Saturday, December 31, 2011

#BestOf2011 Top 101 Songs Of The Year

Dear Friends, my family...

This comes with a story:

I started making playlists not for me but for others, someone special, that someone I would like to remember me by, or simply the joy of sharing music with people that has less free time, less ability to find new music or people that has less age and want the little music knowledge one can have in a few years more of active Internet surfing... I kind of liked to see it as my little contribution to people giving them the superficial things that truly matter in life, such little thing like that little love song that tells the story you were eager to hear, or that makes the political statement or that song that's just perfect for right now.

Time passed and I started sharing a little bit more than a mixtape, one of my best friends (with whom I shared, talked, knew new stuff and breathe passion for music) started giving me a purpose: why don't I start reviewing the music I get in one year and sharing it. That was the story behind Subwaywalk and that was the beginning of my little theme mixtapes for my friends and my annual list of the best songs. The only thing I wanted every new years eve was the recognition of this good friend telling me if he loved it, and also all my playlists were directly or indirectly directed to him...This year my friend passed away and he no longer can say if he liked the playlist or not but all the music I listen will always have him in some way awaiting his reply...all music will sound like him and all my playlists will still be dedicated to him thing he liked to tell people was "Never lose your coolness" and I hope that in time I never lose my cool and keep finding his voice in every feedback and every album I come across every year.

No matter the reasons that made my year sucked, personally I've been through a lot of good things and bad, I mastered my thesis on one hand and got shot by robbers a few months ago on the other hand. For one reason or another all the people I know have been through a lot too, my playlist is full of that feeling of hopelessness or grief, but if one thing I have started to learn is to enjoy the little things, live every day like it can be the last, try to be happy and do things that can take me there and try to be above the situation keeping my cool...It's a hard thing to do, at least for me, but we'll always have music and 2011 was an amazing example of how a terrible year can have the best soundtrack.

One thing I can tell about 2011 is that the harder the year is, the better the music can get, maybe the reason is not because the music itself, but because all that one can project to music in difficult times, I'm the kind of people that tend to rely on music sometimes as an escape, sometimes the opposite, but music is always a safe place, sanctuary. This year my best of 2011 is that soundtrack, sometimes it can get a little sad, but also can have a lot of heart, hope, swag and coolness. I really hope you start 2012 remembering 2011 and all that it gave and took...In the end nature is wise and everything someday will make sense, the exercise of retrospection can be hard sometimes but with "The Best Of 2011" it will always leave a smile on your face (no matter if there's a tear in your eye)...

The cover art tells that story, sometimes life can knock you down, but if you don't get up, might as well convert it to a beautiful picture ;-)

I really wish a very Happy New Year to all of you, blessings, hugs, and remember that good things come for those who wait...

Dedicated to my friend Luis Carlos, I miss him terribly, but I'll keep my cool

For more detail on what you're about to download, check out the detailed list...

101. Friendly Fires - Live Those Days Tonight
         Album: Pala
         Video: Live at Jools Holland

100. Lykke Li - I Know Places
         Album: Wounded Rhymes
         Video: Live on the Moon

99.  Ford & Lopatin - Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me)
       Album: Channel Pressure
       Audio: Hypem

98. A$AP Rocky - Leaf (Feat. Main Attrakionz) 
      Album: LiveLoveA$AP
      Audio: Hypem

97. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bats In The Attic
       Album: Diamond Mine
       Video: Video Version

96. Air France - It Feels Good To Be Around You
      Album: YOURS172
      Audio: Hypem

95. Keep Shelly In Athens - Hauntin' Me
      Album: Hauntin' Me EP
      Video: Official Music Video

94. The Sandwitches - Summer Of Love
      Album: Mrs. Jones' Cookies
      Video: Live In a Bathroom

93. Stephen Malkmus and The Jinks - Senator
       Album: Mirror Traffic
       Video: Official Music Video

92. Ane Brun - Alfonsina Y El Mar
      Album: It All Starts With One

91. Death Cab For Cutie - You Are a Turist
      Album: Codes and Keys
      Video: Official Music Video

90. The Rosebuds - Go Ahead
       Album: Loud Planes Fly Low
       Audio: Hypem

89. Jan Pawel - Un Paseo Antes De Partir (Con Enrique Alossi)
       Album: Demasiado Viejo Para Morir Joven
       Audio: Bandcamp

88. Blood Orange - Can We Go Inside Now?
       Album: Coastal Grooves
87. WhoMadeWho - All That I Am
       Album: Knee Deep

