Posted in music on December 30, 2011

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I hate writing year-end lists, as might be obvious to many long-time BrooklynVegan readers. That said, I also like them. They help organize things, which is related to my problem though. I'm too unorganized and hectic to ever get around to making one! But this year a few of us (BrooklynVegan contributors) got together and decided to come up with a collective list of albums that we loved that we think most represented 2011 in BrooklynVegan land. Our indie rock-centric list purposely does not include metal (that's HERE) or hip hop (we should make a separate list). With that in mind, our top 26 albums of 2011, in alphabetical order, are listed (with some commentary and a list of honorable mentions too) below...

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IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (no hip hop or metal):

Atlas SoundAtlas Sound - Parallax
For someone who seemingly can't stop releasing songs, when Bradford puts out a proper full length, it always comes off as a cohesive piece of work and Parallax is his most focused album yet. It's got a similar overall feel to the dreamier direction Deerhunter took on 2010's excellent Halcyon Digest, but the material is so strong that it hardly sounds repetitive. The flow of the album subtly works in the slower, more ambient cuts to space out the relatively high amount (for an Atlas Sound record) of pop standouts. Like many pop experimentalists before him, Bradford has mastered the art of leaving his own weird touch on even the simplest tune.
Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

AustraAustra - Feel It Break
As the BBC points out, "It's a pleasing synchronicity: the very day that Kate Bush, the reclusive queen of quirk-pop, finally leaves her castle in the clouds to release her first album in six years, another Kate with a voice made for echoing around bleak landscapes, and a penchant for drama and the otherworldly, brings out her debut with Austra. Former opera student Katie Stelmanis has been filling Toronto with the sound of music since she hit double figures - first as a chorister, then with post-punked-up gay grungers Galaxy; solo, and now, as singer-songwriter in this goth electro trio that bears her (middle) name."
Get the deluxe version at eMusic. Listen on Spotify.

Bon Iver, Bon IverBon Iver - Bon Iver
From the moment the vocal harmonies come in, just under a minute and a half into album opener, "Perth," it's obvious that this is not the work of a man in an abandoned cabin in Wisconsin. For some, that might be a deal breaker, but while For Emma, Forever Ago will always remain an untouchable anomaly that captures the genius of a broken man at a time in his life that can never be returned to, Bon Iver, Bon Iver captures the growth that his genius has undergone in the last four years. It's accentuated by carefully arranged sounds that Justin Vernon never would have had the opportunity to create in that cabin. Layers of horns, reverb-touched guitars, and pastoral vocal harmonies create an ambience that floats throughout every track on the seamless album. And though it's cohesive, the tracks retain their individuality, from the metal drums at the end of "Perth," to the bass-y art rock passage of "Minnesota, WI," country flourishes on "Towers," and the soft-rock/smooth jazz sax/guitar solos on "Beth/Rest." It's probably true that Justin will never recapture the emotions he possesses on For Emma, but as he proves on Bon Iver, Bon Iver, we shouldn't need him to.
Buy it on eMusic. Listen on Spotify.

ApokalypsisChelsea Wolfe - Apokalypsis
After releasing the desolate home recording, The Grime and the Glow, in 2010, Chelsea Wolfe entered into a proper studio for its followup, Apokalypsis. While many lo-fi musicians can ruin their appeal with sharper quality, Chelsea uses it entirely to her advantage and comes out with an album even more striking than her debut. On "Moses" she recalls To Bring You My Love-era PJ Harvey, and "Demons" brings to mind late-'80s Sonic Youth, but more often than not, Chelsea doesn't sound like she's intentionally channeling any other artists. Everything on Apokalypsis feels far too isolated for that.
Buy it on eMusic. - Andrew Sacher

Cold CaveCold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
The marriage of vintage synth, gothic chill, and pop masked beneath it all propels the stunning Cherish The Light Years, the bands latest and greatest achievement yet. Cold Cave's post-punk and darkwave sounds may be rooted in the latter 70s/early 80s but in the hands of Wes Eisold, it sounds like a new frontier.
Listen on Spotify. - BBG

