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Old 12-17-2010, 09:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Great thread...I actually thought of making one along these lines myself. I've actually discovered a lot more music from previous years than this year, so my list would be a lot longer. I'll try to narrow it down to 5:


XTC - Skylarking
I have actually had this album for a few years, but it wasn't until a couple months ago that it completely clicked and now it's been on rotation constantly. Albums that all of the sudden reveal their brilliance are my favorite kind, and now this is easily one of my favorite albums of all time.


Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Broadcast are probably my favorite discovery of the year. They kick started a psychedelic craving like no other band has. After obsessing over their whole discography, I moved on to some great 60's psych that I never knew existed.


Entheogenic - Spontaneous Illumination
I've also had an intense obsession with Goa (psychedelic) trance this year. While there have been some greats (Hallucinogen, Astral Projection, Doof), these guys stand apart. They slow down the tempo and beef of the psychedelics to produce some truly great music. This album is so relaxing. When I'm pumped I reach for your everyday Goa...when I need to meditate I pull this one out.


Gorgoroth - Incipit Satan
I live with a giant metalhead who plays in a metal band, so eventually the stuff rubbed off on me. I listened to metal in high school, but fell out of favor with it shortly after that. It wasn't until this last year that I have rediscovered it. I love music with atmosphere, so black metal is hands down my favorite. Gorgoroth is one of the better know black metal bands, but I feel it is for good reason. This album is just great.


Bethany Curve - You Brought Us Here
My favorite shoegaze discovery of the year. So atmospheric, so many guitars, and so damn addictive. Everyone needs to listen to this album...it is just amazing.

Ok, one more...


My Little Airport - Zoo Is Sad, People Are Cruel
I had a bit of a soft spot for twee pop this year, and My Little Airport takes top honors. Twee is great no matter what country it comes from, but for some reason when Asians do it, it just fits. Their accents when they sing in English are so endearing and the songs in Chinese are so catchy and well written that you will swear you can understand what they are singing about.
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The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow (1968)

A lot of talk was going on about this LP on MB awhile back and I decided to check it out. One of the best concept albums.



McDonald and Giles - McDonald and Giles (1971)

I heard these guys did some music together, but never listened to it till late this year. Great work these two did.



Sunn O))) - Black One (2005)

In the case of this album the cover says it all. Dark and brooding. A great listen maximum volume yields maximum results!
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Cool thread.

Death - For All The World To See (2009)
This was actually discovered last year, but still a great find: A black band doing punk in the mid-70s, and an album that wasn't released until 2009.
This. Also:

The Cannanes-A Love Affair With Nature
Cool Jangly Twee stuff.

The Smashing Pumpkins-Siamese Dream
My first Pumpkins album, blew my mind on first listen.

The Smashing Pumpkins-Adore
The lyrics on this are amazing.

Fischer-Z-Red Skies Over Paradise
Underrated New Wave, Marliese is an immensely beautiful song.

The Bug-London Zoo
Really unique Reggae tinged Dance music, kinda Dubstep? I don't know, but it's certainly brilliant.

Christian Death-Only Theatre of Pain
Great dark Goth Rock with intelligent lyrics.

Familjen-Det Snurrar I Min Skalle
The catchiest Electropop



There's more but I can't think off the top of my head.
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The National - Boxer
i'm almost embarrassed that i didn't know of the national until this year. Fake empire is probably my favourite of the album it's an amazing song!


Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - The Swell Season
again i was really slow at learning of new music.. their voices go so incredibly well together! even though it's mostly soft and folkish i love how his voice can have such an edge to it when singing. and after seeing Once i just love it so much more!



The Kills - Midnight Boom
i really like the simplicity of the music and i love Alison Mosshart! (:
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The Smashing Pumpkins-Siamese Dream
My first Pumpkins album, blew my mind on first listen.

The Smashing Pumpkins-Adore
The lyrics on this are amazing.
You have such a broad knowledge of music that I'm a little bit surprised you hadn't listened to the Pumpkins before this year! I'm glad you like them though...I credit Siamese Dream as the album that turned my interest in music into an obsession (as I'm sure most of you have seen me mention a number of times). Adore is my second favorite Pumpkins album specifically because of the lyrics and musicianship that went into it. With that album, Billy showed he could be a musician and not just an alt rocker. I can't stand how underrated it is.
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Tom Verlaine - Dreamtime (1981)
I've long loved Television, but never got into Verlaine's solo work until I bought his debut. This album is even better, IMO.



