We’re over a third of the way through 2011. I would have to be crazy, an asshole, or a crazy asshole to be posting something like this this late in the year. But yeah, I’m doing it anyway.
I was going to do a Kanye West picture like I did last year, but I didn’t want to confuse people into thinking his album was on this list.
Check out the list below.
It’s in descending order, in case you didn’t just notice that.
15 – No Age – Everything in Between - Before this album I wouldn’t have called myself a No Age fan by any means. This one reminds me a lot more of Sonic Youth than their previous work did. It’s still heavy on the noise/punk side, but that’s not a bad thing.
No Age – Fever Dreaming by subpop
14 – Arcade Fire – The Suburbs - This is not the best Arcade Fire album by far, it’s going to be hard for them to top Funeral. It’s funny how an album like this that’s not a band’s best can still be so much better than most stuff that comes out that year.
Arcade Fire – Ready to Start by Humbertosilva
13 – Yeasayer – Odd Blood – “What Yeasayer has here is a great and varied album that is well worth the price of admission.” – Quoting myself. Click on the title for the review.
Yeasayer – Ambling Alp by musicmule
12 – Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart – A great Canadian band that may or may not be stuck in the late 70′s. As long as they keep putting out albums like this I don’t care what decade they’re stuck in.
Black Mountain: Old Fangs by -gaga
11 – Red Sparowes – The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer - “To call this epic sounding could be an understatement. It’s instrumental yes, but it’s more engaging than a lot of other bands that have a singer.” – Quoting myself again. I’ve been a big “post-rock” fan for years, and this has become one of my favorites. It’s up there with Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Click on the title for the review.
A Hail of Bombs by Red Sparowes
9 – Liars – Sisterworld - The genre-hoppers that call themselves Liars never disappoint. You never know what to expect, but it always seems to be good.
Liars – “The Overachievers” (from Sisterworld) by METRO Magazine
8 – The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream – Another band with “Black” in their name. Another band that plays music from another time. The singer sounds like a long lost son of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick.
Entrance Song by theblackangels
6 – The Black Keys – Brothers – This bluesy Ohio duo put out a fantastic album without a shitty song. I’ve never listened to one of their albums nearly as much as this one. This is the last band with “black” in their name, I promise. Click on their name to watch videos of two singles from this album.
The Black Keys – Howlin’ For You by MMMusic
5 – Zola Jesus – Stridulum - An EP?! Yes, an EP. These are six of the best songs I heard all of last year. If you’re into Siouxsie and the Banshees or Bat for Lashes you need to check this out.
Zola Jesus – Night by morrisday
4 – Grinderman – Grinderman 2 - I have a musical man-crush on Nick Cave. I love pretty much everything this guy does. Grinderman 2 is just as gritty as the first album with a bigger slice of weird thrown in.
Grinderman – Worm Tamer by Mozza_69
2 – Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest – The most solid pop album of 2010. I had this changing places so many times with the album I finally decided on being #1. If I decided to allow ties this would be the co-number 1 album of 2010. “Helicopter” was the song of 2010.
Deerhunter – Coronado by IndieRockReviews
1 – Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma & Pattern+Grid World - It’s kind of unfair that this is an album and an EP, but they go together and they’re both fantastic (even if I just included Cosmogramma, it’s enough to be #1). A bit weird for most people, this is some dense and beautiful electronic music/instrumental hip-hop.
Flying Lotus – Galaxy In Janaki by Hypetrak