Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pitchfork Best New Albums of 2011 (final update!!)


With a bunch of latest new entries (Atlas Sound, Oneohtrix Point Never, Drake, Kate Bush) and the long-awaited add of Julianna Barwick's The Magic Place (now available on Spotify), this is the final update of the playlists based on Pitchfork Best New Albums.

Some stats:

- The % of albums available on Spotify is very good: 91,48% (in 2010, it was 83,63%)
- 47 albums have been included by Pitchfork in its Best New Albums section in 2011. In 2010, they were 55
- The Lite playlists below (3 tracks each album) features 129 songs. The Mammoth (full albums) features 477 songs.
- The most recent album (Sepalcure, not available on Spotify) has been reviewed November 22. No more highly reviewed albums in the last 40 days of the year. In the same period, in 2010, Pitchfork picked two Best New Albums (by OFF! and Robyn).
- Medium review vote: 8.55 (in 2010, slightly higher: 8.57)
- Higher review vote: Bon Iver, Bon Iver, 9.5 (in 2010: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West, 10.0)
- 11 Best New Albums are NOT featured in Pitchfork Best 50 Albums of 2011 chart: by Smith Westerns, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, The Antlers, WU LYF, Washed Out, Trash Talk, A$ap Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., Cass McCombs, John Maus and Wolves in the Throne Room. Anyway, last four are mentioned in the Honorable Mentions section; amongst the albums in the eoy Top 50, there are 14 albums that are instead not featured in Best New Albums reviews (by Wild Flag, Kendrick Lamar, Colin Stetson, SBTRKT, Liturgy, Sandro Perri, Frank Ocean, Katy B, TY Segall, Beyoncé, Bill Callahan, The Caretaker, Danny Brown, Clams Casino).
- Finally, how long shall we wait before the first Best New Album of 2012? If we follow the year-by-year progression, it should happen around January 25. In 2009, Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavillion was reviewed January 5. In 2010, Vampire Weekend's Contra, January 11. In 2011, Smith Westerns' Dye It Blonde has been reviewed January 18. But, frankly, we'll see...

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PITCHFORK BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2011
Source: Pitchfork Best New Albums
Albums available on Spotify: 43 out of 47 (91,48%)

(links lead to Pitchfork reviews,  Pitchfork-like votes are Pitchfork votes, new entries/additions are in bold)

Dye It Blonde (Smith Westerns, 8.4)
Kaputt (Destroyer, 8.8)
Zonoscope (Cut Copy, 8.6)
James Blake (James Blake, 9.0)
Let England Shake (PJ Harvey, 8.8)
Space Is Only Noise (Nicolas Jaar, 8.4)
Ravedeath, 1972 (Tim Hecker, 8.6)
The Magic Place (Julianna Barwick, 8.5)
Underneath the Pine (Toro Y Moi, 8.4)
Wounded Rhymes (Lykke Li, 8.3)
Smoke Ring For My Halo (Kurt Vile, 8.4)
House of Balloons (The Weeknd, 8.5)
Belong (The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, 8.2)
Tomboy (Panda Bear, 8.5)
w h o k i l l (tUnE-yArDs, 8.8)
Return of 4Eva (Big K.R.I.T., 8.2)
Wit's End (Cass McCombs, 8.4)
The Book of David (Dj Quik, 8.4)
Helplessness Blues (Fleet Foxes, 8.8)
Eye Contact (Gang Gang Dance, 8.5)
Past Life Martyred Saints (EMA, 8.5)
Burst Apart (The Antlers, 8.2)
Cults (Cults, 8.5)
David Comes To Life (Fucked Up, 8.6)
Bon Iver (Bon Iver, 9.5)
Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (WU LYF, 8.4)
Black Up (Shabazz Palaces, 8.8)
New Brigade (Iceage, 8.4)
Electronic Dream (AraabMuzik, 8.2)
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (John Maus, 8.4)
Within and Without (Washed Out, 8.3)
Watch the Throne (Jay-Z / Kanye West, 8.5)
Slave Ambient (The War on Drugs, 8.3)
Looping State of Mind (The Field, 8.5)
Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Girls, 9.3)
Strange Mercy (St. Vincent, 9.0)
Celestial Lineage (Wolves in the Throne Room, 8.6)
The Year of Hibernation (Youth Lagoon, 8.4)
Awake (Trash Talk, 8.2)
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (M83, 9.1)
Days (Real Estate, 8.7)
Parallax (Atlas Sound, 8.7)
LIVELOVEA$AP (A$ap Rocky, 8.2)
Replica (Oneohtrix Point Never, 8.8)
Take Care (Drake, 8.6)
50 Words For Snow (Kate Bush, 8.5)
Sepalcure (Sepalcure, 8.4)


Listen to it on Spotify:
lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0576)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0577)

Previously about Pitchfork:
Best 50 Songs of 2011
Top 50 Albums of 2011
Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s
Top 100 Albums of the 1980s
The Pitchfork 500
(and more)


BBC6 Music Playlist (last 2011 update!!)

A hearty happy new year from Spotirama & Piney Gir!

That's the last 2011 update for this playlist based on BBC6 selections of airplayed best new music. A rich one, with eight new entries and 86% of tracks available on Spotify (though I'm not sure songs by Lana Del Rey, The Maccabees, Chairlift and Various Cruelties are really available). The Mammoth playlist of the year has reached 284 songs and will stay open until all the 2011 songs will drop out of the main playlist (it means that at the end we'll have a more-than-300 songs summary of 2011). Enjoy!


