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our favorite albums + tracks of 2015 so far

2015.5

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ALBUMS
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01 PANDA BEAR - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
02 LEON BRIDGES - Coming Home
03 JAMIE XX - In Colour
04 LOWER DENS - Escape from Evil
05 SUFJAN STEVENS - Carrie & Lowell
06 BOP ENGLISH - Constant Bop
07 JESSICA PRATT - On Your Own Love Again
08 YOUNG THUG - Barter 6
09 YUMI ZOUMA - EP II
10 CHASTITY BELT - Time To Go Home
11 RAE SREMMURD - SremmLife
12 BULLY - Feels Like
13 SUSANNE SUNDFØR - Ten Love Songs
14 DOMENIQUE DUMONT - Comme Ça
15 THE GALLERIA - Calling Card / Mezzanine EP
16 STEALING SHEEP - Not Real
17 KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH - Euclid
18 VALET - Nature
19 VIET CONG - Viet Cong
20 BOSQUE BROWN - Us
21 ANTHONY NAPLES - Body Pill
22 TEI SHI - Verde EP
23 RECYCLE CULTURE - Trapped Goddess EP
24 THE SANDWITCHES - Our Toast
25 PENDER STREET STEPPERS - The Glass City / Golden Garden 12"

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01 GRIMES - REALiTi
02 D'ANGELO - The Charade*
03 METRO THUGGIN - Free Gucci
04 JAMIE XX - Loud Places (feat...

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favorites of 2014.5

2014.5

These are our favorite things from the first half (roughly) of 2014, complete with an incomplete soundcloud playlist:

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01 SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty
02 DOSS - Doss EP
03 LEWIS - L'Amour (reissue)
04 FEAR OF MEN - Loom
05 FREDDIE GIBBS + MADLIB - Piñata
06 YUMI ZOUMA - Yumi Zouma EP
07 THE WAR ON DRUGS - Lost in the Dream
08 ANA CAPRIX - For Seven Nights This Island Is Ours
09 SCHOOLBOY Q - Oxymoron
10 JEROME LOL - Deleted / Fool EP
11 ANGEL OLSEN - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
12 MARK BARROTT - Sketches From An Island
13 CEO - Wonderland

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01 SHABAZZ PALACES - Forerunner Foray
02 FUTURE - Benz Friendz (feat...

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gorilla vs. bear’s videos of 2013

GvsB VIDEOS OF 2013

Do you guys still watch these things? We do, and these are our favorites of 2013, which tended toward the beautifully surreal (FKA Twigs, anything Wareheim did, etc.) and disturbing (FKA Twigs again, 0PN, Miley) this year. Check the list after the jump, tell us what we missed, etc.

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2013

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This is always the most difficult and ridiculous list to make, but we spent a lot of time thinking about it (about 11.5 months), and these are the songs that stuck with us this year. Following last week's list of the albums of the year, we present our favorite songs of 2013. Check the list + a nearly comprehensive 4-hour spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we'd love to see your favorites too. Thanks for hanging out with us this year.

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2013

ALBUMS OF 2013

Here is the list of our favorite releases of 2013: not quite as deep as last year's list, which probably has more to do with our increasingly/intently focused listening habits (I feel like I listened to nothing but Anxiety for a month straight early this year, thus its spot at the top) than the quality of this year's offerings. Check our selections + a very emotional accompanying BEST OF 2013 mix (and Spotify playlist) below, and as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on anything we might have overlooked. Stay tuned for the GvsB songs of 2013 list -- easily my favorite post every year -- coming soon...

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favorites of 2013.5

AUTRE NE VEUT ANXIETY


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01 AUTRE NE VEUT - Anxiety
02 GROUPER - The Man Who Died in His Boat
03 JAI PAUL - demos
04 THE KNIFE - Shaking the Habitual
05 TORO Y MOI - Anything in Return
06 POSTILJONEN - Skyer
07 BLUE HAWAII - Untogether
08 VARIOUS - After Dark 2
09 DISCLOSURE - Settle
10 CHARLI XCX - True Romance

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2011

GvB SONGS OF 2011

Presenting our 100 favorite songs of 2011. Like our albums of the year list, we had to leave off a ton of great jams, but this is a pretty thorough representation of what we were most into this year. Turns out it was a pretty great one. Check the list after the jump…

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2011

GORILLA VS. BEAR ALBUMS of 2011

This was a little tougher than usual this year, but after much deliberation and some unpleasant culling, here are our favorite releases -- full-lengths, mixtapes, EPs, and one cassette -- of 2011. To accompany our choices, we asked all of the amazing artists on our list to tell us their own personal favorite albums from the past year, and a lot of them were nice enough to answer, so their picks are here too. Check it all, and leave your own lists, after the jump...