DestroyerDestroyer - Kaputt
Destroyer's new album, Kaputt, is Dan Bejar's grandest musical statement to date, resplendent with horns and bubbling sequencers, bringing to mind Roxy Music, The Blue Nile and even Steely Dan. It's also the first album I've loved in a long time that has this much saxophone on it. I don't think there's a song on Kaput without it, and it's of the variety that makes you think of a city in the rain. Maybe the saxophonist is playing in the rain on a fire escape somewhere? Or maybe that's just every music video from the '80s. Anyway, Kaputt is evocative of that era for sure but Bejar's unmistakable urbane style keeps it out of cheeseball territory.
Listen on Spotify. - Bill Pearis



Eleanor FriedbergerEleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
The first solo effort from one half of the Fiery Furnaces brought our attention firmly back to the Friedbergers whose prolific and varied output since the great Blueberry Boat has been hard to keep track of. To quote The Finest Kiss, "It's kind of a folk record, but it has a weird soulfullness to it that pulls it out of the folk genre. Nothing else sounded remotely similar to Last Summer. A unique record from a unique voice."
Listen on Spotify.

Past Life Martyred SaintsEMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
Erika M. Anderson, formerly of the band Gowns, released her solo debut LP this year under her initials, EMA. Taking a similar approach to experimental folk as artists like Diane Cluck and Tara Jane O'Neil, while throwing in elements of noise rock, on Past Life Martyred Saints EMA makes confident statements and reveals raw honesty that are strikingly audacious but EMA doesn't seem to care if you disagree with her. She touches on physical abuse, homosexuality, death, religion, and her mind is made up about all of it. But while the album gets musically experimental, she's following in a long tradition of folk singers who stop at nothing to speak their minds.
Buy it at eMusic. Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

David comes to lifeFucked Up - David Comes To Life
Fucked Up's David Comes To Life is a bit of an anomaly; Its both a playful hardcore record and a progressive pop LP with punk tendencies. Fucked Up's greatest asset is its ability to be many things at once, while still being rooted in melodic punk rock. Cheers to a band that never settles for genre constraints and is clearly emerging as a consistent and consistently excellent voice in punk rock.
Listen on Spotify. - BBG

James BlakeJames Blake - James Blake
2011 has been one hell of a year for James Blake. He spent the bulk of 2010 recording singles and Eps that built off the same sort of dubstep embraced by Mount Kimbie, who James has performed with. Then he kicked off 2011 with his first full length album, an album revolving around his own voice instead of the samples of his earlier work, and changed the general idea of how far dubstep can go. Elements of Bon Iver (who guests on the Enough Thunder EP) and Antony & the Johnsons appear throughout the record as frequently as elements of Burial. And while the crowds at the more massive dubstep shows are feeding off heavier and heavier bass drops, at a James Blake show, the opposite happens; your attention is stolen by his use of silence.
Buy it at eMusic. Listen on Spotify.- Andrew Sacher

John MausJohn Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Reverby gothic synth pop is the central theme of John Maus's excellently titled We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves. Maus's superb songwriting and quirky lo-fi meets John Carpenter-soundtrack approach make these songs unforgettable.
Listen on Spotify. - BBG

Josh T PearsonJosh T. Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
To quote Rolling Stone's David Fricke, "This Texas singer-songwriter works in epic strokes. His 2001 album with the power trio Lift to Experience, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, was a sprawling two-CD forecast of Armageddon. This solo debut is as commanding: emotional trial ("Woman, When I've Raised Hell") and despair ("Country Dumb") stripped to Pearson's fraught vocals and hypnotic, irregular fingerpicking. He veers from hush to howl in torrents of confession like a prairie-minister cross of Bob Dylan's talking blues and Jeff Buckley's raptures. But when Pearson gets to the apology in "Sorry With a Song," his faith in love rings loud and pure through the hell." Amen.
Listen on Spotify.

