Aaron’s Best Of 2011

I’ve been sitting on this for far too long, so it’s time to just get over it and post, damn it!

You see, it’s long been time for me to post my annual Best Of list.. yet, there’s been a bit of hesitation. This year brings us something different than previous years. There was a time that making up a list of 31 top records from the year was easy. I was more on top of things, I guess. This year, I don’t have as many new releases in my collection.

I’ve been buying the same amount of music, but this year, most of it has been on vinyl, and not one of those records was released in 2011 (it’s mostly sweet, older stuff). Even music on CD that I bought this year was mostly to fill earlier gaps in my collections of bands. So, not much of it was from this year.

However, fear not, because I did indeed get a few records that were actually released within paramters, and (of course) they were all awesome. I wouldn’t have bought them, otherwise.

 

My Best Of 2011:

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Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton – Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center

This package has it all. Absolutely SWEET jazz and blues played by superlative musicians in an atmosphere of love, respect, and friendly competition. This is jazz the way it was meant to be played, and they knock this one out of the park. I just can’t stop listening to it. It is THAT good.

 

20 Other Bloody Great Records From 2011:

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Sloan – The Double Cross

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs

Tom Waits – Bad As Me

Mastodon – The Hunter

Off! – The First Four EPs

Pearl Jam – Live On Ten Legs

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Go Down Under

Geoff Berner – Victory Party

Strippers Union – The Deuce

Paul MacLeod – Gauge

Hawksley Workman – Full Moon Eleven

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Sing in Japanese

Various – Sing For Your Meat: A Tribute To Guided By Voices

 

And we can’t forget the ubiquitous Mr. Pollard’s 7 (!) contributions…

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Robert Pollard – Space City Kicks

Lifeguards – Waving At The Astronauts

Mars Classroom – The New Theory Of Everything

Robert Pollard – Lord Of The Birdcage

Boston Spaceships – Let It Beard

Circus Devils – Capsized!

Boston Spaceships – Let It Beard Boombox Demos

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Shopping List Of Records From 2011 (Still To Get):

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Roots – Undun

Opeth – Heritage… ALL!!!

Robbie Robertson – How To Become Clairvoyant

Wilco – The Whole Love

Pegi Young & The Survivors – Bracing For Impact

Kathryn Calder – Bright And Vivid

Wild Flag – Wild Flag

 

Previous Winners Of The Annual Best Of Series:

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2010 Jack Johnson – To The Sea

2009 Leonard Cohen – Live In London

2008 Metallica – Death Magnetic

2007 Carolyn Mark – Nothing Is Free / Immaculate Machine – Fables (tie)

2006 Sloan – Never Hear The End Of It

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