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Top 21? But weren’t there 25 last year? Well yes. And it was only 15 the year before that. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re not that rigid around here – all we really care about is letting you know what we’re loving right now and that’s about it. If we only fall for one record next year then you can probably expect “WiAC’s Top 1 Album of 2011”. It’ll be a good one, though. We promise.

That said, this year was a great year for music. But it was great in a different way than the last couple years. In 2008 and 2009 we fell hard for debut records by new bands (Grand Archives and Harlem Shakes, respectively), but this year our top 5 went to nearly all familiar faces. In fact, I think when we look back on 2010 what we’ll remember most was how artist after artist that released an anticipated album just seemed to deliver – and not just by making good records, but often by making the record of their career. In a year where we listened to more music than ever, we just couldn’t deny that these were the albums we enjoyed the most. Period.

Finally, remember that this list represents our favorite albums of the year, and not necessarily the best albums of the year. If we had to pick what we thought were the very best albums critically, this list would probably look a little different. But we’re not critics, so we’re going to skip all the posturing and taste-making mumbo-jumbo. These are simply our very favorite albums of the year – the ones that made us laugh, cry, dance, smile, press repeat, wet our pants, etc. Basically, this is what we’ll remember when we look back on 2010…

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Last week Jonsi’s management regretfully announced they would be canceling his scheduled string of free in-store appearances after only doing the first one in LA. Here’s part of that release (via

We, the management, are going to take the blame here… we talked him into it. And we stand by the fact that it is a great idea… on paper. Jonsi himself, however, was always sceptical about how (it) would pan out in reality. And standing there nose-to-nose with fans in the cold light of day the other day in Origami Records, Los Angeles, he had the sudden and undeniable realisation that this is not the environment in which he flourishes. Arguably it was the most uncomfortable experience of his ten years in the public eye, and as a result we are unwilling to put him in the line of fire again.

Just reading that you’d probably think the show was a disaster, right? I kind of did. But if these videos are any indication, it was anything but. Because these sound AMAZING.

Kind of bums you out there won’t be any more, huh? Yeah. Me too.


portraits_of_adventure_jonsiWow. This song is awesome.

Jónsi Birgisson, who’s usually making majestic and inspiring music with Sigur Rós, has actually figured out a way to make even more majestic and inspiring music without the band. Go figure. His solo debut is simply titled Go and features production by Peter Katis and arrangements by the incredibly talented Nico Muhly. It’s due out on March 22 of 2010.

mp3: Jónsi – Boy Lilikoi
from the album Go (out 3/22)

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