PFU’s Best of 2011

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USE: Examining/enjoying the past year by the music it inspired.

PFU #021 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 1]

  1. Felt Letters – 600,000 Bands
  2. YACHT – Shangri-la
  3. The Cars – Free
  4. Eleanor Friedberger – My Mistakes
  5. Kanye West & Jay-Z – That’s My Bitch
  6. Emily Bell – Back To The Way I Was
  7. Thee Oh Sees – Dead Energy
  8. Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band – Stay Away [Nirvana Cover]
  9. Miami Horror – Holidays
  10. The Black Lips – Modern Art
  11. The War on Drugs – Baby Missiles
  12. Chain & The Gang – Detroit Music [Pt. 1]
  13. The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love?
  14. Patton Oswalt – The Vestibule of Dreams
  15. DJ Shadow – Run For Your Life
  16. Justice – Newlands
  17. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
  18. Wu-Tang & Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary [ft. GZA & U-God]
  19. Wire – Please Take
  20. SebastiAn – Tetra
  21. Telekinesis – Please Ask For Help
  22. Dirty Beaches – Sweet 17
  23. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Tiger
  24. Four Tet – Locked
  25. Jacuzzi Boys – Zeppelin
  26. David Lynch – Good Day Today
  27. Veronica Falls – Stephen
  28. Moon Boots – Gopher It
  29. The Generationals – Dirty Mister Dirty
  30. Young Hunting – Into Yr Mind
  31. King Krule – Bleak Bake
  32. Okay Colour! – (Caribbean) Dreams
  33. The Caretaker – All You Are Going To Want To Do Is Get Back There
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PFU #022 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 2]

  1. The Archers of Loaf – Web In Front
  2. Cut Copy – Need You Now
  3. Dom – Some Boys [ft. Emma]
  4. Dr. Dre – Kush [ft. Snoop Dogg & Akon]
  5. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Wrong Time Wrong Planet
  6. Kids At The Bar – Young Ones [ft. Glasnost]
  7. Gospel Music – Let’s Run
  8. Lykke Li – Jerome
  9. Modest Mouse – That’ll Be The Day [Buddy Holly Cover]
  10. Night Beats – Puppet On A String
  11. Nicolas Jaar – I Got A Woman
  12. My Morning Jacket – Victory Dance
  13. Big K.R.I.T. – Dreamin’
  14. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
  15. Real Estate – Barely Legal [Strokes Cover]
  16. Stornoway – Zorbing
  17. Thurston Moore – Benediction
  18. Tom Waits – Kiss Me
  19. Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
  20. M.I.A. – 27 [Amy Winehouse Tribute]
  21. Washed Out – Soft
  22. Widowspeak – In The Pines
  23. Wu-Tang Clan – Only The Rugged Survive [ft. RZA]
  24. The Strange Boys – Me & You
  25. Deerhoof – Super Duper Rescue Heads!
  26. Cults – Never Saw The Point
  27. Chain & The Gang – Not Good Enough
  28. Paul Simon – Rewrite
  29. Wild Beasts – End Come Too Soon
  30. Youth Lagoon – July
  31. YACHT – Tripped and Fell in Love
  32. Yuck – Georgia
  33. Puro Instinct – Luv Goon
  34. Bosco Delrey – The Afterlife
  35. Charles Bradley – How Long?
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PFU #023 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 3]

  1. Little Dragon – Little Man
  2. Peaches – Turn It On [Franz Ferdinand Cover]
  3. Edwyn Collins – Come Tomorrow, Come Today
  4. Explosions in the Sky – Trembling Hands
  5. Fujiya & Miyagi – Yoyo
  6. The Generationals – Please Be It
  7. Guided By Voices – Chocolate Boy
  8. Holy Ghost! – Wait and See
  9. I Break Horses – Winter Beats
  10. Mikal Cronin – Apathy
  11. Night Beats – High Noon Blues
  12. Radiohead – Morning, Mr. Magpie
  13. Toro Y Moi – Still Sound [Glasnost Remix]
  14. Okay Colour! – Tropical Fleetwood
  15. Ty Segall – My Head Explodes
  16. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffriends
  17. Lana Del Ray – Video Games
  18. M83 – Midnight City
  19. Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita
  20. Kanye West & Jay-Z – Niggas In Paris
  21. Justice – On’n’On
  22. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Huzzah! [Remix] [ft. Despot, Das Racist, & El-P]
  23. Royal Headache – Wilson Street
  24. The Soft Pack – Answer To Yourself
  25. Thee Oh Sees – Chem-Farmer
  26. WU LYF – Dirt
  27. Wild Flag – Electric Band
  28. Phantogram – 16 Years
  29. Cat’s Eyes – Over You
  30. Toro Y Moi – I Can Get Love
  31. The Drums – Money
  32. Widowspeak – Fir Coat
  33. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
  34. Danny Brown – EWNESW
  35. Chairlift – Wrong Opinion
  36. Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’
  37. Johnny Falstaff – Honky Tonk Blood
  38. Marc Maron – Working Out Their Daddy Issues
  39. Marc Maron – “Stop Talking!”
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PFU #024 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 4]

