Monday, November 28, 2011

Outtakes 2011: Sweden!

It's Day Four of the Tip of Your Tongue, Top of My Lungs year-end extravaganza! 100 Songs for 2011 will be available December 5. Until then, we're taking a daily look at five good songs that didn't make the cut. Today's theme: Sweden!

Ah, Sweden ... birthplace of all that is good in pop music. You will be well-represented on 100 Songs for 2011. But, in the interest of fairness to other, musically-inferior lands, you could not claim every spot on the list.

Also, no Robyn album in 2011, so you have to see it as kind of a down year for Sweden, though these five songs did an admirable job of filling the void:

Veronica Maggio - "Satan I Gatan"

Apparently translates to "Satan in the Street," which is just a great name for a song.

I'm From Barcelona - "Get In Line"

Twenty-nine people in this band, which means it's a virtual certainty that pretty much no one makes any money off of these songs - how do you split album sales twenty-nine ways?  A kind of purity in that.

Jens Lekman - "An Argument With Myself"

Might just be me, but does anyone else think that the talking parts of this song sound just like Demetri Martin?

Lykke Li - "I Follow Rivers"

If you're wondering, Wikipedia says her name is pronounced [ˈlʏ.ˈkɛ ˈliː]. Should clear things up.

Peter Bjorn and John - "Second Chance"

Continuing the surprising tradition of good music in Bud Light Lime commercials.

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