Smoke Ring For My HaloKurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Kurt VIle has always had this way of hiding great folk rock songs under a shield of lo-fi noise, but on Smoke Ring For My Halo, he lifts that shield and reveals that he sounds by far his best without it. His always-impressive guitar playing reaches new heights on this album, the vocals are some of his strongest, but what drives this album most is the way it carries its moods. On "Runner Ups" you can actually feel a summer breeze blowing as Kurt shifts chords and "Puppet to the Man" sounds like that windows down road trip you take so for just one week you can feel like you aren't a "puppet to the man." Everything about the album is so organic, from the largely warm acoustic sounds to the effortlessly conversational lyrics, and when you can sound that real, people are going to relate to it.
Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

MetromyMetronomy - The English Riviera
The new record retains Metronomy's slightly askew, claustrophobic sound while broadening its scope. There's glammy funk ("We Broke Free," the Roxy-ish "She Wants"), a guitar pop ("Everything Goes My Way," a duet with Roxanne Clifford of Veronica Falls who also put out one of my favorite albums of the year), waltz-time ballads ("Trouble"), and more typical Metronomy-style twitchy disco ("The Bay," "Corrine."). It's also got one of the 2011's best singles, "The Look." It's definitely one of my favorite albums of the year.
Listen on Spotify.- Bill Pearis

Hurry Up, We're DreamingM83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
On Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, M83's Anthony Gonzalez opens up his vocal cords like never before, and it lends to a huge revelation that on even his greatest moments of the past, he was holding something back, whether he knew it or not. Gonzalez has mentioned that part of his influence for recording a double album was The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and like that album, the length can be a bit much to digest at first, but over 15 years after the release of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, I'm still finding new favorite songs on it, and Hurry Up, We're Dreaming has the lasting power to do the same. "Intro," "Midnight City," and "Reunion" pack a really strong 1-2-3 punch in the beginning of the album, so it might seem a little top heavy at first. But the more you dive into the album, the more there is to be discovered later on. On "Steve McQueen," which is one of the last few tracks, they hit such a large peak, that it might even top anything on the album's first half. But it at eMusic. Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

Let England ShakePJ Harvey - Let England Shake
PJ Harvey has been leading an incredible solo career with some of the best records of the last two decades under her belt. But as she proves on Let England Shake, she's not anywhere close to slowing down. Let England Shake is both a huge departure from her other albums, and one of the best ones she's ever written. It's a folk album driven largely by PJ Harvey's autoharp and the falsetto vocals she begin experimenting with on 2007's White Chalk, but mastered here, and the album is centered on themes of war and her home country, England. And while that sounds like a lot to tackle (because it is), PJ makes it sound instantly digestible, causing you to discover new things on every listen.
Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

SBTRKTSBTRKT - SBTRKT
On his debut, SBTRKT has crafted some of the most accessible material of the current dubstep scene. The album is populated by a number of guest vocalists who give it a similar appeal to James Blake and Jamie Woon, but ultimately SBTRKT is more focused on creating dance music than they are. As a result, the album ends up being one of the more heady pop albums of the year. Tracks like "Wildfire" and "Pharaohs" could easily be played on the radio or in clubs and be sung along to without paying attention to the intricate beatwork going on. And while the vocal-led tracks can easily steal the most attention, they're balanced out by some deftly layered instrumental cuts like album closer "Go Bang."
Listen on Spotify.- Andrew Sacher

Strange MercySt. Vincent - Strange Mercy
On Strange Mercy, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) builds off of the indie pop she's become known for and incorporates some of the most unlikely moments of the '80s underground. She fills the album with guitar riffs that feel most informed by King Crimson's prog-new wave album; 1981's Discipline. She also covered Big Black at the 'Our Band Could Be Your Life' show and she covered arty post-punkers The Pop Group on Fallon. This was all pretty unexpected up until this year, and now she's making a case for herself as one of the most inventive guitarists in a while. And while it's easy to get caught up only talking about the guitar on Strange Mercy, her voice, which has always been a huge part of her music, is as good as ever and her lyrics are about as bewildering as her riffs. When she boldly states, "I've seen America with no clothes on," it's hard not to wonder what that even means, but she sings it with such confidence that you believe her anyway.
Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

The MenThe Men - Leave Home
It takes some considerable cojones to give your LP the same name as a record by the Ramones, but then again, what's more punk than that? Brooklyn four piece The Men sheds some of their noise-ridden tendencies from Immaculada but also continues their heavy petting with shoegaze and psychedelia on Leave Home, their most urgent and melodic set yet. Two records in, and you just know that The Men is destined for good things.
Listen on Spotify.- BBG

War on DRugsThe War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
To quote The Quietus, "Whilst it may lack the game-changing originality of other big 2011 releases, the record spans half a century of musical history more effectively than any other in recent memory. And although this in itself does not make it a 'classic', this is a near-flawless rock album, and certainly one of the best you'll hear all year." To quote Bill, this "new album on Secretly Canadian is a winner."
Listen on Spotify.

