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The Best Tracks of 2011 (20-11)

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20. Holy Other “With U” With U (Tri Angle) In lieu of waxing lyrical about the ghostly, undulating debut from this masked Mancunian, I’ll let my buddy AJ — a man who doesn’t give a shit about music — explain it. In response to a Facebook status update of mine that claimed With U was my favorite EP of the year, Apple Jack posted simply and succinctly “Yeah, maybe of [sic] you want to meditate.” Replace “meditate” with “fuck,” and …

The Best Tracks of 2011 (30-21)

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30. Girls “Honey Bunny” Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther Sounds) It was another incredible year for San Francisco’s best band. The group followed up their excellent debut, Album, with a solid EP and the critically acclaimed Father, Son, Holy Ghost. “Honey Bunny,” showcases exactly what makes the group so special. Vocalist/songwriter Chris Owens’ deftly combines his disarming sense of humor (“They don’t like my boney body/They don’t like my dirty hair”), unfiltered honesty, and an incredible ear for melody …

The Best Tracks of 2011 (40-31)

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40. Nico Jaar “Darkside” Darkside (Clown & Sunset) Nico Jaar had the license put his fuckin’ feet up over his Christmas break. You think your year was mega busy because you got promoted to project manager? Please. Dude dropped one critically acclaimed LP and two fantastic EPs, all while attending an Ivy League school and running his own label. The three tracks on Darkside are basically just one long track broken into three parks and show a different side of …

The Best Tracks of 2011 (51-40)

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So here it goes. A little more than a month late, these are my favorite 51 songs of 2011. If you’ve read my previous work, you’ll know how this works. It’s basically a countdown from 51 to 1. I’ll be releasing ten songs per day over the next week. Also, at the end of the week, I’ll be linking to a Spotify playlist that will allow you to get all of the songs in one place. As always, I am …

About Thunder Penguin

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Thunder Penguin is a journal of the best in current progressive pop music. It is maintained by a stuffed penguin from Cuba. He is sometimes assisted by his intern Dan Alvarez, a Brooklyn-based copywriter + freelance journalist. Please direct inquiries, demos, takedown notices, and marriage proposals to DNAlvarez60@gmail.com.

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