead | The Daily Mail
The Roots | The OtherSide
Rustie | Ultra Thizz
Shabazz Palaces | Swerve... The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)
Andy Stott | Execution
Tom Waits | Hell Broke Luce
Wilco | Art of Almost


sonofsamiam, I think you might have omitted 1 song in your 6-20 section because there are 19 songs on your list overall. Let me know if you would like to nominate an additional song.

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New list (new entries in bold)

Ry Cooder - El Corrido de Jesse James
Tom Waits - New Year's Eve
Fleet Foxes - Montezuma
Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind
Fleet Foxes - Blue Spotted Tail
Melingo - Corazón y hueso
The Roots - Make My
Fleet Foxes - Lorelai
Gillian Welch - Dark Turn Of Mind
Bill Callahan - America
Kouyate-Neerman - Requiem pour un con
The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines
June Tabor - Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Decemberists - Down By The Water
Anthony Joseph - Generations
Ibrahim Maalouf - Beirut
JuJu - Deep Sahara
Treefight For Sunlight - Time Stretcher
Tante Hortense & Revista do Samba - Le Bel Amant du Berry
Camille - Allez allez allez



I'm taking out

Aurelio - Bisien Nu
Raphael Saadiq - Radio

These Black Keys songs could enter my list in place of "Little Black Submarines" if someone else votes for either

The Black Keys - Run Right Back
The Black Keys - Sister

Wilco - Art of Almost doesn't need my vote

Honorable mentions

Fleet Foxes -The Shrine / An Argument
Fleet Foxes - The Cascades
Fleet Foxes - Bedouin Dress
Fleet Foxes - Sim Sala Bim
Fleet Foxes - Someone You'd Admire
Melingo - El Dia que te fuiste
Melingo - El Paso de la Seguiryia
Ry Cooder - Simple Tools
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Tom Waits - Satisfied
Tom Waits - Hell Broke luce
The Black Keys - Run Right Back
The Black Keys - Sister
The Decemberists - Rox In The Box
Raphael Saadiq - Movin' Down The Line
Hanni El Khatib - Wait Wait Wait
Low - You See Everything
Girls - Just A Song
The Roots - The Otherside
Bill Callahan - Riding For The Feeling
Fleet Foxes - Grown ocean
Tom Waits - Back In The Crowd
Tom Waits - Kiss Me
Tom Waits- Last Leaf
Ry Cooder - John Lee Hooker for President
Fleet Foxes - The Plains / Bitter Dancer
Tom Waits - Talking at the Same Time
Tom Waits - Get Lost
Tom Waits - Pay Me
Melingo - La Novia
Melingo - Soneto A Un malevo
Melingo - Negrito
Melingo - Pichona
Melingo - Lucio El Anarquista
Melingo - Ritos en la sombra
Ry Cooder - Quick Sand
Ry Cooder - No Hard Feelings
The Roots - Kool On
The Roots - I Remember
The Roots - Tip The Scale
James Vincent McMorrow - This Old Dark Machine
Hawa - My Little Green Box
Tom Waits - Raised Right Men
Ry Cooder - Dreamer
Ry Cooder - baby Joined The Army

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

nicolas
These Black Keys songs could enter my list in place of "Little Black Submarines" if someone else votes for either

The Black Keys - Run Right Back
The Black Keys - Sister


The Black Keys album has really grown on me and those are two stand-out songs. I'm updating my songs list and I'll probably vote for both.

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Songs of the Year (in order):

01 | PJ Harvey | The Words That Maketh Murder
02 | TV On the Radio | Second Song
03 | M83 | Midnight City
04 | EMA | The Grey Ship
05 | Gang Gang Dance | Glass Jar
06 | Peaking Lights | Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)
07 | Tune-Yards | My Country
08 | Tom Waits | Bad as Me
09 | PJ Harvey | The Glorious Land
10 | Wire | Please Take
11 | Julio Bashmore | Battle For Middle You
12 | Fucked Up | Queen of Hearts
13 | Battles | Ice Cream
14 | Oneohtrix Point Never | Replica
15 | Peaking Lights | Hey Sparrow
16 | TV On the Radio | Caffeinated Conciousness
17 | Mosca | Bax
18 | Eleanor Friedberger | My Mistakes
19 | Andy Stott | Cracked
20 | Nicolas Jaar | Space Is Only Noise If You Can See

Honorable Mentions:
Akron/Family | So It Goes
Andy Stott | Intermittent
Balam Acab | Under
Clams Casino | Illest Alive
Machinedrum | U Don't Survive
Oneohtrix Point Never | Nassau
Peaking Lights | All the Sun That Shines
The Roots | Lighthouse
Smith Westerns | Smile
Tom Waits | Chicago
TV On the Radio | Repetition
White Denim | Bess St.
Wilco | Art of Almost
Wild Flag | Romance
Zomby | Natalia's Song

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Henrik

By the way, I think most of the songs on Gotye's new album are pretty good, but "Like Drawing Blood" is even better, especially the song "Hearts a Mess". One of the most underrated artists of our time.


