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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”


Beastie Boys star-studded short film

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When “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” came out last month I checked it out not expecting much.

The album had been a long time coming, and their recent work has been subpar at best. Admittedly, I was never a big Beastie Boys fan anyway, so I was pleasantly surprised by this effort.

The rhythm rhymes and beats are a throwback to the classic “License to Ill” and “Hello Nasty.” The sound is the signature Beastie Boys, but it’s hard not to bounce your head to these beats and admire the lyrical juggernauts.

Songs like “Nonstop Disco Powerpack,” “OK” and “Funky Donkey” are enough to bring the Beastie Boys back to the table of relevant rap artists.

Perhaps the icing on the cake here is the 30 minute video that accompanies the album.  The video titled “Fight For Your Right Revisited” features Seth Rogan as Mike D, Elijah Wood as Ad-Rock and Danny McBride as MCA. It is a bit eerie how much the trio resembles the real rappers.

The short film follows the boys through the streets of Brooklyn as they unleash a beer-fueled party that peaks with a dance off with their counterparts from the future played by Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly.

Other cameos include: Will Arnett, Susan Sarandon, Ted Danson, Will Arnett, Rainn Willson, Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi , Amy Poehler, Alica Silverstone, Jason Swartzman and Kristen Dunst.

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