Best of Baeble 2011
    • MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2011

    • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

    2011 had a tough act to follow, but for Baeble, it was a year that felt more like a launch pad than ever before. In music, the diversity of popular genres and styles of quality continue to reach new and interesting places. On the video side, the opportunity to work with a new level of artists and performers led to some of our best shoots to date, and we're happy to see our own thoughts on some of the best Baeble videos of the year lined up with your thoughts. But enough waxing, let's get to it. Your picks for the Best of Baeble, 2011.


    Best Song - Adele "Someone Like You"

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    Perhaps the most emotive and raw of Adele's 21 songs, "Someone Like You" doesn't tug at the heart strings so much as plucking them out methodically, imploring a deeper sense of empathy for the narrative plight than any other single we've heard this year. The poignancy gives Adele's tune more weight than any amount of loudness or speed could add. The SNL sketch parodying the song's universal appeal may have accidentally revealed its power in the satire; it's a song we can all agree on, because it helps us feel something no matter who we are

    Runner Up: Foster The People "Pumped Up Kicks"

    Best Music Video - "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys

    Last year complicated and emotional involvement made Chris Milk's "We Used To Wait" video the undisputed champ, but "Lonely Boy" takes the opposite approach. Subtle, understated, and unabashedly fun, The Black Keys have a subtle genius for music video swagger, and the dancing man of "Lonely Boy" turned out to be a bigger hit than stake landscapes and the always chic rampant nudity. Go figure.

    Runners Up: Bon Iver "Holocene" and InAshton "It's OK, It's OK"

    Best Session - The Naked and Famous

    Being in the room while this was filming was at first comical; the band went entirely DI with their electronics, and all the crew could hear (without headphones) were the voices of Alisa Zayalith and Thom Powers. We might have known then that the session would sound as meticulous as a studio cut, but we didn't realize just how crisp the special lighting would make the whole shoot look. The polish on both video and audio were undeniable, and so was the session... executed perfectly by both our cameras and the band's attention to detail, an undeniable first place in our minds (as well as yours, it seems).

    Runner Up: Childish Gambino

    Best Album - Adele 21

    Not much to say here other than the popular vote was right. Adele's classic songwriting and sultry voice outsold and eventually outshone the competition. Although 2011 didn't quite live up to the massiveness of 2010's best albums, we still had a few great releases from some of our favorites and they all made a solid effort to dethrone Adele's popularity for the Best Album crown.

    The rest of the top five:
    Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Bon Iver
    Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
    The Strokes, Angles
    Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost

    Best Concert - Foster The People at Music Hall of Williamsburg

    Some concert shoots feel larger than life before we even see the final cut—Foster was one of them. Seeing the popularity of the songs mixed with the band's enthusiasm, a dynamic lights show, and an unrelenting crowd, it's no surprise the band went on to sell plenty of their debut Torches, appear on SNL, and earn a few Grammy nods in the process.

    Runners Up (it's a tie!):
    Fitz and The Tantrums at Bader Field
    The Go! Team at Brooklyn Bowl


    David P:
    Best Song: Kurt Vile - "Runner Ups"
    Best Music Video: Bon Iver - "Holocene"
    Best Session: Dawes @ M Studio
    Best Album: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
    Best Concert: Fitz and the Tantrums @ Bader Field - Atlantic City

    Joe P:
    Best Song: The Strokes - "Life Is Simple In The Moonlight"
    Best Music Video: The New Pornographers - "Moves"
    Best Session: The Naked and Famous @ The Bowery Electric
    Best Album: Metronomy The English Riviera
    Best Concert: Foster The People @ MHOW

    David M:
    Best Song: M83 - "Midnight City"
    Best Music Video: Sara Bareilles - "Gonna Get Over You"
    Best Session: Thrice @ The Bowery Electric
    Best Album: Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
    Best Concert: Foster The People @ MHOW

    Best Song: Jay-Z and Kanye West - "Ni**as In Paris"
    Best Music Video: Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"
    Best Session: Portugal. The Man @ The Ace Hotel
    Best Album: Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    Best Concert: Suuns @ The Phoenix

    Best Song: Cloud Nothings - "No Future/No Past"
    Best Music Video: Battles - "Ice Cream"
    Best Session: Laura Marling @ The Guest Apartment
    Best Album: Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo
    Best Concert: ARMS @ Spike Hill

    Best Song: Kurt Vile - "Baby's Arms"
    Best Music Video: Other Lives - "Tamer Animals"
    Best Session: The Naked and Famous @ The Bowery Electric
    Best Album: Yuck Yuck
    Best Concert: Suuns @ The Phoenix

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