internationally renowned boaster's favorites of 2011
December/12/2011 Filed in: favorites of the year
The clerks at the house of irb have been steadily working through the submission for 2011's best of list. These efforts have been more difficult than in past years and as a result we have had to call in additional resources to handle the influx of goodness. Further, a mis-delivered pallet of Galo boxed wine has resulted in a significant drop in productivity. That coupled with our office manager disappearing for 3 days has left us screeching in at the last moment with our official list. In no particular order except for the first 3.....
Portugal, the man: In the Mountain, In the Cloud. If this was the only new album for 2011 I would have called it a great year. This year's Miike Snow + MGMT.
Tegan and Sara: Get Along. Not new material yet so refreshing and full of energy. I've possibly already overplayed this one.
Radiohead: The King of Limbs. Familiar but different. Always epic.
tUne-yArDs: WHOKILL. Loved Gangsta when it came out and the full release help up to that standard. A very welcome departure from everything else out there.
Tinariwen: Tassilli. makes sense that people leaving in the desert would come up with such simple yet rich sounds.
Beirut: Rip Tide. No big departures which is good. I love everything they do.
The Kills: Blood Pressures. As this came out earlier in the year I had forgotten how great it was. Several re-listens have me back on board in a big way.
The Drums: Portamento. 2 yr running on my top list. I think it is OK to like happy music with quirky lyrics.
Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire. There were several alt country artists catching me this year but this was the best.
The Antlers: Burst Apart. So much good music to boast to this year.
Could've been on the list: Wild Flag, M83, Lykki Ki, head and the heart, Shabazz Palaces, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter,Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside......
Also, in the category of not new but new to me: Joan as Police Woman: The deep field.
And with that, we here at the house of irb wish you all a pleasant afternoon regardless of the time you read this.