So, 2010 is half-way through (or at least just about.) What have been your favorite albums of the year so far. I've been dreadfully lazy when it comes to listening to new music over the past several months but that said, my favorite albums of the year thus far are:
Alcest - Écailles de Lune [shoegaze/post-black metal]
Wovenhand - The Threshingfloor [gothic americana/alt-country]
Les Discrets - Septembre et ses Dernières Pensées [shoegaze/post-rock with slight metal influence]
Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune [psychedelic blues rock] (recorded between '66 and '69)
Mike Patton - Mondo Cane [experimental italian baroque pop]
Jónsi - Go [post-rock/icelandic pop... or something like that]
Motorpsycho - Heavy Metal Fruit [psychadelic/progressive hard rock]
Midlake - The Courage of Others [folk-rock]
Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones [doom metal]
Eluvium - Similes [ambient]
Kayo Dot - Coyote [unclassifiable/avant-garde]
Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto [indie/electronic rock/pop]
Massive Attack - Heligoland [trip hop]
Ihsahn - After [progressive metal]
Demians - Mute [progressive alternative rock]
Katatonia - The Longest Year EP [atmospheric dark-rock/metal & remixes/electronic]
Burzum - Belus [atmospheric black metal]
Khi Darag! - Khi Darag! EP [middle-eastern/experimental rock] (Technically released Dec. 31, 2009)
Have a Nice Life - Time of Land EP [shoegaze/experimental]
Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back [singer-songwriter/orchestral/cover-songs]
Orphaned Land - The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR [middle-eastern/progressive metal]
Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me [folk/singer-songwriter]
So, list your favorites please!
You say lazy. I say crazy X)
I've only listened to three albums from 2010 so far that I can think of... But they're all worth mentioning I think.
Meat Loaf - Hang Cool Teddy Bear
At the age of 60 Meat Loaf still manages to make the best album since Bat Out of Hell 2, which is pretty cool. Hugh Laurie even plays piano on it, which should really be all you need to know to give it a listen.
Pearl - Little Immaculate White Fox
Well, she's the daughter of Meat Loaf and has teamed up with her husband Scott Ian from Anthrax to make an awesome rock album. She's an amazing singer as well.
Shonen Knife - Free Time
Might be my favorite Knife album so far. (For those who don't know, Shonen Knife is a japanese garage rock/punk-band... Who got successful in the west largely due to being discovered by Kurt Cobain.) It's full of the bands usual quirky and cute lyrics. But I also think it's their heaviest album to date leaning more towards heavy metal than their usual Ramones and the Beatles inspired songs.
Whoa, I didn't know there was a new Gogol Bordello out! Thanks Raoul Duke! Never pass up a chance to see those guys live.
It's been a great year for music so far. Some favs...
DEVO - Something for Everybody. Super classic DEVO goodness!
The Chemical Brothers - Further
Bonobo - Black Sands
Blockhead - The Music Scene
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
This year has been pretty weak, actually. The second half should be awesome, though, with Radiohead, Ulver, Ne Obliviscaris, Fredrik Thordendal, Oceansize, Iron & Wine, Gorguts, Akercocke, Dordeduh, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Devin Townsend, Black Mountain, Fleet Foxes, Paatos, Comus, Enslaved, Agalloch, etc, etc, etc... Those should all be at the least great, and at the most mindblowingly amazing.
Rosetta--A Determinism of Morality
High on Fire--Snakes for the Divine
Melvins--The Bride Screamed Murder
Howl--Full of Hell
The Unwinding Hours--The Unwinding Hours
Minsk/U.S Christmas/Harvestman--Hawkwind Triad
Mike Patton--Mondo Cane
Long Distance Calling--Avoid the Light
Hammock--Chasing After Shadows...Living With the Ghosts
Ascent of Everest--From This Vantage
Bomb the Music Industry!--Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited by Nothing!!!
Off With Their Heads--In Desolation
Coliseum--House With A Curse
God is an Astronaut--Age of the Fifth Sun
Red Sparowes--The Fear is Excruciating, but Therein Lies the Answer
I've also got to add Yakuza's Of Seismic Consequence. That album is great.
I'm a noob at music... let's see... I know ratatat came out with an album this year, and I think its meh. Caribou came out with an album too, I love it, but it already got old to me. Is Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeros from this year? If so, than that's my favorite of the year so far. If not, well it was my favorite discovery of this year at least (along with grizzly bear, and wu tang vs the beatles)
really ecstatic to hear radiohead, arcade fire, and fleet foxes are coming out with new albums this year.
the many other bands mentioned itt, i know nothing of, but I love that flying lotus song posted, and the blockhead animation video is sick!
^ Turns out that was just referring to his new live release, Glitter and Doom, which is great if you don't already have it. He's doing films now, it seems... He was in Book of Eli and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus. I personal favor his "quiet" work far over his "loud" work but I love them both.
Been mostly into the instrumentals this year
Alcest - Écailles de Lune
Anathema - We're Here Bacause We're here
Bonobo - Black Sands
Emancipator - Safe in the Steep Cliffs
Jónsi - Go
Shining - Blackjazz
Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
The American Dollar - Atlas
The Autumn Film - Roll Over Me
I was really looking forward to Stars and Broken Social Scenes new albums, but they still need to grow on me I think.
