2011 albums I should have mentioned. Part 1.

First off, I don’t have the most reliable memory.  The things I do recall, appear in crystalline detail.  The rest.. are often lose in the shuffle.  So when I stumble upon an infatuation and find myself half-surprised to remember that I adored it the first go-round, there’s an impulse to write it down, now.  So here goes.


Sean McCann – The Capital

This one is easy:  it appeared in February (or was it March?) and I rode the train listening several days in a row thinking, goddamn this is right up my alley.  The chaotic artwork is a relevant indicator here, since the album is a prismic burst of epic slides shot through with hairy analog detail.  String quartets and pockmarked vinyl and falling stars color the arresting psych-drone landscapes McCann has cultivated and I feel better every time I listen.

For fans of: Oneohtrix Point Never, The Caretaker, The Fun Years, Fennesz

Alvarius B. – Baroque Primativa

Well holy shit, this felt like a comforting slap to the face.  It’s a fucked up, gorgeous folk spine tingler from Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls, an album I couldn’t be happier to repeat as often as necessary.  Plus, the cover is an artful arrangement of nude women!

For fans of: Sun City Girls, Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, Loren Connors

[EDIT: Oops!  I didn’t mean to post this unfinished.  More forthcoming!]


2 thoughts on “2011 albums I should have mentioned. Part 1.

  1. This blog is like the best music blog or blog whatsoever I have ever encountered….. please continue! Every time I feel overwhelmed of all the music in the world I just surf back to the coasts of optimisticunderground and follow every goddamn link and spend a wonderful anxiety-free day, thank you really really much. Do you even do anything else besides listening and discovering awesome music and smoking weed? Evewry blog post is wonderful, I have been thinking about doing this thank-you-david-james-letter for a long time and now is the time. I really like the way you use words. My fave blog post from you was the one about Psychic Paramount’s II.

    “I had this whole through-line about jet engines and surgical instruments and LSD and This Heat and Les Rallizes Dénudés and Miles Davis and cathartic volume levels… but I got caught up, slack-jawed and blasting this album again.” <<<< please, I wanna hear this through-line in it's entirety! and please, as a huge influence, do recommend more noisey music along the lines of Les Rallizes Dénudés and Psychic Paramount and all!!! this is really euphoria-inducing? Why? bye bye


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