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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 — DeVotchKa, “The Man from San Sebastian”

Listening booth — DeVotchKa, “The Man from San Sebastian”

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I meant to write up a proper review for the latest DeVotchKa album, 100 Lovers, but just haven't had the time. So instead I'm sharing my favorite track from the album, at least so far. It's the sultry and exotic "The Man from San Sebastian," a cross between Joe Henry and Gogol Bordello if I've ever heard one. Love that watery, reverb-heavy guitar riff. In summary, 100 Lovers is one of the best albums I've heard so far this year, so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy right this minute. It's out now on ANTI-Records.   Related articles DeVotchKa: 100 Lovers (pastemagazine.com) Bold New Music, Old-World Sound (online.wsj.com) DeVotchKa is 'romantic, hopefully exotic, and good' (canada.com)
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