All the Albums that Have Been Released in 2011 Thus Far that I Have Downloaded Illegally (with Commentary)
936 – Peaking Lights → I like this, but I’m not gonna get all excited about it.
A I A : Alien Observer – Grouper → This seems like alien music maybe? Just kidding, but am I? I think I liked this.
A I A : Dream Loss – Grouper → This is the same as the other one, right?
All Eternals Deck – The Mountain Goats → Forgettable. Forgiveable.
Angels Exodus – Lil B → Can’t go wrong, but also… can’t remember listening to this ever. Still seems good.
Apocalypse – Bill Callahan → One of my favorite albums of the year. Very funny, very smart. Excellent songwriting by a consistently excellent songwriter. Listened to this walking from East Village to West Village several mornings. Really good music videos.
Asleep on the Floodplain – Six Organs of Admittance → Never listened to this.
Batman – Lower Dens → Really liked the music video that went along with this. Good single, but I forget what it sounds like.
Belong – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart → Despite being a stupidly named band, this album is all right, but also sort of annoying. Ya… feel… me…
The Best of Gloucester – Danielson → Danielson has a new album. It sounds like other Danielson albums. Pretty funny, hehe.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver – Bon Iver → Really huge step forward for the old Boner. That first album was all whiny and stuff, and this is like happier whining with trumpets and stuff. I like it.
Boy Friend EP – Boy Friend → This sucked I think.
Bricksquad Mafia – Brick Squad → It seems unclear whether the mixtape title is styled “Bricksquad Mafia” or “Brick Squad Mafia.” Can’t recall anything about this album. Just seems nice and tight.
By the Hedge – Minks → I listened to this album walking on Bond St. between Bowery and Lafayette, and probably other places too. I liked listening to this album. There are parts with good talking and nice bass. Good to feel tired too I think.
Cape Dory – Tennis → This was cheesy and cutesy like whatever. I liked parts of it I guess.
Cherish the Light Years – Cold Cave → Not bad but like whatever.
Civilian – Wye Oak → Don’t remember ever listening to this, but it seems I listened to this. I assume I don’t like it.
Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings → Never listened to this.
Collected By Itself: 2006-2009 – Blank Dogs → Never listened to this either.
Cults – Cults → Cheesy and pretty bad, but okay in ways I guess, but probably not.
D – White Denim → Man… just whatever I guess. I think I liked one song maybe.
David Comes to Life – Fucked Up → Really damn good shit. Best Fucked Up album I’d say. I went to see them and the side of my face touched that lead singer’s fat sweaty hairy belly. This is supposedly a rock opera, but I can’t figure out the story. I’ve listened to this album mostly in the car and once when planting basil in the rain. They say David a lot in the album, and I’m David.
Deerhoof vs. Evil – Deerhoof → Never listened to this… for some reason…
Dr. Lecter – Action Bronson → Completely genius, best hip hop record of 2011 thus far. Sounds like Ghostface, but it’s a white guy with red hair from Queens. Really awesome music videos and vibe. Once he retweeted one of my tweets.
Dye It Blonde – Smith Westerns → I think I liked this, but now I don’t care about this. I listened to it on my way to get pastrami in the Lower East Side.
An Empty Bliss Beyond This World – Caretaker → I think I liked this but only listened to it once and I think there weren’t any words in the songs.
EP – Childish Gambino → Funny maybe in a bad way probably.
Eye Contact – Gang Gang Dance → Downloaded this and was like whatever and then deleted it when I was doing a mass clean of my iTunes and then heard one of my friends say he liked it so I redownloaded this and danced to it. Then I listened to it at work, and it’s still just okay… ya know…
The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian – The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian → This was pretty bad…
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain – WU LYF → Really enjoyable. Really good website. I listened to this a lot when I first downloaded it. Maybe I’ll listen to it more soon.
Goblin – Tyler, The Creater → Probably the biggest letdown of the year. Not bad really, but so underwhelming. Demonstrates the lack of growth and effort in OFWGKTA since they’re impressive breakout onto “the scene” last year. Dude seems wack.
Goodbye Bread – Ty Segall → Good but not great.
He Gets Me High – Dum Dum Girls → Bad.
Headbangers In Ecstacy – Puro Instinct → Middle of the road.
Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes → Better than their first album, which was pretty damn good, which means this album is pretty damn gooder, but for some reason I don’t ever feel like listening to it. I imagine them being upset with Bon Iver for being better at sad/happy cabin folk dude music.
Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost! → Supposedly this album was good, but I don’t remember wanting to listen to it ever, especially after listening to it.
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – Beastie Boys → I like the first song on the record a lot. The music video/short film was pretty funny and, more importantly, easy to watch.
House of Balloons – The Weeknd → One of the best albums of the year. Really good samples and lyrics and moan sounds. Seems humble and powerful. Free download on artist website, so I guess I didn’t download it illegally, but oh well… it seems like I did because I downloaded it from Mediafire, not the website.
I’m Gay – Lil B → Great. Haven’t listened to all of this, but that doesn’t seem to matter because it won’t change my opinion. Dude redefines language. “Words don’t mean shit.”
Illusions of Grandeur – Lil B → Not as good as I’m Gay, but like, hey, still come on, still Lil B.
Island Brothers – Bonnie “Prince” Billie → Seems I listened to this but also seems like I didn’t, oh well.
James Blake – James Blake → Dude redefines dubstep, covers Feist. I like this music video he has where everyone spits in a bowl and then a girl drinks it. Hehe. But yeah, the album is good and surprising, and also happens to be surprisingly good.
