Sunday, December 9, 2012

threes years of favorites

The musical year is coming to a close and before I reflect on my favorite music from 2012, I thought I'd look back at my favorites from the last three years. In 2009, I started keeping track of my favorite music. It's been an inconsistent ride.

In 2009, I ranked my favorite 15 albums (and 50 favorite tracks). In 2010, I listed my favorite 25 albums in alphabetical order (and 50 favorite tracks). And in 2011, I listed my favorite 15 albums in alphabetical order (and 40 favorite tracks). I guess I'd better get my act together in 2012. Until then, here's a look back at my last three years of favorite albums.

2009 Albums
15. Bowerbirds: Upper Air
14. Modest Mouse: No One's First and You're Next
13. The xx: xx
12. Bear In Heaven: Beast Rest Forth Mouth
11. Monsters of Folk: Monsters of Folk
10. The Decemberists: Hazards of Love*
09. Dan Auerbach: Keep It Hid
08. Matt & Kim: Grand
07. Cymbals East Guitars: Why There Are Mountains
06. The Low Anthem: Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
05. Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
04. Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
03. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
02. Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca
01. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

2010 Albums
Arcade Fire: The Suburbs
Beach House: Teen Dream
The Black Keys: Brothers
Cloud Cult: Light Chasers
Deer Tick: The Black Dirt Sessions
Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest
Delta Spirit: History From Below
Dr. Dog: Shame, Shame
First Aid Kit: The Big Black and Blue
Frightened Rabbit: The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
Gayngs: Relayted
Gorillaz: Plastic Beach
Ima Robot: Another Man's Treasure
Johnny Flynn: Been Listening
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening
Local Natives: Gorilla Manor
The Morning Benders: Big Echo
Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More
The National: High Violet
The New Pornographers: Together
The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt
Vampire Weekend: Contra
The Walkmen: Lisbon
The Whigs: In the Dark

2011 Albums
The Black Keys: El Camino
Bon Iver: Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah: Hysterical
DeVotchKa: 100 Lovers
The Donkeys: Born With Stripes
Feist: Metals
Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues
Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes
Mister Heavenly: Out Of Love
Peter Bjorn and John: Gimme Some
Real Estate: Days
The Strokes: Angles
tUne-yArDs: w h o k i l l
Yellow Ostrich: The Mistress

* I'm calling myself out on this one. This is easily The Decemberists least interesting album to date. What was I thinking?

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