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dan’s.top.tracks.2012 {0}

I’m way overdue on posting this but better late than never. Enjoy!
 
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001. St. Lucia – All Eyes On You
002. Savoir Adore – Dreamers
003. Tanlines – All Of Me
004. Santigold – Disparate Youth
005. Gemini Club – Nothing But History
006. Tennis – Origins
007. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter
008. Miike Snow – Paddling Out
009. Kimbra – Cameo Lover
010. Hot Chip – Look At Where We Are
011. Gemini Club – By Surprise
012. Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid
013. CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share
014. Van She – Idea Of Happiness
015. The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
016. St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong (Lenno Remix)
017. Passion Pit – Constant Conversations
018. Ghost Beach – Miracle
019. Yeasayer – Henrietta
020. Twin Shadow – Five Seconds
021. Mark Foster, Kimbra and A-Trak – Warrior
022. Stepdad – Pick & Choose
023. Trails and Ways – Sure Thing
024. Walk the Moon – Tightrope
025. Imagine Dragons – It’s Time (Penguin Prison Remix)
026. Rhye – The Fall
027. Dan Croll – From Nowhere
028. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing
029. Purity Ring – Fineshrine
030. AVAN LAVA – It’s Never Over
031. Noosa – Walk On By
032. Rick Ross – 3 Kings
033. The xx – Chained
034. St. Lucia – Before The Dive
035. Tennis – Petition
036. Kendrick Lamar – The Recipe
037. Electric Guest – This Head I Hold
038. Crystal Fighters – At Home (Passion Pit Remix)
039. Two Door Cinema Club – Handshake
040. Beat Connection – Palace Garden, 4am
041. Zee Avi – Concrete Wall (RAC Remix)
042. The Knocks – Learn To Fly
043. Poolside – Why You Wanna
044. Stepdad – Must Land Running
045. The Hint – Plus One Minus One (Le Youth Remix)
046. Hot Chip – Flutes
047. Trails and Ways – Border Crosser
048. Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing
049. Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You
050. Papa – I Am the Lion King
051. Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me
052. Wild Nothing – Nocturne
053. The Presets – Fall
054. Grimes – Oblivion
055. Tanlines – Brothers
056. Van She – Tears
057. Killer Mike – Untitled
058. Lancelot – We Can Dance (Goldroom Remix)
059. Disaster In The Universe – Beach House
060. Bearstronaut – Birds of Prey
061. Alex Winston – Sister Wife
062. Twin Shadow – Beg for the Night
063. Miike Snow – Pretender
064. Minus The Bear – Lies and Eyes
065. Purity Ring – Amenamy
066. Japandroids – Fire’s Highway
067. Yeasayer – Reagan’s Skeleton
068. Crystal Castles – Affection
069. Roosevelt – Soleil
070. Kanye West – Clique
071. Passion Pit – Cry Like A Ghost
072. Madeon – Icarus
073. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Tapes & Money
074. Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
075. John Talabot – Destiny
076. Bahamas – Caught Me Thinkin
077. Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
078. Faded Paper Figures – Piledrive
079. Major Lazer – Get Free
080. Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
081. Holy Ghost! – It Gets Dark
082. Atlas Genius – Symptoms
083. Geographer – Lover’s Game
084. Pinback – A Request
085. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
086. Frank Ocean – Lost
087. Sea Wolf – Old Friend
088. Friendly Fires – Hurting (Tensnake Remix)
089. Trails and Ways – Nunca
090. Pacific Air – Roses
091. Conner Youngblood – Australia
092. Miniature Tigers – Female Doctor
093. Tesla Boy – Split
094. Icona Pop – I Love It (Cobra Starship Remix)
095. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It
096. Usher – Climax
097. The Shins – Simple Song
098. Royal Teeth – Wild
099. POP ETC – Halfway to Heaven
100. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
101. Viceroy (feat. Ghost Beach) – While We’re In Love
102. Alabama Shakes – Hang Loose
103. Cat Power – Ruin
104. M.I.A. – Bad Girls
105. Icona Pop – Good For You
106. Stars – Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
107. The Wanted – Glad You Came
108. NZCA/LINES – Atoms & Axes
109. Dwntwn – Look the Other Way
110. Jessie Ware – Sweet Talk
111. Strange Talk – Cast Away
112. Blondfire – Where The Kids Are
113. Haim – Don’t Save Me
114. Bloc Party – Octopus
115. Yukon Blonde – Iron Fist
116. Vacationer – Good As New
117. Ellie Goulding – Only You
118. Rusko – Somebody To Love
119. JJAMZ – Heartbeat
120. Chairlift – I Belong In Your Arms
121. Curren$y – Capitol
122. Disclosure – Latch
123. Nero – Must Be The Feeling
124. Bear In Heaven – The Reflection Of You
125. Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice
 
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dan’s.top.tracks.2011 {1}

What I really love about music is how it has the rare ability to transport you back to the exact time, place, and feeling you had when you first heard it. Just think about that for a second. Isn’t it funny how a mere snippet of a song from the past can trigger memories as vivid as the day they were captured? Researchers refer to this moment as a “music-evoked autobiographical memory.” It’s really amazing.
 
