Go to the NEW FORUM
But I'll take it over most of Madonna's albums, and I like Madonna.
I can't believe Tiny Mix Tapes gave her a 0/100. ZERO!!!!!!Those guys are total hardasses even more so than Pitchfork was in the early to mid 2000s (when they gave poor Liz a 0/100)They gave PJ Harvey, Fleet Foxes and Wild Beasts mediocre(the latter) to mixed reviews. They must be the sterotypical angry failed musicians that people like Bill Maher, Kid Rock and Prince like to make fun of.
I don't know what to listen to next.
any recommendations ? I mean recommendations for Uncle nicolas, who's not a big fan of indie rock ?
Good things I have heard
Charles Bradley (yes BillAdama, it's great)
the last two being good genre albums (traditionnal R&B and Americana) without being masterpieces.
Fleet Foxes are amazing. So mature. Props.
PJ Harvey was a disappointment given the acclaim it got.
Heard a few tracks from the Low album and it sounds great.
Nassim, La Femme sounds OK, but it sounds like the singer was standing as far as possible from the mike in the studio. It sounds like early 80's French new wave, but it's refreshing
The problem for a guy like me is that, for most of the indie scene the focus in terms of production and sound is on the late eighties - early 80's. obvious for TVOR.
Berlin Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, etc... cold funk. And.... (go to the first item in nj's Thanks we get it list)
One of the best things I have listened to this year is Kurt Vile's album, smoke ring for my halo. I don't know whether it crosses into the indie boundary, but it does have a lot of heart, which for me is the most important thing.
Zorg : I agree wholheartedly. I think most hyped indie bands are so obsessed by sounding different that they forget about the heart.
Don't gimme head music. Just gimme head (no no no no no that's a VERY bad joke).
More seriously this mainstream-indie opposition is really a drag, because there are very few crossover bands. You really can make good, smart and accessible music. But the problem is economic.
No recommendations in the field of hip hop / neo soul ?
Has anyone heard Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact?
I liked them before, but this album is the one that establishes them as a top-shelf band. It's instantly my #2 of the year behind PJ Harvey, with a good shot at becoming #1.
Also, have you heard Alison Krauss's new record?
I listened to Eye Contact before but didn't think it was particularly great. I'll give it another spin.
Nicolas: I'm surprised you don't like Bon Iver, particularly For Emma, Forever Ago is some of the warmest and most emotional indie rock out there, and I'd argue the new album is als far from cold.
My problem with Bon Iver (along with a lot of indie acts) is the vocals. That falsetto. I'm very vocal-sensitive. But I'll listen to it again, for the 00's poll. The song "For Emma" is a good memory
But these guys have a much richer, wider vocal range and timbre !! Then again, maybe I paid too little attention to Bon Iver, so we'll talk about it again when 2007 comes around in the naughties poll.
F*cked Up's 'David Comes To Life' is going to be widely regarded as one of the albums of the year. Just wait.
One listen and I'm blown away. 78 minutes of accessible, catchy, melodic and yet pounding, visceral punk/hardcore. Doesn't outstay it's welcome at all, either. It's already got a 9 from Spin, a glowing review from BBC and the praise will keep flooding in I'm sure. I'm gonna get on the record now and say Pitchfork are going to score it between 8.9 and 9.2. Seriously, keep an eye out.
Cults is AWESOME.
Ahhh, I found the album of the year for me :
The Kills - Blood Pressure
The White Stripes are not here but the Kills, yes !!
Gillian Welch is BACK
White Denim - D is blowing me away.
These layered guitar riffs are simply incredible. One of the best of the year.
1. Cults - Cults
2. Milkman - Algorithms
3. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
4. Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
5. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
6. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
7. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
8. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
9. The White Panda - Pandamonium
10. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Tori Amos returns in September. After the disappointing and excessive last three records i shouldn't care no more, but after hearing that is based in classical music and plays from the last 400 years - also being reportedly released via a classic music label - i'm excited to see what she will deliver. Just play the piano again, Amos. :p
St Vincent just announced a new record slated to september
After performing a new song at sidney rumours are that Bat for Lashes will unveil her third album pretty soon and is supposedly slated to the end of the year.
