Archive for December, 2011

My Top Ten Albums of 2011

December 18, 2011

Here’s what has become my yearly rundown on my favorite new stuff this year. I hope you hear something you like.

Here’s a Spotify playlist of all the tracks.

I’m not going to bother with reviews and just let the music speak for itself.

Fujiya and Miyagi – Ventriloquizzing

This band should be much bigger – particularly with an album as high quality as this.

Battles – Gloss Drop

Dutch Uncles – Cadenza

tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L

Wire – Red Barked Tree

Album can be heard here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/jan/04/wire-red-barked-tree

Rival Sons – Pressure and Time

Seen these guys at High Voltage – twice. They’re terrific and, while there’s nothing original in their retro rock sound, it’s addictive stuff.

Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing

A good companion to the Rival Sons album. They’ve given up on the electronic elements that gave their Wild Mountain Nation album a Beck-ish sound.

Liturgy – Aesthetica

An anti-death metal death metal album. The cover is white, the font is Helvetica black and the band don’t wear panstick.

Dope Body – Nupping

This is insane.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

There are no surprises on this record other than this being the best thing he’s done in years. The Death of You and Me is, in my humble opinion the best song he’s done since the Morning Glory album.

Notable tracks

And finally here’s some great tracks that were released this year.

Field Music – (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F26357005&secret_token=s-2eVk9&

Eugene McGuinness – Lion

The Scaramanga Six – Trouble

Hella – Headless

Swallow and the Workshop – Snakes in the Grass

Pyyramids – That Aint Right