Total Control - Henge Beat
Although their web presence is minimal and enigmatic, Total Control's lineage is not: Daniel Young is in Straightjacket Nation, and Mikey Young spends time in Eddy Current Suppression Ring and both are also in UV Race. (Fellow UV Racer Alistair Montfort, plus Zephyr Pavey and James Vinciguerra round out the live line-up.) After a string of 7"s the band released Henge Beat back in August, a real corker of a debut album. It divides its time between motorik synth workouts, jittery post-punk and more Eddy Current style stormers, with a nice layer of repetition repetition repetition coating the whole shebang. - Bill Pearis
Goth, punk, and reverby garage do everything but clash in this debut by the "supergroup". It all works, and brings to mind Wire, The Wipers and Ultravox in a wholly unique and catchy way. Between Dead Language, Kim Phuc and this, Iron Lung sure knows how to pick 'em in 2011.- BBG

w h o k i l ltUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
On w h o k i l l, Merrill Garbus can be heard whispering, shrieking, howling, yelping, and probably making some sounds that don't even have words to describe them yet. On top of that, she's looping hip hop and afrobeat rhythms, non-diatonic ukulele chords, and throwing in avant-jazz bass and sax lines. That might actually be the most unlikely recipe for a pop album, but somehow w h o k i l l is filled with some of the catchiest songs of 2011. While many bands have followed in the paths of The Beatles and The Beach Boys in defying the boundaries of pop, w h o k i l l attacks it from an entirely different angle, one that hasn't really been seen before, and will hopefully be sticking around for a long time.
Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

Wild FlagWild Flag - Wild Flag
Wild Flag is sort of a supergroup, with Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony of Helium and Autoclave, and Rebecca Cole of The Minders. But they don't come off with the attitude of a supergroup at all. The music bears some resemblance to the proto-punk of Patti Smith, who they've been known to cover at their shows. And when they play, they don't sound like they're trying to reinvent the wheel, it just sounds like they're having a whole lot of fun. Sometimes that's when bands sound at their best. The lead vocals are handled both by Carrie and Mary who switch off from song to song, and whichever one isn't singing is ripping classic riffs on their guitar. So writing this off as a cash-grab supergroup or some cheap attempt at a comeback would be a huge mistake, no other record in 2011 rocked this hard.
Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

Wye OakWye Oak - Civilian
Wye Oak is one of the best bands around these days. They are chill-inducingly good live. The duo's new album, Civilian, was released on March 8 on Merge and is a real stand-up-and-take-notice stunner. It is crazy good. To quote AV Club, "a huge part of Civilian's appeal is how quietly but forcefully insinuating its songs are, from the loping, static "The Alter" to the chugging-but-understated "Holy, Holy." Like most great albums, it's a grower, but once listeners tune in to the frequency of Jenn Wasner's mournful, husky vocals and Andy Stack's drums-and-keyboard undercarriage, its gorgeous barbs will hold."
Listen on Spotify. - Bill Pearis

The Year of HibernationYouth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
I guess Trevor Powers couldn't find an abandoned cabin the woods to spill his heart onto some old recording equipment in, but luckily he had his bedroom. For his first full length under his Youth Lagoon moniker, The Year of Hibernation, Trevor does just what the title implies. He captures a year's worth of distortion-covered open wounds and complements them with post-rock crescendos and some delicate melodies. And while Trevor clearly feels small on this album, his music suggests otherwise. Tracks like the soaring "Montana" could fill arenas if he wanted them to. He's been involved in other projects before Youth Lagoon and there's no telling what comes next, but The Year of Hibernation will remain one of the most surprising debuts of 2011.
Buy it at eMusic. Listen on Spotify. - Andrew Sacher

