2011 Lists

2011 Wrap-up: Top Tracks of the Year #40-#31

Whittling down the best songs of the year is much tougher than the albums list. Anyone can release a great song, but a fluid, cohesive album is much harder to find. Over the next few posts, I’ll breakdown my top tracks of the year (followed by a two disc mixtape). As Laura correctly informed me, […]

Indie Indie Pop JayeL Audio Mixtape

New Mixtape: JayeL Audio 3-31-11

Return me to this place. No. Seriously. I’ve been staring at spreadsheets and flowcharts all week so forgive the math correlation. If I had to classify this mixtapes into 4 quadrants it would be: Harmonies – the Local Natives/Fleet Foxes charm has spread to U.S. Royalty, Yeasayer, and Wolf Gang Covers – this month was […]


U.S. Royalty: Equestrian and Mirrors album

I’ve haven’t been able to stop listening to U.S. Royalty‘s first single “Equestrian”. The sing-along ready wistful track is right in line with my favorite band of the moment, Local Natives. “Equestrian” features harmonizing, thumping drum and guitar, ooohhh/anthemic moments and lyrics about nature I don’t really understand (see Local Natives’ “Sun Hands”). Pretty much […]