St. Vincent

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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Aural Fixation / (Vegan) Pumpkin Monkey Bread

By Sierra Drucker and Catherine McNulty

It seems like every fall some crazy rumor mongering news outlet reports a pumpkin shortage. Can you imagine going through the entire autumn without pumpkin bread? Or pumpkin scones? Or pumpkin pie?! I can’t, so I go into crazy apocalypse mode and stock up on canned pumpkin, mini pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, and any other orangey gourd I can lay my hands on. But you know what? There are always pumpkins available until the bitter end. Oh yeah, when December rolls around, there they are, looking forlorn and dejected.

But it’s October and it’s time to celebrate the king of the gourds. And nothing showcases the mighty pumpkin quite like cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and butter. This recipe can be made vegan or non-vegan and is a delicious addition to a lazy fall brunch.
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Valentunes: I'm So (Getting) Over It

Big day of breakup songs, Neutral Milk Hotel and Rilo Kiley being the repeat offenders. What makes your heart hurt, helps it through the pain, or just fuels your desire to throw things?

1. “Magnetic Fields” – Boa Constrictor

2. Neutral Milk Hotel “King of Carrot Flowers”

3. Neutral Milk Hotel – Two Headed Boy ♫ http://twt.fm/375365

4. Bon Iver “Skinny Love” ♫ http://twt.fm/375400

5. Bright Eyes “Lover I Don’t Have To Love” ♫ http://twt.fm/375413

6. The Avalanches “Since I Left You” ♫ http://twt.fm/375347

7. Florence and The Machine “Cosmic Love” ♫ http://twt.fm/375453

8. The Ramones “I Wanna Live” ♫ http://twt.fm/375482

9. St. Vincent “Human Racing” ♫ http://twt.fm/375499

10. Rilo Kiley “Breakin Up” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGnJYMRC9NE (vid)

11. Blue Kid “The Dismemberment Song” http://bit.ly/94EL7C (vid)

12. Alkaline Trio “Trouble Breathing” ♫ http://twt.fm/375591

13. Go West “King of Wishful Thinking” ♫ http://twt.fm/375595

14. Glacier Hiking “Cried For You” ♫ http://twt.fm/375602 (live)

15. Feist “Let It Die”

16. Rilo Kiley “Silver Lining”

17. Beck “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime”

18. Regina Spektor “Samson”

19. Diana Ross “Where Did Our Love Go?”

20. Paramore “Let This Go”

21. REM “Everybody Hurts”

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