Archive | December, 2011

Albums of 2011, Part Three, #20-1

31 Dec

20.Valhalla Dancehall by British Sea Power

19. Last Night on Earth by Noah and the Whale

18. Colour of the Trap by Miles Kane

17. Never Trust a Happy Song by Grouplove

16. King of Limbs by Radiohead

15. Goblin / Nostalgia Ultra  / Blackened by Odd Future (Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean and Mellow Hype, respectively)

14. 21 by Adele

13. Skying by The Horrors

12. Dye It Blonde by Smith Westerns

11. Lights Out by Big Deal

10. Cats Eyes by Cats Eyes

9. Yuck by Yuck

8. James Blake by James Blake

7. Angles by The Strokes

6. Portamento by The Drums

5. Bon Iver, Bon Iver by Bon Iver

4. Father, Son, Holy Ghost by Girls

3. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

2. What Did You Expect From The Vaccines by The Vaccines

1. Suck It and See by Arctic Monkeys / Submarine by Alex Turner

Albums of 2011, Part Two – #40-20

29 Dec


40. Cape Dory by Tennis

39. Past Life Martyred Saints by EMA

38. Hunger by Frankie and the Heartstrings

37. Velociraptor by Kasabian

36. Pala by Friendly Fires

35. I’m With You by Red Hit Chili Peppers

34. Bread and Circuses by The View

33. Hurry Up We’re Dreaming by M83

32. Wounded Rhymes by Lykii Lii

31. Hello Sadness by Los Camposinos

30. A Different Kind of Fix by Bombay Bicycle Club

29. Torches by Foster the People

28. Too Young to be In Love by Hunx and his Punx

27. On a Mission by Katy B

26. Go Tell Fire on the Mountain by Wu Lyf

25. Sbtkt by Sbtrkt

24. Only in Dreams by Dum Dum Girls

23. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters

22. Lupercalia by Patrick Wolf

21. House of Balloons by The Weeknd

Albums of 2011, Part One, #60-40

24 Dec

So here’s the first part of the list where I count down my 60 favourite albums of the year (it was going to be 50 but there were a few more records that I really wanted to include, and rather than leave them out, I just extended the list. Simples.) I’ll upload the rtop 40 at some point over the next week, along with a little piece I wrote about the state of music in 2011. If you aren’t familiar with an artist featured then click on the name of the album to be taken to a youtube video of a song by said artist. Doubly simples. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

60. Leave Home by The Men

59. Bad Penny by Spectrals

58. GB City by Bass Drum of Death

57. Dead to Me by Girls Names

56. Sepakcure by Sepalcure

55. Tomboy by Panda Bear

54. The Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon

53. Tarot Classics by Surfer Blood

52.Glass Swords by Rustie

51. 4 by Beyonce

50. Neighbourhoods by Blink 182

49. Last Summer by Eleanor Friedberger

48. Surf Noir by Beat Connection

47. Arabia Mountain by Black Lips

46.Forget by Oupa

45. Last of the Country Gentlemen by Josh T Pearson

44. Smother by Wild Beasts

43. Within and Without by Washed Out

42. The Heart of the Nightlife by Kisses

41. Chasing After Ghosts by The Crookes

Beach Boys Reform!

18 Dec

Yes, you heard right, the surviving members of the Beach Boys are getting back together next year for a 50 date world tour an a new album. So that’s Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and even David Marks (who only played on the group’s debut album!). I never thought I’d see the day when Brian Wilson would agree to work once again with that classic pantomime villan, Mike Love, but I have to say I’m quite pleased, it’ll be nice to hear those classic harmonies performed live. No dates have been announced as of yet but fingers crossed they will be coming over to the UK at some point.

Let’s hope their fashion sense has improved since they last released a record…

Best Singles of 2011 – #10-1

14 Dec

10. Suck It and See – Arctic Monkeys

9.  What You Wanted – Spector

8. Chair – Big Deal

7. Get Away – Yuck

6. Sadness is a Blessing – Lykee Li

5. Video Games – Lana Del Ray

4. Yonkers – Tyler the Creator

3. Someone Like You – Adele

2. If You Wanna – The Vaccines

1. Undercover of Darkness – The Strokes


Singles of 2011 – #20-10

11 Dec

20. Marked – Ema

19. The A Team – Ed Sheeran

18. Wildfire – Sbtrkt

17. The Wilhelm’s Scream – James Blake

16. Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

15. Pumped up Kicks – Foster the People

14. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N – Noah and the Whale

13. The City – Patrick Wolf

12. Taken For a Fool – The Strokes

11. Norgarrd – The Vaccines



Best Singles of 2011 – #40-21

8 Dec


40. Vomit – Girls

39. Gabrielle – Joe Goddard

38. You and I – Lady Gaga

37. Broken Record – Katy B

36. Heart Skips a Beat – Olly Murrs

35. Grace – The View

34. Young Blood – The Naked and Famous

33. Garden – totally Extinct Dinosaurs

32. Young Pros – Bass Drum of Death

31. Never Fade Away – Spector

30. The Best thing I Never Had – Beyonce

29. Still Life – The Horrors

28. What You Need – The Weeknd –

27. Colours – Grouplove

26. We Found Love – Rihanna

25. Don’t Sit Down Cos I Moved Your Chair – Arctic Monkeys

24. Post Break Up Sex – The Vaccines

23. How It Ended – The Drums

22. Calgary – Bon Iver

21. Arlandria – Foo Fighters