In January, I looked through our list of most anticipated albums of 2011 to see how my powers of prognostication held up. Well… let’s start with the fact that I ranked my own personal and our overall number one album of 2011 at #21… below Peter, Bjorn, & John. Whoops. Sorry, Polly Jean.
Of the albums in our actual top #20 of 2011, only six were in the top #20 of the anticipated list (Radiohead, Cut Copy, Fleet Foxes, Jay-Z & Kanye, Bon Iver, and Kurt Vile). Seven of our anticipated of 2011 continue to be anticipated: next year in Aphex Twin? And a whole bunch of albums that hadn’t been announced swarmed the lists. Of course, it’s also possible that I may not be as hip to the “new music” as I pretend to be…
So, for my own edification, right after doing that comparison, I put together this list of my most anticipated albums of 2012 in January, with the intention of posting it. January’s the new March, know what I mean, Vern?
I’m going to try to keep this updated as new releases come out. When an album’s release is conjectural, I’ve noted it, and weighed that albums anticipation level accordingly. I won’t change the order based on hearing an album, but I will try to update it based on albums being announced, like I’ve just done by adding Beach House to the #1 spot cuz holy shit a new Beach House album.
Now that we’ve turned our back on 2010 (besides a Philly best of list coming later this week), it’s time to turn our heads to the Big One One. [Also: see our Best of 2010]
There’s a lot of albums to be excited about in 2011, including some we’ve inevitably forgot, and some not announced yet.
||How sure is a Radiohead album in 2011? Not very. How long will the mere possibility of a Radiohead album be the most anticipated release of any given year? Very long.
||Hard to believe that their self-titled came out in 2008. Every second has held up.
||I’m not entirely sure of the new more dubby direction, but where Noah goes, I’ll follow.
||Very few albums have steadily gained as much headspace as 2007′s Night Falls Over Kortedala. No matter what day Jens’ album is released, it’s a good bet that I’ll be listening it to on repeat all day. Sincerely, David G.
||Kanye West & Jay-Z
||Watch the Throne
||This album won’t live up to the hype. That said, Kanye now indicates it’ll come out next week, so at least we don’t have long to wait.
||Oh lord. Is it possible to pretend that they can ever rediscover the magic of Is This It? Is it possible to pretend that I’m not hoping they do?
||I’ll listen to this while running. A lot.
||File under: I’ll believe it when I see it.
||Scientologists predict that this will be another excellent, unheralded album.
||Smoke Rings for My Halo
||Which Philly album is more hotly desired, Kurt Vile’s or Man Man’s? With Kurt’s new single “In My Time” demonstrating a more approachable sound, it has to be his. Until we hear music from Man Man’s at least.
||I can’t wait for the circus.
||The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
||With advance singles pointing to a slight evolution of their sound, this truly could be one of the better albums of 2011.
||File this under “believe it when I see it.”
||Still in ever-deepening awe of the 2009 release. – Material Lives
||I never had the love affair that many did with their debut. But the magic on Kanye’s album? My attention is there.
||2010′s White Fence… Is Growing Faith was one of the year’s most overlooked albums. 1960s psychpop at its most exciting.
||Iron & Wine
||Kiss Each Other Clean
||Iron and Wine has stolen Low’s spot. While Low stumbled when they moved away from slowcore, Iron and Wine’s more expansive sound (See “Walking Far From Home”) is a well-fitting glove.
||Very few albums haunt me like Low’s first five albums. Since then…. not so much. I’m ready to be haunted.
||Peter, Bjorn And John
||Let’s all forget Living Thing
||Hercules & Love Affair
||I’ll also listen to this at the gym.
||Let England Shake
||Hard to imagine that a PJ Harvey album wouldn’t make the top ten, but after the last two albums of… what were they again?
||Hard to believe that our first post, almost a year ago, was about Jay. Where is this album?
||The Rural Alberta Advantage
||Creator of my 9th favorite album of the year… But that advance single does nothing for me.
||Advance single was great.
||Is this really going to happen?
||This album will have four good songs.
||Does anybody survive two years of Bud Light Lime?
|| The Great Deal Of Love
||The title track is amazing.
||Hot Sauce Committee, Vol. 2
||Fujiya & Miyagi
||This album will have three good songs.
||Computers and Blues
||Were any of The Streets albums nearly as good as we thought they were?
||He had one of 2009′s more notable releases. A reliable hand.
||The King Is Dead
||People seem to love this band with a passion that continues to baffle me. Will 2011 reverse my bafflement?
||Forget about Dre.
