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Singles Mix: Slightly Holidays edition

December 16, 2011

Joplin pop-rockers Me Like Bees wrote “Naked Trees” as a charity track to raise money for Joplin Habitat for Humanity in the wake of the tornado disaster there. The track is catchy as all get-out and includes whistling. You will almost certainly love it, and if you contribute you’ll have rocked for a good cause.

So you know those channels on cable that only play music? My friends had a Christmas channel on that was stocked with Bing Crosby and other traditionals UNTIL THIS HAPPENED:

That’s right; Red Wanting Blue recorded “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and it ended up on a background noise channel. Mind be blown. RWB world takeover is imminent.

My friend Peter Shauger, who records as The Bye Byes, sent me over a “Hey, I think you’d like this” e-mail about pop band Shade (not to be confused with the rock band Shade that we have reviewed before). He was right: I heard the pulsing rhythm and honest vocal performance of “Understand” and fell in love with the track. You should check it out if you like music from people who’ve been playin’ the indie-rock game a while.

November included my first half-marathon, so I’m proud to present the month’s list of top-ranked songs from RunHundred.

Calvin Harris – “Feel So Close (Benny Benassi Remix)”

Katy Perry – “The One That Got Away”

Elvis Presley – “Suspicious Minds (Can’t Walk Out Remix)”

Michael Jackson – “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Immortal Version)

LMFAO & Lil Jon – “Shots (Dummejungs Remix)”

Rihanna & Jay-Z – “Talk That Talk”

Will.I.Am, Mick Jagger & Jennifer Lopez – “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)

Alexandra Stan – “Mr. Saxobeat (Maan Studio Remix)”

Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki & Lil Jon – “Turbulence”

Dev – “In The Dark (DJ Kue Remix)”

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