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07-01-11 Footnotes
Show 292: The Best of 2011 (So Far), Jill Scott Review, Jim's DIJ
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1 We’re halfway through 2011, which means it’s time to get a jump on the Best-Of Lists. Here are Jim and Greg’s Top Albums of 2011…So Far

Tune-Yards, Whokill
Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin’
Fucked Up, David Comes to Life
Anna Calvi, Anna Calvi
The Feelies, Here Before

Le Bucherettes, Sin Sin Sin
Bewitched Hands, Birds and Drums
The Decemberists, The King Is Dead
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi, Rome
Smith-Westerns, Dye It Blonde

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2 Is Jill Scott a contender for the next round of lists? Her new release The Light of the Sun is the number one album in the country, a first for Scott. The R&B singer started as a poet in Philadelphia and has gone on to have a successful music career, as well as an acting one. Since her last release in 2007, Scott has gone through tough breakups of the romantic and professional variety. And that’s provided much of the subtext for the songs on The Light of the Sun. Jim doesn’t think the level of self-pity is warranted though, especially when the music is so upbeat. He’s not used to this tough lady feeling sorry for herself. And more disappointing is her singing. Jim says Trash It. Greg can’t believe what he’s hearing. This isn’t a return to form, in his opinion, but a whole new territory. The record sounds loose and fun, and despite the massive life changes, Scott sounds remarkably resilient. He says Buy It.

3 Jim’s Desert Island Jukebox selection is inspired by his television guilty pleasure: True Blood. While he was disappointed by the season premiere, he loved hearing Neko Case and Nick Cave duet on a cover of “She’s Not There.” But, nothing compares to The Zombies’ 1964 original. It combines beautiful chords and harmony vocals with a dark, sinister undertone. Plus you can’t beat those keys or Colin Blunstone’s vocals.

Songs Featured in Show #292
The Feelies, "When You Know," Here Before, Bar/None, 2011
Anna Calvi, "Desire," Anna Calvi, Domino Records, 2011
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, "Two Against One," Rome, Parlophone/EMI, Records 2011
Fucked Up, "Ship of Fools," David Comes to Life, Matador, 2011
The Decemberists, "Down by the Water," The King is Dead, Capitol, 2011
Smith Westerns, "Still New," Dye It Blonde, Fat Possum, 2011
Raphael Saadiq, "Go to Hell," Stone Rollin'', Columbia, 2011
The Bewitched Hands, "So Cool," Birds & Drums, Sony Music Entertainment, 2011
tUnE-yArDs, "Bizness," w h o k i l l, 4AD, 2011
Le Butcherettes, "New York," Sin Sin Sin, Rodriguez Lopez Productions, 2011
Flying Lotus, “Melting/Drips,” Cosmogramma Alt. Takes, Warp, 2011
Jill Scott,"Womanifesto," The Light of the Sun, Warner Brothers Records, 2011
Jill Scott, "All Cried Out Redux," The Light of the Sun, Warner Brothers Records 2011
Neko Case & Nick Cave, “She’s Not There,” She's Not There Single, WaterTower Music, 2011
The Zombies, "She's Not There," The Zombies, Parrott, 1965
Washed Out, “Eyes Be Closed,” Within and Without, Sub Pop, 2011
The Mothers of Invention, “You Didn't Try to Call Me,” Freak Out!, Verve, 1966
Battles, “Ice Cream,” Gloss Drop, Warp Records, 2011
The Ronettes, “Walking in the Rain,” The Best of The Ronettes, ABCKO Records, 1992
The Righteous Brothers, “(You're My) Soul And Inspiration,” Unchained Melody, Curb, 1965

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