ConatusZola Jesus - Conatus
On the two EPs she put out last year, Zola Jesus took a more overtly electro-pop direction, and it produced the best songs she'd written in her entire career. On Conatus, she takes that direction even further and crafts a truly great full length album. The beats are all pretty simple, but she's got a huge Stevie Nicks meets Kate Bush voice that could carry even the most minimal arrangements across Madison Square Garden, where she might actually like to end up.
- Andrew Sacher
Interviews clearly demonstrate Nika Roza Danilova's love for sugary top 40 and its that undercurrent that keeps her gothic dark-synth compositions rooted in great and simple song-writing. Conatus is anything but basic pop though, using dark electronics that are propelled by the true show horse of Zola Jesus, Danilova's unique and powerful voice.
Buy it on eMusic. Listen on Spotify. - BBG

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HONORABLE MENTIONS: (not counting hip hop)
AA Bondy - Believers
Active Child - You Are All I See
Adele - 21
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
The Antlers - Burst Apart
Balam Acab - Wander/Wonder
Baxter Dury - Happy Soup
Big Troubles - Romantic Comedy
BOAT - Dress Like Your Idols
Braids - Native Speaker
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond this World
Cashier No. 9 - To the Death of Fun
Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
Colourmusic - My _______ is Pink
Cults - Cults
Cut Copy - Zonoscope
Crystal Stilts - In Love with Oblivion
Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
Girls - The Father, The Son, The Holy Ghost
Grails - Deep Politics
Grouper - A I A
I Break Horses - Hearts
J. Mascis - Several Shades Of Why
Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
Little Dragon - Ritual Union
Marissa Nadler - Marissa Nadler
Middle Brother - Middle Brother
Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin
Neon Indian - Era Extraña
Night Birds - Other Side of Darkness
OBN IIIs - The One and Only
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Prurient - Bermuda Drain
Pygmy Lush - Old Friends
Real Estate - Days
The Spits - V
Still Corners - Creatures of an Hour
The Antlers - Burst Apart
Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine
Twerps - Twerps
Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
Wax Idols - No Future
WhoMadeWho - Knee Deep
Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Young Widows - In and Out of Youth
Yuck - Yuck
Zombi - Escape Velocity

MORE HONORABLE MENTIONS
(more Bands we love that put out new records we like in 2011)

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
Beirut - The Rip Tide
Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
Bjork - Biophilia
The Black Keys - El Camino
Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
Deer Tick - Divine Providence
Emmy the Great - Virtue
Feist - Metals
Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
The Kills - Blood Pressures
Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
The Rapture - In the Grace of Your Love
Tom Waits - Bad As me
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Wilco - The Whole Love
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Comments (113)

I stopped reading after "no hip hop"

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:08 PM

Meat Puppets- Lollipop is missing from this list. #fact

Posted by Jay Porks | December 30, 2011 6:17 PM

No Modern Weepers?

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:25 PM

wow, not even a sniff of malkmus?

Posted by ciaoluna | December 30, 2011 6:26 PM

YOU NO MENTION THE WEEKND, YOU DIE

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:32 PM

good list. period. its the stuff that matters. except maybe for john maus. i need to listen to this boni ivery guy.

Posted by gorgonzolajesus.com | December 30, 2011 6:32 PM

Yes, because when we think of Brooklyn we don't think of hip-hop. We think of a bunch of indie rock fit for an Ipod commercial.

Extremely boring, bland, and obvious year end list. Atleast hip-hop or metal would have given it some diversity.

Time to return to your suburb.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:33 PM

No Handsome Furs??? Sound Kapital is an amazing record!

Posted by ugh | December 30, 2011 6:37 PM

congrats you like indie

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:39 PM

Oh, you guys! You're just sooo indie! Can I be your friend?