BBC 6 MUSIC PLAYLIST
Source: BBC6 Music
Songs available on Spotify: 25 out of 29 (86,20%)
(new entries in bold)

The Big Pink – Hit The Ground (Superman)
Bon Iver – Towers
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Howler – Back of Your Neck
Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
M83 – Reunion
The Maccabees – Pelican

Radiohead – The Daily Mail
Radiohead – Staircase
Sbtrkt – Hold On (feat. Sampha)
Arctic Monkeys – Black Treacle
Rostam Batmanglij - Don't Let It Get You Down
The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
The Black Lips – Raw Meat
Bombay Bicycle Club – Leave It
Chairlift – Met Before
Field Music – (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – If I Had A Gun...
Milagres – Here to Stay
Pulled Apart By Horses – V.E.N.O.M.
The Roots – Sleep
Sharon Van Etten – Serpents
Various Cruelties – Great Unknown
White Denim – Keys
Air - Seven Stars
Piney Gir – Outta Sight
Miike Snow – Devil's Work

Nada Surf - Waiting For Something
The 2 Bears - Work


Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0505)



BONUS PLAYLIST!!!
BBC6 MUSIC PLAYLIST 2011 - THE MAMMOTH
(a playlist collecting all the songs of the first eleven months of BBC6 2011 Music Playlist! 284 tracks!!)
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0528)


Previously on BBC6:
BBC6 Shortlisted Top 100 Songs of 2010

Friday, December 30, 2011

RIP 2011 (a NYTimes/Stereogum tribute to artists/bands who played their last waltz)


Last year, I made two Spotify playlists based on New York Times and Stereogum videotributes to artists who died and bands who disbanded in 2010. This year they did it again. So did I. Even if I'm not so sure Sonic Youth have officially been declared over. Mournfully enjoy!


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NEW YORK TIMES - THE MUSIC THEY MADE
A sound collage of musicians who died in 2011.
Source: New York Times (video)
Songs available on Spotify: 25/26 (96,15%) (I featured all the songs picked by New York Times; the missing one is Penny Lane by The Beatles, with trumpet solo played by David Mason: I replaced it with a Bach Brandenburg Concerto with Mason on trumpet)

Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice (RIP John Barry, composer)
Walker Brothers – Make It Easy On Yourself (John Walker, singer)
Broadcast – Come On Let's Go (Trish Keenan, singer-songwriter)
Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Weezer – Hash Pipe (Mikey Welsh, bassist)
Japan – Visions of China (Mick Karn, bassist)
Andrea True Connection – More, More, More
The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman (Gladys Horton, singer)
Bruce Springsteen – Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (Clarence Clemons, sax player)
Bert Jansch – Angie
Howlin' Wolf – Spoonful (Hubert Sumlin, guitarist)
Marvin Gaye – Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Nick Ashford, songwriter)
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Dobie Gray – Drift Away
Phoebe Snow – Poetry Mam (live)
America – Ventura Highway (Dan Peek, singer/guitarist)
Warren G & Nate Dogg – Regulate (Nate Dogg, singer/rapper)
Heavy D & The Boyz – We Got Our Own Thang
The Coasters – Yakety Yak (Carl Gardner, singer)
Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps (Laura Kennedy, bassist)
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock (Jerry Leiber, songwriter)
The Louvin Brothers – Kentucky (Charlie Louvin, guitarist/singer)
Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You (Gerry Rafferty, singer/songwriter)
Cesaria Evora – Petit Pays
Todd Rundgren – Hello It's Me (Moogy Klingman, keyboardist/songwriter)
English Chamber Orchestra – J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 1. (Allegro) (David Mason, trumpet player)

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STEREOGUM IN MEMORIAM 2011
Bands we lost in 2011
Source:

Bands available on Spotify: 34/34 (bingo!) (songs chosen by my dark questionable sense of humour)

Stricken City – Some Say
Out Of Sight – Hey! (Walk Away)
The White Stripes – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
Oceansize – Music For A Nurse
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
Faithless – Insomnia
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – So Long Good Night
The Bluetones – Sleazy Bed Track
t.A.T.u. – All The Things She Said
The Music – Take The Long Road And Walk It
The Holloways – Two Left Feet
You Say Party – Star Trail
The Stills – Everything I Build
You, Me & Everyone We Know – Shock and Awe
The Radiators – Wild And Free
Rx Bandits – My Lonesome Only Friend
The Answering Machine – It's Over! It's Over! It's Over
The Uglysuit – On We Go
Ludicra – The Only Cure, The Only Remedy
Alexisonfire – "Hey, It's Your Funeral Mama"
Ponytail – AwayWay
R.E.M. – The Great Beyond
Anal Cunt – Stayin Alive (Oi Version)
Dananananaykroyd – Black Wax
Maruta – In Perpetual Narcolepsy
Rilo Kiley – Breakin' Up
The Middle East – The Darkest Side
Thursday – Understanding In a Car Crash
The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
The Academy Is... – Down And Out
Double Dagger – I Was So Bored I Wanted To Hang Myself On The Dancefloor
Westlife – I Wanna Grow Old With You
Gay For Johnny Depp – Hey F*cked Up! (Punk Rock Can't Exist In Countries With Good Social Services)
Sonic Youth – 100%

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0799)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BBC6 Music Playlist (week 52, commencing 24/12/2011)

The Air Side of the Moon (avec Méliès, without Spotify)

This is a bad week for the playlist based on BBC6 selections of airplayed best new music: 25% of songs are not available on Spotify, one of the worst results of the whole year. No Lana Del Rey. Pas Air. Nada Nada Surf. But it's a good week, too. Because in the playlist you can find one of the best latest songs by Radiohead, not included in The King of Limbs album: Staircase. Enjoy!  


