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In 2011, why bother with a midyear music list? Look at what’s to come

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Everyone who writes about music loves compiling best-of lists. No exception here. I spent early July musing over a first-half Top 5 (in no particular order: Reptilians, Kaputt, w h o k i l l, Nine Types of Light, Within and Without) then lamenting the slew of other releases I like but would have to exclude.

Some really big guns released solid albums (The Strokes, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Lupe Fiasco, Peter Bjorn & John, Foo Fighters, The Decemberists, The Cars, Paul Simon, Danger Mouse).  Some growing or lesser known entities produced worthy listens I wanted to champion (Cut Copy, Yuck, Telekinesis, Cults, Tennis, Eleanor Friedberger, Lykke Li, Noah and The Whale) and some acts I don’t care for, despite recognizing their ability and success, continued to perform (Panda Bear, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver). Virtually any combination from the albums listed above could be justified as a compelling, valid list and my running first-half tally likely overlooks a number of underrated gems.

Despite all that, it’s entirely possible no album from the first half of the year will end up in a 2011-ending Top 10. Consider the following 10 albums slated for fall in light of their most recent releases (and corresponding Metacritic scores): Continue reading

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WFOEOTYL #1: The Eight Albums of ’08

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Maybe this list won’t be showing up on hip blogs (i.e. largehearted boy or Fimoculous) like dozens of other year end lists . So what? Everyone is entitled to an opinion and if you want to be a music writer one day, isn’t a year end album list among your most basic debates? I’ve reviewed music in Albuquerque, Stroudsburg and Syracuse and throughout college… but it’s time for my first year end list.

A few guidelines to start: Continue reading

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