Staff Picks of 2011

December 21st, 2011

Andreas Zettlmeissl
Ben-David Fenwick
Charlotte von Kotze
Erik Schneider
Jason Chirone
Jay Yee
Marla Magente
Maurice Bernstein
Mike Ceglio
Seher Sikander
Tucker Hill

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Andreas Zettlmeissl

Top 5 Albums
Foster the People – Torches
M83 – Hurry Up We are Dreaming
Alabama Shakes – Alabama Shakes EP
Tune-Yards – Who Kill
Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

Top 5 Shows
Q-Tip with Black Thought, Busta Rhymes and Kanye West @ BK Hip Hop Festival
Jay Z & Kanye West @ Madison Square Garden
Gogo Bordello @ Newport Folk Fest
Oh Land @ Brooklyn Bowl
Robert Glasper + Pharoahe Monch @ DROM

Top 5 Hip Hop Mixtapes
Main Attrakionz – 808s & Dark Grapes II
ASAP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP
Lupe Fiasco – Friend Of The People
Danny Brown – XXX
Pusha T – Fear of God

Top 5 TV Shows
Willfred (Season 1)
Bored to Death (Season 3)
Parks and Recreation (Season 3 & 4)
Boardwalk Empire (Season 2)
Community (Season 2 & 3)

Ben-David Fenwick

Top 5 Albums
Tori Amos- Night of Hunters
Holy Ghost!- Holy Ghost!
The Rapture- In The Grace of Your Love
Florence + The Machine- Ceremonials
Dominique Young Unique- Glamorous Touch (mixtape)

Top 5 TV Shows
The Walking Dead
American Horror Story
Raising Hope
Doctor Who

Charlotte von Kotze

Favorite Albums
Onra – Les Chinoiseries pt 2
The Roots – Undun
Nostalgia 77 – The Sleepwalking Society
James Blake – James Blake
Austra – Feel It Break
Zola Jesus – Conatus
Woodkid – Iron EP (Good music and excellent videos)
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
The Soft Moon – The Soft Moon
Hindi Zahra – Handmade

Favorite Shows
Amon Tobin for his last album “Isam” at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
The Crystal Ark at The Sugar Hill Disco
Flying Lotus’ secret show at Le Poisson Rouge

The Hype Machine
Tiny Mix Tapes
Impose Magazine
Pitchfork’s sister blog Altered Zones (changing in 2012 to Ad Hoc)

Erik Schneider

Top 5 Globaliberating Albums
Captain Planet – Cookin’ Gumbo (Bastard Jazz)
Hindi Zahra – Handmade (Naïve)
Los Chicharrons – Tree Of Life (Tummy Touch)
Seun Kuti – From Africa With Fury: Rise (Knitting Factory)
The Funk Ark – From The Rooftops (ESL)

Top 5 Soulsplorative Albums
Soulparlor – Evoluzion (Tokyo Dawn)
Mark de Clive-Lowe – Renegades (Tru Thoughts)
Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting (Polydor)
DJ Vadim presents The Electric – Life Is Moving (OGS Recordings)
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons (self-released)

Top 5 Electronicalysmic Albums
Salva – Complex Housing (FoF Music)
Sola Rosa – Get It Together (MPM)
Shigeto – Full Circle Remixes (Ghostly International)
SBTRKT – Sbtrkt (Young Turks)
Miguel Migs – Outside The Skyline (OM)

Top 5 Abovetheradar Albums
Adele – 21 (Columbia)
Common – The Dreamer / The Believer (Warner Bros)
Radiohead – The King Of Limbs (XL)
Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Island Def Jam)
Bon Iver – Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)

Jason Chirone

Top 5 Albums
Grouplove- Never Trust A Happy Song
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Adele – 21
Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown




Top 5 Albums
1. Nikki Jean – Pennies In A Jar
2. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
3. Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours
4. Foster The People – Torches
5. Adele – 21



Jay Yee

Top 5 Heard
Rustie – Glass Swords + Boiler Room #72
Oneman – Boiler Room #55
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX – We’re New Here
Dan Selzer – New Clothes for the New World Mix

Waiting, anticipating: The Avalanches’ sophomore album

Top 5 Seen
House of Holland S/S 2012
The Skin I Live In
Kaboom [2010]

Waiting, anticipating: Leñador y la Mujer América

Marla Magente

Top 5 Albums
1. Jay-Z and Kanye – Watch the Throne
2. Beyoncé – 4
3. Adele – 21
4. The Weeknd – House of Balloons/Thursday



Maurice Bernstein

Top 5 Albums
Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ [Columbia]
Michael Kiwanuka – I’m Getting Ready EP [Polydor UK]
Stacy Barthe – Sincerely Yours [Stellar Music]
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra Mixtape
Tinariwen – Tassili [ANTI]

In Memoriam
Gil Scott Heron: 1949 – 2011
“Home Is Where The Hatred Is”

Alphonso Mizell: 1943-2011
“You and Music” by Donald Byrd

Cesaria Evoria: 1941-2011
Live Performance of “Mar de Canal”

Ralph MacDonald: 1944-2011
“Jam On The Groove”

John Barry: 1933-2011
“Florida Fantasy” from Midnight Cowboy

Sylvia Robinson: 1936-2011
“Pillow Talk”

DJ Mehdi: 1977-2011

Amy Winehouse: 1983-2011
Live version of “Valerie”

Gary Moore: 1952-2011
“Don’t Believe A Word (Old Grey Whistle Test)”

Jimmy Saville: 1926-2011
Top of The Pops in 1970s

Mike Ceglio

Top 5 Albums
Kimbra – Vows (NZ Release)
Adele – 21
Hiromi – Voice
Nero – Welcome to Reality
Foster the People – Torches

Favorite Live Shows
Soulive @ The Brooklyn Bowl
Kurt Rosenwinkel and OJM @ Birdland
Eleanor Murray @ Goodbye Blue Monday
Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten @ B.B. Kings
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi @ Highline Ballroom
George Clinton @ B.B Kings

Seher Sikandar

Top 5 Albums
Tokimonsta – Creature Dreams
James Blake – James Blake
Stateless – Matilda
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/Ultra
Love Muscle – 4Play

Top 5 Tracks
Lianna La Haves – Final Form
Jesse Boykins Iii – Back Home (Mermaids & Dragons)
Florence & The Machine – What The Water Gave Me
J*Davey – Queen Of Wonderland
Muhsinah – Stop & Go

Tucker Hill

Top 10 Debut Albums
Kimbra – Vows
Active Child – You Are All I See
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise
The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Austra – Feel It Break
Washed Out – Within and Without
The New Division – Shadows
New Look – New Look
Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation

Top 10 Albums of 2011
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Gotye – Making Mirrors
Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
Korallreven – An Album By Korallreven
Apparat – Devil’s Walk
Memory Tapes – Player Piano
Metronomy – English Riviera
Tyco – Dive

Top 3 Indie Albums
Geneva Jacuzzi – Lamaze
Picture Plane – Thee Physical
Teen Daze – A Silent Planet

Top 3 Face Melters
Ben Samples – Sex, Drugs, & Bass
Phutureprimitive – Kinetik
The Polish Ambassador – Future, Sex, Computers