It’s often that you don’t get the same experience from listening to a single song that you do when you listen to an entire album. There’s a story being told that you miss out on when you listen to one or two random songs. If I like an album, I listen to it over and over until I digest it as best as I can. Each of these albums was there for me through thick and thin, through any kind of weather, through road trips, through heartbreak, through life, death, what have you. However, I’m tired of putting things in a numbered order. It doesn’t matter. Each of these records is amazing. I thought “this is the best record I’ve ever heard” while listening to each one of these albums. Putting them in a numbered list seems fucking ridiculous now. In no particular order:
The Photon God’s Top 50 Albums of 2010
Beach House – Teen Dream
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Les Savy Fav – Root For Ruin
Here We Go Magic – Pigeons
The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Magic Kids – Memphis
Las Robertas – Las Robertas
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Let It Sway
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
Owen Pallett – Heartland
Julian Lynch – Mare
Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
Lower Dens – Twin-Hand Movement
No Age – Everything In Between
The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack
Spoon – Transference
Twin Shadow – Forget
Jonsi – Go
Medications – Completely Removed
Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
Harlem – Hippies
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Eels – End Times
We Are Scientists – Barbara
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Women – Public Strain (Get back together, assholes)
The Books – The Way Out
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Wavves – King of the Beach
Weekend – Sports
Devo – Something For Everybody
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself
Coma Cinema – Stoned Alone
The Walkmen – Lisbon
El Guincho – Pop Negro
Woods – At Echo Lake
The National – High Violet
Frankie Rose & The Outs – Frankie Rose & The Outs
Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime
Jeff The Brotherhood – Heavy Days
Lord Huron – Mighty
Foxes In Fiction – Alberto (Really recent, but really good)
Girls – Broken Dreams Club
Twin Sister – Color Your Life
Warpaint – The Fool
This is my last list for LISTS WEEK. I am announcing here and now that I will be taking a break from the blog to regain whatever hours I’ve managed to shave off of my life from not sleeping. Call it a period of hibernation. I will be back sometime in January. Until then, if I don’t see you tonight or tomorrow, Happy Holidays!
Jónsi’s new album, Go is streaming on NPR in it’s entirety.
Have a listen now before the album comes out!
The album is currently available for pre-order at his website linked below.
Jonsi – Boy Lilikoi
This video is directed by Arni & Kinski who are also responsible for the conception and creation of the “Gobbledigook” and “Glósoli” videos for Jónsi’s band, Sigur Rós.
Here is a trailer for Go quiet, a film of Jónsi performing the entire album acoustically at home in Reykjavík, Iceland by Dean Deblois, the gentleman responsible for Sigur Rós’ breathtaking documentary, Heima.
Jonsi – Boy Lilikoi
I’ve listened to a lot of instrumental music in my day but very few bands leave a ringing in my ears after they play regardless of how loud they are.
One of those bands is Sigur Rós. I have this little thing I tell people that the music they make lives on another plane of existence. Seriously.
(Photo: Audunn on Flickr)
The band’s vocalist/guitarist, Jón Þór Birgisson (otherwise known as Jónsi), has been mentioned on this blog before a few months ago when buzz surrounding the album he and his partner made, Riceboy Sleeps, was building.
Now, 4 months later, the buzz continues. On December 1st, a website for his upcoming solo LP was launched at http://www.jonsi.com with nothing but five letters displayed in the center of the page, J-O-N-S-I. As each day passed, each letter on the website was given a function when clicked on. Some animation would surround the letter as it played a sample of music from his album. Four of the letters are giving off music. The “i” was the only one left…until today.
Just a few moments ago, an e-mail was sent out to the mailing list that came with a track off of the album.
(Note: not album art.)
It sounds pretty great, guys. This man has an amazing talent for music with layers. I say that because anything he is a part of always has little fluttering flutes or violins or chimes in the background adding the most delicate of details to a song. I would go as far as to say that is his ‘signature’ technique, but I’m rambling as it is. Have a listen below:
Jónsi – Boy Lilikoi
UPDATE: Information aplenty! The album is to be called Go and will be released worldwide the week of March 22, 2010 on XL Recordings!