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[mix] (31) Days of Good: 2011

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As I prep #31days2016, I find myself exploring the tunes from past (31) Days of Good. It seems counter productive when i’m writing about the best new music of the year, but listening to old favorites seems to motivate me more. Last month, Brendan and I revisited the early blogspot days of Concrete Opinions and 35mmBeats on Revolutions Per Minute and had a blast. So, as we approach the “best of season”, i thought it would be nice to share my old (31) Days of Good playlists. 

Enjoy.

[on repeat] Kathryn Calder

I love, love, love The New Pornographers, but it wasn’t until today that I discovered the solo recordings of keyboardist/vocalist, Kathryn Calder. (thank you dinner party download!)

Calder released her first album back in 2010.  A deeply personal record, Are you my Mother? was largely born through two years of Kathryn caring for her terminally ill mother.  As depressing as that sounds, don’t think of the record as a eulogy.  Rather, think of it as a “statement that life is a mixed bag, and that without losing things you would never know to cherish them.”

This last October, Calder released Bright and Vivid.  A solid follow-up, the record is filled with harmonic vocals and some surprisingly elaborate production.  Lead single, “Who Are You?”, is one heck of a good track and Calder’s “uniquely angelic voice” really shine.  If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with Kathryn.

♪ Kathryn Calder – Who Are You? (from Bright and Vivid)

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[watch] Two Against One

Noted as one of several forthcoming cinematic offerings from Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi’s Rome project, which will comprise a theatrical live-action project, the heralded collaborative single with Jack White now gets the visual treatment. The video for “Two Against One” welcomes an animated cut, actually done rather well, might we add. Expect to see more aesthetic offerings from the album in the near future. The video is part of an interactive project by acclaimed music video director Chris Milk and animator/co-director Anthony Francisco Schepperd.  Check the link for more. Enjoy
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(31) Days of Good: Day 31

There’s only 6 hours left in 2011 (here on the west coast at least).  I’ve said it a million times, but i’ll say it one more time, 2011 was a GREAT year for music lovers.  Today’s GOOD are a handful of tracks to help you ring in the New Year with a bang, including The White Panda, Alan Wilkis, some Jamie xx and Childish Gambino remix action, and since i’m up in my hometown for NYE, Chico’s very own The Make.

I truly hope you all (my 3 faithful readers) enjoyed this years edition of (31) Days of Good.  I definitely left some tracks out this year and i’m positive more than a fair share went overlooked, but nobodies perfect, right?  Anyways, Happy New Year!
[p.s. if you want to check out all of this years GOOD, and more, i’ve compiled them all on spotify.]

 

♪ The White Panda – Midnight Life (Kanye West//M83 mashup)

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♪ Alan Wilkis – Come and Go (feat. The Kickdrums) [from Prints]

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♪ Adele – Rollin’ In The Deep (Jamie xx feat. Childish Gambino remix)

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♪ The Make – Fever

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(31) Days of Good: Day 30

Happy New Years Eve Eve.  As you get ready for the NYE celebrations, take some time out of your preparations and enjoy today’s helping of GOOD.

I’ve got a super fun track from American indie pop duo (and husband-and-wife team) Mates of State.  After that, the upbeat rhythms from north London indie-alt rockers Bombay Bicycle Club.  Last up, a really cool track from one of the blogosphere’s favorite indie outfits, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

 

♪ Mates of State – Total Serendipity (from Mountaintops)

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♪ Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle (from A Different Kind of Fix)

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♪ Clap You Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake (from Hysterical)

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