"The rise of electronic music in America is great because all these hundreds of thousands of kids going to festivals in Vegas and New York— wearing furry boots, living the rave dream— are binge-drinking music. They don’t care about quality— it’s about the epic build and formulaic comedown. But five years from now, they’re going to stop that, and there’s a good chance that 20% of them will stick around and start finding avenues towards Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk and Basic Channel. That’s going to be an influx of people who are going to make this music last longer and be relevant."
To be honest, none of the new music I listened to in 2011 has much staying power, I might not be listening to any of these albums in 2 or 3 years.
5. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
The voice may end up grating on me in time, but for now The Rural Alberta Advantage is my perfect mix of The Avett Brothers and The Shins (or some other more accurately twangy, foot-tapping-causing band comparison).
4. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
In a lot of ways this album was not was I was expecting at all, but when put against the image Justice gives themselves the arena rock sound that this album has makes sense.
3. Kakkmaddafakka - Hest
Poppy indie rock from Norway. I love too many tracks on this album.
2. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Stereotypically M83 by now and so easy to make fun of, but it’s just so wonderful to listen to!
1. Bomb the Music Industry - Vacation
In some ways I can’t really tell you why this is my favorite album of the year, but there are a couple of tracks on here that are perfect. I also just realized that BTMI is the only proper punk band I still follow/find interesting.
There is no doubt that this is the best Super Bowl half-time performance of all time. But really, when most of what you’re putting Prince up against the phoned in performances from “classic” radio rock bands of recent Super Bowls there really is no competition.
My Musical 2010 (if you’re reading this on the Tumblr dashboard, you can see the images better if you open it up on a new tab)
2010 was an interesting year for me as far as music goes. Due to the time change, amongst other things, caused by moving to Japan, most all of my communication with the friends whom I share music with has pretty much halted. But thanks to Dropbox, we now share all of our new findings instantly and free. And because of this, I actually listened to more new music this year than ever.
According to Last.fm, my most listened to music of 2010 was the following:
Bomb the Music Industry!
The Album Leaf
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Albert Hammond, Jr.
The top 6 are no surprise, they are all in constant rotation. 7-10 were all new to my music library in 2010.
I listened to 73 albums for the first time last year, released between 1956 and 2010.
82 of those albums were by American bands, 10 from Canada, 4 from Sweden and the U.K. and 9 from assorted countries (represented in the pie chart above).
1. The xx - Islands 2. Chad VanGaalen - Clinically Dead 3. Phoenix - North 4. Minus the Bear - Absinthe Party… 5. Modest Mouse - Workin’ on Leavin’ the Livin’ 6. Explosions in the Sky - Day 4 7. Explosions in the Sky - Day 5 8. Voxtrot - Soft & Warm 9. The Tallest Man on Earth - The Gardner 10. Ben Gibbard & Andrew Kenny - You Remind me of Home 11. Johnny Hobo & The Freight Trains - The New Mexico Song 12. The Rumble Strips - No Soul 13. The White Stripes - I’m Bound to Pack it Up 14. Dom - I Wonder 15. Stars - Set Yourself on Fire