  1. The Sounds – It’s So Easy
  2. Real Estate – Out of Tune
  3. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – New Whaling
  4. Motel Aviv – The Unknown
  5. YACHT – Paradise Engineering
  6. Youth Lagoon – Daydream
  7. Battles – My Machines [ft. Gary Numan]
  8. Washed Out – A Dedication
  9. The Rapture – In The Grace of Your Love
  10. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
  11. People Like Us – I’m Dreaming Too
  12. Phantogram – Don’t Move
  13. Quintron & Miss Pussycat – Ring The Alarm
  14. Andre Williams – My Time Will Come
  15. Anthony Jeselnik – Seduction
  16. Big K.R.I.T. – American Rapstar
  17. Bitch Perfect – Holiday in America
  18. Boris – Attention Please
  19. Beastie Boys – OK
  20. The Feelies – Nobody Knows
  21. Eleanor Friedberger – One Month Marathon
  22. Four Tet – Pinnacles
  23. Brian Lopez – Montjuic
  24. John Maus – The Crucifix
  25. Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever
  26. Major Lazer – Original Don
  27. Man Man – Spookie Jookie
  28. The Go! Team – Ready To Go Steady
  29. Adele – Rolling in the Deep
  30. Jacuzzi Boys – Los Angeles
  31. Veronica Falls – The Box
  32. The Antlers – Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
  33. Frank Ocean – Thinking About You
  34. The Roots – The OtherSide [ft. Greg Porn & Bilal Oliver]
  35. Candles of Paradise – In The Chapel
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PFU #025 – The Best of 2011 [Pt. 5]

  1. The Caretaker – Libet’s Delay
  2. Christmas – Pyong
  3. Clams Casino – Natural
  4. Crystal Fighters – At Home
  5. Dirty Beaches – Lord Knows Best
  6. Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx – Nightcall
  7. Charlotte Gainsbourg – All The Rain
  8. Fleet Foxes – Grown Ocean
  9. The Psychic Paramount – Isolated
  10. Katy B – Disappear
  11. The Strange Boys – Over the River and Through the Woulds
  12. J. Viewz – Salty Air
  13. Cat’s Eyes – Face in the Crowd
  14. David Lynch – Pinky’s Dream
  15. Vockah Redu – Lay Wit U [J-Dawg Mix]
  16. Adele – Rumour Has It
  17. Raphael Saadiq – Good Man
  18. Atlas Sound – Mona Lisa
  19. Lauren Wood – Summer Skin [ft. Haley and Abby]
  20. Austra – The Noise
  21. Southern Backtones – Forever
  22. TV on the Radio – Caffeinated Consciousness
  23. Wale – Chain Music
  24. Wilco – The Whole Love
  25. Lindsey Buckingham – Rock Away Blind
  26. Freddie Gibbs – Heaven Can Wait
  27. Ghostface Killah – Purified Thoughts [ft. GZA & Killah Priest]
  28. Girls – Vomit
  29. Tom Waits – Talking At The Same Time
  30. Toro Y Moi – New Beat
  31. Nerves Junior – Champagne & Peaches
  32. Night Beats – Ain’t Dumbo
  33. Radiohead – Little By Little [Caribou Remix]
  34. My Morning Jacket – Movin’ Away
  35. SebastiAn – Ross Ross Ross
  36. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Witchhunt Suite for World War III [9/11 10th Anniversary]
  37. Chain & The Gang – Music’s Not For Everyone

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Get Born: PFU’s Christmas Hymnal 2011

Here it is everybody. Have a top notch holiday season.

