Austra - Feel It Break

When music magazines and website, ours included, publish year-end best-of lists, those lists are basically composites. All the people on staff get together to haggle, deliberate, and argue, and hopefully the end result comes out looking like the result of a coherent viewpoint. But when a general-interest magazine like New York publishes a year-end best-of list, that list is, in many cases, the work of the one music critic that the magazine has on staff. And in the case of New York, that one critic happens to be Nitsuh Abebe, a terrifically smart and capable writer with an interesting array of tastes.

I don’t agree with all of Nitsuh’s list for New York (and, in fact, we don’t share a single album on our respective personal top tens), but that’s because no two lists should look alike. I can say that it’s a smart list, a product of a restless ear. Check out New York’s top 10 below. Also, everyone who was mad at the Shabazz Palaces album not ending up in our year-end list should be a bit happier with this one.

10 Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
09 Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
08 Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
07 tUnE-YarDs – w h o k i l l
06 Iceage - New Brigade
05 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
04 Destroyer – Kaputt
03 Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
02 Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
01 Austra – Feel It Break
(via New York)

You can check out Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011 list here.

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Comments (14)
  1. Glad to see Bon Iver in there.

  2. It’s very New York-y.

    FYI, Matador just announced Ceremony’s first single, “Hysteria” b / w “I’m a Bug” will be released on January 17th. Can’t wait for 2012 to kick into full gear…

  3. Thank based god. now I can get a good sleepazz tonightaces.

  4. if having colin stetson in at no. 2 means no bon iver in the top 10, then pump that shit up.

  5. This is pretty misleading. Don’t think he intended for the list to be ranked. Just ten favorites. As it should be honestly

    • Shouldn’t all top whatever number album lists really be called favorite album lists? (except Pitchfork’s, theirs is official)

      • Yes. That’s how I compile my own list. I see a lot of shows, so I tend to spend a lot of time listening to the bands I’m planning on seeing. The albums that end up at the top of my personal list are the ones that I kept wanting to listen to long after I’d seen their live show (or albums that I really like from acts I wasn’t able to see for some reason).

  6. I approve of this list.

  7. Woooo.. #1 for AUSTRA!

  8. Pretty good list, as list go.

  9. Austra at #1, nice. Don’t really see the point of judging the merit of all these individual lists, though. To each his own.

  10. every time watch the throne is excluded from a list, an angel loses its wings.

  11. I love year end lists, especially when it comes to music because its so subjective and I enjoy seeing everyone’s choices. I also like to see how it reflects the publication in general. I especially enjoy this particular list because… AUSTRA #1 = amazing.

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