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2011 in Music

After consulting my last.fm account, my iTunes, my YouTube likes and favorites, what I’ve retained from memory, and my own personal bias, I have come to the conclusion that I’m ready for a Music Awards-type-thing. And, since this is MY thing, I do what I want.

Albums of the Year (2011):
Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
50 Words for Snow by Kate Bush
The Devil’s Walk
by Apparat
Metals
by Feist 

Song of the Year (2011):
"Goodbye" by Apparat featuring Soap&Skin 

Favorite New Artist/Song:
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die” 

Most anticipated album of 2012:
Narrow by Soap&Skin (due out February) 

And, I just stumbled upon NME’s list of top albums from 2011, so that will keep me busy into 2012.

Hacked

I’m almost convinced this was something my dad did.

I’m completely aware of how passwords are obtained and stolen… And, I haven’t done anything in the past…. five years… that would result in a hacked account.

I’m sincerely annoyed.

So, I basically sent all of my professors, Bob Dole, AND Lykke Li Spam about how big my dick is.

…we all know that’s not true…

l♥kke li

l♥kke li

Renewal

Got my Membership Renewal form in the mail today. It’s hard to believe I’ve been a card-carrying member of the ACLU for almost a year, now.

Time flies.

My Dream-girl

Holly Hunter’s speaking voice

Chan Marshall’s singing voice

Greta Garbo’s laugh

Anja Plaschg’s soul

Parker Posey’s demeanor

Élodie Bouchez’s sweetness

Anna Mouglalis’ regality

Golshifteh Farahani’s innocence

Yvette Clarke’s political leanings

Ingrid Thulin’s depth

Lykke Li’s confidence

Sarah Silverman’s sense of humor

Béatrice Dalle’s lips

Joanna Newsom’s hands

Lou Doillon’s hair

Tina Turner’s legs

Sabine Timoteo’s eyes

Regina Spektor’s smile

Marisa Tomei’s beauty with age

Princess Beatrice’s hats

or

Polly Jean Harvey

I’m not picky.

Lykke Li
♥

Lykke Li

Lykke Li
"I follow you deep sea baby."

Lykke Li

"I follow you deep sea baby."

Lykke Li

I was a sophomore, during the Fall 2008 semester — still living in Steen Hall, when I was first exposed to the sound of Lykke Li. I was hanging out with a friend, sharing music, and she forced me to listen to “Little Bit” while she used the restroom. Upon her return from Narnia, she found me staring at the computer screen where the small icon of Lykke Li was displayed next to the track name. I told her, “I love this. I want more.”

She issued me a mix CD with “Little Bit” on it before Christmas break, and I bought her debut album, Youth Novels, later that week. I would soon find myself consumed by Lykke Li’s unique voice, becoming my own personal Swedish ambassador. From the mechanical sound of “I’m Good, I’m Gone” to the faint cries of “Time Flies” and the surreal tone of “Tonight,” it became clear that I was beyond smitten with this Norse goddess.

Over the course of the next year-and-a-half, every track from Youth Novels made its way into my personal repertoire and my car and shower became the main venues in which I covered all of her songs.

Then, this past November, I received an e-mail from the Official Lykke Li mailing list informing me of a new single, “Get Some.” I immediately tuned into YouTube to watch the spectacle and would soon download the song as fast as you can say “FreeYouTubetoMP3 Converter” (don’t worry, I ended up pre-ordering the album and getting a proper copy). This new single managed to make itself entirely marketable, with super-catchy beats and addicting lyrics like, “I’m your prostitute… You gon’ get some” while maintaining her ethereal presence on the track as she gets deeper within the chorus.

A few weeks later, another video was released — this time, for “I Follow Rivers.” Still no album out, and two official singles ready to go. The anticipation is killing me. “I Follow Rivers” is every bit as addicting as “Get Some,” only with a little more depth and lyrics more romantic than, “you gon’ get some.” The lines I find on friends’ Facebook status updates are “I, I follow… I follow you deep sea baby.”

Finally, on March 1, Lykke Li’s second album, Wounded Rhymes was released. Having pre-ordered the album, I wouldn’t receive it until the 2nd, so naturally I hopped on iTunes and purchased a digital copy of the album, because I simply couldn’t stand to wait any longer. To say I fell in love all over again is a bit of an understatement, but I’ll take it.

Since the release of her second album, Lykke Li has embarked on a world tour, been featured on MTV Unplugged (did you know they still did that?) and has had her single, “I Follow Rivers” receive a cover on the television show Glee (so I’ve heard). If you haven’t given Lykke Li a listen, you should definitely look her up on YouTube. My recommendations to start out with are “Get Some,” “Little Bit,” “I Follow Rivers,” and “I’m Good, I’m Gone.” After that, have at it. But if you really want more recommendations, you can shoot me an e-mail and I’ll probably respond: Maxjoseph07@aol.com.

I’m not a Harry Potter fan by any stretch of the imagination. I’m not a “hater” either, though. I haven’t read the books, I’ve only seen the movies, and I seriously doubt I will pick any of the books up any time soon to read them. They’re really just not my style.

That said, I saw a video tribute to Draco Malfoy on YouTube featuring the Lykke Li-Kleerup collaboration, “Until We Bleed” and loved it. The audio is much more desolate on the track featured on the video than the one I have in my iTunes library, which only adds to the devastation of the video’s content. Of course, it’s propaganda. There’s no question about that. However, it worked on me. Draco is now probably my favorite character in the series. The movie series, that is.

The video creates the allusion that Draco was doomed from the beginning to perform acts contrary to what his heart felt, but like any character in a Kubrick film, he becomes consumed by expectations and is dehumanized (or de-wizard-ized?).

Lykke Li performs “A Milli” by Lil’ Wayne before playing “Breaking It Up”

For the win.

I really can’t stress how much I love this woman.