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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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new tune tuesday with mmj

buying new music on tuesdays is one of my favorite past times – especially when one of my favorites puts out a new disc.  this morning my morning jacket released their sixth album circuital.  i was one of the few that really enjoyed 2008’s spastic evil urges, but this go-round mmj ditch the experimental stuff and return to being a rock band.  jim james said the band got together and played their whole catalog before writing new material.  it shows on circuital.  circuital takes the best elements of their previous work and ties them together to create an instant classic.  it still moves is currently my favorite mmj album, but i have a feeling circuital will surpass it in time.  go get this album.