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Albums of the Year 2016

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*Best of 2016*

10) Porches
Pool
[Domino]

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09) Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book
[self-released]

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08) Bon Iver
22, A Million
[Jagjaguwar]

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07) Animal Collective
Painting With
[Domino]

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06) Young Thug
JEFFERY
[Atlantic/300 Entertainment]

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05) Blood Orange
Freetown Sound
[Domino]

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04) Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition
[Warp]

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03) David Bowie

[ISO/RCA/Columbia/Sony]

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02) Solange
A Seat at the Table
[Saint/Columbia]

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01) Kanye West
The Life of Pablo
[Def Jam/GOOD]

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Here is a list of my twenty favorite songs from 2016. These are listed in alphabetical order and has been limited to one track per artist.

Blood Orange – Best To You (Feat. Empress Of)
Bon Iver – 1 0 d E A T h B R E a s T
Cass McCombs – Bum Bum Bum
Chance the Rapper – Smoke Break (Feat. Future)
Danny L Harle – Supernatural (Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)
David Bowie – Lazarus
Deakin – Golden Chords
DJ Diamond – Lab 2 This
Frank Ocean – Nikes
Kanye West – Real Friends
Kero Kero Bonito – Trampoline
KING – The Greatest
M.I.A. – Survivor
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Need You
Pusha T – Got Em Covered (Feat. Ab-Liva)
Radiohead – Ful Stop
Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles (Feat. Gucci Mane)
Rihanna – Work (Feat. Drake)
The Weeknd – Starboy (Feat. Daft Punk)
William Tyler – Gone Clear

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2015: Albums of the Year

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*Best of 2015*

10) Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
[Domino]

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09) Carly Rae Jepsen
Emotion
[Interscope]

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08) Lower Dens
Escape From Evil
[Ribbon Music]

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07) Neon Indian
VEGA INTL. Night School
[Mom+Pop]

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06) Beach House
Depression Cherry / Thank Your Lucky Stars
[Sub Pop]

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05) Future
DS2
[Epic/Free Bandz]

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04) Deerhunter
Fading Frontier
[4AD]

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03) Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly
[Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope]

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02) Vince Staples
Summertime ’06
[Def Jam]

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01) Tame Impala
Currents
[Interscope]

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Here is a list of my twenty-five favorite songs from 2015. These are listed in alphabetical order and has been limited to one track per artist.

Beach House – Elegy to the Void
Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You
Courtney Barnett – Depreston
Deerhunter – Breaker
Drake – Hotline Bling
easyFun – Laplander
f(x) – 4 Walls
Galcher Lustwerk – I Neva Seen
Grimes – Realiti
James Ferraro – Skid Row
Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
Jason Derulo – Want to Want Me
Julia Holter – Feel You
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
Kanye West – All Day
Kelela – Rewind
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
Mac DeMarco – I’ve Been Waiting For Her
Miguel – Coffee
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better
Tate Kobang – Bank Rolls (Remix)
Vince Staples – Norf Norf
The Weeknd – As You Are
Young Thug – Constantly Hating (Feat. Birdman)

2014: Albums of the Year
Ariel Pink

*Best of 2014*

05) Eno/Hyde
High Life
[Warp]
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04) Spoon
They Want My Soul
[Loma Vista]
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03) Aphex Twin
Syro
[Warp]
Syro

02) Future
Honest
[Epic/Free Bandz/A1]
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01) Ariel Pink
Pom Pom
[4AD]
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Here is a list of my favorite songs from 2014. These are listed in alphabetical order.

18+ – All The Time
Ariana Grande – Problem (Feat. Iggy Azalea)
Ariel Pink – Lipstick
Aphex Twin – Circlont6a [141.98] (syrobonkus mix)
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Little Fang
Bobby Shmurda – Hot Nigga
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Sugah Daddy
Death Grips – Have a Sad Cum
Eno/Hyde – DBF
Future – Benz Friendz (Whatchutola) (Feat. Andre 3000)
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
ilovemakonnen – Club Goin’ Up On A Tuesday (Feat. Drake)
Mac DeMarco – Passing Out Pieces
Migos – Fight Night
Panda Bear – Mr. Noah
Pure X – Valley of Tears
Real Estate – Crime
Spoon – Do You
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
The War On Drugs – Red Eyes

2013: Albums of the Year
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*Best of 2013*

10) Chief Keef
Almighty So
[Self-Released]
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09) Pusha T
My Name Is My Name
[Def Jam/GOOD Music]
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08) Factory Floor
Factory Floor
[DFA]
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07) Arca
&&&&&
[Hippos in Tanks]
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06) Deerhunter
Monomania
[4AD]
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05) Autre Ne Veut
Anxiety
[Software]
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04) Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus 7
[Warp]
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03) Death Grips
Government Plates
[Self-Released]
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02) Kanye West
Yeezus
[Def Jam]
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01) Arcade Fire
Reflektor
[Merge]
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Here is a list of my favorite songs from 2013. These are listed in alphabetical order.

Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play
A$AP Ferg – Shabba (Feat. A$AP Rocky)
Arcade Fire – Afterlife
Chief Keef – Salty
Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right (Feat. Panda Bear)
David Bowie – Where Are We Now?
Deerhunter – Sleepwalking
Dirty Beaches – Casino Lisboa
Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (Feat. Majid Jordan)
Ducktails – The Flower Lane
Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind
Kanye West – New Slaves
The Knife – A Tooth For An Eye
My Bloody Valentine – Only Tomorrow
Pusha T – Suicide (Feat. Ab-Liva)
Rhye – Open
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines (Feat. T.I. & Pharrell)
Signor Benedick the Moor – All Revere (le narrateur)
Volcano Choir – Comrade
2 Chainz – Feds Watching (Feat. Pharrell)

2012 Albums of the Year

Frank Ocean

*Best of 2012*

10) Grimes
Visions
[4AD]
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09) James Ferraro
Sushi
[Hippos in Tanks]
Sushi

08) Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan
[Domino]
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07) Dean Blunt
The Narcissist II
[Self-released/World Music Group/Hippos in Tanks]
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06) BEBETUNE$
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[Self-released]
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05) Wild Nothing
Nocturne
[Captured Tracks]
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04) Death Grips
The Money Store
[Epic]
The Money Store

03) Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d. city
[Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope]
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02) Lotus Plaza
Spooky Action at a Distance
[Kranky]
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01) Frank Ocean
Channel Orange
[Def Jam]
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Here is a list of my favorite songs from 2012. These are listed in alphabetical order.

Andy Stott – Numb
Austin Cesear – Cloud Hall
Beach House – Myth
Bear in Heaven – Sinful Nature
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Bob Dylan – Narrow Way
Dan Deacon – Lots
Death Grips – Hacker
Dirty Projectors – Dance for You
Farrah Abraham – After Prom
Frank Ocean – Bad Religion
Gary War – Superlifer
Grimes – Oblivion
James Ferraro – SO N2U
Jessie Ware – Running
Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle
Lotus Plaza – Monoliths
Lower Dens – Brains
Wild Nothing – Paradise
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2011 Albums of the Year

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I’m not a great blogger that is for sure. The start of the year witnessed my streak of blog posts and reviews, until summer came and my time and resources went elsewhere. Now, at this year’s end I am back to give you my input of 2011 in music:

2011 was a fruitful year, although this year lacked a definitive “best” album (like last year’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) it featured numerous quality releases. The list I’m writing for you here was limited to just ten, leading me to leave several albums I found great off of this list. Trends that began in past years continued, specifically the small-imprint trend, growing in quality and quantity. The exodus from bedroom to studio has continued from bands in the independent music scene, few artists are releasing anything that sounds like it came from modest production efforts. Listen to the production in albums like Bon Iver or Father, Son, Holy Ghost, they’re deep, round, and spacious. Yet on another hand, artists are still borrowing sounds of the past and re-appropriating them as their own, although now in ways that blur the past and the present. An example would be John Maus’ release; We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, this album sounds natively 80s, but, is it really? Despite synthesizers turned all the way up, nothing in the 80s could be related without argument. Better yet is Daniel Lopatin’s Oneohtrix Point Never project, in his latest album, Replica, he samples 1980-90s daytime/late-night television commercials (which sounds like) straight from VHS. The final result is a creation that romanticizes one’s feeling of nostalgia.

