Spiritualized at Radio City Music Hall performing Ladies & Gents
Really wish I had been there for that.
Annyway, in no particular order
1. Thrushes - Sun Come Undone
2. Autolux - Transit Transit (kind of disappointed by this album, considering it took, what, four years for this to come out after Future Perfect....but it's still better than most anything else)
3. The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream
4. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II (say what you want, this kicks ass. Much better than CC I. They are swinging around my away. That "Not In Love" song with Robert Smeeth is killer)
5. Screen Vinyl Image - Ice Station (played with these guys at the Kalamashoegazer Festival in, guess where, and they were basically the only band that was awesome. Gravewave.
6. Night Gallery - Constant Struggle
7. Amusement Parks on Fire - Road Eyes (if you like Airiel you'll like them. Same guitars, better vocals)
8. Interpol - Interpol (getting older...but getting skinnier and gathering more angst. Fuck yeah. The day these guys release their "I'm tired and fat" album will be the day Thom Yorke does a duet with Bono. Which. Will. Be. Never. Fuck music critics who say they want a "mature" album from Interpol, whatever the hell that means. Critics are reviewing this album like they would a goddamn piece of literature)
9. Ceremony - Rocket Fire (this actually may be my favorite album of the year. No, it is. Gorgeous.)
10. The Rosen Association - The Rosen Association
11. Deerhunter - Halycon Dream
12. Beach House - Teen Dream
*11 and 12 were edited because I totally forgot about those albums. How? Hmmm. Maybe because Interpol is so awesome? Haha. Maybe.
Best live show: A Place to Bury Strangers at Midpoint Festival Contemporary Arts Stage September 23rd. The power went out three times in the middle of the set, assholes thought it would be great to wave their hands in front of the very low-set projector, and beer was $7 for a Stella. Despite all of that, it was mindblowing. They closed with "Ocean," which has got to be one of the best closing songs ever by any band. In the right venue, these guys could be louder than MBV.