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:44 PM

I wonder if people actually like these albums, or if people say they like them because other influential hipsters say they like them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:51 PM

Porra! Cade o Noel Gallagher nesta lista????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:59 PM

Indie metal belongs in the suburb most often with their hot topic tattoo sleeve beacons outfits.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 6:59 PM

I was not consulted. Therefore, the list might seem strange.

Love
K_K

Posted by Klaus Kinski | December 30, 2011 7:02 PM

Why would people bother reading your list (or go to your website at all, for that matter) if they don't like indie? Some people just live to complain.
Anyway, very good list. I'd add Typhoon (A New Kind of House) and Blind Pilot (We Are The Tide).
Thanks for your work this year.
Happy New year!

Posted by Rick | December 30, 2011 7:05 PM

yawn. most of these albums would make me fall to sleep.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 7:06 PM

srsly y'all are trying way too damn hard to be indie curators of brooklyn

then again rolling stone's own list is shitty in a completely different way

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 7:10 PM

It says right in the opening paragraphs that metal and hip-hop have separate lists (well, for hip-hop it says "or should"). So calm down.

Posted by Dave | December 30, 2011 7:11 PM

Happy to see fucked up, wild flag, eye oak

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 7:21 PM

^ who have already been on EVERYBODY'S LIST IN EXISTANCE

Posted by Dave | December 30, 2011 7:31 PM

This list is virtually all airy, psychedelic stuff - even the guitar-driven stuff like Kurt Vile, War On Drugs, The Men, etc.

It's not a bad list, but even within the no hip-hop or metal confines (fyi - that's why there's no Weeknd), could use more variety.


Also, it's just lazy to sort alphabetically and file 'The' bands under T.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 7:39 PM

I don't get why people complain about stuff being on "EVERYBODY'S LIST IN EXISTANCE." Unless the title of the list is "Here's a List of Stuff We Think No One Knows About." If it's "Here's a List of Stuff We Like" and you don't like it, make your own, and link to it here so everyone can come over and crap on it.

Posted by ohshuddup | December 30, 2011 7:42 PM

Wow, surprising. The bands that are CONSTANTLY posted about here (Fucked Up, etc.) are on the list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 7:45 PM

This Common background ad reminds me of blade runner.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 7:48 PM

I love bv happy new year everybody!

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:02 PM

No DILGZIG???

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:17 PM

this is shite.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:22 PM

So where are all the electronic musicians on this list? Cut Copy and M83 (maybe John Mau5) aren't the only knob twittlers on the face of the planet. Com Truise "Cyanide Sisters EP" needs to be on that list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:32 PM

7:45, yeah it's pretty goddam ridiculous that BV covers bands that they like.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:33 PM

The Dears- Degeneration Street should be on there

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:42 PM

It's clear from above - the most annoying people who comment on BV don't even like the music the blog writes about.

Please stop anonymous comments. Get this blog on Disqus, or another comment system. Make it so if you act like an obnoxious ass, there will at least be a trackbable username we can ban or ridicule.

Seriously, this blog is so much better then the comments and I'm sick of it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:45 PM

^Hey let's make out in the bathroom at a Fucked Up show

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:49 PM

didn't even read- this is total crap.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 8:54 PM

not necessarily a bad list, just a horrible year for "indie" music. nobody will remember ANY of these albums in 10 years.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 9:02 PM

Dum Dum Girls #1

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 9:07 PM

CATS SUCK.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 9:10 PM

My Top Ten:

1. Hummus
2. Frohawk
3. All our prays
4. Clown Shit
5. Stare down walk out
6. Who?
7. Sausage
8. End fat rock!
9. All OWS comments
10. Ted Leo hate.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 9:19 PM

Where is my homage to folk rock recorded by a team on non musicians who wear the right eye glasses?

Posted by Occupy Poop Shoot | December 30, 2011 9:33 PM

What about the new Common album?

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 10:03 PM

Gillian
Welch yo

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 10:15 PM

9:19 you forgot Brunchwave. That deserves to be in the top 10 for this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 10:15 PM

No Danzig?

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 10:28 PM

8:45 is the 1%

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 10:31 PM

where is animal collective i loved that album feels probably the best of the year amrite?

