OTIOBR returns after New Year's Day
After working our asses off for the BEST OF 2011 feature, we decided to take a much-needed break to rest our weary ears and fingertips (okay, people have it worse, I guess). OTIOBR returns shortly after the coming of the new year, and we’ll have a few new features and retrospectives that’ll hopefully keep you guys reading. This blog has grown tremendously over the past year, and it...
THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2011: 10-1
Catch the rest of OTIOBR’s THE BEST OF 2011 here. (Preface: We apologize for the lateness in releasing our top 10. Some flight delays and previous engagements prevented us from posting this until now, but we’re glad you’re still here.) 2011 was a superb year, and while we admit that they’re weren’t as many bona fide classics as say, I don’t know, 2009...
[UPDATE] THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2011
Today was the last day of finals, so we were pretty swamped with moving back home for break and what not. Needless to say, and I apologize for this, our top 10 will be posted tomorrow afternoon instead of tonight. I hope you guys stick around to see it, because we really have enjoyed doing this. It truly is a music blogger’s favorite time of the year. See you tomorrow where we’ll be...
THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2011: 20-11
[Honorable Mentions] [30-21] —— 20. BURST APART by THE ANTLERS LISTEN: “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out” Remember how devastatingly beautiful Hospice was? The heartbreaking love story of a hospice worker and a terminally-ill patient through The Antlers ghostly collection of songs brought waterworks to listeners’ eyes. Though these guys are keen on...
THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2011: 30-21
[Honorable Mentions] This year was an odd year for music to say the least. The rise of post-dubstep, indie-R&B (both terms are inherently trite), and youth-centered hip-hop acts paved the way for a new scene of artists to move through. But while many fresh faces occupy our Top 30 albums of the year, a number of veterans have also done their usual magic. This list was no walk in the park by...
THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2011: HONORABLE MENTIONS
[DEC. 14: 30-21 | DEC. 15: 20-11 | DEC. 16: 10-1] As is the case with most lists, there are bound to be certain things that don’t make the cut, but certainly deserve recognition. This year was especially hard given the wide-ranging sounds that made up 2011. But as a form of appreciation, we’ve compiled a list of ten albums that didn’t quite make the Top 30, but deserve...
THE BEST REISSUES OF 2011
(Compiled by Bill Neidhardt) 5. EMERGENCY & I by THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN —— 4. PART LIES, PART HEART, PART TRUTH, PART GARBAGE: 1982-2011 by R.E.M. —— 3. WHAT’S GOING ON [40TH ANNIVERSARY] by MARVIN GAYE —— 2. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER [40TH ANNIVERSARY] by SIMON & GARFUNKEL —— 1. THE SMILE SESSIONS by THE BEACH...
THE TOP TEN SONGS OF 2011
10. THE WALL by YUCK Purveyors of slacker rock, Yuck made everyone feel nostalgic with “The Wall”, a track that’s undeniably infectious, and undeniably dewy-eyed. Chunky riffs and Daniel Blumberg’s lyricism (“It’s just the way that I feel/ Looking over”) help to make this cut an essential reflection of 90’s revitalization. -AR —— ...
Watch: Das Racist - "Brand New Dance"
The Best of 2011 (Schedule)
Stay tuned for next week, y’all. Monday: Top 10 songs of 2011 Tuesday: Albums: Honorable Mentions | Best Reissues of 2011 Wednesday: Albums: 30-21 Thursday: Albums: 20-11 Friday: Albums: 10-1
Air Collaborates With Victoria Legrand
French duo Air are set to release a new album, which is based on Georges Méliès 1902 silent film Le Voyage Dans La Lune. The album, which is titled the same as the film, is scheduled to be released on February 6, 2012. It features a number of guests, including Beach House vocalist (and cutie-of-century), Victoria Legrand. Today, Air released their collaboration with Legrand on the excellent...
Watch: Tennis - "Deep in the Woods"
The Best of 2011
Next week, OTIOBR reveals its top 30 albums of the year, top 10 songs of the year, and a few other knickknacks. This time of year is a music blogger’s dream/nightmare.
Watch: Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die"
Check out the new single by the now-infamous Lana Del Rey. Entitled “Born To Die”, we can make obvious, albeit disenchanting, assumptions about this track… There’s also a clip meant to hint toward an in-the-process-of-being-made video, which essentially just entails Del Rey standing naked against a man for nearly five minutes (what?). Check out “Born To Die”...
Watch: Grimes performs 'Nightmusic'
Gorilla vs. Bear posted this excellent candlelit performance by Clare Boucher’s electronic dream-pop project, Grimes. She toggles between her MPC, vocal duties, and a droning key section to masterfully dictate “Nightmusic” from her under-appreciated Visions LP. Check out the performance below: YTGvB: Grimes “Nightmusic” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.