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Favorite Albums of 2011: Robert Duffy

What a great, interesting year for music consumption. Spotify gave me the ability to discover tons of new music and keep up with the current scene, while iTunes Match allowed me to rediscover music that was collecting dust on my disconnected external hard drive.

My favorite albums of 2011 are filled with the usual suspects that I’ve come to love over the years (Wilco, The Decemberists), but this year, more than ever, are a bunch of bands that are completely new to me. Here’s a list, complete with MP3s, streams, videos, and whatever relevant links I could put together.

Bonus: Spotify playlist featuring all of the albums plus a few others that didn’t make the top 10 cut.

10. The War on Drugs, Slave Ambient

MP3: Come to the City

9. I Break Horses, Hearts

I Break Horses – Winter Beats by Bella Union

8. Alina Simone, Make Your Own Danger

MP3: Glitterati

7. Wild Flag, Wild Flag

MP3: Glass Tambourine

6. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l

MP3: Bizness

5. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne

Listen: Otis

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Video: Wild Flag “Electric Band”

Sports + Bears + Wild Flag are a solid combination.

Video: “Romance” by Wild Flag

Another greaet video written and directed by Tom Scharpling.

Stream Wild Flag’s Debut Album

You can stream Wild Flag’s debut album over at NPR.

Refresher: Wild Flag is Sleater-Kinney’s Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein, Helium’s Mary Timony, and The Minders’ Rebecca Cole.

Stream: Wild Flag Concert at SXSW

NPR photo

I was able to see Wild Flag (Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss from Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole) perform one of their first shows ever a few weeks back at The Rock Shop. The sound was huge. The energy was off the charts. Although it’s early in the band’s career, they were tight and the crowd was in love from the first chord. I can’t wait for their first full length to come out.

The band performed an NPR showcase last night at SXSW, and you can stream the whole thing here.

Wild Flag Is Your New Favorite Band (Even Without Hearing Them)

Press Release COPY PASTE:

WILD FLAG is a Portland, OR and Washington, DC based quartet consisting of Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole, and Janet Weiss. The members of WILD FLAG have played in numerous and notable bands, including but not limited to: Helium, The Minders, Croissant Cocktail, Feeble Knees, Quasi, Dogz, Sleater-Kinney, @@@, Asia, The Consortium, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

Brownstein and Weiss were in Sleater-Kinney, and toured with Timony’s band Helium on numerous occasions. Brownstein and Timony played in a side project called The Spells. Rebecca Cole’s Portland-based band The Minders was a frequent opener for Sleater-Kinney. Weiss and Cole play together in The Shadow Mortons.

WILD FLAG is planning on recording their first album in early 2011 for Merge Records.

Wild Flag on tour:
Nov 10 Olympia, WA The Northern
Nov 12 Seattle, WA High Dive
Nov 13 Portland, OR Doug Fir
Nov 17 Sacaramento, CA The Hub
Nov 18 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Nov 19 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
Nov 20 San Diego, CA Casbah
Nov 21 Pomona, CA Aladdins