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 10:50 PM

jacuzzi*boys*glazin

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2011 11:34 PM

we were promised jetpacks

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 12:10 AM

No Anthrax "Worship Music"? Lame.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 12:45 AM

I can't believe you put Wilco on your 3rd tier list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 2:01 AM

Nobody likes the horrible crowes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 2:19 AM

Youth Lagoon I would've rated higher.

Posted by Games like roblox | December 31, 2011 2:25 AM

Q: What year where the 25 good records released in?

A: Not never

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 2:39 AM

On my iphone I asked siri to find me the name of that one bad nicholas cage movie. And she said "just one"

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 3:52 AM

On my iphone I asked siri to find me the name of that one bad nicholas cage movie. And she said "just one"

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 3:52 AM

If you don't like the list feel free to visit another website or make your own, it's really that simple. It's good that a website that focuses on indie artists chose to make a list centered around indie artists, I'm tired of seeing lists with autotuned, trend hoping, whatever gets me the most record sales artists like drake in the top 10.

Posted by Anon | December 31, 2011 4:20 AM

Ive been waiting for a list like this, even though I think a few of your honorable mentions should be on the actual list. Thanks a lot BV!

Posted by Anon | December 31, 2011 4:26 AM

hooray for earth

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 4:37 AM

I love myself so bad

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 4:59 AM

I can't believe the band that i like the most isn't on the list of things you like the most.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 5:31 AM

Good list!

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 8:02 AM

Now thati think about it, Malkmus really got the shaft this year, even on the heels of the pavement reunion. I didn't see him on any lists.... Nice to see EMA, James Blake.... Austra is still the worst shit ever.... Thank GOD no Wy Luf.... Is Chelsea Wolfe actually any good?

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 8:51 AM

6:08 - good. modern day hip hop SUCKS BIG TIME.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 9:00 AM

yeh Eleanor!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 9:29 AM

List is decent, but honorable mentions seemed unnecessary...you basically just listed every other notable indie album that came out this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 9:58 AM

HAHAH oh wow

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 9:58 AM

9:19 - You forgot "I make 70k a year", brunchwave/brunchcore, and people who bitch about ticket prices.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 10:35 AM

Excellent list, the cat picture made me laugh

Posted by Cleaning Supplies | December 31, 2011 10:50 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 11:14 AM

WU LYF!

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 11:42 AM

"Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
The marriage of vintage synth, gothic chill, and pop masked beneath it all propels the stunning Cherish The Light Years, the bands latest and greatest achievement yet. Cold Cave's post-punk and darkwave sounds may be rooted in the latter 70s/early 80s but in the hands of Wes Eisold, it sounds like a new frontier."

Wes Eisold was born with only one hand.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 11:44 AM

Woah, Lots of indie backlash up in here! I guess you should have made a list of your favorite Gaga interview clips instead. 60 Minutes #3.

I would have liked to see your list ordered, though I'll admit it's kind of like trying to decide if Awesome or Fantastic is a better adjective to describe something you dig.

Posted by YCHIOTR | December 31, 2011 11:47 AM

not one of those bands holds a candle to someone like Beat Happening. indie rock is dead.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 12:08 PM

9:19's list > BV's list

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 12:27 PM

COUNTING CROWS

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 12:32 PM

The comments are the only reason to check out BV. Indie Rock is dead.

There is no reason to listen to Cold Cave. There is already so many great albums that came out in the 80's that you can listen to and not feel so silly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 1:13 PM

@Jay Porks
Meat Puppets Lollipop is really good.

Posted by Darnell | December 31, 2011 1:41 PM

Bright Eyes - The People's Key hasn't been featured on any end of the year list I've read and I think that's a shame. Not the best album of the year, but it's still in heavy rotation on my stereo.

Posted by Doc | December 31, 2011 2:48 PM

King of Limbs in the second list of honorable mention??? serious???
fail!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 3:18 PM

KING OF LIMBS IS THE GREATEST ALBUM EVER MADE.

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 3:47 PM

No ___ but ___ was the best album of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 4:05 PM

no metal, not hip hop, all hummus

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 4:45 PM

Girls girls girls, don't rock

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 5:58 PM

Why doesnt anyone give RASPUTINA any love?
RASPUTINA POR VIDA!

