Dan Meddaugh decides to post his Top 10 List
Well, so much for 2011, another year down, another large amounts of new albums listened to - and a bunch of new artists (new for me at least) crack my top 10... a Top ten that I would like to describe as "who needs a title for the album anyways". Without further ado (and no matter what I say won't make up for the fact that today is January 8th) - but to my argument, last night my family celebrated our Christmas - so it still feels 2011.
This band starts my top ten as the band that received the best response from a student of mine in class. Everyday, my Spotify is playing tunes in my classroom during passing periods / my prep time (and usually tunes that my students have no clue on the band) - and some time in December I was playing this album, and a student who was entering my class frankly asked "Mr. Meddaugh, what in the world are you listening to?" ... sorry to report that student more than likely didn't acquire the album.
I still have a hard time forgiving this band for being severely late to Pitchfork in '08 - since me and my friends decided that the last show we would see that night was Cut Copy... only to get a mashed up trio of musicians that played earlier in the day. Zonoscope brings me back to why I like this band so much - poppy, psychedelic music that forces my head to bob up and down when I listen to it.
The album to prove to my students that I am hip - this collaboration between the two give me wh7.at I like in hip-hop. Kanye West's popped up hip-hop, along with Jay-Z's flow, and although some of the songs on the CD I need to skip, altogether it is an album I listened to a lot in 2011.
A new band for me in 2011, the two together have perfect voices for each other. It makes me appreciate an album full of slow love songs, with the title track thrown in the mix, which was a song I use to hate, but this album stayed on play in my car for a full two weeks straight.
I think I am cheating when I mash his two albums together, but I don't think Top Ten Albums have too many rules, and so if this is a rule, I'm breaking it. James Blake's style and made-in-the-home sound is exactly what others (example: Owl City) sucked at. To me, his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" shows his ability as an artist, and is so depressingly good, it was placed in my Top 10.
Although I was late to the Cults party (not fully giving this album a chance until Thanksgiving Break) - it has been on regular rotation since then, and I am beginning to understand the hype behind the album. Although I don't know how much staying power the band has... as of right now, and in 2011, this album worked very well.
Zach Condon rarely disappoints, and the Rip Tide was a great album. Apparently I enjoy Balkan Folk Music, if only I could go back in time and see the reaction of my 14 year old self when I told him this... would be priceless.
As my brother said to my grandma when I received this vinyl for Christmas "It's what the kids are listening to these days". And yes, it is. Another band that I would love to inform my 14 year old self I would be listening to an electronic French Band when I am older, reaction would be priceless. A band that I took a liking too in 2009, and Hurry Up, We're Dreaming does a fine job replacing Saturdays=Youth in my playlist. With that being said, M83's hit song "Midnight City" is being just tossed around the marketing world these days.
When I first heard them at Turner Hall opening for Iron & Wine, I knew this band's album was going to make my list. This is one album that Pitchfork got wrong with their 2.1 rating, Head and the Heart's album is hit after hit. Seeing them again in the Fall at Turner Hall, it was weird seeing them 3 months later, and everyone now knew their songs. Listening to them on Austin City Limits last night, this band has character. This album is what I like in music, and with songs "Rivers and Roads" and "Down in the Valley"... along with "Lost in My Mind" this album is about as addicting as it gets.
Justin Vernon did it again, and re-created himself in the process. Their concert in July was my show of the year (followed closely by Arcade Fire in Chicago) - this album is a work of art. Each song has its moment, and no matter where the sound goes, I am intrigued. Call me a Wisconsin Homer... but this band topped the charts for me in 2011.
Well there it is - onto 2012! (...we are 8 days in already).. and Go Packers.