It's List Season! Best-of lists are popping up everywhere, and music lists are my favorite of the best-of lists. Here are some lists and their top choices of 2011. Several of the lists below have Bon Iver and Adele in their top three, but there is some variety in the picks.
Known for their eclectic sound, energetic live performances, retro fashion sense - and huge bouffant hairdos! - the B-52s were popular on college radio and the live music scene of the early '80s.
After playing their first show at a house party in Athens, Georgia on Valentine's Day 1977, they moved to New York, headlining at CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. Introduced to a national audience after appearing on Saturday Night Live in 1980, they released several successful albums and had a couple of hits - Rock Lobster and Private Idaho.
If you were knocked out by the Sucker Punch soundtrack like I was you might want to further explore the work of Emiliana Torrini.
Born in Iceland of Icelandic and Italian parents Torrini has been a collaborator in the dance music scene for some years now. Working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Paul Oakenfold, she lends her stylish sense and her fairy tale vocals to their works. Her own albums are a departure from the dance music scene and are reminiscent of a funky Tori Amos, or perhaps Regina Spektor.
From her sweet, sad and tender "Today has been OK" to the upbeat "Jungle Drum" her songs run the gamut.
YouTube is full of Ukulele Girls (and Guys) today, but where would they be without the original "Ukulele Lady?"
May Singhi Breen (1895-1970) was a ukulele performer and teacher who helped popularize the Hawaiian instrument in the '20s and '30s. After receiving an unwanted ukulele as a gift, she tried to exchange it for a bathrobe. When the store wouldn't take it back, she decided to learn to play it instead.
As both a parent and a librarian, I recognize the importance of--and usually enjoy--fun and vibrant music made for children. Classic songs like "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "The Hokey Pokey," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" are wonderful for helping kids learn about the sounds of words through repetition, get ready to read, as well as develop a love for music.
But sometimes we as parents need something a little different--something for the kid in us to enjoy along with our kids.
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This summer I was lucky enough to have caught not only Willie Nelson rockin' out at Red Rocks but Kris Kristofferson with Merle Haggard bringing down the house at the Denver Center for the Performing arts.
Since then I have been listening to a deeper variety of each of their music. My favorite Willie album remains "Red Headed Stranger" and I do prefer to listen to Kris's songs that are done by someone else (hey, he never claimed to be a good singer but, man, can that guy write a song!).