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  • 2K11

    17. Dez. 2011, 17:55

    They were plenty of other great albums that came out year, but I had to narrow it (yes, narrow it) down to 40. Fuck tha po-lice.

    40. Tom Waits - Bad as Me
    39. Clams Casino - Instrumental Mixtape
    38. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
    37. The Horrors - Skying
    36. The Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
    35. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
    34. Portugal. The Man - In the Mountain, In the Cloud
    33. Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told
    32. Toro Y Moi - Underneath The Pine
    31. James Blake - s/t
    30. Beirut - The Rip Tide
    29. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes & Keys
    28. Gil-Scott Heron & Jamie xx - We're New Here
    27. Nurses - Dracula
    26. Atlas Sound - Parallax
    25. Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
    24. Terius Nash - 1977
    23. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
    22. Baths - Pop Music / False B-Sides
    21. Wye Oak - Civilian
    20. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - s/t
    19. Bon Iver - s/t
    18. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
    17. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
    16. J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
    15. Cults- s/t
    14. Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne
    13. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
    12. Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
    11. Yuck - s/t
    10. Drake - Take Care
    9. Male Bonding - Endless Now
    8. Nerves Junior - As Bright as Your Night Light
    7. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
    6. Hello Echo - Hello
    5. The Weeknd - House of Balloons (& Thursday)
    4. The Antlers - Burst Apart
    3. Battles - Gloss Drop
    2. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
    1. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, ULTRA.

    working it's way on & up: The Black Keys - El Camino

    EP of the Year: Slithering Beast - Delicious

    Sexiest Reissue of the Year (and the only one I bought): Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle

    Top Songs
    10. Royal Bangs - "Silver Steps"
    9. Kurt Vile - "In My Time"
    8. The Weeknd - "The Morning"
    7. The Antlers - "Parentheses"
    6. Radiohead - "Lotus Flower"
    5. Battles - "Futura"
    4. The Strokes - "Under Cover of Darkness"
    3. Frank Ocean - "Thinking About You"
    2. Nerves Junior - "Kale"
    1. M83 - "Midnight City"

    BONUS, BITCHES: Yelawolf - "Let's Roll" ft. Kid Rock

    There is no way I could order the best shows of the year, so here were a few of my favorites:

    Baths - Pitchfork Music Festival
    Battles - Exit/In
    Beirut - Bogart's
    Big Boi - Halfway to Forecastle, Waterfront Park
    Bill Callahan - a fucking CAVE
    The Black Angels & Dead Meadow - Headliner's
    Braids - Zanzabar
    Grails - Zanzabar
    Kurt Vile & the Violators - Mercy Lounge
    Nerves Junior covering Kid A - Headliner's
    Pixies w/ Surfer Blood - Louisville Palace
    Wu-Tang Clan - Expo Five

    (weird--year of bands/artists starting with the letter B, I guess. Bodacious bronskies)
  • Albums of 2010

    4. Jan. 2011, 17:54

    1. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot...The Son of Chico Dusty
    2. Menomena - Mines
    3. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
    4. The National - High Violet
    5. Fang Island - Fang Island
    6. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
    7. Male Bonding - Nothing Hurts
    8. Beach House - Teen Dream
    9. The Black Keys - Brothers
    10. The Morning Benders - Big Echo
    11. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    12. Caribou - Swim
    13. Baths - Cerulean
    14. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
    15. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
    16. Phosphorescent - Here's To Taking It Easy
    17. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
    18. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
    19. Sleigh Bells - Treats
    20. Yeasayer - ODD BLOOD
    21. No Age - Everything In Between
    22. The Roots - How I Got Over
    23. Spoon - Transference
    24. Drake - Thank Me Later
    25. Holy Fuck - Latin
    26. Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void
    27. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz / All Delighted People EP
    28. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
    29. Suckers - Wild Smile
    30. Toro Y Moi - Causers of This
    31. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
    32. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
    33. The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
    34. Mystery Jets - Serotonin
    35. Wavves - King of the Beach
    36. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
    37. Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
    38. The Walkmen - Lisbon
    39. Best Coast - Crazy For You
    40. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
    41. Hot Chip - One Life Stand
    42. The-Dream - Love King
    43. Julian Lynch - Mare
    44. Interpol - Interpol
    45. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
    46. The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards
    47. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
    48. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
    49. Cee-Lo - The Lady Killer
    50. Gayngs - Relayted