BBC 6 MUSIC PLAYLIST
Source: BBC6 Music
Songs available on Spotify: 23 out of 31 (74,19%)
(new entries in bold)

The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
Bon Iver – Towers
DJ Shadow (feat. Little Dragon) – Scale It Back
Field Music – (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing
Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light
Howler – Back of Your Neck
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
The Maccabees - Pelican
Radiohead – The Daily Mail/Staircase
Sbtrkt – Hold On (feat. Sampha)
Arctic Monkeys – Black Treacle
The Big Pink – Hit The Ground (Superman) [Radio Edit]
The Black Lips – Raw Meat
Bombay Bicycle Club – Leave It
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
Foster The People – Call It What You Want
Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – If I Had A Gun...
Pulled Apart By Horses – V.E.N.O.M.
Real Estate – Municipality
The Roots – Sleep
Frank Turner – Wessex Boy
Sharon Van Etten – Serpents
Various Cruelties - Great Unknown
White Denim – Keys
Air - Seven Stars
Rostam Batmanglij
Death In Vegas – Medication
Milagres – Here to Stay
Nada Surf - Waiting For Something
The 2 Bears - Work

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0505)



BONUS PLAYLIST!!!
BBC6 MUSIC PLAYLIST 2011 - THE MAMMOTH
(a playlist collecting all the songs of the first eleven months of BBC6 2011 Music Playlist! 278 tracks!!)
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0528)


Previously on BBC6:
BBC6 Shortlisted Top 100 Songs of 2010

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Spotirama Essentials 2011 (aggregated Top 50 Songs)


2011

D'you wanna know which are the best 50 songs of 2011, without choosing just one critic's, website's or magazine's chart? D'you wanna have all these songs in one Spotify playlist? Try this aggregated chart, based on all the 2011 Top 50 Songs lists I've published so far. The rule is simple: I assign 50 points to #1 song, 49 points to #2, 48 points to #3 and so on. I will keep this playlist updated, with the new ones coming. So... enjoy!

P.S. No countdown order, this time. It's from #1 to #50.

TRIVIA:
Artists with two songs:
Bon Iver, Adele, Jay Z & Kanye West, Cults
Songs most present in critics' lists:
Lana Del Rey's Videogames, Foster the People's Pumped Up Kicks (7 lists)
M83's Midnight City, Tyler the Creator's Yonkers, James Blake's The Wilhelm Scream (6 lists)
Bon Iver's Holocene, tUnE-yArDs' Bizness, Adele's Rolling in the Deep, Little Dragon's Ritual Union (5 lists)
#1 Songs:
M83's Midnight City (3 times)
Lana Del Rey's Videogames (2 times)
Adele's Rolling in the Deep, The Rapture's How Deep Is Your Love, Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues, Dum Dum Girls' Coming Down (1 time)



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THE SPOTIRAMA ESSENTIAL 2011 
(aggregated Top 50 songs, based on EOY critics' lists)
Sources: lists by Intro, Les Inrockuptibles, NME, Paste, Pitchfork, PopMatters, Rolling Stone, Spinner, Treble
Songs available on Spotify: 47/50 (94%)

1. M83 – Midnight City
2. Lana Del Rey – Video Games
3. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
4. Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
5. Bon Iver – Holocene
6. Tune-Yards – Bizness
7. Real Estate – It's Real
8. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
9. Adele – Rolling In The Deep
10. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
11. St. Vincent – Cruel
12. Metronomy – The Look
13. Fucked Up – Queen Of Hearts
14. Jay Z & Kanye West – Otis
15. The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love?
16. EMA – California
17. Destroyer – Kaputt
18. Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
19. Girls – Vomit
20. Frank Ocean – Novacane
21. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
22. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
23. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
24. Smith Westerns – Weekend
25. PJ Harvey – The Words That Maketh Murder
26. Jay Z & Kanye West – Ni**as In Paris
27. Beyoncé – Countdown
28. The Horrors – Still Life
29. Austra – Beat And The Pulse
30. The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
31. Cults – Go Outside
32. Cut Copy – Need You Now
33. Azealia Banks - 212
34. WU LYF – Dirt
35. Battles – Ice Cream (Featuring Matias Aguayo)
36. The Weeknd – The Morning
37. Adele – Rumour Has It

38. Wye Oak – Holy Holy
39. Cass McCombs – County Line
40. Bon Iver – Calgary
41. The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness
42. Beirut – Santa Fe
43. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
44. Drake – Marvins Room
45. Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
46. Sbtrkt – Wildfire (feat. Little Dragon)
47. The Antlers – I Don't Want Love
48. Cults – Abducted
49. The Black Lips – Modern Art
50. Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0798)

Best 50 Albums of 2011 - Spotirama Essentials

The Spotirama Essentials 2011 (aggregated Top 50 Albums)


2011

This is an aggregated chart based on all the 2011 Top 50 Albums lists I've published so far. The rule is simple: I assign 50 points to #1 album, 49 points to #2, 48 points to #3 and so on. I will keep this playlist updated, with the new ones coming and I'm doing something similar with songs. So... enjoy!

P.S. No countdown order, this time. It's from #1 to #50.

TRIVIA:
Albums featured in all critics' lists so far: none
Albums in all lists but one: Bon Iver (Bon Iver)
Albums in all lists but two: Smoke Ring For Halo (Kurt Vile) 
Albums in all lists but three: Let England Shake (PJ Harvey), Helplessness Blues (Fleet Foxes)
#1 Albums: four times (PJ Harvey), two times (Adele, Bon Iver), one time (Girls, Destroyer, Florence + The Machine, Fucked Up, The Black Keys, The Antlers, Mastodon)



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THE SPOTIRAMA ESSENTIAL 2011 
(aggregated Top 50 albums, based on EOY critics' lists)
Sources: lists by Amazon.com, The GuardianIntro, Kerrang!, Les InrockuptiblesMojo, NME, Paste, PitchforkQ, Rolling Stone, SpinStereogum, The Fly, Uncut
Albums available on Spotify: 47/50 (94%)

