Best of ’11: Starfucker

StarfuckerThe Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear 2011
Track 7: Starfucker, “Bury Us Alive”

I said it before, back in February, so I’ll say it again:

“While MGMT have decided to focus solely on shitty psychedelic rock wanking, Starfucker have claimed their indie dance/rock crown: hook-laden synths swirl over stomping beats creating a batch of songs that are eminently re-listenable. Get hooked by streaming or downloading (for free!) ‘Bury Us Alive’ below:

…There’s not a single weak link on the album, but ‘Bury Us Alive’ is an early frontrunner for my 2011 year-end best-of playlist.”

And it stayed in contention all year long, making the final cut with ease. The End.

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Worth a listen: Starfucker, Ancient Astronauts

The new R.E.M. album is the big news this week but a bit of a snooze. However, two of my early favorites of 2011 finally hit stores this week, and you should definitely give ’em a listen. First up, Starfucker’s Reptilians, a hook-laden shot of synth-heavy indie rock. There’s not a single weak link on the album, but “Bury Us Alive” is an early frontrunner for my 2011 year-end best-of playlist:

Head to iTunes and grab the deluxe version Reptilians, which includes a couple of excellent bonus tracks.

Who’d have thought that the best turntable-focused hip-hop album in years would have come from Germany? Ancient Astronauts’ Into Bass and Time is sharp, funky, and loaded with compelling beats, rhymes, and grooves. Dig “Worldwide,” my favorite cut:

Download Into Bass and Time at Amazon MP3.

Perhaps they’d have more success as “Star Star”

(What does the post title mean? Find out @ Wikipedia.)

The best new album I’ve heard so far in 2011 isn’t even out yet: Portland, Oregon’s Starfucker (or STRFKR, if you hate vowels) is set to release their sophomore album Reptilians on March 8. While MGMT have decided to focus solely on shitty psychedelic rock wanking, Starfucker have claimed their indie dance/rock crown: hook-laden synths swirl over stomping beats creating a batch of songs that are eminently re-listenable. Get hooked by streaming or downloading (for free!) “Bury Us Alive” below:

Pre-order Reptilians at iTunes, and you’ll get a pair of good bonus tracks (“Slow Dance” is especially great). If you can’t wait a week and a half, head to their label Polyvinyl’s site: pre-orders there get an immediate MP3 download of the album.