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[watch] Acid House Kings//Under Water

Home video goodness from one of my favorites, Acid House Kings!

The track is from the band’s latest LP, Music Sounds Better with You, which just happens to be one of my top 10 albums of 2011.  Enjoy the video below, as well as the Dave DaG remix of “(I’m In) A Chorus Line”.

 

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Top 10 Albums of 2011

Here you go, my top 10 albums of 2011.  The top 5 were actually really easy to settle on and went back and forth quite a bit with 6-10, which was somewhat of a surprise.  But no going back now, my picks are official and floating around the world wide web for everyone to scrutinize.  And speaking of scrutiny, I would love some feedback.  Do you agree/disagree with my picks?  What were your favorites this year?  Heck, what were your least favorites?  Leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

[p.s. see how my final top 10 compared to my favorites back in July]

 

10. Childish Gambino//Camp

Key tracks: Heartbeat. Bonfire. Kids. Backpackers.

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9. Mister Heavenly//Out of Love

Key tracks: Bronx Sniper. Mister Heavenly. Pineapple Girl. Your Girl.

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8. Acid House Kings//Music Sounds Better With You

Key tracks: Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends?. Would You Say Stop?. Under Water. There Is Something Beautiful.

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7. Lykke Li//Wounded Rhymes

Key tracks: Sadness Is A Blessing. I Follow Rivers. Get Some. Youth Knows No Pain.

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6. Girls//Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Key tracks: My Ma. Honey Bunny. Alex. Vomit.

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5. The Antlers//Burst Apart

Key tracks: No Widows. Putting The Dog To Sleep. French Exit. Rolled Together.

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4. Youth Lagoon//The Year Of Hibernation

Key tracks: Montana. 17. Cannons. Daydream.

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3. Future Islands//On The Water

Key tracks: The Great Fire, Balance, Before the Bridge, Give Us the Wind. Where I Found You.

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2. M83//Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Key tracks: Midnight City. Intro. Raconte-Moi Une Histoire. My Tears Are Becoming a Sea. Year One, One UFO. Claudia Lewis.

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1. Cults//Cults

Key tracks: Abducted. You Know What I Mean. Rave On. Bad Things. Go Outside. Oh My God.

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(31) Days of Good: Day 3

Sweden is my personal music mecca.  A considerable amount of my favorite bands call Sweden home (Shout Out Louds, The Knife, Lykke Li, ABBA, Acid House Kings…to name a few) and year after year, the Swedes pump out really fantastic music.  2011 was no exception, as we were treated to plenty of new releases from the Kingdon of Sweden and Day 3 features an array of my favorites.

 

This year, we were treated to the fifth studio release from one of my favorites, Acid House Kings.  Music Sounds Better With You was one of my favorite albums of 2011 and it’s packed full of indie pop bliss.  Considering how many good tracks are on this album, it was a bit of a challenge to pick just one song.  I ultimately went with the first track I heard off the album, but it’s really in your best interest to check out this entire album.

♪ Acid House Kings – Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends? (from Music Sounds Better With You)

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I don’t know much about The Distant Sounds and I haven’t really heard much of their music, but I do like what’ve I heard so far.  As far as I know, they’ve only put out the one EP, Blue Night, which the band describes as “an EP filled with love and lust.  It is sort of like a bag of candy, there is something for everyone.”  The standout track is definitely “Mon Amour”, but it’s worth checking out the entire EP over on their bandcamp page (especially since it’s a free download).

♪ The Distant Sounds – Mon Amour (from Blue Night EP)

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Swedish electronic group, Little Dragon, released their third album, Ritual Union, this year.  The album was received generally positive reviews from music critics, but really blew up all over the blogosphere.  My favorite Little Dragon track remains “Blinking Pigs” (from Machine Dreams), but the title track from Ritual Union is a close second and one of the year’s best tracks.

♪ Little Dragon – Ritual Union (from Ritual Union)

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I literally just discovered Rebecca & Fiona, but it was love at first listen.  The Swedish DJ team, consisting of Rebecca Scheja and Fiona Fitzpatrick, released their debut album last month and while I haven’t had a chance to give it a proper listen, I can’t stop listening to this one track in particular (hint: make sure you have the volume turned up at the 3:15 mark).

♪ Rebecca & Fiona – Dance (from I Love You, Man)

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I don’t think we’ll ever be lucky enough for a new Postal Service album, but Slottet has done a mighty fine job recreating that particular sound we all miss so much (and don’t worry, this isn’t anything like that Owl City rubbish).

♪ Slottet – Agnostics Nightmare (from Servants)

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Favorites Albums of 2011 (So Far)

2011 is more than half-way through and in a mere seven months, a boat-load of fantastic new music has hit the airwaves (we’ve also survived yet another prophesied apocalypse…not too shabby plant earth).

Anyways, I did this last Summer and it was fun to look back and see what albums held up when “Best of” season was full effect.  So without further ado, I’m pleased to present my favorite albums of 2011 (so far) and be sure to check back in on December 15th to see if any of these picks make my Top 10.

(in alphabetical order)

Acid House Kings – Music Sounds Better With You

♫ Are We Lovers or Are We Friends ♫


Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi

♫ Blackout ♫


The Antlers – Burst Apart

♫ No Widows ♫


Braids – Native Speaker

♫ Lemonade ♫


Childish Gambino – EP

♫ Freaks and Geeks ♫


Clock Opera – Belongings 7”

♫ Belongings ♫


Cults – Cults

♫ You Know What I Mean ♫


Cut Copy – Zonoscope

♫ Need You Now ♫


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World

♫ Morning Thought ♫


Diego Garcia – Laura

♫ You Were Never There ♫


The Go! Team – Proof of Youth

♫ T.O.R.N.A.D.O. ♫


Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

♫ Sadness is a Blessing ♫


NewVillager – NewVillager

♫ Rich Doors ♫


Panda Bear – Tomboy

♫ Last Night At The Jetty ♫


The Postelles – The Postelles

♫ White Night ♫


Radiohead – The King of Limbs

♫ Codex ♫


Starfucker – Reptilians

♫ Bury Us Alive ♫

Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines

♫ Car Crash ♫


TennisCape Dory

♫ Marathon ♫


Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchersta

♫ How Can You Luv Me ♫


The Vaccines – What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?

♫ Post Break-Up Sex ♫


The White Panda – Pandamonium

♫ I Want Brooklyn Back ♫

Woods – Sun and Shade

♫ Pushing Onlys ♫


[watch] Acid House Kings//Would You Say Stop?

The latest from Sweden’s Acid House Kings, Music Sounds Better With You, is just a few days away (out 3/22, pre-order here) and other than the latest from The Go! Team (Rolling Blackouts, out now) and the upcoming release from The Antlers (Burst Apart, out 5/10), this is one of the 2011 releases i’m most excited about.

Since way back in 1991, Acid House Kings have been creating some of the best indie pop and Music Sounds Better With You will not disappoint.  The Hype Machine had the entire album available to stream a couple of weeks ago and I pretty much listened to just that for the entire week.  The video featured below is for the track, Would You Say Stop? — a track that’s pure pop bliss…and just happens to be available for free download courtesy of labrador records.

Enjoy!