Diandra’s 2011 Media Highlights

Since my favorite 2011 book releases happen to be titles I’ve reviewed for YAM MagazineWhat 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.

Honorable mentions: the rockabilly rhythms of Kaizers Orchestra’s Psycho Under Min Hatt [1], and the operatic electro-pop of SingerSen’s Snow Queen [1] from her Sirens EP.

Songs of the Year

5. Battles – Rolls Bayce [Xiami]

Short burst of beats from the eccentric math-rock group Battles.

4. Miles Kane featuring Clémence Poésy – Happenstance [1] [Xiami]

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 [1]


Diandra Rodriguez

Proudly Latinasian NorCal American.

4 Responses

  1. Echydo says:

    Battles’ Gloss Drop makes me feel like I’m in a video game… I really like Wall Street.
    Woodkid’s Iron video is indeed really cool, wow. I really haven’t been watching many MVs this year.

    • amy says:

      @Echydo, but we posted Woodkid’s Iron way way WAY before! LOL You guys just don’t pay enough attention to our RSS Feed LOL xD

      We may be too wrapped up into Kpop, but we do post cool videos xD

  2. Echydo says:

    *shrinks down* …my bad…

    • amy says:

      @Echydo, btw, I spent all night listening to Battles’ Gloss Drop haha. Now I just need to find the time to watch all these shows. xD

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