86. White Denim - River to Consider
      Album: D

85. Feist - Comfort Me
       Album: Metals
       Audio: Hypem

84. EMA - California
       Album: Past Life Martyred Saints
       Video: Official Music Video

83. Apparat - Song Of Los
       Album: The Devil's Walk
       Video: Official Music Video

82. Wu Lyf - Concrete Gold
       Album: Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
       Video: Video @OWS

81. Dum Dum Girls - Coming Down
       Album: Only In Dreams
       Audio: Hypem

80. The Throne - No Church In The Wild (Feat. Frank Ocean)
      Album: Watch The Throne
      Video: Official Music Video

79. WIN WIN - Interleave (Feat. Alexis Taylor)
       Album: WIN WIN
       Video: Official Music Video

78. Death Grips - Takyon (Death Yon)
       Album: Exmilitary
       Video: Official Music Video

77, The Streets - Going Through Hell (Diplo Remix)
       Album: Going Through Hell EP
       Video: Official Music Video (Album Version)

76. Deerhoof - No One  Asked To Dance
       Album: Deerhoof vs Evil
       Audio: Hypem

75. Akron/Family - Light Emerges
       Album: S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

74. The War On Drugs - Brothers
       Album: Slave Ambient
       Audio: Hypem

73. Washed Out - Far Away
       Album: Within and Without
       Video: Live For YoursTruly

72. Wale - Ambition (Feat. Meek Mill & Rick Ross)
      Album: Ambition
      Video: Lyric Music Video

71. araabMUZIK - Streetz Tonight
      Album: Electronic Dream
      Video: Official Music Video

70. tUnE-yArDs - Bizness
      Album: W H O K I L L
      Video: Official Music Video

69. Tapes n' Tapes - Freak Out
       Album: Outside
       Video: Official Music Video

68. Craft Spells - After The Moment
      Album: Idle Labor
      Video: Official Music Video

67. Natural Child - Crack Mountain
       Album: Natural Child 7"

66. The Drums - Money
       Album: Portamento
       Video: Official Music Video

65. Cut Copy - Take me Over
       Album: Zonoscope
       Video: Live at KCRW

64. The Strokes - Machu Picchu
       Album: Angles
       Audio: Hypem

63. Theophilus London - I Stand Alone
       Album: Timez Are Weird These Days
       Video: Official Music Video

62. Junior Boys - Banana Riple
       Album: It's All True
       Video: Official Music Video

61. Mogwai - Hound Of Winter
       Album: Earth Division EP
       Video: Fan Video

60. Wilco - One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)
       Album: The Whole Love
       Audio: Hypem

59. Juliana Barwick - Flown
       Album: The Magic Place

58. Beirut - Port Of Call
       Album: The Rip Tide
       Audio: Hypem
57. Villagers - Cecilia & Her Selfhood
       Album: Cecilia & Her Selfhood (Single)
       Video: Official Music Video

56. Wavves - I Wanna Be Dave Grohl
      Album: Life Sux EP
      Audio: Hypem

55. Radiohead - Lotus Flower
      Album: King Of Limbs
      Video: Official Music Video

54. King Krule - The Noose Of Jah City
       Album: King Krule EP
       Video: Official Music Video

53. TV On The Radio - Will Do
       Album: Nine Types Of Light
       Video: Official Music Video

52. Fergus & Geronimo - Powerful Lovin'
      Album: Unlearn
      Video: Live For YoursTruly

51. Kate Bush - Snowflake
      Album: 50 Words For Snow
      Audio: Hypem

50. Twin Sister - Stop
       Album: In Heaven
       Video: Live For YoursTruly

49. Neon Indian - Polish Girl
      Album: Era Extraña
      Video: Official Music Video

48. Frank Ocean - Novocane
       Album: Nostalgia / Ultra
       Video: Official Music Video

47. Holy Ghost! - Wait And See
       Album: Holy Ghost!
       Video: Official Music Video

46. Shabazz Palaces - Endeavors For Never (The Last Time We Spoke You Said You Were Not Here. I Saw You Though.)
       Album: Black Up

45. James Blake - A Case Of You
       Album: Enough Thunder EP
       Video: Official Music Video

44. The National - Think You Can Wait
       Album: Win Win OST
       Video: Official Music Video

43. The Weeknd - What You Need
       Album: House Of Balloons
       Video: Official Music Video

42. Tyler, The Creator - Yonkers
       Album: Goblin
       Video: Official Music Video

41. Timber Timbre - Bad Ritual
       Album: Creep On Creepin On
       Video: Official Music Video

40. SebastiAn - Embody
       Album: Total
       Video: Official Music Video

39: Adele - Someone Like You
       Album: 21
       Video: Official Music Video

38. The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling
       Album: El Camino
       Video: Live On Letterman

37. Big K.R.I.T. - Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism
       Album: Return Of 4Eva
36. SBTRKT - Wildfire
       Album: SBTRKT
       Video: Official Music Video

