Top 25 Albums of 2011. ~ Matt Billings

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on Dec 31, 2011
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It was difficult to figure out how to approach this, but I finally decided that instead of trying to do a typical ranking of my favorite 25 albums I would group my favorites by genre instead. I still felt it necessary to make a definitive list of my 5 favorite releases. The genres that each album belong to are the most primitive of a description that I can muster for many of these releases since I’m not very good at pinpointing genre, but it is at least a starting point.

1. Panda Bear – Tomboy

2. The Weeknd – House of Balloons

3. Real Estate – Days

4. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

5. Elite Gymnastics – Ruin



Blackout Beach – Fuck Death

Canyons – Keep Your Dreams 

Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure

James Blake – James Blake

Radiohead – The King of Limbs


Hip Hop

Danny Brown – XXX

Main Attrakionz – 808s & Dark Grapes II


Atlas Sound – Parallax

Dudes – Narcissists Anonymous

Toro y Moi – Freaking Out EP

TV Girl – Benny and the Jets EP


Psychadelic / Experimental

John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

Peaking Lights – 936



Drake – Take Care

Frank Ocean – Nostalgia / Ultra

Terius Nash – 1977


Singer / Songwriter

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake


Matt Billings likes to listen to music. He also likes to play music. Now you can like and listen to his music: Mothlight.



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3 Responses to “Top 25 Albums of 2011. ~ Matt Billings”

  1. melissa says:

    a bunch I haven't listened to yet, thanks for listing. can't wait to hear them. your list is certainly more broad than mine. ; )
    Happiness in the New Year!
    Melissa Smith
    Fellow EJ contributor

  2. Cam Crowe says:

    Your taste in music doesn't just suck. I totally sucks.

  3. HeroGames says:

    Great is very cool and my best musci. good job man.

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