Iron & Wine

Tadpole Audio’s 45 Favorite Songs of 2011

By Amanda DK

‘Tis that time of year again.  When it begins to snow on the east coast, turns to sweater weather on the west coast and music lovers far and wide begin posting their lists of the best 50 or 100 songs of 2011.  First of all, I only got to 45 this year and second of all I don’t feel comfortable claiming these songs to be the “best.” “Best” is a strong word.  In no particular order, below you will find just some of the songs that moved me personally this year. Moved me to dance, sing, cry, stomp, flail, fist pump, clap, smile, jump, shout, hum, or sometimes all of the above.  I can only hope you love them half as much as I do; maybe even get turned on to an artist you’ve never considered before.  Enjoy!

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Got It Covered / Introduction and the Rules of a Great Cover Song

A look at the art of the perfect cover and some impactful pairings with visual mediums

By Bekah Touma

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first few notes sound oh so familiar…you may start to hum or sing along but soon realize something seems to be slightly off.  Ah yes, this must be a cover.  After racking your brain for the original the cover starts sinks in.  Here is where I decide if I love it or hate it.

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Valentunes: I Love You Like Awesome

When you love someone like awesome what head-over-heels, heart-warming-and-breaking songs do you listen to?

1. Death Cab For Cutie “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” ♫ http://twt.fm/374884

2. Ben Folds “The Luckiest” ♫ http://twt.fm/374897

3. The Avett Brothers “January Wedding” ♫ http://twt.fm/374908

4. Kevin Devine “A Billion Bees” http://bit.ly/dnM5RD

5. One Eskimo “Amazing” ♫ http://twt.fm/374948

6. Common “The Light” ♫ http://twt.fm/374966

7. Ray LaMontagne “You Are The Best Thing” ♫ http://twt.fm/374972

8. Elliott Smith “Angel In the Snow” http://twt.fm/374891

9. The Guggenheim Grotto “Sunshine Makes Me High” ♫ http://twt.fm/374997

10. Blur “No Distance Left To Run” ♫ http://twt.fm/375008

11. Feist “The Park” ♫ http://twt.fm/375006

12. Arcade Fire “My Body is a Cage” ♫ http://twt.fm/375009

13. O+S “Lonely Ghosts” ♫ http://twt.fm/375012

14. “Such Great Heights” as covered by Iron & Wine

15. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Home” ♫ http://twt.fm/375023

Thoughts?

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