My Year-End Lists Of 2011

Posted on December 29, 2011 |

It was an OK year.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Timber Timbre and their album “Creep On Creepin’ On” was without a doubt,
the album I’ve listened to and seen performed live the most all year.
Taylor Kirk’s dark, swampy sound speaks to me.

As for the rest of my top 5, these albums will be listened by yours truly
for years to come.

The next 15, are pretty much interchangeable rank-wise. One I will like
better than the other on any given week.

2011 was the year of the EP. Soooooo many good ones came out, it was
pretty unbelievable. You got yourself quite a nice list to sample.
You will not be disappointed by any of these picks.

I actually have no clue what’s in the pipeline album-wise for 2012 and
I kinda like it like that. I’m hoping for a lot of nice surprises
that may one-up anything i’ve heard in the last 365 days.

Here’s hoping.

Top 20 Albums Of 2011

01. Timber Timbre Creep On Creepin’ On
02. Elbow Build A Rocket Boys!
03. Cat’s Eyes Cat’s Eyes
04. True Widow As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth
05. Shabazz Palaces Black Up

06. The Vaccines What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
07. Chapel Club Palace
08. Panda Bear Tomboy
09. Foo Fighters Wasting Light
10. Radiohead The King Of Limbs

11. Jason Moore And The Lost Pages Steps EP
12. The Joy Formidable The Big Roar
13. Ume Phantoms
14. Class Actress Rapprocher
15. We Were Promised Jetpacks In The Pit Of The Stomach

16. My Brightest Diamond All Things Will Unwind
17. S.C.U.M Again Into Eyes
18. Ringo Deathstarr Colour Trip
19. Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
20. Eddie Vedder Ukulele Songs

Honorable Mention:

Apparat The Devil’s Walk
Army Navy The Last Place
Death Letters Post-Historic
The Disciplines Virgins Of Menace
Friendly Fires Pala
Galaxie Tigre Et Diesel
Glossies Phantom Films
Guillemots Walk The River
The Kills Blood Pressures
Lanterns On The Lake Gracious Tides, Take Me Home
The Lonely Island Turtleneck And Chain
Low C’mon
Laura Marling A Creature I Don’t Know
Seasick Steve You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
Still Corners Creatures Of An hour


Grooms Prom
The Sky Drops Making Mountains [EP]
SPC ECO You Tell Me
Spotlight Kid Disaster Tourist
True Widow I.N.O. [EP]
The Vandelles Summer Fling [EP]

Hip Hop:

Tanya Morgan You & What Army [EP]
The Roots Undun
Wugazi 13 Chambers

EPs And Singles:

Analog Rebellion Evaders [EP]
Cursed Arrows Skin Behind The Shroud [EP]
††† (Crosses) † [EP]
Epic Ditch Epic Ditch [EP]
Exitmusic From Silence [EP]
Mazzy Star Common Burn / Lay Myself Down [Single]
The New Division The Rookie [EP]
Solids Fog Friends / Blown Out [7"]

Disappointments / Pure Suckage:

Björk Biophilia
Dredg Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy
Glasvegas Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\
Mute Math Odd Soul

2010 Releases Discovered This Year And Enjoyed:

Dinosaur Pile-Up Growing Pains
The Naked And Famous Passive Me, Agressive You
The Robots Hey Buddy, Dummy
The Soft Moon The Soft Moon
The Sunshine Factory Sugar
Young Adults Black Hole

Top 3 Shows Of 2011:

1. Soundgarden ( July 5th / Lebreton Flats Park / Ottawa, ON )
2. Portishead ( October 7th / Quai Jacques-Cartier / Montreal, QC )
3. Timber Timbre ( December 3rd / Église St. Jean-Baptiste / Montreal, QC )

I waited 15 years to see Soundgarden in all their live,
Grungelicious glory and I tell you what, Chris Cornell and Co.
didn’t not disappoint one damn bit. I had musicgams left and
right from their 2 hour performance. Something I’ll remember for
the rest of  my crummy little life.

My Fav Films Of 2011:

A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest
Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
Hobo With A Shotgun
Horrible Bosses
Super 8
Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil

“Drive” being the absolute best movie I saw (twice) this year and
“The Future being a big ol’ pile of artsy fartsy excrement i wish
i could scrub out of my brain forever.

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