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I came across this graph by the fine folks at theworldsbestever.com and thought I would repost it here for anyone who might have missed it.
The graph itself shows the geographic concentrations for each of the artists constituting Pitchfork’s top songs for 2011. (for the record, I’m not clear if it’s the artist’s home location or current location) Take a look.
It’s probably not a surprise to anyone that New York is sitting at the top of this graph with around 27 songs in Pitchfork’s “best of” list but can we get some love for the Westsideeee? The West Coast had 4 out of the top 8 listings with both of my hometowns (Seattle and the Ya Area respectively) represented. Also, check out lil’ Eau Claire (WI) coming in above Portland, Austin, Chicago and Madison. Good for you.
What does this all mean? Well, if your interested in becoming the next Pitchfork “It” band, don’t move to Halifax. (you and Southern Shores are going to have to scrap otherwise) Also, this should solidify yet another year with New York and Los Angeles at the top of the Greyhound enabled, teenager runaway capitals of the US list.
Ok, so I don’t know if there is actually a list for teen runaway destinations but maybe Fodor’s or Lonely Planet could track this for their magazines? Who wouldn’t read articles titled This year’s top teen runaway destinations for 2012 or The ultimate runaway bucket list for 2012??? Sold.
In light of Alex’s attack on harmless North Dakota, here are some tunes that currently keep me sane in the North Country.
TV Girl – “Benny and the Jetts”
Illls – “Teeth”
H-Town – “They Like it Slow” (Star Slinger Refix)
Atmosphere – “Somebody”
The Flowerhouse is taking a well deserved break this week which means that there probably wont be a podcast episode this week. I say probably because Brandon is rediscovering what “cold” really is back home in NorDak and doesn’t have a return flight booked last I heard. Such is the pull of worldly North Dakota I guess.
While you’re poking fun at the fact that we don’t have the mental or technical acumen to record the podcast from two separate locations (ok, we do but we are too lazy to do it), enjoy this sampling of awkward Christmas photos from the good people at awkwardfamilyphotos.com.
Someone call Child Protective Services…
You’re laughing but this makes Christmas shopping SO much easier. One stop at Hot Topics and you’re done!
The first rule of Santa Club is that you don’t talk about Santa Club.
More awkward goodness here.
See you next week for our first podcast of 2012!
We have had some requests to post our bubbling under picks and we are nothing if not responsive. These are from our November and December podcasts in case you didn’t have a chance to look them up yet. Going forward, we will try to list our bubbling under picks with the podcast track listings each week.
Brandon’s Bubbling Under Picks
Ducktails – Hamilton Road
Lumineers – Oh Hey
Alex’s Bubbling Under Picks
Analog Rebellion – Father Abraham
Dreams – In Love
Girlfriends – The Apocalypse Made Me Brave
These are Flowerhouse approved so check them out!
Got your own bubbling under picks? Post em’ below.
As Alex mentioned earlier, 2k11 was yet another solid year for music. It seems we’ve witnessed the plunge of indie-wave into the mainstream spotlight as bands like M83, Phantogram, Youth Lagoon, and Neon Indian are now more accessible to a larger audience than ever before. Really the only downsides to this year were the horrific Grammy nominations (5-time Grammy nominee Skrillex……………….?), and that torture of a song ‘Pumped up Kicks’ by Foster the People.
Regardless, I’ve compiled a list of songs from 2011 that resonate with me as we move onto the new year. Eliminating songs for me is risky business, and I dislike when I have to pick and choose because I’m totally an ‘in the mood’ listener. Thus, my list shuffles from chillwave to guitar-based jams to melancholy songs fit for your ‘sleep’ playlist. My hope is that you take these at face value. Enjoy!
Real Estate – “Green Aisles”
Gardens and Villa – “Orange Blossoms”
TV Girl – “Baby You Were There”
Cults – “Bumper”
Youth Lagoon – “17″
Class Actress – “Weekend”
Toro y Moi – “Still Sound”
Ducktails – “Hamilton Road”
Phantogram – “Don’t Move”
Friends – “Friend Crush”
Nurses – “Trying to Reach You”
The Donkeys – “I Like The Way You Walk”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “How Can You Luv Me?”
Rostam – “Wood”
Cass McCombs – “County Line”