Albums of 2011
10 - Ryan Adams - Ashes & FireFavorite Tracks: Kindness
I liked when Thomas used Ryan Adams‘ lyrics in a brotherhood exchange in regards to this album.. Oh yea, and my man-crush for Ryan is still undying!
9 - The Antlers - Burst ApartFavorite Tracks: I Don‘t Want Love
I sure do love their sad bastard way. "Putting The Dog To Sleep" though??!! Fuck.....
8 - Givers - In LightFavorite Tracks: In My Eyes
Many Saturday morning dance parties have gone down when throwing this album on. I‘ve had a couple of late night ones too after a few drinks.
7 - Mates Of State - MountaintopsFavorite Tracks: Sway
Don‘t you just want to hug this band? They are so damn loveable.
6 - Youth Lagoon - The Year Of HibernationFavorite Tracks: Afternoon
Relax.. Listen to Youth Lagoon.
5 - Dodos - No ColorFavorite Tracks: Good
Neko sings on this record too! Love her. You should totally follow her on twitter!
4 - The Streets - Computers And BluesFavorite Tracks: Lock The Locks
He wraps up his career as being The Streets with a song about it being his last day of work! It works on multiple levels!! Well played Mike Skinner.
3 - Destroyer - KaputtFavorite Tracks: Kaputt
I‘ve always had a huge soft spot for Destroyer and when I saw the floating whales with backing saxaphone in the Kaputt video I knew Dan Bejar had done it again. It‘s so so good.. Unless you hate saxaphones.. then you‘re bummed.
2 - Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The MountainFavorite Tracks: We Bros
I like a song called "We Bros"??!! Fuck yea.. And I like it a lot. These guys shred. I don‘t really recommend following them on Facebook as they kind of come across as idiots but I don‘t even care cause these guys write tunes man!
1 - Tennis - Cape DoryFavorite Tracks: Seafarer
Life can be complicated and scary. This album is simple and beautiful. Life can be too.
Honorable Mentions of 2011
1 - Yuck - Yuck
Totally reminds me of all my favorite highschool years bands creating one supergroup. The song "Georgia" shred‘s hard.
Singles of 2011
5 - NIkki Minaj - Super Bass
Somebody please tell them who the F I is..
4 - Alex Winston - Sister Wife
I kind of randomly stumbled upon this track but I instantly got hyped on it. I sent it over to my co-worker who played it like every day for 3 weeks.
3 - Guillemots - I Don‘t Feel Amazing Now
My 2011 fix of poignant brit-pop.. love it.
2 - The Streets - Lock The Locks
I never want this song to end for two reasons. 1. Because it‘s supposedly the last song by The Streets and 2. Because it‘s really fucking good.
1 - Wu Lyf - We Bros
This song gets me amped. Amped to play softball, amped to drive down the street and amped that I have to sons that are Bros.
Favorite Non-2011 Albums
2 - Ryan Adams and the Cardinals - III/IV
The song "Happy Birthday" alone has seen mad airplay at our house.
1 - Beach House - Teen Dream
I‘ve thrown this on so many times this last year it‘s re-dicky-donky.
Best concert of 2011
It was a great show and a fun little adventure. We were maybe going to camp out but ended up tailgating outside the venue for 3+ hours and driving home afterwards. The music was exceptional and it reminded me to go out and have a night wherein you‘re not sure where you are going to sleep every once and awhile.