Here We Go Magic - “How Do I Know” (Directed by Sean Pecknold)

Welcome to everyone’s top-ten-of-2012 list, Here We Go Magic. This album (A Different Ship) is incredible and so is this video.

Keywords: robots, girls, Breaking Bad-esque.

My Picks for the Top Ten Albums of 2011:

In my opinion, this was a pretty weak year for music overall. There was only one album I’d consider truly great; however, here are twenty albums, every one of which is worthy of a good listen or ten.

  1. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues(As I predicted back in March. A masterpiece.)
  2. Foster The People - Torches (I had no idea they’d become such a pop hit, but don’t let their success fool you - this album is solid.)
  3. Battles - Gloss Drop (Contains my most-listened to song of 2011.)
  4. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l (Her first great album - always a great performer.)
  5. They Might Be Giants - Join Us (Another late-career gem from TMBG.)
  6. The Decemberists - The King is Dead (My least favorite Decemberists album is still a great one.)
  7. Dale Earnhart, Jr. Jr. - It’s A Corporate World (I’m tired of liking bands with shitty names. Damn this album for being so good.)
  8. CAKE - Showroom of Compassion (A return to form for one of the best 90’s bands.)
  9. Yacht - Shangri-La (First great album from Yacht.)
  10. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What (Paul Simon proved he wasn’t done in 1986, and again in 2011.)

Ten Runners Up (Listed Alphabetically)

  • The Black Keys – El Camino
  • Cults - Cults
  • Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
  • Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  • Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  • Middle Brother - Middle Brother
  • My Morning Jacket - Circuital
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
  • St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  • Wilco - The Whole Love
Fleet Foxes at the Hollywood Palladium - 5-7-11
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Fleet Foxes at the Hollywood Palladium - 5-7-11

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Amazon’s biography of Fleet Foxes:

Hey, my name’s Robin and I’m a singer in and songwriter for Fleet Foxes, here to write the promotional biography meant to accompany and explain Helplessness Blues. I’m just going to write down some thoughts I have about the album and give you some context. Let’s do this.”

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Album Art
ArtistFleet Foxes
TitleBedouin Dress
AlbumHelplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - “Bedouin Dress”

If there were any doubts that Fleet Foxes would be one of the greatest bands of this era, this new album puts them to rest. Helplessness Blues blows their incredible debut, Fleet Foxes, out of the water. 

This album is nothing short of a masterpiece. Fleet Foxes are clearly geniuses. This is not only destined to be the best album of the year, it is destined to become a classic.

The album comes out 5/3. They will be playing at the Hollywood Palladium 5/7.