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