1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver (=)
2. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (=)
3. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For Halo (=)
4. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (+1)
5. James Blake - James Blake (+6)
6. Metronomy - The English Riviera (+3)
7. Radiohead - The King of Limbs (-3)
8. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost (-2)
9. tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L (+1)
10. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy (-3)
11. The Horrors - Skying (-3)
12. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (+4)
13. Wild Beasts - Smother (=)
14. Destroyer - Kaputt (+6)
15. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know (=)
16. The Weeknd - The House of Ballons (+18)
17. Drake - Take Care (+21)
18. Yuck - Yuck (-6)
19. Tom Waits - Bad As Me (+14)
20. Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (+5)
21. Jay Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne (+3)
22. Adele - 21 (-8) (just four songs available)
23. Feist - Metals (+3)
24. White Denim - D (+3)
25. EMA - Past-Life Martyred Saints (+6)
26. Real Estate - Days (+6)
27. Lykked Li - Wounded Rhymes (-4)
28. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient (+2)
29. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials (-12)
30. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi (-9)
31. Wild Flag - Wild Flag (-12)
32. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (-13)
33. Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit (ne)
34. Wilco - The Whole Love (-12)
35. SBTRKT - SBTRKT (ne)
36. Beyoncé - 4 (ne)
37. Fucked Up - David Comes To Life (+7)
38. Gillian Welch - The Harrow and the Harvest (+2)
39. My Morning Jacket - Circuital (-11)
40. Washed Out - Within and Without (-11)
41. Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow (+4)
42. The Black Keys - El Camino (+8)
43. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (+5)
44. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra (ne)
45. Beirut - The Rip Tide (-4)
46. Gang Gand Dance - Eye Contact (ne)
47. Katy B - On A Mission (ne)
48. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes (ne)
49. Cults - Cults (ne)
50. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix (-15)

Out of the Top 50, with this update: Josh T. Pearson, Arctic Monkeys, Paul Simon, Battles, Little Dragon, The Antlers, Lady Gaga, Bjork - Biophilia

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lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0779)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0780)

Spinner Best 50 Songs of 2011



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SPINNER BEST 50 SONGS OF 2011
Source: Spinner (the official Top60 Spotify playlist)
Songs available on Spotify: 46/50 (92%)

50. Pujol - Mayday
49. Givers - Up Up Up
48. Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci
47. Neon Indian - Polish Girl
46. Steve Earle - Waitin on the Sky
45. Foo Fighters - Rope
44. Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (feat. Jack White) - Two Against One
43. Lindstrøm - De Javu
42. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Keep Me Waiting
41. Lana Del Rey - Video Games
40. Cut Copy - Need You Now
39. Lykke Li - Sadness Is a Blessing
38. SBTRKT (feat. Drake & Little Dragon) - Wildfire (Remix)
37. The Raveonettes - Forget That Youre Young
36. Tyler the Creator - Yonkers
35. The Lonely Island - Jack Sparrow
34. Braids - Lemonade
33. Deadmau5 - Sofi Needs a Ladder
32. Handsome Furs - Cheap Music
31. PAPA - I Am the Lion King
30. TV on the Radio - Will Do
29. The Strokes - Taken for a Fool
28. Smith Westerns - Weekend
27. Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise
26. Frank Ocean - Novacane
25. Zola Jesus - Skin
24. Feist - How Come You Never Go There
23. Death Cab for Cutie - You Are a Tourist
22. Tom Waits - New Years Eve
21. Cage the Elephant - Shake Me Down
20. Drake - Marvins Room
19. Black Lips - Modern Art
18. Tennis - Marathon
17. The Weeknd - High for This
16. Florence and the Machine - Shake It Out
15. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
14. Real Estate - Its Real
13. St. Vincent - Cruel
12. We Are Augustines - Juarez
11. Cults - Oh My God
10. JJ - Still
9. Austra - Beat and the Pulse
8. Bon Iver - Holocene
7. Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
6. EMA - California
5. Kanye West/Jay-Z - New Day
4. Charles Bradley - Heartaches and Pain
3. Adele - Rumour Has It
2. Fucked Up - Queen of Hearts
1. Dum Dum Girls - Coming Down

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END OF YEAR 2011 PLAYLISTS

Best 50 Albums:
Amazon.com
The Guardian
Intro
Kerrang!
Les Inrockuptibles
Mojo
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
Q
Rolling Stone
Spin
Stereogum
The Fly
Uncut

Best 50 Songs:
Intro
Les Inrockuptibles
NME
NPR (100 songs)
Paste
Pitchfork
PopMatters
Rolling Stone
Spinner
Treble

Les Inrockuptibles Best 50 Albums of 2011


Still not available on Spotify, Black Keys' El Camino is #1 2011 album for french magazine Les Inrockuptibles. Just another album is missing from the playlist: Tom Waits' Bad As Me.


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LES INROCKUPTIBLES BEST 50 ALBUMS OF 2011
Source: Acclaimed Music Forum / Les Inrocks
Songs available on Spotify: 48/50 (96%)

50. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
49. Miossec - Chanson Ordinaires
48. Mansfield.TYA - Nyx
47. Theophilus London - Timez Are Weird These Days
46. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
45. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
44. Hanni El Khatib - Will the Guns Come Out
43. Orelsan - Le Chant des Sirènes
42. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
41. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
40. Zola Jesus - Conatus
39. The Do - Both Ways Open Jaws
38. The Horrors - Skying
37. The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts
36. Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams
35. Salem - King Night
34. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
33. Miles Kane - Colour of the Trap
32. Drake - Take Care
31. Beirut - The Rip Tide
30. The Rapture - In The Grace of Your Love
29. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
28. Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On
27. Feist - Metals
26. Nicolas Jaar - Space is Only Noise
25. The Drums - Portamento
24. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
23. Yelle - Safari Disco Club
22. Anthony Joseph & the Spasm Band - Rubber Orchestra
21. Tom Waits - Bad as Me
20. SBTRKT - SBTRKT
19. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
18. Dirty Beaches - Badlands
17. Tinariwen - Tassili
16. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
15. James Blake - James Blake
14. Other Lives - Tamer Animals
13. Baxter Dury - Happy Soup
12 Cults - Cults
11. Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
10. Tyler, the Creator - Goblin
9. The Shoes - Crack My Bones
8. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
7. Connan Mockasin - Forever Dolphin Love
6. Daniel Darc - La Taille de mon âme
5. Jonathan Wilson - Gentle Spirit
4. François & the Atlas Mountains - E volo love
3. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
2. Metronomy - The English Riviera
1. Black Keys - El Camino

