year. This year I decided to get other contributors views as well. Without further ado, here are the top show and album by writer:
Album - James Blake - My favorite album at the halfway point is James Blake's debut. This is the first album in a long time where I listen the entire way through, every time. It really requires you to sink into its atmosphere. Blake's youth is apparent, and the album is not perfect--but this is precisely what makes it perfect. The flaws in his voice and sound breathe a vulnerability into electronic music that compares to what Bon Iver's debut did a few years back for folk.
Show - Oberhofer - My favorite live show so far goes to Oberhofer, who I have seen three times since first hearing his music in January. His live show is so energetic and an incredibly good translation of his recorded music. The show with Neon Indian was an excellent lineup through and through.
Show - My Morning Jacket - Bonnaroo
I'm chugging the coolaid now. MMJ is the best live act today and they proved it again at their SIXTH Bonnaroo appearance, the first on the What Stage (the main stage). Look for Jim James's white feather boots at Stage AE this August.
Album - The Antlers - Burst Apart
Not nearly as sad as Hospice, but equally as powerful. Roller coaster of emotion from start to finish making it the strongest overall album to date barely beating out Fleet Foxes's Helplessness Blues and Panda Bear's Tomboy.
Album - EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
I haven't listened to as much music as I have wanted to, but this album is one I have been infatuated with this year. A bit bleak, the artist has a voice that draws you in and never let's go.
Show - Guards - Brillobox
Soldout show at the Brillobox is a hit or miss venture because of the wall to wall people that can make the venue uncomfortable. These guys made me not even realize the sweat soaked patrons next to me. Opening for sister act Cults, they just did a much better job with stage presence and delivery.