AOTY Lists: Dave Thorne, Sam Pita

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Next up on our AOTY lists we have Dave Thorne and Sam Pita. Huge thanks to them for participating in this. Check out their top albums below! 

Dave Thorne:

1. Hotelier – Home, Like No Place Is There
This album is so well put together and broken up at the same time. The pacing is what really made this album for me. The music by itself, of course, is excellent. But it really takes a lot to make such a cohesive album without any truly weak tracks these days.

2. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World 
Speaking of incredible music, how can you be gone for this long and release something that isn’t just relevant, but better than most releases of the year? DFA1979’s crunchy, punchy, and powerful release is definitely something that shouldn’t have been (and probably wasn’t) overlooked.

3. The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Between Bodies
I can’t think of a better spoken word record since Listener’s Wooden Heart. Both are heavily influential albums for me and compelled me to write for the first time in a long time. Just shut your eyes and play this.

4. Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
I want so badly to somehow be tired or jaded from the music that Modern Baseball makes, but it doesn’t happen. This sophomore release is everything I could have wanted. This band evolves so well with their music. Even if I didn’t know the members, I wouldn’t like this album any less.

5. OK Go – Hungry Ghosts
OK Go manages to be “experimental” and in the mainstream simultaneously. Somebody will get upset by that statement on either end. They’re pop in the best way, though. Each album has its own style, but they all scream OK Go. Hungry Ghosts is no exception.

6. LIGHTS – Little Machines
I would call LIGHTS my guilty pleasure if I felt any guilt at all listening to the music.

7. Kishi Bashi – Lighght
I can’t say anything bad about Kishi Bashi or Lighght. It’s cleaner than 151a and somehow gets better with every listen.

8. The Color & Sound – Peace Of Mind
This reminds me of if the pop-rock music from 2006 was still cool.

9. Charli XCX – SUCKER
Its not the only pop I love, but the lyrics and playfulness of the music make me feel better about it.

10. Die Antwoord – Danker Mag
Danker Mag makes me laugh and sometimes leaves me speechless. I’ll say no more.

Sam Pita:

St. Vincent – St. Vincent
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There
Manchester Orchestra – Cope/Hope
Beyonce – BEYONCE
Julian Casablancas + the Voidz – Tyranny