2 L 0 E 0 E 8
1. ProCon – Kingmaker. Hey, if you released an album on your label, I’d hope it would be your favorite of the year. All the right influences mixed up in tomorrow’s blender. Hooky, dancy, sexy, funky, dirty and pretty much perfect.
2. The Fireman – Electric Arguments. This one came out of nowhere and knocked everyone on their ass. This guy’s 66? Macca’s got a hell of a run going with the last few records.
3. David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. Two geniuses collaborate again. And, with staggeringly good results.
4. Lindsey Buckingham – Gift Of Screws. The record everyone wanted when Under The Skin was released. Well, here it is. Now shut up and enjoy.
5. R.E.M. – Accelerate. The old fart parade continues. Listening to this record almost impossible to believe it’s been over 20 years since Life’s Rich Pageant.
6. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid. I don’t know why this band isn’t huge. I really don’t.
7. Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping. Not as immediately gratifying as the last few records, but one that pays off in spades. Incredible packaging on the wax, too.
8. Sigur Ros – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust. I’m always driven to put their records on my year-end lists. Maybe because there’s (still) nothing like them. Maybe because they’re just that good.
9. My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges. My first time trying on the Jacket, and boy did it fit nicely. It’s been a long time since I stopped what I was doing to listen to every track on a record.
10. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend. Got it. Loved it. Put it away. Took it back out. Still loved it.
Ten more that missed it by that much (alphabeticLEE):
Walter Becker – Circus Money
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Girl Talk – Feed The Animals
Inara George with Van Dyke Parks – An Invitation
Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch
Jim Noir – Jim Noir
Todd Rundgren – Arena
Skafish – What’s This?
The Week That Was – The Week That Was
The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing
Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue
Guess I should get these:
Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs
TV On The Radio – Dear Science
Still don’t get why I should care:
The Hold Steady