FAVORITES OF 2011 :: ALBUMS

Alright folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Here it is, a list of my favorite albums of 2011. This list was super hard to make, almost didn’t even bother, but I did it.

I narrowed it down to 30 and it was a process for sure. These albums basically stayed in my ears for days, even weeks after I first heard them. I still listen to these albums at least once or twice or three times a day.

2011 was crazy good, 2012 is going to have to rock out hard to live up to 2011’s standards. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and HOORAY FOR MUSIC!

These are in no particular order.

Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

White Denim – D

The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Twin Sister – In Heaven

Summer Camp – Welcome To Condale

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic

Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

Minks – By The Hedge

Bass Drum Of Death – GB City

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure

Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams

Steffaloo – Meet Me In Montauk

Cults – Cults

Real Estate – Days

Quilt – Quilt

Gem Club – Breakers

Wild Flag – Wild Flag

Megafaun – Megafaun

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Nerves Junior – As Bright As Your Night Light

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Yuck – Yuck

Other Lives – Tamer Animals

The Antlers – Burst Apart

Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
 

NEW ALBUM FROM GIRLS OUT SEPT. 13

Y’all, I can hardly contain my excitement about this announcement. NEW GIRLS ALBUM, FATHER, SON, HOLY GHOST, will be out in the US on September 13 on Turnsile Music. When I read the email this morning I literally squealed. Squealed! Anyway, check out the track listing of Father, Son, Holy Spirit below and some fun facts about the album from Chris Owens’ Twitter account. I’m particularly excited about fact 3, “Oh My Love” is such a beautiful track, absolutely gorgeous.

Track Listing:
1. Honey Bunny
2. Alex
3. Die
4. Saying I Love You
5. My Ma
6. Vomit
7. Just A Song
8. Magic
9. Forgiveness
10. Love Like A River
11. Jamie Marie

GR3FSHG 1, The cover is yes, lyrics from the album, BUT, it’s ALL the lyrics from the album, & in proper order, just read along as it plays.
GR3FSHG 2, in reply to comments, Lysandre 7 is not on because Lysandre is a full album, 7 is just track 7 from that album.
GR3FSHG 3, ‘Oh My Love’ could not be included because it is also part of another album of Country music.
GR3FSHG 4, a slight mistake from Spin’s article- John Anderson, Darren Weiss, Dan Eisenberg are the other musicians on the album.
GR3FSHG 5, also the title is absolutely not in reference to my background, in any way.
GR3FSHG 6, The reason ‘Record 3′ is printed as a subtitle is simply a nod to the importance of our 2nd record BDC, which was a big statement.
GR3FSHG 7, while this is our 2nd album it is our 3rd record.
GR3FSHG 8, Vomit was written before any song on ‘Album’. ‘Magic’ ‘Just A Song’ & ‘My Ma’ are the most recently written.
GR3FSHG 9, Just those few things that i think could be helpful for people writing articles, reviewing, etc… and anyone interested.
GR3FSHG 10, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to release another record, thank you ALL for your support. Xxo

And now a list of my favorite songs. I could seriously have about 100 songs on this list, but that might be a bit too much. This is a list of 20 songs that I instantly hit repeat when I heard them the first time. These are songs that got in my head and just wouldn’t leave.

1. Weed/Foxes in Fiction – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)

2. Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains – Arcade Fire

3. Hope Child – Free Energy

4. Heart To Tell – The Love Language

5. All Yr Songs – Diamond Rings

6. Carolina – Girls

7. Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells

8. Mason Jar – Morning Benders

9. It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers

10. Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives

11. Waterfall – The Fresh and The Onlys

12. Anchorage – Surfer Blood

13. Down By The Water – The Drums

14. Meet the Frownies – Twin Sister

15. Waiting on You – Sun Airway

16. Marathon – Tennis

17. Castles in the Snow – Twin Shadow

18. Moonville Tunnel – Mutual Benefit

19. To Old Friends and New – Titus Andronicus

20. It’s Not Meant to Be – Tame Impala

Up next, Internet Famous. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what that’s all about.

13 favorite EPs and Singles released in 2010.

