Remix Roundup Vol. 72 – THE RETURN! PART 2 (Some 2013 classics)

I know, I know. I promised that The Remix Roundups were back when I posted Vol 71 but then life happened and anyway, here is Vol 72 for your weekend enjoyment! I’ve posted a bunch of these before but its sure been a while and now that the weather is warmer just grab the whole playlist and kick out the jams!

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The 25 Best MUSIC VIDEOS of 2011

Every once in a while I meet someone who casually mentions that music videos are dead and I’m always shocked. Music videos have never been more alive and vibrant than they are now in the age of video democracy online. This post is a celebration of the creative spirit that fights every day to set great songs to even better visuals. You guys are my heroes.

Watch the videos in a countdown stye playlist below or continue on to catch them embedded 1-by-1 with my woefully minimal commentary. 

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The 20 Best ALBUMS of 2011

We all know I hate Best of Lists that come out before the year is over so nearly 4 weeks into 2012 I finally present my best albums of 2011! (Still a day faster than last year!) Below are the top 10 albums from my 2011 followed by 10 honorable mentions. The list was compiled by weighing total play counts along with longevity. Not only did I Read more

The Best SONGS of 2011 – Pt. 2 (July-Dec)

Songs are pretty amazing things. It’s magical that such a small thing can be so powerful. In the blink of an eye a song can make you smile, dance, cry, think, laugh, etc. These are the ones that did all those things for me the second half of 2011.  Read more

[LP] Walk The Moon – I WANT! I WANT!

when my baby wears a dress it’s like she’s not even a human being

♫ Walk The Moon – Lisa Baby

If you missed Walk The Moon’s official song of the summer then here is your chance to redeem your ears. Walk the Moon are really amazing. Seriously. I couldn’t really handle how how good they were at The Great Escape and now, basking in their full album, I can’t really handle how good it is either. Bands this young are supposed to go through an album or two of growing pains before finding their stride and making jams this layered, catchy, and generally well formed. Their debut LP I Want! I Want! is nonstop sonic gold as they kick down the door with “Anna Sun” and then continue with the deeply funky and soulful “Lisa Baby.” I won’t even get into what happens between this and the album’s closer “I Can Lift A Car” because it’s too good to explain. If you like these tracks then you will love the rest. Can’t you just feel the neon colored adrenaline injection while you listen!?

♫ Walk The Moon – I Can Lift a Car

A song as buoyant and catchy as “Anna Sun” leaves Walk The Moon wide open for assumptions of one-hit-wonderdom but “I Can Lift A Car” grinds that notion to dust. The slow energy build combined with those harmonies make me tingle every time I hear it. The cycle of love lost and gained never sounded this good. Buy this album now. Here. And if you know anyone who likes upbeat and catchy indie pop jams then buy it for them too. They will thank you. Probably with home baked cookies. Oh, and if you buy the album from eMusic (like I did) you will get the awesomely squirrel-ly bonus track “William Blake.” So high pitched. So good.

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[PLAYLIST] The Best SONGS of 2011 – Part 1 (Jan-June)

The best of the best… so far. My list ordering is always fast and loose so don’t sweat the numbers too much. For more on any of these artists use the tags links at the bottom of the post. Read on and rock out!

25 – ♫ Baby Monster – Mr. Success / These guys snuck in with a jam that just kept getting better with each listen. Oooooh ooooo ooooo!

24 – ♫ The Weeknd – House Of Balloons/Glass Table Girls / Dark, dirty, and not for public consumption. But damn if I can’t get enough.

23 – ♫ Motopony – King of Diamonds / Should be higher up on the list but with another Motopony track below I am basically sneaking this track in. An amazing song.

22 – ♫ Vacationer – Trip / A love song written by Read more

[MIX] SPRING, MY BELLE! /// A TBE Mix For Exploding Into Springtime

After months of gazing out the window and cursing the wintery grey sky we have finally been blessed with the warmth that thaws the bones in a most electric way. This is a mix for celebrating that moment that you open your front door and are slammed with the blinding sunshine that sparks your insides and makes you want to skip all the way to wherever you are going. I’ve kept in lean and mean at under an hour so add your own tracks as needed. Enjoy with reckless abandon. Read more

[MP3] WALK THE MOON wanna take ANNA and you to a dance party as hot as the SUN

screen falling off the door, door hanging off the hinges, my feet are still sore, my back is on the fringes

♫ Walk The Moon – Anna Sun

Check your cynicism at the door and no residents of haternation allowed cause this post is for good-time-happy-party-people only! Cincinnati’s Walk The Moon are channeling nothing but smiles and sunshine on this lead single full of hip-swinging hooks, tangy guitar riffs and yearning lyrics. If just listening doesn’t make you smile then try and make it through the fantastically shot video (below) without feeling a bit better about your day. Read more