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The Music Year That Was: The Best Albums of 2011

The Music Year That Was: The Best Albums of 2011

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The usual disclaimers about my year-end music lists still apply. I'm only one man and only have so much time to listen to new albums. So even if I hear an album and it's really good, if nothing about it grabs me right away I may end up forgetting it. Also, naturally I'm going to gravitate toward music either from acts I already know and like or that's recommended by friends and writers/critics I respect. These, then, are the ten albums that I have returned to more than any other in 2011 and probably will in 2012. Because at the end of the day, isn't that the only mark of a good record? #1. Mastodon, The Hunter As much as I was disappointed with Crack the Skye, I absolutely love The Hunter. I've read a lot of comparisons between it and Metallica's "Black Album," and I can see why. It's...
Listening booth — Dengue Fever, “Cement Slippers”

Listening booth — Dengue Fever, “Cement Slippers”

Listening Booth, Music
It's been entirely too long since Dengue Fever released their last studio album, 2008's excellent Venus on Earth. That album, if you remember, earned a coveted slot on my year-end Best Of list for '08. But the wait will be over on April 19, when the group is slated to release Cannibal Courtship via Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group. Of course you can pre-order the album on Amazon, but I've got an .mp3 of the first single for your listening pleasure. It's the second track, "Cement Shoes," and it's a burner. The group's signature style -- vintage 1960s Cambodian rock mingled with surf music and a bit of lounge thrown in for good measure -- is here, but sounds beefier than before. The dual vocals of guitarist Zac Holtzman and Cambodian chanteuse Chhom Nimol also work for me in a big w...
2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

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A few months into this year I couldn't shake the feeling that 2008 just wasn't going to be the great year for new music that 2007 was.  And so here I am, about a week away from 2009, and I still feel the same way.  It wasn't a total wash mind you, as there was definitely some quality to be enjoyed.  So here's my take on the 2008 music year - good, bad, and ugly. The Best of the Best (Albums) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop) Yeah, this seems like an obvious choice, but it's also a damn good one.  I'm always up for listening to good vocal harmonies, and this band has them in spades.  The music is gorgeous to boot, and is a highly engaging blend of folk titans like CSNY, America, and early '70s Fleetwood Mac.  The vocal round of "White Winter Hymnal" is worth the price of admission