I'll have to check out Like Drawing Blood.

Here's my review of Making Mirrors, a very puzzling album for me.

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

More nominations:

7. The Human League - "Sky"

I had doubts about a Human League reunion, but songs like this squashed my fears! "Sky" is vintage dark, loping, mid-tempo broodiness entwined in layers of synths. In other words, it's exactly what Human League has been acclaimed for since 1981.

8. St. Vincent - "Surgeon"

Clark's ability to make such terrifying lyrics so beguiling is top-notch. And that Moog breakdown at the end... WOW.

9. Metronomy - "The Bay"

Does it surprise anyone that my favorite song on an indie synth album is the one that brings the most funk? It's a snooty funk to be sure, but that octave-stepping bass on top of those gorgeous swathes of synth sets my heart alight.

10. The Strokes - "Macchu Picchu"

That percolating guitar and clean drumming that open this song and album burst through with such vintage joy! The way the guitars alone finish off the chorus shows off their melodic skill, too, making this the album's highlight.

11. Björk - "Cosmogony"

A magical recounting of 4 different tales of how the world and universe came to be. Only Björk could make all 4 sound so sacred.

12. Emma-Louise - "Jungle"

I stumbled upon this by accident through a local radio station. I was immediately taken by the gently pulsing synth patterns and the singer's delicate voice before the chorus flexes some gritty instrumental muscle while her voice ethereally soars! I quickly researched the artist only to find that she was shockingly only a teenager, and unsigned by a label at that! "Jungle" is well beyond its years, although looking back I certainly can attest to the fact that my head was a jungle, too, at that age.

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Nobody else likes "The Edge of Glory"? JR?

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

Last day to nominate songs.

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So most likely songs with 2 and 3 nomination will pass, won't they ?

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

nicolas
So most likely songs with 2 and 3 nomination will pass, won't they ?


That's right. There are 36 songs with at least 3 nominations and a further 63 songs with 2 nominations. So at the moment the total number of songs that will advance to the final round is 99.

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

Not sure if I'll have time to add descriptions for my final nominations.

13. PJ Harvey - "Let England Shake"
14. Björk - "Mutual Core"
15. M83 - "Wait"
16. St. Vincent - "Cruel"
17. M83 - "Midnight City"
18. Magazine - "Holy Dotage"
19. St. Vincent - "Cheerleader"
20. Björk - "Virus"

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Revised list plus additions

1.Bill Callahan - One fine morning (Van Morrison '74 lives!)
2.June Tabor - The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry
3.Lana Del Rey - Video Games
4.Radiohead - Codex
5.The National - Exile Vilify
6.James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
7.Spinvis - De grote zon
8.Adele - Someone Like You
9.Frank Ocean - Novacane
10.Blawan - Getting Me Down
11.Ry Cooder - Baby joined the army
12.Shabazz Palaces - Are you can you were you (felt)
13.June Tabor - The Grey Funnel Line
14.Mosca - Bax
15.Tom Waits - Kiss Me
16.The Horrors - Still Life
17.Tom waits - New Year's Eve
18.Tyler - Yonkers
19.Nicolas Jaar - Space is only noise if you can see
20.Radiohead - The Daily Mail

21.Switch & Andrea Martin - I Still Love You
22.James Blake - Measurements
23.Ry Cooder - John Lee Hooker For President
24.Ry Cooder - No Banker left behind
25.Shabazz Palaces - Recollections of the wrath
26.June Tabor - The Oggie Man
27.Ry Cooder - I Want my crown (the Captain lives!)
28.Kate Bush - Lake Tahoe
29.Machinedrum - U Don't Survive
30.PJ Harvey - The Glorious Land
31.Todd Terje - Raygish
32.Nicholas Jaar - Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust
33.Steffi - Yours
34.The National - Think you can wait
35.Florence + The machine - What the water gave me
36.Objekt - CLK Recovery
37.Four Tet - Pyramid
38.Roman Flügel - Dishes and wishes
39.Burial - NYC
40.Tom Waits - Pay Me
41.Tom Waits - Last Leaf
42.T.E.E.D. - Garden (Calibre remix)
43.Julio Bashmore - Battle for middle you
44.Shabazz Palaces - Swerve the reepin of all that is worthwhile (noir not withstanding)
45.Sepalcure - Pencil Pimp
46.St.Vincent - Champagne year
47.Bill Callahan - Riding for the Feeling
48.Lloyd - Dedicated to my Ex (Miss That)
49.Burial - Street Halo
50.Machinedrum - Come1

