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Mixtapes 2011

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ring in the New Year with their annual Mixtapes. They've compiled the Best Songs of 2011 to give you the perfect year-end soundtrack. They also speak with New York Times reporter Ben Sisario about the year's biggest music news story.

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Music News

Of all the music news stories of the year-breaking album sales, label consolidation, streaming services-the one word that kept coming up again and again was“cloud.”To help them look back at this year's biggest industry development, Jim and Greg have invited on New York Times reporter Ben Sisario. The three talk about streaming services like Spotify, the battle between iTunes, Google and Amazon, and whether or not the big labels have finally caught up to the times.


The Best Songs of 2011 - Mixtapes

As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to think about the songs that defined the year. Jim and Greg have compiled their favorite songs into mixtapes. During the show you'll hear a small selection, but luckily you can stream both mixes in their entirety. And you can make your own.

Happy New Year from Sound Opinions!

Featured Songs

  1. George Harrison, Cloud 9, Cloud Nine, Dark Horse, 1987
  2. Coldplay, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, Mylo Xyloto, Parlophone, 2011
  3. Four Tet, Untangle, Pause, Domino, 2001
  4. Aphex Twin, Polynomial-C, Xylem Tube, Apollo, 1992
  5. Beyonce, Start Over, 4, Columbia, 2011
  6. Clams Casino, Illest Alive, Instrumental Mixtape, self-released, 2011
  7. Mannequin Men, Wake Up Dead, Mannequin Men, Addenda, 2011
  8. Bruno Mars, The Lazy Song, The Lazy Song, Atlantic, 2011
  9. Wilco,“One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)”The Whole Love, dBpm, 2011
  10. The Smoking Popes, I've Got Mono, This Is Only a Test, " Asian Man, 2011
  11. The Go! Team,“t.o.r.n.a.d.o”Rolling Blackouts, Memphis Industries, 2011
  12. The Promise Ring, Make Me a Mixtape, Electric Pink, Jade Pink, 2000
  13. Lindsay Buckingham“End of Time,”Seeds We Sow, Mind Kit, 2011
  14. The Beastie Boys,“OK”Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, Capitol, 2011
  15. Sons & Daughters, Rose Red, Mirror Mirror, Domino, 2011
  16. Cave, Wuj, Neverendless, Drag City, 2011
  17. Smith Westerns, Weekend, Dye It Blond, Fat Possum, 2011
  18. SBTRK, Go Bang, SBTRK, Young Turks, 2011
  19. Squeeze, 853-5940, Babylon and On, A&M, 1987
  20. James, I Know What I'm Here For, Millionaires, Mercury, 1999
  21. Mark Hollis, The Colour of Spring, Mark Hollis, Polydor, 1998
  22. Brian Eno, Needles in the Camel's Eye, Here Come the Warm Jets, Island, 1974
  23. Mogwai, Rano Pano, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, Sub Pop, 2011

Footnotes Ben Sisario