Recalling vintage 1994-era Siskel & Ebert, your Rockaliser writers have independently cast the same vote for 2011's best album, and it's not what you think...unless you've browsed through this blog in the past week and read our lists in written form, here and here--then you know it's Destroyer's Kaputt.
As with last year, I invited my esteemed colleague onto my weekly radio show, which broadcasts Sunday nights live from the Radiohive studios in Manhattan, to talk about our favorite music of the year. Once again it was an excellent discussion, and apart from a momentary Internet shortage toward the end there were fewer technical errors this time around (errors of judgment, on the other hand, still number plenty). Feel free to stream our live "Rockcast" (as we have taken to calling it) below. It's an entertaining two-hour listen, with a murderer's row of high-quality music selections. How much of our discussion will be devoted to Bun B? Will your host be able to summon more precise language to convey music he likes than "hardcore rockin' beats"? Is the Spinal Tap reference at the beginning intentional? And how will either of us justify the lack of SuperHeavy commentary? None of these questions will be answered, befitting the uncertainty of today's troubled economic climate [\desperate end-of-year think piece].
An mp3 of the Rockcast is also available here. For convenience, our respective lists sans commentary:
1. Destroyer, Kaputt
2. Fucked Up, David Comes To Life
3. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Belong
4. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
5. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
6. Shabazz Palaces, Black Up
7. Wye Oak, Civilian
8. Big K.R.I.T., Return of 4Eva
9. Low, C'mon
10. Van Hunt, What Were You Hoping For?
1. Destroyer, Kaputt
2. Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin'
3. DJ Quik, The Book of David
4. Big K.R.I.T., Return of 4Eva
5. Fucked Up, David Comes To Life
6. Blouse, Blouse
7. Boris, New Album
8. A$AP Rocky, LiveLoveA$AP
9. Mutemath, Odd Soul
10. Yuck, Yuck
Thanks to my colleague for an excellent conversation, and for introducing me to a few artists (Van Hunt, Shabazz Palaces) who would have otherwise slipped past my radar. Thus endeth the season of Rockaliser EOY festivities--time to get on to some real writing!