Any Trouble - Where Are All The Nice Girls (1980)
Witty/intelligent pop that was never properly marketed on Stiff Records and was partially a reason they never hit it big.

I'm gonna check these out, they sound interesting.


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The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow (1968)

A lot of talk was going on about this LP on MB awhile back and I decided to check it out. One of the best concept albums.



McDonald and Giles - McDonald and Giles (1971)

I heard these guys did some music together, but never listened to it till late this year. Great work these two did.
These are great.

As are those two Smashing Pumpkins albums.
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You have such a broad knowledge of music that I'm a little bit surprised you hadn't listened to the Pumpkins before this year! I'm glad you like them though...I credit Siamese Dream as the album that turned my interest in music into an obsession (as I'm sure most of you have seen me mention a number of times). Adore is my second favorite Pumpkins album specifically because of the lyrics and musicianship that went into it. With that album, Billy showed he could be a musician and not just an alt rocker. I can't stand how underrated it is.
I was always put off of the Pumpkins because I didn't like Billy Corgan, but now i've put that past me I see he is a great musician.
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OO fun fun, I wanna play! Discovered a ridiculous amount of great music this year. Thank you Internets!


The Afghan Whigs - 1965 - 1998
Obscenely underrated. My album of the year. Mediocre grunge band pull out a drug damaged soul- rock masterpiece from out of nowhere. Like a forgotten and unlikely Stones album in which Jagger sounds bruised and vulnerable.


Ariel Pink's Huanted Graffiti - Doldrums - 2004
Lo-fi loner rock. Ariel is the most idiosyncratic songwriter in indie today. Probably not for everyone as this really is lo-fi, but his oddball twist on 70's AOR is funny, fun and refreshing.


Can - Tago Mago - 1971
I avoided these for ages, always assuming they might sound like 70's Pink Floyd who I can't stand. But I was well wrong. This stuff is immense. 'Aumgn' is the most terrifying racket I've ever heard. Greatest white rhythm section of all time?


A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory - 1991
Yeah I know. I know. I'm not even fashionably late. But forgive me, for years the only ATCQ track I knew was 'Can I Kick It' which I'm still not a fan of, and I always associated them with the mainly toothless Hip Hop alternative underground. But this is full of immaculate, stoned jazz-funk beats, and Q Tip at his dizzying, abstract best. Midnight Marauders is great too.


Joni Mitchell - Blue - 1971
Another artist I overlooked for years due to ignorance. I downloaded one of her albums in the Napster days. It wasn't what I expected and I deleted it off my IPod. Fortunatly my mind has opened over the years and out of curiosity I tried again. And it blew me the f**k away. Every track is so beautifully crafted. The greatest female songwriter of all time?


The Meters - Look Ka Py Py - 1969
Vintage New Orleans funk. Licks you up in all the right places. My fave funk LP.


Neu! - Neu!75 - 1975
More Kruatrock. Sometime It gives me the feeling of flying through space from the comfort of my bed. 'Leb' Woh' has been known to make me cry.


the JB's - Food For Thought - 1972
Funkiest funking funk from funks foremost funkers. I love James Brown but I like this above his LPs. Most 80's hip hop wouldn't have happened without it.


ABC - Lexicon of Love - 1982
80's pop thrills with brains. I've seen it described as 'Dylan goes disco' which is about right.


Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup - 1996
Hypnotic non-Kraut Krautrock, with delicious chanteuse vocals. Had Mars Audiac for years and couldn't stand it except 'Ping Pong'. Listened to this a couple of months back and everything just kinda clicked. Don't you just love it when that happens?

I'd rate all of these amongst my favourites of all time. It was only this year that I really started downloading stuff and lovely new destinations have been added to my musical map. The only downside is that I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all this music and maybe not devouring a single album like I should. More to come . . . .
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Broadcast - Tender Buttons
Broadcast are probably my favorite discovery of the year. They kick started a psychedelic craving like no other band has. After obsessing over their whole discography, I moved on to some great 60's psych that I never knew existed.
I discovered these recently too. They're lovely aren't they? Tender Buttons is also my favourite long player of theirs.
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I forgot one! I didn't think about it because I was concentrating on artists/bands, but this comp deserves a mention.

V/A - Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities, Vol. 1: 1968 - 1974 (2005)
A few months back, a friend invited me to a rare soul/deep funk dance night and I had the best time. The very next day, I asked for recommendations on another forum I visit daily, and this was one of many that I received. It's the one that made the best impression on me, the one I can really get down to! Really amazing stuff.

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