Maybe you’ve never heard of Yuck, the Dum Dum Girls or Kurt Vile. It’s okay. We haven’t either. But the editors at Spin have, and those are just a few of the artists that made its Top 40 Albums of 2011 list, so they must be worth knowing. The bands also happen to have their songs featured on Spin’s iPad app, which is available for free, from now until January 5.
The best part about this offer is that once you download the app, the playlist that Spin curated from the Top 40 Albums list is yours to keep forever. That means you can stream this playlist during your New Year’s Eve party and act annoyed with your friends when they don’t know — but love — the songs that you’re blaring.
There’s also 35 videos available with the app, but remember to act unimpressed with them if you play any of them for your guests. The secret to being a Knowledgable Music Person is to be tired of everything, all the time.