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Old 12-02-11, 02:55 AM
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Old 12-02-11, 09:18 AM
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Tom Waits - Bad As Me
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
Wilco - The Whole Love
The Black Belles - The Black Belles
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Urge Overkill - Rock & Roll Submarine
The Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps
Radiohead - The King of Limbs

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Old 12-02-11, 10:30 AM
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Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
The Weeknd - Thursday/House of Balloons
Big K.R.I.T. - Return of 4Eva
Frank Ocean - Nostalgia/Ultra
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
James Blake - James Blake
Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Danny Brown - XXX
CunninLynguists - Oneirology
Adele - 21
Radiohead - King of Limbs
The Roots - Undun
Drake - Take Care
You should check out the Van Hunt album I picked if you haven't already. I think you'd like it.
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You should check out the Van Hunt album I picked if you haven't already. I think you'd like it.
I'll check it out. Is it called 'what were you hoping for?' ?
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I'll check it out. Is it called 'what were you hoping for?' ?
Yeah.
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Old 12-02-11, 01:22 PM
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Urge Overkill is still around? What's next, Material Issue?
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Old 12-02-11, 01:27 PM
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Re: Best Albums of 2011

In no order:

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes (actually, this is my favorite of 2011)
Wild Beasts - Smother
The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade
The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts
Danger Mouse - Rome
Black Keys - El Camino
Cults - Cults
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

I still have a few albums I want to hear, so this list may not be complete. Somebody start a Best Songs of 2011 thread! I don't want to since I haven't compiled a list yet, but in this iPod age I'm always into hearing good songs.
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Old 12-02-11, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by atlantamoi View Post
In no order:

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes (actually, this is my favorite of 2011)
Wild Beasts - Smother
The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade
The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts
Danger Mouse - Rome
Black Keys - El Camino
Cults - Cults
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

I still have a few albums I want to hear, so this list may not be complete. Somebody start a Best Songs of 2011 thread! I don't want to since I haven't compiled a list yet, but in this iPod age I'm always into hearing good songs.

I did a mid-year thread (link), but yes I'd like to know an overall best of Jan-Dec list - and we pretty much know that all the good stuff been released December is a really dry month in terms of actual 'good' music ( )
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Old 12-02-11, 02:16 PM
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Singles remind me of kisses,
Albums remind me of plans
-Squeeze


I'll always be an album guy
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Old 12-02-11, 02:39 PM
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I probably didn't listen to enough new music to make a top ten but my favorite album of the year is without a doubt...

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
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Old 12-02-11, 02:45 PM
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Urge Overkill is still around? What's next, Material Issue?
You really got a thing about bands hanging around, don't you?
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Old 12-02-11, 02:47 PM
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No particular order, but if pressed, Wilco knocked it out of the park.

Wilco: The Whole Love
Cults: Cults
The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow
Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Death Cab For Cutie: Codes and Keys
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I've enjoyed pretty much everything I've picked up this year.

Top 10:
1. Pain of Salvation - Road Salt 2
2. Kenny Wayne Shepherd - How I Go
3. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events
4. Cake - Showroom of Compassion
5. Tesla - Twisted Wires
6. The Muppets - The Green Album
7. For All We Know - For All We Know
8. Evanescence - Evanescence
9. Adrenaline Mob - EP

Pending release next week:
10. (or higher) Nightwish - Imaginarium

Need to give more time:
Chickenfoot - III
Cage the Elephant - Happy Birthday

The only true disappointment was Eddie Vedder's Ukelele Songs. It wasn't near as good as Into the Wild and was quite long in the tooth to be honest.
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I probably didn't listen to enough new music to make a top ten but my favorite album of the year is without a doubt...

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
He has tranny sex and a recording career?
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1. Lou Reed & Metallica "Lulu"
2. Megadeth "Th1rte3n"
3. Foo Fighters "Wasting Light"
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The Weeknd - both albums

Active Child - probably my favorite thing I've heard this year.
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Old 12-02-11, 11:20 PM
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Drive - Soundtrack
Adele - 21
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome
The Head and the Heart - S/T
Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne
Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
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Old 12-03-11, 12:02 AM
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Bon Iver - Bon Iver
The Weeknd - House of Ballons
The Weeknd - Thursday
The Antlers - Burst Apart
Cults - Cults
Drake - Take Care
Jay-Z & Kanye - Watch Tha Throne
Black Keys - El Camino
Frank Ocean - Nostalgia/Ultra
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Old 12-03-11, 09:15 AM
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1. Decemberists "The King is Dead"
2. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit "Here We Rest"
3. Twilight Singers "Dynamite Steps"
4. The Head and the Heart "The Head and the Heart"
5. Amanda Shires "Carrying Lightning"
6. Blitzen Trapper "American Goldwing"
7. Dawes "Nothing is Wrong"
8. Middle Brother "Middle Brother"
9. Wussy "Strawberry"
10. Crooked Fingers "Breaks in the Armor"
11. Deer Tick "Divine Providence"
12. Enter the Haggis "White Lake"
13. Lydia Loveless "Indestructible Machine"
14. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers "Unida Cantina"
15. Tom Waits "Bad as Me"
16. Will Hoge "Number Seven"
17. Frank Turner "England Keep My Bones"
18. Foo Fighters "Wasting Light"
19. Drive-By Truckers "Go-Go Boots"
20. Amos Lee "Mission Bell"
21. A. A. Bondy "Believers"
22. Fucked Up "David Comes to Life"


Did the Civil Wars come out in 2011? I can't remember, my iTunes says 2010 on it. If so, It should be like number 6 and bump everything down.
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Old 12-03-11, 09:19 AM
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13. Lydia Loveless "Indestructible Machine"
Glad to see I'm not the only one here with this outstanding debut on their list. Just a great collection from start to finish.

Saw her perform the other night in Chicago, and her set was one of the best I've seen in awhile: fast, frantic and lead by that big voice coming out of such a tiny frame. Her set included a terrific cover of Elvis' 'Alison' which only made me love her more....

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Drive - Soundtrack
Forgot about this one. Nice pick
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Old 12-03-11, 02:43 PM
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Re: Best Albums of 2011

I'm going to cheat a bit since one of my selections was released in England last year but didn't come out in the US until 2011, while another is from Japan and hasn't been released in the US at all.

4) Esben and the Witch, Violet Cries



3) PJ Harvey, Let England Shake



2) Sarah Jarosz, Follow Me Down:



1) Penguindrum Soundtrack:





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Old 12-03-11, 03:12 PM
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My (loosely ordered) list:

Best of 2011
Touche Amore - Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me
Red City Radio - The Dangers Of Standing Still
Thursday - No Devolucion
Portugal. The Man - In The Mountain In The Cloud
Caparza - Grooming Standards
La Dispute - Wildlife
Cobra Skulls - Bringing The War Home
SHARKS - The Joys Of Living: 2008-2010
Nothington - Borrowed Time
Direct Hit! - Domesplitter
Polar Bear Club - Clash Battle Guilt Pride
Maritime - Human Hearts
The Copyrights - North Sentinel Island
Heartsounds - Drifter
Alot of good shit on this list. I love Drifter, North Sentinal Island, Dangers of Standing Still, and Borrowed Time.
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I'll have to check out a lot of these albums. For me, the albums I play more than anything else from this year are the new PJ Harvey, Florence + The Machine, and Erasure.
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Off the top of my head
Foo Fighters -- Wasting Light
Anthrax -- Worship Music
Black Country Communion -2
Death Cab -- Codes and Keys
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