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"Devil Town" - Marissa Nadler (Daniel Johnston cover)

If you haven’t already fallen in love with Daniel Johnston, allow this to be the spark that ignites that fire. Marissa Nadler released this as a Halloween treat (I’m still not willing to let my favorite holiday go), and it’s sweeter than any candy I ate that day. Nadler also released a cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” [link].

In recent(ish) Nadler news, her most recent release was the eight song companion to last year’s self-titled, The Sister [link]. As for Johnston, it looks like his latest work was the indiegogo project Normal: The Daniel Johnston Live Vinyl EP - A Benefit for Brett Hartenbach” [link]. I’m not sure if the EP will be available to non-supporters after the fact (I, too, missed that boat), but it’s worth keeping an eye on, just as the good cause is still worth donating to [link].

- Tyler Hanan

2011 According to… Kevin Tappin

Read the rest of our end of the year coverage as well:

EPs of the Year

  1. Ricky Eat Acid - Like I Was Floating
  2. Belle Adair - Belle Adair
  3. Phantogram - Nightlife
  4. Fonda - Better Days
  5. Clams Casino - Rainforest

Songs of the Year

  1. Braids - “Plath Heart”
  2. Purity Ring - “Ungirthed”
  3. James Blake - “The Wilhelm Scream”
  4. Wye Oak - “Civilian”
  5. Coma Cinema - “Wrecked”
  6. The Lonely Forest - “Two Notes and a Beat”
  7. Okkervil River - “Wake and Be Fine”
  8. Givers - “Saw You First”
  9. Marissa Nadler - “Little King”
  10. Active Child - “Playing House (feat. How to Dress Well)”
  11. St. Vincent - “Strange Mercy”
  12. Youth Lagoon - “Seventeen”
  13. Future Islands - “Balance”
  14. M83 - “Intro (feat. Zola Jesus)”
  15. Phantogram - “Don’t Move”
  16. Oneohtrix Point Never - “Replica”
  17. Drake - “The Real Her (feat. Lil Wayne and Andre 3000)”

Hear all of these songs on Kevin’s Spotify playlist. [link]

Albums of the Year

20.  Braids Native Speaker

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