Jamie Hosley Poop ’11

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1. The Cave Singers: No Witch – My favorite album of the year. Nice mix of styles that bring a dark groove to their folk roots.

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2. The Vaccines: What Did you Expect from The Vaccines – Sun, fun and catchy tunes, that’s what I expect from The Vaccines and this albums delivers.

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3. The War on Drugs: Slave Ambient – Lyrically a fusion of Dylan and Petty, the songs are expansive and invoke wide open spaces.

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4. Wilco: The Whole Love – More of a return to the experimentation that marked Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, a strong album that exhibits Wilco’s strengths in mixing genres and styles.

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5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: It’s A Corporate World – Horrible band name aside an enjoyable album that manages to create a blend of electro indie-pop that remains fresh throughout.

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6. Middle Brother: Middle Brother – Americana super group composed of John McCauley (Deer Tick), Matt Vasquez (Delta Spirit) and Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), the result of their collaboration is a strong album that highlights their individual talents while sounding like they’ve been playing together for years.

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7. My Morning Jacket: Circuital – A solid step forward for MMJ. Bringing horns and diverse sounds, the album finds MMJ returning to a formula that brought them early success. While in the studio they still aren’t as impressive as they are live but this album does a nice job of capturing more of that vibe from the group than previous efforts.

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8. Bright Eyes: The People’s Key – So people seem to either hate this album or love it. I’m in the love camp, the tracks are personal and spiritual and well worth a listen.

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9. A.A. Bondy: Believers – The third album from this Alabama folkster is a strong follow up to When the Devils Loose. Bondy is an adept story teller, and his ghostly vocals coupled with the sparse and brooding guitars bring his lyrical landscapes to life.

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10. Primus: Green Naugahyde – Such a good album. A return to the Primus sound of old, Claypool manages to carry the Zappa torch while still carving out his own unique niche. He manages to remain strange while touching on topics as diverse as politics, the environment and mass consumerism.