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lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0795)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0796)



END OF YEAR 2011 PLAYLISTS

Best 50 Albums:
Amazon.com
The Guardian
Intro
Kerrang!
Les Inrockuptibles
Mojo
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
Q
Rolling Stone
Spin
Stereogum
The Fly
Uncut

Best 50 Songs:
Intro
Les Inrockuptibles
NME
NPR (100 songs)
Paste
Pitchfork
PopMatters
Rolling Stone
Treble

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

BBC6 Music Playlist (week 51, commencing 17/12/2011)

They just told Ruff it's Christmas again 

Let's take a break from the EOY lists roundup, with the usual weekly update of the playlist based on BBC6 selections of airplayed best new music. New entries by Florence + the Machine, The Big Pink, Howler, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Roots, Milagres and the (atheist) Christmas side of Gruff Rhys. Enjoy! 


BBC 6 MUSIC PLAYLIST
Source: BBC6 Music
Songs available on Spotify: 26 out of 31 (83,87%)
(new entries in bold)

The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
Bon Iver – Towers
DJ Shadow feat. Little Dragon – Scale It Back
Field Music – (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing
Florence + The Machine – No Light, No Light
Foster The People – Call It What You Want
Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
The Maccabees - Pelican
Frank Turner – Wessex Boy
The Big Pink - Hit the Ground (Superman)
The Black Lips – Raw Meat
Bombay Bicycle Club – Leave It
Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler – Home For The Holidays
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – If I Had A Gun...
Girls – My Ma
Howler - Back of Your Neck
Pulled Apart By Horses – V.E.N.O.M.
The Rapture – Sail Away
Real Estate – Municipality
Gruff Rhys - Post Apocalypse Christmas
The Roots – Sleep
Sbtrkt (feat. Sampha) – Hold On
Sharon Van Etten – Serpents
Various Cruelties - Great Unknown
Death In Vegas – Medication
Baxter Dury – Isabel
Milagres - Here To Stay
Nada Surf - Waiting For Something
She & Him – Christmas Day
The 2 Bears - Work

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0505)



BONUS PLAYLIST!!!
BBC6 MUSIC PLAYLIST 2011 - THE MAMMOTH
(a playlist collecting all the songs of the first nine months of BBC6 Music Playlist! 272 tracks!!)
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0528)


Previously on BBC6:
BBC6 Shortlisted Top 100 Songs of 2010

Monday, December 19, 2011

Les Inrockuptibles Best 50 Songs of 2011


As usual, I do like the musical tastes of french magazine Les Inrockuptibles.


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LES INROCKUPTIBLES BEST 50 SONGS OF 2011
Source: Acclaimed Music Forum / Les Inrocks (note: it's not sure songs from #31 to #50 are actually ranked)
Songs available on Spotify: 46/50 (92%)

50. Iron & Wine - Tree by the River
49. Cat's Eyes - I'm Not Stupid
48. Planningtorock - Doorway
47. Lykke Li - Youth Knows No Pain
46. Arctic Monkeys - She's Thunderstorms
45. John Maus - Hey Moon
44. Portugal. The Man - So America
43. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
42. James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
41. Feist - How Come You Never Go There
40. Elbow - Lippy Kids
39. Orelsan - Suicide Social
38. Beyonce - Run the World (Girls)
37. Juveniles - We Are Young
36. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
35. Breton - Governing Ice
34. Zulu Winter - Let's Move Back to Front
33. College (feat. Electric Youth) - A Real Hero
32. Black Lips - Modern Art
31. Africa Hitech - Our Luv
30. Cyril Mokaïesh - Communiste
29. François & the Atlas Mountains - Les Plus Beaux
28. Hanni El Khatib - Dead Wrong
27. Cass McCombs - County Line
26. Woodkid - Iron
25. Yuksek - On a Train
24. Zomby - Natalia's Song
23. Baxter Dury - Claire
22. Other Lives - For 12
21. Das Racist - Michael Jackson
20. Theophilus London - Wine and Chocolates
19. Girls - Vomit
18. Drake - Take Care
17. Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard
16. The Weeknd - House of Balloons
15. Cults - Go Outside
14. Yelle - Safari Disco Club
13. Chairlift - Amanaemonesia
12. Beirut - Santa Fe
11. Massive Attack & Burial - Four Walls
10. SBTRKT - Wildfire
9. The Kills - Satellite
8. WU LYF - Dirt
7. The Rapture - How Deep is Your Love?
6. Miles Kane - Closer
5. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Otis
4. The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
3. Metronomy - The Look
2. Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
1. Lana Del Rey - Video Games

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0794)



END OF YEAR 2011 PLAYLISTS

Best 50 Albums:
Amazon.com
The Guardian
Intro
Kerrang!
Mojo
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
Q
Rolling Stone
Spin
Stereogum
The Fly
Uncut

Best 50 Songs:
Intro
Les Inrockuptibles
NME
NPR (100 songs)
Paste
Pitchfork
PopMatters
Rolling Stone
Treble

Sunday, December 18, 2011

NPR Best 100 Songs of 2011


This NPR chart has two problems. First, it's not ranked. It's alphabetical. So I couldn't chop it as a Top50, I painfully breaking my 2011 end-of-year playlist habit. Second, many songs - almost twenty - are missing from Spotify. And many are available only in restricted markets. But there is a big value in it. It doesn't feature only rock music (or alternative/electronica/folk/hip hop): it's wider, including other genres, like world, contemporary or classical. That means - along with the usual M83, tUnE-yArDs or Bon Iver - some very different choices from the other playlists I published so far. One example? A crazy little thing called Lungulungu by Fokn Bois and Jumo Daddy taken from the album The Fokn Dunaquest in Budapest. Cool, isn't it? Enjoy!


