I feel obliged to post the best albums of 2011, but then I’d need to do some research to figure out what they might be. For me, this year was all about delving into the dark corners of the past that I’d somehow missed the first time around.
Sure, the Jeff Bridges album is nice, and so’s JEFF The Brotherhood’s 2011 thing while I’m on the subject of Jeffs. Com Truise is pretty cool but I couldn’t be bothered to leave my living room to go see them when they swung through town. I like the new M83 but it sounds a lot like the M83 from 2008 so can that count? Garth Stevenson’s “Flying” is lovely for yoga and meditation, but I’m not sure if it goes on the “best of” even though it sounds as close as you can get to Stars of the Lid without actually being Stars of the Lid. My friend Wonder Nexus put out an interesting album, but it’s for fairly specific tastes. I met the Liquid Skulls dudes on turntable.fm late some night and their stuff was great, bet you haven’t ever heard of them.
Clearly I’ve been missing out on something, but I’m not quite sure what it is. I have a list of things to listen to, but it seems disingenuous to go look at Pitchfork’s list and then cherry pick from that. Plus, a lot of the stuff on their list seems to suck, or is just another album from the same old people. I have yet to hear anything that was released in 2011 that I can’t do without.
Trip: an instantly redeployable ssh-tunneling-provider VM might be a clever thing to have around
Jason: New startup. Tunnl.com ;)
Scott: how about tunnlr?
Jason: even better
Scott: *googles tunnlr* … tunnlr.com exists already, and does exactly that