Big K.R.I.T. "Time Machine": One of a handful of personal milestones in 2011 is finally getting back into hip hop through the help of artists like Curren$y, das rascist, and Big K.R.I.T. "Time Machine" is just spacey enough to be trippy, and not trippy enough to be gimmicky.

Kendrick Lamar "Hol' Up": This is an artist that I have Mike Dupar's review to thank, and I have to admit... I do believe my enjoyment of this track relies on the amount it makes me laugh.

Brontosaurus "Beware": Mike Sinsheimer came into the office shortly after he had reviewed Brontosaurus' gig at the Empty Bottle back in when we getting ready to go Pitchfork, "I was expecting to see some indie rock, alt-folk show, but those guys thrashed."

Camera Obscura "Sarasota": Loud, gritty, intense... Camera Obscura.

Weekend "Hazel": Nothing soothes the ears after a brutal beating than expansive, lo-fi rock that straddles the line between a psychedelic jam and an indie power-pop mega-hit.

Black Moth Super Rainbow "Sun Lips": Laid back grooves and synth lines out of the best over exposed surf videos from the late 80s/ early 90s. Lounge-y and wonderful, you can almost smell the cigarettes and martinis. 

Extra Classic "Metal Tiger": It's hard to tell whether this song makes you want to blaze, dance, or start a revolution. It's what all reggae should be.

The Globes "A Stitch Couldn't Save the World": The Globes are four young dudes out of Seattle whose dramatic sounds are refreshing in a market seemingly dominated by jangly pop groups. 

Russian Circles "Mladek": Russian Circles has perfected the ability of telling a narrative with only instruments.

The Bees "Winter Rose": Ah yes, the song for which this entire playlist was compiled. The forlorn, cold, spookiness of winter is apparent in everything from the juke-joint, slow jam guitar solo or the haunting brass section peppering the track throughout -- both of which sound like they may have been recorded in a garage in 1935. Enjoy.