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NPR BEST 100 SONGS OF 2011
Source: NPR
Songs available on Spotify: 81/100 (81%)

10/10 Ensemble - Fiji
Adele - Someone Like You
Alabama Shakes - Hold On
Anthony Hamilton - Mad
Azealia Banks - 212
Battles - Ice Cream (feat. Matias Aguayo)
Beyonce - Countdown
Big Freedia - Azz Everywhere
Bill McHenry - La Fuerza
Bingo Players - Cry (Just A Little) (Olav Basoski Remix)
Bjork - Virus
Blawan - Getting Me Down
Bon Iver - Calgary
Cass McCombs - County Line
Caveman - Old Friend
Chris Brown - Look At Me Now (feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne)
Chris Thile & Michael Daves - Sleep With One Eye Open
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Same Mistake
Cults - Abducted
Danny Brown - Scrap Or Die
Darkest Era - An Ancient Fire Burns
Das Racist - Michael Jackson
David Wax Museum - Born With A Broken Heart
The Decemberists - Down By The Water
Delicate Steve - Butterfly
Deniz Kurtel - The L Word
Drake - Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
E-40 - Beastin'
Eleanor Friedberger - My Mistakes
EMA - The Grey Ship
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Fokn Bois and Jumo Daddy - Lungulungu
Frank Ocean - Swim Good
Garland Jeffreys - Coney Island Winter
Gary Clark, Jr. - Bright Lights
Geko Jones - Pa'la Escuela Nene (feat. Maria Mulata)
Gem Club - Twins
Gillian Welch - Hard Times
Grouplove - Tongue-Tied
G-Side - Atmosphere (feat. PH)
Hammers of Misfortune - The Grain
I Wayne - Change Them Ways
Jacques Greene - Another Girl
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
James Farm - Polliwog
Jay-Z & Kanye West - That's My Bitch
JD Allen Trio - Mr. Steepy
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello Concerto in G minor
JEFF The Brotherhood - Bummer
Jill Scott - All Cried Out (feat. Doug E. Fresh)
Jonsi - Gathering Stories
The Joy Formidable - Whirring
Joyce DiDonato - D'amour l'ardente flame
Kate Bush - Misty
Katy B - Katy On A Mission
Kay Ara - Me Dough (feat. Lil Shaker and Yaa Pono)
Kes The Band - Wotless
Lady Gaga - Yoü & I
Lagartijeando - El Alto De La Paz
Laura Marling - The Beast
Lil B - I Seen That Light
Lil Wayne - 6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz)
Lisa Hannigan - Home
Los Tigres - Jefe de Jefes
Low - Try To Sleep
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers
M83 - Midnight City
Martina McBride - I'm Gonna Love You Through It
Midnite - Mongst I & I
Milagres - Halfway
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
The Mountain Goats - Estate Sale Sign
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
Natacha Atlas - Batkallim (Bombay Dub Remix)
Nick Lowe - House For Sale
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Nicolas Jaar - Keep Me There
Now Ensemble - Change
Panda Bear - You Can Count On Me
Paul Simon - Rewrite
Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus - Insomnio Mineral (Rondena)
Purity Ring - Ungirthed
Randy Montana - Burn These Matches
Raphael Saadiq - Heart Attack
Real Estate - It's Real
Rihanna - We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris)
SBTRKT - Wildfire (feat. Yukimi Nagano)
Seun Kuti - Rise
Simone Dinnerstein - Ich ruf zu dir
Smith Westerns - Weekend
St. Vincent - Cruel
Telebossa - Eu Sonhei Que Tu Estavas Tao Linda
Tinariwen - Tenere Taqqim Tossam
tUnE-yArDs - Bizness
Tyler, the Creator - Yonkers
The Weeknd - The Morning
Wilco - Art Of Almost
Wild Flag - Romance
Wye Oak - Civilian
Yuck - Rubber

Listen on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0793)



END OF YEAR 2011 PLAYLISTS

Best 50 Albums:
Amazon.com
The Guardian
Intro
Kerrang!
Mojo
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
Q
Rolling Stone
Spin
Stereogum
The Fly
Uncut

Best 50 Songs:
Intro
NME
NPR (100 songs)
Paste
Pitchfork
PopMatters
Rolling Stone
Treble

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Kerrang! Best 50 Albums of 2011



Bored with fashion hipsters and sad folk singers? Saturday morning Spotirama goes metal, with the 2011 Top 50 from venerable magazine Kerrang! (based on the official one, that is actually a Top101). It's a very different playlist: just nine albums (by Cerebral Ballzy, Wolves in the Throne Room, Fucked Up, Cage the Elephant, Frank Turner, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Machine Head & Mastodon) appeared in the year lists I published so far. And Spotify goes metal, too: 96% of albums available... enjoy!



