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top 10 albums of 2011 (or the ones i listened to the most)

i had lunch with a friend last week and he asked me what i had been listening to lately.  i gave him three albums: pearl jam vs., pearl jam vitalogy, and the smashing pumpkins siamese dream.  i figured he’d make some joke about it being 2011, but instead he said, “that’s amazing.  you’re listening to music from 20 years ago.”  that’s when it hit me: either new music is incredibly boring or i’m getting older and finding relief in the music that shaped my teenage years.  whatever the reason, 2011 was a down year for new music.  i did manage to find a few diamonds in the rough and here they are:

10. the weeknd house of balloons – not sure where the weeknd came from but i hope he makes music for a very long time.  “the morning” is on constant rotation in my car.  makes me feel cooler than i really am.

9. girls father, son, holy ghost – a stellar follow up to their debut album.  sounds like surf music from the 1960s.  be sure to check out “honey bunny” and “vomit.”

8. my morning jacket circuitalcircuital is full of everything: uppers, downers, and in-betweeners.  when i reviewed it in may, i called it an “instant classic.”  i stand by that.  “holdin’ on to black metal” really whoops my ass with a belt.

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what i’m listening to

cults cults.  it ain’t the beach boys but it’s what summer music should sound like.  initially, i was afraid of this album because pitchfork was so excited about it, but after a two song preview i hit purchase on the whole thing.  it’s full of songs you’ll soon hear in every beer commercial.

arctic monkeys suck it and see.  the title is goofy, but the music is incredible.  their last album was a bit of a let down, but their forth lp is the best since their debut.  the boys are growing up.

bon iver bon iver.  it’s amazing how much hype has been attached to bon iver.  there was hype after “skinny love” leaked.  there was hype after for emma came out and even more hype after kanye asked him to contribute to his last album.  he’s handled it like a champ and made an album every bit as good as his debut.