favorite music of 2011 project

Favorite Music of 2011 Project

Here are all the songs and albums I’ve written about over the course of my Favorite Music of 2011 Project. Everything on the list is linked to the blurb or whatever I wrote about them. Everything is simply in the reverse order of which I posted; the last things I posted going down to the first things I posted. Nothing is assigned a numerical order; it seems silly to ascribe or stamp numbers onto art. I love all this music so much and it’s all been close to me, each record, each song, in it’s own way. And strangely, to put things into perspective, according to my iTunes and Last.FM only a little under half of the music I listened to this year was from 2011, mostly due to my exploration into the realm of 90s indie rock and 80s tweepop.

Here were my driving thoughts behind this project.

scattered thoughts on long term memory, descriptive writing, existential crisis’, and focally my ‘Favorite Music of 2011’ project.

&

a philosophy on lists



Albums:

The Radio DeptPassive Aggressive: Singles
Destroyer | Kaputt
M83 | Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 
Fleet Foxes | Helplessness Blues 
James Blake | James Blake
Bodies of Water | Twist Again
Sepalcure | Sepalcure
Secret Cities Strange Hearts
Panda Bear | Tomboy
Dum Dum Girls | Only In Dreams
Roommate | Guilty Rainbow
St. Vincent | Strange Mercy
Bon Iver | Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Cut Copy | Zonoscope
Cults | Cults
Young Galaxy | Shapeshifting
PJ Harvey | Let England Shape
John Maus | We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | Belong
Youth Lagoon | The Year of Hibernation
Beirut | The Rip Tide
Twin Sister | In Heaven
Pure X | Pleasure
Devotchka | 100 Lovers
Handsome Furs | Sound Kapital
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | Tape Club
Essie Jain | Until the Morning Light
House of Wolves | Fold In the Wind
Son Lux We Are Rising
Other Lives | Tamer Animals 
Yuck | Yuck
Nicolas Jaar | Space Is Only Noise
Team Me | Team Me
Coma Cinema | Blue Suicide
Tim Hecker | Pianos Dropped
Shabazz Palaces | Black Up
Smith Westerns | Dye It Blonde




Songs:

M83 | Splendor
John Maus | Beleiver
Pure X | Dry Ice 
Devotchka | Exhaustible & The Common Good
Tim Hecker | The Piano Drop
Panda Bear | Benefica
James Blake | Lindisfarne (parts I & II)
The Radio Dept. | Where the Damage Isn’t Already Done
The Strokes | Games & Taken For a Fool
Valeskja Valcav | …but rather to escape the pain.
St. Vincent | Cruel
Cut Copy | Sun God
Destroyer | Poor In Love & Suicide Demo For Karen Walker
Cults | Abducted
Radiohead | Codex
Walter Meego | Starlight
Fleet Foxes | Blue Spotted Tail & Grown Ocean
Youth Lagoon | July
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | The Body
PJ Harvey | On Battleship Hill & England
James Blake | The Wilhelm Scream
John Maus | Hey Moon
Secret Cities
| Love Crime
Ennui | Coconino
Smith Westerns | All Die Young
Cut Copy | Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution & Take Me Over
Alpine | Heartlove (FISHING backyard bonding rmx)
Young Galaxy | Blown Minded 
Dum Dum Girls | Caught In One
Bon Iver | Calgary & Beth / Rest
Beirut | East Harlem & Goshen
Iron & Wine | Godless Brother In Love
Xaphoon Jones | The Jackson Pit (Jackson 5 vs Passion Pit)
Devotchka | 100 Lovers
St. Vincent | Surgeon
Twin Sister | Kimmi In a Rice Field
Yuck | Suicide Policeman & Shook Down
Alex Turner | Piledriver Waltz
Youth Lagoon | Montana
Bodies of Water | Open Rhythms & You Know Me So Well
Bright Eyes | Beginner’s Mind & Shell Games
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | Misspent Youth
Panda Bear | Surfer’s Hymn
Cults | You Know What I Mean
Girls | Saying I Love You
House of Wolves | Roses In the Nordic Countries
The Knocks | Can’t Hurry Love
Fleet Foxes | Someone You’d Admire
Icona Pop | Manners (Captain Cuts Remix)
Lisa Bouvier | Hans Indievärld
Starscream | Space
Essie Jain | Lay Down
St. Vincent | Cheerleader
Trailer Trash Tracys | Dies In 55
Purity Ring | Ungirthed
Lia Ices | Love Is Won
Lana Del Rey | Video Games
Savoir Adore | Sparrow
Tennis | Pigeon
The So So Glos | Lost Weekend
Class Actress | Keep You
The Mountain Goats | Damn These Vampires
Son Lux | All the Right Things
Handome Furs | What About UsServe the People
Karl X Johan | Fantasies
Super Humanoids | Mirrors (Captain Cuts + Grouplove Remix)
Jens Leckman | An Argument With Myself
Acid House Kings | Would You Say Stop?
Alex Winston | Locomotive
Celebration | Open Your Heart
Naked & Famous | Young Blood (Dave Sitek Remix)
New Villager | Lighthouse
Porcelain Raft | Everything From Your Hands
Great Mountain Fire | Late Lights
AlunaGeorge | Disobey
Air France | It Feels Good To Be Around You
Pepper Rabbit | Rose Mary Stretch
Memoryhouse | Modern Normal
Chains of Love | You Got It
Uniform Motion | The Rats Dress Nice
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | Even In Dreams
Alela Diane | To Begin
Wild Beasts | End Come Too Soon
Arcade Fire | Culture War
White Denim | Anvil Everything
Washed Out | A Dedication
Helado Negro | Regresa
Cass McCombs | County Line
Nicolas Jaar | Keep Me There
Coldplay | Every Tear Drop Is a Waterfall
Mr. Little Jeans | The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)
The Milk | All I Wanted (Was Danger)
Ducktails | Killin’ the Vibe (ft. Panda Bear)
Jamie XX | Far Nearer
BOA | Push
Model Worker | Automatic Love 
Gang Gang Dance | Adult Goth
Burial | Stolen Dog
Strange Talk | Climbing Walls
Summer Camp | Better Off Without You
My Brightest Diamond | Reaching Through to the Other Side & I Have Never Loved Someone the Way I Love You
Fever Ray | The Wolf
Lykke Li | Youth Knows No Pain & Sadness Is a Blessing
The Strokes | Under the Cover of Darkness

Album: Handsome Furs // sound kapital

“when i get back, when i get back home, when i get back, when i get back home, when i get back, when i get back home. i won’t be the same no more” sings Boeckner in the first seconds of the album right before a slamming synth-heavy beat erupts, pumping through the track. It’s clear that Handsome Furs is not just a Wolf Parade garbage dump, but instead, it’s own band crafting premium electro-punk jams, strongly attributed to Eastern European electronic and industrial music. Boeckner’s guitars are replaced with his wife’s sizzling synthesizers and woofer-thumbing beats, songwriting serving as a tribute to the travels with underground bands forced to play their music in secret, hidden from the authorities. Sound Kapital is Handsome Furs best album to date.

Sampled Track: “When I Get Back”

(December)

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