2011 crispy awards: fringe toast music

Updated: Jan 20, 2019


Solar-powered KRUU-FM and The Iowa Source Magazine through DJ and contributing music columnist, Andrew Bargerstock, announce the First Annual Crispy Awards honoring musicians whose new releases exhibit “extraordinary creativity while elevating the biochemistry of the listener’s brain.” SEE SPOTIFY PLAYLIST BELOW.


Instead of choosing only one song for each musical category, this list was created by Andy Bargerstock by reviewing all of his downloaded 2011 tracks and selecting those that he felt “met the bliss-producing litmus test.” Then, after choosing the tracks, he categorized them according to the I-tunes genre labels. The limiting factor was 25 songs to fit into the length of a two-hour radio show. Sarah Jarosz and Amos Lee receive special recognition as the only artists with two tracks.


Here are the 25 new 2011 releases that will make you “crispy around the edges” which is the goal of Fringe Toast Music.


Best Singer-songwriters:

Sarah Jarosz for “My Muse” and “The Tourist”

Gillian Welch for “The Way That It Goes”

Eliza Gilkyson for “Belle of the Ball”

The Civil Wars for “20 Years”

Sweet Talk Radio for “Fly Away”

Amos Lee for “Violin” and “Hello Again”


Best Alternative Songs:

Roommate for “Soft Eyes”

Bodies of Water for “Lights Out Forever”

Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know”

Bess Rogers for “In the Waves”

The Decemberists for “Dear Avery”

Jupe Jupe for “Suspicion”


Best Rock songs:

Tedeschi Trucks Band for “These Walls”

Robbie Roberston (with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood) for “Fear of Falling”


Best Electronic songs:

Younger Brother for “Crystalline”

Noiseshaper for “Dunk”


Best Jazz song:

Madeleine Peyroux for “Meet Me in Rio”


Best Blues song:

Keb’ Mo’ for “The Whole Enchilada

Tedeschi Trucks Band for “These Walls”


Best Pop song:

Asa for “Maybe”

Christina Perri for “Tragedy”


Best Song for Soundtracks:

Pete Droge for “A Lot Like You” (film: A Lot Like You)

Nina Simone for “Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (Jaffa Mix)”

Gram Rabbit for “Lost in Place” (film: Crazy Stupid Love)


ENJOY the Spotify Playlist below.

So, you don't get diverted away from the playlist on Spotify, follow these simple instructions before you click on the pop-up about moving to Spotify:

(1) To engage the Spotify pop-up, you will need to click the "play" arrow that triggers 30-second samples of each track.

(2) Notice the green Spotify pop-up that invites you to hear full tracks by clicking on the message.

(3) Before you click on the Spotify message, pause the playback of 30-second samples. Then, when you click on the green Spotify message, you will land on the full playlist on Spotify.


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