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I figured that now that the year is over I should post my list.

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/sisteray/favorites_of_2011

I'm sure that I'll discover something great that I missed later in life. What are your big hits of the year?
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I didn't even know Gusgus had a new album out! Thanks for the head's up!

I've been out of the loop bigtime this year, and there was really no album that sat in my player for massive amount of time, but what little music I did hear, I enjoyed these the most:

Best pop:
Ellie Goulding "Lights"

Best rock:
Thrice "Major/Minor"

Best "metal:"
We Came As Romans "Understanding What We've Grown To Be" (though this one had to grow on me).
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Feist - Metals - I liked her previous efforts well enough, but they were a little too sacharine or poppy. Metals has emotional gravitas - very melancholy and moody, but powerful.

Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials - she and her band may be the worthy successors to Queen, with their soaring, pseudo-operatic style. Every once in a while, they are too clever for their own good. But Ceremonials is an accomplished sophomore effort.

Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys! - not quite as impressive as Seldom Seen Kid, but a solid effort.

I've heard portions of these albums, and was very impressed:

Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplane
Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys
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He Morgan,

thanks for your list.
Most of them are unknown to me.
Some I found while surfing youtube just a few weeks ago
Fleet Foxes (on to buy list)
Beirut (dito)
The Dodos
Lykke Li (dito)
Gotye (got the mp3 just today)

and some I know, but not their latest records
Radiohead
Panda Bear
PJ Harvey

PS: Added you as a friend.
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Here's the list I posted on Facebook:

Albums:
The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
The Coathangers - Larceny & Old Lace
Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life

Songs:
Tom Waits - "Hell Broke Luce"
PJ Harvey - "The Words That Maketh Murder"
The Coathangers - "Johnny"
EMA - "Butterfly Knife"
Case Studies - "Silver Hand"
Mariachi El Bronx - "48 Roses"
Smith Westerns - "Imagine Pt. 3"
Low - "Especially Me"
TV On the Radio - "Second Song"
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
Feist - Metals - I liked her previous efforts well enough, but they were a little too sacharine or poppy. Metals has emotional gravitas - very melancholy and moody, but powerful.


I keep forgetting about it. I liked her earlier stuff and love when she guests on other records. I'll have to get this.
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Favorite albums of 2011

1. Mastodon - The Hunter

2. Giant Squid - Cenotes

3. Grayceon - All We Destroy

4. Zebulon Pike - Space is the Corpse of Time

5. Bewized - Scorch of Rage


Biggest disappointment of 2011

The Book of Knots - Garden of Fainting Stars, They seem to be getting weaker with each release. Traineater still had some great moments on it but I don't think I found a single one here.
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I need to give Elbow another chance. The Seldom Seen Kid is the best one right? I'd always wrote them off as a second rate Coldplay to me and I gave up on those guys after their second record.

Erak, The Coathangers are on my list to check out.
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Albums:

Bunwinkies - Map of our New Constellations
The Happy Jawbone Family Band - Okay Midnight, You Win
Alvarius B. - Baroque Primitiva
Cut Hands - Afro Noise 1
Arrington de Dionyso - Suara Naga
MV & EE - Country Stash
Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano - Under a Double Moon
Akron/Family - The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Brian Eno - Drums Between the Bells
Pinkunoizu - Peep

Reissues:

Mars - Live at Artists Space
Sun Ra - Space Probe
V/A - The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974-1979
Brötzmann / Bennink / Van Hove - Tschüs
Can - Tago Mago (40th Anniversary Ed)
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sisteray wrote:
I need to give Elbow another chance. The Seldom Seen Kid is the best one right? I'd always wrote them off as a second rate Coldplay to me and I gave up on those guys after their second record.



I'd say Seldom Seen Kid is one of the best albums I've heard in years. Rocket wasn't nearly as good... but the lead singer was in love when he wrote most of SSK, and he's married now. You do the math!

Seriously though, SSK is fantastic.

EDIT - Morgan, listened to the new Gusgus... it's really good. Glad to see they returned to form. The last couple of albums from them were just dull IMO... but this brought me back to why I loved them in college.
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Biggest Disappointments of 2011:

Destroyer - Kaputt: You know that scene in Repo Man where the Circle Jerks are playing lounge music at the bar and Otto mutters "I can't believe I used to like these guys". What a parallel. For some reason Destroyer embraced smooth jazz. WTF!

Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean: I hate Steely Dan. This album sounds like a particularly bad Steely Dan record. I don't get the change.

Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams: Gone are the garage fuzz and catchy hooks. Sad.

Cant - Dreams Come True: Collaboration between Grizzly Bear and Twin Shadow, two bands I love. It comes off like a boring version of Califone while riffing NIN. Somehow also sounds like a constant variation of In the Air Tonight (which strangely is about the only thing good about it).
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tscook wrote:
Tim Hecker's Ravdeath 1972 was surprisingly good.


Ravedeath 1972 keeps cropping up on people's lists, but I already have a bunch of Tim Hecker albums that I don't listen to...

tscook wrote:
Current 93's Honeysuckle Aeons reminds me more of Thunder Perfect Mind era stuff without ditching the newer sonic elements I've come to appreciate.


I've tried, but I just can't stand David Tibet. Give me Sol Invictus any day...

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Peaking Light's 936 was my summer album.


It's on my favorites list!

tscook wrote:
The Skullflower singles comp is sick.