I agree. Most of the songs aren't fast paced enough to be considered punk. If he toned it down a bit it would be a terrific alternative rock album otherwise it just sounds like the Arcade Fire fronted by the Ultimate Warrior
More than a month further ... time for an update:
(1) 1 Fleet Foxes
(2) 2 PJ Harvey
(-) 3 The Antlers
(3) 4 Lykke Li
(4) 5 Elbow
(-) 6 Wild Beasts (heard it only twice yet)
(8) 7 The Decemberists
(-) 8 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
(5) 9 Radiohead
(6) 10 Anna Calvi
TV on the Radio disappoints me and I did not hear Bon Iver yet.
My current list:
1. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
2. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
3. Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
4. White Denim - D
5. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
6. Dalriada - Igeret
7. Cascadeur - The Human Octopus
8. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contract
9. Wye Oak - Civilian
10. Natural Snow Buildings - Waves Of The Random Sea
11. Gang Of Four - Content
12. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
13. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
14. Stupeflip - The Hypnoflip Invasion
15. Josh T Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
16. Bibio - Mind Bokeh
17. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
18. Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose
19. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
20. Amon Tobin - ISAM
One I couldn't connect with at all is the new Battles. It's like they have good ideas but no idea how to patch them together into something listenable, and no idea how to edit themselves.
Cults are going to make a very high appearance on my list.
so far this is what I've heard....
1. James Blake- James Blake
2. Let England Shake- PJ Harvey
3. Helplessness Blues- Fleet Foxes
4. Tomboy- Panda Bear
5. The King of Limbs- Radiohead
6. Cults- Cults
7. Zonoscope- Cut Copy
8. Kaputt- Destroyer
9. Nine Types of Light- TV on the Radio
10. Angles- The Strokes
No bad albums, but nothing as strong as my top 5 albums from 2010.
I'm going to be months behind, and just singmypraises for Fleet Foxes. Been a long time coming (3 years!) but I've finally got into both their albums, and I'm absolutely LOVING Helplessness Blues. I can't remember who said it, but i agree with whoever said that "The Shrine/an Argument" was the best thing they've done.
1. Kurt Vile - Smoke ring for my halo
2. smith westerns - dye it blonde
3. fleet foxes - helplessness blues
4. wild beasts - smother
5. radiohead - the king of limbs
6. pj harvey - let england shake
7. bill callahan - apocalypse
8. iron and wine - kiss each other clean
9. tune-yards - whokill
10. the go! team - rolling blackouts
still to listen - TVOTR, Cults, bon iver, James Blake, Tomboy, Zonoscope, kaputt, and many many more...
I've still not found a classic from 2011 yet. Admittedly, I haven't heard a great deal of albums from 2011 (8?), but nothing has been that impressive.
Gilliam Welch LP "The Harrow and The Harvest" is amazing. Its been a long while since she has released anything. This record could be a big one.
Liking WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain.
I recommend Antonia Font - Lamparetes
I don't know whether or not they're well known in Spain, but it's atmospheric indie pop with lush piano.
Current top 10:
01. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
02. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
03. The Antlers - Burst Apart
04. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
05. Low - C'mon
06. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
07. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
08. TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
09. Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
10. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
I'm terribly disappointed by Bon Iver
Cat's Eyes isn't too bad. Cults is perfect. I think I even like them more than Tennis. If you're going to compare Tennis to Best Coast might as well do the same with Cults. They sound more like Best Coast than Tennis do. And neither really sounds that much like Best Coast at all. Tennis sounds like a cross between Neko Case and the Dittybops.
For me, my top 4 are 'potential classic' level. That is, PJ Harvey, Nicolas Jaar, White Denim, and Radiohead. And I think Gang Gang Dance has a shot at reaching that level.
There's also a robust second tier of 'Really good but sub-classic'.
My favorite album so far is Rival Sons - Pressure and Time.
I didn't care for Radioheads new album. But then, it's not my genre of music. (Anymore.)
