11 Hippest Songs of 2011

Eleven tunes I was smitten with this year…


Jackie Blue” by AM & Shawn Lee, Celestial Electric 

Pure 70s, funky pop


You Were Never There by Diego García, Laura

Beatlesy hammock music


Bedouin Dress by Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues

Desert wanderers in perfect harmony


State Of The Art & “Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye, Making Mirrors

An eclectic Australian (real name Wally), good at sick beats and quirky pop


Big Burned Hand by Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean

A loose big band hymn, horny


How Deep Is Your Love by The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love

Walk into the club like you own the place.


A Time For by Lack of Afro, This Time

Old school Al Green, howling in the alley shooting dice


Midnight City by M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Driving along the pacific coast highway in 1986


This Old Dark Machine by James Vincent McMorrow, Early in the Morning

The Irish Bon Iver, a quieter Van Morrison


For 12” by Other Lives, Tamer Animals

My favorite, spaghetti western soundtrack bliss

My Five Favorite Beardos

beardo, n. a weirdo with a beard

“I wear a lot of Axe body spray, but I live in a black neighborhood. Over there, they call it Ask body spray. If you don’t get that joke, then you’re not racist.”
— Zach Galifianakis

Love is a tired symphony
you hum when you’re awake
— Sam Beam (Iron & Wine)

Tennis Announcer 1: That’s 72 unforced errors for Richie Tenenbaum. He’s playing the worst tennis of his life. What’s he feeling right now?
Tennis Announcer 2: I don’t know, Jim. There’s obviously something wrong with him. He’s taken off his shoes and one of his socks and… actually, I think he’s crying.

Don’t let your mind get weary and confused
Your will be still, don’t try
— Ray LaMontagne

“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.”
— Jim Henson