|Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart|
In alphabetical order:
Adele - 21 - Unless you've been living under a rock, you're already familiar, but this remix is something you may not have heard.
Ben Ottewell - Shapes & Shadows - Gomez lead singer's solo debut. Solid stuff.
*Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart - Rock like it's the 70s. - Hair Song
Brett Dennen - Loverboy - LA's red-headed wunderkind. Sydney is an absolute sing-a-long, pop hit.
Das Racist - Relax - Too-smart for school post-modern hip-hop. They went to Wesleyan, duh.
David Guetta - Nothing But the Beat - If you must dance, dance to this.
*Earl Greyhound - Suspicious Package - Power trios rule. Shotgun - wait for it to build, then bang your head.
Feist - Metals - Not her best, but solid.
*Fitz and the Tantrums - Pickin' Up the Pieces - You've heard them even if you haven't heard of them.
Friendly Fires - Pala - for those that like Passion Pit or Foster the People, Live Those Days Tonight
Gomez - Whatever's On Your Mind - My favorite band, so you must have Options.
Holy Ghost! - Various singles and remixes: Some Children, Static on the Wire (RAC Remix), Hold On, Do It Again
Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know - Until Beth Orton returns from maternity leave, I'll listen to Sophia
Nikka Costa - Pro*Whoa! - Chase The Thrill should be in a Bond movie.
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What - Still great. Faves: The Afterlife and the title track.
*Pendulum - Immersion - My favorite drum and bass band - words I never though I would utter. Try: Witchcraft (Chuckie Remix), Watercolour, The Island, Crush.
*Sleigh Bells - Treats - If White Stripes were into samples. Crown on the Ground, Infinity Guitars, Rill Rill
Stereo MC's - Emperor's Nightingale - Yes, they are the same band that did Connected. Check out Tales, 2Cando, Waves
Tally Hall - Good & Evil - Geeky melodic, harmonizing from Michigan. You and Me, Out in the Twilight, You
Theophilus London - Timez Are Weird These Days - The future of hip-hop is in good hands. All Around the World, Last Name London, One Last Time.
Tub Ring - Secret Handshakes - If you like Mike Patton (Faith No More), Primus, Mr. Bungle, funk-rock etc., this is it. Optimistic, Stop This (NOW!), Feed the Rapture
Tune-Yards - Whokill - See my older post.
TV On the Radio - Nine Types of Light - Wasn't a big fan when they first broke on the scene, but since I found Dave Sitek's side project, Maximum Balloon, absolutely delightful, I guess I appreciate this album for its similiarities. Love Caffeinated Consciousness, New Cannonball Blues, Repetition, and Second Song.
White Denim - D - Album of the Year and Best New Artist. See my older post.
YACHT - Shangri-La - Nothing measures up to their amazing Psychic City, but title track Shangri-La and Utopia/Dystopia are nice.
Ximena Sariñana - Ximena Sariñana - Mexican pop star. Too damn cute. Different and Lies We Live In (what do you know, also produced and written by none other than TVOTR's Dave Sitek).
* = album technically released in 2010, but since I listened to it in 2011, there ya go