Modern Mystery’s Year End List 2011 (Albums & Songs)

Yes, we’re a little late on this, but here is our Year End List(s) in all of their glory.

TOP ALBUMS of 2011

                                                     1. Real Estate – Days
Literally the most beautiful album we heard all year. Everything about Days is near perfect. Haunting guitars and echoing vocals provide a stunning LP that will hold the test of time. Real Estate put out the essential record of 2011 and will hold a place forever in indie music history. Congratulations to these guys for pouring their heart and soul into a record, and letting the listener hear every beat, every emotion, and every ounce of perfection.

2. Beirut – The Rip Tide
A close runner up, Beirut proves that they have staying power on their highly anticipated second album. They certainly lived up to the hype and brought the indie rock game to a whole new level.

3. The Drums – Portamento
Catchy, and a little deeper, The Drums plunge into the ocean, not to go surfing this time but to get a little heavier. The outcome? Amazing.

4. Sloan – The Double Cross
Always a MM favorite, the best foursome since The Beatles provide another album of blissful harmonies and catchy riffs. Sloan manages to do it again.

5. The Strokes – Angles
It may have taken 5 years for this little gem, but it was certainly worth the wait. We hope the next album is a little more cohesive, a little more “Strokesy,” but hell, it’s still one of the best records our ears came across this year, not to mention the most anticipated.

6. Neon Indian – Era Extraña
An incredible sophomore effort, that had us dancing around the apartment, the office, the car, etc. Alan Palomo knows what makes our hearts tick, and it’s his infectious brand of chillwave.

7.  Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
The second anticipated musical act out of retirement this year, Adams put out a tear jerking album of all acoustic material, this time without his infamous Cardinals. Gorgeous as always, that man cannot write a bad song.

8. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
 What may be the last album under the name Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and company pull out all the stops on this intriguing and somewhat eerie album. Oberst is better than ever, just when you thought that was impossible.

9. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
Stephen Malkmus albums always equals a win. Pretend to be surprised. The Beck produced record caught our ears this year. Nice one Malkmus, as always.

10. Sam Roberts Band – Collider
Another great album from SRB, the band is on a hot streak of great releases. Always a little under the radar, this cult favorite is winning over hearts and ears quickly. Jump on in.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Atlas Sound – Parallax
Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Destroyer – Kaputt
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Cults – Cults
Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
Panda Bear – Tom Boy
James Blake – James Blake


Top Songs of 2011

1 The Strokes – “Undercover of Darkness”
2 Neon Indian – “Hexx Girlfriend”
3 Real Estate – “Green Aisles”
4 Bright Eyes – “Shell Games”
5 Chairlift – “Amanaemonesia”
6 Sloan – “The Answer Was You”
7 The Drums – “Money”
8 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – “Senator”
9 Beirut – “Santa Fe”
10 Washed Out – Amor Fati
11 Joy Formidable – Whirring
12 Girls – “Honey Bunny”
13 Unknown Mortal Orchestra -“Ffunny Ffriends”
14 Real Estate – “It’s Real”
15 Cass McCombs – “Country Line”

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Pavement @ Central Park, NYC – 9/24/2010

Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010
Pavement went out with a bang on Friday night. Their last of 5 NYC area shows, I just want to let the pictures speak for themselves. The band looked happy. The fans looked happy. If they stay together, even if just for touring purposes once in a while, we’ll all be happy. Pavement. We love you.

CHECK OUT OUR PHOTOS HERE

…and also download the last song of the NYC nights…”Range Life,” live in Central Park below. NYCtaper.com has all of the complete shows for download up on their site. I highly suggest you check them out.

The Setlist:

01 Heckler Spray
02 In the Mouth of A Desert
03 Frontwards
04 Spit On A Stranger
05 banter
06 Shady Lane
07 Date With Ikea
08 Grounded
09 Cut Yr Hair
10 Perfume-V
11 Conduit for Sale!
12 Father to a Sister of Thought
13 Stereo
14 Starlings of the Slipstream
15 Gold Soundz
16 banter
17 And Then (The Hexx)
18 We Dance
19 Silence Kit
20 Unfair
21 No Life Singed Her
22 banter
23 Stop Breathin
24 banter
25 Elevate Me Later
26 banter/jamming
27 Here
28 encore break 1
29 Rattled by the Rush
30 Heaven Is A Truck
31 Summer Babe
32 encore break 2
33 Kennel District
34 banter
35 Debris Slide
36 banter
37 Range Life

Pavement – “Range Life” – Central Park, NYC 9/24/2010 by ModernMystery3
Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010
Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010
Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010
Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010

Secondhand Sunday: Stephen Malkmus ‘Discretion Grove’

Today’s Secondhand Sunday comes from a musician who is very near and dear to my heart, Stephen Malkmus. Since the mention of ‘Jicks’ weren’t really used on his first solo album I feel wierd including it in here. The video is for my favorite SM song, Discretion Grove and its also my favorite video by him since he left Pavement. Maybe because he’s in it acting like a fool. I wish he would go back to that. He was such a good music video actor.

Yoni Wolf of Why? Covers Pavement

Digging back in my mind, I’m not sure if I’ve ever heard anyone else cover Pavement. I know its been done (it had to happen somewhere, right?) but I think I have chosen to avoid it up until now. Let me explain this to you; I am not always a fan of bands doing covers of my favorite bands. Pavement is really near and dear to me. I’ve been listening to them since I was 12 years old. They are what got me into indie rock. They are like the supreme beings of music to me.  The thought of other bands covering them makes me cringe sometimes.

But now there is an exception….

Why?’s Yoni Wolf has just released his cover of the Pavement classic ‘Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)’ and quite frankily, he did a really nice job. Wolf took the song and recorded it with a piano, a big difference from the original version. It gives the song a feeling of darkness which is something I wouldn’t have expected. Wolf really made it his own and kudos to him for that.

Download Yoni Wolf’s version of ‘Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)’

Stephen Malkmus Talks to Pitchfork about The Jicks’ Future

Though Stephen Malkmus seems in denial that a Pavement reunion will ever happen, at least his future with The Jicks is stable. Malkmus recently did an interview with Pitchfork talking about the near end of the Pavement reissues, The Jicks in general and the dreaded ‘So when is Pavement going to reunite?’ question. 2009 actually marks the 20th year anniversary of Pavement’s first EP, Slay Tracks (1933-1969). Its so hard to believe they started that long ago….though Stephen Malkmus, you’ve never looked so young.

Read Pitchfork’s interview with Stephen Malkmus HERE

Watch one of our all time favorite Malkmus performances, the video for ‘Discretion Grove’, off his first solo record.