Diandra’s 2011 Media Highlights
Since my favorite 2011 book releases happen to be titles I’ve reviewed for YAM Magazine — What You See in the Dark for fiction, and The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds for non-fiction — I thought I’d write about other awesome media I encountered this year.
2011 was the year dubstep blasted from cars and cafes, prompting me to hunt through many middling tracks to find the rare song that was more than just one killer drop. It was the year I chatted with friends and made discoveries on turntable.fm [only US], where there are themed or private rooms for playing or listening to music.
It was also the year I succumbed to 2NE1, whose hip-hop-accented K-pop accompanied at least a third of all my exercise sessions.
Songs of the Year
5. Battles – Rolls Bayce [Xiami]
Short burst of beats from the eccentric math-rock group Battles.
Breathy retro pop.
3. Sims – Jordan 5’s
Best hip-hop sample use of the year.
2. The Kills – The Heart is a Beating Drum [Xiami]
Blues-rock swagger and soul from my favorite album of the year: Blood Pressures.
1. Woodkid – Iron