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  • JustGuy89
    Sep 27th, 2011

    Lights – Ellie Goulding

    Young the Giant – Young The Giant

    Femme Fatale – Britney Spears

    Torches – Foster the People
    Little Hell – City & Colour
    Ceremonials – Florence & The Machine
    21 – Adele
    Bon Iver – Bon Iver

    Take Care – Drake
    Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

    Nov 14th, 2010

    10. Watch the Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West

    I expected a lot more from these two. I can’t complain a whole lot though. Honestly, I’m quite sure I’ve been comparing this to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy too much. This album is great. There are plenty of things to like about it, and it epitomizes the year 2011 has had with rap. “No Church in the Wild” is enough for me though. 

    9. The King Is Dead – The Decemberists

    I don’t understand why so many people on the old forums disliked this album. I felt it was quite great. I’ve always liked and admired The Decemberists for their knack for storytelling, but scaling back and trying something a little less focused as a macrocosm worked well for them. This was a very solid record, and I honestly cannot wait for the next thing these guys do. 

    8. The King of Limbs – Radiohead

    Even a so-so effort by the world’s greatest band is still quite a feat. This album was surely a grower, and it’s certainly good enough to be called a Radiohead album. 

    7. Burst Apart – The Antlers

    No, this wasn’t Hospice, as much as I may have wanted it to be. This was something that was more accesive, and a less intimate than that. This record was something entirely separate of that. Peter SIlberman and co. engineered something that is a gem in its own way, commenting on heartbreak, and making another fantastically devistating collection of songs.

    6. House of Balloons – The Weekend

    So what if this is a mixtape? It still rocks harder than almost every other releases of this last year. Seriously, why can’t more R&B records be this good? I’m not even partial to the genre, but if I ever garnered respect for it, it was with this release.

    5. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – M83

    OH YEAH!! Synthesizer overload for the win. Seriously, why can’t more electropop be like this record? I can forego to silly Phil Collins drum rolls, in favor of those in-your-face synths that pack one heck of a punch. It’s really long, but that’s all the more to be proud of. This is one heck of an album. Somehow, it’s a throwback that manages to more electronic music forward. Strange, but honestly really really good.

    4. Build a Rocket Boys! – Elbow 

    I only heard this one a little while ago, and boy was I missing out! The shear brilliance of Guy Garvey and co. is irresistable here. This record took some getting used to, but it’s a grower. It’s so worth the growing. I did not know I was gonna love it this much. Elbow has always done interesting stuff, but this is their most personal it seems. Whatever it is, I love it. I highly encourage everyone to check it out.

    3. Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys

    No one else is going to rank them this high, or at all, but that’s okay. No, Codes and Keys is not Death Cab’s best record. Not even close. It’s still quite good. If anything, it’s the most cohesive release these guys have ever put out. One could argue Plans flows better, but that’s because every song sounds the same (even if I absolutely love that record, it’s true.) Sure, a couple of these songs are no doubt dedicated to the now perferated union of Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel, but as its own, the record still offers a more mature band than the melancholic nerds from The Photo Album, even if the songs aren’t as good as that one either. Many people don’t approve of a happier Death Cab, but for what it is, I’m quite satisfied with the result. 

    2. Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

    Really, what else is there to say about this existensial adventure that hasn’t already been mentioned? This is not better then their debut, at least not to me it isn’t. That’s okay, because their debut was nearly perfect, just like this record is nearly perfect. The only thing keeping me from putting it at number one, for the most part, is that this record has worn out just a little on me. I guess I loved it too much too soon. It was worth it either way. 

    1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

    I still listen to this, several months later. Every time I play it, I feel things that I wasn’t sure were there. This has become a very personal record, and Bon Iver’s music has become an integral part of my life. Bon Iver is not only the best album of 2011, it’s better than anything that came out last year, the year before that, and possibly even 2008. It’s a masterpiece that flows like the icy river it is. I want to jump into that river, or at least cry myself one. It means that much to me. 

    Top 15 Songs of 2011
    15. “Honey Bunny” Girls
    14. “Pinky’s Dream (feat. Karen O)” David Lynch
    13. “Under Cover of Darkness” The Strokes
    12. “Perth” Bon Iver
    11. “January Hymn” The Decemberists
    10. “Lotus Flower” Radiohead 
    9. “Call It What You Want” Foster the People
    8. “Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl” Elbow
    7. “Stay Young, Go Dancing” Death Cab for Cutie
    6. “Major Minus” Coldplay
    5 “I Don’t Want Love” The Antlers
    4. “No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)” Jay-Z & Kanye West
    3. “Midnight City” M83
    2. “Grown Ocean” Fleet Foxes
    1. “Holocene” Bon Iver 

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    Nov 16th, 2011

    Taking a study break:

    Albums of 2011:
    1) The Black Keys – El Camino
    2) Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
    3) Bon Iver – Bon Iver
    4) PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
    5) Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee part 2
    6) Bjork – Biophilia
    7) Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
    8) Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials
    9) Lady Gaga – Born This Way
    10) Drake – Take Care

    1) Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
    2) Marry the Night (Weeknd & Illangelo remix) – Lady Gaga
    3) Body and Soul – tony bennett and Amy Winehouse
    4) Bounce – Calvin Harris & Kelis
    5) All Kinds of Kinds – Miranda Lambert
    6) Don’t Play No game That I Can’t Win – Beastie Boys and Santigold
    7) Towers – Bon Iver
    8) Virus – Bjork
    9) Original Don – Major Lazer
    10) [tie] Shake it Out – Florence and  Edge of Glory – Lady Gaga (yup, sue me.)