New album of the year:
Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres
Best new jazz album I've heard in a LONG time.
It's July ... another update:
(1) 1 Fleet Foxes
(2) 2 PJ Harvey
(3) 3 The Antlers
(4) 4 Lykke Li
(7) 5 The Decemberists
(5) 6 Elbow
(8) 7 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
(6) 8 Wild Beasts
(-) 9 Bon Iver
(10) 10 Anna Calvi
Shabazz Palaces - Black Up ... Sub-pops first hip-hop release sounds unlike anything in the genre
I've just heard a few tracks by a very promising Danish band called Treefight For Sunlight
Their shiny, dreamy brand of classic pop is delicious and impressing for a first album
Laura Marling releasing a new record in September 13. A Creature I Don't Know is the follow up to last year's critically acclaimed and British favorite I Speak Because I Can.
Girls also releasing the follow up to Album the same month.
In the midst of all the metal albums in the RYM top 100, don't miss this little marvel.
Well, I mean if you like progressive metal of the 70's
Too bad they lack of a good singer
The Horrors' new album is out. Anyone heard it/has an opinion of it?
If you like the Wu-Tang, Fugazi and/or mash-ups, you should lend a hear to the Wugazi's first album "13 chambers".
Quite a few people have released mash-ups of 2 artists since the beginning of the year (including a quite likeable mix of Black Keys's Brothers and Big Boi's Luscious Left Foot) but this one tops them all.
New M83 single ROCKS.
Girls and Dum Dum Girls returning in September. Maybe the latter will experience the acclaim it should've received with last year's I Will Be. And Real Estate also returning. Washed Out has been seen as a disappointment among some reviewers but i'm yet to listen to. The Horrors has been receiving raves and i need to check that one too.
I need to hear that one. It must have a later US release date than UK.
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact is now my #1, and Return of the Country Gentlemen has entered my top 10.
Feist releasing her new album Metals October, 2.
Shabazz Places - Black Up rocks. One of the best rap albums in years.
I was wondering whether anyone has listened to the album called "Wolf Notes" by *AR, released in June this year. I guess you can define the album as ambient music BUT don't let this put you off! This is a hidden gem and a masterpiece in my opinion.
This album along with PJ Harvey's Let England Shake are my favourites this year
I think it's okay to post this little url if you care to listen to it
Dum Dum Girls's single Coming Down is excellent. The song bears a-little-too-much resemblance with Fade into You but is still really enjoyable. The biggest surprise is Dee Dee's delivery. A cleaner production really improved the band's sound. It will sure receive more attention than their previous effort from 2010.
Has there really been not a single post about Watch the Throne?
This is the first album release that felt like an event to me since Radiohead.
It's good. That's all I'm positive about for now.
Also, I'm a little taken aback at how much I'm enjoying Vanessa Carlton's new album.
Lana Del Rey might become the next big indie chanteuse. Her track "Video Games" is already one of my favorites breakthroughs of 2011. A vocal hybrid of Cat Power, Laura Marling and Fiona Apple.
new Girls record will be fawned over massively. Could be looking at a very popular top 5/10 AOTY choice
New Laura Marling is her best, yet. Even if the leak has an awful quality. Her last album was much more mature and low-key. She's more playful, yet grounded, now.
New Dum Dum Girls and Girls are also their best, yet.
Listening to Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs at the moment. Sounds really good.
The Field's new record 'Looping State of Mind' is lovely also, out mid-October so it's seen a v early leak. Thought the Thundercat record was a bit noodly and didn't enjoy it, will try again soon though.
Around two months ago it looked pretty darn bleak for the second half of 2011, but now seems to be a decent amount to look forward to:
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Zola Jesus - Conatus
The Field - Looping State of Mind
Atlas Sound - Parallax
Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu
The Weeknd - Echoes Of Silence
Bjork - Biophilia
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
Laura Marling- A Creature I Don't Know
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
Wilco - The Whole Love
Neon Indian - Era Extraña
The Dream - The Love IV
Das Racist - Relax
Mastodon - The Hunter
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
Florence + the Machine (for those that dig her)
Cass McCombs - Humor Risk
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Drake - Take Care
Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
The Drums - Portamento
Tori Amos - Night of Hunters
Feist - Metals
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
perhaps new ones from Queens of the Stone Age, Rick Ross, Franz Ferdinand and that long-awaited DOOM/Ghostface Killah collaboration if we're lucky too. And the David Lynch record!
