Music is far too important to be relegated to the background. Conan Neutron’s top albums of 2011

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Worst album of the year:
Metallica & Lou Reed – Lulu
Well duh.
Hell I’d like to nominate as worst record for the next 5 years. As I wrote here (before almost anybody else I might add):

The indulgent sound of multimillionaires. Somebody should have told them “no.”

Runner up:
Radiohead – King Of Limbs

Records from 2010 I slept on:
Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern
I hide my face in shame, I really do. Because Marnie Stern does that crazy proggy thing. I guess you’d call it ‘math rock’, but does it with panache and soul that’s largely devoid from such a generally male dominated genre. It’s great to look at her YouTube comments and see the jealousness of the male commenters at her technical proficiency. Standard fare really, but the thing that makes it so interesting to me is that she writes good songs!

Beautiful, I can’t believe I slept on this record last year. Expect to hear more about this record and her from me soon.

Records I will probably love but have not heard:

The Men – Leave Home
Down and dirty NY post punk that induces nothing but smiles from me, instead of the predictable yawns.

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Annie Clark’s off kilter awesome is produced by Mr. John Congleton. It sounds like a dream team … at some point I will certainly listen to it, contentious or hype ridden or not.

Absolutely – Learns To Love Mistakes:
Midwest folks whose opinions I certainly trust cannot say enough good things about these guys. Haven’t heard a note!

TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
I like how this band makes songs, even though I came very, very late to them. Many people find them boring, I find many people boring.

Crooked Fingers – Breaks In The Armor
Although I hold the Archers Of Loaf in my mind as one of the greatest of all time (heh), I’ve never been super into Crooked Fingers. I like it, but it just never resonated with me that much. Odd since I love Tom Waits so much, but I’m eager to give this one a go.

Ok, that’s it; now go listen to some great music dammit.

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