    And since it was such a good year for music, I had to throw out ten more:

    51. Maps & Atlases - Perch Patchwork
    52. Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid (Suites II & III of IV)
    53. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
    54. How To Dress Well - Love Remains
    55. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
    56. Women - Public Strain
    57. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
    58. Girls - Broken Dreams Club
    59. Rick Ross - Teflon Don
    60. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt

    And a special shout out to some old and new friends for putting out some fine albums this year. And for scaring me by making me realize how many friggin' albums I've played from 2010:

    jj, Woods, Yelawolf, Warpaint, Owen Pallett, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Perfume Genius, Twin Shadow, Wild Nothing, Gil Scott-Heron, Coheed & Cambria, Beach Fossils, Kid Cudi, Wolf Parade, Jonsi, Titus Andronicus, MGMT, Ratatat, These New Puritans, Foals, Mount Kimbie, Abe Vigoda, Grinderman, Minus The Bear, Avey Tare, Mountain Man, Gold Panda, Emeralds, Crocodiles, Curren$y, Here We Go Magic, Maximum Balloon, Roky Erikson with Okkervil River, Tom Petty & the muhfuggin Heartbreakers, Klaxons, Salem, Frightened Rabbit, The Drums, Dum Dum Girls, The Fresh & Onlys, and Liars.
  • Albums of 2009

    10. Jan. 2010, 17:22

    Alright ya'll--this is the first year I've been able to make a top 50 albums list where I feel like I've listened to each of the albums enough times that I'm comfortable ranking them. There's a bunch that I listened to (and generally liked), but didn't make the list because I haven't absorbed them enough for ranking status. So read this bad boy, enjoy it (maybe), argue with me, whatevz, yo. This has been my biggest year for new music yet, so I was psyched to make this one. Oh, and Pearl Jam made the list--awww yeah! :

    50. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
    49. The Dodos - Time to Die
    48. Antony & the Johnsons - The Crying Light
    47. Pearl Jam - Backspacer
    46. Dangermouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
    45. Volcano Choir - Unmap
    44. Coconut Records - Davy
    43. Deerhunter - Rainwater Cassette Exchange
    42. Matt & Kim - Grand
    41. Why? - Eskimo Snow
    40. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
    39. Akron/Family - Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free
    38. mewithoutYou - It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright
    37. Dan Auerbach - Keep it Hid
    36. Levon Helm - Electric Dirt
    35. St. Vincent - Actor
    34. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
    33. Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
    32. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
    31. Girls - Album
    30. Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones
    29. BlakRoc - BlakRoc
    28. Ramona Falls - Intuit
    27. Vetiver - Tight Knit
    26. Portugal. The Man - The Satanic Satanist
    25. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
    24. The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love
    23. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
    22. Dan Deacon - Bromst
    21. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
    20. jj - jj no. 2
    19. The Dead Weather - Horehound
    18. The Antlers - Hospice
    17. Bon Iver - Blood Bank
    16. Clues - Clues
    15. Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
    14. Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms
    13. Yim Yames - Tribute To
    12. Beirut - March of the Zapotec & Realpeople: Holland
    11. Atlas Sound - Logos
    10. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
    9. Passion Pit - Manners
    8. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish I Were An Eagle
    7. Drummer - Feel Good Together
    6. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
    5. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
    4. The xx - xx
    3. Royal Bangs - Let It Beep
    2. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
    1. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm

    The close-call contenders that didn't quite make it, or that I just didn't feel comfortable ranking:
    Bat for Lashes - Two Suns, Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth, Beck - The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Black Crowes - Before the Frost..., Brendan Benson - My Old, Familiar Friend, Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career, Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains, Dark Was the Night, Discovery - LP, Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport, Iron & Wine - Around the Well, Japandroids - Post Nothing, Jarvis Cocker - Further Complications, Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement, Memory Tapes - Seek Magic, Micachu & the Shapes - Jewellry, Peter Bjorn & John - Living Thing, Van Morrison - Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Wavvves - Wavves, Woods - Songs of Shame, YACHT - See Mystery Lights

    ...still a bunch of albums out there I never got to check out too, so the list could always change. Wooooop!