Two thousand and eleven has been an odd year for me, and I think for music as well. Between acclimating to a completely different environment and being fully immersed in the music world, I foresaw a serious evolution and transformation of my music tastes prior to compiling my “Best of” lists. After the completion of said lists, it seems that not much has actually changed – not only in the last year, but the last five, when observing which names were included.
To be honest, it was quite difficult to decide on 10 full albums I really enjoyed listening to from start to finish. This could be the fault of BBC6 radio, and it’s persistent nature of turning an “OK” song into a real banger after playing it enough. It could also be the fault of so many let downs and gimmicks. Never in a single year have I looked forward to so many albums that panned out to be so disappointingly average. In a market so over saturated by bands trying to “out-cool” one another and being more conscious of what they wear than how well they play, it’s no wonder that some of names keep recurring year after year or that the best single tracks list was so much more enjoyable to assemble.
But this is it, I’ve done it. I’ve decided what 10 albums and 20 tracks have been the most enjoyable, the least pretentious and will hopefully be a memorable depiction of 2011 – five, ten and fifty years from now.
As for ranking, I must digress to the one brutal truth of end of year lists that my good friend Wes pointed out recently. Ranking is, in fact, arbitrary and simply a tool for building suspense in pinning down one’s judgement on any particular topic. So to avoid that (as you may not know who I am nor care about/for my taste in music), I’ve decided to post my lists chronologically. My hope is for you to have a listen to anything you’re not familiar with and ideally find something to enjoy. That’s why you’re here, right?
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
MP3: Let England Shake
Secret Cities – Strange Hearts
MP3 – Always Friends
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
MP3 – The Shrine / An Argument
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Tagged Amor De Dias, Atlas Sound, BBC6, Beirut, Bill Callahan, Bon Iver, DJ Shadow, Eleanor Friedberger, Fleet Foxes, Girls, Laura Marling, Let's Wrestle, little dragon, Metronomy, Michael Kiwanuka, NZCA/Lines, PJ Harvey, Race Horses, Real Estate, Secret Cities, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Black Keys, The War on Drugs, tune-yards, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wild Beasts
MP3: Cocaine (Little Dragon Kåkejn remix)
The Internet’s song Cocaine got remixed by Sweden’s Little Dragon. The Internet aka Syd The Kyd & Matt Martians will release their debut album Purple Naked Ladies on Odd Future Records digitally on December 20th. The physical version featuring 3 bonus tracks and exclusive art and packaging will be in stores Jan 17th. Tracklisting after the jump as well as an unrelated Tyler, Pusha-T, Liva Don, Hodgy Beats song.
Wes wrote about Little Dragon‘s new album the other day. Now we’ve got a great new video via Yours Tru.ly.
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Little Dragon will do a short run of shows in the US at the end of May leading up to their performance at The Roots 4th Annual Picnic on June 4th, 2011 in Philadelphia.
Who is Little Dragon some may ask?
Well, Trip-Hop doesn’t exist. It is something you say to sleep with…Ah forget it. Even if Trip Hop existed, and I am not sure if Trip_hop is how you label Little Dragon. However, I feel like they would appeal to most people that like female singers,and moody music. I mean, they’ve toured with Gorillaz and De La Soul.
Little Dragon put their new single “Nightlight” on Pitchfork last week. You can watch Little Dragon’s performance of “Ritual Union” on the Fader’s Website..
And how endearing is this PS22 video of Little Dragon working with Staten Island youths on Gorilla Vs. Bear. Also rappity rap fans, you will also note that Little Dragon is working with Big Boi on his next record.
Little Dragon’s new album RITUAL UNION will be out July 12th on Peace Frog Recors/EMI.
Tracklisting after the jump.