Monthly Archives: December 2011

This year was a very prolific one for Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd). He released House of Ballons which was considered among many lists as one of the best albums of 2011, he made #11 on our list. He also delivered Thursday, which was pretty good for a sophomore release. And now, right before the year ends, he is dropping Echoes of Silence, and it sounds as powerful as you’d expect. Nice way to end the year. Check it out below and download it for free!

MMJ played an amazing set on December 14 at Madison Square Garden. Spectators had the enormous opportunity of watching one of the best live acts in the world pay tribute to Gil Scott Heron by covering one of his early hits The Bottle along with Brian Jackson (on the flute), longtime collaborator and friend of GSH. Check it out below, Enjoy!

Most year-end lists have been published and we’ve noticed that they are all very different. That means that this year saw many great releases and that the best albums of the year weren’t as clear as the past few years. Or maybe it means that every music blog out there is truly beginning to have they own voice and niched tastes. Both of those two things are good things. This year we decided to make our Best Albums Of The Year list in the most objetive way possible and rated each album with 4 categories: Replay Value, Originality, Musical Complexity and Innovation & Riskiness. Here are our results.

30) Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine

29) Real Estate – Days

28) Pure X – Pleasure

27) Atlas Sound- Parallax

26) Cass McCombs – Wit’s End

25) Washed out- Within and Without

24) The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

23) The Strokes- Angles

22) Young Galaxy- Shapeshifting

21) Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

20) M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

19) Tv On The Radio – 9 types of light

18) Metronomy – English Riviera

17) Zola Jesus- Conatus

16) Balam Acab – Wonder Wander

15) Wu Lyf – Go tell Fire to the Mountain

14) St Vincent – Strange Mercy

13) My Morning Jacket- Circuital

12) Korallreven – An Album by Korallreven

11) The Weeknd – House of Balloons

10) tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

9) Destroyer – Kaputt

8) Radiohead – The King of Limbs

7) The roots – Undun

6) Black Keys – El Camino

5) Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

4) Bon Iver – Bon Iver

3) Panda Bear – Tomboy

2) James Blake – James Blake

1) Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Some time ago, we published the official album audio of Lana Del Rey‘s new song “Born To Die”. Today, we have the official video for you to watch. Visually, it’s a pleasure, narratively, not very interesting, but we’re interested in sharing this because of how she has come to be a mediatic monster, who rose to the top thanks to social media and well-thought out marketing plans… and that is always interesting. Her album will be out Jan 31st, it will be an interesting day. Enjoy.

You voted and the results are in, check out our readers picks for the best 10 albums of 2011. Tomorrow we’ll publish our list of the best 30 albums of 2011 according to The Weird Fishes. Cheers

10) TV on the Radio – 9 Types of Light

9) Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

8) Panda Bear – Tomboy

7) Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

6) James Blake – James Blake

5) Washed Out – Within and Without

4) The Strokes – Angles

3) Radiohead – King of Limbs

2) M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

1) Bon Iver – Bon Iver

We hadn’t heard much about AU in a while. It’s exciting to know that they’re to release a new album next summer. Here’s the first taste of it, the folk freakout jam “Solid Gold” with a melting sax that will make you want to move incessantly and arrhythmically. It’s like a trip to your local circus. Enjoy. AU “Solid Gold” by Hometapes