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Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good: Denny's is for winners. July 1, 2011 photo via cubagallery We’re halfway through 2011 which means it’s time for the annual mid-year recap of the best albums of the year so far. If there’s a theme for 2011 so far it’s been defying the sophomore slump with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, The Antlers, Lykke Li, STRFKR and The Rural Alberta Advantage all providing some of the best music of the year. There’s also been plenty of reliable favorites like The Mountain Goats, Junior Boys, The Decemberists and Iron & Wine and a good number of debuts bidding for time from my eardrums this year. As before, I’m listing my favorite 15 albums in chronological order with a few that didn’t quite make it below. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead (January 18, Capitol) After the unfortunate side-step that was Hazards of Love , The Decemberists, one of the most consistently excellent indie bands, have made a triumphant return with The King Is Dead . MP3 Down By The Water MP3 June Hymn MP3 Chinatown MP3 Suicide Demo For Kara Walker.

S 50 Coolest Albums Of All Time - Music. The 50 Coolest Albums ever What, no insert-name-of-favourite-band-here?

s 50 Coolest Albums Of All Time - Music

Popular music has always been inextricably linked to the notion of cool. Whether that be looking cool, sounding cool or by not giving a flying fig about anything else and doing exactly as you please (very cool). Sometimes, it has been all three. And while cool can often be a spurious and amorphous object, some elements endure. What have we missed? Click on each image for more information. You can also watch an entire YouTube playlist right here. Top 10 Ron Wood Rolling Stones Songs.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood celebrates his 64th birthday today (June 1), and we're using that as our excuse to examine 10 of his best recorded moments with the legendary group.

Top 10 Ron Wood Rolling Stones Songs

Wood made his official debut as a member of the Stones with 1976's 'Black and Blue' album, having already established himself as a formidable presence through his work with the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces. Since then, Wood has contributed an impressively varied tapestry of guitar work to the band's records. Here are the Top Ten Ron Wood Rolling Stones Songs: Top 50 Folk Rock Songs of the 90s - All things 90s and Indie Rock. Top '80s Indie Bands. Mink DeVille, Willy DeVille.

Top '80s Indie Bands

Is it a band? Is it an artist? Yes. I knew him/them as Mink DeVille, (although these days he goes by Willy again) and saw him many many times in the early 1980s. How can I explain the dangerous undercurrent that emanated from him (without descending into unintended rascist language)? Indie Folk Rock. Great Indie Cover Songs, Vol. IX: The Black Keys, The Golden Bloom, Ruby Isle, Shearwater, Franz Ferdinand, Nada Surf - Indie Rock Cafe. On their awesome 2004 album, 'Rubber Factory,' The Black Keys covered The Kinks' "Act Nice & Gentle" We absolutely love cover songs.

Great Indie Cover Songs, Vol. IX: The Black Keys, The Golden Bloom, Ruby Isle, Shearwater, Franz Ferdinand, Nada Surf - Indie Rock Cafe

It’s probably because, most of the time, they are like something that is familiar but new, which is an interesting dichotomy in and of itself. Plus, recording cover songs can be a risky venture for almost any artist; the more well-known and beloved the original song, the more scrutinized any cover song will be. On the most part, at least in our experience, most cover songs just do not work, and others are absolutely dreadful. But there are others that stick out. Stargazing Vol.2... THE MONDAY LIST #15: Emma Turns 20. This is a special Monday List to celebrate one of my best friends birthday.

THE MONDAY LIST #15: Emma Turns 20

Today, Emma leaves teenager-dom behind and turns 20. So to celebrate here’s 20 random facts (in no certain order) about Emma and some songs to go along with them. 1. She’s a vegetarian MP3: The Knife – Vegetarian Restaurant 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 12 Must-Listen Albums of 2011. Song of the Day: Goldmund - Evelyn. Lists - Ultimate Classic Rock. Top 10 Albums of 2011. The top albums of 2011 find a diverse group of classic rockers seeking to expand their already impressive resumes by making new music.

Top 10 Albums of 2011

It's a risky proposition, since the results are sure to be compared to their most popular albums, but we think you'll find a strong collection of legacy-enhancing records on our Top Albums of 2011 list: 'Eclipse' may take hardcore Journey fans a bit longer to warm up to than some of their classic '80s albums, but judged on it's own merits it succeeds quite nicely. 'Eclipse' is heavy on the Neal Schon side of the scope, with lots of guitars and less of the pop-influenced sound that marked the band's ultra-successful era. An eclipse is described as the total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another, and it seems that once Journey found the sound that would help them move on from their past, they titled their art accordingly. Thirty-plus years later, and Blondie can still pack 'em in on a dance floor.