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2010

GORILLA VS BEAR'S ALBUMS OF 2010

30 Ty Segall - Melted
29 Shackleton - Fabric 55
28 Caribou - Swim
27 Mount Kimbie - Crooks & Lovers
26 Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
25 Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh
24 The Walkmen - Lisbon
23 Tennis - Tennis (cassette)
22 Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
21 Frankie Rose & the Outs - Frankie Rose & the Outs
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20 Twin Shadow - Forget

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19 Forest Swords - Dagger Paths

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18 Harlem - Hippies

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17 The Samps - The Samps

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16 Grimes - Geidi Primes

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15 Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be

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14 Big K.R.I.T. - wuz here

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13 Twin Sister - Color Your Life / Alternates

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12 Earl Sweatshirt - EARL

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11 Toro y Moi - Causers of This

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10 Girls - Broken Dreams Club

More earnest pop gems from Girls: Broken Dreams Club is honest and heart-wrenching and revelatory in a way that you could only expect from these two. A very natural extension of Album, but also a tremendous step up, punctuated by tighter production and sonic explorations that exude a well-earned confidence. "Substance" charms with help from Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, and "Carolina" -- a jam we've had in our head for roughly two years -- rounds things out in epic fashion.

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09 White Denim - Last Day of Summer

With the the looser, "fresh and casual" approach (their words) that White Denim takes on Last Day of Summer, the band comes closer than ever to capturing the preternatural chemistry and seemingly effortless shapeshifting flow they consistently display in their live shows. Not bad for what essentially amounts to a stopgap / "little summer retreat" while we wait for the band's proper third full-length. Download it for whatever you'd like to pay here.

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08 Games - That We Can Play

In which '80s homage/nostalgia is elevated to instant classic status by masterful pop deconstruction -- and subsequent magical reconstruction -- from Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin and Tigercity's Joel Ford. Granted, the run time here is slight, but the EP's brevity works in its favor, as there's not a wasted second on this thing. Also featuring one of the best songs of 2010, the unexpected "Cruel Summer"-recalling pop hit "Strawberry Skies," which features vocals from Laurel Halo.

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07 Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement

Like most of the uniformly stellar (and underrated) output from Texan Jana Hunter, the self-titled debut from her new band Lower Dens is understated and unassuming, almost to a fault. But repeat listens reveal gorgeous waves of ringing, shimmering "post punk drone pop," bolstered by Hunter's emotive, vaguely androgynous vocals and a tangible, increasingly rare cohesiveness for such a young band. This one crept up on us, and cliched as it may sound, it's fair to say that the whole here far exceeds the sum of its parts.

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06 Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

The highly anticipated, perpetually delayed solo joint from one of our favorite rappers is a triumphant return on all fronts. Despite a few still-kind-of-awesome missteps -- who invited Vonnegutt? -- Big Boi's classic, ridiculously dexterous flow and the record's always inspired, deliriously out-there production cement this as the most fun (and funkiest) thing released in 2010. Best driving music of the year, too.

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05 Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

There's no question we fell in love with the more immediate songs on Have One On Me upon first listen, although like most, we initially found the record as a whole kind of daunting and impenetrable. But as you witness Newsom bring these songs to life, you're forcefully reminded of her very literally prodigious and virtuosic ability as a musician, songwriter, and lyricist, which only reaffirms how graceful and delicate and achingly beautiful these subtly complex compositions are. Revisit this one, it wears in like an old friend.
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04 James Blake - CMYK / Klavierwerke

Ghostly, living/breathing atmospherics from London's James Blake, who, in CMYK + Klavierwerke, has created two of the year's most groundbreaking releases. Blake's Burial-esque manipulation of vocals and unique and imaginative use of space is incredibly soul-stirring and affecting in ways that are unlike anything I've ever heard. Nowhere is this more evident than on the mournful, fairly mindblowing "I Only Know (What I Know Now)," which sounds like being born/dying, or as P4k's David Bevan put it, "like infinity trapped inside of five minutes."

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James Blake :: I Only Know (What I Know Now)

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03 Shabazz Palaces - Shabazz Palaces / Of Light

Originally self-released at the end of '09 and re-released by Sub Pop last month, Seattle's Shabazz Palaces thrillingly juxtapose the platinum voice and conscious/menacing lyrics of Palaceer Lazaro -- aka anti-Kanye Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets -- with bumping, futuristic Brainfeeder-level beats to create the most adventurous and inventive hip-hop release of the year. Look for a full-length in early 2011.

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02 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

EXCLUSIVE: we asked Carles to write a blurb for us about Ariel Pink's brilliant Before Today, which was recorded in a real studio:

"Alas! The brilliant lofi texturewave artist Ariel Pink has finally done it, leaving many of us wondering: "What did music sound like Before Today?" which is coincidentally the title of his gamechanging 2010 release with his band of lofi talismans known simply as the Haunted Graffiti. Merging his ambient bedroom recording artist textures with the modern textures and professionalism of the modern recording vibes required for 'mainstream indie coverage', Ariel Pink has emerged from the shadowy textures of yesteryear and has evolved into a modern indie star. It seems as if perhaps the world has finally caught up with Ariel Rosenberg, and our ears are finally ready for his textures. "Before Today" is history, while the future is a mystery but today is a gift which belongs to Ariel Pink."

--Carles of Hipster Runoff

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01 Beach House - Teen Dream

The most elegant, visceral, sensual release of the year comes from one of our favorite bands in the history of this blog. Teen Dream was born of a fully evolved vision and the indefatigable connection between Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand, whose voice is quickly becoming an iconic one. And, it has the best songs.

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