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GORILLA VS. BEAR’s ALBUMS OF 2016

GORILLA VS. BEAR ALBUMS OF 2016

It may or may not be that time yet, but here is the highly subjective list of our 60 favorite albums -- too long, I know, but we could have gone much deeper -- from an unfathomably weird, incredible, terrifying 2016. It was a year marked by loss and uncertainty, and that might be why music felt more monumental to us than ever. Thanks for sticking with us for another year. Check the full list + a lovingly curated four-hour Spotify playlist below, and as always, we'd love to hear about your favorites that we might have missed.

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2016.5 // our favorite albums of the year (so far)

ALBUMS OF 2016.5

As we approach the midway point of what has been an overwhelming year for new music, here's the ever-evolving list of our favorite records of (roughly) the first half of 2016. Favorite songs of the year (SO FAR) coming later this week:

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Gorilla vs. Bear x SiriusXM // Albums of the Year edition

ALBUMS OF 2015 SIRIUSXMU

Our SiriusXM show airs today and every Thursday at noon EST + again at midnight, on channel 35 SiriusXMU. Today's special Albums of the Year edition features selections from our favorite releases of 2015, including tracks from Grimes, Panda Bear, Jamie xx, Erykah Badu, Beach House, Vince Staples, and more. Listen here + check the full playlist below:

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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2015

GvsB ALBUMS OF 2015

We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded.

With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2014

GvsB // ALBUMS OF 2014

Here are our favorite records of 2014. The general consensus seems to be that this was probably not the most amazing year of all-time for new music, and further, we just weren't feeling that many of the unanimously lauded critic/indie blog favorites this time around (many of which we wanted to love, but it just didn't work out, with a few notable and very obvious exceptions). But as always, if you looked beyond the basic jams that everyone else insists are great, there were some serious jewels to be uncovered just below the surface. And we only had to cheat a few times this year, that I'm aware of (sup Lewis, Burial, & Johnny Jewel). Check the full list + an essential/beautiful spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we'd genuinely like to hear your picks too. Thanks for sticking with us for another year, look for our perennially more interesting Songs of 2014 list in the coming days...

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gorilla vs. bear x Sirius | XM blog radio: albums of the year edition

GRIMES

We're counting down our top 25 favorite albums of 2012 today on Sirius XMU blog radio. You can listen with a free trial here, keep up with the full top 50 of 2012 here, and check today's playlist after the jump...

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2012

GORILLA VS BEAR ALBUMS OF 2012

So many records this year. We had to stop somewhere though, so check our top 50 of 2012 -- complete with an unbreakable (we tried) tie at the top -- after the jump, listen along with this massive Spotify playlist, and then, as always, we can talk about what you think we missed.

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favorites of 2011.5

SHABAZZ PALACES - BLACK UP

Here are our favorite records + songs from the first half of 2011. If you're into reading, we've written about most of these here and in some other places. We've also enjoyed checking out all of your picks, as always. Please let us know what we missed:
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01 Shabazz Palaces :: Black Up

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02 Peaking Lights :: 936

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03 Panda Bear :: Tomboy

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04 White Denim :: D

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05 Grouper :: A I A


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06 Puro Instinct :: Headbangers in Ecstasy

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07 Washed Out :: Within and Without

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08 Julianna Barwick :: The Magic Place

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09 Ford & Lopatin :: Channel Pressure

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10 Holy Other - With U

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NEXT 10 (alphabetical):

Burial - Street Halo
Cults - Cults
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Cass McCombs - Wit's End
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Tennis - Cape Dory
The Sandwitches - Mrs. Jones' Cookies
Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine
Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
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And check our favorite songs of the half-year, in no particular order, after the jump...

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