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(Crossover Post) The Best of 2011, aka, We have 2 kids now…

This is a crossover post from my other blog.  Read on and you’ll see why it’s showing up here at Land of Gazillion Adoptees.

Mayda and Jared Rehberg rocked it in 2011.



Here it be.  The best music the Ost-Vollmers listened to in 2011.  To be honest, it was hard to keep up with all of the new stuff, especially now that we’re a family consisting of two kids.  Nevertheless, I think that the list turned out well.

To those of you who yearly expect to receive The Best Of’s in a different, ah, format, something will show up in your  inbox soon-and-very soon.

Happy Holiday Season.


The Best of 2011, aka, We have 2 kids now…

“Bein’ Green,” Andrew Bird, Muppets: The Green Album – Bird’s cover of Kermit’s classic makes our entire family sentimental.

“The Shakes,” Atlas Sound, Parallax

“Ok,” Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – It’s good to see all of them healthy again.

“Santa Fe,” Beirut, The Rip Tide

“Crystalline,” Bjork, Biophilia

“Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys, from the forthcoming El Camino

“Calgary,” Bon Iver, Bon Iver – Good Midwest boy.

“Pour It Out,” Brian Eno, Drums Between The Bells – Eno is a god.

“Aberdeen,” Cage The Elephant, Thank You Happy Birthday

“On The Run,” Cerebral Ballzy, Cerebral Ballzy – What a great name.

“Same Mistake,” Claps Your Hands Say Yeah, Hysterical

“City Grrl,” CSS, La Liberacion

“Abducted,” Cults, Cults

“Pinky’s Dream” (featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) David Lynch, Crazy Clown Time – Best (weirdest?) collaboration.

“Chinatown,” Destroyer, Kaputt

“Lord Knows Best,” Dirty Beaches, Badlands – Best impersonation of Elvis by an Asian dude.

“Deconstruction,” Fanfarlo, Deconstruction EP

“It’s Up There,” The Field, Looping State of Mind

“Apollo Throwdown,” The Go! Team, Rolling Blackouts – Best dance ditty.

“Repatriated,” Handsome Furs, “Sound Kapital – Best wife/husband duo.

“First of All,” Japanther, Beets, Limes, and Rice

“Invisible,” Jared Rehberg, Invisible Single – Awesome Vietnamese adoptee.

“Otis,” Jay Z/Kanye West, Watch The Throne

“Pouring Rain At Dawn,” The Jayhawks, Mockingbird Time – Great MN band.

“Hey Moon,” John Maus, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors of Ourselves – Good MNer.

“Baby’s Arms,” Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring For My Halo

“Blue Jeans,” Lana Del Rey, Video Games EP

“D major,” Loney, Dear, Hall Music

“Minneapolis,” Mark Mallman, Minneapolis-Single – Good MNer singing about his favorite city.

“Raindrops On the Kitchen Floor,” Mason Jennings, Minnesota – Good MNer.

“Get Loud,” Mayda, Tusks in Furs – Good MNer/Korean adoptee/Quinn’s pick for single of the year.

“Lay Myself Down,” Mazzy Star, Lay Myself Down EP – Great to see them back.

“Think You Can Wait,” The National, from the film Win Win

“The Last Living Rose,” P.J. Harvey, Let England Shake – Album of the year.  Welcome back P.J.

“Too Tough,” The Pais of Being Pure at Heart, Belong

“Last Night At The Jetty,” Panda Bear, Tomboy

“Lotus Flower,” Radiohead, The King of Limbs – Long Live Radiohead!

“Sail Away,” The Rapture, In The Grace Of Your Love – So happy to see these guys back.

“Recharge & Revolt,” The Raveonettes, Raven In The Grave

“King of the Sea,” Shannon and the Clams, Sleep Talk

“Burn It Down,” Sims, Bad Time Zoo – MN single of the year/Good MNer.

“Weekend,” Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde

“Cruel,” St. Vincent, Strange Mercy – Single of the year.  Ms. Annie Clark put on a hell of a show at the Walker. 

“Little Cup,” Thao & Mirah, Thao & Mirah

“Last Leaf,” Tom Waits, Bad As Me – Waits is a god.

“Will Do,” TV On The Radio – RIP Gerard.

“Kimmie In A Rice Field,” Twin Sister, In Heaven – WTF video of the year.

“How Can You Luv Me,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

“Post Break-Up Sex,” Vaccines, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

“Come to the Sunshine,” Van Dykes Parks, Arrangements Volume 1

“Amor Fati,” Washed Out, Within and Without

“Destroy” (featuring members of Fucked Up), Wavves, Life Sux

“Pushing Onlys,” Woods, Sun and Shade

“Concrete Gold,” WU LYF, Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

“Afternoon,” Youth Lagoon, The Year Of Hibernation

Bonus Tracks, aka, Celebrating 20 Years!

“Just Breathe,” Pearl Jam, Pearl Jam Twenty Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Has it really been 20 years?!

“Ultra Violet (Light My Way),” U2, Achtung Baby Deluxe Edition (Remastered) – Long Live U2!

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