The Journey To The 5th Echelon – The Jet Age of Tomorrow → Whatever. Just sayin’. I don’t have much to say.
Just Once EP – How to Dress Well → I think I liked some of this that I heard, but I might’ve just convinced myself of that.
Kaputt – Destroyer → Best album of the year thus far in my opinion. Dan Bejar destroys it. Dude brings it to a new level. I guess he also has like a doppelganger or something. But I mean, saw them live after really loving the album a lot and it was unimpressive. Still though, as an album… really awesome.
Keep – Animal Collective → This shit is so forgettable that I forgot about it. It was like for a shoe company. I think I liked the Panda Bear song though.
The King of Limbs – Radiohead → I’m a big Radiohead fan, and this was a good album, but mostly everyone just remixed the “Lotus Flower” video and then forgot about it, and I’m not gonna lie, I’ve only listened to this once since its initial hype/release.
Kiss Each Other Clean – Iron & Wine → Man, this sucked.
Leave Home – The Men → My friend told me to download this, and I did, and I started to listen to the first song twice, but it’s a long first song and it starts slow, so I haven’t finished it yet, but one day…
Let England Shake – PJ Harvey → This is all right/okay.
The Magic Place – Julianna Barwick → I enjoyed this, but I don’t care about listening to it again.
New Brigade – Iceage → This seems not bad but overrated I guess. It’s punk I think.
No Color – The Dodos → I never listened to this album.
Noble Savage – Maria Minerva → I liked this I guess, but I don’t care.
Nostalgia/Ultra – Frank Ocean → This is the best Odd Future release of 2011 thus far, lol.
The People’s Key – Bright Eyes → This sucked a lot if I remember correctly.
Pleasure – Pure X → I don’t remember listening to this, but I want to listen to this.
Ravedeath, 1972 – Tim Hecker → Lol, this sounds like a good name for an album. I don’t remember it, but I want to.
Return of 4Eva – Big K.R.I.T. → I listened to the beginning of this while I was walking to get my boots fixed on St. Marks. I don’t remember what it was like.
The Rip Tide – Beirut → Beirut has a new album. It seems the same the same as their other albums, which means it seems good, not bad.
Rome – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi → Pretty bad.
Shapeshifting – Young Galaxy → I think I liked this when I first heard it, but I don’t ever think I’ll listen to it again. Damn. I’ve written this a lot today. Music is forgettable/disposable. These bands and albums and stuff are just getting thrown under the bus by me, and they don’t deserve it. I bet they have something to offer to the world, but nothing to offer me. I’m so sorry. Please forgive me. You’re good people, and it’s not your fault that nobody cares about or remembers your music.
Share the Joy – Vivian Girls → This probably sucked.
Smoke Ring for My Halo – Kurt Vile → Didn’t like this, but it seems like everyone else did, so maybe I should listen to this again. Does anyone have a reason why I should care about Kurt Vile?
Sound Kapital – Handsome Furs → This sounds like the name of the band.
Space City Kicks – Robert Pollard → Oh whatever, come on. It’s like, you know. He makes too many albums. This was pointless.
Stay Home – The Beets → This was kind of shitty if I recall correctly, but not bad.
Summer Is Forever – Wavves/Best Coast/No Joy → This probably sucked, but I don’t remember and I’m afraid to ever try.
Tallinn at Dawn – Maria Minerva → She had another album I guess. I like how the cover looks like a cassette thing folded out. I think I liked this better than the other one. She’s got a cool apathy face, huh?
Terra – Julian Lynch → I like this dude. I liked this album. I forget what this album sounds like, but I’m sure I like it.
Tomboy – Panda Bear → This is one of the best albums of the year, but not the best album of the year. It was basically a bunch of expectations and singles that did their job and made me fairly happy. The songs that weren’t singles are forgettable. The rest of it is really solid. Pandy just announced a deluxe box set to go along with it, for those interested.
Underneath the Pine – Toro Y Moi → Big step forward for the Toro dude. Feel happy for him and his chill ass retro vibes.
w h o k i l l – tUnE-yArDs → Seems obvious that any band that stylized their album title and band name this way would suck a lot. This album sucks a lot. I can’t say how much it sucks. I deleted it soon after downloading.
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves – John Maus → Very excellent. Funny and emotional and dark. Sounds like Ariel Pink with a deep voice and a lot of baggage. Biggest surprise of the year thus far for me.
What a Pleasure – Beach Fossils → I think I liked part of this at one point but can’t remember what it sounds like. I’m sure it sounds like beachy or something.
Widowspeak – Widowspeak → I actually downloaded this album on my girlfriend’s computer in the kitchen while her brother made us pepper and mozzarella sandwiches. I was pretty disappointed because it’s boring and because I saw them open for The Soft Moon in Brooklyn and was like “this band seems cool” but the album seemed not bad but more like come on dude whatever bro seriously. Maybe I’ll download it again, but I probably won’t listen to it again.
Wit’s End – Cass McCombs → I liked this a good amount.
Within and Without – Washed Out → Washed Out released an album that sounds worse than his singles and EPs, but not that bad, but not that good.
A Young Person’s Guide to Mark McGuire – Mark McGuire → I never listened.
Yuck – Yuck → This was supposedly a big thing in England, and it was compared to Pavement, but really it wasn’t like that, and there were a few good songs, but not strong enough to listen to all the songs like an album.
Zonoscope – Cut Copy → This is really good. Funny sort of but in a great way. I listened to it walking on West 4th St. imagining that it was the theme music to a new age version of Miami Vice with better critical reception, etc. The song “Pharaohs & Pyramids” is featured in a video I made at some point.