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    Sep 25th, 2011

    1. “Bon Iver, Bon Iver”- Bon Iver
    @pieman1994, I feel the same way about this album   
    2. “Ceremonials”- Florence + the Machine
    3. “Born This Way”- Lady GaGa
    4. “21”- Adele
    5. “Mylo Xyloto”- Coldplay
    6. “Take Care”- Drake
    7. “Helplessness Blues”- Fleet Foxes
    8. “Torches”- Foster the People
    9. “The King of Limbs”- Radiohead
    10. “Watch the Throne”- Kanye & Jay-Z

    Subject to change    

    Songs: Limited 1 per artist (otherwise it would be entirely dominated by Bon Iver, GaGa, Florence and Coldplay)
    1.”Holocene”- Bon Iver
    2. “Never Let Me Go”- Florence + the Machine
    3. “Rolling in the Deep”- Adele
    4. “The Edge of Glory”- GaGa
    5. “Paradise”- Coldplay
    6. “Pumped Up Kicks”- Foster the People
    7. “Marvin’s Room”- Drake
    8. “We Found Love”- Rihanna ft Calvin Harris
    9.  “Carousel”- Vanessa Carlton
    10. “Start Over”- Beyonce

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    Jan 1st, 1970

    1. Let England Shake, PJ Harvey
    2. Wounded Rhymes, Lykke Li
    3. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
    4. House of Balloons, The Weekend
    5. Suck It and See, Artic Monkeys
    6. Young the Giant, Young the Giant
    7. Biophilla, Bjork
    8. The King is Dead, The Decembrists
    9. Born This Way, Lady Gaga (the version I edited down and made good)
    10. 50 Words For Snow, Kate Bush

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    Jul 8th, 2011

    4 [Beyonce]
    Bon Iver [Bon Iver]
    The harrow and the harvest [Gillian Welch]
    Metals [Feist]

    Anna Calvi [Anna Calvi]
    Bad as me [Tom Waits]
    A creature I don’t know [Laura Marling]
    Drive : Soundtrack [Cliff Martinez]
    Helplessness blues [Fleet Foxes]
    Let England shake [PJ Harvey]

    Honorable Mentions : Biophilia [Bjork], James Blake [James Blake]

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    Jun 14th, 2011

    1. 21 – Adele
    2. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
    3. The Book of Mormon – Original Broadway Cast (Don’t Hate!!! It really is amazing!)
    4. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
    5. Torches – Foster the People
    6. Born This Way – Lady Gaga
    7. 4 – Beyonce
    8. Watch the Throne – Jay-Z and Kanye West
    9. Speak Now – Taylor Swift
    10. Doo-Whops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars

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    Nov 26th, 2011

    1. The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions
    2. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
    3. Katy B – On a Mission
    4. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
    5. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
    6. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
    7. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
    8. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
    9. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
    10. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    11. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
    12. Panda Bear – Tomboy
    13. M.I.A. – Vicki Leekx
    14. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
    15. Cults – Cults
    16. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
    17. Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
    18. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
    19. Cliff Martinez et al. – Drive OST
    20. Destroyer – Kaputt
    21. Miranda Lambert – Four the Record
    22. The Antlers – Burst Apart
    23. Cut Copy – Zonoscope
    24. Marissa Nadler – Marissa Nadler
    25. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams

    1. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
    2. WU LYF – “Heavy Pop”
    3. EMA – “California”
    4. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
    5. St. Vincent – “Cheerleader”
    6. Girls – “Honey Bunny”
    7. The Weeknd – “High for This”
    8. tUnE-yArDs – “Gangsta”
    9. Lykke Li – “Sadness Is a Blessing”
    10. EMA – “Marked”
    11. PJ Harvey – “The Last Living Rose”
    12. Fucked Up – “Turn the Season”
    13. Kavinsky ft. Lovefoxxx – “Nightcall”
    14. Tyler the Creator – “Yonkers”
    15. St. Vincent – “Cruel”
    16. College ft. Electric Youth – “A Real Hero”
    17. Katy B – “Power on Me”
    18. Foster the People – “Pumped Up Kicks”
    19. Bon Iver – “Perth”
    20. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”
    21. Panda Bear – “Last Night at the Jetty”
    22. The Antlers – “I Don’t Want Love”
    23. Dum Dum Girls – “Coming Down”
    24. M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”
    25. The Rapture – “How Deep Is Your Love?”
    26. Dirty Beaches – “Lone Runner”
    27. PJ Harvey – “The Words That Maketh Murder”
    28. Deerhunter – “Nosebleed”
    29. Cults – “Abducted”
    30. James Blake – “The Wilhelm Scream”
    31. Tennis – “Marathon”
    32. Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
    33. Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
    34. Cut Copy – “Need You Now”
    35. Wild Flag – “Boom”
    36. tUnE-yArDs – “Powa”
    37. David Lynch ft. Karen O – “Pinky’s Dream”
    38. jj – “Die Tonight”
    39. The Weeknd – “Wicked Games”
    40. PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”
    41. Mazzy Star – “Common Burn”
    42. Real Estate – “It’s Real”
    43. Björk – “Crystalline”
    44. Cults – “Bumper”
    45. Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
    46. Katy B – “Broken Record”
    47. Destroyer – “Kaputt”
    48. The Drums – “Money”
    49. Beyoncé – “1+1”
    50. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Belong”

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    James Otto Sweet Heart
    Sep 15th, 2011

    The newest albums from Alison Krauss & Union Station, LeAnn Rimes, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, and Miranda Lambert are what I have. (smiles)

    God bless you and them always!!!


    Go here to check out my most favorite singer James Otto!

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    Nov 8th, 2010

    10. Bjork – Biophilia / Mary J. Blige – My Life II
    9.   Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures
    8.   Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights Early Mornings
    7.   Bon Iver – Bon Iver
    6.   Radiohead – King of Limbs
    5.   Kanye West & Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
    4.   The Weeknd – House of Balloons
    3,   Adele – 21
    2.   Drake – Take Care
    1.   Jill Scott – The Light of the Sun

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    Oct 26th, 2011

    Top 25 Albums of 2011

    1. M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
    2. James Blake, James Blake
    3. Drake, Take Care
    4. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
    5. Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost
    6. Yuck, Yuck
    7. Radiohead, The King of Limbs
    8. Oneohtrix Point Never, Replica
    9. Shabazz Palaces, Black Up
    10. Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation
    11. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
    12. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
    13. Blouse, Blouse
    14. Washed Out, Within and Without
    15. Elbow, Build a Rocket Boys!
    16. Iron and Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean
    17. Real Estate, Days
    18. I Break Horses, Hearts
    19. Cut Copy, Zonoscope
    20. Dawes, Nothing is Wrong
    21. Atlas Sound, Parallax
    22. Kate Bush, 50 Words for Snow
    23. Phantogram, Nightlife EP
    24. The Weeknd, House of Balloons EP
    25. Cults, Cults

    Top 25 Songs of 2011

    1. Lana Del Ray – Video Games
    2. James Blake and Bon Iver – Fall Creek Boys Choir
    3. Cut Copy – Need You Now
    4. M83 – Reunion
    5. Cults – You Know What I Mean
    6. The Weeknd – House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls
    7. Braids – Glass Deers (Teen Daze Remix)
    8. Bon Iver – Beth / Rest
    9. Tyler, the Creator – Yonkers
    10. Radiohead – Give Up the Ghost
    11. Yuck – The Wall
    12. Girls – Vomit
    13. Real Estate – All the Same
    14. M83 – Midnight City
    15. Tennis – Marathon
    16. Starfucker – Quality Time
    17. Burial – Street Halo
    18. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – We Found Love
    19. tUnE-yArDs – Bizness
    20. Gil-Scott Heron and Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care of U
    21. Youth Lagoon – Afternoon
    22. Bon Iver – Holocene
    23. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
    24. St. Vincent – Cruel
    25. Phantogram – Don’t Move

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    Nov 16th, 2011

    Adding: tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l  at #6. I got a hold of it, and boy, what a fantastically wholesome album.

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    Jul 8th, 2011

    Woah, I am loving the ‘Video games’ mentions….the most jack-off worthy song ever.

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    Jul 13th, 2011

    @ Pieman & james14
    I’m really surpised to see you rank M83’s album so high. Midnight City is one AMAZING track but there’s a whole LOT of blah on the album that doesn’t live up to it in any way.

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    Sep 27th, 2011

    Good timing – I was just thinking about this.

    Top 10 Albums of 2011:

    10.  Cults, Cults
    09.  Cole World: The Sideline Story, J Cole
    08.  Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes
    07.  Take Care, Drake
    06.  21, Adele
    05.  undun, The Roots
    04. Vicki Leekz, M.I.A.
    03.  Wounded Rhymes, Lykke Li
    02.  Bon Iver, Bon Iver
    01.  House of Balloons, The Weeknd

    Had I had enough time to digest The Black Keys’ El Camino, it easily could have cracked this Top 10.

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