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Best album of 2011? Now with added competition for an original illustration!

I think mine would have to be Kurt Vile's 'Smoke Ring for my Halo'. It's not instant - very much a slow-burner and not exactly ground breaking but it's a fantastic record all the same. I got to see him in Oakland as well supporting Thruston Moore in July - amazing gig.


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Other notable mentions to Fucked Up, Will Oldham and Fleet Foxes.


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Best compilation is Finders Keepers second collection of Pakistani dance-floor belters 'Life id Dance'.


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And best record I got this year even though it came out years ago would be Scott Walker's 'Scott 4'.


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How about you?


I suppose I should squeeze in best film too - either 'Beats, Rhymes and Life' or 'Submarine'.

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Mat Pringle
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Good job I fucked up this thread already!

Chipmnk

Man, I didn't really listen to much new music this year. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming was nice. I liked The Year of Hibernation for a bit, too.

I guess my two favorites were

and

I don't really see The Rip Tide sticking with me though.

L-M-N-O-P
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Mine are by bands I'll probably always like, no matter what the album contains:

Mat Pringle
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Oooh - I haven't heard 'The Rip Tide' - it's quite different to his previous stuff innit?

thevalentin

well its not out yet but it will be

also I really enjoyed this album

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Chipmnk

It definitely feels different, but it also feels so familiar. It's hard to really describe.

Omair

butt curmudgeon by the Joei Bagofdonuts Boys Revival Choir

Chipmnk

Oh man, Joe Bags is the best.

Omair

Forgetfully Yours by So Soft, What is This!

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I forgot what came out this year. Helplessness Blues is up there, I saw them with my Dad and we were both blown away. Explosions in the Sky & Mogwai are great too. Also Josh T Pearson's was heartbreakingly beautiful. I know I'm going to love the new Tom Waits, just haven't got round to it yet. The new Arctic Monkeys was okay, but the title song Suck it and See, I loved it. Radiohead get an honourable mention, but it was a bit short. I think James Blake will be on a lot of lists, I just can't get into it, seems a bit sterile. I've also been enjoying Mirror Traffic by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and more recently Wye Oak.

(I had to flick through the old music library to see what I recently added, so there are probably more that I just forgot)

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Oh and Chocolate Carrier Bags

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Wow you dudes have some awesome music taste. Here are my top 5, I would post the covers but I'm on my phone:

  1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
  2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
  3. Beirut - the rip tide
  4. Youth Lagoon - Youth Lagoon
  5. Mute Math - Odd Soul (mostly because it reminds me of the black keys)

Speaking of the black keys, I'm sooooo pumped for their new album. It will probably replace mute math on my list. I didn't care for brothers, but this one sounds like older black keys so far :)

Steve The Great

Helplessness Blues is the only new album I heard this year. so....that one, I suppose.

thevalentin

this is another good one I enjoyed

canceromega

Favorites were

and Starscream - Future, Towards the Edge of Forever

I don't think I listened to much else.

L-M-N-O-P
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I'm a sucker for piano driven music, so this one was fun:

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Didn't listen to a lot of new music, but I enjoyed these.

Adhesive Hippo

Possibly this one. I've been really enjoying it lately, the more I listen to it, the better it gets.

Chipmnk

Oh man, I didn't even know Taking Back Sunday was still together.

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I honestly don't recall a record that came out in 2k11 that I insanely enjoyed or thought was something groundbreaking.

But I haven't listened to the new m83 album yet which i have heard is mindblowing...

I'll check the 2011 year released tab on my iTunes when i get home :)

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I enjoyed this.

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Hell yes for twin shadow and cults as well.

taz-pie

dudes dudes DUDES

bon iver by bon iver is almost goddamn perfect. PERFECT i tell you.

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That other 2011 album blog got me to keep track of music. Tune yards and fucked up's albums are both really fun listens, I second George and Jonathan. Those are the three I remember liking a lot. 1. Tune-yards 2. George and Jonathan 3. Fucked Up I still haven't listened to a lot of music this year.

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That other 2011 album blog got me to keep track of music. Tune yards and fucked up's albums are both really fun listens, I second George and Jonathan. Those are the three I remember liking a lot. 1. Tune-yards 2. George and Jonathan 3. Fucked Up I still haven't listened to a lot of music this year.

Mat Pringle
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Bon Iver is on my Christmas list. I really liked his first album (eventually) but heard the new one was very restrained so avoided.

Evan - I know what you mean about nothing ground-breaking. I feel like the stuff I did like is all fairly derivative, safe and unoriginal.

taz-pie

the new album is sublte and beautiful and wondrous. i freaking love it.

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Agree with most. Great list. I've got check some these.

Really like Youth Lagoon but the way he pronounces the S's always remind of Herbert that pedophile from Family Guy.

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This is very good.

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In no particular order Clams Casino-Instrumental Mixtape I think really paving ways for hip-hop producers to make their own music and remixes, not just tracks for rappers

Ford & Lopatin- Channel Pressure Pretty great melodies and influence from early video game days

M83-Hurry up we're dreaming Finally launching them onto the well deserved platform he/they should be on, even though Saturdays = Youth is still my favorite album by him/them

Class Actress - Rapproacher 2 words: Analog synths. Gotta love em.

I'm sure I'll be back with more, but those are the few off the top of my head I can think of.

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Pictureplane- Thee Physical I think this kid deserves a lot of credit for creating his sounds and beats and really working on his vocals since his last release.

PogoLightning

these are some of my favorites. can't pick a "Best" though.

Mat Pringle
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You must pick a best or you lose them all forever.

Sorry - these are the rules.

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They're all gone now - vaporised into the ether. Good job. You've ruined if for everyone.

Mat Pringle
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'it' not 'if'.

Now I've ruined it for everyone.

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Shit, you're right. This was supposed to be the new fall album :(

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^that, obviously! i remember having now that's what i call music 7. it had sly fox, lovebug starsky and stan ridgeway's camouflage. it was surely the high-point for the ntwicm series.

in all seriousness i'll have to pick up that bonnie prince billy one.

PogoLightning

i have Now 7.

That was the best one.

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I wish this was about 2010 as I haven't bought any music this year :)== Still I will watch this blog and take some notes.

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probably this because i've listened to it the most this year.

jamesf
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i think the american now 7 must be different to the uk one as the uk one came out two years before you were born - looked like this…

i wanna get the pete and the pirates album. i especially love this song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhjaeeUpPAE&ob=av2e

partly for the fact my friend had a flat on half moon street in the in and out club where i enjoyed my best ever new year

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US - Now That's What I Call Music! 7 was released on July 31, 2001 The album is the seventh edition of the (U.S.)

Now That's What I Call Music 7 or Now 7 was released in 1986. The album is the 7th edition of the (UK) Now! series.

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yeah - i don't think anyone remembers who lovebug starski was in 2001. to be honest i don't think anyone remembered him in 1987

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I love the original now albums. when I was in college I went through all of them and found a lot of stuff I hadn't heard before

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the only one of these i've even heard of is the Adele album because my wife has it.

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