Best Albums of 2011

Eye Contact – Gang Gang Dance

Channel Pressure – Ford and Lopatin

You Are All I See – Active Child

Replica-Oneohtrix Point Never

Forever – Sleep∞Over

With U – Holy Other

Tomboy – Panda Bear

Trust Now – Prince Rama

Badlands – Dirty Beaches

Instrumental Mixtape/Forest EP – Calms Casino

We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves – John Maus
W H O K I L L – tUnE-yArDs
Relax – Das Rasict
Ruin 1/ Ruin 2 – Elite Gymnastics
Dxys Xff/ Teams vs Star Slinger – Teams/ Star Slinger
Glass Drop – Battles
Thee Physical – Pictureplane
House of Balloons/Thursday – The Weeknd
Bodysongs – Born Gold (Previoulsy Gobble Gobble)
Looping State of Mind – The Field
808’s & Dark Grapes II – Main Attrakionz
Era Extraña – Neon Indian
Ravedeath 1972 – Tim Hecker
Conatus – Zola Jesus
Wander/Wonder – Balam Acab

Honorable Mentions

LiveLoveA$ap – ASAP Rocky

Goblin – Tyler the Creator
Defaults – Hard Mix
Galactic Melt – Com Truise
Parallax – Atlas Sound
Go Tell Fire on the Mountain – WU LYF
Black Up/Of Light/Shabazz Palaces – Shabazz Palaces
Underneath the Pine – Toro Y Moi
Azari and III – Azari and III
Cults – Cults
Lesser Known – Adventures
James Blake – James Blake
Benny and the Jetts – TV Girl
Within and Without – Washed Out
Sigma Chi Primavera – Fancy Mike

On A Different Note-1

I decided that I would start a post for the new (or new to me at least) music I have been listening to recently. I’m gonna try to update it weekly.

Beach House is coming out with their third album near the end of this month. The album has leaked, though. Walk in the Park, Silver Soul, Zebra, and Take Care are some of my favorite songs from Teen Dream. Victoria Legrand’s voice is awesome and unique. I saw Beach House open for Grizzly Bear this fall and I feel that they almost overshadowed the main act. It was cool to see Victoria Legrand, in her sparkly bracelets, rocking out on her keyboard, with her crazy voice. They played, Used to Be which is another good song on the new album. I don’t think their new album sounds too much different form their last, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The High Road by Broken Bells

Broken Bells is a new band formed by Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley and James Mercer of The Shins, which I thought was a kind of interesting pairing.

On To The Next One by Jay Z featuring Swizz Beatz

The music video for this song was released after the ball dropped on one of those New Years Eve specials. It’s pretty cool, the joker is in the video. The song also has a sample from the Justice song, D.A.N.C.E. Rapping about The Simpsons is kind of silly, but the part of the song that repeats during the whole song gets stuck in my head.

Helplessly Young by Oh No Ono

Oh No Ono released an album called Eggs in April last year but it’s supposed to be released in the United States this year. You should also check out Swim.

Colouring of Pigeons by The Knife in collabaration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock

This song is from The Knife, Mt. Sims and Planningtorock’s opera about Charles Darwin. I find it quite an interesting idea. I would like to see this opera and judging by this video, it looks crazy:

Champion by Sister Suvi

This is a song from the band that Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs used to be in.

Best Albums of 2009

1. Merriweather Post Pavillion/Fall Be Kind (EP)-Animal Collective
Best tracks: My Girls, Bluish/ Graze, I Think I Can

2. Bitte Orca-Dirty Projectors
Best tracks: No Intention, Stillness is the Move
3. Hospice-The Antlers
Best tracks: Kettering, Bear
4. Manners/Chunk of Change (EP)-Passion Pit
Best tracks: The Reeling, Sleepyhead
5. Logos- Atlas Sound
Best tracks: Walkabout, Shelia
6. Psychic Chasms- Neon Indian
Best tracks: Deadbeat Summer, 6669
7. The xx- The xx
Best tracks: Basic Space, Crystalized
8. Veckatimist- Grizzly Bear
Best tracks: Two Weeks, Cheerleader
9. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix- Phoenix
Best tracks: 1901, Lisztomania
10. A Brief History of Love- The Big Pink
Best tracks: Velvet, Dominos
11. Embryonic-The Flaming Lips
Best tracks: Silver Trembling Hands, Watching the Planets
12. Guns Don’t Kill People, Lasers Do-Major Laser

Best tracks: Hold the Line, Keep it Goin’ Louder
13. LP-Discovery
Best tracks: So Insane, Carby
14. BiRd-BrAiNs – tUnE-yArDs
Best tracks: Sunlight, Hatari
15. Two Suns-Bat For Lashes
Best tracks: Pearl’s Dream, Daniel
Other Good Albums:
Bromst-Dan Deacon
Fever Ray-Fever Ray
March of the Zapotec/Holland – Beirut
Dark Was The Night – Various Artists

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