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KERRANG! BEST 50 ALBUMS OF 2011
Source: Acclaimed Music / Kerrang!
Albums available on Spotify: 48/50 (96%)

50. Heights - Dead Ends
49. Bury Your Dead - Mosh N' Roll
48. Deaf Havana - Fools and Worthless Liars
47. Blood Ceremony - Living With The Ancients
46. The Swellers - Good For Me
45. Social Distortion - Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes
44. The Computers - This Is The Computers
43. Hell - Human Remains
42. Japanese Voyeurs - Yolk
41. The Answer - Revival
40. Rival Schools - Pedals
39. Blink-182 - Neighborhoods
38. Tellison - The Wages of Fear
37. Hyro Da Hero - Birth, School, Work, Death
36. Cerebral Ballzy -Cerebral Ballzy
35. Exit Ten - Give Me Infinity
34. Evile - Five Serpents' Teeth
33. J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
32. Evanescence - Evanescence
31. Touche Amore - Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me
30. Puscifer - Conditions of My Parole
29. City and Colour - Little Hell
28. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
27. Arcane Roots - Left Fire
26. Jane's Addiction - The Great Escape Artist
25. Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
24. D.R.U.G.S. - D.R.U.G.S.
23. La Dispute - Wildlife
22. Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
21. Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday
20. Twin Atlantic - Free
19. New Found Glory - Radiosurgery
18. Defeater - Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
17. Cage The Elephant - Thank You, Happy Birthday
16. Thrice - Major/Minor
15. The King Blues - Punk & Poetry
14. Mariachi El Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx II
13. Korn - The Path of Totality
12. Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
11. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
10. Will Haven - Voir Dire
9. The James Cleaver Quintet - That Was Then, This Is Now
8. The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
7. The Wonder Years - Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing
6. You Me At Six - Sinners Never Sleep
5. Rise Against - Endgame
4. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
3. Machine Head - Unto The Locust
2. letlive - Fake History
1. Mastodon - The Hunter

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lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0791)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0792)



END OF YEAR 2011 PLAYLISTS

Best 50 Albums:
Amazon.com
The Guardian
Intro
Kerrang!
Mojo
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
Q
Rolling Stone
Spin
Stereogum
The Fly
Uncut

Best 50 Songs:
Intro
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
PopMatters
Rolling Stone
Treble

Friday, December 16, 2011

Pitchfork Best 50 Albums of 2011



No Radiohead in Pitchfork Best 50 Albums of 2011. Bon Iver at #1, strengthening his leadership. And the usual pitchforkian relatively high percentage of missing albums from Spotify (eight albums unavailable). Enjoy!


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PITCHFORK BEST 50 ALBUMS OF 2011
Source: Pitchfork
Albums available on Spotify: 42/50 (84%)


50. Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
49. Wild Flag - Wild Flag
48. Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine
47. Sepalcure - Sepalcure
46. Cults - Cults
45. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
44. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
43. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
42. SBTRKT- SBTRKT
41. Liturgy - Aesthethica
40. AraabMuzik - Electronic Dream
39. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
38. Sandro Perri - Impossible Spaces
37. Iceage - New Brigade
36. Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
35. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
34. Katy B - On a Mission
33. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
32. Panda Bear - Tomboy
31. Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
30. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
29. DJ Quik - The Book of David
28. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
27. Beyoncé - 4
26. The Field - Looping State of Mind
25. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
24. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
23. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
22. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
21. Jay-Z / Kanye West - Watch the Throne
20. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
19. Danny Brown - XXX
18. Atlas Sound - Parallax
17. Clams Casino - Instrumentals
16. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
15. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
14. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
13. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
12. James Blake - James Blake
11. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
10. The Weeknd - House of Balloons
9. Real Estate - Days
8. Drake - Take Care
7. tUnE-yArDs - Whokill
6. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
5. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
4. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
3. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
2. Destroyer - Kaputt
1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver

Listen on Spotify:
lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0789)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0790)



END OF YEAR 2011 PLAYLISTS

Best 50 Albums:
Amazon.com
The Guardian
Intro
Mojo
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
Q
Rolling Stone
Spin
Stereogum
The Fly
Uncut

Best 50 Songs:
Intro
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
PopMatters
Rolling Stone
Treble

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Guardian Best 50 Albums of 2011



In a rich 10-days-long featureThe Guardian is compiling its Best 50 Albums of 2011 list. Actually, the #1 is still missing. It will be announced tomorrow. But with my super-powers, I try guessing who she is. :o)
Enjoy!


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GUARDIAN BEST 50 ALBUMS OF 2011
Source: The Guardian
Albums available on Spotify: 47/50 (94%)

50. Iceage – New Brigade
49. The Antlers – Burst Apart
48. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
47. True Widow – As High as the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth
46. Beirut – Rip Tide
45. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
44. Marius Neset – Golden Xplosion
43. Machine Head – Unto the Locust
42. Nils Frahm – Felt
41. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
40. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
39. The Streets – Computers and Blues
38. Nicola Roberts – Cinderella's Eyes
37. Kanye West/Jay-Z – Watch the Throne
36. Pistol Annies – Hell on Heels
35. Cats Eyes – Cats Eyes
34. Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting
33. Destroyer – Kaputt
32. Lykke Li – Wounded Rymes
31. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
30. Gil Scott-Heron/Jamie XX – We're New Here
29. Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow
28. Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
27. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
26. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
25. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
24. Feist – Metals
23. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don't Know
22. Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth
21. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & the Harvest
20. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
19. Drake – Take Care
18. St Vincent – Strange Mercy
17. Björk – Biophilia
16. The Horrors – Skying
15. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
14. Tom Waits – Bad as Me
13. King Creosote and John Hopkins – Diamond Mine
12. Wild Beasts – Smother
11. White Denim – D
10. Tune-Yards - Whokill
9. Rustie - Glass Swords
8. The Weeknd - House of Balloons
7. Metronomy - The English Riviera
6. James Blake - James Blake
5. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
4. Beyoncé - 4
3. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra
2. Katy B - On a Mission
1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

Listen on Spotify:
lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0787)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0788)



END OF YEAR 2011 PLAYLISTS

Best 50 Albums:
Amazon.com
The Guardian
Intro
Mojo
NME
Paste
Q
Rolling Stone
Spin
Stereogum
The Fly
Uncut

Best 50 Songs:
Intro
NME
Paste
Pitchfork
PopMatters
Rolling Stone
Treble

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Polaris Music Prize 2006-2011

My personal Photoshop disaster


Arcade Fire's music is on Spotify, the full catalogue! Let's celebrate with the update of Polaris Music Prize playlists. As Wikipedia says, "the Polaris Music Prize is a music award annually given to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label. The award was established in 2006 and includes a C$20,000 cash prize". Last year I made two playlists, based on all the shortlisted albums for this award. Now, I added the 2011 shortlisted albums, including the winning one, that by chance is Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. Enjoy!