PFU #020 – CHRISTMAS 2011

USE: Birthday Party Music

  1. Dion McGregor [Sleeptalker] – The Gift
  2. Deerhoof – The Eyebright Bugler
  3. Four Tet – Spirit Fingers
  4. Louis Armstrong & The Lyn Murray Choir – Shadrack
  5. Atlas Sound – Artificial Snow [Notown Version]
  6. T.L. Barrett & Youth for Christ Choir – Like a Ship
  7. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade Of Winter
  8. Maria Bamford – Baby Jesus
  9. Nadroj & The Wolrats – Forget It
  10. Bobby Darin – Poor Little Jesus
  11. The Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love
  12. The Sensational Nightingales – Standing In The Judgment
  13. Animal Collective – Winters Love [Pt. 1]
  14. The Who – Christmas [PFU’s Tommyless Edit]
  15. Kings of Convenience – Mrs. Cold
  16. The Avalanches – Midnight Sun
  17. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Merry Christmas
  18. The Drums – Money [Chad Valley Remix]
  19. Marc Maron – Bitter Jesus
  20. Detroit Junior – Christmas Day
  21. The Helio Sequence – Hallelujah
  22. Make*Up – The Choice
  23. John Lurie – Horse Guitar
  24. Takeshi Terauchi – Caravan
  25. The White Stripes – In The Cold, Cold, Night
  26. Luna – Thank You For Sending Me an Angel [Talking Heads Cover]
  27. Little Ax & The Golden Echoes – So Soon
  28. John Cale – Child’s Christmas In Wales
  29. Real Estate – Snow Days
  30. Alice Coltrane – Lovely Sky Boat
  31. Otis Redding – White Christmas
  32. Cara Stewart & The Lee Hudson Orchestra – The New Year Song
  33. Palace Brothers – All Is Grace

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Winners! PFU’s Best of 2010

 

Yes, I know. This blog is supposed to focus on specific practical uses for music. However, this year was, in my opinion, one of the better years for music in quite a while. That moment when you get a new record and it’s so good you can only to feel happy to be alive. I had that feeling a lot this year. I felt that a look back at some of my favorite tracks would be a solid enough use to warrant a post. Keep in mind this is not a music review. I’m not try to say: “given the state of music today I feel that these tracks are the most relev-“. No. No, I am not. Honestly, I kind of hate that sort of thing. These are just some of the songs that made me happy, in a year when new music made me happier than most year in recent memory.  We are all at strange whims to music, and when people go against those natural urges to be “thorough” or “hip”,  it’s just silly. I know I probably missed several great releases and they will be conspicuously absent to some, but…I don’t get paid to do that. Feel free to alert me of some great tracks on your own list. I hope you enjoy the great songs I was lucky enough to catch this year. There are way too many, and they are in no particular ranking. I’ve left the album info on the files so you can find the albums easier in case there is something unknown that you really like. Go and buy it.

PFU #014: The Best of 2010 [Pt. 1]

USE: Reflecting on a great year of music.

  1. Anti-Pop Consortium – Volcano [Four Tet Remix]
  2. Boyz IV Men – Garbaggio
  3. The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing
  4. Sunol – Save Me A Place [Fleetwood Mac Cover]
  5. Freddie Gibbs – National Anthem (Fuck The World)
  6. Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
  7. The Strange Boys – Be Brave
  8. Angelina Lucero  – I’m On Fire [Springsteen Cover]
  9. Glass Candy – Feeling Without Touching
  10. Deerhunter – Desire Lines
  11. David Cross – I Can’t Get Beer In Me
  12. Tobacco – Fresh Hex [ft. Beck]
  13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Revolution’s A Lie
  14. Daft Punk – End of Line
  15. Tame Impala – I Don’t Really Mind
  16. Class Actress – Terminally Chill [Neon Indian Cover]
  17. Sonny & the Sunsets – Too Young to Burn
  18. The Roots – How I Got Over [ft. Dice Raw]
  19. Cults – Go Outside
  20. Caribou – Sun
  21. Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied
  22. Yeasayer – O.N.E. [Glasnost Remix]
  23. She & Him – Gonna Get Along Without You Now [Skeeter Davis Cover]
  24. The Magnetic Fields – You Must Be Out of Your Mind
  25. New Young Pony Club – The Optimist
  26. Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
  27. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – River Styx
  28. Röyksopp – Forsaken Cowboy
  29. Antoine Dodson & The Gregory Brothers – Bed Intruder Song

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PFU #015: The Best of 2010 [Pt. 2]

  1. Arcade Fire – Ready To Start
  2. Kid CuDi [ft. LCD Soundsystem, Chip Tha Ripper, & Christian Bale] – All Talk
  3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round
  4. Proxy [Todd Buker] – In Just [Demo] [ft. Jason Williamson]
  5. Kanye West – Power [ft. Dwele]
  6. Thee Oh Sees – Mega-Feast
  7. Vandertramp – Step Into My Arms [Demo Mixdown #1]
  8. Wild Nothing – Gemini
  9. Of Montreal – Famine Affair
  10. White Fence – The Love Between
  11. Girl Talk – Let It Out
  12. Destroyer – Chinatown
  13. Amon Tobin – Hey Mr. Tree
  14. Bonobo – Kong
  15. Boyz IV Men – Trance Armstrong
  16. Das Racist – Rapping 2 U [ft. Lakutis]
  17. The Hood Internet – Nuthin’ But A Journal Thang [Dr. Dre vs Class Actress]
  18. Lykke Li – Get Some
  19. LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit [Soulwax Remix]
  20. PJ Harvey – Written On The Forehead
  21. The Drums – The Future
  22. Dan Auerbach – The Prowl
  23. El Guincho – Bombay
  24. Chromeo – Hot Mess
  25. Midnight Juggernauts – Lara Versus The Savage Pack
  26. Miike Snow – Animal [Mark Ronson Extended Dub Remix]
  27. Twista – The Heat [ft. Raekwon]
  28. Louis C.K. – Cell Phones and Flying

