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I would say the mix of “Robot Rock” and “Oh Yeah” off Daft Punk’s Alive 2007… Lollapalooza was my first music festival and I was in disbelief of how awesome Daft Punk was live despite prior misgivings.
“Woman in the Dunes” by Kobo Abe
this is probably the first time in a few years (in theory since I started reading pitchfork) that the majority of what I enjoyed most wasn’t lining up with Pitchfork’s list. I think I had 14 things that they had but also there were quite a few albums on there I didn’t even get a chance to listen to yet. So on one hand it is nice to feel like I saw past the influence Pitchfork typically has and at the same time I feel like it means that I’ll probably be discovering a lot more 2011 albums in the first few months of 2012. It was right around this time last year I think that James Blake’s album leaked and jump-started the whole 2011 music scene before 2010 had even ended but I can’t think of too much slated for an early 2012 release that would make me ignore stuff I hadn’t listened to from all of this lists from sites and in the comments.
I usually find that to be the case as well though more in the sense that while I listened to quite a few releases this year, they just aren’t necessarily the same realm of genres as is always represented. That being said I did actually listen to the Drive soundtrack a few times and it is not only some great original soundtrack music but there are also some nice gems of songs included that I wouldn’t have known about had I not seen the film.
The first thing I would listen to would most likely be Ludovico Einaudi’s Royal Albert Hall Concert… I imagine the subtlety of his piano playing would be all the more enjoyable in a room without the blaring sound of my laptop fan.
I also dig the Tabula Rasa suggestion :)