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Favourite records of 2011?


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Ok, so it's almost the end of the year, and people are starting to make lists about stuff and things. I think it's been a really great year for music again and it's hard to pick favourites from the many amazing records that have come out. What's been floatin' yer proverbial boats this year? Interested to see what folk have enjoyed and what might be worth checking out. My top 15 (I can't quite pick just 10), barring any earth-shattering releases in the next three weeks looks like this:

1. Josh T. Pearson- Last of the Country Gentlemen

2. The Antlers-Burst Apart

3. Low- C'mon

4. The Decemberists- The King Is Dead

5. Real Estate- Days

6. I Break Horses- Hearts

7. Wooden Shjips- West

8. Fruit Bats- Tripper

9. Beirut- The Rip Tide

10. Bon Iver- Bon Iver

11. Summer Camp- Welcome to Condale

12. Slow Club- Paradise

13. Youngteam- Daydreamer

14. Yuck- Yuck

15. The Horrors- Skying

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I could only get it down to a top 16. I always have to go one higher. I think this might be in something like the order of how much I liked them, but it's fairly rough.

Roll the Dice - In Dust

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

Wye Oak - Civilian

TuneYards - Whokill

Peaking Lights - 936

The Advisory Circle - As the crow flies

Tape - Revelationes

Butcher Boy - Helping Hands

Dustin O'Halloran - Lumiere

Family Portrait - Family Portrait

French Quarter - It's not just kissing

Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Real Estate - Days

Johan Johannsson - The Miners' Hymns

Julian Lynch - Terra

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat - Everything's Getting Older

I also listened a lot to Hype Williams, Maria Minerva, Kim Ki O, the Finches and Mark McGuire, but they didn't quite have an album that made the list this year.

My favourite track of the year wasn't on an album, just an EP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf8sjus9jj8

Although it's really most properly listened to as part of this larger piece:

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So much good stuff has been released this year. Here are the ones I can think of. There's probably more.

Ampere - Like Shadows

The Dauntless Elite - More Bloody Bad News

Jesu - Ascension

Social Studies - Proxemics

City and Colour - Little Hell

Banner Pilot - Heart Beats Pacific

Football etc - The Draft

Zapiain - Jibberjabber

NASA Space Universe - Across The Wounded Galaxies

Bangers - Small Pleasures

Royal Headache - s/t

Samiam - Trips

Bridge and Tunnel - Rebuilding Year

Textbook - Out of My Universe

Shores - To Volstead

Shores & Charles The Osprey - Ritual

Saturday's Kids - s/t

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I remember seeing the little (2011) after album titles on Spotify so many times this year, and mainly on ace albums, but as with the 2011 gigs thread I've gone blank.

So, from what I remember...

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

Vessels - Helioscope

Wild Flag - Wild Flag

Battles - Gloss Drop

Male Bonding - Endless Now

Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat - Everything's Getting Older

Yuck - Yuck

Washed Out - Within and Without

Panda Bear - Tomboy

(Again, I'll undoubtedly add more later)

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Devin Townsend Project - Ghost

'' '' '' - Deconstruction

Russian Circles - Empros

Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton - Play the Blues

Yuck - Yuck

Steven Wilson - Grace for drowning

*shels - Plains of the purple buffalo

Maruosa - Maruosa

Ouch Evil Slow Hop - Ouch Evil Slow Hop

Peter Gabriel - New Blood

Mastodon - The Hunter

Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light

i may add more later.... my music taste is a bit stupid

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So much good stuff has been released this year. Here are the ones I can think of. There's probably more.

Banner Pilot - Heart Beats Pacific

Football etc - The Draft

Textbook - Out of My Universe

I've listened to these because of this thread. In addition to the others mentioned that I haven't listened to yet I have no idea how I'm going to construct a top 10 or 15. Too many musics. The new Drake album is pretty great. Then there's that Kate Bush deally that's brilliant. Also Nils Frahm. And now all these. THANKS.

Btw, the Football, etc. album is cracking.

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So much good stuff has been released this year. Here are the ones I can think of. There's probably more.

Ampere - Like Shadows

The Dauntless Elite - More Bloody Bad News

Jesu - Ascension

Social Studies - Proxemics

City and Colour - Little Hell

Banner Pilot - Heart Beats Pacific

Football etc - The Draft

Zapiain - Jibberjabber

NASA Space Universe - Across The Wounded Galaxies

Bangers - Small Pleasures

Royal Headache - s/t

Samiam - Trips

Bridge and Tunnel - Rebuilding Year

Textbook - Out of My Universe

Shores - To Volstead

Shores & Charles The Osprey - Ritual

Saturday's Kids - s/t

ooh, i totally missed that there was a new jesu album out. will have to pick that up. ta!

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Number one for me is still Josh T. Pearson ~ Last of the Country Gentlemen. A truly fantastic record, on a par with Blood on the Tracks and Midnight Organ Fight for sheer naked break-up honesty.

I have also liked:

The Decemberists ~ The King is Dead

The Ravonettes ~ Raven in the Grave

The Horrors ~ Skying

Bon Iver ~ Bon Iver

Wild Flag ~ Wild Flag

Yuck ~ Yuck

The Antlers ~ Burst Apart

Low ~ C'mon

I Break Horses ~ Hearts

Gillian Welch ~ The Harrow and the Harvest

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There are literally no albums on this list so far that I've heard. Not a single one. I saw Vintage Trouble earlier this year, but that's the closest I've got! In fact, I'd go as far as to say that I've only ever even heard of about five artists on the list! you crazy kids and your crazy music!

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Some of mine....

Thurston Moore 'Demolished Thoughts'

The Fall 'Ersatz GB'

P G Six 'Starry mind'

Meg Baird 'Seasons on Earth'

Jeffrey Lewis 'A turn in the dream songs'

John Martyn 'Heaven and Earth'

Bridget St John 'Under Tokyo skies' (might be late 2010)

Marry Waterson & Oliver Knight 'The days that shaped me'

Bonnie Prince Billy 'Wolfroy goes to town'

John Fahey 'Your past comes back to haunt you'

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Who says they are? I hear that Shaki's into some seriously obscure shit.

Indeed. In actual fact The King is Dead, Pencaitland and The High Country are all jokepunk garage bands that I am in with myself. I name our albums after band names for irony.

The original point though - if you're talking books you'd say "Martin Chuzzlewitt by Charles Dickens"..particularly as it is hard to say "Charles Dickens'z Martin Chuzzlewitt". What does it generally say on CD spines? artist or album title first?

i'm bored.

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Earth 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1'

Mellowhype 'Blackenedwhite'

Tyler the Creator 'Goblin' the half of it that is good is great, the other half is reactionary ding though

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that's about it, mainly on old stuff I hadn't heard yet all year, bit of Walter Wegmuller anyone?!

There is something else I can't recall...

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