“My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.”—Franz Kafka (via ticktockdeathclock)
I was gonna post my A/SOTY lists, but I realized that it would just be lost in all the other similar lists you can read anywhere else on the internet. Also, I hate splitting hairs. So I’m just gonna list a few things about 2011 in general.
1. Bon Iver, Bon Iver is perfect, and it is album of the year.
How anyone can think the new Black Keys album is anything other than watered down mom-rock is beyond me. Its vanilla mediocrity is worse than any pile of shit they could have put out. They found a polite, clean sound, and they’re selling it to all the “born in the wrong decade” kids who think Led Zeppelin were the greatest songwriters of all time. This is not punk rock. This is stagnating. Like toilet water. The Black Keys peaked with Attack & Release and should have called it quits then.
Mr. Auerbach and Mr. Carney have been hailed as the sole survivors of the garage/blues-rock explosion of the early ’00s, but I’m not so sure that’s something to be proud of. I’m sure you’ll be able to find all their future releases shuffled somewhere between your mother’s Sheryl Crow’s Greatest Hits CDs. Move along people, there’s nothing to see here.