Beetsolonely’s Top 40 of 2011

Forty songs to remember 2011 by

Beetsolonely’s Top 40 of 2011

Following in the footsteps of Jim Caligiuri, I decided to make a Best-of-2011 Spotify mix some weeks ago. Then a nightmarish DIY plumbing disaster intervened.

Now that the family domicile has dried out, the year-end mix is in. Hopefully “Beetsolonely’s Top 40 of 2011” demonstrates slightly more intuitiveness than my catastrophic attempt to fix a slow leak under the bathroom sink.

We begin with half of Junior Senior cavorting in bubblegum bliss with David Johansen’s stepdaughter and end with R.E.M.’s surprisingly throat-lumping swan song. In between, we sample top Pazz & Jop finishers (Tune-Yards, Wild Flag, Wilco), check in on revived post-punk warhorses (Gang of Four, Wire), and engage in blatant regionalism (Moonlight Towers, Flesh Lights, Scott H. Biram).

2011 was the first year in awhile that I wasn’t won over by at least one embarrassingly contagious D-town Boogie track on the radio (“Ice Cream Paint Job,” anyone?), but that could have something to do with having to play Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Songs from a Zulu Farm on every other car ride in order to pacify the screaming toddler in back seat.

At any rate, if I still had my old 5am shift on cable radio, this is what I’d be playing. Despite the Top 40 moniker, the songs here are arranged for flow, not standing. Sorry, Mr. Kasem.

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Beetsolonely’s 2011 Top 40

1. “What U Doing Later?” Make Out
2. “Heat Lightning,” Moonlight Towers
3. “Get Found,” Bass Drum of Death
4. “You’ll Never Pay for the Farm,” Gang of Four
5. “You Gotta Lose,” Obits
6. “Should Have,” Cloud Nothings
7. “Don’t Let Her Go,” Mind Spiders
8. “Touch Me in the Right Place at the Right Time,” Robert Pollard
9. “I Might,” Wilco
10. “Buy Nothing Day,” the Go! Team
11. “Surgeon,” St. Vincent
12. “You’re Too Weird,” Fruit Bats
13. “Back to Those Days,” the Paperhead
14. “I’m Homesick Sitting Up Here in My Satellite,” Doldrums
15. “Bizness,” Tune-Yards
16. “Bad As Me,” Tom Waits
17. “Bells and Trains,” the Cynics
18. “I Really Need Love,” A Band of Bees
19. “Thought Ballune,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra
20. “Romance,” Wild Flag
21. “A Flat Ten,” Wire
22. “Strange Girl,” James Pants
23. “Midnight Brown,” The Two Koreas
24. “Dontcha Lie to Me Baby,” Scott H. Biram
25. “I Am Romance,” Flesh Lights
26. “Ain’t Dumbo,” Night Beats
27. “Get Along,” Mikal Cronin
28. “The Last Line,” Tammar
29. “All the Talkers,” Centro-Matic
30. “Anvil Everything,” White Denim
31. “Headless,” Hella
32. “Pontiac Flanagan,” Churchwood
33. “It’s a Hard, Hard Job (Keeping Everybody High),” Chain & the Gang
34. “Imidiwan Ma Tenam,” Tinariwen
35. “Judges,” Colin Stetson
36. “Baseball on the Radio,” Pursesnatchers
37. “Lotus,” the Men
38. “Upon Arrival,” White Hills
39. “The Dream,” Thee Oh Sees
40. “We All Go Back to Where We Belong,” R.E.M.

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