Wednesday, June 29, 2011

2011 & 1/2

2011 is now more than half over, and summer's finally arrived (although if you are in San Francisco you wouldn't know it from the rain).  Any excuse to make a list of albums is a good excuse, but "2011 so far" is an extra good excuse.  Here's lists from me (aw), destroythescene and R.A.Williams; MRT will be posting his list tomorrow.

These are the albums I've been digging the most so far this year- I took a few albums off the list at the last second (ducktails, tim cohen, a few others) because I wasn't sure if I liked them THAT much.  The ones I like best are in bold.

battles - gloss drop (warp)
black devil disco club - circus (lo)
burzum - fallen (back on black)
   Burzum - Jeg Faller (Fallen) by metalassault

clams casino - b-sides instrumental & remixes (self-released)

lumerians - transmalinnia (partisan)
   Atlanta Brook by Lumerians

moon duo - mazes (sacred bones)
peaking lights - 936 (not not fun)

vetiver - the errant charm (sub pop)
   Vetiver - Worse For Wear by wattesnl


These are in order from best to last

Psychedelic Horseshit - Laced (Fat Cat)
Psychedelic Horseshit - French Countryside by TheDiscoverialist

Ponytail - Do Whatever You Want All the Time (We Are Free)
Ponytail - Honey Touches by FBi Radio

Death Grips - Exmilitary (Self-released)
Death Grips - Exmilitary - 3 - Spread Eagle Cross the Block by deathgrips

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
Fleet Foxes - Montezuma by gypsysphere

Tuneyards - Whokill (4AD)
Tune-Yards - Bizness by snipelondon

Akron Family - S/T II The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (Dead Oceans)
Akron Family - Silly Bears by Pretty Much Amazing

Panda Bear - Tomboy (Paw Tracks)
Panda Bear - Last Night At The Jetty by bigasslens

Rabbits - Lower Forms (Relapse)
Rabbits - A Tale Of Tales (Lower Forms) by metalassault

Liturgy - Aesthethica (Thrill Jockey)
Liturgy - High Gold by deadcomedian


tim hecker - ravedeath 1972 (kranky)

egyptrixx - bible eyes (night slugs)

clams casino - instrumental mixtape (self-released)

asc - stutter/leviathan 12" (exit records)

bok bok - southside ep (night slugs)


  1. very nice, i defintely have a few things to check out

  2. dang sean you weren't kidding about the new psychedelic horseshit!! definitely worthy of being called the best so far this year.... sounds like iran x excepter

  3. that Black Devil Disco Club was pretty interesting. liked that one quite a bit. also, that Tune-Yards was really good too. they're probably about to blow up big time having just got mentioned high up on the hype chart in Rolling Stone.

  4. Ugh jesus I just wrote the longest comment about black devil disco club on my phone only to have is vanish into the ether when I hit post. Anyway rob check out the first album he did (black devil - disco) in the 70s, its so good that when rephlex reissued it people suspected it was actually RDJ recording under a pseudonym (of course, people think that about everything rephlex puts out...)

  5. Also rolling stone is completely irrelevant these days so I doubt tuneyards hype will be affected by that

  6. yeah that psychedelic horseshit album is ridiculous, it also reminds me of what would happen if black dice and ween jammed on a budget, also if you like his vocals you should really check out the frogs' first two albums, and the shit also has a definite touch of sun city girls.

    alex as for your list i am really digging the black devil disco club, and clams casino

    rob-lovin the egyptrixx and clams casino as well

  7. another one i didnt put on this list but deserves it is the new shabazz palaces album, shit is pretty fuckin good