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I have written extensively about music videos this year, likely spilling much more virtual ink than was necessary in the process.  So, for this year-end countdown, I will repress my instincts and allow the visuals to speak for themselves.  Please feel free to post your own favorites in the comments box below.  Let’s begin.

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(Today, we continue our countdown of the top 20 albums of 2011 so far.  For previous entries in the series, click here.)

10. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

Over the past 5 years, there has been an ongoing effort in the indie music community (led by Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear and others) to meld classical pop music with the avant-garde.  Merrill Garbus’ uke-and-loop project tUnE-yArDs created something of a landmark in this synthesis with this year’s w h o k i l l, a record layered with expressive vocals, tribal percussion, and melodic clarity.  It will make you jump, scream, dance, run, and finally surrender in exhaustion and delight. -LVL Read the rest of this entry »

Merrill Garbus was never supposed to make it.  She doesn’t have the traditional good looks of Bat For Lashes, the preternatural instrumental talent of Joanna Newsom, or the natural vocal majesty of St. Vincent.  Indeed, her appearance is decidedly non-traditional for a woman in show business; her choice of instrument (the ukulele) does not lend itself to standard concepts of virtuosity; and her voice is best described as “androgynous” (her closest vocal peer is most likely Antony Hegarty, who could be described in much the same fashion as Garbus).  And so, the fact that Garbus’ project tUnE-yArDs has managed to light the indie press on fire with the leak of her second LP w h o k i l l is nothing short of a triumph of talent and hard work over industry machinery, the type of triumph that seems all too rare in our age. Read the rest of this entry »

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