Every year around this time, the potency of this phenomenon hits me like a tidal wave as I work to compile and rank my top tracks of the year. And I’m so grateful, because, while 2011 may be over, the memories are forever memorialized in the songs that served as my mental soundtrack of the past 12 months. Below are those songs. Hope you enjoy listening as much I have. Cheers to 2012.
 
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001. M83 – Midnight City
002. Walk the Moon – Anna Sun
003. Friendly Fires – Live Those Days Tonight
004. Foster The People – Helena Beat
005. Cut Copy – Blink and You’ll Miss A Revolution
006. Holy Ghost! – Some Children
007. Bag Raiders – Sunlight
008. Martin Solveig – The Night Out
009. Active Child – Hanging On
010. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
011. Washed Out – Amor Fati
012. Body Language – Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix)
013. Friendly Fires – Hurting
014. The Drums – What You Were
015. U.S. Royalty – Monte Carlo
016. Foster The People – Houdini
017. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
018. The Naked and Famous – Punching In A Dream
019. Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun
020. The Magician – I Don’t Know What to Do
021. Penguin Prison – Golden Train
022. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
023. Friendly Fires – Show Me Lights
024. Adele – Rolling In The Deep
025. Washed Out – Eyes Be Closed
026. Bon Iver – Holocene
027. Avicii – Levels
028. The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love?
029. YACHT – Shangri-La
030. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone
031. Tahiti 80 – Easy
032. Cut Copy – Pharaohs & Pyramids
033. Memory Tapes – Today Is Our Life
034. Scattered Trees – Four Days Straight
035. Polarsets – Leave Argentina
036. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
037. Neon Indian – Polish Girl
038. Holy Ghost! – Wait and See
039. Cold War Kids – Royal Blue
040. Smith Westerns – Weekend
041. Peter Bjorn and John – Second Chance
042. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
043. The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness
044. Bon Iver – Towers
045. The Shoes – Stay The Same
046. Drake – Headlines
047. Saint Motel – Puzzle Pieces
048. Alexander – Truth
049. Cults – Never Saw The Point
050. Housse de Racket – Roman
051. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
052. Toro Y Moi – Still Sound
053. Cut Copy – Corner Of The Sky
054. Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
055. Phantogram – Don’t Move
056. Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way
057. The Wombats – Jump Into The Fog
058. Wolf Gang – Stay and Defend
059. Strange Talk – We Can Pretend
060. Princeton – To The Alps
061. Bag Raiders – Not Over
062. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
063. Atlas Genius – Trojans
064. Big Wave Riders – It’s Funny Things Aren’t Gonna Change
065. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Pull Out My Insides
066. TV On The Radio – Second Song
067. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
068. New Navy – Zimbabwe
069. The Knocks – Brightside
070. Beat Connection – Space Vacation
071. Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
072. Twin Shadow – Changes
073. Rihanna – We Found Love
074. SBTRKT – Pharaohs
075. Architecture In Helsinki – Contact High
076. Monarchy – I Won’t Let Go (Bag Raiders Remix)
077. Rihanna – Talk That Talk
078. The Strokes – Taken For A Fool
079. Young Empires – Enter Through The Sun
080. Alex Clare – Too Close
081. MillionYoung – Easy Now
082. Yuck – Get Away
083. Toro Y Moi – New Beat
084. Real Estate – It’s Real
085. Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette
086. Oregon Bike Trails – High School Lover
087. Tahiti 80 – Gate 33
088. Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane
089. Peter Bjorn and John – Dig A Little Deeper
090. Frank Ocean – Novacane
091. The Head and The Heart – Couer d’Alene
092. Fleet Foxes – Battery Kinzie
093. The Rapture – It Takes Time To Be A Man
094. Wye Oak – Civilian
095. Brothertiger – Evening Glow
096. James Blake – Limit To Your Love
097. The Decemberists – Down By The Water
098. Beach Fossils – Adversity
099. Mitzi – All I Heard (12″ Mix)
100. Generationals – Ten Twenty Ten
 
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dan’s.indie.mix on Spotify! {2}

Hey everyone — I’m now working to publish all past, present, and future monthly mixtapes (plus many other playlists) on Spotify!

