Top 10 albums of 2011: Alex Hudson
This was the year I finally decided that CDs were obsolete and resolved to sell my entire collection. On that note, does anyone want to buy an assortment of brightly coloured, perfectly functional drink coasters?
Only local troubadour Dan Bejar could successfully turn hokey elevator music and Kenny G–grade sax into a career-defining masterpiece that puts even his iconic work with the New Pornographers to shame.
If there’s one disc from 2011 that’s coming with me to that hypothetical desert island, it’s this collection of sizzling electro bangers from Wolf Parade howler Dan Boeckner, which brims with clubby beats and fist-in-the-air leftist anthems.
Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped
Speaking of Wolf Parade members, Spencer Krug’s hypnotic new LP contains exactly what it says on the box: five swirling organ drones, each of them well over six minutes in length, and nary a vibraphone to be heard.
The tempos are blazing and the melodies will be stuck in your head long after this 28-minute pop-punk scorcher is over. Think Blink-182 without the dick jokes or Wavves without the weed-obsessed baggage.
If Stephen Malkmus from Pavement and Bilinda Butcher from My Bloody Valentine had hooked up back in the early ’90s, their noise-loving spawn would probably have written an album that sounds exactly like English Girlfriend.