Jay Trachtenberg’s Top 10 Picks for 2011
Monday-Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1. Adele – 21
The meeting of pure pop with stunningly soulful vocals from this south London diva. “One And Only” is my favorite single of the year.
2. Black Red Black – Black Red Black
In-the-pocket soul jazz from this veteran Austin trio of trumpeter Ephraim Owens, B-3 organist Red Young and drummer Brannen Temple.
3. Eddy Hobizal – Kinetic
Austin keyboard wizard mixes jazz with electronic beats and rock flourishes on this ambitious effort.
4. If By Yes – Salt On Sea Grass
Shimmering, beguiling, sophisticated, avant electronic pop fronted by Petra Haden and members of Ciba Matto and Cornelius.
5. Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 – From Africa With Fury: Rise
Fela Kuti’s youngest son keeps the Afrobeat flame blazing with a thunderous sound.
6. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
21 year-old English singer/songwriter whose two previous albums were nominated for the coveted Mercury Prize digs deeply on this set of darkly brooding and intensely compelling tunes. Simply riveting.
7. Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
Stripped down, largely acoustic, guitar offerings from this founding member of Sonic Youth.
8. tUnE-yArDs – Whokill
Grounded in African rhythms and intricate arrangements, the ukulele strumming Merrill Garbus creates a compellingly weird concoction.
9. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light
Edgy, post-funk, digital soul from these Brooklyn art-rockers.
10. Wye Oak - Civilian
Haunting melodies and twangy guitars characterize this Baltimore duo whose sound can range from dreamy pop to cacophonous thunder.