35. Wye Oak - Civilian
      Album: Civilian
      Video: Live on a Balcony

34. Young Galaxy - Cover Your Tracks
       Album: Shapeshifting
       Audio: Hypem

33. Battles - Ice Cream (Feat. Matías Aguayo)
       Album: Gloss Drop
       Video: Official Music Video

32. Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise
       Album: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
       Video: Official Music Video

31. Active Child - Playing House (Feat. How To Dress Well)
       Album: You Are All I See
       Video: Official Music Video

30. KAUF - Relocate
       Album: Relocate (Single)
       Audio: Hypem

29. Little Dragon - Crtystalfilm
       Album: Ritual Union
       Audio: Hypem

28. Zoo Kid - Out Getting Ribs
      Album: Out Getting Ribs (Single)
      Video: Official Music Video

27.  The Mountain Goats - Age Of Kings
        Album: All Eternal Decks
        Audio: Hypem

26. Yuck - Get Away
       Album: Yuck
       Video: Official Music Video

25. Girls - Vomit
       Album: Father, Son, Holy Ghost
       Video: Official Music Video

24. The Antlers - Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
       Album: Burst Apart
       Video: Official Music Video

23. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - My Terrible Friend
       Album: Belong
       Audio: Hypem

22. St. Vincent - Year Of The Tiger
       Album: Strange Mercy
       Video: Live 4AD Session

21. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
       Album: Making Mirrors
       Video: Official Music Video

20. Jens Lekman - An Argument With Myself
       Album: An Argument With Muself EP
       Audio: Hypem

19. Real Estate - It's Real
       Album: Days
       Video: Official Music Video

18. Kurt Vile - Baby's Arms
      Album: Smoke Ring For My Halo
      Video: Official Music Video

17. Atlas Sound - Te Amo
      Album: Parallaz
      Audio: Hypem

16. My Brightest Diamond - I Have Never Loved Sompeone The Way I Love You
      Album: All Things Will Unwind
      Video: A Take Away Show

15. Gang Gang Dance - MindKilla
      Album: Eye Contact
      Video: Official Music Video

14. British Sea Power - Who's In Control
       Album: Valhalla Dancehall
       Video: Official Music Video

13. Mogwai - San Pedro
       Album: Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will
       Video: Official Music Video

12. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
      Album: Helplessness Blues
      Audio: Hypem

11. The Decemberist - June Hymn
       Album: The King Is Dead
       Audio: Hypem

10. Smith Westerns - Weekend
       Album: Dye It Blonde
       Video: Official Music Video

9. PJ Harvey - The Words That Maketh Murder
    Album: Let England Shake
    Video: Official Music Video

8. Nicolas Jaar - Colomb
    Album: Space Is Only Noise
    Audio: Hypem

7. Tom Waits - Talking At The Same Time
    Album: Bad As Me
    Audio: Hypem

6. M83 - Midnight City
    Album: Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
    Video: Official Music Video

5. Metronomy - The Bay
    Album: The English Riviera
    Video: Official Music Video

4. Bon Iver - Holocene
     Album: Bon Iver
     Video: Official Music Video

3. James Blake - Wilhelms Scream
     Album: James Blake
     Video: Official Music Video

2. Destroyer - Suicide Demo For Kara Walker
    Album: Kaputt
    Audio: Hypem

1. Lana Del Rey - Video Games
    Album: Video Games EP
    Video: Official Music Video


  1. Gracias chamo... la verdad he seguido tu pagina por un buen tiempo y me has ayudado a encontrar muy buenas canciones con el paso del tiempo... lo mínimo que puedo hacer es agradecerte

  2. Gracias Manu!! está bello :)

  3. Luis me escribió esto una vez, me pareció que lo debes tener, escuchando esta música me siento como si estuviera con él, mil gracias :).

    "La música siempre ha sido muy importante en mi vida, cada vez lo es más, es mi gran compañera, siempre está ahí ilimitada, justo a mi alcance en el momento que lo desee, tengo la certeza de que no se va a ir a ningún lado y me dará justo lo que necesito, a veces es un golpe, otras un abrazo (...) me siento como infinito, en un sitio donde realmente quiero estar, que no tiene nombre ni coordenadas geográficas."

    Me gusta pensar que Luis está ahí, infinito en ese lugar en donde realmente quería estar...

    Ale de la Torre