Man, there's a lot of favorites released in late '09 but so far:
Symbion Project released something earlier this year: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mis...uy/id349074211 It features vocals by Melissa Kaplan, of Splashdown and Universal Hall Pass fame.
Their video is pretty wicked. Kind of freaky. http://vimeo.com/11241391
And I'm dying for Emilie Autumn's new album. There should be at least live footage of some of the songs this year. I think she's going to release at least an EP before her fall tour. It's going to be called "Fight Like A Girl" (F.L.A.G.) Squeee.
Went to Latitude last week and saw bands that'd released some pretty impressive albums this year;
(Caught the drummer's drumstick after The National's set)
My sketchbook, if you really want to see it...
"Picasso is a painter, so am I;... Picasso is Spanish, so am I; Picasso is a communist, neither am I." - Salvador Dali
Here's my top 40 so far!
1. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
2. Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
3. The National - High Violet
4. Emeralds - Does it Look Like I'm Here?
5. The Black Keys - Brothers
6. Yellow Swans - Going Places
7. Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
8. Rova & Nels Cline Singers - The Celestial Septet
9. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
10. Menomena - Mines
11. Beach House - Teen Dream
12. Nest - Retold
13. James Blackshaw - All is Falling
14. Motorpsycho - Heavy Metal Fruit
15. Efdemin - Chicago
16. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
17. Elephant9 - Walk the Nile
18. Owen Pallett - Heartland
19. Brasstronaut - Mt Chimaera
20. Les Discrets - Septembre Et Ses Dernières Pensées
21. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
22. Jamie Lidell - Pop
23. Charlotte Gainsburg - IRM
24. Geographer - Animal Shapes EP
25. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
26. Shining - Black Jazz
27. Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit
28. Jonsi - Go
29. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
30. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
31. Alcest - Écailles de Lune
32. Denseland - Chunk
33. Food - Quiet Inlet
34. Negură Bunget - Vîrstele Pămîntului
35. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
36. The Walkman - Lisbon
37. The Besnard Lakes - Are the Roaring Night
38. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
39. Paul Cary - Ghost of a Man
40. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Who Killed Sgt Pepper?
Last edited by Ian Barker; October 1st, 2010 at 10:03 PM.
Here's my top-40:
Alcest - Écailles de Lune [shoegaze/post-black metal | France]
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs ["indie" rock | Canada]
Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises [acoustic folk | USA]
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini [progressive black metal | Norway]
Grinderman - Grinderman 2 [experimental garage rock | USA]
Samsara Blues Experiment - Long Distance Trip [psychedelic/stoner rock | Germany]
Wovenhand - The Threshingfloor [gothic americana/alt-country | USA]
Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky [experimental/noise rock | USA]
Les Discrets - Septembre et ses Dernières Pensées [shoegaze/post-rock with slight metal influence | France]
Mike Patton - Mondo Cane [experimental Italian baroque pop | USA]
Dordeduh - Valea Omului EP [experimental/progressive black metal | Romania]
Philip Selway - Familial [singer-songwriter | UK]
Oceansize - Self Preserved As the Bodies Float Upward ["post" progressive rock | UK]
Ólafur Arnalds - ...and they have escaped the weight of darkness [neoclassical/ambient/post-rock | Iceland]
Jónsi - Go [post-rock/Icelandic pop... or something like that | Iceland]
Rome - Nos Chants Perdus [neofolk | Luxembourg]
Areknamés- In Case of Loss [progressive rock | Italy]
Voice of the Seven Thunders - Voice of the Seven Thunders [folk and psychedelic rock | UK]
Sleepy Sun - Fever [psychedelic folk rock | USA]
Olan Mill - Pine [ambient/neoclassical | ]
White Hills - White Hills [psychedelic/stoner rock | USA]
Consecration - .avi [post-metal | Serbia]
Lights Out Asia - In The Days of Jupiter [soundscape/experimental post-rock | USA]
Red Sparowes - The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer [post-rock | USA]
Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune [psychedelic blues rock | USA/UK] (recorded between '66 and '69)
Midlake - The Courage of Others [folk-rock | USA]
Motorpsycho - Heavy Metal Fruit [psychedelic/progressive hard rock | Norway]
Brandon Perry - Ark [ambient/neo-classical | UK]
Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here ["crossover" progressive rock/post-prog | UK]
Triptykon - Eparistera Daimones [doom metal | Switzerland]
RQTN - Decades and Decisions [neoclassical/ambient/post-rock | France]
Kayo Dot - Coyote [unclassifiable/avant-garde | USA]
Massive Attack - Heligoland [trip hop | UK]
The Black Keys - Brothers [psychedelic blues rock | USA]
Morcheeba - Blood Like Lemonade [trip-hop/downtempo electronic | UK]
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma [experimental electronic | USA]
In Lingua Mortua - Salon des Refuses [avant-garde/progressive black metal | Norway]
Caribou - Swim [experimental electronic/"indie" rock | Canada]
Eluvium - Similes [ambient | USA]
Ihsahn - After [progressive metal | Norway]
I'm listening to more each day, though, so it's subject to change...