Then into early 2012 there's gonna be new material from Animal Collective, The Knife and The Avalanches
not too shabby a list, we could have a handful of gems from that. I'm optimistic!
I've been listening to Battles' Gloss Drop a lot lately. That one got some acclaim a couple months ago when it came out but still seems somewhat overlooked. "Ice Cream" and "My Machines" are jams. For some reason I still haven't heard Mirrored but that will change come next month when we do the `07 poll.
Also EMA's Past Life Martyred Saints is an excellent album; I enjoyed that one more than I expected to.
Dum Dum Girls' new LP is great. It's a lot cleaner than I Will Be, and a lot more mature. I'm very impressed.
Girls' on first listen is pretty good as well. Not sure if it hits the heights of Album though.
I think they've changed a LOT since I Will Be. Songs like Coming Down aren't the noise pop that we saw in I Will Be, they're more measured, the slow drum beat in Coming Down is even somewhat shoegazy (though that may be stretching it). I think they've left the noisy girl power pop behind them. And I certainly won't be complaining, I listened to it like 5 times yesterday.
I love n***** in paris it is a play loud rocker and after 3 weeks it still rocks
New top ten albums of 2011-
1. James Blake- James Blake
2. Let England Shake- PJ Harvey
3. Helplessness Blues- Fleet Foxes
4. Bon Iver- Bon Iver
5. The King of Limbs- Radiohead
6. Kaputt- Destroyer
7. Cults- Cults
8. Zonoscope- Cut Copy
9. The Whole Love- Wilco
10. Whokill- Tune-Yards
I'm currently excited for albums by Justice, Coldplay, and Girls.
I just had a peek here:
and downloaded 2 albums from the website from the Weeknd. Some decent R&B music. If that's your cup of tea, you should take a look as well.
The new Ry Cooder is.. well.. first and foremost, very odd. However, it's also pretty damn funny and at times incredibly good. Might be his best solo album since Paris, Texas.
I don't think much of the Cults album, I have to say. It's just too...empty for me. Perhaps easy to like, but difficult to love.
AM posters don't really go outside of the "big" releases it seems, do they? Any of the lesser known albums anyone is digging?
does someone like something apart from indie/poppy bands?
I'd like to add one more release to that list since there is a distinct lack of mentions of him in this thread, and since I saw him live Saturday and he was phenomenal. Josh T. Pearson's Last of the Country Gentlemen is awesome.
He wasn't the highlight of that night because The Tallest Man On Earth was there too and gave a fantastic show, but it was damn close. Pretty cool to have the maker of your favorite 2011 album and the maker of your favorite 2010 album at the same festival performing within 15 minutes of each other.
Stephan, that's quality, good for you! What I wouldn't give to see The Smith Westerns support Kanye, haha
Anyway, I called it about a month back: Girls are getting mad love (from some quarters). 9.3 from Pitchfork! Way too high, putting it on par with In Rainbows and many others. If I had to hazard a (very early and probably silly) guess at their EOY top 10:
1. Bon Iver
3. The Weeknd (3 combined, like James Blake last year)
4. Fleet Foxes
5. Shabazz Palaces
6. James Blake
8. PJ Harvey
10. St Vincent
in no order, 11-20: Atlas Sound, The Field, Fucked Up, Panda Bear, Kurt Vile, Das Racist, The Smith Westerns, Gang Gang Dance, Cut Copy, Zola Jesus
who knows though? there might be another Weeknd/Shabazz that is out of leftfield and blindsides everyone
I like playing guessing games. Here's my try at Pitchforks top ten of 2011.
