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|conrad presents 25 from 2011|
go forth and listen
|25|| ||azari & iii|
azari & iii
two toronto revivalists and two queens team up to make sure disco house is still
the year's most gorgeously gooey, fuzzed-up, and blissfully chilled-out tapestry of
without a four-on-the-floor pulse, dance music enters an exhilaratingly no-holds-
barred state, and flight muzik happily exists in that undefined space, sounding at
once both intensely claustrophobic and generously open-ended.
|22|| ||big k.r.i.t.|
return of 4eva
a universe where "country shit" exists is a universe worth fighting for.
let england shake
polly jean harvey's most overtly "political" and "english" album is a remarkably
subtle listen, its sonic nuance allowing its blunter content to hit devastatingly
she may not be able to pull off profundity, but that's why that voice exists -?to
brilliantly sell sentiment in its pure, unadulteratedly cloying form.
brazenly shallow pop from a distinctly cracked motley crew of art-punks.
the most euphorically cheesy, shamelessly awesome sounds imaginable.
beguiling bossa nova from brazil, initially lovely - "merely" so -?and ultimately a
profoundly, inexplicably touching experience.
thrilling, intoxicating evidence that american dubstep doesn't have to be fratty.
the palpable negative space, the effortlessly elegant voice, the broken, glitchy
melancholy of the entire affair, the beautifully colored harmonies -?it's hard to
place just why this album clicks as stunningly as it does.
you'd be forgiven for thinking that olga bell was just another indie ingenue, coy
lyrics and all, but then you'd miss out on an album that, despite moments of
sexual frustration and existential turmoil, is one of the most winning and
engaging pop records of the year.
cow tits cow tits cow tits cow tits cow tits cow tits cow tits cow tits
50 words for snow
an arresting and unwaveringly calm work by one of contemporary pop's most
beguiling figures, not a masterpiece but something much more superbly intimate.
you stand uncertain
there may be nothing quite as good as "hip love" on it, but drew lustman's
second full-length deals in lush grooves that, in their intoxicating mix of garage,
tech house, and dubstep, sound like the echoing sighs of an emptying city.
despite the occasional extroverted moment ("gene ciampi"), twin sister mostly
operate in ostensibly static compositions that reveal their subtle beauties and
charms over time, and produced one of the greatest distillations of pop's
strengths released this year.
downright filthy at times but mostly just totally fucking life-affirming, total was
validation for ed banger's existence, its compressed-to-shit beats and saws
creating the most exhilarating kind of auditory overload.
it's no surprise that beth ditto made a dance-pop record; what's surprising is just
how narcotically good it is.
a collection of ghostly soundscapes that call to mind haunted, empty spaces,
breathtakingly beautiful despite its irrepressibly dark heart.
house of balloons
these tunes burrowed themselves into my head; as i listened to them night after
night, walking in rain-soaked city streets, i found myself captivated by just how
deceptively gorgeous this dark, unsettling stuff was.
bjork took the discovery channel's didacticism and gave it a heart, confounding
and winning us over, as is her way.
indie for my shameless fall out boy-loving heart, hello sadness was unabashedly
sentimental in the best possible way, nostalgia for a generation too young to be
deerhoof vs. evil
the third best example of pop deconstructionism released this year, deerhoof's
most consistently likable effort, and a flat-out charming affair even when it was
|2||gang gang dance|
the second best example of pop deconstructionism released this year, and
certainly the most polychromatic one.
w h o k i l l
the best example of pop deconstructionism released this year, and the best thing
i've heard all year, effortlessly melding predictable west coast social consciousness
that reads as typical street poetry on paper with a sound that covers the globe
without trying to, a truly unique record that posits that ebullience and awareness
don't have to be enemies, that perhaps addressing our problems clears the path
for - yep, i'm saying it - enlightenment.
|fuck album artwork! hey everybody here's my list|
|Good choice for number 1, seems to have faded from a lot of peoples' minds. Rest of list is, as ever from you, awesome|
|cool list, but 21 sucks ass|
great description for 16 (and 13 actually, even though i didnt like that album)
|Well ugh........15 is pretty good?|
|Never really got into that tune-yards album, I mean it's alright but nothing super special, to my ears at least. From the little else I know from this list (5, 12, 15, 21), it's pretty good.|
|list is ridiculously hipster|
|oh you know you love it|
and aw aids you didn't like pj harvey this year? it's grown off of me but i still admire it
|holy fuck 4 years 58 million whatttt|
|umm fratty is a positive adjective am i right|
|holy indie + electronica batman|
|Love this list for obvious reasons|
Conrad, check out VVV. Might be up your alley
|"umm fratty is a positive adjective am i right"|
In America maybe haha
|frat hard, live long|
|cool list a lot i havent heard|
|Lots of ladies on here|
|also conrad didn't realize you had such a hardon for pop deconstructionism|
|1, 5 and 21 are great for sure.|
|maybe because i don't write enough : (|
and awwwh yeah rudy. thanks for the rec, dev.
and fratty is only positive because it implies lots of shitty free alcohol.
|Great list, Conrad =] I'm in love with pretty much everything here, especially 3, 15, and 21.|
|people really really really should hear that beth ditto ep|
it's produced by simian mobile disco if that makes anyone more interested
|24, 23, 19, & 17 sound interesting, great list!|
|Love 5, 12, 20 and 21|
|I don't find 9 "exhilarating" so much as annoying. but eh, to each his own. great list otherwise|
|conrad do you like that sebastian album more than cross?|
|this list is odd, quite odd indeed|
|what a list|
|"conrad do you like that sebastian album more than cross?"|
yep, i think it's more nuanced from a purely musical perspective, even if its predominant aesthetic isn't
|It feels like yesterday when your 2010 list was featured. What a fast year it was.|
|tune-yards lincoln center february 12 ;) -- http://www.last.fm/event/3102812+tUnE-yArDs+at+The+Allen+Room+on+9+February+2012|
|i feel like it will probably be an impressive display of pop deconstructionism |
|aww, andy.. why do you always find great gigs around the city that i can't go to :(|
|cus i take pride in making you feel bad for being such a busy bee? ;]|
|22 and 15 are my favorites from the list|
|that beth ditto ep is just horrible, but gj on the rest|
i haven't listened to quite a few of the albums outside your top 15, though
|I thought you hated beyonces new album?|
|that beth ditto ep is amazing and I don't care who knows it|
and no I spent a lot of time griping about the new gaga. although born this way has actually grown on me
|because its amazing. fuck lyrics conrad|
|You should check out Kimbra's 'Vows' - think you might dig it.|
|shit, I almost forgot 2|
it's a brilliant album
|wow awful list|