Some year-end lists of the best albums of 2011 are coming out. Some are right up my alley and some challenge, uh, my alley. Best of lists aren't only good to compare your own favorites, but to discover albums you may not have found otherwise. I'm already listening to a couple of albums I would have ignored if not for showing up on a respected list. Check some of these out (several compiled by the excellent Stereogum).
- HOT DEALS: 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music ($4.99)
- $5 Albums for December: Check out my whole list of favs | Don't Miss 5: Mumford & Sons | Radiohead: Kid A | Good Old War | Smashing Pumpkins Greatest Hits | Mogwai: Special Moves
- Daytrotter: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses | Dawn Landes
- Albums of the Year Lists: Metacritic is now collecting significant "best of 2010" albums lists | Stereogum | The Quietus | Hear Ya top 5 EPs | Christ & Pop Culture 10 best | All Songs Considered: Bob Boilen : Robin Hilton | 5 best genre-defying albums | My Best Albums of 2010: Coming soon. My previous Best Albums lists from 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009
- New Music: Download FREE To Bury A Ghost: The Hurt Kingdom EP --> WHOA! | Red Mountain Music is a personal and family favorite, and All Things New sound great. | Listen to/Download new track by Other Lives, "For 12." Wonderful & haunting. (via)
Sullivan released his debut album, U.F.O., in 1969 and played to devoted crowds at a regular gig in Malibu, Calif., in the early '70s. Despite hanging out with movie stars, fame eluded him. In 1975, he left Los Angeles, and his wife and son, to head to Nashville; he thought he could catch a break there. But Sullivan never made it to Tennessee — somewhere in the New Mexico desert, he disappeared, never to be seen again. Now,U.F.O. has been reissued...
Some dude saw the unknown album on eBay, picked it up and it's out there again. You can now get U.F.O. on Amazon. I've probably heard it four times now and really enjoy it.
The mysterious nature of his disappearance is amplified by Jim Sullivan's cryptic lyrics — on U.F.O., he talks about long highways, leaving his family behind and being abducted by aliens in the desert.