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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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Track List:listen below!
01. Wolf Gang – Stay And Defend
02. Gotye – Learnalilgivinanlovin
03. TV Girl – Lizzy Come Back To Life
04. Young Empires – Enter Through The Sun
05. Ben Browning – I Can’t Stay
06. Grimes – Oblivion
07. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
08. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Somebody To Love (Redial Remix)
09. Uniforms – 1020 Trickery Lane (Rainbows of Death Remix)
10. Juveniles – We Are Young
11. SBTRKT – Pharoahs
12. Lucy Rose – Middle Of The Bed
13. Penguin Prison – In The Way
14. Oregon Bike Trails – Cayucas
15. New Navy – Tapioca
16. Carousel – The Thrill
17. The Black Keys – Hell Of A Season
18. Alex Clare – Too Close
19. Washed Out – Call It Off
20. Strange Talk – Sexual Lifestyle (Reset! Remix)
 
DAN’S.INDIE.MIX.45 — link will open in Spotify
 
(also: props to Mike G for the rad album art photo)

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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)

indie.mix.44

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Track List:listen below!
01. The Drums – What You Were
02. Twin Shadow – Changes
03. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
04. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
05. TV Girl – Benny And The Jetts
06. Phantogram – Don’t Move
07. Gigamesh – When You’re Dancing (Cassian Remix)
08. Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison Remix)
09. Sneaky Sound System – Big (Oliver Remix)
10. Conner Youngblood – Australia
11. Tahiti 80 – Easy
12. Grouplove – Spun
13. Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (Stern Remix)
14. Lo-Fi-Fnk – Last Summer
15. Justice – Newlands
16. The Magician – I Don’t Know What To Do
17. The Knocks – Brightside
18. Sunday Girl – Love U More (RAC Remix)
19. Last Dinosaurs – Honolulu
20. Dominant Legs – Hoop Of Love
21. The Rapture – It Takes Time To Be A Man
22. Neon Indian – Polish Girl
23. California Wives – Tokyo
24. Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone
25. Avicii – Levels

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)

indie.mix.43

indie.mix.43 {0}

Oh hey! It’s been a little while… hope everyone had an awesome summer (or winter) and that you’re all doing really well. My apologies for completely missing the July and August mixes. It seems like the Chicago summer went by in the blink of an eye and I barely had a chance to focus on the important stuff ;-)

I finally had the ability to finish up no. 43 last week, and wanted to post it on the site for your auditory enjoyment. I’ll try to shorten the gap for no. 44, but until then please enjoy the latest and greatest.

Much love,
—Dan

Track List:listen below!
01. Nightbox – Bears
02. The Shoes – Stay The Same
03. New Navy – Zimbabwe
04. Brite Futures – Baby Rain
05. Housse De Racket – Roman
06. Body Language – Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix)
07. M83 – Midnight City
08. Atlas Genius – Trojans
09. Friendly Fires – Hurting
10. Chromeo – When The Night Falls (Breakbot Remix)
11. Together – So Much Love to Give (Viceroy Remix)
12. That Work – Secret Lover
13. Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee
14. Saint Motel – Puzzle Pieces
15. Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk
16. TV Girl – Baby You Were There
17. Jubilants – Antics
18. Fitz & The Tantrums – Winds of Change
19. YACHT – Shangri-La
20. Princeton – To The Alps

indie.mix.42

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Track List:listen below!
01. Martin Solveig – The Night Out
02. Strange Talk – We Can Pretend
03. Friendly Fires – Show Me Lights
04. Foster The People – Call It What You Want
05. Polarsets – Leave Argentina
06. Memory Tapes – Offers
07. City and Colour – Fragile Bird
08. YACHT – Utopia
09. Goldroom – Morgan’s Bay
10. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
11. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same Mistake
12. Washed Out – Amor Fati
13. Fitz & The Tantrums – Don’t Gotta Work It Out
14. Lovett – Heart Attack
15. Cults – Never Saw The Point
16. Miles Kane – Rearrange
17. Alexander – Truth
18. Cage The Elephant – Shake Me Down
19. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
20. Joywave – Traveling At The Speed Of Light

indie.mix.41

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Track List:listen below!
01. Friendly Fires – Live Those Days Tonight
02. The Wombats – Our Perfect Disease
03. Maritime – It’s Casual
04. Walk the Moon – Me & All My Friends
05. The Heavenly States – Model Son
06. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
07. I’m from Barcelona – Battleships
08. Scattered Trees – Four Days Straight
09. Metronomy – Everything Goes My Way
10. Fortune – Under The Sun
11. Aluna George – Disobey
12. The Naked And Famous – Punching In A Dream
13. Computers Want Me Dead – In Your Blood
14. Beat Connection – Space Vacation
15. Architecture In Helsinki – Contact High (Clock Opera Remix)
16. Vetiver – Can’t You Tell
17. James Yuill – This Sweet Love
18. Polarsets – Sunshine Eyes
19. Eight Bit Tiger – Numbers
20. Holy Ghost! – Some Children