Saturday, December 24, 2011

The 27 Best Records of the Year

It's time. Here are my choices for the best 27 LPs released this year. Additionally, I've added my favorite LP of the Year, Single of the Year, Reissue of the Year, and Anthology of the Year. I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. What'd I miss? Oh, this is in no particular order.

Paul Messis - The Problem With Me (13 O'Clock Records)
The Higher State - Freakout at the Gallery (13 O'Clock Records)

Thomas Bryan Eaton - When You're Dancing (Self Released)

The Only Sons - American Stranger (This Is American Music)

The Bees - Every Step's a Yes (ATO Records)

Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Temporary Residence)

The Cars - Move Like This (Hear Music)

Ikebe Shakedown - S/T (Ubiquity Records)

Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen (Mute Records)

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up (Sub Pop Records)

Bird Names - Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun (Northern Spy Records)
Wooden Shjips - West (Thrill Jockey Records)

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong (ATO Records)

Doug Shipton - Dedicated Swallower of Fashion (Fat City)

Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)

O'Death - Outside (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Lauderdale - Moving On (Not Sure, Self? TIAM?)

McCarthy Trenching - Fresh Blood (Slumber Party Records)

Yellow Chair - Curses (Self Released)

Cambodian Space Project - 2011: A Space Odyssey (Metal Postcard Records)

The Field - Looping State of Mind (Kompakt)

Prison Book Club - S/T (Big Bullet Records)

Dan Melchior und das Menace - Catbirds & Cardinals (Northern Spy Records)

Darondo - Listen to My Song: The Music City Sessions (Omnivore Recordings)
Delaney Davidson - Bad Luck Man (Voodoo Rhythm Records)

Glossary - Long Live All of Us (Self Released)

Rhys Chatham - Outdoor Spell (Northern Spy Records)

My favorite record of the year is Glossary's Long Live All of Us. Kids, no one is doing such perfect, no nonsense, no bullshit rock and roll right now better than this band from Murfreesboro, TN. If you don't know them run to and pick their stuff. You can thank me later. No, seriously, get going...

Single of the Year:
Cheap Girls - "Pure Hate" (No Idea Records)
Reissue of the Year: TIE!
Willie Wright - Telling the Truth (1977) (Numero Group)

Jeff & Jane Hudson - Flesh (1983) (Captured Tracks)

Anthology of the Year: TIE!

V/A - This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 rpm, 1957-1983 (Tompkins Square)

V/A - Intercontinental Transmissions, Vol. 1 (Kala Bandar Records)