And a sampling of what’s to be excited about:
Fleet Foxes, “Blue Spotted Tail”
Panda Bear, “Tomboy”
Jens Lekman, “The End of the World Is Bigger than Love”
Cut Copy, “Where I’m Going”
If we had counted the statistically insignificant and scattershot votes for our top ten favorite tracks of the year, that list might have looked something similar to the below. Of course, if we had counted those votes and found out that one of our top ten tracks was The National’s execrable “Bloodbuzz, Ohio” (which, coincidentally, just popped up on HypeM: my computer is now going into the trash), I would have immediately shut down this site and and bought thismusicsucks.com. Thank God we didn’t count those votes.
10: The Walkmen, “Stranded” (12.3 points; 1 votes)
09: Deerhunter, “Desire Lines” (12.4 points; 1 votes)
08: The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (12.5 points; 2 votes)
07: LCD Soundsystem, “All I Want” (13.9 points; 1 votes)
06: Phosphorescent, “The Mermaid Parade” (14 points; 2 votes)
05: Arcade Fire, ” Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains” (14.2 points; 3 votes)
04: Surfer Blood, “Swim” (14.5 points; 2 votes)
03: Arcade Fire, “We Used to Wait” (16.6 points; 2 votes)
02: Kanye West, “Monster” (17.3 points; 2 votes)
01: Kanye West, “Runaway” (18.1 points; 2 votes)
The real list of albums is still here:
Oh, on a completely non-list note, a look at my personal top albums and tracks will clarify whether I’m an expert on electronic music (nope), but this new track by Deadmau5 is hot.
Deadmau5, “Right This Second”
Hohoho! Happy holidays, everyone! After far, far too much fussing, 27 Noise Narcs-affiliated voters have picked our favorite albums of the year, a solid week after Pitchfork made such lists irrelevant. But seriously: thank you, everyone, for voting. Please click around the site, I spent far too much CSS-incompetent time creating it.
Noise Narcs: Top Albums of 2010
Blood Feathers w/ Birdie Busch
Tin Angel, 20 S 2nd St, Philly
Thursday 1/20, 8:30PM
Advance notice on an upcoming show that Noise Narcs had a hand in bringing into fruition. Back in September when we did our interview with Drew Mills with Blood Feathers, we mentioned that it’d be great to see Ben Dickey and Drew Mills do a singer-songwriter-esque set at Philly’s super-intimate Tin Angel (an “acoustic cafe” which, nepotism disclosure, my dad books). So on January 20, they will be doing a gig with fellow Noise Narc-fave Birdie Busch at Tin Angel. On a side note, Blood Feathers’ drummer Patrick Marsceil was excellent last night at his gig as Sun Airway’s drummer.
And the last time I went to their website (picture above), I don’t remember it being so winter-y…
NOISE NARCS: Back in March, PhillyBurbs claimed that your next release would be a Christmas album, coming out, well, soon. Any truth to that?
DM: There was talk…
In other Philly news, as part of a contest, we put together a “Noise Narcs’s Top 10 Philly Songs of ’10″ on MOG.com. Which you should check out and review enthusiastically (and make suggestions for Philly tracks we missed). And while you’re there, take advantage of their 14-day free trial of their 8+ million streaming songs. Which I honestly can’t imagine going without.
Drew Mills and Ben Dickey of Blood Feathers | Birdie Busch
Tin Angel, 20 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA
Thursday, 1/20/2011 8:30 PM $12
Blood Feathers, “Don’t Know You at All” [Buy]
Birdie Busch, “Joey” [Buy/Stream EP]
In December of 2009, back when this site was just a twinkle in our collective eye, a bunch of friends who would make up the core of Noise Narcs came together to put together the least-scientific, least-informed Best Albums of 2009 list possible. We’re doing it again this year, and we will vote for at least one album Pitchfork didn’t love, promise (lie).
In an attempt to get a few of the voters to actually, cough cough, listen to a few of the albums before they vote, we’re starting early, and the Noise Narcs editors are putting together a list of albums we think are contenders. To see the always up-to-the-minute list of contenders, go here (and leave submissions in the comments):
Noise Narcs Best Albums of 2010: The Not So Short List
I think I am finally ready to pronounce my favorite song of 2009, Michael Zapruder’s “Ads for Feelings.” I put this song on some Lala playlist I’d created, and this is one of those tunes that no matter how many times I listen to the list continues to be a perpetual favorite. I have to stop myself from continually hitting repeat, though I know how disastrously that habit plays out.
This song is appropriately titled, as midway through, it breaks from its fairly mellow, meandering pace for an exuberant flute break that moves like an eruption of feeling. The use of flute contrasts nicely with Zapruder’s monotone, scaled vocals, creating what I’ve been thinking of as a lethargic energy. Although this song is more mellow than not, I find it can be danced to, ice-skated to, snow-dayed to–it’s one of those songs that makes you feel you are walking around in a Volkswagen ad, if you know what I mean. But I guess headphones always give me that feeling.
Michael Zapruder, “Ads for Feelings”