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Half way through 2011. Post yer top 10 so far.

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Posted by Pea
Jul 7, 2011 22:49:20 GMT -5
I meant to do this last week, but with the holiday weekend things got a bit hectic and I forgot. 2011 is halfway over, so what 10 albums from this year are you digging most so far? They must have been released between January 1st and July 1st.

1. James Blake - James Blake
2. Lady Gaga - Born this Way
3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
4. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
5. Nick 13 - Nick 13
6. Feed Me - Feed Me's Big Adventure
7. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
8. The Decemberists - The King is Dead
9. Glasvegas - Euphoric/Heartbreak
10. Origin - Entity

I've already heard the new Beirut and will tell you now that it will more than likely be in my top 3 at the end of the year, but it doesn't come out until August so I'll have to leave it out for now. I still need to give Destroyer's Kaputt some more listens as well, as I have a feeling that still may creep into my final top 10 by January.

Also, only about 5 of those albums really WOWWED me. I guess 2011 hasn't impressed me quite as much as I thought so far.
Posted by Cbats
Jul 7, 2011 23:42:48 GMT -5
1. James Blake - James Blake
2. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
3. Yuck – Yuck
4. Braids - Native Speaker
5. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
6. chune-Yards – w h o k i l l
7. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
8. Gil Scott Heron and Jamie XX - We're New Here
9. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
10. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

I kinda disagree Pea, this year has been pretty stellar so far. I had to leave off another 5-10 albums that really wowed me so far
Posted by know ID yuh
Jul 8, 2011 0:05:30 GMT -5
I'm really far behind this year, but the two albums that stick out off the top of my head are the Destroyer and Antlers albums.

Side note, I still really respect Pitchfork, and I know most of you think it is the modern comparison of hipster bullshit, but I have to ask cbats, is the EMA album really worth listening to? Your list seems particularly Pitchfork-esque (sorry), and I found nothing enlightening when I saw her live recently.
Posted by Geno
Jul 8, 2011 0:07:29 GMT -5
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Your list seems particularly Pitchfork-esque (sorry).
This is the first thing I thought of when I saw the list. It's like he just took all the albums that got "best new music" and put them on a list.
Posted by emptyfox
Jul 8, 2011 0:10:03 GMT -5
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8. Gil Scott Heron and Jamie XX - We're New Here


This album is pretty interesting. I grabbed it on a whim last week and have been really digging it.
Posted by newjersey
Jul 8, 2011 0:21:23 GMT -5
Made this list about a week ago on another site but I'll rewrite it for you sugartits

1. Antlers - Burst Apart
2. The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
3. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (This should not be #3. Get your shit together 2011)
4. The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
5. Yellow Ostrich - The Mistress
6. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
7. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
8. The Lonely Forest - Arrows
9. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
10. Howth - Howth
11. Panda Bear - Tomboy

Inc.: Wu Lyf
Posted by know ID yuh
Jul 8, 2011 0:27:32 GMT -5
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4. The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar


I listened to the Big Roar for the first time today, and although I usually don't have an opinion on an album until I listen to it three to five times, I really liked it. I kept thinking, "this is the best straight up rock album I've heard in a while."
Posted by Pea
Jul 8, 2011 0:33:22 GMT -5
I still say they were one of the best surprise Coachella sets of the weekend. I need to check that album out.
Posted by Cbats
Jul 8, 2011 0:36:32 GMT -5
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I'm really far behind this year, but the two albums that stick out off the top of my head are the Destroyer and Antlers albums.

Side note, I still really respect Pitchfork, and I know most of you think it is the modern comparison of hipster bullshit, but I have to ask cbats, is the EMA album really worth listening to? Your list seems particularly Pitchfork-esque (sorry), and I found nothing enlightening when I saw her live recently.


oh there is no denying my list is awfully full of pitchfork favorites but I think you could also say it's very NPR-esque and that'd be true also. Hell, the only two albums you listed both got best new music as well. I think what would be more telling aspect of my list to point out is that all of the albums are either debuts or sophomore albums, there aren't any veterans on there.

regarding EMA, I've heard mixed things about her live but I imagine I'd love it. It was kind of inevitable that I'd love her album though because her old band Gowns is one of my favorites. Red State still gets frequent spins (and is probably better than PLMS).

Pretty much agree on the joy formidable. The album isn't doing anything new or exciting but it's a lot of fun. If you get a chance to see them their live show is even better
Posted by Cbats
Jul 8, 2011 0:40:45 GMT -5
oh and Lil B's I'm Gay will probably be on my list in the next week or two
Posted by Horned Gramma
Jul 8, 2011 6:06:59 GMT -5
The Residents - Lonely Teenager
Bosco Delrey - Everybody Wah
Battles - Gloss Drop
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
Nicolas Jaar - Space is Only Noise
R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
Man Man - Life Fantastic
Radiohead - The King of Limbs

...in no particular order really. Not bad for the first half of the year, especially considering the second half of the year holds a new Primus record and a new They Might Be Giants record.

I really liked the Bon Iver record the first time I heard it but each successive listen I've been like, huh. It's like someone surgically removed all of the melodies and interesting lyrics from the first Bon Iver record.

The Fleet Foxes record is no more or no less pleasant than I thought it would be. I'm in love with the title track and the rest I could take or leave. So for all intents and porpoises it is identical to the first Fleet Foxes record in my mind: ten or so lovely but forgettable songs and one that really grabs you by the throat and shakes you ('White Winter Hymnal', 'Helplessness Blues' respectively).
Posted by Horned Gramma
Jul 8, 2011 6:09:08 GMT -5
Oh yeah, that WU LYF is good shit too.
Posted by J-Dawg
Jul 8, 2011 11:00:14 GMT -5
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R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now

I have yet to give this a listen, but it's on my radar. I'm one of those people who's usually a year or two behind when it comes to listening to new music. I'm still catching up on stuff from 2009 and 2010.
Posted by Drew
Jul 8, 2011 14:56:07 GMT -5
Braids - Native Speaker
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

These are my only 4 1/2 star albums from this year so far, though I like most of what everyone else has mentioned too, and also new albums from Cults, TVotR, Dirty Beaches, Fucked Up and Geotic.
Posted by Rusty
Jul 8, 2011 23:18:27 GMT -5
Radiohead - King of Limbs
Battles - Gloss Drop
Destroyer - Kaputt
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Nicolas Jaar - Space is Only Noise
Braids - Native Speaker
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
The Antlers - Burst Apart

Those are the Albums that have grabbed my attention the most so far this year. But there is still a lot of time, and a lot of albums left until the year is done.

On a side not, I think that everyones list will be (to some extent) Pitchfork-esque. Lets be honest, they review the music that we all listen to, and more times then not, they actually do a better job then we give them credit for. Now you could list a couple metal albums in your list to make it not Pitchfork--esque, but then it would just be StereoGum-esque. Good music is good music regardless of what blogazine has BNM'd it, amirite?