In this week's paper, you may notice a piece including some of our DC9 writers' choices for best albums of the year. But, space being limited, we couldn't run all of our writers' lists. So, thanks to the power of the Internet, we're doing just that, right here.
10. Florene - Homemade Extacy
Sure, this Denton-based experimental electronic duo's full-length debut may not be for the faint of heart. At the wrong moment or in the wrong setting, the album's like an intense, pulse-quickening, panic-attack-inducing aural strobe light. And, yeah, Pitchfork panned Homemade Extacy's "annoying sonic antagonism" (5.4), while crowning Crystal Castles II with a Best New Music for its equally "focused" and "propulsive" blown-out electronic sounds. Well, fuck 'em. All 50-plus minutes of Homemade Extacy's industrial beats, driving synths and primal-scream-style vocals are just as inventive and groundbreaking as anything else released this year.
9. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II
8. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
7. Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature
6. Caribou - Swim
5. Beach House - Teen Dream
4. Toro Y Moi - Causers of This
Get this album -- and don't loan it out, or you may never see it again. I'm anxiously awaiting the follow-up, Underneath the Pine, due out in February on Carpark Records.
3. No Age - Everything in Between
On No Age's second studio album, the Los Angeles-based guitar-and-drums duo continues producing compelling, intensely catchy and -- what's more important? -- re-listen-able, murky, noise-rock melodies. Even without singles like "Glitter," the album succeeds from epic opener "Life Prowler" through the wacky, roll-the-credits closer "Chem Trails."
2. Small Black - New Chain
This Jagjaguwar-released debut full-length by Brooklyn-based, self-described "Casio dream noise pop" act Small Black was -- for me -- one of those stumble-across album's that completely catches you off guard and then doesn't go out of rotation for days or weeks at a time. My opinion of the songs was only bolstered after I caught the band's lively Halloween performance at The Cavern with fellow Brooklyn act Class Actress and Denton's own Sextape -- one of the best shows I caught this year.
1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.