Please elaborate.
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The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual
Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Das Racist - Relax
The Roots - Undun
Liturgy - Aesthethica
Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Blut Aus Nord - 777 Sect(s)/Sanctification
The Weeknd - Thursday
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Biggest disappointments:

Bon Iver. I loved their first album and side projects (S. Carey, Volcano Choir), but the new one just pisses me off.

Oneida. I feel like a joke was played on me.
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Hey Morgan, I did a search for Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See on your list but didn't see it. Is it on your radar?
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erak wrote:

Bon Iver. I loved their first album and side projects (S. Carey, Volcano Choir), but the new one just pisses me off.


It is a pretty big let down. I honestly think that most of the problem with the record is the production. There are some great songs hiding under that sludge of 70s light rock saxification. There is no excuse about the last song though. It should have been in my top 10.
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Sinister Dexter wrote:
Hey Morgan, I did a search for Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See on your list but didn't see it. Is it on your radar?


I bought the hype from the first album and picked it up without listening to it and felt seriously burned. I heard the second one around and didn't love it (but didn't really give it much of a chance). So I never thought to listen to it.

Is there anything to distinguish it from their early stuff? I just figured the name reflected their dedication.

BTW, the Feist record is pretty, thanks.
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tscook wrote:
sisteray wrote:
tscook wrote:
Tim Hecker's Ravdeath 1972 was surprisingly good.


Ravedeath 1972 keeps cropping up on people's lists, but I already have a bunch of Tim Hecker albums that I don't listen to...


I was on a long break from that kind of drone/ambient shit so it was a refreshing return.


I go back and forth. For a years I bought every Kranky release, then I decided I was crazy.

The last thing like this that I bought was a small print Lichens album when I saw him live (that I still haven't listened to).


tscook wrote:


The Skullflower singles comp is sick.

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I guess so much not a singles comp as a two album reissue + singles comp, though I mostly spin the singles disc. Carved Into Roses + Infintyland + Singles


Can you link me to it?
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tscook wrote:
Bon Iver is fucking boring.


I'm a sucker for pretty and dramatic.
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sisteray wrote:
Sinister Dexter wrote:
Hey Morgan, I did a search for Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See on your list but didn't see it. Is it on your radar?


I bought the hype from the first album and picked it up without listening to it and felt seriously burned. I heard the second one around and didn't love it (but didn't really give it much of a chance). So I never thought to listen to it.

Is there anything to distinguish it from their early stuff? I just figured the name reflected their dedication.

BTW, the Feist record is pretty, thanks.


Unfortunately, I can't provide much of a comparison there - having heard only a few songs from their previous works. The current album reminds me of Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church and Hoodoo Gurus.

I'm glad you liked Feist. She's the reason I have to keep recharging my iPod battery.
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I updated min with some links... check out the Bunwinkies... They curate the Western Mass Freak Folk festival "Wickermania".
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I listen to that Washed Out album all the time.

In addition to that, my list would include:

Thrice--Major/Minor
St. Vincent--Strange Mercy
Okkervil River--I Am Very Far
The Mountain Goats--All Eternals Deck
Mogwai--Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Also got to see them in concert for the first time. Loudest. Concert. Ever.)
Joe Henry--Reverie
Face to Face--Laugh Now, Laugh Later
Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets--Go, And Sell All Your Things
Joseph Arthur--The Graduation Ceremony
Radiohead--The King of Limbs
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In Waves - Trivium
A strong follow up to Shogun, they seem to be getting better and better (and I loved Shogun). An excellent integration of their new drummer, show casing his skill and it seems he fits perfectly with the groups style and play. Saw them live once with their old drummer and twice now with their new drummer and I have to say I enjoy the new gent much better than the old. The new drummer plays the old songs with such ease its amazing, hes a perfect fit itd appear. If they keep this trend up and dont ever return to 'Crusade' style they'll remain my favorite band of all time. Also In Waves saw perhaps the most epic intro to a song ever. Capsizing the Sea + In Waves is just epic live with a wall of speakers. I hope they always use that to open their live shows from here on out.

Children of Fire - Oh, Sleeper
Just recently discovered them, and got all their music. Their latest was however released this year and its an awesome album. I wish I had known about them when they came to Charleston, SC to play. Sad I didnt discover them till after that show.

Evanescence - Evanescence
The return of Amy Lee, perhaps my favorite since Fallen. Glad they got all the legal and record deal stuff sorted out, she seems as strong as ever even with the new band line up. Wish I had the money to see them when they come to Clemson, SC.

Empros - Russian Circles
Excellent album by RC, never really get tired of listening to their stuff, and it rarely gets skipped when it comes on my iPod.

Beast - DevilDriver
This one took a little to get used to but once I did get used to it, it quickly became my favorite DevilDriver album. Didnt care for the first single Dead to Rights, I prefer music that flows, the song itself seemed all over the place and a mash up, rest of the disc though was excellent.

Endgame - Rise Against
Pretty much what you expect from Rise Against, a good album, nothing out of the ordinary but Im content with them maintaining their quality.
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Scott Firestone IV wrote:

Mogwai--Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Also got to see them in concert for the first time. Loudest. Concert. Ever.)


When I saw them they clearly had the shit kicked out of them sometime recently before the show. At the gig, there was tons of static, I felt so bad for them because the mic and the guitar pick-ups kept arcing and shocking them in the face and the hands. It looked awful, but I guess if anyone could take it they could, they put on a great show.
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pronoblem wrote:
I updated min with some links... check out the Bunwinkies... They curate the Western Mass Freak Folk festival "Wickermania".


I love the cover:
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