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Final list


Ry Cooder - El Corrido de Jesse James
Fleet Foxes - Montezuma
Tom Waits - New Year's Eve
Ry Cooder - No Banker Left Behind
Fleet Foxes - Blue Spotted Tail
Melingo - Corazón y hueso
The Roots - Make My
Fleet Foxes - Lorelai
Fleet Foxes -The Shrine / An Argument
Tom Waits - Satisfied
The Black Keys - Run Right Back
Kouyate-Neerman - Requiem pour un con
Gillian Welch - Dark Turn Of Mind
Tante Hortense & Revista do Samba - Le Bel Amant du Berry
The Decemberists - Down By The Water
June Tabor - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Bill Callahan - America!
Lamar Kendrick - HiiiPower
Ibrahim Maalouf - Beirut
Anthony Joseph & the Spasm Band - Generations (Spotify)

Don't need to vote for

Wilco - Art of Almost
The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

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1. M83 - Midnight City
2. Mayer Hawthorne - A Long Time
3. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
4. Drive-By Truckers - Cartoon Gold
5. TV on the Radio - Second Song
6. Curren$y - She Don't Want a Man
7. Raphael Saadiq - Movin' Down the Line
8. Big K.R.I.T. - Rotation
9. Ry Cooder - Dirty Chateau
10. Dawes - Time Spent in Los Angeles
11. Keith Jarrett - Rio, Pt. 15
12. Washed Out - Within and Without
13. AraabMuzik - Streetz Tonight
14. Fucked Up - The Other Shoe
15. Clams Casino - Motivation
16. The Weeknd - The Zone
17. Jonathan Wilson - Ballad of the Pines
18. Abigail Washburn - Bring Me My Queen
19. PJ Harvey - The Glorious Land
20. Nick Lowe - Restless Feeling

21. Frank Ocean - Novacane
22. Reks - 25th Hour
23. The Streets - Trust Me
24. Junior Boys - Playtime
25. Cut Copy - Hanging Onto Every Heartbeat
26. Lou Reed & Metallica - Junior Dad
27. Dave Alvin - Black Rose of Texas
28. Rustie - Flash Back
29. Glen Campbell - Ghost on the Canvas
30. Tom Waits - Face to the Highway
31. Daryl Hall - Talking to You (Is Like Talking to Myself)
32. Ryan Adams - Do I Wait
33. Pistol Annies - Trailer for Rent
34. Fountains of Wayne - A Road Song
35. Urge Overkill - Effigy
36. Danny Brown - Fields
37. Lykke Li - Love Out of Lust
38. Tim Hecker - Analog Paralysis, 1978
39. Emmylou Harris - The Road
40. Lindsey Buckingham - End of Time
41. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Asking Price
42. Mastodon - Curl of the Burl
43. John Hiatt - Train to Birmingham
44. Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuaria - Lagrimas de Amor
45. The Field - Then It's White
46. Dawda Jobarteh - Mbassi
47. Tombs - Cold Dark Eyes
48. Miranda Lambert - Dear Diamond
49. Tinariwen - Iswegh Attay
50. Beyonce - I Miss You
51. Ambrose Akinmusire - Regret (No More)
52. Yes - The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be
53. Peter Murphy - Uneven & Brittle
54. Opeth - Folklore
55. The Roots feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw - Make My
56. J. Cole - Sideline Story
57. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bats in the Attic
58. J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
59. R.E.M. - Uberlin
60. Britney Spears - Seal It with a Kiss
61. David Sylvian - I Should Not Dare
62. Lucinda Williams - Copenhagen
63. Hayes Carll - Another Like You
64. Metronomy - She Wants
65. Stevie Nicks - For What It's Worth
66. Steve Earle - Lonely Are the Free
67. Bill Callahan - Universal Applicant
68. Katy B - On a Mission
69. Terius Nash - Silly
70. Pet Shop Boys - Act One - The Meeting
71. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - For Dem Eye
72. Adele - Set Fire to the Rain
73. Thurston Moore - Blood Never Lies
74. Ulcerate - Cold Becoming
75. Kouyate-Neerman - Toumbere

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oops I forgot Saadiq

If it's still time, could you replace in my list Ibrahim Maalouf-Beirut with

Raphael Saadiq - Movin' Down The Line

Thanks in advance

Re: The 2011 Year-End Songs Poll - Stage 1

nicolas

If it's still time, could you replace in my list Ibrahim Maalouf-Beirut with

Raphael Saadiq - Movin' Down The Line


Sure, no problem.

This stage of the poll has now closed. I will reveal the results and provide instructions for the next stage shortly.