2011 Favourites


from the collab between The Flaming Lips & Lightning Bolt

ALBUM


Conatus by Zola Jesus
(Sacred Bones)
looks like / sounds like / my full album review / buy it

MUSIC VIDEO



Lead single from Austra's Feel It Break (Domino)
what I wrote about the single / my full album review / buy it

POP


Moment Bends by Architecture In Helsinki
(Modular)
looks like / feels like / what I wrote

Never Trust A Happy Song by GROUPLOVE (Canvasback) buy it
Femme Fatale by Britney Spears (Jive)
"Schei├če" by Lady GaGa (Interscope)
"Elle Me Dit" by MIKA (Casablanca)

INDIE

"Everybody's Going" by Fire And Neon stream
Die Young by HAPPY TRENDY what I wrote / download it
We Live Forever by Brazen Kids of York my full album review
Excerpts by Ensemble what I wrote / buy it
s/t EP by POWERS interview

ALTERNATIVE


Dreamers of the Ghetto (Temporary Residence) what I wrote

"The Great Pan Is Dead" by Cold Cave (Matador)
EP † by †††
"I Don't Want Love" by The Antlers (Frenchkiss)

ROCK


EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\ by Glasvegas (Columbia)
feels like / tastes like / what I wrote pre-release / buy it

"The Stand" by Mother Mother (Last Gang) video
"Paradise" by Coldplay (Parlophone)
Lights And Offerings by Mirrors (Skint) my full album review
"Bigger Than Us" by White Lies (Fiction)

METAL

"In Service Of Time" by Abysmal Dawn (Relapse) cover art
"Leaving None Behind" by Echoes video

PUNK


Kings by I Am Empire (Tooth And Nail)
what I wrote pre-release / my full album review / buy it

What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? by The Vaccines (Columbia)
Now, Voyager by The Cape Race my full album review

ELECTRONIC


"Campus Martius" by Keep Shelly In Athens


Destroyed by Moby (Mute)
tastes like / my full album review / buy it / stream it

"Aural Psnyapse" by deadmau5 (Ultra) buy it
Bubblegunk / Fuck Tactics by Entrepreneurs what I wrote
"Hello" by Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette (Universal)
New Dance by Put The Rifle Down my full album review
"Midnight City" by M83 (Mute)

FOLK


and Bon Iver's entire s/t album (4AD)

Last Night On Earth by Noah and the Whale (Vertigo)

HIP HOP



Watch The Throne by Jay-Z & Kanye West (GOOD Music)

F.A.M.E. by Chris Brown (Jive)
"We Found Love" by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris (Def Jam) video

COVER


Jay-Z cover on Hugo's debut, Old Tyme Religion (Roc) buy it

MASHUP



DIY SPACE CHAIR!!; hippie fringe vest; zebra print maxi dress
All in all, 'twas a good year in both music and my so-called (never-ending) life. I'm sad to see it go, because I feel like 2012 doesn't look quite so promising as 2011 did in 2010. And 2012 just sounds so... I don't know, beautifully apocalyptic. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to all the welcome surprises that are sure to occur in the new year.