These picks come from Owen Stretch, the director of content at one of our sister sites, MetroLyrics.com.
To give you an idea of where I was coming from when I put together this MP3.com Best Of 2011 list, I should tell you that right now I’m sitting in an office in Vancouver, Canada. It’s cold in Canada in December (if you haven’t heard), so you might notice my desire for a warm summery beach coming through a bit in my picks.
There are a couple of could-be pool party anthems, a couple ideal road trip songs, and a bunch of overall feel-good music, all of which might be described in one word as “sunny.”
If you don’t know Mayer Hawthorne, you don’t know one of the grooviest retro-soul singers to hit the scene in the past few years. But here’s a good place to start: a sexy, slinky reading of “Christmas Times Is Here” that’s as smooth as those PJs you buy your best guy or girl.
Summer may be gone, but down in Orlando, Florida, the sun’s set to shine hard on the first annual Orlando Calling festival, which takes place this this weekend (Nov. 12-13). The headliners are a mix of classic rockers, alternative icons, pop up-and-comers, and country artists. Among the latter is a wide range of country music’s many styles, from mainstream hitmakers like Kid Rock and Blake Shelton, to alternative stars (Drive-By Truckers), rising singer-songwriters (Justin Townes Earle), and even bluegrass (the legendary Del McCoury).
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