Eko
David Shephard
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Last Active 01-30-13 6:03 pm
Joined 04-29-10

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03.22.14 100 Songs11.26.13 Decade So Far
10.27.13 St. Louis Sputnikers?03.12.13 500 Ratings // Top 50 Lps
12.09.12 2012 Memories: A Mixtape08.30.12 50k Last.fm Plays
06.20.12 Eko's Quarter Decade06.18.12 Songs Of The Quarter Decade
06.02.12 London Is Great.05.21.12 Eko Goes To England
05.13.12 2nd Sputniversary04.26.12 Jordan Dreyer Solo Album
04.18.12 Are These Bands Good?03.19.12 Amoeba Music Store
03.10.12 RateYourMusic.com02.03.12 Favorite Moments In Music
01.02.12 Eko's '11: Lps12.22.11 Eko's '11: Eps
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Eko's '11: Lps

not the strongest year but some great stuff nonetheless
35Red City Radio
The Dangers of Standing Still
34The Horrible Crowes
Elsie
33La Dispute
Wildlife
32Hands
Give Me Rest
31Youth Lagoon
The Year of Hibernation
30Emery
We Do What We Want
29Sorne
House of Stone
28Old Man Markley
Guts n' Teeth
27CityCop
The Hope In Forgiving & Giving Up Hope
26Across Waters
More Light Is Never Ending
25Sainthood Reps
Monoculture
24MuteMath
Odd Soul
23M83
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
22Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Sit Resist
21Bigfoot Wallace
Malleable
20Okkervil River
I Am Very Far
19Switchfoot
Vice Verses
18Bomb the Music Industry!
Vacation
17Radiohead
The King of Limbs
16Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones
15Hey Rosetta!
Seeds
14Russian Circles
Empros
13Owen
Ghost Town
12Death Cab For Cutie
Codes and Keys
11The Men
Leave Home
10Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor


It?s quite difficult to imagine anyone not liking Joyce Manor. The way in which they have flawlessly carved out their high energy punk/indie niche quickly begs the question, ?Why did no one think of this sooner?? Johnson?s manic voice may be the key. Frustratingly brief, yet entirely gripping.
9The War On Drugs
Slave Ambient


Slave Ambient is one cool customer. Granduciel?s command of subtlety helps to fashion one of easiest-listening albums of 2011, most evident in the spot on transition from ?Your Love Is Calling My Name? to ?Come to the City.? Anyone else think ?The Animator? sounds remarkably similar to M83?s ?When Will You Come Home??
8Jeff Jacquay
La Cambria


It?s almost as if Jacquay didn?t want it to be heard and made the album for himself rather than for anyone else. His quiet, whispery voice barely rises over his muted acoustic guitar picking. Still, for those that take the time, listeners will find that La Cambria is an unquestionably consistent, charming, and heartwarming release.
7Crash of Rhinos
Distal


No album combined fun with proficiency quite like Distal. Crash of Rhinos always seemed to be doing a balancing act between chaos and composure while screaming their hearts out. It was hard to find a more exhilaratingly cathartic album in 2011 than this one. Play it loud, yell along, and feel better. ?I had a future in failing!?
6Josh Garrels
Love and War and the Sea In Between


Garrels?s unassuming cadence and distinctive baritone are the only things holding the over-blown sprawl of Love & War together, but they are all that is necessary. He holds nothing back in these eighteen tracks, and finds himself succeeding at almost every turn, from his hip-hop dabbling to his tropical ballad to his numerous instrumentals.
5Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972


I still don?t feel like I really understand this album, but for some reason it?s completely riveting. Hecker?s ability to produce such a bleak soundscape is topped only his skill at creating climaxes so subtle that the listener is almost unconscious of their occurrence, but can feel them all the same.
4Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math


No words rang truer in 2011 than ?half a year and here we are again.? A slight disappointment at its release, it took several months of downtime for this album to show its strengths to me. And while I?m still not sure if it?s Mean Everything to Nothing with poise or without furor, it?s an excellent album on its own.
3Kye Kye
Young Love


In what some have called a strong year for female vocalists, Olga Yagolnikov of Kye Kye takes the cake on this user?s list. Her slightly low-end vocals are always poised, never overly dramatic or flirty. Intimate, organic atmospheres and skilled songwriting and production make this a highly notable debut.
2Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


At its release I was among the popular camp of ?not as good as For Emma,? but the more I listen to Bon Iver?s self-titled such a tag seems a bit erroneous. While in one sense a huge departure from For Emma?s folk roots and in another sense very much the same, Bon Iver, Bon Iver establishes Vernon as an artist capable of a long and prolific career beyond his career defining masterpiece.
1Wu Lyf
Go Tell Fire To The Mountain


I have to admit that I?m a bit sad that Go Tell Fire To The Mountain has become so divisive. Wu Lyf should have been the uniting indie band of 2011. From the grandiose sweeps of ?We Bros? to the ferocious yells of ?Spitting Blood? to the epic build of ?Heavy Pop,? Tell Fire seemed to be what indie rock desperately needed. Wu Lyf found the balance between gritty intensity and beautiful serenity as if they had been refining their sound for years. Even if it didn?t live up to the heights I dreamed up for it, Go Tell Fire To The Mountain is a huge achievement that hopefully will continue to resonate for years to come.
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