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Best albums of 2011 thus far

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Fall is in the air and that means that the time for 2011 new releases is drawing to an end. With that in mind here is a look, in no particular order, of contenders for this year’s best albums. Weigh in and vote for yourself.

Adele – “21”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”

 

 

 

 

 

Death Cab for Cutie – “Codes and Keys”

 

 

 

 

 

The Decemberists – “The King is Dead”

 

 

 

 

 

Neon Indian – “Era Extrana”

 

 

 

 

 

Fucked Up – “David Comes to Life”

 

 

 

 

 

Kayne West & Jay Z – “Watch the Throne”

 

 

 

 

 

PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”

 

 

 

 

 

Beady Eye – “Different Gear, Still Speading”

 

 

 

 

 

Radiohead – “King of Limbs”

 

 

 

 

 

TV on the Radio “Nine Types of Light”

 

 

 

 

 

Shabazz Palaces “Black Up”

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Simon – “So Beautiful or So What”

 

 

 

 

 

Primus – “Green Naugahyde”

 

 

 

 

 

Beastie Boys – “Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2”

 

 

 

 

 

White Denim – “D”

 

 

 

 

 

Kasabian – “Velociraptor!”

 

 

 

 

 

Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV”

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Is Facebook Music a game-changer?

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Music is about to get a bit more “social” with a new move by Facebook to integrate a range of streaming music services into the social media site.

The concept is simple. Users of music streaming sites such as MOG and Spotify have the option to link their accounts to Facebook which will then post what they are listening to in a ticker. Their Facebook friends can see what they are listening to in real time, and if they subscribe to the same service, stream the same song right there on Facebook.

The service is still rolling out, but right off the bat it looks interesting, but has its flaws. The ability to see what friends are listening to is great when they are discovering awesome new bands, but can be embarrassing if they go into a three hour long Brittany Spears session.

Then there is the problem of having to subscribe to the same streaming music service that friends use. Right off the bat Spotify, being free, seems to be dominating, but it is a pain to have to open your respective music site and manually play the song. It defeats the entire purpose of integration.

The whole concept is sharing music on a bigger level, and provides the social aspect that many of these services are now lacking.

The idea, in theory, is great but will it work in reality? Time will tell, but this is another nail in the coffin for not just compact discs, but downloading music. Clearly streaming, most likely from a social centralized site such as Facebook, with various companies is the future – music on demand is a digital buffet.

Written by David Young

September 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm