It's Day Six 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: Too Many Hits
New rule this year: Only two songs per artist on 100 Songs for 2011. That was bad news for these five songs, which would have been strong contenders for the list if the bands in question hadn't released so many great songs this year.
Decemberists - "Calamity Song"
I mean, you guys ... I really like this Decemberists album. You should probably go listen to it.
Generationals - "I Promise"
Four great songs on Actor-Caster, including this one, which Pitchfork called "Graceland-indebted bop." On this blog, that's a massive compliment.
Purity Ring - "Lofticries"
Purity Ring is a band with a Google-minefield-inducing name. They also have a grand total of three songs to their credit. As they appear in the "Sorry, guys, but I could only take two of your songs for the year-end list" section of the blog ... you can imagine how much I love their other songs. Batting 1.000 so far.
Death Cab for Cutie - "St. Peter's Cathedral"
Between this, Okkervil River's "No Key No Plan," and Bright Eyes' "Light Pollution," it's safe to say I love almost any songs featuring lyrics discussing the absence of an afterlife. Also, Codes and Keys was surprisingly good.
Yuck - "Milkshake"
Maybe my favorite song not to make 100 Songs for 2011. A big year for Yuck. If you cheat and throw this b-side on your digital version of their self-titled debut, you'd have a serious contender for album of the year. You may anyway.