Favorite Albums of 2011
I have a little website and a lot of the content is music based. At the end of the year, labels and publicists begin sending a bunch of "For Your Consideration" style emails, asking you to look over certain releases from the year and to consider adding them to your end of the year lists. Personally, I don't really like the lists because they seem to be set up the same way everytime and, since I don't believe that anyone really heard every single album that came out during the year or had time to devote to each of them equally, it always seems like farce to rate them with some sort of number system.
One purpose for them that I do find is that it can introduce people to stuff they may not have heard before. I've basically refused to make one for the site, but I've also noticed that I still like discussing them, because my ideals are a sham.
I'm not gonna number or rate anything, but here are some of the albums that got the most listens from me this year, that were released this year. Along with the album artist/title, I'm gonna try to include a video of a track from the release. I was hoping that some of you might be interested in posting your favorites, as well. Even if they didn't come out this year, but you discovered it this year. Hopefully, there will be some cool stuff to discover.
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Amon Tobin - ISAM
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic
Cave - Neverendless
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Singer - Mindreading
Free Download of the song "New Bad Teeth"
Battles - Gloss Drop
J Mascis - Several Shades of WHy
Moon Duo - Mazes
Death Grips - ExMilitary
The Howling Hex - Wilson Semiconductors
No video or links
James Blake - S/T
Nurses - Dracula