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Albums / 2011

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Tao Of The Dead

Rock album of the year. Just as you think they can’t get any more massive, any further, more vast, more adventurous, they come out with an album like this. An ocean of stories, denotations and culture to dive into.

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Annie Clark, the next the bobdylan, sufjan, macca, only smarter, handsomer, better sounding and slightly more awesome. The songs get better and better, though I still love Marry Me. Her songs are like trip, more luscious versions of anything Joni Mitchell has ever composed, as trippy as Magical Mystery Tour or as strange and intriguing as Pet Sounds. Album of the year.

Junior Boys – It’s All True

Good, tiny, electronic album from Canada. The Tavastia gig was also one of the best ones this year.

Little Dragon – Ritual Union

This album came out a year ago, just before the year changed, but Spotify seems to give it the year 2011, so it made the list. The record is awesome. Maybe not as great as Machine Dreams, but still great beyond a lot of albums this year.

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Best “soft rock” album of the year. Beautiful melodies, moods and songs. You really don’t need much more.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town

It’s Will Oldham. That’s about it. I really hope next year’s new Bonnie & Matt Sweeney -album is going to be as good as Superwolf-masterpiece.

Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting

James Blake – James Blake

These albums, like brothers, are eery, moody, interesting compilation of songs. Blake found a sound on his first long play, clearly. Woon made a great, great album, but the live performances have yet to reach its level. Blake on the other hand wiped the floor other performers at Flow 2011 -festival.

Com Truise – Galactic Melt

Neon Indian – Era Extran̂a

Toro Y Moi – Freaking Out

Siriusmo – Mosaik

Justice – Audio, Video, Disco

Interesting year for electronic albums. Electric and electric, I don’t know, but hey, they have good songs in them. Interesting melodies.


The 90’s alternative revival. Yuck lost and Mazes won.

Jane’s Addiction – The Great Escape Artist

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Two very solid rock albums. Foo Fighters’ gig in Finland was one of the year’s highlights.

Hexvessel – Dawnbearer

Very peculiar and strange mood in this one. Death folk? Swamp rock? Occult acoustic? Give it a listen, I bet it’ll challenge you in a way you didn’t think was possible

Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What

Simon’s at it somewhat in the spirit of his masterpiece Graceland. Works well, it’s easy to feel the recording session’s easygoing experimental atmosphere.

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Good songs. What else do you need? Anthony Gonzalez has decided to start composing and not only doing anthems for the alternative emo’s.

The Shit of 2011:


Gerry Rafferty died

Columbo died

the Big Man, Clarence Clemeons, died

Gil Scott Heron died

Pete Postlewaithe died

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Best In Music 2009

Best Albums 2009:

Top 10

1. St. Vincent – Actor

Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care
Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years
<Code> – Resplendent Grotesque
Telefon Tel Aviv – Immolate Yourself
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
Daniel Johnston – Is and Always Was
Bonnie "Prince" Billy – Beware

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Eating Us

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – The Century Of Self

Bubblin' Under:

Uncle Skeleton – Pancho Chumley
A Psychedelic Guide To Monsterism Island
Norah Jones – The Fall
Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers
Shogun Kunitoki – Vinonaamakasio
Kris Kristofferson – Closer To The Bone
Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Through The Devil Softly
The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
Doves – Kingdom Of Rust
Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend
Asobi Seksu – Hush
Dinosaur Jr – Farm
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Rubik – Dada Bandits

The Best Rock Albums 2009:

The Wildhearts – ¡Chutzpah!
Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg
The Black Crowes – Before The Frost… Until The Freeze
Death – …For The Whole World To See
Gallows – Grey Britain
Sorry And The Sinatras - Highball Roller

Best Songs:

1. Bonnie "Prince" Billy – I Won't Ask Again

Bruce Springsteen – A Night With The Jersey Devil
<Code> – Rattle Of Black Teeth
<Code> – In The Privacy Of Your Own Bones
Super Furry Animals – White Socks/Flip Flops
Rubik – Wasteland
St. Vincent – Actor Out Of Work
St. Vincent – Black Rainbow
St. Vincent – Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood
Röyksopp – Girl And The Robot
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Blackie's Dead
Passion Pit – Little Secrets
Neon Indian – Mind, Drips
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Far Pavillions
Hudson Mohawke – Gluetooth
Magenta Skycode – Escaping Outdoors
Magenta Skycode – We're Going to Climb
The Lemonheads – Beautiful (Christina Aguilera cover)
Doves – Jetstream
Doves – Winter Hill
Brendan Benson – Eyes On The Horizon
Beyonce – Single Ladies (Japanese Pop Star Remix)
Dinosaur Jr – See You
The Wildhearts – You Took The Sunshine From New York
The Wildhearts – Chutzpah
The Wildhearts – The Snake, The Lion, The Monkey And The Spider

Weird goods:

Sufjan Steven – The BQE
Andrew W.K. – 55 Cadillac


KISS – Ihan Sama
Chikenfoot – En Muista
Marilyn Manson – The High End Of Low (Ihan Paska)
Telefon Tel Aviv guy dead

Most Played:

The Wildhearts – ¡Chutzpah!
Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years
<Code> – Resplendent Grotesque
St. Vincent – Actor
Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care
Telefon Tel Aviv – Immolate Yourself
Soft Rock

Live 2009:

Coldplay – Bergen
Fever Ray – Tavastia
Kraftwerk – Suvilahti
Flaming Lips – Suvilahti
DJ Hedgehog ft. DJ Innocuous – Hanna ja Willen häät

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