I have been sitting on ranking these albums for quite some time and now it’s a year late! Oh well. It’s not like the music of 2012 just disappears and is forgotten. So these are my top albums of [last] year that still remain relevant a day into 2013. Happy New Year!
Our friends have just released a music video for their song, “Julia” on the latest album, Turn It Off and Take Out The Battery. You can download the whole thing here
You can also catch the band at WCDB’s 34th Anniversary! It’s a 2 day festival with a bunch of bands, giveaways, and more. More information can be found on the Facebook event.
Of Montreal has been one of my favorite bands since probably 8th grade when I first heard “Pancakes For One” off of Aldhil’s Arboretum. They’ve come a long way since then, developing their sound with each album. My favorite has remained The Sunlandic Twins, a compilation of pop-dance songs and contains my all time favorite piece by the band, “Oslo in the Summertime.”
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? released in 2007 showed the group’s more progressive side and is definitely a wonderful album. But I haven’t enjoyed the following ones, Skeletal Lamping and (especially) False Priest nearly as much. Kevin Barnes made me feel creeped out with all of the sexual references and less than exciting, attention catching tunes.
But my faith in Of Montreal has been restored! The release of their new album Paralytic Stalks will be on February 7th and after listening to the 4th track on the album, I’m definitely stoked to hear the rest of them. My first impression is that it’s a mixture of Hissing Fauna and Skeletal Lamping, which is not a bad thing what-so-ever.
Hear for yourself! What do you think?
Sorry for the delay… but here it is!
|1||M83- Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming|
|2||St. Vincent- Strange Mercy|
|3||Steven Malkmus and the Jicks- Mirror Traffic|
|4||Wild Flag – Wild Flag|
|5||John Maus- We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves|
|6||Bon Iver- Bon Iver|
|8||The Antlers- Burst Apart|
|9||Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost|
|10||Pains of Being Pure at Heart- Belong|
|11||Givers- In Light|
|12||Panda Bear – Tomboy|
|13||Wye Oak- Civilian|
|14||Beirut- The Rip Tide|
|15||Washed Out – Within and Without|
|16||Man Man- Life Fantastic|
|18||Dale Earnhart Jr Jr- It’s A Corporate World|
|19||Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain in the Cloud|
|20||Zola Jesus- Conatus|
|21||Wire- Red Barked Trees|
|22||Fleet Foxes- Helplessness Blues|
|23||Dum Dum Girls- Only in Dreams|
|24||Cold Cave- Cherish the Light Years|
|25||The Mountain Goats- All Eternals Deck|
|26||tUnE-YarDs – w h o k i l l|
|27||The Weeknd – House of Balloons|
|28||YACHT – Shangri-La|
|29||Okkervil River- I Am Very Far|
|30||The Parlor- Our Day in the Sun|
|32||J Mascis – Several Shades of Why|
|33||Bright Eyes- The People’s Key|
|34||Iron & Wine- Kiss Each Other Clean|
|35||Real Estate- Days|
|36||The Decemberists- The King Is Dead|
|37||David Bazan- Strange Negotiations|
|38||Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here|
|39||James Blake – James Blake|
|40||Future Islands- Out of Water|
|41||Radiohead- King of Limb|
|42||Cloud Nothings- Cloud Nothings|
|43||Wilco- The Whole Love|
|44||Dillon Francis – Westside|
|45||Mister Heavenly- Out of Love|
|46||Explosions in the sky- Take care, Take care, Take care|
|47||The Black Keys- El Camino|
|48||Smith Westerns- Dye it Blonde|
|49||Kanye West & Jay-Z- Watch The Throne|
|50||Rubblebucket – Omega La La|
It’s been an excellent year for WCDB. We gained a ton of new DJs.
We accomplished 24 hour on air programming.
We discovered some great new artists across all genres.
And we gained listeners!
This blog has also been getting much more attention and for all of the above, we say THANK YOU!
WCDB Albany has compiled a list of the Top 50 Albums of 2011. We will be sharing that with all of you here, via email to our mailing list, and in our printed magazine, Airwaves.
Once again, thanks for reading, tuning in, attending shows, etc., and we hope to continue our relationship with you this year!
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Happy holidays everybody! Hope you had a wonderfully cheery one and got all the gifts you asked for if you were a good boy or girl this year! For Hanukkah, my mom and I usually do some shopping together and I picked up some super cute shoes this year! I also celebrated my first Christmas with my boyfriend and his massive Italian family. It was tiring but I did get way more gifts than I was expecting to. Plus it was a good time so I’m not complaining. One gift I received that’s coming in great use is a new pair of headphones for all the new music I’ve been downloading. What’s my current favorite you ask?
2011 had a lot of ups and downs. I think the choices I have in my top ten list are reflective of that. Many of these albums can be downloaded for free from ifyoumakeit.com.
Continue reading Bfargz’s 2011 Albums of the Year
Who knew hardcore and electronic music would blend so well together? Hailing from England, Enter Shikari has seen a lot of success. Their debut album released in 2007, Take To The Skies, reached reached #4 in the Official UK Album Chart and their following album which I find incredible, Common Dreads (2009) reached #16. Their third studio album, A Flash Flood Of Color is due to come out January 16, 2012.
Continue reading Enter Shikari: listen to their new songs