Destroyer’s indie/soft-rock opus Kaputt swept me off my feet back in January, and when tallying up my favorite records of 2011, it was the clear choice for best album of the year. It was probably my most-played album of the year, anyway (and my Current officemates can back that up). Here’s my favorite track from Kaputt, “A Savage Night at the Opera.”
The top spot almost went to Greatest Living American Pop Songwriter Paul Simon for So Beautiful or So What — the man is 70 years old and still putting out creative, contemporary art while others in his age bracket are content to “interpret” the Great American Songbook (yawn). Plus, he was amazing live when I saw him this year (in Austin, of course). You can read my full top ten list here, and if you’re so inclined you can check out my lists for 2010, 2009, and 2008.
I also reviewed the new Radiohead singles “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase,” taken from their upcoming DVD The King of Limbs Live From the Basement. You can read my review here. Limbs was my sixth favorite album of 2011, and these pair of songs should’ve made the album tracklist (would’ve made it a bit longer, anyway). Watching Thom Yorke and pals play live is way more interesting than me talking about, so here they are. Take it away, guys.