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Love the XX but this is absolutely nothing to get excited about.
Move along, nothing to see here.
Haha that is a great joke!
I love Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, The National, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and I’ll kick anyone’s ass in this room.
P.S. Hey stereogum, Metal Blows.
Wow, never thought I would say this, but SPIN’s list is much better than stereogums. Love that they included Big K.R.I.T. This list is probably the best representation of the indie scene (or just good music in general) than most best of lists I’ve seen so far. Kudos Spin.
Nice cover as well.
If stereogum was, as you so elegantly put it, on folk music’s proverbial dick, they would have had Fleet Foxes, not Bon Iver, as #1. The new Bon Iver album is by no means a folk album, but more of an updated Bruce Hornsby sound. You should probably give it a listen before you make misinformed comments about it.
I may have come off sounding a bit pretentious with the “I laughed when I saw this list” comment. The good folks at Stereogum are “professionals” (however you wish to interpret that) and these types of lists are totally subjective. However, the comment sections are obviously here for us to voice our opinions (I applaud stereogum for having them) and I truly feel leaving James Blake’s album off the list is a inexpiable omission from any “indie” websites best of 2011 list. I will admit that when the album first came out I was somewhat indifferent to it, but that all changed when I saw his awe-inspiring performance at SXSW. Maybe more people just need to see him in a live setting to appreciate what he is doing in the studio (by himself).
I mean it’s no “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” but it’ll do ;)
Wow I gotta say I laughed when I saw this list. James Blake’s album should be #1, or on the list at the very least (it is a 2011 release if I remember correctly). Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues barely makes the list? That’s a top 3 album imo. I can support Bon Iver at number 1, but no Radiohead? I know TKOL isn’t a typical Radiohead masterpiece, but it is certainly strong enough to make the top 20. Some other bands/artists that should have easily made the list: Ducktails, Wild Beasts, Timbre Timbre, Tuneyards, Kurt Vile, Washed Out. Step up your game Stereogum.