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(31) Days of Good: Day 12

I’ve been a fan of Future Islands since I first heard ’em a couple of years ago.  This year, the synthpop trio from Baltimore released their third LP, On The Water, and it was an unexpected favorite of mine.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan and expected to like the album, but I didn’t expect to like it so much.  On The Water is a damn good album, one of the year’s best.  If you haven’t given Future Islands a chance yet, now is the time.  My favorite track is definitely “The Great Fire”, which features some excellent guest vocals from Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and might just be my favorite song of the year.

♪ Future Islands – The Great Fire (from On The Water)

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I really like Telekinesis and was a big fan of their debut LP, Telekinesis!.  So needless to say, I was really looking forward to their follow up this year.  12 Desperate Straight Lines is a lot of fun, full of catchy, indie pop songs that you can’t help but to nod your head and tap your feet too.  At first listen, I was certain my favorite track was going to be “Car Crash”, and then I heard to “You Turn Clear In The Sun” and it was love at first listen.

♪ Telekinesis – You Turn Clear In The Sun (from 12 Desperate Straight Lines)

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Mister Heavenly is Nicholas Thorburn (Islands), Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Joe Plummer (The Shins), and some guy named Michael Cera was the tour bassist.  As far as i’m concerned, Mister Heavenly was the super group of 2011 and easily lived up to the hype surrounding the collaboration.  The debut LP, Out of Love, was not only a great fix until Islands releases A Sleep & A Forgetting next year, it was an awesome record.  The record has a sound that’s easiest described as 1950s doo-wop, with a pinch or two of early heavy metal, which “invokes some long-lost 1950s teen drama flick”.  Now I have a soft spot for doo-wop and background vocals, so it’s a bit surprising I didn’t pick “Mister Heavenly” or “Your Girl”, but there’s something about the “unrestrained violence” of “Bronx Sniper” that makes it my favorite — I can’t help but blast the volume when this song comes on. (p.s. you have to check out the video below, definitely one of the stranger videos this year)

♪ Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper (from Out of Love)

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Favorites Albums of 2011 (So Far)

2011 is more than half-way through and in a mere seven months, a boat-load of fantastic new music has hit the airwaves (we’ve also survived yet another prophesied apocalypse…not too shabby plant earth).

Anyways, I did this last Summer and it was fun to look back and see what albums held up when “Best of” season was full effect.  So without further ado, I’m pleased to present my favorite albums of 2011 (so far) and be sure to check back in on December 15th to see if any of these picks make my Top 10.

(in alphabetical order)

Acid House Kings – Music Sounds Better With You

♫ Are We Lovers or Are We Friends ♫

Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi

♫ Blackout ♫

The Antlers – Burst Apart

♫ No Widows ♫

Braids – Native Speaker

♫ Lemonade ♫

Childish Gambino – EP

♫ Freaks and Geeks ♫

Clock Opera – Belongings 7”

♫ Belongings ♫

Cults – Cults

♫ You Know What I Mean ♫

Cut Copy – Zonoscope

♫ Need You Now ♫

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World

♫ Morning Thought ♫

Diego Garcia – Laura

♫ You Were Never There ♫

The Go! Team – Proof of Youth

♫ T.O.R.N.A.D.O. ♫

Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

♫ Sadness is a Blessing ♫

NewVillager – NewVillager

♫ Rich Doors ♫

Panda Bear – Tomboy

♫ Last Night At The Jetty ♫

The Postelles – The Postelles

♫ White Night ♫

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

♫ Codex ♫

Starfucker – Reptilians

♫ Bury Us Alive ♫

Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines

♫ Car Crash ♫

TennisCape Dory

♫ Marathon ♫

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchersta

♫ How Can You Luv Me ♫

The Vaccines – What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?

♫ Post Break-Up Sex ♫

The White Panda – Pandamonium

♫ I Want Brooklyn Back ♫

Woods – Sun and Shade

♫ Pushing Onlys ♫