Here are my top albums of 2011…

*Best of 2011*

10) Girls
Father, Son, Holy Ghost
[True Panther Sounds]
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09) Drake
Take Care
[Cash Money]
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08) Shabazz Palaces
Black Up
[Sub Pop]
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07) Bon Iver
Bon Iver
[Jagjaguwar/4AD]
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06) Gang Gang Dance
Eye Contact
[4AD]
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05) Atlas Sound
Parallax
[4AD]
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04) Destroyer
Kaputt
[Merge]
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03) Future Islands
On the Water
[Thrill Jockey]
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02) Oneohtrix Point Never
Replica
[Software/Mexican Summer]
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01) John Maus
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
[Ribbon Music]
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Here is a list of my twenty favorite songs from 2011. These are listed in alphabetical order.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears
Atlas Sound – Te Amo
Cass McCombs – County Line
Death Grips – Guillotine
Destroyer – Blue Eyes
DJ Diamond – Horns
Drake – Doing It Wrong
Ford & Lopatin – Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me)
Gang Gang Dance – Glass Jar
Girls – Alex
Jay-Z / Kanye West – Otis
John Maus – Hey Moon
Kids on a Crime Spree – Trumpets of Death
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Laura Marling – Sophia
Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
Oneohtrix Point Never – Up
Thee Oh Sees – The Dream
Tom Waits – Bad as Luce
2 Chainz – Spend It (Remix) (Feat. T.I.)

Eye ContactApropos that Gang Gang Dance start their latest album with the words “I can hear everything/It’s everything time.” Eye Contact, Gang Gang Dance’s first album released on 4AD, sounds just like that, a collection of influences and genres strung together to create a weird, exciting, and otherworldly headphones album. Perhaps I wanted Tomboy to sound thusly, but, Gang Gang Dance, who have been around for the better half of a decade, now just put together the best album in their catalog. There hasn’t been a release yet this year that sounds so much like the current times while borrowing so much from previous decades.

The album opener “Glass Jar” is enough in itself to create an EP. This 11-minute epic starts slowly, perhaps like a space shuttle with its engine firing, then near the 5-minute mark it blasts through the atmosphere to not return. Arpeggioed keys augment an emphatic bass bump, which has been used to a strong effect at their live performances, is first heard here on one of their studio albums. The tone that is set from this first track does not let up throughout the rest of the album. Although there are intermittently and exquisitely placed interludes, any track with a written title (essentially, I do not want to take aback the interludes) has areas to explore, to dance to, or to just let wash over you in the sun or under the stars. Perhaps the latter is befitting for Eye Contact.

Liz Bougatsos’ voice sounds better than ever on this album as well. Her gentle coos from Saint Dymphna are still here but on other tracks it’s distorted in ways we haven’t heard. “Chinese High” is a song that sounds like Kate Bush and it features guitarist Tim Koh, from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. His reverberated guitar, plus Bougatsos’ childlike voice, and a pop-song structure allows it to be the most accessible track. “MindKilla” follows “Chinese High” and it is more dance floor-ready than even “Glass Jar.” It has enough 808s, synths, bass beats, horns and alarms, a fucking lullaby, and exasperations. To elaborate more on these two songs, on the LP version of the album these tracks are the only two on side 2 (of 3). They play just like a single would, let’s say that “Chinese High” would be the A-side and “MindKilla” as its B-side. These two tracks aren’t just standout tracks on this album; they are standout tracks for this year.

The album’s final side starts with the second interlude, “∞∞,” this brings the listener down from the serotonin-overloaded “MindKilla.” It is perfectly placed because “Romance Layers” has the laid-back duet of Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and Liz Bougatsos exchanging melodies amidst keyboard chimes and electric guitars. Later is “∞∞∞” which forebodes the album finale. Gurgling water, the refrain of “I’m so high/Can’t seem to find my way” plus the raising tempo of a tribal drum beat leads to “Thru and Thru.” An Arabian melody that is segmented with a voice sample yell, followed by a tribal percussion beat that leads into, for a lack of me not knowing what to call it, a muezzin’s call.

Eye Contact is an extraterrestrial re-imagination of genres and influences we didn’t know could be re-appropriated in such a manner. Although their previous albums were certainly weird, Eye Contact remains accessible, but not enough to steer away fans from Saint Dymphna or God’s Money.

(Reviewer’s Score 4.2/5)

Weekend at Burnie's
My go-to rap album for the summer of 2010 was Curren$y’s smooth debut album, Pilot Talk. This summer, 6/28 to be precise, Curren$y is going to release Weekend at Burnie’s, an album that is a shoe-in for the “best album cover of the year” title. This will be his second release from Warner Brothers. Listen to the lead single “#jetsgo” below.

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Past Life Martyred Saints
Former Gowns frontwoman Erika M. Anderson has a new solo-project simply named EMA. The album, Past Lives Martyred Saints, is out 5/10 on Souterrain Transmissions.

Listen to the industrial angst-ridden track “Milkman” embedded above.

Goblin

A new track from the latest album of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All’s Tyler, The Creator. Said album will be titled Goblin, due 5/10 on XL Recordings.