When you crank up the first track off Mi Ami's new album, Dolphins (Thrill Jockey) the very first thought to pummel your brain would be, "Whoops, I totally clicked on the wrong thing." Except you probably didn't. That's how confounding the transformation of the revamped Mi Ami––once a local trio, now a bi-coastal duo––is.
Not to diss 2009 or jinx 2011, but this was an unusually exciting and solid year for our bustling little music scene. As the notoriously NYC-biased Pitchfork recently put it, our fair city is "slowly threatening to eclipse Brooklyn in the ranks of regional talent." Hey-yo! Listed below are seven full length releases (sorry, Girls) from the year that particularly stood out to us, along with five additional LPs too good not to mention.
AIDS Wolf, Ganglians, The Fresh and Onlys, Wounded Lion, Mattress, Greg Ashley, Young Prisms, Psychic Reality and more lined up for the this weekend's 10th Annual Operation Restore Maximum Freedom [via The Bay Bridged]