P.S. I don't wanna think of how many other 2010 playlists should I update...



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POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE 2006-2011
Source: Polaris Music Prize.
Albums available on Spotify: 58/60 (96,66%)

2006
Final Fantasy – He Poos Clouds (winners!)
Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
Cadence Weapon – Breaking Kayfabe
The Deadly Snakes – Porcella
Sarah Harmer – I'm a Mountain
K'naan – The Dusty Foot Philosopher
Malajube – Trompe-l'oeil
Metric – Live It Out
The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary

2007
Patrick Watson - Close to Paradise (winner!)
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
The Dears - Gang of Losers
Julie Doiron - Woke Myself Up
Feist - The Reminder
Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
Miracle Fortress - Five Roses
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Ashtray Rock
Chad VanGaalen - Skelliconnection

2008
Caribou - Andorra (winners!)
Black Mountain - In the Future
Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling
Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
Holy Fuck - LP
Plants and Animals - Parc Avenue
Shad - The Old Prince
Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War
Two Hours Traffic - Little Jabs
The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

2009
Fucked Up - The Chemistry of Common Life (winners!)
Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
Hey Rosetta! - Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood)
K'naan - Troubadour
Malajube - Labyrinthes
Metric - Fantasies
Joel Plaskett - Three (actually, the condensed three-albums-in-one version)
Chad VanGaalen - Soft Airplane
Patrick Watson - Wooden Arms

2010
Karkwa - Les Chemins de verre (winners!)
The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
Caribou - Swim
Dan Mangan - Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Owen Pallett - Heartland
Radio Radio - Belmundo Regal
The Sadies - Darker Circles
Shad - TSOL
Tegan and Sara - Sainthood

2011
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (winners!)
Austra - Feel It Break
Braids - Native Speaker
Destroyer - Kaputt
Galaxie - Tigre et diesel
Hey Rosetta! - Seeds
Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Boomer
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol.2: Judges
Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On
The Weeknd - House of Balloons

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Spotirama Essentials 2011 (aggregated Top 50 Albums)


2011

This is an aggregated chart based on all the 2011 Top 50 Albums lists I've published so far. The rule is simple: I assign 50 points to #1 album, 49 points to #2, 48 points to #3 and so on. I will keep this playlist updated, with the new ones coming and I'm doing something similar with songs. So... enjoy!

P.S. No countdown order, this time. It's from #1 to #50.

TRIVIA:
Albums featured in all critics' lists so far: Bon Iver (Bon Iver), Smoke Ring For Halo (Kurt Vile)
Albums in all lists but one: The King of Limbs (Radiohead)
Albums in all lists but two: Let England Shake (PJ Harvey), Helplessness Blues (Fleet Foxes), Strange Mercy (St. Vincent), WHOKILL (tUnE-yArDs)
#1 Albums: three times (PJ Harvey), two times (Adele), one time (Bon Iver, Girls, Florence + The Machine, Destroyer, Fucked Up, The Antlers)



THE SPOTIRAMA ESSENTIAL 2011 
(aggregated Top 50 albums, based on EOY critics' lists)
Sources: lists by Amazon.com, IntroMojo, NME, Paste, Q, Rolling Stone, SpinStereogum, The Fly, Uncut
Albums available on Spotify: 47/50 (94%)

1. Bon Iver - Bon Iver (=)
2. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (=)
3. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For Halo (+1)
4. Radiohead - The King of Limbs (-1)
5. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (=)
6. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost (+5)
7. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy (=)
8. The Horrors - Skying (-2)
9. Metronomy - The English Riviera (+3)
10. Tune-Yards - Whokill (-2)
11. James Blake - James Blake (+3)
12. Yuck - Yuck (+7)
13. Wild Beasts - Smother (-4)
14. Adele - 21 (-4) (just four songs)
15. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know (-2)
16. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (+21)
17. Florence & The Machine - Ceremonials (-2)
18. The Decemberists - The King is Dead (-2)
19. Wild Flag - Wild Flag (+11)
20. Destroyer - Kaputt (+13)
21. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi (-4)
22. Wilco - The Whole Love (-4)
23. Lykked Li - Wounded Rhymes (+11)
24. Jay Z & Kanye West - Watch the Throne (-3)
25. Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire the Mountain (+7)
26. Feist - Metals (+1)
27. White Denim - D (-7)
28. My Morning Jacket - Circuital (-6)
29. Washed Out - Within and Without (+7)
30. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient (-7)
31. EMA - Past-Life Martyred Saints (+9)
32. Real Estate - Days (-7)
33. Tom Waits - Bad As Me (-9)
34. The Weeknd - House of Balloons (+9)
35. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix (-9)
36. Josh T. Pearon - Last of the Country Gentlemen (-8)
37. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See (-8)
38. Drake - Take Care (+8)
39. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What (-8)
40. Gillian Welch - The Harrow and the Harvest (-5)
41. Beirut - The Rip Tide (ne)
42. Battles - Gloss Drop (ne)
43. Little Dragon - Ritual Union (ne)
44. Fucked Up - David Comes To Life (ne)
45. Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow (-7)
46. The Antlers - Burst Apart (-7)
47. Lady Gaga - Born This Way (ne)
48. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (-1)
49. Bjork - Biophilia (-8)
50. Black Keys - El Camino (ne)

Out of the chart, with this update: Smith Westerns, TV on the Radio, Jonathan Wilson, The Civil Wars, The Vaccines, Cults.

Listen to it on Spotify:
lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0779)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0780)