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PFU #016 – The Best of 2010 [Pt. 3]

  1. Jose Gonzales [Junip] – Rope and Summit
  2. The Chemical Brothers – K+D+B
  3. Hot Chip – Hand Me Down Your Love
  4. Girl Talk – Jump on Stage
  5. Daft Punk – Derezzed
  6. Cut Copy – Where I’m Going
  7. Janelle Monбe – 57821 [ft. Deep Cotton]
  8. Caribou – Odessa
  9. LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
  10. MGMT – Congratulations
  11. New Young Pony Club – Lost A Girl
  12. Crystal Castles – Not In Love [ft. Robert Smith]
  13. Ratatat – Neckbrace
  14. Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab
  15. DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. – Romerex [Dance Theme]
  16. The Black Keys – Sinister Kid
  17. Best Coast – Crazy For You
  18. Baths – Aminals
  19. New Pornographers – Your Hands (Together)
  20. Ty Segall – Girlfriend
  21. Surfer Blood – Harmonix
  22. The Fresh and Onlys – Waterfall
  23. Deerhunter – Helicopter
  24. Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
  25. The Gaslamp Killer – Monsterfromtheunderground
  26. DJ Shadow – Def Surrounds Us

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PFU #017 – The Best of 2010 [Pt. 4]

  1. Brian Eno – 2 Forms of Anger
  2. Beck’s Record Club – Devil Inside
  3. Gonja Sufi – DedNd
  4. Gil Scott-Heron – Me And The Devil
  5. Girls – Thee Oh So Protective One
  6. Scissor Sisters – Running Out
  7. Twin Sister – Lady Daydream
  8. Sunol – Headlands
  9. The Walkmen – While I Shovel The Snow
  10. Band of Horses – Factory
  11. Uffie – Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans
  12. The Art Museums – Oh Modern Girls
  13. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Beverly Kills
  14. Crocodiles – Flash Of Light
  15. Nice Face – Nobody’s Dead Here
  16. Japanther – Surfin’ Coffin
  17. La Roux – Bulletproof [Glasnost Remix]
  18. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
  19. The Strange Boys – Night Might
  20. David Cross – The One Show About Drugs and Stuff
  21. Lemonade – Lifted
  22. The Clientele – As The World Rises And Falls
  23. Marnie Stern – Nothing Left
  24. Javelin – Vibrationz [Album Version]
  25. Ceo – Come With Me
  26. Toro Y Moi – Blessa
  27. Jacuzzi Boys – Bricks or Coconuts
  28. Beach House – Silver Soul

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PFU #018 – Best of 2010 [Pt. 5]

  1. Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Lovesick
  2. Spoon – Got Nuffin’
  3. Miike Snow – Billie Holiday
  4. Das Racist – You Outta Know
  5. M.I.A. – Born Free
  6. The Vaselines – Sex With An X
  7. Ducktails – Don’t Make Plans
  8. Deerhunter – Revival
  9. Wolf Parade – Little Golden Age
  10. The Morning Benders – Promises
  11. Dr. Dre – Forgot About Dre [ft. Eminem] [Tape Bros. Remix]
  12. PS I Love You – Facelove
  13. Wavves – Idiot
  14. Crooked Fingers – Black Rose
  15. Atlas Sound – Mona Lisa
  16. Foals – Total Life Forever
  17. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Trick Pony
  18. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
  19. Arcade Fire – Month of May
  20. Holy Fuck – SHT MTN
  21. Smith Westerns – Weekend
  22. DOM – Jesus
  23. Kanye West – Good Friday [ft. Common, Pusha T, & KiD CuDi]
  24. Caribou – Bowls
  25. Daft Punk – Fragile
  26. Abe Vigoda – Beverly Slope
  27. Curren$y – Breakfast
  28. Forest Swords – Rattling Cage
  29. Gayngs – The Gaudy Side of Town
  30. Blackbird Blackbird – Heartbeat
  31. Lætitia Sadier – Summertime
  32. LCD Soundsystem – Home

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