Throughout this past year, I've been logging in and jotting down a sentence or two each time a new album comes out that is worth mentioning. Here is my list below, along with many others that I totally enjoyed along the way.
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Best album of the year. Period.
Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People EP
I wrote a blog post on how beautifully amazing this EP is. I'm not gonna lie, I'm not too into Age of Adz. It's good, but too electronic for me. I totally dig electronic, but this was a little to over the top.
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
This album is totally ridiculous from beginning to end. The sounds of drums have never excited me the way they do in this album. It may just make my list of one of my favorite albums ever.
Beach House – Teen Dream
I went to see the National at Prospect Park this past summer and as I was walking towards the park I heard Used to Be playing. I skipped along to it thinking they were just playing the album but it turns out they were opening and my girlfriend never told me! Best surprise EVER!
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
I was definitely hesitant of how this album would be since their last were so right on and complex, but they blew me away. I was lucky to catch a show this past Spring around my birthday in NYC. Amazing watching so many of them live on stage together!
Yeasayer – Oddblood
I still think I love their first album more, but Oddblood was definitely amazing. I missed their show this past Spring because I had stupid strep throat, boo!!! Sleigh Bells opened for them and I heard they blew so it made me feel a little bit better about missing the show.
The Black Keys - Brothers
When I hear the Black Keys I think: Raw. SEXY. Blues. Garage-rock & roll. This is their best album yet, hands down.
Gonjasufi - A Sufi And A Killer
A yogi with a raspy voice, hip hop beats with a psychedelic-rock twist. Yes please. The Caliph's Tea Party (his latest album, released 7 months after this one), is much more haunting and trance-like...I dig it.
The National - High Violet
This album is brilliant.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - The Wonder Show of the World
My friend, Colin, one of my few musically inspiring friends (you know who you are) that I constantly exchange albums with, introduced me to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy this past year. It was love at first listen and luckily enough, he came out with a brand new one to enjoy this year. I love the song, With Cornstalks or Among Them!!
Wolf People - Tidings
This album is totally unrefined, but that's what I love so much about it. Along with its British rock sound, it's so reminiscent of early Floyd that it makes me turn on The Piper at the Gates of Dawn after listening.
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
I love Bradford Cox and anything musically that he is affiliated with! Did you know his blog offers albums of the music that Atlas Sound creates on the side for free?! Just another reason to love him more.
Tama Impala - Innerspeaker
This album will forever remind me of the Summer of 2010 and my drives to and from Asbury Park. Sun, ocean, sandy feet, boardwalk, paying parking meters, rompers, beach bars, sun-kissed skin…all that beachy-summer stuff.
Junip - Fields (and Rope & Summit EP)
Dear Jose Gonzalez, how I love thee. Your soft voice and lovely guitar strumming continually captivates my heart. Junip's new album does just this along with your Rope & Summit EP. Please don't stop.
Govindas & Radha - Light Inside You: Kirtan Vibrations
Let's not forget, I am a yogi so I totally get down with kirtan…like, at some point of each and everyday. I chant during my long commutes, while I clean my house, as I cook, work, etc. I've been anxiously awaiting Govindas & Radha's new album since their last one. This one has quite a few solid tunes on there to chant along too, yay!!
If i had all the time in the world I would write a bit about each below because there are definitely some gems, but life gets in the way. You know how it goes!
Some of my other favorites this past year:
The Morning Benders - Big Echo
Wild Nothings - Gemini
The Drums - The Drums
Band of Horses - Infinate Arms
LCD Soundsystem - You Wanted A Hit
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part 2: The Return of the Ankh
Los Campesinos - Romance is Boring
Sean Carey - All We Grow
Department of Eagles - Archive 2003-2006
She & Him - Volume II
Natacha Atlas - Mounqaliba
Caribou - Swim
Philip Selway - Familial
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Broken Bells - Broken Bells
The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
DId I miss any? What were some of your favorite new albums this year? Please do share below!!