Playlists

To start things rolling here at the new Smells Like Pop, we decided to go with something a little personal, and well, precious (to us). Here’s a playlist that we made especially for our daughter when she was less than 10 years old for her first boom box. It’s full of happy, peppy songs. And then it ends a little mellower, because “Hey, calm the eff down already!”

We’re busy working on our Best Albums of 2011 lists, and as a preview of sorts, I thought I’d share my favorite songs of the year. Notice I didn’t say “best songs” and in some cases, these bands aren’t even close to being on my top album list. But, these are my poppy, hook-laden favorites (in no particular order)…

  • Thurston Moore – Benediction
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Senator
  • Fucked Up – The Other Shoe
  • Cass McCombs – County Line
  • Wild Flag – Romance & Endless Talk
  • Alessi’s Ark – Time Travel (really the whole damn album)
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Doors Unlock and Open
  • Tune Yards – Bizness
  • Wire – Please Take (really the whole damn album)
  • MGMT – I Found a Whistle, Only a Shadow (Daytrotter Live Sessions)
  • The Weeknd – House of Balloons – Glass Table Girls
  • EMA – Marked
  • Mogwai – Mexican Grand Prix
  • Tom Waits – Chicago
  • Horrors – I Can See Through You
  • The Strokes – Machu Picchu
  • Girls – Just a Song, Vomit
  • PJ Harvey – Bitter Branches (really the whole damn album)
  • Decemberists – Calamity song
  • Dum Dum Girls – There is a Light
  • The Kills – Future Starts Now
  • Beastie Boys – OK & Lee Majors Come Again
  • Destroyer – Chinatown
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Into Your Alien Arms (really the whole damn album)
  • Deerhunter – He Would Have Laughed (Live)
  • The Field – Burned Out
  • Atlas Sound – My Angel is Broken
  • Ice Age – White Rune
  • Sallie Ford – Cage
  • St. Vincent – Northern Lights (really the whole damn album)
  • TV On the Radio – Second Song
  • Typhoon – The Honest Truth
  • M83 – OK Pal