Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Top Ten Albums of the Year So Far (Alphabetical order)

There’s a poll going on right now at NPR for your favorite albums of the year so far:


So here were my votes (East River Pipe was a write-in, as they didn’t have it listed as a vote option)

Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Cults, Cults

Destroyer, Kaputt

DeVotcvhKa, 100 Lovers

East River Pipe, We Live in Rented Rooms

EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints

R.E.M. Collapse Into Now

Radiohead, The King of Limbs (with the plus two songs)

Thurston Moore, Demolished Thoughts

Wye Oak, Civilian

NPR had to be broad in their top 25 list:

June 14, 2011
NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2011 (So Far)

Adele, 21

Alexander Tharaud, Scarlatti: Sonatas

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal, Chamber Music

Ben Allison, Action-Refraction

Big K.R.I.T., Return Of 4eva

Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Bright Eyes, The People's Key

Colin Stetson, New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges

Demdike Stare, Tryptych

Diego Garcia, Laura

Dominik Eulberg, Diorama

Donnacha Dennehy, Grá agus Bás

E-40, Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift

Ebène Quartet, Fiction

Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, ULTRA

F——- Up, David Comes To Life

Gretchen Parlato, The Lost And Found

James Blake, James Blake

Jill Scott, The Light Of The Sun

Julianna Barwick, The Magic Place

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine

Krallice, Diotima

Tommy Guerrero, Lifeboats And Follies

tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l

Wye Oak, Civilian


At 6/14/2011 4:37 PM, Blogger David Grove said...

I like the Thurston Moore album. Do you have a take on "Mina Loy"?

At 6/15/2011 5:02 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

I've no idea why he'd call it that. Maybe he was inspired by her junk collages and terrible love life?

I really like the bit about the diamond that becomes water. That's a nice lyric. Some of the other lyrics get pretty odd on the album. The one about getting caught in outer space by the space police, for instance.

At 6/15/2011 5:05 AM, Blogger David Grove said...

I'm puzzled too, but odd lyrics are no surprise from a Sonic Youth guy. Like you I looked for a connection to collage and Cravan. Nothing. Then I read somewhere that Beck had posters of "revolutionary woman poets"--Mina Loy et al.--all over the studio. Moore was smitten with Loy's "onyx eyes." So I guess he's addressing Loy. Maybe he has a thing for female poets. I've heard he had a crush on Patti Smith.

Patti Smith or Kim Gordon? Tough choice, for me...

At 6/15/2011 5:15 AM, Blogger John Gallaher said...


Beck: Hurry Thurston, I need a title for this track so I can label the file.

Moore: Uh, hey, look at all these pictures on the wall! "Mina Loy" it is.

To think that but for the choice in Beck decorations, we could be talking about a song called "Jorie Graham" . . .

At 6/15/2011 5:25 AM, Blogger David Grove said...

Hey, someone should write an acoustic song about Jorie, about being laved by the brown torrent of her hair or something...


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