1. Girls – Broken Dreams Club

2. Family Trees – Dream Talkin

3. Cloud Nothings – Leave You Forever

4. Twin Sister – Color Your Life

5. Levek – Look on the Bright Side

6. Women – Service Animal b/w Grey Skies

7. tooth ache. – Skin

8. Titus Andronicus/Free Energy Spilt – Anxiety Block (Television Personalities) b/w I’m Going Down (Bruce Springsteen)

9. Real Estate – Out Of Tune b/w Reservoir

10. Sunny Ali and The Kid – Try Harder

11. Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Say No To Love

12. Dent May – That Feeling b/w Eastover Wives

13. Ducktails – Mirror Image

Stay tuned for part three, my favorite songs of 2010.

Listen :: GIRLS – Heartbreaker

I’m on listen number six as I type this quick post about the lovely new song from GIRLS, “Heartbreaker”. This is the first single on the Broken Dreams Club EP set to be released on True Panther Sounds on 11/22.

Christopher Owens, you’re breaking my heart.

Listen ::

Download :: Click the link below. Be sure to check out the note from Christopher Owens.
http://www.truepanther.com/#/blog/girls-broken-dreams-club-ep-mp3

[via Gorilla vs. Bear] :: Girls cover “End of the World” by Skeeter Davis

From Gorilla vs. Bear:

Girls cover Skeeter Davis‘ devastating 1962 hit “End of the World.” Taken from the group’s new Morning Light UK single, out next week on Turnstile/Fantasy Trashcan.

End of the World
For the original post and download link click here.

I am going to need to get this! They are such a great band and I loved the set they did for us at Criminal Records in Atlanta.

SASQUATCH! :: Awesome Alert

I can’t believe I am just now posting something about this. Anyway, Sasquatch Festival in Washington state is going to be so awesome. I want to go so bad, but I live on the other side of the country and I’m broke. If you have the means or live in or near Quincy, WA, you need to go. And then report back on how freaking awesome it was.

So without further ado, the line up:
My Morning Jacket
Massive Attack
Pavement << FAVORITE!
Ween
Vampire Weekend << They will be in Atlanta in April at the Tabernacle.
MGMT
Band of Horses
The National <<
LCD Soundsystem <<
Tegan & Sara
Broken Social Scene
Passion Pit <<
Deadmau5
She & Him << Will be in Savannah next month.
Public Enemy <<
Nada Surf <<
The New Pornographers <<
The Hold Steady <<
The xx << SO GOOD! They’ll also be in Atlanta next month!
Dirty Projectors
OK Go
Drive By Truckers
Kid Cudi << Huge crush!
The Long Winters
Minus the Bear
The Mountain Goats
Quasi
Camera Obscura << LOVE THEM! Saw them at the 40 Watt. Check out my photos!
Fruit Bats
Brother Ali
Midlake <<
Dr. Dog
Caribou
Simian Mobile Disco
City & Colour
No Age
The Temper Trap
Vetiver
Miike Snow
Portugal. The Man
Telekinesis
Mayer Hawthorne
Why?
Girls << LOVE THEM SO MUCH! They just did an in-store @ Criminal Records and played The EARL.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros <<
Wale <<
The Lonely Forest
Japandroids
Boys Noize
Yacht
Freelance Whales
Laura Marling
Patrick Watson
Past Lives
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Low Anthem
The Very Best <<
Phantogram
Neon Indian <<
Nurses
The Tallest Man on Earth
Fresh Espresso
Mumford & Sons
Jets Overhead
tUnE-YarDs
Shabazz Palaces
Fool’s Gold
Morning Teleportation
Z-Trip
Dam-Funk
Hudson Mohawke
The Middle East <<
Local Natives <<
Avi Buffalo
Booka Shade
A-Trak
Yes Giantess
Craig Robinson
Rob Riggle
Garfunkel & Oates << HILARIOUS!
Luke Burbank
…and more to come!

So tickets are $70 for a single day (Feb. 20-May 23), per day and discounted 3-day passes are $170 (only available through Sunday, Feb. 21 at midnight. You better get ‘em fast!). Tickets go on sale at this rate on Saturday, Feb. 20. Single day tickets go up to $80 a day on May 24 until May 28. And the day of the show, single day tickets are $86 per day.
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