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Best of 2011

M&T Best Tracks of 2011: #19

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#19. Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard – “Howlin At The Moon”

This one sinks its hook right away. From the opening drums and whack over the head of Jake Hill’s gravelly and commanding vocals, “Howlin At The Moon” immediately pulls you in and takes you on a wild ride to the most liberating chorus of the year. The fuzzed out guitar, repetitious ivory strokes, and militant drums are beautifully layered here to create the perfect backdrop for howling vocals (literally), displaying the depth of Charley Hustle’s production skills. It’s rare that a concept is so successfully executed in song, but Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard have undoubtedly achieved that with this monster tune.

M&T Best Tracks of 2011: #20

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#20- Unknown Mortal Orchestra-“Ffunny Ffriends”

New Zealand’s own Unknown Mortal Orchestra (or UMO as they affectionately call themselves) dropped the fuzziest of gems on the indie world this year in the form of their self-titled debut album. And it doesn’t get much fuzzier (or ffuzzier) than the opening track “Ffunny Ffriends” which will get stuck in your head faster than you can say “Wait, which decade is this record from?”

M&T Best Albums of 2011: #20

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#20. Portugal. The Man- In The Mountain In The Cloud

Portugal. The Man has released an album every year since 2006.  How many bands can say that?  They are truly becoming musical workhorses.  You might think that the quality of their work would suffer because they are pumping out so many jams in such a short period of time, but it hasn’t.  Even more amazing to me is how each of their albums have a different sound and feel to them.  It’s great.  In the Mountain in the Cloud hits our list at number 20 and has a variety of tunes that will surely be stuck in your head for days.  The album starts off real strong with the extremely catchy “So American” and ends even stronger with the epic build-up in “Sleep Forever.” Don’t get me wrong, everything in between is good too.

Featured Tracks: “Head Is a Flame (Cool with It)”, “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now).”

Best of 2011 Honorable Mentions

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Before we embark on our countdown of the best albums, songs, videos and concerts of the year, we thought we would fill you guys in on a few items that just missed the cut-


Other Lives-Tamer Animals

One of the most vast, yet utterly satisfying albums of the year


Joe Fletcher and The Wrong Reasons- “Too Many Doors”

This song was released at the end of last year in that awkward time right after we compiled our lists, and because of that it didn’t make the cut for Best of 2010. A who’s who of Providence musicians, the song features MorganEve Swain and Dave Lamb of Brown Bird as well as John McCauley and Chris Ryan of Deer Tick and accordion master Alec Redfearn. Although Fletcher wasn’t eligible for Best of 2011 that shouldn’t stop you from catching his show with Brown Bird at Middle East Upstairs this Thursday 12/15 (tickets)


There are a couple of things that didn’t quite make our lists which I feel deserve an honorable mention. For albums, I really dug the Lumineers EP, those guys have a ton of potential and look forward to what their future brings. For songs, I feel that “Blue Eyes” by Middle Brother, “Cold Feet” by Liam Finn, and “Customer Satisfaction Survey” by Tan Vampires definitely deserve mention. Great jams.


Beyonce- “Countdown”

To deem a song “good” isn’t an easy charge. We like songs depending on the reputation and the branding of the artist, the music video and the public performances, and where we are in pop culture. The list of external factors goes on and on. We like songs more because it is “cool” to like them. But at the end of the day, it’s important to give credit where credit’s due… even if the song isn’t exactly indie-friendly. This is my validation for Beyonce’s “Countdown” as the best track of the year. Girlfriend turns it out on this tune, which I listen to approximately four times a day (lowball estimate). The influences and references in the song are truly insane: on paper, a song that has everything from reggae to big band should not work. But B pulled it off, and created a rare pop delicacy that everyone and anyone should enjoy. Seriously, unless you have robot ears or something, you should find this song HOT. Sometimes the best songs of the year just aren’t that hard to find.

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