And if the day came when I felt a natural emotion, I'd get such a shock I'd probably jump in the ocean.

Really getting into The Men's album, Open Your Heart. Particularly digging this track at the moment. Easily song of the day from album of the week. So bummed that I missed them down at SXSW this year.

You feel like an ocean being warmed by the sun.

Been lost in the woods of being a working father and then at SXSW for the last few weeks. So no postings. Until now. Song of the day from album of the week. It's an obvious choice, but it's pretty darn solid. Nice comeback, Shins.

All sillhouettes with no regrets.

Two things.

1. I left a fairly large number of albums off of my Top 100 list by accident. Probably due to being an overworked new father who listens to a ton of music daily. Therefore, I will be posting an addendum to my list here shortly. 

2. Digging the new Chairlift album alot. Liked their first one, for sure, but this one is catching me right off the bat. Check out this gem.

Bliss Beyond Compare - DJ Bunny Ears' Top 100 Albums of 2011.

So it's finally here, my Top 100 Albums of 2011 list. And yes it's very late, but I have a very legitimate excuse - I had a baby boy a few months ago. Which brings me to my next point, that I would like to dedicate this list to my son, Emmett James. Since my wife was pregnant with him a large part of the year, Emmett essentially listened to many of these records with me, many times. And so to you, Emmett, I love you more astoundingly than I could have ever imagined. I have a feeling that you may someday makes lists like these, like your papa. 

DJ Bunny Ears’ Top Albums of 2011

  1. Bon Iver Bon Iver
  2. James Blake James Blake
  3. Bill Callahan Apocalypse
  4. The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
  5. Destroyer Kaputt
  6. Atlas Sound Parallax
  7. Peaking Lights 936
  8. M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  9. tUnE-yArDs WHOKILL
  10. John Maus We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
  11. DRC Music Kinshasa One Two
  12. Eleanor Friedberger Last Summer
  13. Jóhann Jóhannsson The Miner’s Hymns
  14. Youth Lagoon The Year Of Hibernation
  15. Andy Stott Passed Me By/We Stay Together
  16. Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch The Throne
  17. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Wolfroy Goes To Town
  18. Shabazz Palaces Black Up
  19. Metronomy The English Riviera
  20. Radiohead The King Of Limbs
  21. Dirty Beaches Badlands
  22. Onra Chinoiseries, Pt. 2
  23. Hanni El Khatib Will The Guns Come Out
  24. Bahamas Pink Strat
  25. The Weeknd House Of Balloons/Thursday/Echoes Of Silence
  26. Tim Hecker Ravedeath ,1972
  27. Blues Control & Laraaji FRKWYS Vol. 8
  28. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx We’re New Here
  29. Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo
  30. Nicolas Jaar Space Is Only Noise
  31. Real Estate Days
  32. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
  33. Blood Orange Coastal Grooves
  34. Panda Bear Tomboy
  35. Crystal Stilts In Love With Oblivion
  36. Omar Souleyman Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts
  37. Ford & Lopatin Channel Pressure
  38. Hauschka Salon Des Amateurs
  39. Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
  40. Moon Duo Mazes
  41. A Winged Victory For The Sullen A Winged Victory For The Sullen
  42. Hatchback Zeus & Apollo
  43. High Places Original Colors
  44. Thundercat Golden Age Of The Apocalypse
  45. PJ Harvey Let England Shake
  46. Zomby Dedication
  47. Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra
  48. The Black Keys El Camino
  49. Charles Bradley No Time For Dreaming
  50. Adele 21
  51. Joseph Arthur The Graduation Ceremony
  52. Demdike Stare Tryptych
  53. Beirut The Rip Tide
  54. Battles Gloss Drop
  55. Dominant Legs Invitation
  56. James Pants James Pants
  57. Toro Y Moi Underneath The Pine
  58. About Group Start & Complete
  59. Adventure Lesser Known
  60. Widowspeak Widowspeak
  61. Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
  62. Kate Bush 50 Words For Snow
  63. Yelawolf Radioactive
  64. Cults Cults
  65. TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light
  66. Washed Out Within And Without
  67. Cold Cave Cherish The Light Years
  68. Cass McCombs Wit’s End
  69. Drake Take Care
  70. Future Islands On The Water
  71. I Break Horses Hearts
  72. Tyler, The Creator Goblin
  73. Bjork Biophilia
  74. The War On Drugs Slave Ambient
  75. Wolves In The Throne Room Celestial Lineage
  76. Tom Waits Bad As Me
  77. Idiot Glee Paddywhack
  78. Laura Marling A Creature I Don’t Know
  79. Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
  80. The Sea And Cake The Moonlight Butterfly
  81. Danny Brown XXX
  82. My Morning Jacket Circuital
  83. Kate Bush Director’s Cut
  84. Ty Segall Goodbye Bread
  85. Cut Copy Zonoscope
  86. Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact
  87. The Roots Undun
  88. Oneohtrix Point Never Replica
  89. Pictureplane Thee Physical
  90. Wild Flag Wild Flag
  91. Wilco The Whole Love
  92. The Dodos No Color
  93. Cave Neverendless
  94. Balam Acab Wander/Wonder
  95. Theophilus London Timez Are Weird These Days
  96. St. Vincent Strange Mercy
  97. Class Actress Rapprocher
  98. Wild Beasts Smother
  99. EMA Past Life Martyred Saints
  100. Feist Metals


