I will shout out, quickly, what a year for Philadelphian music. Even with a dissapointing (but solid) Man Man album, we were killing it. Sayin’.
Standout Track(s): Codex
Standout Track(s): Green Aisles
Standout Track(s): Gangsta
Standout Track(s): I Never Learnt to Share
Standout Track(s): Mona Lisa
Standout Track(s): Your Love Is Calling My Name
Standout Track(s): Honey Bunny
Standout Track(s): Cruel
Standout Track(s): Baby’s Arms
Standout Track(s): All of them, idiots.
Why screw around? I’ll rank ’em.
11 Washed Out Within and Without
12 Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
13 The Antlers Burst Apart
14 Destroyer Kaputt
15 Iron and Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
16 Cut Copy Zonoscope
17 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Mirror Traffic
18 Bon Iver Bon Iver
18 Wild Beasts Smother
19 Britney Spears Femme Fatale
20 The Antlers Burst Apart
Washed Out was a near, near, near miss. If I had nickle for every time I listened to that album and wondered WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED to the last forty minutes, I’d have at least three bits.
Best unsigned for me was the excellent Skeleton Dead. Special shout-out to Charles Bradley, whose album I only loved with reservations, but whose live show I loved without them. Oh, and Fleet Foxes? No free jazz interludes. Bad, foxes. Also: play all your parts live, you goddamn fakers.
similarity to overall top ten: 71.33%, 7 matches
10Cass McCombs, “County Line”
09PJ Harvey, “The Last Living Rose”
08Cut Copy, “Need You Now”
07James Blake, “I Never Learnt to Share”
06Girls, “Honey Bunny”
05Jay-Z / Kanye West, “N***** in Paris”
04St. Vincent, “Cruel”
03PJ Harvey, “The Words That Maketh Murder”
01Kurt Vile, “Baby’s Arms”
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