I’ve already pushed a few mixes to my public profile, so feel free to check back often and subscribe as you please. And as we approach the end of 2011, I invite you to kick things off by revisiting the classics of yesteryear with my favorite jams of 2010.

DAN’S.TOP.TRACKS.2010 (link will open in Spotify)

Stern Remix Angus

Stern Remix Angus & Julia Stone {0}

Wow. This is one of the most poignant and wistfully beautiful pieces of music I’ve heard in a very long time.

ANGUS & JULIA STONE – BIG JET PLANE (STERN* REMIX)

Reminds me of The Twelves’ 2009 remix of “Blue Skies” by Noah & The Whale. So timeless.

NOAH & THE WHALE – BLUE SKIES (THE TWELVES REMIX)

Clock Opera Remix Architecture In Helsinki

Clock Opera Remix Architecture In Helsinki {0}

This is not to be missed. Clock Opera eats the concept of song enhancement for breakfast!

ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI – CONTACT (CLOCK OPERA REMIX)

Introducing: WALK THE MOON

Introducing: WALK THE MOON {0}

Cincinnati-based four-piece Walk the Moon create loud, sweat-soaked indie rock anthems with perfectly crafted sing-a-long choruses. The band formed out of a love for creative pop songs, exuberant live performances, and, presumably, Michael Jackson. These dudes are all about having fun, and you really gain a sense of their zest-for-life-attitude on first single — and indie.mix.40 standout — “Anna Sun.”

Back in 2008, Walk the Moon’s debut EP, The Anthem, stirred up attention with prominent critics, and even took them to London, UK; there they played a week of shows at the London City Showcase as the only band from North America to be selected by Sonicbids for the spot. Since then, led by singer/synth/keytar-player Nicholas Petricca, Walk has continued to make noise around the US, named by NYC’s historic Arlene’s Grocery as one of their ‘Best Bands of 2009.’

Last year, they released their debut LP entitled I Want! I Want!, which features future summer 2011 hits like “Anna Sun” and “Lisa Baby.” Have a listen to the latter of the two below, and be in the know before this band inevitably attract the widespread fanbase they deserve. (Word on the street is that they crushed their SXSW performance a few weeks back!)

File next to: The Killers, Young the Giant, Matt & Kim, Foster the People.

WALK THE MOON – LISA BABY

New: TVOTR

New: TVOTR – Caffeinated Consciousness {0}

Friday morning jolt of energy. Boom.

TV ON THE RADIO – CAFFEINATED CONSCIOUSNESS

Re-Introducing: HOLY GHOST!

Re-Introducing: HOLY GHOST! {0}

Holy Ghost! is one of the best things happening in music right now.

It’s been over 3 years since my ears first experienced the joyful sound that is “Hold On” — the 2007 Italo disco-influenced anthem that put the Brooklyn duo on the map. Since then, I’ve eagerly anticipated each of their subsequent releases: 2009′s “I Will Come Back,” followed by “Say My Name,” “Static on the Wire,” and “I Know, I Hear” in 2010. Each song is a smartly crafted electro-dance concoction, teeming with 80′s inspired analogue synths and crisp vocals. Needless to say, the quality of these initial 5 tracks only heightened my enthusiasm for the upcoming debut LP.

Well, the wait is finally over! I am absolutely loving the 7 new songs that fill out a 10 track / 50 minute debut LP of epic proportions. It isn’t hyperbole to say that this is one of the best debut albums I’ve heard in a LONG time. Some early standouts include “Wait And See” and “It’s Not Over,” as well as closer “Some Children,” which flawlessly employs yacht rock legend Michael McDonald on backup vocals. (Could Mike McD come to be the Nate Dogg of indie collaborations?)

Although the album will officially drop on April 5th, you can catch a sample of things to come below.

HOLY GHOST! – SOME CHILDREN (FT. MICHAEL McDONALD)

File next to: LCD, Juan MacLean, Garçon Garçon, Miami Horror, Classixx

Also, these guys put on an awesome live performance that is not to be missed. I’ve been lucky enough to see them play twice; the first time opening for LCD Soundsystem (5/26/10 @ Metro, Chicago) and the second opening for Chromeo (8/26/10 @ The Cannery Ballroom, Nashville). Can’t wait to check them out a third time when they open for Cut Copy (4/8/11 @ The Riviera, Chicago). See you there?