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.
January/01/2011 Filed in: favorites of the year
As much as I was underwhelmed with 2009's new releases, 2010 has been crazy good, good enough for two strong years. It's been fun and impossible to try to keep up with everything that is going on right now. I'm loving the noise/post punk resurgence as well as the 80's throwback. What is really exciting is that so many of the top albums are first releases. Already looking forward to the follow up releases in 2011. Maybe the only negative for me is the lack of world beats on my list. It is probably more due to my exposure than actual music produced. I trust the BWS will turn in many good nuggets here.
Anyway, here is my master list, broken down by genre and with the top ten in bold. The list is so solid that in a different frame of mind I could easily pick ten others.
Old School DJ
Cut Chemist - The Audience's listening
dan le sac - the logic of chance
gorilaz -plastic beach
Folk or other music that I listen to when sad or drunk or wearing handmade leather shoes
Isobela Campbell and Mark Lanegan - hawk
Ray LaMontagne - God willing..
the tallest man on earth - the wild hunt
bob dylan -the bootleg series
frightened rabbit -winter of mixed drinks
With the masses
broken bells -
deerhunter -halcyon digest
arcade fire -suburbs
mgmt - congratulations
titus andronicus - the monitor
The Dead Weather - sea of cowards
the black keys -brothers
surfer blood -astro coast
sleigh bells -treats
cloud nothings - turning on
The soft pack - the soft pack
asmara all stars - eritrea's got soul
British glam or similar
magic bullets - magic bullets
the drums - the drums
caribou - swim
girl talk -all day
Massive Attack - heligoland
lcd soundsystem - this is happening
gotan project -tango 3.0