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Explosions in the Sky - Last Known Surroundings, from the album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Explosions in the Sky - Last Known Surroundings

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

The Mountain Goats - Estate Sale Sign

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Bright Eyes - Shell Games, from the album The People's Key

Bright Eyes - Shell Games

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Another day, another song.

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues Music Video

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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.

Destroyer - Bay of Pigs

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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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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.

St Vincent - Year of the Tiger

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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.
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