2011 has been a very solid year for new music. The radio won’t give you everything you need to hear, and since I listen to a stupid amount of music every day, I’ve decided to give you all an early Christmas present: my 10 favorite albums from 2011 (this list could easily change every day, but for today, this is where I stand).
Recognizing that this should be a lengthy post, I’m going to reduce this to a very simple format: link to this list of albums on Spotify, list the albums from 10-to-1, include absolutely no useful insight into the albums, list some of the songs you should listen to off them. Heck, I’ll even include the link before the jump so you can bypass all that other stuff. You’re welcome!
10. Givers – In Light (First Full-Length)
You should enjoy this if you like: crazy straws; high school parties (either the thought of them or having parties that still reflect that format…not still going to them today, that’s weird); my aunt’s dog (or other things that are adorable and playful, but probably won’t be helping find the cure for cancer).
Songs you have to listen to: Meantime, Saw You First, Noche Nada
9. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (No really, this album’s great)
You should enjoy this if you like: flannel; pretending the 90s were the best decade for music; being mad at your girlfriend but needing to sing along to something with catchy hooks to express your rage because even though you’re pretty tough you’re never too tough for a sing-a-long.
Songs you have to listen to: Bridge Burning, Dear Rosemary, A Matter of Time (assuming you’ve already heard “Rope” and “Walk” and are sick of them)
8. Devotchka – 100 Lovers
You should enjoy this if you like: violin-induced crescendos; mariachi bands; driving through the desert heat with no particular destination (and who DOESN’T love that?!)
Songs you have to listen to: The Alley, The Common Good, Sunshine
7. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
You should enjoy this if you like: thick milkshakes from a diner; Motown; doing things your parents would have strongly opposed if you were a teenager in the 50s but are totally acceptable today
Songs you have to listen to: Over You, Go To Hell, Movin’ Down the Line
6. Yuck – Yuck (Debut)
You should enjoy this if you like: 90s guitar rock; telling girls you’ve always been sensitive because you listened to Tonic; telling guys you’ve always been a rocker because you listened to Weezer (they don’t sound like either of these bands…just sayin’)
Songs you have to listen to: Operation, Suicide Policeman, The Wall
5. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming!
You should enjoy this if you like: watching TRON: Legacy on ecstasy; glow sticks (not necessarily using them, just the general concept of them); tiny poisonous frogs that may cause some sort of frogpocalypse because they’re too cute to resist licking
Songs you have to listen to: Midnight City, Steve McQueen, Raconte-Moi Une Histoire
4. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
You should enjoy this if you like: girls growing out their armpit hair; anything about aborigines; voices that are completely gender ambiguous
Songs you have to listen to: You Yes You, Bizness, My Country
3. Washed Out – Within and Without (Debut)
You should enjoy this if you like: remote beach paradises; the old Nintendo game “Star Tropics”; dreaming about drinking Fizzy Lifting Drinks with Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe, but without the giant man-eating propeller attached to the ceiling
Songs you have to listen to: Amor Fati, Eyes Be Closed, Before
2. Ha Ha Tonka – Death of a Decade
You should enjoy this if you like: Mark Twain; roaming buffalo; lying in the bed of a pick-up truck staring up into the clear night sky with a bottle of moonshine
Songs you have to listen to: Made Example Of, Lonely Fortunes, Problem Solver
1. The Dodos – No Color
You should enjoy this if you like: the theme song from “Pete & Pete”; log cabins; cooking with parts of animals or vegetables that people normally throw out
Songs you have to listen to: Black Night, Good, Don’t Try and Hide It