Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Albums Of The Year; 2011

Every December I take some time out of my (not so) busy day to look back at albums that I would consider my own 'Albums Of The Year'. I use a few factors in making my list so it's not just some jerkoff "i hope people will think this is cool" addition to the blogosphere. My #1 album is always the album that I truly listened to the most throughout the year and 'craved' listening to at times. I find it therapeutic doing a list and don't really expect to sway folks but some people read this. With Spotify taking over this year the least you can do is listen to a few of em.

Due to my lack of time and patience i'm not going the full length of writing a full out blurb for everything and i really can't definitively do a 1 - 20.

#1 Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
This is just an amazing album from start to finish. Kurt teamed up with a solid producer (John Agnell0) and finally made an album that ties together his great ideas with solid songs. I played the shit out of this album and will continue to do so for years to come. This album is so solid that upon catching Kurt live on his first run of shows after it's release I had to leave after 5 songs. It just wasn't going to be the album, it was late, i've seen him before, and i rather just keep it as lovely as I want to. Smoke Ring is a hit from the 'constant hitmaker'

#2 EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
Out of nowhere comes an album that sounds great and is so lyrically honest you have to give credit where credit is due. I couldn't put this album down, had the chance to talk about this album with Erika and realized she poured her insides into making this album and wasn't going to give further details. It's harshly beautiful.

#3 Javelin - Canyon Candy
This album came out of nowhere for me. I bought it in 'button' form (WTF, lookey here) because i was interested in the technology and had heard of the group. What a buy. It's a genius album. It's a concept album around the West (and Westerns) and includes redone/remixed versions of Slim Whitman and some other old timey country folk. I can't say much else about this album, but I love it and love the vibe I get from it.

THE REST IS ORDERLESS TO SOME EXTENT

#Cults - Cults
Great debut from a group I enjoy very much for many reasons. A great pop record.

#Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Beautiful eerie album with exquisite guitar playing and singing from Anna.

#Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
#Austra - Feel It Break
#Prurient - Bermuda Drain
These 3 acts toured extensively together and in 2011 released defining albums. Great stuff for what they do and infectious.

#Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, ULTRA
Great sample based hip-hop mixtape. Sampling "Hotel California" is a quick way to my heart.

#Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
Out of obscurity comes a nice mix of Massive Attack and DJ Shadow. Great Electronic music.

#Metronomy - The English Riviera
An easy listen and Metronomy's finest album that finally puts all the pieces together.

#Mastodon - The Hunter
Great Metal album, the best album from Mastodon and the first I love.

#The Descendants - OST
Hawaiian compilation that I love as I spent most of November having the time of my life in Hawaii.

#High Places - Original Colors
I cannot stop loving High Places and want them to continue to put out music.

#Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
A deep album of great songs and one persons struggle to find normalcy. Emerging from drug addiction and a Jonestown like upbringing this is why artists are unique and make wonderful art.

#Elite Gymnastics - Ruin
Throw me back to The Hacienda, great stuff.

#Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX - We're New Here
It's like a mellow mix-tape from GSH's XL album. I put this on when I'm on a plane or I want to relax. Mellow mix and Jamie XX is a true talent.

#Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles
"Out In The Streets" is the track but this dubstep album is a great part of the fizzling genre.

#Crystal Antlers - Two-Way Mirror
Self released gem from my friends, 'the hipster Mars Volta' Artwork by Raymond Pettibon only makes me love it more.

#Glasvegas - Euphoric Heartbreak
This band is great when they put out music, the rest of their lives are catastrophes.