Honorable Mentions

  • Beans End It All
  • Com Truise Galactic Melt
  • Cornershop Cornershop And The Double-O Groove Of
  • Withered Hand Good News
  • Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde
  • The Go! Team Rolling Blackouts
  • Netherfriends Barry And Sherry
  • Anika Anika
  • Belong Common Era
  • Clams Casino Instrumentals
  • Grouplove Never Trust A Happy Song
  • Friends I’m His Girl
  • Arctic Monkeys Suck It And See
  • Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’
  • Das Rascist Relax
  • Wavves Life Sux EP
  • Soft Metals Soft Metals
  • Yuck Yuck
  • Modeselektor Monkeytown
  • Dum Dum Girls Only In Dreams
  • The Drums Portamento
  • Mates Of State Mountaintops
  • Holy Ghost! Holy Ghost!
  • The Joy Formidable The Big Roar
  • Portugal. The Man In The Mountain, In The Cloud
  • Fucked Up David Comes To Life
  • Goyte Making Mirrors
  • The Kills Blood Pressures
  • White Denim D
  • Little Dragon Ritual Union 
  • Iceage New Brigade
  • Wire Red Barked Tree
  • Zola Jesus Conatus
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Hysterical
  • Black Lips Arabia Mountain
  • Deer Tick Divine Providence
  • The Decemberists The King Is Dead
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. It’s A Corporate World
  • Middle Brother Middle Brother
  • Sandro Perri Impossible Spaces
  • Gary Clark Jr. The Bright Lights EP
  • Motopony Motopony
  • Bachelorette Bachelorette
  • Gillian Welch The Harrow & The Harvest
  • Moby Destroyed
  • Paul Simon So Beautiful Or So What
  • Veronica Falls Veronica Falls


Compilations, Reissues & Soundtracks

  • MGMT Late Night Tales
  • Cliff Martinez Drive (Original Soundtrack)
  • V/A Those Shocking, Shaking Days
  • V/A True Soul: Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax, Vols. 1 & 2
  • Talk Talk Laughing Stock
  • Mark Hollis Mark Hollis
  • The Beach Boys The Smile Sessions
  • Willie Wright Telling The Truth
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry The Return Of Pipecock Jackson
  • V/A This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM 1957 – 1982
  • L’Orchestre Kanaga De Mopti Kanaga De Mopti
  • Georges Brassens Gare Au Gorille
  • El Rego El Rego
  • Madlib Madlib Medicine Show – All Volumes
  • Lijadu Sisters Danger
  • V/A Thai Funk Vol. 1 & 2
  • And every Mississippi Records release this past year, see:

In old New York, I'd rather be home.

So I promise (promise!) that my Top Albums of 2011 list is still coming. It's just that being a new dad is taking most of my time and I couldn't be happier for that. In the meantime, I just quickly wanted to share one of my more favorite albums that I've heard so far this year. It's Hospitality's self-titled release on Merge. Check out this gem.

Don't be a slave to your grave (breathe in, breathe out).

The longest night of the year has passed one week ago and I am now listening to some late night Bahamian Obeah/hoodoo music from the amazing musician artist, Exuma, and digging deep inside and grabbing out all that darkness in me and letting it go in preparation for the new breath of the new year. And here's my song mantra for it. From his first album. Dig those haunting low-end drums. Out with the bad, in with the good.

Explosions pillaging the night.

Quiet night at home with the wife and baby boy, sitting at my desk (which is really just the farm table in our sun room) just starting to go through all the music I've loved this past year and attempting to begin to assemble my top album list of 2011. Have a feeling that this album will end up nearer to the top. Good stuff from a young lad from Boise, Idaho.!/youthlagoon

There's beauty in that rainbow in the sky.

This post is dedicated to my wife, Bailey, and to welcome our new baby boy, Emmett James Johnson, into this world. You're the most beautiful and remarkable thing to happen to us. May you have an amazing life full of love, joy, adventure, friendship and wonder. 

There's a big day coming. I can hardly wait.

Working from home the rest of the afternoon, at my favorite spot at the dining room table among all the big Southern-facing windows. Bailey and the cat are sleeping in the diminshing sun's rays and I'm listening to a vinyl reissue of Painful, one of my favorite Yo La Tengo albums, and just waiting for our little guy to make his grand entrance into our world. Can't wait to meet him.

If you love someone it should feel good to let them breathe.

Haven't posted much lately as I've been completely wrapped up in work and more importantly, preparing for a little fella on the way. That said, I just wanted to quickly share a track from Friends that's been stuck in my head ever since I heard it. This one goes out to my lovely #1 gal who is about to be a momma.