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J. Tillman (as Father John Misty) announces new solo album

Joshua Tillman, Fleet Foxes’ drummer and (amazingly underrated) solo artist announced the release of a new album via Sub Pop. Despite the fact that he has already released seven solo albums under his actual name, this time he chose to use the moniker of Father John Misty.

The album will be titled Fear Fun, according to The Agency Group site, where the following statement appeared:

“During the summer of 2011, Joshua Tillman, left Seattle to live in his van for two months, writing a novel under the influence of fungi and suddenly began to write songs under the name of Father John Misty, “Fear Fun” was recorded in Los Angeles with Jonathan Wilson and mixed by Phil Ek in Seattle. “Fear Fun” will be launched on May 1, 2012 on Sub Pop.”

So far, only one of this project’s songs is out, I Would Love You was uploaded to Misty’s Tumblr about a week ago.

Check out Tillman’s previous solo work.

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Track: Grizzly Bear – Boy From School

I usually try to post about new music, but I recently stumbled upon this and I couldn’t resist. Grizzly Bear covered Hot Chip’s Boy From School in a Triple J Radio session. Nothing like one of my favourite bands playing one of the songs I used to hear obsessively some years ago. Enjoy.

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Top 10 Albums of 2011

2011 is coming to an end, which means pretty much every blog is releasing their “best of the year” lists… and I couldn’t get left behind. Again, don’t take the order too seriously and comment if you’d add/remove something from the list. Enjoy.

10. Little Scream – The Golden Record

9. We Are Trees – Girlfriend EP

8. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

7. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

6. Panda Bear – Tomboy

5. Caveman – CoCo Beware

4. Chad VanGaalen – Diaper Island

          

3. James Blake – James Blake

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2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

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Top 30 songs of 2011

I struggled a lot trying to put this list together. I felt like a kid doing last minute homework, listening to all the stuff I should have heard throughout the year… so if I missed any good music, that’s why (if you’d add something to this list, comment below). Also, don’t take the order too seriously, it was really hard to determine which song was better than the other. Enjoy.

30. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends (Unknown Mortal Orchestra)

29. Ducktails – Killin The Vibe (Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics)

28. Girls – Honey Bunny (Father, Son, Holy Ghost)

27. Youth Lagoon – Seventeen (The Year of Hibernation)

26. We Are Trees – You (Girlfriend EP)

25. tUnE-yArDs – Doorstep (w h o k i l l)

24. Feist – Bittersweet Melodies (Metals)

23. Atlas Sound – Te Amo (Parallax)

22. Real Estate – It’s Real (Days)

21. Little Scream – The Heron and the Fox (The Golden Record)

20. Smith Westerns – Weekend (Dye It Blonde)

19. St. Vincent – Cruel (Strange Mercy)

18. Youth Lagoon – July (The Year of Hibernation)

17. James Blake – We Might Feel Unsound (Enough Thunder)

16. Ducktails – Little Window (Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics)

15. Panda Bear – Alsatian Darn (Tomboy)

14. James Blake – Unluck (James Blake)

13. Kurt Vile – Baby’s Arms (Smoke Ring For My Halo)

12. Fleet Foxes – The Plains / Bitter Dancer (Helplessness Blues)

11. Chad VanGaalen – Burning Photographs (Diaper Island)

10. Fleet Foxes – Battery Kinzie (Helplessness Blues)

9. Bon Iver – Holocene (Bon Iver)

8. James Blake – Lindesfarne I & II (James Blake)

7. We Are Trees – Colorado (Girlfriend EP)

6. High Highs – Flowers Bloom (High Highs)

5. Caveman – My Room (Coco Beware)

4. Chad VanGaalen – Peace On The Rise (Diaper Island)

3. Fleet Foxes – Blue Spotted Tail (Helplessness Blues)

2. Bon Iver – Wash. (Bon Iver)

1. Robin Pecknold – I’m Losing Myself (Feat. Ed Droste) (Three Songs)

Best albums of 2011 coming soon.

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Album: Other Lives – Tamer Animals

Released May 2011, TBD Records.

I had never heard of Other Lives until I randomly stumbled upon this video; when I saw it, I didn’t automatically love them, but I thought the band had good potential. Unfortunately, Tamer Animals didn’t really capture me as I had thought, although it was not a total disappointment either.

As I began listening to it for the first time I enjoyed it a lot, especially when I heard the opening track “Dark Horse”. They are clearly influenced by Fleet Foxes but manage to maintain an original sound. But there was something that kept me from loving this thing, and it took me a while to determine what that was. As the album progressed, my initial joy started going downhill. The tracks became less and less exciting, as if they had chosen the best three or four tracks and put them at the beginning of the album. I also had a strong feeling that they were trying way to hard, trying to be the next big thing, the production feels slightly forced and unnatural. When I finished listening to the whole thing I was pretty disappointed. But still, I’m sure some of it’s tracks will remain in my playlists for a long while. The songs themselves are not too bad, but I think that if Other Lives had recorded in a more modest way, this would have been way better.

Listen: Other Lives – Dark Horse

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