Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: Wye Oak On Mary J Blige

As 2011 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

Over the course of three surprise-filled albums, Wye Oak has artistically come of age in the public eye. Singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner and drummer/keyboardist Andy Stack mesh spellbinding folk-rock melodies with a dynamic range that shifts, in the blink of an eye, from the parlor to the garage. The Baltimore duo, whose latest album Civilian (Merge) can whisper as loud as it rocks the rafters, is on duty all week as guest editors of the MAGNET website. Read our brand new Q&A with Wasner.

Jenn: Some days I feel a little low, and I’ll put on some sad-bastard music, and that’s that. But some days I feel really low, and on those days, I turn to Mary. I like to imagine that she’s my surrogate girlfriend on the days (most days) when my lifestyle requires me to be away from the real women of my life and constantly surrounded by dirty, sweaty men. She’s a precious dose of fun, strength and femininity, and I like to imagine her powers shooting an electric current straight into my ovaries, defibrillator-style.

Video after the jump.