Posted by embryos | December 31, 2011 10:44 PM

Assholes also forgot to mention Lou Reeds "LULU".

Posted by embryos | December 31, 2011 10:49 PM

Pussy Cat with a Pen Vegan

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2011 11:39 PM

>>>Yes, because when we think of Brooklyn we don't think of hip-hop. We think of a bunch of indie rock fit for an Ipod commercial.
Extremely boring, bland, and obvious year end list. Atleast hip-hop or metal would have given it some diversity.
Time to return to your suburb.

HA! fucking spot on.

where's the hip to the hop, motherfucker?!

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2012 12:23 AM

This looks like a stereogum post or something. Some extreme lamestreamer stuff. Someone needs to stop reading Pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2012 10:02 AM

I love how personally everybody takes somebody else's list.

Posted by GW | January 1, 2012 1:25 PM

6:33 - But didn't you know? The map of Brooklyn was redrawn. All neighborhoods with non-h1pster African-Americans, Hasidim/Orthodox Jews, or Italians have been cut off. So basically, anything south or west of Prospect Park no longer exists. With that said, hiphop is not relevant, because it came from a part of Brooklyn that no longer exists.

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2012 4:04 PM

I mean south or EAST of Prospect Park.

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2012 4:05 PM

Oh, and neighborhoods that contain Russians are on that list, too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2012 4:06 PM

where is Popeye Catskills?

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2012 10:31 PM

No Widowspeak? And Total Control's singer's name is Daniel Stewart.

Posted by shut up | January 2, 2012 12:43 PM

i'm glad there was no hip hop list-most hip hop is really lame these days!

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 12:44 PM

SONIC YOUTH SYR

Posted by Sam | January 2, 2012 1:03 PM

Where's Thee Oh Sees. This year they put out two amazing records, and not so much as even an honorable mention. I know that we can't all agree about what the best records of the year are, but in my opinion Carrion Crawler-The Dream and Castlemania are highly underrated.

Also, Ty Segall should have definitely made the main list instead of St Vincent or Bon Iver.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 3:40 PM

Can't say I'm surprised, but...

"IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (no hip hop or metal):"


Really not surprised here. Especially on the metal part. What a faggoty display shown, lol.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 3:33 AM

Andrew Sacher is a genius and his writings are masterpieces

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 9:34 AM

It is really surprising to me how many "leading" music blogs have left out Other Lives of their top lists for 2011. The band doesn't even appear in honorable mentions here!

Posted by Kasra | January 3, 2012 9:46 AM

This is not a leading music blog. Small potatoes...

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 10:02 AM

I love small potatoes. Fingerlings is where it's at.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 10:50 AM

This list finally got me to try out Spotify (installed weeks ago but never used). Thanks BV!

And repeat the request to please get these comments under control. I know we should just be able to ignore trolls, but they're really tremendously boring/frustrating/douchey.

Posted by Hbomb | January 3, 2012 2:38 PM

Neo-R&B had a much better year than hip hop did. Those Frank Ocean and The Weeknd records were my jams. I just can't get into all this hip hop that the indie blogs seem to love (Danny Brown, Tyler, Shabazz, Das Racist). They just don't have the flow and my head's not knockin' when I listen to these kids. I will say that Curren$y/Alchemist collab was pretty dope though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2012 10:25 AM

Solid list, but Handsome Furs, Telekinesis, The Drums, Puscifer, Tom Vek, and The Cave Singers should be on it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2012 12:53 PM

Why is everyone ignoring The Strokes this year? If they were a new band everyone would be shitting their pants over Angles. I'm sick of all this sleepy shit. Strokes rule. Sleepy shit drools.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2012 11:48 AM

Eleanor is getting the props she deserves. That is a great record.

Posted by Anonymous | January 17, 2012 10:32 PM

I loved Austra, and The War on drugs. Yet again, great list - i would add a couple of albums but i completely agree and i must say you have great taste in music

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Posted by jocuri | August 31, 2012 7:12 AM

Andrew Sacher is a genius and his writings are masterpieces!

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coolest cat ever

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