1. Bon Iver- Bon Iver
2. Father, Son, Holy Ghost- Girls
3. James Blake- James Blake
4. The Weeknd- (All 3)
5. Let England Shake- PJ Harvey
6. Whokill- Tune-Yards
7. Helplessness Blues- Fleet Foxes
8. Kaputt- Destroyer
9. David Comes to Life- Fucked Up
10. Black Up- Shabazz Palaces
So yeah, Ddiamondd, you pretty much got it right as far as I'm concerned.
Last Of The Country Gentlemen is an excellent album.
I will also add Vanessa Carlton - Rabbits On The Run to the list of 'Best of the year'.
Also, there is a new St Vincent album coming out soon that seems to be getting no buzz at all except I saw a 9/10 on Popmatters. I'm expecting this to be easy top ten material.
The last Miossec's album is really great. "Chansons ordinaires" is the best French album of the year right now. Very rock !
Definitely, one of the best albums of 2011 is Adele's 19!
I'm currently listening to Adele's BEAUTIFUL songs:
1. Someone Like You
2. Rolling in the Deep
3. Make You Feel My Love
These are great, great songs. Poetic and pleasing to the ears aren't to describe their beauty! By the way, I usually download them through Fast-Debrid.Com since I hardly have any problem using this downloading website!
By the way, the Adele's Someone Like You released the crybaby in me!
First time I can ever recall p4k giving back-to-back 9+ scores (9.3 to Girls on Monday, 9.0 to St Vincent on Tuesday). wow.
I'm listening to Laura Marling's new album, and so far it's one of those instant 'holy shit' level albums of the sort that only comes along a few times a year.
It's got the emotion of her previous albums, only she's also doing this folky stringy thing that just works perfectly.
Edit: Ry Cooder's is on the same level. I picked up these two and St Vincent's in one trip to the store. This is like that time last year when High Violet, Archandroid, This Is Happening, and Hadestown all came out within a week of each other. The overall quality of 2011 new releases just skyrocketed instantly.
I know I was mostly alone in my unabashed idolatry of Alexi Murdoch's 2006 Time Without Consequence, my #57 of all time, but I'm not entirely alone in also loving the new album, Towards The Sun, which I only just found despite it being released back in March. It's basically a reissue of an EP in LP form, but it's phenomenal nonetheless. I love the calm and the quiet.
New top 10:
1. Josh T. Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
2. Alexi Murdoch - Towards The Sun
3. Wild Beasts - Smother
4. The Antlers - Burst Apart
5. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
6. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
7. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
8. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
9. TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
10. Ry Cooder - Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Pretty acceptable if it were an EOY-list and we still have more than 3 months to go.
Meital Dohan's "Yummy Boyz" Remix album is my favorite!
Actually, I Just saw this hilarious video of this singer Meital Dohan talking about fitness, so funny… I guess musicians really aren’t the athletic type…
Best album of the year. The first one is, by far, better than the others. It's like the MGMT's first album. All the songs are incredibles.
1. Pete and The Pirates - One Thousand Pictures
2. The Kills - Blood Pressure
3. Cults - Cults
4. Metronomy - The English Riviera
5. Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome
6. Cascadeur - The Human Octopus
7. Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
8. Keren Ann - 101
9. The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts
10. Hubert Felix Thiefaine - Suppléments de mensonge
11. Grails - Deep Politics
12. White Denim - D
13. Kasabian - Velociraptor!
14. Kaiser Chiefs - The Future is Medieval
15. Panda Bear - TomBoy
Cole World is really, really, really good.
The new Neon Indian rocks.
I kind of got lucky. I wasn't even going to pay attention to that one, but they happened to be playing it when I went into a record store. They sound like MBV.
Saw Drive in the cinema yesterday (best film I've seen this year) and some songs on the soundtrack are a ton of fun, although as usually the case with soundtracks the whole thing is not that good on its own. Nightcall and A Real Hero I can particularly recommend to Moonbeam though; they're synth galore!
Miranda Lambert's new album is faceless.
I think the Crazy Ex Girlfriend has officially fallen in with the wrong crowd. I guess pop-country-lame is a sexually transmitted disease.
Bit of a hiatus when it comes to good new music?