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

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66bEcmwpdT4&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

2. The Weeknd – House of Balloons

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ex38L8xtNI&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

3. Real Estate – Days

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HWcViTXdYc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

4. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnoBIQWS5bs&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

5. Elite Gymnastics – Ruin

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGY5pqANpZs&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

 

Electronic

Blackout Beach – Fuck Death

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEmasrrdNQM&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Canyons – Keep Your Dreams 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B61Q8p_l91w&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHYyazhBXcw&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

James Blake – James Blake

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVgEaDemxjc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3oRhwOcQ3w&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

 

Hip Hop

Danny Brown – XXX

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzhtHZmPvxg&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Main Attrakionz – 808s & Dark Grapes II

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcqGNDo2jzc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Pop

Atlas Sound – Parallax

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cXJWa8Axz4&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Dudes – Narcissists Anonymous

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OniG-UxvT8&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Toro y Moi – Freaking Out EP

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYxtd9naca4&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

TV Girl – Benny and the Jets EP

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsdvYG37Ank&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

 

Psychadelic / Experimental

John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMku-GbafEg&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7lLfYBGRaA&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Peaking Lights – 936

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH-9_ddFKk8&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

 

R&B

Drake – Take Care

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-OMhv8BwnU&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Frank Ocean – Nostalgia / Ultra

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmN9rZW0HGo&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Terius Nash – 1977

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I73CeRLAqY&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

 

Singer / Songwriter

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wZczFrlBXM&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1VmLdZvUlo&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2tGhWVMc2E&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

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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 http://www.elephantjournal.com/author/melissa-smi

  2. Cam Crowe says:

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

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