Kindform.com

I am pleased to announce that I will begin writing for Kindform.com very very soon. Kindform is a new website that focuses on music, art, fashion, and food. As you could have probably guessed, I’ll be working as a music writer. I’m really excited about this opportunity and I hope you will check out Kindform.com, as I believe it will offer something a little different from the typical music/culture writing that currently occupies the majority of the internet. I will keep you posted on any new developments, but for now check out Kindform and have a stellar fucking day!

xoxo,

Chris

Top 40 Albums of 2011: Part 1 (40-31)

1 year ago I made the first post on Miniature Tundras showcasing my top 20 albums of 2010. Well, the time has come for another edition of my year-end favorites. This time around I managed to pick my top 40 albums of the year but, instead of just plopping down a big list, I’m releasing it in stages. For the next few days I will be counting down my favorites (with brief commentary) until I reach the coveted number 1 spot. Enjoy!

MINIATURE TUNDRAS TOP 40 ALBUMS OF 2011: Pt. 1 (40-31)

40. Amen Dunes – Through Donkey Jaw - Super satisfying psych folk from upstate NY.

39. James Blake – James Blake - This was a great album at the start of the year, but it was eclipsed by many others and lost much of its luster after repeat listens.

38. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo - Easily Vile’s most consistent output. A great rainy day album.

37. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy - Weirder than Actor, but oh so much more involved. Annie Clark is a fucking peach.

36. Jens Lekman – An Argument With Myself - I’m a sucker for Lekman’s dry wit, and this EP did not disappoint.

35. JEFF The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions - This album reminds me of Weezer, but in the best possibly way. Ridiculously catchy garage rock for every occasion.

34. Grouper – A I A: Alien Observer/Dream Loss - Personally I don’t think Grouper gets enough love. This double album is blissful collection of hazy soundscapes that will tuck you in and whisk you off to dreamland.

33. Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion - Not terribly different from their 2009 debut, but more focused and to-the-point. A fun record.

32. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost - I wasn’t a huge fan of this album at first but it slowly won me over and now I’m hooked. Best mixtape of the year.

31. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – s/t - Achingly beautiful ambient/modern classical from the genre’s finest. This album is stunning.