The rest….

The full list of the year’s best. No doubt you were interested in those below twenty. 1. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels 2. DJ Quik – The Book of David 3. Destroyer – Kaputt 4. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale 5. Serengeti – Family and Friends 6. Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck 7.… More The rest….

Twenty Best Albums of 2011: #’s 1-3

3. Destroyer – Kaputt Is this album transgressive? Does it “reclaim” “uncool” sounds? Wrong and wrong. My love for Johnny Hates Jazz has no archival interest; I listen to the Blow Monkeys for pleasure (I even wrote this Stylus essay arguing for sophistipop’s vibrancy). Dan Bejar’s project tickles memories without quite summoning them. For one,… More Twenty Best Albums of 2011: #’s 1-3

Twenty Best Albums of 2011: #’s 7-9

9. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up The former leader of beloved nineties hip-hop trio Digable Planets shares the mic with fat-bottomed beats instead of confreres Doodlebug and Ladybug, and his intelligence and alliterative wordplay get the aural update he deserves. Here’s hoping he gets a commercial one soon. 8. Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights and… More Twenty Best Albums of 2011: #’s 7-9

Fourth quarter update

How the year looks so far: Pistol Annies – s/t DJ Quik – The Book of David Destroyer – Kaputt Britney Spears – Femme Fatale Serengeti – Family and Friends Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights and Early Mornings Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra Shabazz Palaces – Black Up Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ The Mountain… More Fourth quarter update