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Ben Lafreniere
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The Mountain Goats - Estate Sale Sign, from the album All Eternals Deck

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Another day, another song.

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

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The Decemberists - Calamity Song, from the album The King is Dead.

This entire album is amazing, but I chose this particular song because the video is a reference to Infinite Jest.

And that's Day 2 of music I liked from 2011.

The Decemberists - Calamity Song
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Too bad Peter Buck couldn't pull out an old-style R.E.M. riff like this any time between the early 90's and 2011 :)
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Very interesting examination at what makes Asian foods taste different from Western foods.
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An article from January 2007 in Bloomberg which ridicules economists warning of a coming crisis as brooding, joyless worriers with no idea what was going on in the world.

I didn't get interested in economics until the crisis was in full swing, so I never had a clear picture of the attitudes and feelings before everything fell apart, but the tone of this article sums it up beautifully.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aaagOLYMd4yg
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Explosions in the Sky - Last Known Surroundings, from the album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

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I saw them at Lolla a few years ago and then again this year at North Coast Music Festival -- which will be in its third year next year and will be back in Chicago next year I think. Surprisingly solid line up this year. You may want to check it out.
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Bright Eyes - Shell Games, from the album The People's Key

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Another song, because I love this album so much.

Bright Eyes - Haile Selassie
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Destroyer - Bay of Pigs, from the album Kaputt

The album has a synth-pop-ey sound that reminds me of the Pet Shop Boys (in the best way). It's packed with songs that build up slowly over a long time, though this song is the longest.

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Looking back on 2011, it's been an excellent year for music.

With that as motivation, I'm going to spend the next 10 days or so posting a song a day from some album I liked this year.

The order is not indicative of any sort of ranking, because figuring out a ranking would require forethought and would be hard.

Day 1.
St. Vincent - Year of the Tiger, from the album Strange Mercy.

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I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo.
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  • University of Windsor
    B.Sc. Computer Science, 2000 - 2005
  • University of Waterloo
    M.Math Computer Science, 2006 - 2008
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